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With Timmins entering Step One of the province’s reopening framework on Friday, we can expect to see more traffic on our streets and being directed through construction detours from the Connecting Link project. Please continue to drive with patience and stay alert.

This is a reminder to drivers that traffic along Algonquin Blvd. West continues to be detoured down Wilson Ave. with temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Wilson Ave. and Cameron St. With more vehicles navigating the detour, please anticipate delays.

Large trucks continue to use the northern truck detour around Laforest Rd. Please adhere to all speed limit reductions. When sharing the road with a large vehicle, remember that large trucks have increased blind spots, need more room to manoeuver, and take longer to speed up or stop.



Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 24, 2021 at 2:50 PM
Timmins’ City Hall is ready to welcome back residents tomorrow morning as the City and region moves into Step 1 of Ontario’s re-opening framework.

Beginning Friday, residents can once again pay their municipal property taxes, water and sewer bills, parking tickets and permits in person weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Service Timmins. Fire permits can also be purchased in person using cash or debit. Provincial Offenses and City Building and Planning services will also be available.

In order to comply with social gathering and distancing requirements, capacity will be reduced within the City Hall lobby. The doors of City Hall will remain locked at all times and staff will monitor access to the building. Entry will be limited to three (3) people at a time, with one (1) person at each front counter representing Service Timmins, Building and Planning, and Provincial Offenses. As you enter, you will be handed a colour-coded card to indicate which service you are accessing.

It is mandatory that all visitors wear a mask and hand sanitize upon entering. The City of Timmins advises that the additional safety precautions (proper PPE, sanitizing, social distancing) may cause service delays.

Meetings with City staff will continue to be conducted virtually such as telephone, teleconferencing or video-conferencing.

Service Timmins can also assist residents online at or by phone at 705-264-1331.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM

The City of Timmins is getting ready to join the Province in reopening some of our businesses and/or enhancing previous lock down measures. Our By-law Department would like to help local businesses prepare for the pending reopening by providing information on what the By-law Department looks for when inspecting a business.

If business owners have any questions, By-law would be happy to answer them or meet with business owners and managers to go over the set up. To request a meeting, contact Service Timmins  by email: or by phone at 705-264-1331.

Below are a few sections from the Reopening of Ontario (Flexible response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, that are mandatory for all businesses that are opened to the public.

These sections falls under O.Reg.82/20 of the act;

1. Screening

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health or another public health official on screening individuals by, among other things,
(a) posting signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises; and
(b) Actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization.

2. Face Coverings

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person in the indoor area of the premises of the business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization, wears a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period when they are in the indoor area unless the person in the indoor area.

The person responsible for a business or organization shall ensure that every person who performs work for the business or organization and whose mask or face covering is temporarily removed to consume food or drink under sub clause (5) (i) (iii) is separated from every other person by,
(a) Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier.
(b) Workers who are within 2 meters of an unmasked individual to wear PPE that consists of a mask and eye protection.

3. Capacity limits for businesses or facilities open to the public

Subject to any additional restrictions set out in this Order, the person responsible for a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall limit the number of persons in the place of business or facility so that,
(a) The members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility;

The person responsible for a place of business or facility that engages in retail sales to the public must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.

4. Physical Distancing and masks in lines, etc.

The person responsible for a business or place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside the business or place unless they are,
(a) Maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons; and
(b) Wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (5)

5. Safety plan

The person responsible for a business that is open shall prepare and make available a safety plan in accordance with this section or ensure that one is prepared and made available.
(2) The safety plan shall describe the measures and procedures which have been implemented or will be implemented in the business to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19.
(3) Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), the safety plan shall describe how the requirements of this Order will be implemented in the location including by screening, physical distancing, masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, and the wearing of personal protective equipment.
(4) The safety plan shall be in writing and shall be made available to any person for review on request.
(5) The person responsible for the business shall ensure that a copy of the safety plan is posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business.

6. Cleaning requirements

The person responsible for a business or place that is open shall ensure that,
(a) any washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or similar amenities made available to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition; and
(b) Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of members of the public must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.
(2) For greater certainty, clause (1) (b) applies to computers, electronics and other machines or devices that members of the public are permitted to operate.

For all documentation regarding these requirements, information on regulations or posters for your business please follow this link.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 23, 2021 at 3:58 PM
Mayor George Pirie has ended the State of Emergency for the City of Timmins effective immediately. The decision was made after discussion with the Municipal Emergency Control Group ahead of the City and region moving into Step 1 of the province’s “Roadmap to Reopen” this Friday.

The State of Emergency, enacted on May 17, 2021, was declared for the following reasons:
- To mobilize additional resources for Timmins and the region;
- To increase access to vaccines and supplies;
- To enhance capacity for COVID-19 testing; and,
- To help aid support for a community isolation centre.

“Through the combined efforts of our community partners, we were able to quickly access additional vaccines and drop-in clinics to protect our residents and add additional community testing to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor George Pirie. “The work of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB) has been exemplary. It is due to their diligence that we can now lift the State of Emergency and prepare to reopen safely.”

The lifting of the State of Emergency does not remove any of the public health measures issued by the PHU. Residents are still required to maintain social distancing; follow indoor and outdoor gathering limits; wear a mask properly; and, continue to stay at home, isolate, and make arrangements to get tested if they experience symptoms.

“As always, the City of Timmins is committed to protecting the health and safety of our citizens,” adds Mayor Pirie. “We need to continue to follow the public health measures that are in place and get vaccinated so that we don’t repeat this cycle of reopening and lockdown. Being able to reopen our region is great news for Timmins and particularly for the local businesses who have been closed for an extended period of time. We can now do what we do best as a community, support each other by supporting local.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 23, 2021 at 3:01 PM


As I sit here and look out over the vast Mattagami River Valley, I want to first acknowledge that the City of Timmins is situated in Treaty 9 territory that is steeped in rich Indigenous history and that the lands on which we operate are the traditional territory of many First Nations, Metis and Inuit People today. We also acknowledge Mattagami First Nation, from whose traditional land I speak. I make this Acknowledgement as a first step in recognizing First Peoples’ large history and the living culture that continues today. With respect I acknowledge the Spirit and Intent of the Treaty, as well as the elders, past and present.

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, our 25th year celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. The date is significant, it is the summer solstice, and for generations Indigenous communities have celebrated their culture and heritage near this day because it is the longest day of light in the year.

Just last month, Canada was reminded about one of the darkest chapters of our history when the remains of 215 children were discovered buried in un-marked graves near a former residential school in British Columbia. For the first time in my life, I questioned what it means to be Canadian. How could this have happened? But we often choose to forget that our past includes the operation of more than 150 institutions that forcibly separated children from their families to assimilate them into Canadian society. With that discovery, we can no longer claim ignorance. With that discovery, we must make a commitment to learn about our past history, as dark as it may be, to unlearn behaviours that do nothing to promote inclusion and diversity.

We know that our past treaties with Indigenous Peoples formed the foundation for systemic racism that still exists in Canada today. Economic disparity was ensured between the white community and Indigenous population by making sure there was no perceived economic value of the land they were provided. We need to recognize that this has led to isolation, poverty and inequity. We must now ask ourselves what our role will be in stopping systemic racism. We have an obligation and opportunity to shape our future together and create vibrant communities and healthy economies that are inclusive and diverse.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada states that “together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives – within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools and workplaces.”

It is with that spirit of reconciliation, of education, and acknowledgment that we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day as a community. We will stand together to learn and understand our past histories with the purpose of shaping a new future. I believe that future is possible … to walk together and speak with one voice.


Mayor George Pirie

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 21, 2021 at 9:01 AM

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

  • Area: 1) City crews will be working in the Timmins North , from Maclean to College, Jubilee heading North through JV Bonhomme area.

  • Time of Disruption: June 21 2021 7:30am to July 2 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 Jun 17, 2021 at 3:20 PM

This Friday and Saturday, provincial offences officers from the Multi-Ministry Education and Enforcement Team will be accompanied by City of Timmins by-law enforcement officers to conduct a COVID-19 education and enforcement campaign for local businesses.

The inspection blitz is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public and staff by providing business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. The campaign helps reinforce the efforts made by police, municipal by-law officers, public health inspectors, and multiple Ministry agencies.

In a statement provided by the PHU, the most common areas of non-compliance were identified as improper mask use, lack of employee screening, and improper sanitization. The inspection blitz reinforces the PHU and City of Timmins’ commitment to working with local business to support them in the implementation of public health measures.

Inspection teams will be visiting area grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores on June 18 and 19, 2021.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 1:19 PM
Please be advised that the downtown laneway between Wyatt Imaging and Lacroix Plumbing and Heating exiting onto Birch St. South will be blocked off this Friday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is to assist the Timmins Academic Family Health Team while they conduct their closed COVID-19 clinic.

Patients attending the clinic will not be charged for parking in the downtown core.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 1:09 PM
Three years after the initial request for funding, the $9.5 million rehabilitation and resurfacing project at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport is complete. Both runways and two taxiways have been upgraded, a distance equivalent to 40 kilometres of roadway.

The work was completed by Miller Paving and the runways now boast 125 millimetres of asphalt thickness, which not only extends the runway life cycle, but offers greater load-bearing strength. That means the possibility of landing larger and heavier aircraft at our local airport.

“We began this project back in 2018 when we applied to Transport Canada's Airside Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for funding,” says Airport Manager Dave Dayment. “It’s great to finally see the work finished. The airport is important to our region’s economy. Our next step will be to develop a 20-year strategic plan for the airport that will outline opportunities and priorities that are needed to move forward. Right now, with the completion of this project and with on-going mining and industry development, our airport is ready to meet immediate demand.”

As a regional hub and without COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport serves approximately 180,000 passengers per year. Services include scheduled passenger flights, cargo, evacuations, air ambulance and forest-fire fighting.

“This was a major project for the airport and City,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Improvements to our infrastructure allows us to encourage growth and seek out opportunity. Now that we can land larger and heavier planes, we can explore partnerships with travel and tourism companies. We are positioning Timmins as a regional leader with the services and amenities to attract business, industry and a diverse population.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 11:32 AM
For the second year in a row, Timmins will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, St-Jean Baptiste Day, Multicultural Day, and Canada Day … virtually. The week-long event promises to be a celebration of culture and heritage using the latest technology and augmented reality experiences to make you feel part of the festivities.

This year, Tourism Timmins and the Timmins Celebrates committee will be using an app called Snapd to connect you to our community. It’s free to download and will include a number of online events from local performers and groups that you can enjoy throughout the week.

What can you expect? Performances by Stef Paquette, Reney Ray, Qw4rtz, and DJ Unpier from Centre Culturel La Ronde; performances from Timmins Native Friendship Centre; greetings from Canadian Olympian Silken Laumann, local dignitaries, and a special message from Lieutenant Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell; and, to get the Canadian party started on July 1, a custom concert from The Trews! We may be “tired of waiting” for when we can finally party together, but Snapd promises to make your home or backyard rock. Don’t forget the fireworks! On Canada Day, you can flip the camera view on your smart phone or device around to see your current location and a virtual fireworks display will light up.

“This year we wanted to make sure that Timmins also got to celebrate National Indigenous Day, Multicultural Day, and St-Jean Baptiste Day along with Canada Day,” says Marnie Lapierre, Coordinator of Festivals, Events & Special Projects for Tourism Timmins. “We’ve planned a week of unique performances and programming that shows off the diversity and inclusion of Timmins.

“We’re excited to partner with Snapd this year to provide a seamless way to celebrate. Content is on demand. You can access it wherever you have data. You can choose to celebrate at the time and date that works best for you while we all stay apart and observe the current COVID-19 regulations. This really is the next best thing to a big festival, although we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone again in person.”

Watch for the full itinerary on the Timmins Celebrates Facebook page. Find them @TimminsCelebrates. This year’s celebrations run June 27 to July 4. To get ready, download the Snapd app now, available for iOS or android devices.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 11:26 AM
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