Think you have COVID-19 symptoms?

Do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional.

Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

Use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

Current Situation in Timiskaming

Timiskaming Health Unit is actively monitoring the situation and providing public health guidance to the public, returning travelers, local health professionals, and local employers. 

Positive cases of COVID-19 in the Timiskaming district:



Garbage collection will be every Thursday with  a limit of 3 bags. All garbage MUST be bagged . 

Please note: Garbage must be bagged in regular garbage bags. Garbage not bagged properly, too heavy to lift or that breaks open with too much weight will be left behind. Only regular household garbage will be accepted.

Garbage must be put out by 8:00am.

Please note: Recycling will continue every second Thursday like usual.

April 30, May 14, May 28 and so forth.

The Township of McGarry is registering volunteers who would be willing to help out if the COVID-19 situation escalates within the community.

To register, please contact the Township at 705-634-2145 or The following information is requested:

  • Name & contact info

  • Level of COVID-19 risk (high or normal based on age & medical conditions)

  • Drivers license, reliable transportation & willingness to travel.

  • Schedule restrictions

  • Other skills or information that may be relevant.

All of northern Ontario under fire restrictions

This means you cannot have an outdoor fire period, including the burning of grass, debris and campfires, even when using an outdoor fire grate, fireplace or fire pit.

The Province has slapped a fire restriction over all of northern Ontario because of the coronavirus crisis.

"In order to ensure public safety and well-being during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario will be declaring a Restricted Fire Zone for the entire fire region of the province outlined in this pdf map, effective April 3," says a news release.

The Restricted Fire Zone will be in effect until further notice.

"This is a proactive action to reduce the number of preventable human-caused fires and reduce the risk of wildfires impacting the public," it says

This means you cannot have an outdoor fire period, including the burning of grass, debris and campfires, even when using an outdoor fire grate, fireplace or fire pit.

Portable gas stoves may still be used but must be handled with extreme care. The stove must be at least 1 metre (3 ft) away from any flammable material.

"During this very challenging time when we are fighting the spread of the virus, our number one priority is the health and safety of the people of Ontario," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. "We are putting these important preventative measures in place now to ensure that our emergency responders are able to focus their efforts where they are needed most."

This restriction will remain in place until Ontario's ability to respond to emergencies is no longer impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you break the law you could get:

  • a fine up to $25,000

  • 3 months in jail

  • financial responsibility for any costs incurred in fighting a forest fire

You can learn about the rules under a Restricted Fire Zone at

To see a map of Ontario’s fire region, visit

More information about Restricted Fire Zones can be found here

For a more detailed boundary of the Restricted Fire Zone, consult the interactive fire map 

Seniors, persons with disabilities and people with underlying medical conditions, their families or caregivers can access delivery services by visiting

Those without internet access, or who require service in a language other than English or French, can contact 211 at any time by dialing 211, 1-877-330 (toll free) or 1-888-340-1001 for TTY service.

Consumer Alert: Beware of scams during the COVID-19 emergency


The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is aware of increasing efforts by scam artists attempting to take advantage of consumer uncertainty during this COVID-19 emergency. The OEB has taken steps to ensure that the power to your home or low-volume small business cannot be disconnected for non-payment by your utility until July 31, 2020.  If you receive a message, text or phone call from someone posing as a utility representative and threatening to disconnect your power, do not respond to it - contact your utility directly using the telephone number displayed on your bill. 


Consumer Tips:


  • Beware of messages with COVID-19 in the subject line and claiming to be from your utility. There have been several reports of emails, texts and websites sharing fake information about bill relief programs, refunds and alternative payment methods during the COVID-19 emergency.


  • Protect your personal information – Do not feel compelled to share your personal information. Your utility bill is private. It contains personal information like your account number and energy usage.


  • Remain vigilant and continue to use safe web browsing and email practices.  Make sure you are accessing a safe and trusted source such as the utility’s website or call centre telephone number exactly as displayed on your bill.


Consumers with questions or concerns about any suspicious communications claiming to be from their utility are also encouraged to contact the OEB.

  • Call (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.): 1-877-632-2727 (toll-free within Ontario) or 416-314-2455 (within Greater Toronto Area)

  • Text: 1-844-621-9977 (toll-free within Ontario) or 416-544-5190 (within Greater Toronto Area)

  • Email:

  • Consumers concerned about any suspicious communications can also contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or call 1-888-495-8501.

To our valued partners across Northern Ontario,

As the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario, FedNor recognizes the tremendous impact the COVID-19 situation is having on businesses across our region.

We are reaching out today to share information about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), an initiative to help businesses keep and rehire staff for up to 12 weeks to prevent job losses. This subsidy, which can provide up to $847 per week for up to 12 weeks, is available to employers retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Eligible employers include individuals (including trusts), taxable corporations, registered charities, non-profit organizations and partnerships consisting of eligible employers.

You will find more information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy website . The site also leads you to the Canada Revenue Agency’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator, which helps employers make informed decisions about retaining and re-hiring workers as they prepare to apply for the CEWS.

Learn at home

Find supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home.

Get support for families

Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Update: March 19, 2020

Service Ontario has extended validation to expired and expiring driver’s licences, health cards, Ontario Photo Cards, licence plate stickers and many more products. You do not need to renew at this time.

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