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The City of Timmins Environmental Services department wishes to advise the public that the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory has been lifted for consumers on Pine Street Between Second and Third Avenue as of November 30, 2023, at 3:49pm. The City of Timmins has conducted the required water sampling, and the results are deemed satisfactory by the City of Timmins and the Porcupine Health Unit.

A Preventative Boil Water Advisory was enacted as a precautionary measure on Monday, November 27, 2023, due to repairs on a watermain servicing users on Pine Street in Timmins between Second and Third Avenue. Water was shut off to complete repairs and later restored, however, the Preventative Boil Water Advisory remained in effect until the City obtained drinking water results in two consecutive sets of samples taken a minimum of 24 hours apart.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your cooperation.

Posted by Sara Perron  On Nov 30, 2023 at 4:16 PM
A new full scale multi-use recreation centre could be on the horizon for Timmins. At last night’s special meeting of Council, staff were directed to proceed with cost analysis, design, and site selection to determine funding sources for a new facility.

In June, Council received an update to the City’s Recreation Master Plan, a 181-page document that recommended the investment in a new indoor facility as pivotal to enhance recreation programs and services. At last night’s Council meeting, the recommendation was further supported by a discussion around the City’s plans for culture and tourism; more specifically, the need for appropriate space for groups, performances, and larger events.

“Now is the time to consider this investment,” says Mayor Michelle Boileau. “From concept to construction and the final grand opening, it’s a multi-year process. We can keep deliberating, or we can start planning for a facility that will revolutionize what the municipality can offer for events and athletics.”

Next steps will be to prepare a submission for senior levels of government to determine potential funding. This will include choosing a location for the new facility, with space enough for two ice surfaces, a municipal Class A indoor aquatic centre, event space, and the potential for additional building components like meeting space, walking track, or gymnasium, subject to design, cost, and operational feasibility.

“This has the potential of not only being a community hub, but a regional hub and a best-in-class centre for recreation, culture, and tourism,” adds Boileau.

For more information, see the Recreation, Culture, and Tourism Master Plan Update.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 30, 2023 at 11:20 AM
The Heart of Gold Recognition Program is City Council’s latest commitment to acknowledging the individuals and community groups whose contributions make Timmins a great place to live, work, learn, and play.

Achievements will be recognized in four categories for Volunteer Community Service, Youth Community and Civic Engagement, Achievement in Sports, and Achievement in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). Nominations open on Friday, December 1, 2023. Recognition will be made once a month during a regular meeting of City Council beginning in January 2024.

“Timmins is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers and talented individuals who contribute positively to our community,” says Mayor Michelle Boileau. “Individual accomplishments are also important to celebrate together and help to foster pride in our city and its people. The Heart of Gold Recognition Program is a way for City Council, on behalf of the residents of Timmins, to recognize significant achievements, milestones, and the efforts that are being made to improve our community.”

Beginning December 1, residents wishing to make a nomination will be able to review the award criteria online and fill out the online nomination form. The form will also be available as a download that can be printed and submitted by email or in person to Service Timmins at City Hall.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 30, 2023 at 10:52 AM

The City of Timmins Environmental Services & Public Utilities Department wishes to advise the public of a watermain break in the following areas:

On Suzanne St between Lamminen Ave and Spooner Dr
Date & Time of Disruption:
November 29, 2023 - Temporary water disruption 8:30 AM to 6 PM

Homeowners and businesses within the area might experience low pressure, brown or rust-colored water. It is recommended not to drink or wash laundry with discolored water. While it is not harmful to your health, it can stain laundry. Should this occur, it is advised to turn on the COLD water tap closest to the source (usually your laundry tub tap) and let it run for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the water color has returned to normal.

Road closure within this area might last longer than the estimated date and time of disruption once the repair is made.

City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this work.

Posted by Sara Perron  On Nov 29, 2023 at 8:47 AM
This winter, you’ll notice the City of Timmins spraying something onto the roads that’s different from the usual rock salt or sand. It’s brine, a simple salt-water mixture that can be more effective than regular salt in dealing with northern Ontario’s cold weather driving conditions.

The City’s Public Works Department will be using a 29% brine solution that reduces the amount of salt being directly applied to major high-traffic arterial roads and collectors, which means less cost, less corrosion on the road surface, and it’s gentler on the environment.

But the benefits don’t stop there. In terms of road safety, brine melts the same way as solid rock salt, but because it’s applied as a liquid, it can begin to work immediately. Brine sticks to the pavement better than dry salt and is more effective in lower temperatures. When applied, the brine solution prevents a bond between snow and pavement, keeps snow from being compacted by vehicle traffic, and makes plowing easier.

When and where the City applies brine depends on the weather and the road classification. The City will continue to use solid rock salt or sand on secondary roads, residential roads, and rural country roads. Usage is also determined by temperature, humidity, and conditions. Brine works before a storm, when the road surface is bare, and can be applied up to two days prior.

No one strategy covers all of the scenarios in any given storm or weather event. The City will continue to monitor conditions and deploy winter road and sidewalk maintenance as required.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 27, 2023 at 2:41 PM

The City of Timmins is advising all consumers on Pine Street between Second and Third Avenue of a loss of pressure and/or loss of water resulting in the issuance of a precautionary Boil Water Advisory.

Area: all residents and consumers on Pine Street between Second and Third Avenue.
Date of Advisory: November 27, 2023, until further notice.

The Environmental Services department is conducting emergency watermain repairs however, the precautionary boil water advisory requires all consumers to take the following steps:

Bring your water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to using it for domestic purposes, including drinking, making infant formula and juices, brushing teeth, washing raw foods and making ice.
Wash dishes with boiled water that has been cooled or use potable water from an alternative source; and
All water taps must be posted, indicating that the water is not safe to drink.

For more information on Boil Water Advisories, please visit

The Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until the sample results confirm the water is fit for human consumption (minimum of 48 hours following the completion of the repair). City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this necessary process, and advise that if there are any questions, concerns or requests for additional information, they may contact the Service Timmins at 705-264-1331 during business hours. After-hours emergencies should be directed to 705-264-1201.

City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this work.

Posted by Sara Perron  On Nov 27, 2023 at 10:24 AM
Celebrate the festive season on Saturday, November 25! It’s the 9th Annual Community Holiday Tree Lighting. This year’s yuletide wouldn’t be complete without Christmas carols, free hot chocolate, over 4,000 twinkling lights.

The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. at Hollinger Park with a very special sing-a-long! Santa and Mrs. Claus are back to help spread holiday cheer … and they need everyone to join in, singing loud and clear. Next, we’ll flip the switch on our 40-foot white spruce with over 4,000 sparkling lights while residents enjoy free hot chocolate courtesy of the McIntyre Coffee Shop.

Timmins Community Holiday Tree Lighting is proudly supported by the City of Timmins, Tourism Timmins, Timmins Community Park Association, and the McIntyre Coffee Shop.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 13, 2023 at 8:49 AM

On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, Don Anderson Haulage will be hauling a Hydro One transformer from the Rail Siding on Hallnor Rd. to the transformer station on Brundy Ave. in Schumacher. The width of this load will occupy a two-lane road with limited shoulder area available.

On November 14, temporary road closures will be in effect on Aura Lake Rd. between Father Costello Dr. and Croatia Ave., prohibiting travel and parking between 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temporary road closure signage will be in place.

Timmins Police Service will be escorting the load and assisting with traffic control along the route. Due to the height of the load, a number of utility trucks will also provide escort.

The move will begin on Hallnor Rd. on Tuesday, November 14th at 07:30 a.m. and will take approximately six hours to reach the transformer station. Expect temporary traffic delays along Hwy. 101 E., Father Costello Dr., Aura Lake Rd., and Croatia Ave. while the load passes through town. Consider arranging an alternative route to avoid delays.

Don Anderson Haulage and the City of Timmins appreciates everyone’s efforts and patience while we navigate this large and complex load through the community.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 10, 2023 at 9:21 AM

The City of Timmins Environmental Services Department, Waste Management Division, wishes to inform the public that waste and recycling carts that are normally scheduled for pick up on Thursday November 9, 2023, will be delayed or postponed until tomorrow, Friday November 10, 2023.

There will be a crew working this evening until 8pm. If your carts are not collected today, please have them curbside no later than 7:30 AM, tomorrow November 10, 2023.

 We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your patience.

Posted by Sara Perron  On Nov 09, 2023 at 3:55 PM
With Connecting Link construction wrapping up for the season, the temporary detour in place along Brunette Rd. and Second Ave. will be removed. Algonquin Blvd. E. is expected to open early the week of November 13, 2023. The City’s Traffic Dept. is prioritizing the replacement of stop signs along Second Ave. at the intersections of Spruce St. S. and Balsam St. S. Motorists should be prepared to stop on Monday, November 13.

Both intersections along Second Ave. will be returned to an all-way or 4-way stop with all motor vehicles on approach coming to a complete stop. At a 4-way stop, the first vehicle to come to a complete stop has the right-of-way. If two or more cars stop at the same time, right-of-way goes to the vehicle on the right.

This year, construction has been completed on Connecting Link Segment 6 through the Mountjoy intersection, Segment 7 from Mountjoy to just east of Balsam St. N., and Segment 2 on Riverside Dr. from Shirley St. to Government Rd. The downtown segments of the Connecting Link are part of a three-year contract, with construction on Segment 8 beginning next spring. Segment 8 will include the removal of the underpass on Algonquin Blvd. E. and the addition of a dedicated snowmobile crossing just east of Brunette Rd.

Sign up for Connecting Link updates today at and stay up-to-date on the latest construction news.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 09, 2023 at 10:27 AM
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