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News Release – Province Extends Emergency Orders until April 23

Ontario Takes Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Office of the Premier

TORONTO — To help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of people across the province, the Ontario government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until April 23, 2020, including the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging.

In addition, new measures have been introduced to address surge capacity in retirement homes, restrict recreational camping on Crown land, and allow the repurposing of existing buildings and temporary structures. All of these actions are based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“I understand the actions we are taking are affecting the lives and livelihoods of people across the province, but these are extraordinary times and we need to do whatever we can to keep individuals and families safe and stop the spread of this terrible virus,” said Premier Ford. “We all must continue to do our part by staying home and practicing physical distancing. With the proper precautions and additional measures we’re taking today, I am confident we will get through this together and stronger.”

Ontario introduced the following new steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The government is:

  • Making it easier to repurpose existing buildings and put up temporary structures, like tents, so communities can meet their local needs quickly. This will reduce pressure on health care facilities, where needed, and help shelters provide more space for sleeping to maintain the physical distancing requirements to reduce the spread of the virus.

  • Temporarily enabling hospitals to increase their capacity by using the beds and services of retirement homes without certain labour relations implications during the declared provincial emergency.

  • Prohibiting recreational camping on Crown land as of April 9, 2020. Under the emergency order, no individual can camp on Crown land, including the placement of tents or other camping structures, while the order is in effect. The government will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate if further actions are required.

  • Supporting construction workers and businesses with emergency action to help improve cash flow in the construction industry during the COVID-19 outbreak. This will lift the suspension of limitation periods and procedural time periods under the Construction Act and allow the release of holdback payments to contractors and subcontractors.

The following emergency orders have been extended until April 23, 2020:

Quick Facts

  • Temporary facilities must be designed and reviewed by qualified professionals (such as licensed architects and professional engineers) and municipal Building Officials must inspect the facilities to ensure they are safe.

  • The Construction Act is intended to regulate how payments are made, to help ensure that workers who have provided services or materials during a construction project are paid for their work.

New look to our Village Website – same web address

Our new website went live this week-end.  We hope you find it easier to use.  Lots more information on the site, including a business directory.  If you find any errors, it would be a big help if you could send an email letting us know.

Think we should include something else on the web?   Drop us a line with your ideas.  Here is the link for you to check it out:  https://www.villageofwestport.ca



We launched our new web site a few weeks ago and I think we have worked out most of the bugs.  Thanks to all who let us know what wasn’t working.  Should you find anything that still doesn’t connect the way it should, please let Niki Bresse know at Town Hall.

I would like to thank Christine Janeway for her amazing page on our website,  VINTAGE WESTPORT.  Each weekly edition contains a piece (or two!) of our history and many archival photos.  I have included the link here for your convenience.

It is Saturday.  Grab your coffee and spend a few moments looking at the Village through the eyes of an 1890 resident.

Vintage Westport



Village of Westport – new web site

Great news, everyone!  You spoke.  We listened.  Here is the result.  Check out the new look and design of our new web site.  We hope it is easier to find information and it is certainly a more colourful site.  Some pages are still under construction, however we wanted to go live now and catch up those other pages later.

Check out the new Vintage Westport page – thanks to Christine Janeway for her meticulous research and fascinating photos.  A big shout out to Niki Bresee – for her efforts to bring the new web site from a concept to a reality.

Please give us some feedback if there are features you would like to see or if something is not working for you on the web site.