Bob Baigent Park enhancements – September to November 2020

The Ministry of Transportation will be starting work in the next week on Bob Baigent Park (between Talbot and Brant St. – along the river).

The park will be landscaped with new amenities (benches, waste receptacles, bike racks, picnic tables), improved parking, landscaping and a new pathway connection (decorative concrete). Work should be completed by early November.

When the Cayuga bridge was rebuilt, the MTO used Bob Baigent Park for equipment staging, site trailers, etc. At that time, the MTO committed to enhancing Bob Baigent Park in the future, and that work will soon be underway.

Lake Erie conditions statement – high lake level outlook

Lake Erie Conditions Statement – High Lake Level Outlook
Haldimand Lakeshore and Grand River below Dunnville Dam

The following message issued by the Grand River Conservation Authority provides an update on the increased potential for lakeshore flooding and erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline.

Water levels remain near or above record highs in all of the Great Lakes, with the exception of Lake Ontario, which remains above average. As of August 9, Lake Erie’s level was 67 cm above the long-term average for this time of the year and 10 cm lower than the record-high set in 2019.

While the lake’s level has decreased slightly since May, there remains a heightened risk of shoreline flooding, beach submersion, crawl space and septic system inundation, as well as wave-driven erosion due to these near record-high static levels. This risk is expected to remain in place through the fall.

Local police and Haldimand County flood co-ordinators are advised that there is higher than normal potential for shoreline flooding and shore erosion through late 2020. The public is reminded to exercise caution around the shoreline, as well as nearby rivers and streams. Private land owners should prepare their properties as best as possible, and monitor shoreline erosion works on their properties. The higher than normal lake level coupled with wave action can impact and cause failure of shoreline erosion works.

Lake conditions and forecasts are being monitored closely and flood messages will be issued as necessary based on Lake level forecasts.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Updated Provincial Flood Watch

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry updated a Provincial Flood Watch for Lake Erie based on high static lake level on August 11, 2020, which indicates:

  • Great Lakes water levels remain near or above record highs, with the exception of Lakes Superior and Ontario, which remain above average.
  • Lake Erie’s monthly mean level for July was 71 cm above average, the 2nd highest July mean level on record and 8 cm below the previous record high of 2019.
  • Lake Erie fell 7 cm through July.

Learn more about flood risks, what to do in a flooding emergency and steps you can take to protect your property:

HCOA seeking community input on living with dementia

The recent announcement of a $800,000 four-year grant will enable the Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA) to continue and expand the development of dementia friendly communities in Hamilton and Haldimand.

The Dementia Community Investment Fund grant is distributed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported by others, and more importantly, able to contribute to community life.

The work will be led by HCoA in partnership with: GERAS Centre for Research on Aging, the Regional Geriatrics Program, Alzheimer Society, Senior Support Services of Haldimand, Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and McMaster University. They will engage people living with dementia and their care partners in conversations about how to create dementia friendly communities. Based on this input, action plans will be created which will support individuals with dementia to have choice and control over their day to lives and to engage in community life.

If you are a person living with dementia or a carepartner/caregiver to a Person living with dementia, the HCoA wants to hear about your experiences, challenges and ideas on making the Hamilton and Haldimand communities dementia friendly. To arrange an interview, please call 905-529-7030 ext. 211 or email:

For more information on the Dementia Friendly Communities Project, Hamilton & Haldimand, please contact Tracy Gibbs, Project Manager at 905-920-7705 or


Notice of tree maintenance – Caledonia

Starting in July 2020, Haldimand County and its tree service contactor will perform pruning maintenance on all County owned trees within the urban boundary of Caledonia, north of the Grand River.

Tree health and structure can be greatly increased by regular pruning, especially when the trees are young.  Trees that are left unpruned can develop many structural problems such as weak branch structure, crossing branches, and co-dominant leaders.  County trees are pruned to meet the following objectives:

  • Maintain and improve the structural integrity of the tree.
  • Promoting the health and well-being of the tree.
  • Risk mitigation by pruning out hazardous tree parts.
  • Provide sufficient clearances over the road, driveways, sidewalks and buildings.

All pruning work is performed in accordance with the International Society of Arboriculture’s best management practices and completed by a Certified Arborist.  Tree pruning work will only be completed on County trees.  In some cases the tree may be located on the County’s property bordering a homeowner’s private property.

Learn more about the County’s forestry strategy & management plan

County-wide outdoor water use restrictions in place

County-wide Outdoor Water Use Restrictions – Level 2

Haldimand County municipal water customers are reminded that there are outdoor water use restrictions under By-Law No. 1420/14. These restrictions are implemented to conserve water during seasonal high water demand periods. Restrictions apply to residents connected to Haldimand County’s municipal drinking water system.

Currently, outdoor water use restrictions are at Level 2. Outdoor water use is to follow the following schedule:

  • Premises with an odd number address on odd numbered days
  • Premises with an even number address on even numbered days

These restrictions include activities such as lawn watering, watering trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, residential vehicle washing, filling residential swimming and wading pools & other related activities.

Your cooperation will help ensure a safe and reliable water supply for all customers.

COVID-19 information

We’re working closely with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit and taking steps to protect community safety.

For the most up-to-date information about local closures, cancellations & municipal service impacts, visit If you’re not following @HaldimandCounty on Twitter or Facebook, be sure to bookmark and check this page for updates regularly.

You can also sign up to receive e-mail updates on the COVID-19 situation by subscribing to the Monthly Updates eNewsletter.

For the most up-to-date local health information, including confirmed cases, visit the HNHU website.

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Community Workshop #1 – March 25

Official Plan Update – Facilitated Workshop # 1

March 25, 2020
6:00 to 9:00 pm (registration 6:00-6:30 pm)
Cayuga Arena – McSorley Family Hall (2nd Floor)
55 Thorburn Street, Cayuga

A roundtable forum is being held as part of the Official Plan Review. The session will be a facilitated workshop that will focus on:

  • Key trends impacting Haldimand County;
  • Your aspirations for the County; and
  • Two themes: Economy and Growth Management.

This is the first of two workshops in the Official Plan Update review. Facilitated Workshop # 2 will be held in the Fall of 2020 and will focus on the other policy themes, including Environment; Community Building; Leisure, Culture and Heritage; and Health and Social Services.

The Haldimand County Official Plan contains goals, objectives and policies that manage and direct physical change and its effects on the social, economic and natural environment of the County. It guides the installation of public infrastructure and the County’s zoning bylaws that development approvals must conform to.

To help us prepare for the Workshop, please contact Christina Botas – Haldimand County Planning Department at 905-318-5932 ext. 6209 or email: to pre-register for the event.

All are welcome! Have your say in shaping Haldimand’s future. Your ideas and insights are important.