O'Connor Township

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Phone: 807-476-1451
Email: twpoconn@tbaytel.net

Township Policies, Plans & By-laws

Official Plan

The Township of O’Connor’s Official Plan  has been approved with modifications by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on January 30, 2019.

Please click on this link for the Township of O’Connor’s Official Plan.

Please click on this link for the Notice of Adoption.

The Township of O’Connor is located within the Planning Area of the Lakehead Rural Planning Board in the District of Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario. O’Connor is located West and South of the City of Thunder Bay and is bordered by the Township of Gillies to the South, Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge to the East, Marks Township to the West and by the Township of Conmee to the North.

The Township is located in an area of the Province that has a unique history of development and economy based on the natural environment.   The Township can be described as an area of rural development exhibiting a “rural” lifestyle having a local economy based on natural resources.   The protection and maintenance of the rural environment is important to the residents of the Township.   The concentration of development into distinct settlement areas is not a desired development pattern.   The Township as a whole is considered to be a rural “settlement” area by the residents.

Zoning By-law

The Township of O’Connor Zoning By-law is in the process of being updated to incorporate the new Official Plan.  A Public Meeting will be held in the future for review of the proposed Zoning By-law.  At their meeting held on April 25, 2022, the Council of the Township of O’Connor passed By-law Number 2022-12, being the Township of O’Connor’s Zoning By-law.

Please click on the Township of O’Connor Zoning By-Law, if you wish to read.  

BEING a By-law to regulate the use of land and the erection, location and use of buildings and structures in the Township of O’Connor.
WHEREAS the Council of the Corporation of the Township of O’Connor deems it appropriate and advisable to rescind Zoning By-law Number 95-19, as amended, and replace it with Zoning By-law Number 22-12 in accordance with the provisions of the Ontario Planning Act, 1995, as amended,
AND WHEREAS Zoning By-law Number 22-12 conforms with the provisions of the O’Connor Township Plan,
AND WHEREAS proper notice of a public meeting to consider the subject zoning by-law was given by means of prepaid first class mail to every landowner assessed in respect of land in the area to which the by-law applies, and by means of publication in a newspaper that is of sufficiently general circulation in the area to which the proposed by-law would apply to give the public reasonable notice of the meeting,
AND WHEREAS the Council of the Township of O’Connor convened that public meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2022 and afforded any person a fair opportunity to make representation in respect of the proposed by-law;

NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Township of O’Connor hereby enacted as follows:

  • THAT the Township of O’Connor Zoning By-law, attached hereto as Schedule “A” is hereby adopted by the Council of the Corporation of the Township of O’Connor;
  • THAT this By-law shall come in force and take effect on the 25th day of April, 2022.


To view the Township of O’Connor’s policies, please click on the links below.


1.1 Policy for Snowplowing
1.2 Policy for Sanding
1.3 Policy for Dust Control
1.4 Policy for Brushing & Ditching
1.5 Policy for Opening Roads
1.6 Policy for Township Equipment Rates Private Property
1.7 Policy for Mobile Equipment
1.8 Removal of Dead Animals on Township Roads


2.1 Hiring New Employees, By-Law 2004-14
2.2 Policy for Vacation Days
2.3 Policy for Retirement – Dates
2.4 Policy for Retirement – Benefits
2.5 Policy for Municipal Enforcement Provincial Offences Officer
2.6 Health & Safety Policy – 2019
2.7 Policy for Progressive Discipline
2.8 Benefits Administration and Wage Review, as amended January 23, 2023
2.9 Policy for Employee Code of Conduct
2.10 Accessible Employment Policy
2.11 Part-Time Non-Union Employee Wage Review
2.12 Employee Recognition Policy
2.13  Employee Background Check Policy 


3.1 Policy for Delegation of Powers and Duties, By-Law 2007-19
3.2 Policy for Attendance at Meetings
3.3 Policy for Supplying Light Dinner at Council Meetings starting at 6:00 PM or Earlier
3.4 Policy for Payment for our Representatives on Board
3.5 Conflict of Interest – Schedule B – Bylaw 2000-09 Pertaining to POA
3.6 Policy for Structure for all Departments
3.7 Policy for Meal Allowance
3.8 Staff and Council Member Training Courses
3.9 Municipal Council and Employee Indemnification (Schedule A – By-law 2007-14)
3.10 Policy for Workplace Harassment/Violence
3.11 Substance Abuse Policy
3.12 Policy for Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
3.13 Policy for Student Councillor
3.14 Anti-Stigma Policy
3.15 Policy for Medical Use of Cannabis in the Workplace
3.16 Policy for Council Representation – Non-Political
3.17 Code of Conduct for Council Members
3.18 Council Member Pregnancy and/or Parental Leave Policy
3.19 Council Staff Relation Policy
3.20  Social Media Policy

3.21  Abuse Policy 


4.1 Policy for Tax Payments
4.2  Policy – Provision of Notice – By-law 2007-24
4.3 Policy for Public Works
4.4 Policy – Procurement By-law 2004-15 as amended
4.5 Policy for Submission of Tenders and Quotations
4.6 Policy for Garden Suites
4.7 Policy for the Handing Out of Commemorative Plaques
4.8 Policy for the Disposal Site
4.9 Miscellaneous Fees & Charges (By-law 2012-25) – as amended
4.10 Policy for Giving out Information
4.11 Policy for Hall Rentals for non-profit Events
4.12 Policy for O’Connor Day
4.13 Policy for Summer Office Hours
4.14 Policy for Sending Flowers or Fruit Baskets
4.15 Accounting Policy for Tangible Capital Assets (TCA)
4.16 Accessibility Policy
4.17 Accountability and Transparency (By-law 2007-20)
4.18 Policy for Dogs running at Large
4.19 Policy for the Interment Council Members and Employees
4.20 Policy for Placement and Use of Video Surveillance Equipment on The Township of O’Connor Municipal Grounds
4.21 Complaint Policy
4.22 Tree Canopy Policy
4.23 Strategic Asset Management Policy
4.24 Mandatory Use of Mask or Face Covering, Revised September 14, 2022
4.25 Pandemic Risk Management and Prevention Policy, Revised September 14, 2022
4.26 Pandemic Risk Management and Prevention Policy – Community Centre, Revised September 14, 2022
4.27 Municipal Reserve Policy
4.28 Municipal Investment Policy
4.29 COVID-19 VACCINE Public Policy, Revised February 28, 2022
4.30 Policy for COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing, Revised September 14, 2022


5.1  Fire Department Policy
5.2  Policy for Volunteer Fire Department Member Recognition
5.3  Stipend Paid to Fire Department Members