By-law officers to assist in enforcement of Public Safety and Security Orders 
March 31, 2020 - On March 27, the Solicitor General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing granted authority to by-law officers or agents to enforce emergency orders, where persons or businesses are found to be in violation.

Following the declaration of a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020, several emergency orders have been made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to contain the spread of COVID-19. While these orders would typically only be enforceable by police, available resources are being stretched, prompting the decision by the province to allow other enforcement personnel to assist.

“The general population needs to understand that this is a serious matter relating to the health and safety of all our citizens,” explained Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier. “We are strongly urging everyone to do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and reminding citizens that failing to comply with an emergency order is an offence that can carry serious consequences.”

To view the latest emergency order issued by the province, prohibiting gatherings of more than five people, visit https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-prohibits-gatherings-of-five-people-or-more-with-strict-exceptions

How to report a suspected violation:
- Any person wishing to report an apparent violation of the EMCPA or appended regulations, should contact Service Timmins directly to report the matter.
Online: service.timmins.ca
Phone: 705-264-1331

- Calling in any suspected violation by means of 9-1-1 is to be discouraged, as these circumstances fall below the threshold of an emergency.
- Calling in any suspected violation by means of the Timmins Police Service administrative phone line at 705-264-1201 will, in most circumstances, result in the caller being re-routed to Service Timmins.
Posted by Heather Duhn On 3/31/2020 at 2:50 PM  

 
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