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Haldimand County Emergency Services Asks Residents To Avoid Non-Essential Travel Along The Lakeshore

The Winter Storm and Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Lake Erie shoreline. High winds and strong wave action is causing flooding in lakeshore areas, and Haldimand County Emergency Services is advising residents to avoid non-essential travel along the lakeshore and shelter in place if in an affected area.

Haldimand County Emergency Services is actively monitoring conditions and roads along the lakeshore and implementing closures as necessary. Roads crews are also out actively salting and plowing, as well as monitoring key areas. Crews will continue to work 24/7 through the duration of this significant weather event.

Ice accretion is a significant concern with the high winds, waves and cold temperatures. Residents along the lake should have their 72 hour emergency kits close by.

Road conditions are deteriorating quickly, which will cause obvious delays for emergency services. Residents who attempt travel should only do so for absolutely essential purposes.

Current road closures include:

  • Port Maitland Rd. and the Esplanade (as well as the Pier)
  • Northshore Dr. in Lowbanks

 Key storm contacts:

  • If you are facing an emergency, dial 9-1-1. 9‑1‑1 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required. Dial 9-1-1 only if you feel your safety is at risk.
  • To report a public roadway obstruction (e.g: downed tree, water over the road or debris blocking a roadway) call 1-888-849-7345.
  • To report a sewer, water, park or public facility emergency call 1-888-849-7345.
  • If you see a downed power line caused by a storm or accident, maintain a distance of 10 metres or more and report it to both 911 and Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.
  • If you are experiencing a power outage, call Hydro One’s 24/7 province-wide outage hotline at 1-800-434-1235. You can view Hydro One’s live outage map which includes restoration time information.

Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages. A flood guide for lakeshore property owners and other emergency preparedness resources can be found at

Updates will be shared at and via Facebook and Twitter as they become available.

Unofficial voting results from 2022 Municipal Election

The 2022 Municipal and School Board Election wrapped up this evening with polls officially closing at 8 p.m. Haldimand County saw an increase in voter turnout this election with 36.50% of eligible voters casting a ballot in total, up from 35.57% in 2018. Advance voting turnout more than tripled from 2018; 18.27% of votes were cast in advance prior to election day, with 6,074 voters casting a ballot online and 1,394 voting in advance in person.

Below is a breakdown of the unofficial results.

Office of the Mayor

Shelly Ann Bentley4760
Jennifer Gilmour334
Ken Hewitt3700
Dick Passmore1444
Jake Vandendool4594

Ward 1

Stewart PattersonAcclaimed

Ward 2

Paul Beauvais716
John Metcalfe1502

Ward 3

Ray Kitchen221
Dan Lawrence1731
Mark McEachern539
Julie Richardson1035

Ward 4

Tony Dalimonte997
Natalie Stam1899

Ward 5

James Kaspersetz288
Rob Shirton925
Sheldon Simpson532

Ward 6

Julie Marchese243
Patrick O’Neill1003
Lisa Taylor909

English Public School Trustee

Bernie Corbett5170
Brian Doyle6228
Lisa Passmore6267

English Separate School Trustee

Mark WatsonAcclaimed

French Public School Trustee

David ParadisAcclaimed

French Separate School Trustee

Dorothée Petit-Pas20
Gilles Roy7
Éric Sanderson5

Submissions for 24th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to open May 10

After a two-year hiatus, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the return of Haldimand County’s Juried Art Exhibition with a call for submissions for the 24th annual show.

The Juried Art Exhibition is open to emerging or established artists working in all media including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramic, sculpture and mixed media. The theme of the show is open, and artists are invited to submit pieces that depict any subject matter in any location.

Works of art completed within the last three years are eligible for entry and can be submitted at Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, 80 Caithness St. E., Caledonia, during regular business hours from May 10-30. There is a $25 entry fee per artist and up to three pieces may be presented for the jury’s consideration.

The exhibition will run June 3-30 at Edinburgh Square with an opening reception and awards presentation on Thursday, June 2, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Entry forms are available online or at in-person at the heritage centre.

For further information, please contact Edinburgh Square at 905-765-3134, or by email at

A Reminder of Haldimand County’s Recreational and Non-recreational Fire By-Laws

The arrival of warmer weather has sparked an uptick in recreational and non-recreational fires in Haldimand County.  The Haldimand County Fire Department would like to remind all residents of our Open Air Burn By-law.  We kindly ask for everyone’s cooperation to ensure that all outdoor fires are safe and controlled.

Haldimand County does allow small fires (recreational) in all areas without a permit as long as the fire meets all of the regulations found in the Open Air Burn By-law.  Things to remember when having a fire on your property are:

  • The fire is contained and supervised at all times.
  • Recreational fires must be at least 10 meters from buildings and structures.
  • A means of extinguishing the fire must be available.
  • Measures must be in place, so no one is adversely affected by the smoke and odours from your fire.

However, Haldimand County only permits Non-recreational fires in specific regions.  As a result, you must acquire a burn permit available on the Haldimand County Website.  Non-recreational fires must meet all of the regulations set out in the by-law.

These regulations include:

  • Non-recreational fires must remain under supervision at all times.
  • Fires must be contained to an area not exceeding 6 meters by 6 meters.
  • Non-recreational fires must be 60 meters from all buildings, roadways and anything combustible.

Conducting Open-air fires that are not in line with Haldimand County’s by-law presents potential safety hazards.  Anyone running an open-air fire that violates the by-law is subject to fines, provincial prosecution and recovery of costs required to respond to and extinguish the fire.

If you have further questions regarding Haldimand County’s Open Air Burn By-law or our Burn Permit, please reach out to Haldimand County Emergency Services at (905) 318-5932, extension 6230.


Haldimand County introduces property tax eBilling, encourages residents to sign up and ‘go green’

Haldimand County is introducing property tax eBilling to its growing list of online services. Residents can now sign up for eBilling at and get property tax bills delivered straight to their e-mail inbox starting this July.

Residents that sign up will also be the first to receive information on how to set up their online property tax account – another feature that will soon be launched.

The new eBilling service makes it more convenient for residents to access their property tax information and reduces Haldimand County’s environmental footprint by significantly decreasing the amount of paper used.

The move to eBilling will also result in significant cost savings related to printing and mailing.

The introduction of property tax eBilling was made possible through funding provided by the Provincial government through the Municipal Modernization program, which intends to help municipalities find efficiencies and implement new initiatives to digitize, streamline programs and services.

Property tax eBilling is the first initiative to be launched utilizing this funding, and others will be introduced over the coming months. Ultimately, residents will be able to access their property tax information, receive correspondence and make payments from a single point of contact, 24/7.

Digitizing the county’s popular Community Guide/PlayBook and making it easier to navigate program registration information online is another facet of the project that is currently underway.

The Province’s contribution to Haldimand’s modernization projects under the current implementation stream is approximately $94,250.

Residents who wish to learn more about the county’s online services are encouraged to visit and explore the options under ‘myHC’.

Residents who need assistance signing up may also call Haldimand County Customer Service at 905-318-5932 or visit any library branch.

Haldimand & Norfolk entrepreneurs awarded grants and mentorships to help ‘Spark’ new tourism ideas

Six finalists who made winning pitches for the Haldimand & Norfolk “Spark” Program were each awarded a $3,000 seed grant and mentorship to help them get started with their new tourism ideas.

The Haldimand & Norfolk County “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program is a collaborative partnership initiative between the Tourism Innovation Lab, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, Haldimand County Tourism, Norfolk County Tourism, Libro Credit Union, Grand Erie Business Centre and Venture Norfolk.

The program’s goal is to find, foster and support new tourism ideas, experiences and partnerships that will enhance current offerings, address gaps or challenges, motivate travel and longer stays, and increase year-round visits in the region.

Twenty applications were received, with the top five from Haldimand and the top five from Norfolk being invited to present their new tourism ideas at virtual Pitch Sessions held this week. Judge panels of local partner representatives and tourism innovators from outside the region selected the six winning applicants.

The 2022 Haldimand County “Spark” Program winners are:

  • Dan Megna & Laurie Lilliman, Twisted Lemon (Haldimand Getaway Packages)
  • Jessica Carpio, Bluewater Flower Farm (Organic Flower Farm Tours, Experiences & Sensory Based Workshops)
  • Nancy VanSas, Lower Grand River Land Trust/Ruthven Park (Ruthven in Wonderland)

The 2022 Norfolk County “Spark” Program winners are:

  • Brooke Martin (Norfolk’s Bounty: A Picnic Experience)
  • Hannah & Cliff Lawrance (Glamping Accommodations)
  • Marshall Collins, Collins Harbour (Food Trucks)

In addition to seed funds, mentorship and additional partner support, selected applicants gain access to a network of tourism innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across the province.

For more information visit

911 Basics

Haldimand County Paramedic Services comprises dedicated professionals who work hard to guarantee emergency care for those in need.  We ask all residents to assist us by reviewing when it is appropriate to call 911.

What is 911

911 is a central dispatch for emergency services.  This service allows for all emergency services to be deployed to assure those first responders can deliver emergency services quickly and efficiently.

When to call 911

Knowing when to call 911 can be a difficult decision.  Assessing your situation will make sure that emergency services are available when needed.  Do not hesitate to contact them for immediate help if you are experiencing:

  • Medical emergencies, like chest pain or difficulty breathing,
  • A direct threat to life,
  • An uncontrolled or an uncontained fire.

What happens when you call 911

A 911 dispatcher will answer and ask if you need police, fire or ambulance.  Before calling, be sure to assess your situation to give the dispatcher a complete picture of the circumstances you are experiencing.  That way, they can arrange for the appropriate assistance.

With many people relying on mobile devices, you may need to provide exact location details.  Cell phones do not give the dispatcher’s precise address, and they will only see your general location.  Be prepared to give an address or an intersection.  Other critical information that may be necessary are:

  • Apartment number and entry code,
  • Landmarks,
  • Any obstacles that may prevent entry,
  • Language barriers that could require accommodation.

Be sure to stay on the line to let the 911 dispatcher will let you know when to hang up.

Questions to ask yourself:

Is a person hurt or in danger?

  • Do not hesitate to call 911 if there is difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, or chest pain.

Is there an emergency where a law enforcement officer, firefighter or medical help is needed?

  • If you are witnessing an assault, or think a driver is impaired, do not intervene and call 911 immediately.

Are there alternative numbers to call to help you assess your situation?

  • There are services available to assist you in determining your required level of care. Telehealth, which offers free medical advice over the phone, or 211 Ontario, a Community and Social Services helpline, can guide you.

Are you still unsure? 

  • Go ahead and call 911.  The call taker will then determine if emergency assistance is needed.


Telehealth Ontario:

Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000

Toll-free TTY:1-866-797-0007

211 Ontario:

Call: 2-1-1

Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213

TTY: 1-844-483-9835

Call 1-(888)-310-1122

File a report online on the O.P.P. website

A Decision Tree Chart for calling 911


Haldimand County Receives Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Grant for Local Tennis Program

In February, Canadian Tire Corporation announced an additional $12 million commitment to Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund to help sport and recreation organizations build back sport and play in Canada.

Jumpstart conducted a State of Sport study via Ipsos, which revealed the pandemic has not only impacted current access to sport and play but has real long-term effects, as well. Haldimand County and the communities it serves have experienced this impact of the pandemic first-hand.

Recently, Haldimand County was pleased to receive confirmation that it is among the more than 500 national sport and recreation organizations to be provided with grant support through the latest round of Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund. In 2021, Jumpstart has already distributed in excess of $9 million in funding to more than 800 organizations across Canada through the fund.

“We are very grateful to receive this news as we know the funding will have a positive impact on our local youth programming,” says Lynda Kissner, Supervisor of Programs & Events. “In Haldimand County, we plan to use the funding towards the introduction of the Louise Brown & Ross Brown Juniors Tennis Program, which will be made available free of charge to youth ages 8 to 18 years.”

For more information about the new tennis program, please check the County’s website at

Haldimand County Launches New Tennis Program for Local Youth

Haldimand County is excited to announce the introduction of the Louise Brown & Ross Brown Juniors Tennis Program, geared towards youth ages 8 to 18 years of age and available from August 3rd to September 2nd  in Caledonia, Dunnville and Jarvis.

The program, which will be coordinated by David Brown—who represented Canada in the Davis Cup—is named after his late mother, a top-notch provincial and Canadian tennis champion, and father.

Louise Brown learned to play tennis in her hometown of Dunnville. Her passion for the sport helped her win the Canadian Open women’s singles and doubles titles in 1957 and she ranked in the Top 10 in Canadian women’s tennis for 26 years. Throughout a tennis career that spanned more than four decades, Louise won more than sixty Canadian singles and doubles titles. Her husband, Ross, served in the R.C.A.F. from 1939 to 1945 and was the President of the Ontario Tennis Association from 1965 to 1970.

The goal of the new program is to introduce youth to the sport and teach them the fundamentals of the game.  Participants will benefit from lessons led by a highly-qualified group of dedicated tennis professionals. “I’m very excited at the opportunity to come back to Haldimand County and share my family’s passion for the sport of tennis with our younger residents,” says Brown.

Thanks to the support of Canadian Tire Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund—which helps provide access to sport and play for Canadian youth—and Wilson Sporting Goods, the Louise Brown & Ross Brown Juniors Tennis Program will be offered free of charge to participants, including equipment (racquets and balls).

For more information, or to register (registration opens Wednesday, July 21), please check the County’s online registration system at