COVID-19 Lambton Shores Updates

Updated January 22, 2021  

Welcome to the COVID-19 Lambton Shores information hub. Here you will find the latest information and updates. Please check back for regular updates. The health and safety of our community and residents are our number one priority and we continue to monitor the situation very closely.

The Province of Ontario is under a State of Emergency. As of 12:01 a.m. on January 14, 2021 there is a stay-at-home order in effect. Ontario residents must only leave their homes for essential purposes.  Refer to the Province of Ontario website for additional information on the emergency order, and how these measures impact you.

The Province of Ontario has extended the Reopening Ontario Act Orders until February 19, 2021. 

Province of Ontario Quick Links

COVID-19 Vaccination Program for Ontario
Province-wide Shutdown Guidance
Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework 
New Public Health Measures to Keep Ontarians Safe
Provincial COVID-19 Website

Lambton Public Health

The Municipality is following the direction from Lambton Public Health, who is making their decisions based on the provincial and federal response. 

Quick Links

Vaccination Program for Lambton County
Lambton Assessment Centres
COVID-19 Case Map
COVID-19 Workplace Screening Questionnaire for Non-Healthcare Settings
Face coverings
Lambton Public Health COVID-19 Website

Municipal Information

 Municipal Updates

 Facilities and Services

 See the below list for the latest updates on Municipal facilities and services. 

Administration and Office Buildings

Lambton Shores municipal offices are closed the public. Residents are encouraged to contact staff by phone or email. Visit our Contact Us page for more information on how to reach staff. 

Arenas, Parks and Facilities (Beaches and Marinas)


The Shores Recreation Centre and Legacy Recreation Centre are closed. 


Outdoor public washrooms located at the Grand Bend Beach and Eilber Street Lot in Grand Bend are closed for the season as of Tuesday, October 13

Community Centres

All community centres are closed.


The Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina are closed for the season as of Tuesday, October 13. 

 Parks and Trails

Playgrounds remain open, however there are no washroom facilities available. Please continue to follow Public Health guidance for playground use.

Trails remain open at this time. Please ensure physical distancing and other Public Health measures are being followed when using trails. Please note that municipally-owned recreational trails are not maintained during the winter months.

Splash pads are now closed for the season. 

Tennis Courts in Port Franks and Esli Dodge Conservation Area (Forest) are closed for the season.


Building Services 

The following changes have been made to the building permit process during this unprecedented time:

  • Building permit applications will only be available for drop-off at the Northville Office.
  • Once a permit is ready for pick-up, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a specific time and location to sign the appropriate paper work and pay for the permits.
  • Inspections should be booked as normal by phone or email, however in order to ensure social distancing, inspection sites must be vacated while our inspector is conducting the inspection. This can be accomplished by either leaving the site or by simply waiting in a vehicle while the inspection is completed. The results of the inspection will be communicated to you through email or phone.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 and until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021, based on the Provincial Stay-at-Home orders the following will apply for the issuance building permits and inspections:

  • Permit applications will continue to be received and processed as outlined above.
  • The Lambton Shores Building Department will continue to provide inspections with respect to new RESIDENTIAL (single detached, semi-detached and townhomes) construction work associated with a building permit issued before Wednesday January 13, 2021 (11:59 pm), and
  • a project that involves renovations to residential properties and construction work was started before January 12, 2021, under a building permit.
  • No inspections will be conducted for work associated with new RESIDENTIAL (single detached, semi-detached and townhomes) construction under a permit issued after January 13, 2021.

For information regarding other types of building and permits, please see that attached detailed explanation.

If you have any questions regarding these new practices, please contact the Building Department as follows:
Phone: 519-243-1400, Ext. 8510
Email: Jackie Mason

Council and Committees Meetings

Meeting information and schedules will be updated on the Council Meeting Calendar.

Fire Services

Lambton Shores Fire Stations remain fully functional. We are taking precautionary measures to ensure that volunteer firefighters can attend emergencies. Updates to our services include:

  • Volunteer firefighters will still respond to incidents, however, you may see members wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and protective eyewear. This is for their protection. To decrease the risk of exposure to our firefighters, we are asking all residents to ensure their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are functioning properly to reduce the number of false alarm calls. 
  • Fire inspections will continue on a limited basis.
  • Public Education and Prevention activities have been temporarily suspended.

At this time we would ask that all correspondence be done by phone or e-mail. 

Yard Waste Fires

Open air burning can be a fire hazard, as well as infringing on the enjoyment of your neighbours.  Check online and review the information on Open Air Burning before starting your burn. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lambton Shores Fire Chief as follows:
Phone: 519-243-1400 Ext. 8801
Email: Lawrence Swift

Garbage and Recycling

At this time, garbage and recycling collection is not impacted. For regular updates visit the Bluewater Recycling Association webpage. 

Planning and Development

All public hearings are being held virtually. The public can join the hearing through telephone or video-conferencing. 

Public Notice of all applications will be provided in accordance with applicable legislation and posted on the municipal website.  This notice will advise the public on the procedure for delegation or submission of written comments.

If you have any planning related inquiries, please contact Will Nywening as follows:

Phone 519-243-1400, Ext. 8512
Email: Will Nywening

If you have inquiries specific to the Committee of Adjustment, please contact Jackie Mason as follows:

Phone 519-243-1400, Ext. 8510
Email: Jackie Mason

Taxes, Utilities and Payments


The interim tax bill will be issued in January. The installment amounts are based on 50% of the previous years’ taxes. The installment due dates are February 26, 2021 and May 31, 2021.

Customers who are set up for monthly budget billing will receive a letter at the beginning of January advising you of the new withdrawal amount and the dates that it will be withdrawn.


There is no interruption to the water and wastewater billings. All utility accounts are billed quarterly. The area you live in determines the billing date. If you live in:

  • Grand Bend or Arkona, you will be billed at the end of January, April, July and October.
  • Thedford, Forest, or the rural area of Bosanquet (excluding Northville Rd), you will be billed at the end of February, May, August and November.
  • Bosanquet (including Northville Rd), you will be billed at the end of March, June, September and December.

We offer many ways to pay your tax, utility or other municipal bills. Information is available on our Bill Payments  web page. 

Preauthorized payments will continue as scheduled; however if you have a concern and need to discontinue this process please contact the Finance Department at 519-243-1400, press 1 or complete the preauthorized payment Cancellation Form

When making online payments please ensure that you have entered in the electronic payment number that is located on your bill. This number is property specific so if you move within Lambton Shores, the electronic payment number will change.  

 Water and Sewers

Water and Sewer services will generally be provided in the normal fashion. Urgent matters including watermain breaks, sewage back-ups, etc. will continue to be handled on an as needed basis and should be reported by phone or through our website.

Water Turn-Off Services

Lambton Shores provides a service to our seasonal property owners that may want to consider our free curb stop turn on and off service. Someone must be present to check inside buildings for all water on appointments and staff will be following contactless procedures for everyone’s safety.

Please provide at least 5 business days notice.  Service is completed during regular business hours, Monday - Friday.

To make this request, call Community Services at 519-243-1400, option 2 or complete the online form


If you have any questions regarding your utilities, please contact Nick Verhoeven at 519-243-1400, ext. 8213

Community Information

Community Information

Before visiting any business, please remember to follow Lambton Public Health Guidelines and practice physical distancing.

Grand Bend Pandemic Support Group
Not feeling well? Returning from abroad? Do you need:
  • Groceries picked up
  • Mail picked up
  • Dog walking
  • Other errands
  • Support

We are a group of volunteers from Grand Bend and surrounding area who are willing and able to help. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact:

Kim Hammond

Community Health Services
Information for Businesses
Support Local Businesses

More than ever, local businesses need your support. Check out the following links for up-to-date business listings:

Shoreline ToGo has been keeping listings up to date throughout the pandemic. You might find your new favourite restaurant right here at home!

Non-Profit Support

Emergency Community Support Fund

Grand Bend Community Foundation COVID Relief Fund

Through the incredible generosity of our community members, the Grand Bend Community Foundation has developed a substantial COVID relief fund. We want to support organizations experiencing an increase in demand for existing services (often accompanied by a decrease in fundraising revenue). We are also open to ideas for innovative new ideas to support vulnerable populations in this unprecedented time. To find out more, contact Pat Morden, 519-619-8630 or


Who can I call? 

If you have a complaint

We encourage all people and businesses to voluntarily comply with all Provincial Emergency Orders which are short-term restrictions. Education, awareness and compliance are preferred options. OPP or in some cases Municipal Law Enforcement officers will apply discretion on whether to launch any enforcement actions such as:

  • Offences relating to non-essential businesses that remain open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. (EMCPA).
  • Offences relating to gatherings of more than ten people in contravention of the EMCPA.
  • Offences relating to the illegal use of closed areas and facilities.

Complaints for less serious incidents can be reported online at or by calling the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. 

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