Emergencies declared by Ontario municipalities

Municipalities with states of emergency

The Province of Ontario enacted a state of emergency March 17 and updated it on March 28 with new restrictions. On March 30 the period was extended for 14 days and then on April 14 for an additional 28 days. On April 23, the province announced all emergency orders put in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act will remain in effect until at least May 6, including the closure of all non-essential businesses and services. Updates here.

As of April 24, 2020, the following Ontario communities or municipalities have also declared local states of emergency or enacted emergency measures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation (borders closed)
Billings Twp, Manitoulin Is.
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Brant Cty
Brock Twp
Bruce Cty
Carlow/Mayo Twp
Central Elgin
Central Frontenac
Centre Wellington
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Webinar: Benefitting Your Organization Through a Utilities Helping Utilities Program

Benefitting Your Organization Through a Utilities Helping Utilities Program – OnWARN

You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA).

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 2:00 PM,
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This webinar is intended for all municipalities/utilities, and both members and non-members of OnWARN.

To register in advance for this free webinar, click here.

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for how to join the webinar.


As municipalities and businesses grapple with the long-term implications of COVID-19 in Ontario and around the globe,  the OMWA looks to identify tools and opportunities for municipalities to prepare and respond to emergencies affecting their water and wastewater systems.

The Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (OnWARN) is a Mutual Aid and Assistance program for municipalities and municipally-owned water and wastewater utilities. This utilities-helping-utilities program is a” tool in the municipal toolbox” for dealing with circumstances beyond the normal control of the utility, including emergencies and severe incidents.

Andrew Henry, Vice-Chair of the OnWARN program, will provide the webinar attendees with an outline of the OnWARN program and how it works, along with information on how municipalities and municipally-owned utilities can leverage the program in their planning and emergency management programs.

Andrew will also discuss Ontario’s emergency management system called the IMS Ontario Doctrine (Incident Management System) and the Canadian Standards Association Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning Standard (CSA Z1600) in the context of its usefulness for municipal water & wastewater utilities. Andrew will provide helpful information on useful on-line training resources relating to Incident Management Systems and Emergency Planning.


Webinar Host – Michael Mortimer (President, OMWA)

Webinar Speaker – Andrew J. Henry, Director, Regional Water Supply Lake Huron & Elgin Area Primary Water Supply Systems. To read Andrew’s full bio, click here.