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2021 tax rates and ratios for all classes of taxation have been approved by Timmins Council. Overall, Timmins municipal levy will increase by 1.33 percent. It is important to note that this increase is significantly lower than other northern municipalities, with increases varying between 2.15 percent and 3.9 percent for 2021.

The tax rate for the residential class is increasing by 1.08 percent with an average increase of $34 per residential property.

“When you look at the City’s tax allocation, the residential class makes up 64 percent of taxes collected by the City,” explains Director of Finance Natalie Moore. “This is a decrease of 2 percent from 2019. We are continuing a downward trend to try and alleviate some of the tax burden from residents.”

The commercial class will see a decrease of 1.84 percent with an average savings of $430 per property. This is the 4th year in a row that the commercial class has seen a reduction, which is important in a year where businesses continue to struggle with the impacts of COVID-19.

“This council campaigned on a platform of fiscal responsibility and stability,” says Mayor George Pirie. “These tax rates and our overall budget have delivered on that direction.”

Once tax bills have been received, payment will be due in two installments on June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2021. Payments can be made via online banking, pre-authorized payments, or by mailing in a cheque.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 13, 2021 at 8:48 AM
  

The City of Timmins Environmental Services Department wishes to advise the public of hydrant flushing/watermain cleaning activities in the following areas.

  • Area: South Porcupine

  • Time of Disruption: May 12 2021 4:00pm until May 21 2021 12:00pm

Homeowners and businesses may experience short-term loss in water pressure or experience brown or rust-coloured water following the testing. It is recommended not to drink or wash laundry with the discoloured water. While it is not harmful to your health, it can stain laundry. Should this occur, it is advised to turn off your tap for 10-20 minutes in order to allow the crew to complete the test. Once the test is complete and the work crew has left the area, 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 colour has returned to normal.

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. After-hours emergencies should be directed to 705-264-1201.

Posted by Vickie Boudreau  On May 12, 2021 at 3:38 PM
  

Timmins' Connecting Link Segment 5 construction has now moved into Phase 2. Algonquin Blvd. is now closed to traffic between Mattagami Blvd. South and Theriault Blvd. 

Motorists please use the Wilson Ave. detour and follow all detour signs. Temporary traffic lights have been installed at Wilson and Cameron.

Trucks must use the northern detour route to Laforest Rd.

 

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM
  
Please be advised that Algonquin Blvd. will be closed to traffic in both directions starting Monday, May 10 from Mattagami Blvd. South to just west of Theriault Blvd. as Phase 2 of the Connecting Link Segment 5 construction begins.

Traffic, including cyclists, will be detoured down Wilson Ave. with temporary traffic signals installed at the intersection of Wilson Ave. and Cameron St.

Large trucks must use the northern truck detour around Laforest Rd. as they will not be able navigate the Wilson Ave. detour.

Access to businesses and services along this stretch of Algonquin Blvd. West will be maintained using side street entry. Please follow construction signs indicating temporary entrances where applicable.

Effective Monday, May 10, the following stops will not be serviced by Timmins Transit while construction continues:

1711 - Morandin Dry Cleaners on routes 37 and 6

1697 - Speedy Auto Glass and Participark on routes 38 and 7

Measures are in place to make sure the Wilson Ave. detour allows for consistent traffic flow, but please add an additional 15 to 30 minutes to your expected travel time to allow for delays.

Sign up today for our Connecting Link alerts and get the latest information on the Connecting Link construction straight to your phone. Visit Timmins.ca > News and Alerts > Connecting Link.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 07, 2021 at 9:51 AM
  
Please be advised that Algonquin Blvd. will be closed to traffic in both directions starting Monday, May 10 from Mattagami Blvd. South to just west of Theriault Blvd. as Phase 2 of the Connecting Link Segment 5 construction begins.

Traffic, including cyclists, will be detoured down Wilson Ave. with temporary traffic signals installed at the intersection of Wilson Ave. and Cameron St.

Large trucks must use the northern truck detour around Laforest Rd. as they will not be able navigate the Wilson Ave. detour.

Access to businesses and services along this stretch of Algonquin Blvd. West will be maintained using side street entry. Please follow construction signs indicating temporary entrances where applicable.

Effective Monday, May 10, the following stops will not be serviced by Timmins Transit while construction continues:

1711 - Morandin Dry Cleaners on routes 37 and 6

1697 - Speedy Auto Glass and Participark on routes 38 and 7

Measures are in place to make sure the Wilson Ave. detour allows for consistent traffic flow, but please add an additional 15 to 30 minutes to your expected travel time to allow for delays.

Sign up today for our Connecting Link alerts and get the latest information on the Connecting Link construction straight to your phone. Visit Timmins.ca > News and Alerts > Connecting Link.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 07, 2021 at 9:50 AM
  

If you were planning to visit a cemetery at this time or on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, please remember that there are strict gathering rules to follow.

One-household-plus-one restriction

Current COVID-19 provincial restrictions prohibit “all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household.”
The restriction also applies to cemeteries.

Being private property, cemeteries have the right to control access and may limit numbers even further. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) will not, and cannot, order cemeteries to stay open to the public.

Funerals at cemeteries

For funeral services at the graveside, there can be no more than 10 people, not counting funeral or cemetery staff. The maximum of 10 attendees only applies to funeral services. All other cemetery gatherings must follow the one-household-plus-one restriction.

Mask wearing and physical distancing of two meters between people must be practiced at all times by everyone in the cemetery during funeral services.
Thank you for your cooperation

For further information, contact the cemetery office at 705-360-2615.




Posted by Ashish Puri  On May 03, 2021 at 1:35 PM
  
This is Emergency Preparedness Week and the City of Timmins and the Timmins Fire Department want to remind you that being prepared in the event of an emergency starts now. Protect yourself, your family, and even your community by knowing the risks, making an emergency plan, and building an emergency kit.

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness campaign that has been held annually for the last 25 years. All Canadians are encouraged to consider the hazards that can affect our daily lives. They can range from power outages to floods and fires. Public Safety Canada recommends having a family emergency plan and an emergency kit prepared that would allow you to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

The Government of Canada offers free resources to help you create an emergency plan online (https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/plan/mrgnc-pln-en.aspx). You will want to consider safe exits from your home and neighborhood; plan meeting places to reunite with family or friends; identify emergency contacts and numbers; and, list the location of fire extinguishers, water and gas valves in your home. You can print your emergency plan once complete and include a copy in your emergency kit.

Your emergency kit is most effective if it is organized, easy to find, and fully portable. Use backpacks or duffel bags and keep it somewhere accessible and make sure all members of your household know where to find it. We’ve created an emergency kit checklist that you can download and print.

For more information on how to get and stay prepared visit:

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/mk-pln-en.aspx

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/mrgncychldrn-en.aspx
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 03, 2021 at 11:35 AM
  

As we head towards warmer weather, the City of Timmins is reminding residents of our external water usage by-laws that help us manage, maintain, and regulate the waterworks supply system for the City of Timmins.

Please be aware and follow By-law #1974-253 and amended By-law #2013-7419, which state:

During the months of May, June, July and August, the external use of water is permitted:

o On even calendar dates at only those municipal addresses ending with the numbers 0,2,4,6, and 8;
o On odd calendar dates at only those municipal addresses ending with the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

External use of water for recreational purposes only (i.e. small pools or children’s water sprinklers) is permitted for all municipal addresses on all calendar dates. Recreational use requires the presence of children, teenagers or adults, otherwise penalties as set out in Clause 40 of By-law #1974-253 will apply.

During an emergency period when it appears likely that the demand for the consumption of water will reduce the water pressure below what is required for safety or supply of water, the Mayor or Acting Mayor of The Corporation of the City of Timmins can issue a temporary proclamation regulating the use of the water. Any external use of water during an emergency period will require a permit from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Timmins.

Residents who require external water usage outside of their allowable schedule (i.e. for newly installed sod or seed), will require a permit available through Service Timmins.

For questions, please call Service Timmins at 705-264-1331.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 03, 2021 at 11:28 AM
  
Statistic Canada’s 2021 Census is now underway! Every five years, Canadians get the opportunity to help define our diverse population and the communities we live in.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Program has been adapted to make sure you can participate in the safest and most secure way possible. You can fill out your census questionnaire online today without pre-registration or lengthy downloads.

Why is completing the census important? Information collected is used by the City of Timmins in a variety of ways. It informs public policy and the planning of schools, hospitals, child care centres, and family services. Municipal programs like public transportation, sustainable development, and environmental goals are influenced by census data. Your answers help reflect how Timmins is changing.

Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) uses the census to track socioeconomic trends in order to help local business and our economy grow.

“The TEDC uses Census information to attract businesses to our community, to help local firms with market research and assist us when completing government funding applications. All these purposes are beneficial for Timmins and therefore we encourage everyone to complete the Census forms when they come out,” says Fred Gibbons, Chair of Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

You can complete the questionnaire today online at https://census.gc.ca/index-eng.htm. For more information, call the Census Help Line toll-free at: 1-855-340-2021.

You are included in the census if you are a Canadian citizen by birth or naturalization, a landed immigrant, or a non-permanent resident (a person with a work or student visa, or who has claimed refugee status).

Make sure you’re counted! Fill out your census questionnaire today.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 03, 2021 at 9:47 AM
  
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