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​Welcome to the COVID-19 King Township Information Hub


Here you will find the latest information and updates on COVID-19 impacts on our programs and services. Please check back for regular updates. You can also follow us on social media for additional news: Twitter and Facebook

The health and safety of our community and residents are our number one priority and we continue to monitor the situation very closely.
 

​Use the Ministry of Health's self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek care.

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Click below for all COVID-19 Impacted Township Services.​

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​UPDATE 59 - July 23, 10 am
​Despite all the great work King Township's citizens have done in crushing the curve of new COVID-19 infections, York Region Public Health (YRPH) has issued an alert due to a large party in Schomberg July 12.
As a result YRPH is issuing a public notice to assist in contact tracing for individuals who attended a large party held in Schomberg on Sunday July 12, 2020. To date, YRPH is aware of two confirmed cases and one probable case among non-York Region residents who attended this party. The two confirmed cases were infectious while at the party and cases reported physical distancing and mask wearing were not being practiced. A public notice is issued because further information on possible close contacts of these two confirmed cases is not available.
Anyone who attended the party on Sunday July 12, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on July 13 may have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you attended this party:
  • seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre
  • monitor yourself for new/worsening signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 until July 27, 2020 (14 days after last possible exposure)
  • if you are currently experiencing symptoms and attended the party, self-isolate immediately and call York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653
  • if you have been identified as a close contact of a case, call York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653 and self-isolate for 14 days after your last exposure and testing; remain in self-isolation for the full 14 days, even if your COVID-19 test result is negative.
​UPDATE 58 - July 20, 9:45 am
​Calling all King businesses to join a free business workshop on Strategies for Implementing the Mask Mandate.
When: Thursday, July 23rd from 9-10 am on Zoom

Face masks and coverings became mandatory in York Region on July 17th. In many respects, small business owners and operators are on the frontlines of enforcement, with approved signage and policies now required to prohibit those not wearing them from entering establishments.

How will you and your team navigate this new and significant change? Find out at the YRBiz online workshop: Strategies for Implementing the Mask Mandate.  Hear from local businesses who with established mask/face covering requirements on de-escalation techniques, staff training, signage, managing social media, and alternative service options for those electing not to wear a mask. 

Register Here for the July 23rd Back to Business Session

View the poster below for more details. ​

York Region Business Workshop Poster

​UPDATE 57 - July 13, 1:50 pm
​To clarify on the Provincial announcement about parts of the province entering Stage 3, King Township is *not* in the first wave of municipalities entering Stage 3. That will come at a later date, still to be determined.​​
​UPDATE 56 - July 13, 1:20​ pm
King's Camp in a Box program is back for round 2! Keep your kids learning and engaged with small interactive activities and crafts - in a box! 

Registration opens Monday July 20th at 12:01 am​ and closes Tuesday August 4th at 11:59 pm. Curbside pickup of the boxes will be available at several municipal facilities starting August 10th. 

For more information, visit the Camp in a Box page​​ or email camps@king.ca. To register, visit townshipofking.perfectmind.com.


​UPDATE 55 - July 10, 9:15​ am
Here is our latest update on what’s open and closed. Camp in a Box Round 2 is coming soon! 

​Update 54 - July 9, 1:28 pm

King is providing information and resources to help our community stay safe during COVID-19.

Staying Safe During COVID-19

  • What to do if you feel unwell
  • Staying safe while shopping
  • How to report concerns about individuals or businesses not following COVID-19 related emergency orders
  • General public health questions

What to do if you feel unwell

The health and wellbeing of our citizens and staff continues to be King Township's top priority. If you feel unwell and have been exposed to COVID-19 or believe you have symptoms related to COVID-19, you should use the Province of Ontario's self-as​sessment tool. Once you have taken the assessment, you can consult with York Region Public Health at 1-800-361-5653 or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. The assessment will help you and the medical professional you speak with determine what to do next. If you need a COVID-19 test, you can get tested at a nearby COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at:

If you have any severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 911.

It is important that every citizen follows public health guidelines and takes steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from new and emerging diseases. For instructions on how to keep yourself and others safe, as well as additional information and resources, visit york.c​a/COVID19.

Staying safe while shopping

As King is now in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening, many businesses have started to reopen. While it can be exciting to return to some shopping in-person, it is important to remain vigilant and reduce the risk of COVID-19. Here are some helpful tips to stay safe when heading out to the mall, or other retailers.

Before you go out, ask yourself if you could purchase what you're looking for online or through contactless pick-up.

​​Safe Shopping Info-Graphics

If you do go shopping in-person, remember to:

  • Practice physical distancing by staying 2-metres away from others. If physical distancing cannot be maintained, wear a 2-layer non-medical mask or face covering
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and cover your mouth if you need to cough or sneeze

For a more comprehensive list of safety tips, visit York Region's Shopping Tips During COVID-19 page.

Reporting concerns about individuals or businesses not following Covid-19 related emergency orders

As more businesses open under Stage 2, more employees will go back to the office, families will visit with loved ones, and residents will enjoy more activities that have reopened.

York Regional Police (YRP) reminds residents to still take precautions against COVID-19 to keep our community safe such as practicing physical distancing, staying home when ill, and frequently washing your hands.

YRP is responsible for taking reports and/or responding to calls related to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act invoked by the Province of Ontario. This means that if you believe individuals or businesses are not following provincial orders, you can report your concern.

YRP are receiving numerous calls and emails to their general mailbox regarding businesses and people failing to follow the emergency orders. Residents should call the non-emergency line at 1-866-876-5423 to report these violations.

YRP cannot take reports over email or on social media.

For more information on YRP's responsibilities and response to COVID-19, visit​ their website.

General public health questions

If you have general public health questions, then please contact York Region Public Health:

York Region Public Health

​UPDATE 53 - July 9, 1:00 pm

King is reminding residents that soccer club activities are not governed or managed by the Township. All club activities including any refund decisions are made solely by the individual club.

King staff are receiving a number of inquiries about refunds for outdoor program registrants, and particularly for the Kleinburg Nobleton Soccer Club (KNSC). This club is a not for profit, community based soccer club. The Township has no involvement in these type of club policies and cannot offer refunds for registrations made with the KNSC. ​

Questions regarding the KNSC can be directed to Lucille Abate via email at gm@knsc.ca or by phone at 905-893-3388. You can visit their website at https://www.knsc.​​ca/

​UPDATE 52 - June 26, 4:50 pm
​King Township is continuing its cautious and gradual approach to the province’s reopening plan to ensure areas permitted to open are safe for use and that proper procedures are in place.

At this time King is focusing its efforts on continuing to reopen more outdoor recreational amenities, while extending the closure of indoor facilities until Labour Day.
The following will be in place until at least Labour Day:
  • No summer ice at any arena
  • No special events on municipal property
Indoor municipal facility closures include:
  • Community Halls
  • Recreation Centres
  • Heritage and Cultural Centre
  • Municipal Centre
Since entering Stage 2, the Township has opened all splashpads, skateparks, and picnic shade structures. Soccer fields will be available for organized sports teams for training only (no scrimmages or games) by June 29. Baseball diamonds for training only (no scrimmages or games) are being evaluated for possible re-opening as early as July 6. Washrooms are being evaluated for possible reopening as early as July 6.
Related news release: https://bit.ly/2YBBUkI​​​
​UPDATE 51 - June 24, 1:30 pm
​In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended the provincial Declaration of Emergency to July 15, 2020. This extension, approved by the Ontario Legislature earlier today, provides Ontario with the additional time, flexibility, and the necessary tools to safely and gradually allow more places to reopen, while continuing to support frontline health care providers in the fight against COVID-19.

The provincial Declaration of Emergency enables the government to make, and as needed amend, emergency orders that protect the health and safety of all Ontarians. Emergency orders in force under the Declaration of Emergency include those allowing frontline care providers to redeploy staff to areas most in need, limiting long-term care and retirement home employees to working at one home, and enabling public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support the province's enhanced case management and contact tracing strategy. 
​UPDATE 50 - June 24, 11:20 am
​​We're happy to announce our three splash pads are now open: King City, Memorial Park, ​25 Doctors Lane; Nobleton, Tasca Park, 49 Parkheights Trail; Schomberg, Hickstead Park, 21 Summit Ridge. Please remember to practice physical distancing and good hygiene.​​
UPDATE ​49 - June 19, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
As York Region enters Stage 2 of the reopening plan, King is taking a cautious and gradual approach to ensure outdoor recreational areas are safe for use and that proper procedures and signage are in place.

"I know our residents and sports teams are eager to return to outdoor recreational activities, especially with the warmer temperatures and start of summer. Staff continue to monitor the changing COVID-19 landscape, seek guidance from provincial and public health officials, and assess each reopening phase carefully with the health and safety of our community a top priority," said Mayor Steve Pellegrini. "I thank residents, businesses and the community for their effort in slowing the spread of COVID-19, which has resulted in our transition to stage 2. However, we need to be mindful that the virus is very much still active. Right now, I feel that the cautious approach is the best approach."

At this time, King Township is focusing its efforts on reopening some of its outdoor recreational amenities only. The following are set to reopen by the noted date with restrictions.

Water Recreational Facilities

  • Splash Pads – To be opened no later than June 26.
    • Hickstead Park - 21 Summit Ridge, Schomberg
    • Tasca Park - 49 Parkheights Trail, Nobleton
    • Memorial Park - 25 Doctors Lane, King City

Note: The Lions Club Outdoor Nobleton Community Pool will remain closed for the duration of the 2020 summer season.

Outdoor Recreational Facilities

  • Memorial Park and Tasca Park Skateparks – To be opened no later than June 26.
  • Picnic Shade Structures (Memorial, Tasca, Hickstead, Cold Creek and Centennial Parks) - To be opened no later than June 26.
  • Washrooms are being evaluated for possible re-opening as early as July 6.

Note: Playgrounds, play structures and outdoor fitness equipment will continue to remain closed until further notice.

Outdoor Recreational Team Sports

  • Soccer fields will be available for organized sports teams for training only (no scrimmages or games) – To be opened by June 29.
  • Baseball diamonds for training only (no scrimmages or games) are being evaluated for possible re-opening as early as July 6.

Note: Outdoor field permits for training purposes will be required.

Use of any of these outdoor recreational amenities are available on a first come, first serve basis. We ask residents to be courteous and share these spaces with the community. Limit your time and ensure others have a chance to use the amenity. If the area is busy, and physical distancing is not possible, residents are asked to return at a later time.

Please follow the rules posted at each location and remember to:

  • Stay at least 6ft. / 2m. away from people outside of your immediate household.
  • Follow the Province of Ontario's emergency orders around social gatherings (no more than 10 people).

Residents are reminded to take extra caution and use these outdoor recreational amenities at your own risk. High touch-points at these outdoor areas (benches, etc.) are not sanitized frequently. Remember to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer after use.

Read Media Release.​​
UPDATE 48 - June 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

​York Region will be proceeding to Stage 2 on Friday, June 19. Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, reminds us to stay vigilant in the next stage and provides info on staying safe as businesses and child care centres re-open.​ Click here to watch a message from Dr. Kurji.

Read the Ontario News Release here to learn more. [More People Can Get Back to Work as Additional Businesses and Services to Reopen This Week, Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 2 on Friday​]

UPDATE 47 - June 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
​King Township continues to remain in Stage 1, under the province's framework for reopening the province. To learn more about stage 1, click here​.

The Township will continue to monitor provincial announcements, and update this section accordingly.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with ​​any questions at 905-833-5321 or at serviceking@king.ca​​
UPDATE 46 - June 4, 1:15
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.

“Summer camps in King Township have been a pillar in our community for over two decades. Last year, King Township welcomed close to 3,000 children in our summer camp programs,” said Mayor Steve Pellegrini. “We have weighed all of our options, and we simply cannot allow children to congregate together in the same place without putting the health and safety of our participants and staff at risk. This truly was a difficult decision, but it was the right decision.”

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.

A Modified Summer Camp Experience As an alternative to King’s traditional summer camps offerings, there will be two new options for children to participate in this summer.

Option #1 – King’s “Summer Camp in a Box” Program ​

The Township will be offering a summer camp alternative to bring camp home this summer with King Township’s Camp in a Box program. This program is designed to keep kids learning and engaged with small interactive activities and crafts. Each box will be put together with all required supplies and easyto-follow instructions to help recreate several fun camp activities. The boxes will be available for curbside pickup at several municipal facilities around the Township. Quantities will be limited and preference will be given to residents of King Township.

Option #2 – Virtual Summer Camps

The Township will work together with several service providers to offer a wide range of virtual summer camps programming options. Topics and themes of these virtual camps will vary and specialty camps will be available to suit the individual interest of each camper.
Registration details for both King’s Summer Camp in a Box Program and Virtual Summer Camp programming options will be published later this month.
​UPDATE 45 - June 3, 11:20 am
​In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way.

As Ontario charts a path to recovery, the Declaration will support the continued enforcement of emergency orders that give hospitals and long-term care homes the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and protect vulnerable populations and the public as the province reopens.

Current emergency orders include allowing frontline care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, enabling public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing, limiting long-term care and retirement home staff to working at one home, and preventing unfair pricing of necessary goods.

More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/06/ontario-extends-declaration-of-emergency-until-june-30.html
​UPDATE 44 - June 1, 4 pm
​To help support our local small businesses, today King Township is joining the ShopHERE powered by Google program, with a goal of helping local businesses sell online this year. ShopHERE, powered by Google, which started in the City of Toronto, helps independent businesses and artists build a digital presence and minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is now available to small businesses in King Township. Local businesses and artists can apply for the program at www.economicking.ca/shophere/ to get their online store built at no-cost.
News release: https://bit.ly/kingDMS​​
​UPDATE 43 - June 1, 3:45 pm
​King ​has re-opened some outdoor facilities on  Here's the news release with more information: bit.ly/kingreopening

The release includes extensive details on what’s opening and what’s not. It’s important to note that gatherings are still limited to five people or less and we are requiring people to practice physical distancing, good hygiene and to wear face coverings when appropriate.

​UPDATE 42 - May 28
​The Ontario government is extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 9.

Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters.

More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extending-emergency-orders-during-covid-19-outbreak.html​​
​UPDATE 41 - May 22, 12 pm
​King is tentatively re-opening some outdoor facilities on June 1. Here's the news release with more information: bit.ly/kingreopening

The release includes extensive details on what’s opening and what’s not. It’s important to note that gatherings are still limited to five people or less and we are requiring people to practice physical distancing, good hygiene and to wear face coverings when appropriate.

These guidelines are critical to maintaining the health and safety of both staff and citizens. As Mayor Steve Pellegrini says in the release, we may have grown tired of life with the virus, but the virus has not grown tired of us.
Reopening infographic
​UPDATE 40 - May 20, 11:50 am
King Township's Public Library is developing a plan to safely offer modified services, such as curbside pickup, to ensure everyone’s health and safety. The Library will continue to keep everyone informed as decisions are made and plans confirmed. If you have any additional questions, please email info@kinglibrary.ca. Emails will be answered between the hours of 9 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.​
​UPDATE 39 - May 19, 12:15 pm
​The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020. That includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings.​

Today, the province officially enters the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. As part of this initial stage, the government is permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas, effective as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the province's reopening plan.

More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-to-keep-people-safe.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

​UPDATE 38 - May 19, 9:30 am
​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.   ​
​UPDATE 37 - May 15, 12:55 pm
On Thursday, May 14, 2020 the Ontario government announced details regarding Ontario’s first stage of reopening, set to begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., for those workplaces prepared to do so.

Staff has reviewed the detailed list of stage 1 openings and are exploring options for the following: 
  • Curbside pick-up for libraries
  • Opening tennis courts and dog p​arks
  • Opening Cold Creek Conservation Area
Details regarding opening of the above activities will be available and communicated as soon as all required protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of staff and the general public.
 
All Township municipal facilities, including library branches, will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice.
 
The Township will not permit public use of any municipal facilities (outdoor or indoor) at this time. All playground equipment and amenities, including shade structures and skateboard parks remain closed. Trails and green open spaces will remain open.

Residents will be reminded that while restrictions are loosening, we must continue to respect the Province’s limit of gatherings of no more than 5 people unless they are from the same household, and stay 2 meters (6 feet) or more apart from anyone that is not in your household to keep everyone safe.
Staff will continue to review the Ontario government’s phased re-opening to identify further operational and service level impacts under municipal jurisdiction.
 
From a business retail perspective, the Economic Development Division continues to assist businesses in pivoting their operations through providing guidance and assistance, especially as the reopening stages are announced.
​UPDATE 36 - May 14, 11:30 a.m.
​The Regional Municipality of York is partn​ering with Kingbridge Conference Centre and Hotel, located in the Township of King, and The Salvation Army York Housing and Support Services to provide a temporary transitional shelter for residents experiencing homelessness.​ Click here for media release.​
​UPDATE 35 - May 14, 10:30 am


Here are a number of updates this morning:

  • Our Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, May 18, 2020 for Victoria Day. However, if there is an urgent matter, please contact our after-hours call centre at 905-833-5321.
  • Following the advice of public health officials, King Township has cancelled the Nobleton Victoria Day celebrations including the parade, fair and fireworks. 
  • 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.
  • ​​York Region waste depots are now accepting e-waste (electronic waste) and metal/appliances at their respective depots.  Depots continue to be open during regular hours of operation. NOTE: All depots will be closed on Monday May 18, 2020 for the statutory holiday. Please visit York.ca/wastedepots​​​ for more information
  • On Monday, May 25, 2020 a Virtual Working Session of Committee of the Whole will take place for the 2020 Water/Wastewater Master Plan Presentation. You can tune in live at http://meeting.king.ca from 5pm to 6pm.
Virtual Committee of the Whole Meeting Banner
​UPDATE 34 - May 12, 3:20 pm
​The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario Legislature today, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until June 2.
The declaration will allow Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as restricting retirement and long-term care home employees from working in more than one facility and prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people. The emergency was first declared on March 17.
More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/declaration-of-emergency-extended-while-ontario-gradually-reopens-the-economy.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

​UPDATE 33 - May 7, 1:25 pm
​The Ontario government has developed a comprehensive framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19. Timelines will vary from hospital to hospital and be conditional on approval by regional oversight tables involved with planning and coordinating Ontario's response to COVID-19. ​
More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-releases-plan-to-resume-scheduled-surgeries-and-procedures.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p​​
​UPDATE 32 - May 6, 1:55 pm
​ The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners.
More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-further-eases-restrictions-on-retail-stores-and-essential-construction-during-covid-19.html
​​​UPDATE 31 - May 6, 10:35 pm
​The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is intended to be in place for an additional 24 days.  
More information: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extends-electricity-rate-relief-during-covid-19.html​​
​UPDATE 30 - May 5, 12:35 pm
​Following the best advice from public health officials, the Township of King has made the decision to cancel the Nobleton Victoria Day celebrations including the parade, fair and fireworks. We thank our community for their understanding during this difficult time, and hope you and your families stay safe.​
​UPDATE 29 - May 5, 12:25 pm
With the cancellation of Canada Day in Kettleby, some of our 2020 sponsors made the decision to redirect their funds to the King Township Food Bank for a grand total of $6,000!
We are so thankful that these businesses chose to support an organization that is so very important – now more than ever. Visit ktfb.ca/how-to-help/ to see how you can help!

King Township Foodbank Thank-you image
​UPDATE 28 - May 5, 12:16 pm
​Bored at home? Trying to keep the kids busy? Have a positive story to share? We've got you covered with our King At Home and #StayKingConnected programs. bit.ly/kingathome for more info.

King at Home Poster
​UPDATE 27 - May 5, 12:15 pm
​NEWS RELEASE: King Township ramps up support for local businesses: https://bit.ly/kingbusinesssupport​​

King Business Support Measures Info-Graphic
​UPDATE 26 - April 24, 12:30 pm
​Waste collection bins purchase online
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Building permit submission online

The Township of King is now accepting electronic building permit applications.
Small electronic building permit applications can be submitted by email in PDF format
to bldsubmissions@king.ca 

Large building permit applications can be submitted at the Building Division's front counter (temporarily, at the Township drop-box during the COVID-19 pandemic) on a USB drive or re-writable DVD.

For more information and guidelinesvisit the building department's webpage here.​

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Fire burn permit information


Electronic council meeting May 4
Virtual Committee Meeting Banner
​Donation bins closed 
The pick-up of ALL textile donations from homes, partners and the donation bins across Canada have stopped, effective immediately.​

​UPDATE 25 - Mon., April 20, 1:20 pm
​The Regional Municipality of York has re-opened public access to the York Regional Forest, with stricter guidelines for all users.

Residents are responding well to messages from York Region Public Health on the importance of physical distancing and the role it plays in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 across our communities.

With milder weather coming, York Region recognizes the need for people to get outside and connect with nature and the much-needed health benefits our public tracts provides.

The following guidelines are in place for all users at the York Regional Forest and its 21 public forest tracts:
  • All dogs MUST be leashed at all times (the off-leash dog area at Bendor and Graves Forest Tract will remain closed until further notice)
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 2 metres between yourself and other forest users, both on the tracts and in common parking areas
  • Do not litter, including garbage, personal protective equipment and pet waste
  • Please be kind and act responsibly​
The York Regional Forest is made up of 2,400 hectares of protected land, located in different parts of the Region with 21 public tracts and more than 120 kilometres of trail. For a list of York Regional Forest tracts, visit york.ca/yrf
​UPDATE 24 - Thurs., April 16, 2:50 pm
​In order to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens, King has created an online information resource for those with disabilities. It includes information on how to get essentials like groceries and prescriptions while keeping a physical distance from others, financial assistance, and entertainment options.

​To view the list, please visit: http://king.ca/Government/Departments/Administration/Pages/Resources-for-Persons-with-Disabilities.aspx
​UPDATE 23 - Wed., April 15, 10 am
On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario legislature, the Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days.

This will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario legislature and with the full cooperation of all parties, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging.

Ontario news release announcing the extension​
 
​UPDATE 22 - Wed., April 8, 2020, 1 pm
​Navigating the different levels of government is difficult in the best of times. 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. Click here for a full size version > Roles and Responsibilities

​UPDATE 21 - Wed., April 8, 2020, 12:15 pm
​King Township is about to kick off its annual Spring Cleaning program. Here's what to expect during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to help: (Click here for a full size version > Spring Cleaning infographic

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​UPDATE 20 - Mon., April 6, 2020, 11:45 am
​Recognizing the level of effort and complexity of organizing events of this magnitude, and in consideration of all the best advice from public health officials, the Township is taking the following action:
  • All public and private events at municipal facilities or parks up to and including Canada Day are postponed or cancelled.
  • Full removal of the ice at the Trisan Centre in Schomberg until June 30. There will be no spring hockey or skating season.
We thank the public for its patience during this unprecedented event. 
​UPDATE 19 - Fri., April 3, 2020, 7:20 pm
​Statement by Mayor Pellegrini on first COVID-19 related death in King Township: https://bit.ly/2V1adP7​​
​UPDATE 18 - Thurs., April 2, 2020, 1:30 pm
​In order to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens, King has created an online information resource for seniors. It includes information on how to get essentials like groceries and prescriptions while keeping a physical distance from others, financial assistance, and entertainment options.

​To view the list, please visit: http://king.ca/Government/Departments/Administration/Pages/Resources-for-Seniors.aspx​​​

News release: https://bit.ly/2UDaA3C​
​UPDATE 17 - Wed., April 1, 2020
​Due to the fact all levels​ of government are enacting stricter containment measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, King Township is extending the closure of its facilities and cancellation of recreational programs until further notice.

This decision has been made with guidance from York Region Public Health, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our citizens and staff.

All essential services will continue, including Fire and Emergency Services, water, wastewater, waste collection and road and sidewalk maintenance.

Some non-essential services may be impacted.

Please regularly visit King's COVID-19 and COVID-19 Impacted Services website pages as information is updated frequently as the situation continues to unfold.

Citizens can still do business with King on our website at www.king.ca, by phone at 905-833-5321 or by email at serviceking@king.ca.

We thank the public for their patience.

​UPDATE 16 - Wed., April 1, 2020
​We're reminding residents and businesses that NO DUMPING of any kind in any park or municipal receptacle is allowed. King Township has increased the limit of curbside garbage containers from two to three during the COVID-19 pandemic. ​Bin sticker FINAL.jpg

Household garbage and medical waste dumped in municipal receptacles may put our staff and others in danger, attract animals and create an unsightly mess. Please do your part to dispose of all waste responsibly through curbside collection or at a public waste depot. 

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 due to holidays. ​For information on waste collection days or what material can be accepted, consult the 2020 Waste Collection Calendar

If you require additional information or have questions, please contact ServiceKing at 905-833-5321 or email serviceking@king.ca.

​UPDATE 15 - Tues., March 31, 10 am
​In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings.

In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities.

Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren't otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.
​UPDATE 14 - Mon., March 30, 3:35 pm
​NEWS RELEASE: King ensuring citizens and businesses stay informed about COVID-19 relief measures from every level of government. https://bit.ly/2JpNZB1​​
​UPDATE 13 - Mon., March 30, 2:20
Due to COVID-19, the Township has closed all playground equipment and amenities, including shade structures and skateboard parks. 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. 


We strongly encourage all residents to stay healthy by following public health officials recommendations:

  • Practice physical distancing, which means:
    • Work from home where possible
    • Do not congregate in groups larger than five (5) people.
    • Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) space between you and others (outside of your immediate family)
    • Avoiding non-essential trips in the community
    • Keeping kids away from group settings
    • Avoiding visits to long-term care homes and other care settings (unless you are essential, as described above)
​UPDATE 12 - Mon.​​, March 30, 12:37​ pm

​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 due to holidays. ​For information on waste collection days or what material can be accepted, consult the 2020 Waste Collection Calendar

If you require additional information or have questions, please contact ServiceKing at 905-833-5321 or email serviceking@king.ca.

​UPDATE 11 - Mon., March 30, 11:45 am
​Ontario Energy Board COVID-19 UPDATE - Time-of-use pricing

​The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the off-peak price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. The Government has indicated that it intends to keep the 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing in place for 45 days.

The 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing applies automatically – no customer action is required. Some customers may receive a bill before their utility or unit sub-meter provider is able to implement the price change, in which case they will receive a credit on the following bill.

For more information, read the Government's news release at https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-providing-electricity-relief-to-families-small-businesses-and-farms-during-covid-19.html

Also visit https://.oeb.ca/newsroom/2020/oeb-covid-19-update, for the latest updates from the Ontario Energy Board on measures its taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.​

​​UPDATE 10 - Wed., March 25, 9:25 pm

​King Township has issued a media release regarding the continued delivery of vital and essential services.

At this time, the Township’s emergency management team and senior staff continue to meet daily to ensure timely decisions are made based on recommendations from the Province, Region and Public Health officials. King has set-up its Emergency Operations Centre, currently operating at an enhanced monitoring level, ready to escalate its status if/when circumstances warrant in accordance with its Emergency Plan and best practices.

Read the entire Media Release: https://bit.ly/39mAUTA

The Township also encourages residents to regularly check our Impacted Township Services page for new updates.

Today’s updates included a detailed FAQ under Finance and Taxes regarding the waiving of penalties and interest fees for property taxes, and under Waste Collection regarding a temporary increase in the number of accepted garbage containers from two to three, a reminder about the proper disposal of medical masks and gloves into the garbage and the stoppage of all textile donation pickups from homes/partners/bins.

If you require additional information or questions, please contact ServiceKing at 905-833-5321 or email serviceking@king.ca.

​UPDATE 9​ - Tues., March 24, 10:08 am

​Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government has ordered at-risk workplaces to close-down, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models.

At the same time, the government reminds businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public. 

You can read the province's news release here: https://bit.ly/2QJBPXI

You can review the province's list of essential services here: https://go.aws/2J8d4QS

UPDATE 8 - Mon., March 23, 10:55 am

​King Township is collaborating with local business as they adapt to providing residents with socially distant shopping options. It has also created a central hub for residents to access local shopping while still maintaining social distancing.

All King residents are encouraged to visit ShopKing to learn more about socially distant shopping alternatives that will support our local economy.​ You can read our news release about King's efforts to help local businesses during the pandemic here: https://bit.ly/3doazYz​

 
Local businesses that are offering socially distant alternatives and are not yet listed on the site are encouraged to contact King’s Economic Development staff. They are also available to provide guidance, support and assistance to businesses looking for information on programs services and measures through and beyond these challenging times. Feel free to contact them by e-mail at ecdev@king.ca or by phone at 905-833-4016.

 
Additional resources are available from the following websites:

​​ ​​UPDATE 7 - S​at., March 21, 11:33 am - Additonal update Mon., March 30, 2:40 pm

Due to COVID-19, the Township has closed all playground equipment and amenities, including shade structures and skateboard parks. 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. 


We strongly encourage all residents to stay healthy by following public health officials recommendations:

  • Practice physical distancing, which means:
    • Work from home where possible
    • Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) space between you and others (outside of your immediate family)
    • Avoiding non-essential trips in the community
    • Keeping kids away from group settings
    • Avoiding visits to long-term care homes and other care settings (unless you are essential, as described above)

​ ​UPDATE 6 - Sat., March 21, 11:30 am

​ ​In order to help citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic, King is waiving monthly penalties on taxes through June 29, 2020​. Information on due dates and payment methods:

​UPDATE 5 - Thurs., March 19, 4:45 pm

​For a list of all COVID-19 impacted Township services, Click Here​.

​UPDATE 4 - Tues., March 17, 7:33 pm

​Statement from Mayor Steve Pellegrini concerning King's efforts to stop the spread of the virus while maintaining our core services. Click Here​​​

​UPDATE 3 - Sat., March 14, 11:40 am

​We received a question about disinfecting our parks' playground equipment. Staff will explore the best way to do this in the coming days. No matter how we end up treating the equipment, the best line of defence is to practice proper hand washing and hygiene.​
We also received a questions about gym memberships. We will extend gym memberships at town facilities to match the length of the closure.​​

​UPDATE 2 - Fri., March 13, 5:30 pm

​With guidance from York Region Public Health and in an abundance of caution for both our residents and staff around the COVID-19 pandemic, King Township is responding with the following changes in operations at this time:

King Township will be closing all recreation, library, and cultural facilities to the public starting at midnight Sun., March 15 through to Sun., April 5. Programming at these facilities are also cancelled.

The Municipal Centre at 2585 King Rd. will also be closed to the public effective immediately. 

All essential services will continue, including Fire and Emergency Services, water, wastewater, waste collection and roads.

​Some non-essential services may be impacted.

Citizens can still do business with King on our website at www.king.ca, by phone at 905-833-5321 or by email at  serviceking@king.ca.​

We thank the public for their patience.

NEWS RELEASE: Click Here​

​UPDATE 1 - Fri., March 13, 12:04 pm

​Due to Ontario's Chief Medical Officer's recommendation to immediately suspend gatherings of more than 250 people, King is cancelling tomorrow's Maple Syrup Fest at Cold Creek Conservation Area.

​York Region Public Health continues to closely monitor and respond to COVID-19 globally, across Canada and here in York Region

Public Health is working closely with hospitals and community health care providers to keep them informed on the evolving situation and ensure reporting and management of any persons under investigation. ​