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With the provincewide stay-at-home order now in effect, the City of Timmins Enforcement Services Department will have Municipal By-law Enforcement Officers on patrol this weekend to ensure area businesses are in compliance.

“We will be actively visiting all retail stores that are legislated to remain open during the lock down in order to enforce the provincial order and new regulations,” said Sherry Laneville, Supervisor of Enforcement Services. “We will also monitor any stores that must remain closed during this time.”

Many retailers that can be open have been provided direction if they must close off sections of their store as per the provincial legislation and will be inspected regularly.

The City of Timmins Enforcement Services Department has actively provided COVID-19 education to customers and retailers over the past year. Compliance is now mandatory and charges will be laid if found in contravention of the provincial order.

“Our department has always been available to give direction and have assisted many retailers and residents in navigating through the ever changing legislation,” added Laneville. “We are dedicated in keeping our community safe.”

The City of Timmins By-law Enforcement Officers work together with the Porcupine Health Unit and Timmins Police Service to help protect public safety.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 09, 2021 at 2:50 PM

Earth Day is coming up on April 22 and our Environmental Services Department wants to know what Earth Day means to you?  This year's theme is "Restore our Earth."

Maybe you're a champion recycler. Or you love planting new trees and flowers. Draw a picture of how you celebrate and support our Earth and send it to We'd love to see it. You could win a fun prize too!

Deadline is April 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Make sure you get an adult's permission before sending us your picture.

Earth Day is April 22

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 09, 2021 at 2:26 PM
Just as construction is set to begin on Segment 5 of the Connecting Link project, the City of Timmins is pleased to announce confirmation of $3 Million in funding from the Ministry of Transportation through their 2021-22 Connecting Links Program.

The Timmins connecting link is one of the largest in the province, including just over 21 km of highway. Ontario is helping municipalities repair their roadways and bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing. Following delays due to COVID-19, work on the city’s connecting link can now proceed. This year’s work will see reconstruction of Algonquin Blvd. West between Mattagami Blvd. South and Theriault Blvd.

Timmins CAO Dave Landers explained that the work will be extensive with full-depth reconstruction of the roadway, replacement of underground services like water, and pole relocation.

“The work in this area is necessary due to the condition of the roadway and underlying infrastructure,” said Landers. “It has been identified as priority and we are happy to be able to move forward with assistance from government funding. This is the third time that the City of Timmins has successfully lobbied and received the maximum funding allowed under the provincial program.”

“Timmins’ connecting link is the main artery through the city. It connects residents, businesses and industry and helps drive our economy,” said Mayor George Pirie. “The extent of work required to upgrade and maintain our roads would not be possible without funding from the Ministry of Transportation and Ontario government. I want to thank our engineering team and staff who have helped us secure this funding by working with the Ministry and emphasizing the importance of this project. I would also like to thank Minister Mulroney with the Ministry of Transportation on behalf of the Government of Ontario for continuing to work with the City of Timmins to complete work on this critical roadway.”

Details on the full Connecting Link Segment 5 project, including the stages of construction and applicable detour routes can be found here.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 09, 2021 at 12:26 PM
The flags at Timmins City Hall are flying at half-mast today in honour of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh following his passing earlier this morning at Windsor Castle.

“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen,” said Mayor George Pirie. “We join the Royal Family and people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 09, 2021 at 8:51 AM
The City’s Public Works Department has begun work to remove sand from the streets, sidewalks, municipal parking lots, and medians across the city. Due to the amount of sand used to contend with our Northern Ontario winters, sweeping operations will take several weeks to complete.

While sweeping operations have begun, they remain weather-dependent as these activities cannot take place when temperatures drop below zero degrees.

Yellow ‘No Parking’ signs are posted on the streets the day prior to sweeping, and indicate the day of the week that operations are to take place. Failure to comply can result in the vehicle being towed or ticketed, and may prevent areas of the street from being cleaned.

A sweeping schedule will be posted weekly on the City’s website, which is subject to last-minute changes based on changes in weather and potential equipment break downs.

We kindly ask residents to comply with the ‘No Parking’ signs as our crews work to clean the streets, reducing the amount of sand and dust throughout the City.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 08, 2021 at 9:16 AM
The City of Timmins is pleased to announce that construction on Segment Five of the Connecting Link is now underway.

Segment 5 of the Connecting Link will see road improvements along Algonquin Blvd. West between Mattagami Blvd. South and Theriault Blvd. This is the first downtown segment and includes full-depth reconstruction of the roadway, replacement of underground services like water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer, and pole relocation.

The work will be extensive and as construction proceeds all local traffic and cyclists will be detoured down Mattagami Blvd. South to Wilson Ave. with trucks re-directed along Shirley St. to Lafleur Dr. and on to Laforest Rd. before reaching Hwy. 655. Detour signs will be clearly visible. We are asking motorists to proceed with caution when traveling through any and all construction areas, ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

“We know that construction can be disruptive and we’re taking measures to make sure the detour allows for consistent traffic flow and keeps vehicles moving,” says Public Works Manager Ken Krcel. “Temporary traffic signals will be installed at Wilson Ave. and Cameron St. We’ve also looked at the one-way section of Mattagami Blvd. South and know that it is wide enough for two-lanes of traffic during the construction period.”

The full Segment 5 project includes 4 phases of construction. During the first phase, Mattagami Blvd. South will be fully closed to traffic between Algonquin Blvd. West and Wilson Ave. Algonquin Blvd. West will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

More information on the Connecting Link Project can be found at
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 07, 2021 at 9:30 AM
With the temporary closure of City Hall and in-person visits to Service Timmins, many residents are wondering how they can purchase fire permits.

Service Timmins will now issue fire permits over the phone. Residents can call Service Timmins at 705-264-1331. When you call, please know the type of permit you require and length of time you wish to purchase. As a result, we may experience higher call volume and wait times may be longer. Please be patient.

A reminder that all fire permits are now issued directly by Service Timmins. Residents are able to obtain one, two and three year residential Chimenea permits at $25 per year. Tenants wanting to obtain a permit will require a signed Landlord Permission to Burn Statement. The statement can be downloaded online at

Please ensure that you continue to practice all of the public health measures put into place.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 07, 2021 at 8:22 AM
City Hall and municipal facilities will be temporarily closed to the general public as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021. City staff will be available to conduct business over the phone or online.

Please be advised of the following closures:
• All arenas and the Archie Dillon Sportsplex pool are closed and all scheduled programming is canceled until further notice.
• The Timmins Public Library and C.M Shields Centennial Branch will be closed to in-person visits during the shutdown, however computer use, photocopying and faxing services will be available by appointment at the Main Branch starting Tuesday April 6. Curbside pickup, virtual programs, phone and online services continue. Wi-Fi is available outside at both branches.
• The Timmins Museum: NEC is closed and all in-person public programming has been canceled until further notice.

City employees remain committed to offering centralized services through Service Timmins:
• Online Citizen Service Centre:
• Phone: 705-264-1331
• After-hours emergencies should be directed to: 705-264-1201

We remind the public that a variety of City services can be accessed from home. Service Timmins can assist with lottery and licensing, by-law enforcement, leisure services, roads and sidewalks, tax, water and sewer, waste management, provincial offences and parking.

Vendors, contractors, and delivery personnel required to ensure the continuity of business will be allowed access after undergoing a screening process at all City facilities.

The City of Timmins will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow direction provided by the Federal Government, Provincial Government and public health officials.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 01, 2021 at 3:09 PM

As of April 1st, 2021, parking rates at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport will see a slight increase.

While hourly automobile parking rates will remain the same, travelers leaving their vehicles at the airport for a full day or extended period of time will pay more. The daily parking rate will increase from $10 to $12/day and the weekly parking rate from $50 (7 consecutive days) to $62/week.

Residents are reminded that parking in front of the terminal is prohibited and automobile congestion can be an issue. The curb lane is a Fire Route and vehicles will be ticketed. Instead, we ask that people park in the vehicle lot (FREE for first hour), wait on the east side access road and have your passenger call for pick up, or continue to circle the parking road and wait for a spot in our 15 minute parking outside the terminal.

For more information, visit the Airport section of our website.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 31, 2021 at 9:17 AM
The Ontario government recently announced the development of its first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy, an initiative that could position Northern Ontario as a global leader in the supply of critical minerals and rare earth elements.

Critical minerals like nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum group elements, are necessary in the creation of new technologies like electric vehicles and are widely used in the energy, transportation, and communication sectors as there is a global shift towards low-carbon economies.

“A Critical Minerals Strategy is very important to Timmins and the region,” says Mayor George Pirie. “The Ontario government’s commitment to this project reaffirms their commitment to Northern Ontario and our future. We could see positive opportunities within the mining sector in terms of job creation and investment. With the amount of critical minerals in Northern Ontario, we are in a good position to help meet the global demand, putting us on the map as a supplier of responsibly-sourced critical minerals.”

Timmins’ Resident Geologist, Zeinab Azadbakht of the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS), is currently researching rare earth elements in the region.

“With the high demand for rare earth elements (REEs), additional research could examine potential sources of critical minerals and REEs,” says Azadbakht. “Within the Timmins district, there are over 15 known carbonatite and alkaline igneous rock bodies that have REE potential, but they have not been studied in detail. Ontario Geological Survey studies completed in the past showed that most carbonatite and alkaline igneous rock bodies are also associated with niobium mineralization, so studying these intrusions and evaluating their REE content may identify economic, high-grade REE mineralization. As a result, this research could help determine the potential for the Timmins district to be a REE and niobium producer in the future”

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs states, “The Ontario government is developing its first-ever critical minerals strategy as part of our commitment to create jobs, attract new investment and create opportunities in communities across northern Ontario.” Further, Minister Rickford points out that, "Timmins is ideally located to benefit from new critical mineral discoveries, including copper, nickel and platinum group elements. Industries around the world need a reliable supply of responsibly-sourced critical minerals to meet the demands of the incoming low-carbon economy. Northern Ontario stands ready to meet this demand and our government is making sure we have the tools we need to capitalize on this opportunity.”

According to the province, the Critical Minerals Strategy is expected to be released this fall.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 24, 2021 at 9:12 AM
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