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The flags at Timmins City Hall and all municipally-owned facilities will remain lowered for 9 days or 215 hours beginning today for the children whose bodies were found at the former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

“It is difficult to find the words to express the collective pain we are feeling,” says Mayor George Pirie. “It is truly unspeakable. As we know, St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany was open as recently as 1976 and there are still those in our community who went there and carry the scars. This is a powerful reminder to us all that compassion for our Indigenous neighbours and the inter-generational struggles they continue to endure, are our joint responsibility to remedy. It’s time to embrace our past and build a better tomorrow by marginalizing those who continue efforts to widen the divide. The City of Timmins extends it sympathies to the survivors, families and our Indigenous community affected by this tragedy.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 31, 2021 at 12:51 PM

The City of Timmins will be hosting a virtual open house regarding the installation of new playground equipment with additional accessible equipment at the Lonergan Park. The City is looking for input and ideas from area residents. Further details will be provided at the virtual open house.

Please join the virtual open house with City staff at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. We look forward to seeing you there.

To participate in the virtual open house, you will need to have access to a computer with internet service or a telephone. Please contact Dave St.Onge at (705) 360-2600 Ext. 3347 or [email protected] in order to receive the virtual open house login information.

Map of Lonergan Park

Posted by David St.Onge  On May 28, 2021 at 4:03 PM

The City of Timmins will be hosting a virtual open house regarding the replacement of the existing asphalt court surface at Spillenaar Park. The City is looking for input and ideas from area residents. Further details will be provided at the virtual open house.

Please join the virtual open house with City staff at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. We look forward to seeing you there.

To participate in the virtual open house, you will need to have access to a computer with internet service or a telephone. Please contact Dave St.Onge at (705) 360-2600 Ext. 3347 or [email protected] in order to receive the virtual open house login information.

Map of Spillenaar Park

Posted by David St.Onge  On May 28, 2021 at 3:35 PM

Eleven days after a State of Emergency was declared, the City of Timmins continues to struggle with a surge in cases and stress on our frontline services. The recent increase in active cases has left the Porcupine Health region #1 per capita behind some of the province’s typical hotspots.

“We are not ready to end the State of Emergency,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Cases remain on the rise. We’ve had a number of notable workplace outbreaks. Staffing at the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (CDEMS) remains fragile and could easily be impacted if cases continue to spread. It is imperative that we continue to follow all public health guidelines and get vaccinated. It’s the only way we’re getting through this.

“That said, the City has been working closely with our community partners to make sure every eligible resident has access to a vaccine. The PHU continues to add drop-in COVID-19 clinics; we know that 65.2% of the population who are 18 years or older have received their first dose; and, we know that cases of COVID-19 are lower among the age groups who have higher rates of vaccination. It’s a start, but we have work to do.”

When the emergency declaration was made, the City of Timmins, along with the PHU and TADH, identified three priorities the city and region needed to achieve to start lowering cases: increase availability of vaccines and supplies; enhance capacity for testing; and, source support for a community isolation centre.

To date, the PHU has been able to access additional vaccines and open eligibility up to individuals aged 12 and older. Drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been added to the regular by-appointment clinics through a number of partnerships.

“COVID is everywhere and in every setting,” says Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit. “It is in our daycares, in our grocery stores, in businesses open to the public and in businesses closed to the public. It affects our frontline workers and our frontline services. Our essential workers are being affected. The PHU urges everyone to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at work and use it properly. Wear three-ply procedural masks instead of cloth masks and maintain social distancing and screening. If you are concerned, isolate at home and arrange for testing.

To increase the public’s access to COVID-19 testing, the TADH has added several walk-in testing clinics at their Assessment Centre on Ross Ave. Work is underway with the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), to create additional testing opportunities including pop-up testing sites. CDSSAB has also been working with the provincial government and Ministry of Health to source funding for a dedicated isolation centre for the community.

Drop-in and Scheduled Vaccine Clinics

Community and Location

Clinic Date

Foodland Parking Lot

670 Airport Rd., Timmins

Saturday, May 29, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

True North Estates – Mobile Home Park

2 Michael Ave., Timmins

Monday, May 31, 2021

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


1115 MacLean Dr., Timmins 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Golden Avenue Public School Parking Lot

117 Golden Ave., South Porcupine

Saturday, June 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Notre Dame Trailer Park

201 Notre Dame Pl., Timmins

Sunday, June 6, 2021

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Timmins Public Library Building Parking Lot (facing Brunette Rd.), Timmins 

Monday, June 7, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


No appointment required. A number of clinics are also being offered at the Mountjoy Arena by appointment only. For more information or to book an appointment visit the PHU online (

Drop-in Testing Clinics

If you are experiencing symptoms, may have come in contact with an active case, or are concerned you may have COVID-19, isolate at home and arrange for testing. Walk-in testing clinics are available daily from May 31 and June 3 at TADH Assessment Centre, 651 Ross Ave. East between 2 PM and 4 PM. These clinics are first come, first serve with a limited number of spaces.


Vet’s Taxi continues to offer complimentary service for residents traveling to and from area vaccine clinics. Residents can call Vet’s directly to book transportation. No between stops are permitted.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 28, 2021 at 2:55 PM
At last night’s council meeting, Council approved imposing a $1,000 fine for illegal dumping of garbage on lands owned by the City of Timmins.

The approval was part of By-law 2021-8565, an update of original by-law 2007-6452, to establish Use of Property Set Fines including depositing garbage on both city owned land and private property.

The update came after a request from Mayor George Pirie to increase fines associated with illegal dumping.

“We’ve all seen the photos on social media,” says Mayor George Pirie. “There is an issue of illegal dumping in the city and we would be remiss if we didn’t do everything possible to come up with a solution. Increasing the fees is a deterrent, meant to discourage offenders who feel that treating our land and environment with such disrespect is appropriate.”

A $1,000 fine has also been set for fouling lands owned by the City, defined as the defacement of city property.

To see a full list set fines, review by-law 2021-8565:
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 26, 2021 at 8:42 AM
The Golden Manor’s redevelopment plans were given the green light from Council last night to proceed to the Design Development phase.

Plans to redevelop the current 177-bed long-term care home have been on-going with great success. Schematic diagrams for the new building, which will add an additional 15 beds, are now complete and the next phase will bring further design development and redefining of the home’s rooms and facilities.

Inspiration for the rebuild has been drawn from a “campus of care” model, which provides seniors a range of housing options as they age. The location of the new and existing buildings are ideally situated to achieve this goal of having long-term care, assisted living, and affordable housing all centrally located around common pathways, gardens, and courtyards.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress so far,” says Golden Manor Administrator Carol Halt. “Just by looking at the preliminary schematic design, we can see a focus on a home-like atmosphere, room for socializing and engagement, space for programs and activities, and integration of infection prevention and control features.”

The redevelopment of the Golden Manor is a significant capital project for The City of Timmins. Throughout consultation with numerous agencies, community partners, and stakeholders, the focus has been on developing a larger facility that meets residents’ needs, improves accessibility, and is aligned with any future plans to redevelop the surrounding area to become a true “campus of care.”

Once the project is complete and meets all applicable conditions, the Ministry of Long-Term Care (MOLTC) will provide the City with a Construction Funding Subsidy (CFS), a per diem based on per bed per day, paid over 25 years to assist with paying down the cost to rebuild.

The MOLTC has also issued a notice of public consultation regarding Golden Manor’s redevelopment proposal. If you have any comments or opinions and would like to bring them forward, deadline is June 25, 2021. Find information on how to make your submission at

For more information on the Golden Manor’s redevelopment project visit > Our Services > Golden Manor Home for the Aged.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 26, 2021 at 8:41 AM
The City of Timmins wishes to advise residents that work on our annual paving program will begin on May 26, 2021 at 6 p.m.

The City is working with Miller Paving to provide partial depth road maintenance to remove and replace the surface layer of asphalt on the program’s approved list of roads, otherwise known as grind and pave work. Partial depth road maintenance is a cost effective way to extend a road’s lifespan.

It is anticipated that work will be completed by the end of October 2021. All streets due for maintenance will remain open during this project. Roadwork is not scheduled by date and location at the start of the paving season. Instead, Miller Paving will schedule work on nearby roads around the same time so they can easily move equipment.

We are asking motorists to proceed with caution when traveling through any and all construction areas, ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 21, 2021 at 3:21 PM
On Saturday, June 12, 2021, the City of Timmins will be hosting our Household Hazardous & Special Waste Event. This is a great opportunity for residents of Timmins to properly dispose of their household hazardous and special waste, free of charge! To make it even more convenient, we’ve added a textile collection depot.

Hazardous & Special Waste Day will take place from 8am to 2pm at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex parking lot. Please note that this event is for residents only, and commercial and industrial waste will not be accepted.

Items being collected include:
- Paint
- Flammable/Misc. organics
- Aerosols
- Single use batteries
- Single use propane cylinders and refillable propane tanks
- Oxidizers
- Pesticides
- Antifreeze
- Oil filters
- Inorganic acids and bases
- Fuel and oil
- Pathological waste (sharps)
- Pharmaceuticals
- Compact fluorescents and fluorescent tubes
- Household electronics
- Used clothing
- Footwear
- Linens

For more information on what is being accepted at the textile collection depot, visit or call 1-866-927-3873.
Residents are reminded to download our Timmins Recyclepedia app and take advantage of the handy Waste Wizard tool to learn how to properly dispose of a variety of materials.

For more information, contact Service Timmins online at or by phone at 705-264-1331.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 20, 2021 at 12:07 PM
May 20 is World Bee Day! Why are celebrating bees? Because bees and other pollinators like butterflies, moths, beetles, and wasps provide a fundamental role in protecting the earth’s ecosystems.

Unfortunately, bees and other pollinators are disappearing and this could have a catastrophic effect on the world’s food supply. It’s time to “start the buzz” and help these essential creatures.

Bee City Timmins’ “Start the Buzz” Pollinator Garden Challenge let’s residents win great prizes, be recognized for supporting pollinators, and help make our community brighter. Anyone is welcome to participate: residents, schools, churches, businesses, and local farms. There are three contest categories: children’s garden (under 18); adult garden (18 and older); and Business / Organization garden.

It’s easy to enter. Create a garden full of pollinator friendly plants. Plants like chives, clover, thyme, and coneflowers are good choices. Residents can find our “Northern Ontario Pollinator-Friendly Gardening Guide” online at for more ideas.

We’re asking participants to take a before and after picture of their garden or planter and email their images to [email protected] before September 30, 2021.

For full contest rules and to find more information on pollinators, pollinator-friendly habitats, and upcoming Bee City Timmins events, like Pollinator Week in June, head to and search “Bee City Initiative.”

Help “start the buzz” and protect our pollinators.

Thank to our “Start the Buzz” sponsors: Kidd Operations, Lake Shore Gold – a subsidiary of Pan American Silver, Newmont Porcupine, and Wintergreen Fund for Conservation.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 19, 2021 at 3:40 PM
Within one day of the State of Emergency, the declaration supported the Porcupine Health Unit’s request for additional allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, vaccine clinics for all individuals 12 years and older have been added over the long weekend.

“This is exactly the response we hoped for,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Declaring a State of Emergency is not decided lightly. In order to get through this third wave, we need people to follow the public health measures and get vaccinated. We not only needed more vaccines, but more available clinics and appointments. We want to ensure that every eligible individual has access to a vaccine, so we’ve also made sure that free transportation is available for residents that require a reliable way to get to and from their appointment.”

Scheduled and “Pop-Up” Clinics

Residents can line-up on Friday, May 21 at Food Basics between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Saturday, May 22 at Timmins Native Friendship Centre between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment required. Clinics will also be offered this weekend at the Mountjoy and Whitney Arenas by appointment only. For more information or to book an appointment visit the PHU online (


This Friday to Monday, residents can ride Timmins Transit at no charge to their vaccine appointment and back. To make the route even simpler, from Saturday to Monday, Timmins Transit is adding a shuttle from the Transit Terminal direct to each vaccine clinic location. It’s a faster and more direct option to get residents to their appointments. Please note that regular bus service and shuttle service have been added to the holiday Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Vet’s Taxi is also offering complimentary service. Residents can call Vet’s Taxi (705-264-2333) for a ride to and from their vaccination appointment. No between stops are permitted. It’s important to thank Richard and Diane Lafleur for being great corporate citizens and partnering on this initiative with the City of Timmins and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB).
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 19, 2021 at 12:57 PM
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