COVID-19 Information

Covid-19 Information

Municipal staff are closely monitoring communication from various levels of government on the spread of
coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 News and updates

Last updated 2021-07-15

Important links and information from our partners regarding the COVID-19 situation

Step 3 - Ontario Roadmap to Reopen
Starting Friday, July 16 and for at least 21 days

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the provincewide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Guiding principles

Step 1 (60% of adults vaccinated with one dose): An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting limited indoor settings with restrictions.

Step 2 (70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses): Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people and with face coverings being worn.

Step 3 ( 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses): Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn.

Allowed with restrictions

Additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place.

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events,
     up to 100 people;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events,
    up to 25 people;
  • Indoor and Outdoor dining,
    with no limits to the number of patrons per table;
  • Retail,
    with capacity limited to ensure physical distancing;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings,
    with physical distancing.
  • Personal care services,
     including services that require the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres and other restrictions;
  • Museums, casinos and bingo halls,
    with capacity limits;
  • Cinemas, concert, theatres, and other performing arts venues,
    with capacity limits;
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities,
     at 50% capacity, with spectators permitted at a maximum capacity of 50% or 1,000 people (whichever is less) and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities,
    maximum capacity of 75% or 5,000 people (whichever is less) for unseated events and maximum capacity of 75% or 15,000 people (whichever is less) for events with fixed seating;
  • Daycamp and overnight camp;
  • L'Orignal Campground,
    overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including short-term rentals;
  • Beach,
    parking is limited to 80 vehicles for the boat launch AND the beach;
  • Boat launch in L'Orignal Park,
    parking is limited to 80 vehicles for the boat launch AND the beach
  • Parks, splash pads, play structures, bench et picnic tables,
    but not sanitized, use at your own discretion, maintain social distancing and respect sanitary measures;
  • Tennis and pickleball courts,
    double play is permitted, maintain social distancing with players of other court and respect sanitary measures;
  • Basketball courts and baseball diamonds,
    The gathering limits do not apply to sports and recreational fitness activities. However, the gathering limit of 25 would apply if the gathering isn’t a related to sports (e.g. an extended gathering in the parking lot after a game).
    Team sports or games that may result in personal contact must not be practised or played unless the sport or game has been modified to avoid personal contact. We understand that incidental contact may occur; however, deliberate or prolonged contact is not allowed in Step 2.
  • BMX and skateboard park,
    but not sanitized, use at your own discretion, maintain social distancing and respect sanitary measures;
  • Yard sale,
    permit is required, permit holder must make sure to maintain social distancing and respect sanitary measures.

 Ontario Roadmap to Reopen

Township Offices and Service Counters Closed to Public Until Further Notice.

Following the latest provincial government recommendations, Town Hall and building and by-law office are closed to the public.

Town Hall

To make a payment:

  • Pre-authorized payment plan (PAP)
  • Online payments through your financial institution
  • In person payments at your financial institution
  • By cheque in the drop-off depository at the municipal office (948 Pleasant Corner Road East, Vankleek Hill)
  • By cheque, by mail at:

Champlain Township
948 Pleasant Corner Road East
Vankleek Hill, ON, K0B 1R0

However, services will be maintained to the population. Thus, services will be provided by appointment only. We favour communications by e-mail or phone. Visit the Contact Us page for our contact information or call 613 678-3003.

Building and By-Law Office

For permit applications, please contact the Chief Building Officer, the Inspector or the By-law Enforcement Officer. Visit the Contact Us page for our contact information or call 613 675-4727. 

To make a payment:

  • Drop off a duly identified and sealed envelope in our drop-off depository, located at the entrance of the office (925 County Road 17, L’Orignal). Only cheque is accepted.
  • Send a cheque by mail at:

Champlain Township
925 County Road 17 p.o. box 343
L’Orignal, ON, K0B 1K0

However, services will be maintained to the population. Thus, services will be provided by appointment only. We favour communications by e-mail or phone. Visit the Contact Us page for our contact information or call 613 675-4727.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Update -  On May 18 at 8 a.m., Ontario’s vaccine booking system will begin to accept vaccine bookings for 18 and older.

Book an appointment here

Next steps
  • 12 to 17 years old beginning on May 31
Vaccine Appointment
  • Booking is available at Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.
  • Please help your clients learn about scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and preparing for the appointment, including what to bring.
  • Vaccine clinics are available across the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry; the United Counties of Prescott-Russell; and the City of Cornwall. Locations will be confirmed upon booking an appointment.
    • Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who notify us of barriers preventing them from physically going to a clinic.
Information about vaccine rollout (Population groups)

Phase Two of the EOHU vaccine rollout plan is well underway. Information regarding the EOHU vaccine rollout plan can be found on our website at

Vaccine supply continues to impact both the local and provincial vaccine rollout. As a result, we continue to adjust our local plans to align with Ministry-identified priority populations. However, we are pleased that access to COVID-19 vaccines is increasing and we are committed to vaccinating our community as quickly as possible.

Resources related to the COVID-19 Vaccines

The following is a list of important resources you and your clients may find helpful:

We appreciate your collaboration in the critical work of sharing this information widely throughout the EOHU region. We will continue to share information about the situation during this exciting and rapidly evolving vaccination rollout.

Provincial and Federal Support Programs

Ontario Support Programs
ProgramBrief Description
Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant provides businesses with funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.

Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant: PPE support

Eligible small businesses will get one-time grants of up to $1,000.

Property tax and energy cost rebates Businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to help with their fixed costs.
Digital Main Street – Programs for Ontario Businesses

As part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Digital Main Street is proud to announce three new programs to support businesses across Ontario.

Employer Health Tax

The Ontario government has increased the EHT exemption for 2020 from $490,000 to $1 million due to the special circumstances caused by the coronavirus (COVID‑19) in Ontario. In the 2020 Ontario Budget, the government announced it was making the EHT payroll exemption increase permanent.

Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit 

The government is proposing to introduce a new 10 per cent refundable Corporate Income Tax credit for capital investments — the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit.

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory 

Review a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from COVID-19.

Canada Support Programs
ProgramBrief Description
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

This program provides interest-free loans of up to $60,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

LEEFF will be open to large Canadian employers who (a) have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by (i) having significant operations in Canada or (ii) supporting a significant workforce in Canada; (b) can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and (c) require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care.

Canadian COVID-19 Capabilities Directory

The Canadian COVID-19 Capabilities Directory shows what Canada has to offer in the fight against COVID-19 to potential buyers around the world.

Celebrating the Holidays Safely

IMPORTANT: If you or someone in your family have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if mild), are in quarantine or self-isolating, do not attend any in-person event or gathering.

Residents are strongly advised to celebrate the holidays only with individuals from their household.

Individuals who live alone, such as seniors, may have exclusive contact with one other household to reduce feelings of isolation and improve their well-being.

  • It is recommended that you do not travel outside your region nor receive visitors from outside your region.
  • International travel is highly discouraged. Keep in mind that individuals and families who travel out of the country are required to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Canada, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not.
  • Virtual gatherings are the safest way to “get together” with family, friends or co-workers this holiday season. 
  • Participating in outdoor celebrations this holiday season can be done safely and in fact, they are likely safer than indoor activities.
  • It is strongly recommended that workplaces do not have in-person holiday gatherings or events, particularly if masks or face coverings must be removed to eat or drink. 
Christmas Shopping
  • Minimize the number of family members who shop together.
  • Have one designated person at a time go to the stores to shop.
  • If you want to shop with your family, take turns with different members of the family to go to the stores.
  • If seniors need help with their shopping, designate only 1 person to accompany them.
Visiting and Picture with Santa
  • Sitting on Santa’s lap is not permitted this year.
  • Stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household, including Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, even if a photo is being taken and wear a face covering while a photo is being taken.
Kids parties or sleepovers

It is recommended that your children only have close contact with the people they live with; virtual visits are the safest option for your kids to see their friends. However, if you choose to organize a play date or sleepover, here are some safety tips:

  • Children and adults should maintain physical distancing of 2 metres; otherwise they need to wear a face covering.
  • Sleepovers should be kept small, 2 or 3 guests at the most.
  • If you have more than 1 child requesting a play date or sleepover, organize them on different days.
  • If food or drinks will be served, plan for how you will physically distance while distributing and cleaning up food and ensure that the children do not share utensils or other objects.
  • Ensure that children wash their hands before and after eating.
    PLEASE NOTE: The following guidelines are based on the current situation regarding the number of COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and other statistical measures in the EOHU area. The recommendations could change rapidly based on the situation in the community and the EOHU region’s level (colour) in the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

Arena Conditions of Use

The increase in cases is creeping into sports. It has been brought to our attention that in some cases screening hasn’t been optimal by certain leagues/groups, therefore effective immediately, each player, spectator, or volunteer entering the arena, must fill out our municipal MANDATORY COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS that will be available upon entering the arena.

Please consult the form (attached) and familiarize yourself prior to arrival.  Given the situation, we will now also be asking for proof of residency (ID).

 As a reminder, everyone must:

  • Always wear masks or face coverings except when on the ice. Masks are to be put back on as soon as feasible (dressing rooms).
  • Have a maximum of 50 people per league (bubble). Players must only be part of one “bubble” at all times.
  • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child.
  • Must reside within the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) limits.
  • NEW  – Bring photo identification (ID).
  • NEW  – Must fill-out the MANDATORY COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS upon entering the arena.


Thank you for your cooperation.  Your compliance will help us keep our staff and clients safe and enable us to continue to offer recreational sports during the pandemic.

Important documents


The Ontario government has developed a three-phase implementation plan to receive, store and administer COVID-19 vaccines to Ontarians as soon as they are received. Phase One will begin on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 with a pilot project in Toronto and Ottawa which will include the vaccination of over 2,500 health care workers with the Health Canada approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Consult the Task Force Desk here for more details about the vaccine

 Message from Mayor

COVID-19 Coronavirus – Message from the Mayor
March 20, 2020

This is a challenging time for us all and as Mayor, I want to assure all residents and business owners that the Township will continue to do everything it can to maintain necessary services while minimizing community risk. We are aware of the pressures many of you are facing and we are committed to working with the provincial and federal governments to ensure that the necessary support programs are accessible.

Please follow the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) recommendations to protect yourself and your family and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. If you have travelled outside of Canada you should self-isolate for 14 days and monitor yourself for symptoms of the coronavirus. If you have symptoms of coronavirus or live with someone who does, please stay at home. All persons over 70 years of age and individuals who are immunocompromised are advised to self-isolate. We must all practice social distancing. 

This is an anxious and stressful time for everyone. Self-isolating can affect your mood. Don’t hesitate to use other ways to connect with people you care about; phone, text or video call.Take care of your mental health by doing something that makes you feel good.

We are a great community. Each of us has a role to play. I trust that, together, we will overcome the challenges we face today with the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, we will make a difference.

Stay healthy!

Normand Riopel


From our YouTube Channel

Mayor's Message March 3, 2020

Mayor's Message April 30, 2020

Council Meeting

Due to the risks related to the spread of COVID-19 and in an effort to mitigate its spread by way of social distancing, the members of the public will not be permitted at the May council meetings.

The members of Council will join the meeting via teleconference.

The council meeting will be live streamed on YouTube

Questions? Call us and leave a message at 613-678-3003 extension 229 or email the Clerk at

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 Garbage and recycling

COVID-19 Garbage and recycling

Please note that the weekly garbage and recycling collection will continue to be picked up as per the regular collection schedule.

As a result of COVID-19 and in consideration of the health and safety of staff and residents the Spring Garbage Collections have been reschedule.

Follow the link to view the new schedule

Grocery Stores and Delivery Services
COVID-19 Grocery Stores and Delivery Services

The Prescott-Russell Community Services shared with us a list of stores and grocery stores that are currently open and the various delivery services.

Last updated March 24th, 2020.

Please share the information with those who do not have access to the internet. Thank you.

View the list.

Find out more about the Prescott-Russell Community Services

Support for families

Ontario Government - Funding that families can apply 


Business Resources 

COVID-19 Business Resources

Here are some resources that might interest you:

 2-1-1 How to find programs and services

COVID-19, How to find programs and services

When you don’t know where to turn, turn to 211.

211 is an information and referral service that connects Canadians to non-emergency health and social services in their area.

In Ontario, people can dial 211 anywhere in Ontario 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. People can also chat online with 211 Community Navigators at from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday or search for services on our website.

The helpline is confidential and answered live

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