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COVID-19 Impacted Township Services

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How to protect yourself and others​​

You can help protect yourself and loved ones by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body's immune system.
  • If you need to self-isolate, please follow the advice from your healthcare provider.​​​

Symptoms of COVID-19​

Common signs include fever, and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and acute respiratory distress.​

For more information on COVID-19:​

Contact King Township for information about services​

ServiceKing will continue to operate as usual through phone at 905-833-5321, email at serviceking@king.ca and online at www.king.ca

Not sure who to contact about a particular service? 

We've put together a guide to help citizens know exactly which levels of government are responsible for different services during the COVID-19 pandemic.​​ For more information, view the Roles and Responsibilities in COVID-19 Emergency Guide​. 


COVID-19 Impacted Township Services

BUILDING AND PLANNING

Building Division

Building Permits

  • ​​In accordance with the Provincial announcement on Thursday May 14th 2020 Stage 1 Openings, effective Tuesday May 19th 2020, all construction projects with a valid Building Permit may commence and/or continue construction. The Building Division will now release approved building permits for works in accordance with standard procedures. ​
  • ​With this enhancement to allowable construction comes the stipulation that all construction sites must meet or exceed the Ministry of Labour's (MOL) Guidelines for Construction site Health and Safety during COVID-19.  The health and safety of citizens, workers and Township staff remains top priority and we fully support the shuttering of any site that doesn't meet these requirements. Please visit the MOL website for details regarding these Guidelines. 
  • Should you have questions about impacted services, electronic permit applications or how to apply or pick-up permits, please contact one of the Building Division Permit Administrators.   ​
  • The Building Division is still accepting and processing building permit applications. Currently we are accepting applications by hard copy via the drop box at the Municipal Centre (8:30am to 3:00pm) or through electronic submissions. Please refer to our Electronic Building Permits page  for more information.
  • Any meetings with external clients will be completed by telephone only.  The Building Division will continue to schedule and conduct a modified inspection structure (subject to adjustment). 

Building Inspections

  • ​​​Some adjustment to inspection services will remain in effect. Inspections that require Township Staff to enter occupied spaces will not be conducted until further notice. Most other inspections can be accommodated as per standard procedures.​

  • ​​Please book inspections by email only at inspectio​ns@king.ca. Contact Eric Moon at emoon@king.ca or Jennifer Roos at jroos@king.ca for further details on the revised inspection protocol. Additionally, you may send an email to inspections@king.ca to receive an automated reply further outlining the Building Divisions current operational status. ​

​Planning

  • The Township continue​s to accept planning applications. Customers can drop non-confidential plans and relevant information, in the drop-box at Township Municipal Centre (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.). Applications also can, and are encouraged, to be filed electronically if possible. Please contact Gaspare Ritacca (gritacca@king.ca) or Yvonne Hunter at the following email address for assistance.​ All meetings with external clients will be converted to conference calls. Please contact yhunter@king.ca or at 905-833-4062 for further information on protocol. ​You can also refer to the Planning Department's Covid-19 Information Letter​ that refers to how planning-related operations are continuing. 

CLERKS AND BYLAW​​

Clerks

  • Marriage ceremonies have been suspended and marriage licences will not be issued until normal business resumes. ​  ​
  • Requests for urgent need burials or interment rights purchases for Nobleton Community Cemetery can be made to ServiceKing by telephone at 905-833-5321 or serviceking@king.ca​ and they will forward to the Clerks Department staff, who will follow-up with the request directly.  Please note: Funeral Home visitations and cemetery interments are limited to 10 people maximum, including clergy.
  • ​Non-urgent interment rights purchases or monument installations will not be processed until normal business resumes.
  • ​​Commissioner of Oath and Affidavit Services are suspended until further notice.
  • Film permits, road occupancy permits, noise permits, special occasion permits, and lottery licences will be dealt with on a case by case basis, subject to social gathering limitations. 
  • For any other Clerks-related services, please send an email to the Clerks Department at clerks@king.ca​ 

Bylaw Enforcement Division 

Contact Information for By-law Enforcement Division

  • All by-law complaints may be reported as follows: 
    • By telephone at 905-833-4002 or by email at by-law@king.ca 
    • Outside of regular business hours - leave a message or send us an email
  • ​All parking complaints may be reported by email at parking@king.ca​

By-law Enforcement Complaints

  • The By-law Enforcement Division and all services including investigation services will continue to operate. 
  • Complaints will be prioritized and handled accordingly. Some examples of high priority complaints include immediate concerns related to emergency orders and any unsafe conditions such as: ​
    • Unsafe dwellings (ADUs or other)
    • ​No heat/no water
  • All other complaints will be tracked and responded to on a per-case basis. Officers will receive and review complaints and conduct inspections when it is safe to do so. 
  • Complaints and inquiries related to by-law enforcement will be accepted by email or telephone only. 

Parking

  • By-law Enforcement Officers will continue to respond to parking complaints with a focus on health and safety-related issues. Officers will be working proactively in the community and respond to complaints as needed.

Parking Permits

  • You can apply for a temporary on-street parking exemption at www.parkking.ca through King's parking permit program that allows up to 12 exemptions per calendar year, per licence plate. If you need to park on the street for an extended period of time, please contact By-law Enforcement staff by email at by-law@king.ca or by phone at 905-833-4002. Please provide details including why you need to park on the street, your contact information, where you want to park your vehicle, and details of your vehicle such as the make, model and licence plate. 

Parking Tickets

  • ​​​The By-Law Enforcement Division will not be setting up meetings or, facilitating parking tickets in person. All tickets may be handled electronically (by the options on the reverse side of the ticket.) If the options are not clear, or you have further question you may contact by-law by email at by-law@king.ca​ or phone at 905-833-4002.

Sign Permits 

  • ​Sign Permits are still being accepted online at www.king.ca​ or by email - for questions please contact By-law Enforcement at 905-833-4002 or by-law@king.ca. ​​

Animal Servi​ces​

  • The Township's contractor, Vaughan Animal Services, will continue to serve King through an emergency-based response until further notice. Emergencies include concerns such as injured or sick animals, bite complaints, dogs at large, stray confined dogs, and dangerous and aggressive dog complaints.All other concerns will be tracked and responded to as soon as possible.  Stray pets are being returned to owners by appointment from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and Saturday between 9am to 4pm.  Vaughan Animal Services can be contacted at 905-832-2281 or by email at animal.services@vaughan.ca.
  • The Vaughan Animal Shelter located at 70 Tigi Court, will remain closed to the public until further notice. 
  • Pet licences (cat/dog) are still available for purchase online.
  • Wildlife Services will continue to be provided by Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC)​. You can reach them at 416-631-0662. Please note the TWC is currently open to the public for patient admissions after speaking with hotline operators and donation drop-offs only, from 9am to 6pm, 7 days per week – but the education and outreach program has been cancelled until further notice, which includes access to the on-site education area. ​​

Physical Distancing and Large Gathering Concerns ​

  • On June 12th, 2020, the Province of Ontario issued a new emergency order​​ that increased the gathering (public and private) limit from five (5) to ten (10) people with strict exceptions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. This order does not apply to private households with ten​ people or more living in the same household or to child care centres that are providing support for families of essential workers only. Funerals will be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time. Those who fail to comply with the emergency order may be subject to fines starting at $750.​
  • York Regional Police and/or By-law Enforcement may be able to assist with education and/or enforcement as necessary. Please send By-law Enforcement an email with any details such as time of day, how many people or how many times a day this is occurring to by-law@king.ca or contact us by phone at 905-833-4002. ​
  • Failure to maintain physical distancing of at least 2-metres (six-feet) between people who do not live in the same household is extremely unsafe, but there is no legislation in King that makes physical distancing mandatory and therefore cannot be enforced. Everyone should use physical distancing because it is the best tool to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, even if it is not required by law.​
            Real Estate​
  • Real Estate has been classed as an essential business, but the Real Estate industry is operating with precautions due to COVID-19. The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has provided a list of recommendations that agents are encouraged to follow. To make a complaint, you can email complaints@reco.ca or phone (416) 207-4800 or Toll Free: 1-800-245-6910. 
            Construction Sites​
  • The Government of Ontario has developed a webpage of resources for construction workers such as best practices and information to better understand their rights and responsibilities while operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To report a concern about the construction of a building or structure, contact the Building Division Permit Administrators:
  • To report other types of construction, contact the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development to report a concern online or by phone at 1-877-202-0008 (TTY: 1-855-653-9260). 

Report individuals not following mandatory self-isolation orders  

  • On March 25, 2020 the Government of Canada issued an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • To report individuals suspected to not be following the mandatory isolation order, contact the York Regional Police Non-Emergency line at 1-866-876-5423 or submit a concern online through their website.

Price Gouging

  • ​The Ontario government has launched an online portal to protect consumers from price gouging on products needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can report a complaint online, send a message at ontario.ca/contact-us or contact the Government of Ontario by phone at one of the following numbers:
    • ​416-326-8800
    • 1-800-889-9768
    • 416-229-6086
    • 1-877-666-6545​

FINANCE AND TAXES

​​Property Taxes 

Property Taxes penalty fees waived​​

  • ​​The Township has implemented a number of financial relief measures to assist those most affected by the global pandemic, including:
    • Extending the April 27, 2020 interim tax instalment due date to June 29, 2020
    • No penalty and interest charges on late property tax payments until June 29, 2020
    • Waiving all Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) penalties through June 30, 2020
  • By waiving the penalty fees, the Township is hoping to provide residents, who are in need, financial relief in the form of additional time to make their payment.
  • The Township will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and provide further updates in the coming weeks.​

What about the post-dated cheque(s) I provided for my property tax payments?

  • Post-dated payments will be processed as normal, unless directed by the property owner. If you would like the Township to hold your post-dated cheque, please indicate this in writing by emailing treasury@king.ca. However, tax arrears beyond June 30, 2020 will be subject to penalty. If the post-dated cheque has already been processed; please contact your banking institution. 

I am paying monthly installments by post-dated cheques; how will I be affected?​

  • Upon request we will halt processing of post-dated cheque payments for July provided a written request (to treasury@king.ca) to hold the July payment is received by Monday, June 22, 2020.​ However, tax arrears beyond June 30, 2020 will be subject to penalty.

Are you charging Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) fees if my cheque bounces?​

  • The Township is waiving all Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) charges at this time. Please be advised that your bank may charge NSF fees. Please contact your financial institution for more information.

I am on a Pre-Authorized Debit Plan (PAD), how will I be affected?​

  • If you wish to withdraw from the PAD program (either tax or water accounts), please indicate this in writing by email at pad@king.ca
  • In the future, if you wish to re-enroll in the PAD program, your property tax account must be current without any owing amounts.

I am on a Due Date Installment Pre-Authorized Debit Plan (PAD-I); how will I be affected?​

  • The PAD-I payment file for the due date withdrawal will be sent for processing three (3) working days before the installment due dates.  The Final installment due dates will be indicated on the forthcoming Final Tax Notice.  Any changes/updates to the enrolment in the PAD-I Due Date Installment Plan must be made in writing (to pad@king.ca) at least four (4) business days before the withdrawal dates.​

I am on the Monthly Pre-Authorized Debit Plan (PAD-M); how will I be affected?

  • The PAD-M monthly withdrawal schedule will indicate on the forthcoming 2020 Final Tax Notice for those who had enrolled to the plan. The payment file will be sent for processing three (3) working days before each monthly withdrawal date. Any changes to the enrolment in the PAD-M Monthly Plan must be made in writing (to pad@king.ca​) at least four (4) business days before the withdrawal dates.
  •  If the payment is returned as Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF), no fees will be applied by the Township June 30, 2020. However, there may be fees imposed by your bank. Please contact your financial institution for more information.

If I withdraw from the Pre-authorized DebitPlan (PAD), can I return to the plan later?

  • Anyone who wishes to re-enroll on the Pre-Authorized Debit Plan (PAD), your property tax account must be current without any owing amounts. 
  • Re-enrollments will be treated as new applications and therefore, an application form will need to be filled out and a void cheque be provided to the Township (to pad@king.ca). 

Why doesn't the Township of King follow the City of Toronto's property tax model?

  • As a single tier municipality, Toronto has more flexibility than the Township when it comes to property taxes. The Township must co-ordinate tax collections on behalf of the Regional Municipality of York as well as the Boards of Education and associated remittances have prescribed due dates.
  • The waiving of penalty and interest was an immediate interim step to help those in need as the Township continues to explore options for a property tax relief program. The Township will update residents as new information is available.

Water Bills

Can I defer paying my water bill?

  • The 2020-Q2 (April to June) water bill is schedulted to be mailed the week of July 29th, 2020. Please contact treasury@king.ca or by telephone at 905-833-5321 for more information.​

 Payment methods include:

  • Online Services at www.king.ca​
  • By Cheque, mailed or placed in the Drop–Box at the King Township Municipal Centre at 2585 King Road, King City, ON  L7B 1A1
  • Payments can also be made at your bank or through your bank's website or mobile app. ​​
  • Registration in the Township's Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) payment plan, for which the registration window has been extended to June 1, 2020, changes will take effect on the 2020 Final Tax Billing.

Water meter installations and non-emergency water issues ​

  • New water meter inspections are available through the Township's Building Department for dwellings in an unoccupied stage.
  • Water/Wastewater Operators will not enter occupied dwellings having more than one person in the home at the time of conducting the inspection.

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES​

  • All emergency services provided by the Township of King Fire & Emergency Services will remain uninterrupted. All public education events have or will be cancelled until further notice, including school visits and station tours. All non-essential fire prevention activities have also been cancelled or postponed. The Fire Prevention Division will still be responding to requests and/or complaints that involve immediate threat to life. Fire Stations remain closed to the public.​​ 
  • For any questions related to burn permits please contact King Fire and Emergency Services at 

    905-833-2800​​ or by email fire@king.ca​

KING TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY​

  • KTPL offering curbside pickup service starting June 8th (by appointment only).  Borrowed materials can be returned starting June 1st. Contact your local branch or email info@kinglibrary.ca between the hours of 9 – 5 pm.
  • All King Township Public Library (KTPL) branches remain closed to the public until further notice and will be open for curbside pickup only. Online library services continue as usual. 
  • More information can be found at kinglibrary.ca​ 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS​

  • Following the advice of public health officials, King Township has decided to cancel the Nobleton Victoria Day celebrations including the parade, fair and fireworks. We thank the community for its understanding during this difficult time. Please stay safe.​
  • All public events scheduled at Township facilities are cancelled until further notice.
  • Community events taking place in Township facilities will also be cancelled.​
  • All Council and  Committee of the Whole Meetings  ​​will be held virtually until further notice. Click here for the live fee​d link.​   
  • All Advisory Committees, as well as Committee of Adjustment are cancelled until further notice. ​

PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURE​

Summer Camp Program

  • King Township has made the difficult decision that—given the current and uncertain health climate related to COVID 19—offering a traditional, in-person camp experience for children and youth will not be a safe or feasible option this summer.
  • Township staff will be contacting each of the families who have registered for this year's summer camp program and full refunds will be processed over the next few weeks. 
  • As an alternative to King’s traditional summer camps offerings, there will be two new options for children to participate in this summer. ​Read the Media Release​ for more information.

Township Parks and Amenities

  • The following Township amenities are open and may be used provided they are used for casual recreational use only (some exceptions), gatherings do not exceed 10 people (who are not from the same household), and physical distancing ​of 2 metres away from other people is maintained ​(who are not from the same household)​: baseball diamonds, tennis courts, dog parks, basketball courts, open spaces, Cold Creek Conservation Area, and trails. Dogs must be on leash at all times (unless they are in a dog park). 
  • ​Skateparks, splashpads, and picnic/shade structures will be open by June 26th. 
  • Soccer fields will be open to organized sports teams for training purposes only by June 29th. 
  • Baseball diamonds (which will be available for organized sports teams for training purposes only) and washrooms are under evaluation for a possible opening by July 6th. 
  • Due to COVID-19, all playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, infoor facilities, washrooms, and the Nobleton pool remain closed. This equipment cannot be properly sanitized and does not allow for adequate physical distancing in line with Federal and Provincial recommendations. Signage and caution tape is being placed in all King Township parks. ​ ​

Township Facilities 

  • ​​All King Township facilities are closed until further notice.  All regularly scheduled registered and drop-in programming is cancelled.​ Affected registrants will be issued a refund or credit. For information on refunds or credits, please phone 905-833-5321 or email  serviceking@king.ca. ​
  • Extensions will be automatically applied to annual recreation memberships for time lost due to the closure.​

Township Trails

  • ​Trails owned and operated by the Township remain open. To find out where these trails are located, please view King's Trail M​ap
    • Note: the Cold Creek Conservation Area​ trails remain open, however the access gates for vehicles remains locked until further notice. Limited parking is available in front of the main gates on the shoulder of the driveway. ​​​ 
  • Tr​ails owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of York (York Region or YR)​ have reopened with physical distancing requirements. For more information on these requirements, view their website or view York Region's trail information page to find out where these trails are located.  
  • Trails​​ owned and operated by the Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA)​ are open, but ​will not be maintained until further notice. ​​All TRCA parks, campgrounds and educational facilities​​ are closed, in addition to all parking lots at TRCA facilities​​. To view the most up-to-date information about TRCA closures, visit their Covid-19 related closures page​
  • The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) is working on a phased reopening of conservation areas​ by May 29th, 2020. ​​​While these areas will be open, remember that washroom facilities are not available at this time. View the LSRCA's website for the most up to date information on what areas are open and safety rules and guidelines. 

ROADS AND SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE

Maintenance

  • Road and sidewalk maintenance will continue as usual, including road, pot hole, and sidewalk repairs and maintenance. 

Spring Cleaning​

  • The Township is kicking of its annual Spring Cleaning program. View the Spring Cleaning poster for information on street sweeping, municipal water flushing, yard waste pickup, cleaning out your clutter, and donation bins. ​

WATER AND WASTEWATER ​

  •  ​​Water quality sampling will continue as per Provincial regulations and water/wastewater emergencies such as breaks and backups will be dealt with immediately. Staff will try to diagnose and find a solution where possible over the phone before visiting a property. Water/wastewater Operators will not be entering private homes, however they will respond to investigate the municipal infrastructure and advise residents to contact a private plumber for internal investigations. Routine water/wastewater activities will continue. Further inquiries should be directed to Customer Service at 905-833-5321 or serviceking@king.ca. Please note: contact serviceking@king.ca​ or 905-833-5321 to arrange alternate pick-up options for well water test sampling kits.
  • New meter inspections will continue provided the home is in an unoccupied stage for the inspection. Water/wastewater Operators will not be entering private homes.​​  

WASTE COLLECTION​​

  • ​​Contactless pick-up and curbside delivery of recycling and green bins now available. Place your order using our Online Services​. Select the number of containers needed, and either curbside drop-off or contactless pick-up to recieve your order. Delivery is 3-5 business days. Pick-ups are Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Township Municipal Centre (2585 King Road). Payment must be received online or call ahead to pay by cheque. 
  • Yard waste collection starts the week of March 30th, 2020 and will be picked up bi-weekly through to the end of November. ​No changes to the start date, frequency, or duration have been made to this program. There is no limit on the number of containers that can be put out. Residents are able to use rigid open-top containers (i.e. blue boxes) to help alleviate the need for trips to the store for yard waste collection bags. Please have yard waste out to the curb by 7:00 AM on your regularly scheduled collection day. There are some exceptions to collection days due to holidays. ​For information on waste collection days or what material can be accepted, consult the 2020 Waste Collection Calendar
  • ​Residents are reminded that medical masks and gloves are to be put in regular garbage (blue bins with medical waste will NOT be accepted)​.
  • The pick-up of ALL textile donations from homes, partners and the donation bins across Canada have stopped, effective immediately. 
  • Green for Life (GFL) has suspended in-person bin replacement/pick up at their offices until further notice. However, they will continue to provide deliveries curbside if requested (at no additional charge).
  • Solid waste collection and recycling will continue as usual. Inquiries should be directed to Green For Life (GFL) Customer Service at 1-866-421-5625.​​