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Outdoor restrictions for funerals are up to a maximum of 100 people with funeral director in charge for green zones, yellow and orange zones are 100 people with funeral director in charge and 1 staff per 10 guests. Red zones are a maximum of 50 people with funeral director in charge and 1 staff per 10 guests. However, cemeteries can limit these numbers based on staff availability.

The City of Timmins Cemetery Department has no graveside services during the winter months; therefore no large gatherings are permitted on cemetery grounds and a maximum of 10 attendees are allowed for indoors funeral services.

Cemeteries are private property and rules must be followed.

For further information, please contact the cemetery department at 705-360-2615 or email [email protected].

This post has been updated on December 24, 2020 from it's original release.

Posted by Andy Yu  On Dec 24, 2020 at 10:32 AM
The City of Timmins would like to advise that an extreme cold weather alert has been issued for December 24 up to, and including December 27, 2020 with temperatures reaching -25 Celsius (inclusive of windchill). 

Living Space will continue to operate 24/7, accommodating 25 people in the existing emergency shelter. 

People in need of emergency shelter are asked to attend the Living Space location (27 Cedar St. N.), at which time staff will assess and refer the individual to the most appropriate support. Living Space Outreach Workers will conduct street-level outreach with the goal of connecting people who are sleeping outside with shelter and/or support.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 24, 2020 at 8:41 AM
The Skating Path at the Hollinger Park will open for public use on December 24, 2020.  With the mild temperatures that we have been experiencing within the City, the project was delayed until Mother Nature cooperated.  

“This is the second year with the skating path at the Hollinger Park.  I am very proud of our team for the work that they have put in to get the skating path ready for our residents,” said Mark Jensen, Director of Community and Development Services.  

With the new Christmas Lockdowns in effect, the skate path will remain open.  “Although the skating path will be open to the public, use of the Timmins Community Park Association trailer for a change room will not be permitted and the public washrooms will also remain closed. Also, there will be no organized public events planned at this location.  Any member of the public who wishes to use outdoor ice pads or the skate path will have to respect the 2m social distancing rules and cannot play sports like hockey on such surfaces,” explained Mr. Jensen. 

With the new COVID-19 lockdowns in effect, we encourage residents of the City of Timmins to get outdoors and enjoy the vast nature we have at our fingertips.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 23, 2020 at 3:03 PM
In light of the upcoming Christmas Lockdowns, the Timmins Transit would like to remind residents that they are continuing to operate at current service levels.  

Exceptions to the schedule include the following: 
December 24 – 6:00am to 6:00pm
December 25 – CLOSED
December 26 – 8:30am to 7:30pm
December 31 – 6:00am to 11:30pm 
January 1 – CLOSED

We thank you for your continued support.  Happy riding!
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 22, 2020 at 2:37 PM
As per recent direction from the Government of Ontario our City will enter into a lockdown effective 12:01 am, Saturday, December 26, 2020. To that end here are some of the services which will be affected during this lockdown period.     

City Hall will be closed to the public however will continue to offer its regular services through our centralized system at Service Timmins. 

All indoor cultural and recreational facilities including our arenas, the museum, the Sportsplex pool, community centers, etc. will be closed to the public but outdoor activities such as our outdoor ice rinks and skating path will still be available for use by the public subject to maintaining two (2) meter physical distancing.  

Please be advised that all other services provided by the City (ie: Public Works and Public Utilities, snow plowing/snow removal, waste management including access to the Deloro landfill site, Timmins Police Service, Timmins Fire Department and Timmins Transit) will continue to operate during the lockdown period. The Timmins Public Library will also continue to operate offering curb-side and contactless services and on-line services.  

For inquiries about what this means to your City services please contact Service Timmins at 705-264-1331.

We would like to thank all citizens who have been working hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and remind everyone to continue being kind to one another through these challenging and uncertain times. Together we will get through this.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 22, 2020 at 9:57 AM
The City of Timmins commends Canada Nickel for its recently announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wabun Tribal Council and Tagamou Nation. 

“These MOUs are great news for the region,” said Mayor Pirie.  “These mutually beneficial business arrangements will help move the Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide project closer to permitting, and promises to create direct mining jobs and to sustain jobs in our mining supply industry.

“These MOUs are excellent examples of First Nation-Industry partnerships that respect Traditional Territory,” continued Mayor Pirie.  “These are excellent agreements which are examples of Indigenous ownership which we have been advocating for.  They fit with the City’s Indigenous philosophy and of course our diversification goals.”

Canada Nickel’s Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide project will deliver Net Zero nickel and cobalt products, located in our Porcupine Mining Camp. 
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 21, 2020 at 9:01 AM
The Timmins Victor M. Power Airport has started using advanced technology to make a healthier airport.

Their latest piece of in-terminal innovation is a UV-C light sanitization device that is proven to eliminate 99.999% of the Coronavirus on Smartphones in just 20 seconds without the use of any chemicals.  The CleanSlate UV sanitizer works on phones, tablets and other small electronics. The hospital-grade technology has established a reputation as reliable and effective for cleaning touchscreen devices and other small items such as keys, watches, badges and glasses.  UV light won’t harm touchscreens, cameras or IR sensors.  

The CleanSlate UV device is located in the terminal departure area and is available for use at no cost.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 18, 2020 at 11:11 AM
The City of Timmins would like to advise that an extreme cold weather alert has been issued for December 14-15, 2020, with temperatures expected to reach -25 Celsius (inclusive of wind-chill). 

People in need of emergency shelter are asked to attend the Living Space location (27 Cedar St. N.), at which time staff will assess and refer the individual as appropriate. Living Space Outreach Workers conduct street-level outreach with the goal of connecting people who are sleeping outside with shelter and/or support.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 14, 2020 at 3:24 PM
As a segment of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan the Cycling Committee would like to engage residents in a survey with respect to cycling in the City of Timmins. 

The focus of the survey is to receive input with a goal to become a Bicycle Friendly Community. Areas of interest include Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Planning. 

The committee launched the public survey this morning.  It is available in both English and French at: until January 31, 2021.

The 4 minute survey can also be found on the City of Timmins’ homepage at: and will be made available at The Timmins Public Library. 

If you’re a cyclist, don’t miss this opportunity to provide your input!
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Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 14, 2020 at 1:58 PM
At the regular meeting of Timmins City Council, a number of significant development activities were approved.  Council declared a significant land parcel in the Melrose Heights subdivision surplus to municipal needs, thus clearing the way for new residential development.  Council also approved the sale of land in its Industrial Park to Acces Industrial Minier Inc. to service the mining industry in and around Timmins. Additionally, the City’s Official Plan has been renewed and will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for review.

“These announcements speak to the confidence the investor community has in the future of the City of Timmins,” stated Mayor Pirie.  “This confidence is bolstered by the positive announcements regarding the commencement of the Côté Lake Gold project, the initiation of the production of Gowest Gold and Kirkland Lake Gold setting up an administrative center in Timmins.  We are attracting new employees to the City and the real estate market is thriving.  

“We have an exciting new huge nickel project just to the north of Timmins in Canada Nickel, which would potentially change the dynamics of the city’s economy.  Our exploration section is booming with very promising projects with Galleon Gold and Gatling Resources, which is a joint venture with Kirkland Lake Gold and GFG Resources.  

“Our forestry section has been unable to keep up with demand.  Our industrial metal section, led by Imerys Talc, has been purchased by one of Canada’s premier businessmen, Aaron Regent, and this industry will flourish under his leadership.   It is a testament to the City and its partners that the City is able to grow this year when the majority of cities in Canada have experienced severe difficulties.”

Director of Community and Development Services, Mark Jensen stated that, “It is refreshing to see the interest growing in both the residential and non-residential sectors.”  To further support this trend, Planning staff will be releasing a couple of Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to promote continued residential development in the popular Park Avenue and Melrose Heights Subdivisions.  This will be complemented with the promotion of public sale opportunities for residential infill lot development throughout the community over the coming months.  Jensen added that, “The City is also very focused on continuing its work to promote and expand its Industrial Park in light of the recent surge in interest for both commercial and industrial properties.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM
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