Effective April 1st until August 31st
Tuesdays - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please ensure you have your disposal site permit when visiting the site.
For information on COVID-19 relief programs, click on the Hydro One logo to visit their website, or go directly to relief programs for residential and small business customers by clicking on the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program or the Small Business Pandemic Relief Program.
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View our calendar for upcoming events and activities in O'Connor Township.
Upcoming Council Meetings:
Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please check this website periodically to determine if upcoming meetings will be held virtually or in person. Council welcome your involvement and interest in Council meetings.
Property Tax Payments
The Township office remains closed to the public. In order to make paying your property taxes easier we have added two new payment options. You can now pay your taxes using any of the following methods:
- Internet Banking
- Telephone Banking
- Through your banking institution
For details on these payment methods, please go to the Property Taxes page under the Municipal Office heading this website.
If you would still like to pay by cash, please call ahead at 476-1451.
IN CASE OF POLICE EMERGENCY CALL 9-1-1
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) provide our municipality with services that ensure the safety and security of the people in the Township of O'Connor.
Contact the OPP
For Police emergencies call 9-1-1.
For all non-emergency calls, contact the local OPP Detachment:
3267 Highway 130
Rosslyn, ON P7K 0B1
Citizen self reporting
The OPP have an online reporting tool that allows you to report minor occurrences such as theft, lost property and driving complaints that occurred in areas policed by the OPP.
Please follow the steps to filing an online police report outlined on the OPP website.
Lakehead Police Services Board
O’Connor Council, with Municipality of Neebing, Township of Conmee and Township of Gillies embarked on a joint police contract for OPP services. Having a contract (rather than default policing by OPP) is advantageous because:
- The OPP are enabled to enforce municipal by-laws;
- The Police Service Board is eligible to apply for grants for certain police programs; and
- A Police Service Board has some (but not a lot) greater authority than a Community Policing Advisory Committee, and has access to more information.
The Board consists of five members appointed by the Province and the municipalities:
- Kevin Holland (Municipal Appointee)
- Jerry Loan (Municipal Appointee)
- John Sobolta (Municipal Appointee)
- Axel Nowak (Provincial Appointee)
- Cathy Woodbeck (Provincial Appointee)
The Lakehead Police Services Board meets four times per year and meetings are open to the public. Contact the Board Secretary if you wish to speak or make a submission to the Board.
Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
Changes to the Police Services Act in 2019 make it mandatory for all municipalities in Ontario to have a “Community Safety and Well-Being Plan”. The Townships of Gillies, O’Connor and Conmee are working together with the Municipality of Neebing to create a joint plan which will serve all 4 communities. As northern, rural municipalities, we share many characteristics, and can be more efficient by working on this important plan together.
What exactly is a “Community Safety and Well-Being Plan”, you ask? That is a very good question! As you can imagine, since the requirement is embedded in the Police Services Act, it does involve community safety in terms of crime reduction and crime prevention – but it involves more than just policing.
There are a lot of demands on our police services. As we all know, police are often called upon to respond to complex situations that are non-criminal in nature. Many of these situations, such as an individual experiencing a mental health crisis, would be more appropriately managed by other community partners. Working with community stakeholders to determine what problems we actually face and what might be done to eliminate those problems is a forward-thinking activity. Studies show that communities with these types of plans in place experience improvements to the statistics relating to crime and crime response.
What makes someone resort to committing a crime? There are many, many factors – and – of course – people are unique and have individual circumstances. Governments are recognizing, however, that the “social determinants of health”, which are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age (such as education, early childhood development, food security, quality housing, etc.) have major impacts on how individuals develop, grow, and participate properly and lawfully in their communities. All of these considerations are part of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
We thank everyone that took the time to fill out the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Survey. We all want to live in a safe and healthy community – and while many of us feel that we already do – this pro-active planning process will help us keep it that way!