The Corporation of the Town of Spanish

A message from Algoma Public Health…
Moving forward, as clusters and isolated cases appear, APH appreciates your support and continuing to push this message: the thing to do is not publicly shame any group or person, or paint an entire community with stigma, but to wrap supports around folks who are ill and need assistance, and combat misperceptions and stigma. Fear and stigma are real. But we can help combat that!  We know that the vast majority of Algoma residents are taking precautions.  Let’s continue to encourage this, while not stigmatizing ill individuals, nor entire communities.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted  purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings for these purposes, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

These new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.

The regular Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2021 will be held by tele-conference.  The agenda is posted on the website and the draft minutes will be posted after the meeting.  
The municipal office and public works remain operational.  Please contact the municipal office at 705-844-2300.  In the event of an emergency, public works can be reached at


 The Municipal Office is now open by appointment for property, building, planning, cemetery issues, etc.  Please call for details.

Payments can be made online or dropped down the Library book deposit at the front door. Please place your payment, along with your bill in an envelope.  A receipt will be issued.

Council meetings have resumed in the Council Chambers and are open to the public.  The public will be required to register their intent to attend the meeting by 4:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the council meeting by calling the municipal office. Council meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month and agendas and minutes are posted on the web-site.

Effective Sept. 14th, 2020 the laundromat and showers/changerooms will be reopen as follows:
Monday        6 – 8 pm
Thursday      9 a.m. – noon
Saturday       9 a.m. – noon
* Limit of two persons in Laundromat and or shower area at the same time.  Staff will be on-site.

Playgrounds and ball park are now open to the public, however playground equipment will not be disinfected and will be accessible to “Use at Your Own Risk”. The ball diamond is not being booked for organized sports.

Gym and Sauna remain closed at this time.  As well, bookings for the   Main Hall and Conference Room are not being accepted.


If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or contact Algoma Public Health at 1-866-892-0172, ext. 5404.  DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency.

Be sure to get your information from reliable sources, such as: or

What you need to know to help you and your family stay healthy

Here is a link to a Youtube video about how people respond psychologically to COVID-19.  It is just over 4 minutes long but is an interesting video put out by Lambton County Health  Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Socializing Safely during COVID-19: Be safe and responsible host or guest

ATTENTION:   The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has announced that the current restricted fire zone which applies to all zones in the fire region of Ontario, will be lifted effective Saturday, May 16 at 12:01 am.
The Town of Spanish will be issuing burning permits for up to 3 days at a time.  There is no cost for a burning permit.  Please call the office to make arrangements to pick up a permit during office hours. 

GARBAGE AND RECYCLING – Regular service continues.  Be sure to have your garage out by 6 a.m.  The landfill site is not open to the public at this time.
Curbside pickup will take place on Fridays as usual.  No loose garbage, please.  Be sure to tie your bags.
Recycling – Friday, April 3, 2020 – Commingle  

In light of the heavy use of wipes during this pandemic, communities are reporting issues with clogging sewers due to the disposal of wipes into the sanitary sewer systems.
No wipe is flushable! Please dispose of any wipes into the garbage.
Please flush toilet paper only!
Do Not Flush Wipes!

Those who are returning from vacation or other travels are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  Self-isolating means staying home and keeping your distance from others.  Do not have visitors.  Ask a friend or family member to pick up your groceries and leave them on your doorstep.  Wash your hands often and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.  For more info,

Building community immunity through social distancing and personal prevention –

The health and well-being of our staff, citizens and visitors is of upmost importance. In order to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, Council has taken the following steps to stop the spread of this virus.

  • All municipal buildings will be CLOSED to the PUBLIC during the extended March Break period – March 16th – April 3rd, 2020. The exception to this is the Medical Complex.
  • All Council and Committee meetings are postponed until after April 3rd, 2020.
  • Council and Staff will refrain from attending meetings, training, workshops, etc until at least  after April 3rd, 2020.

These measures will be re-evaluated as the situation continues to unfold.

The Municipal Office and Public Works remain operational.

Payments can be made on-line or through the drop box at the front door. Please include your invoice or account number with your payment. Office staff can be reached during regular office hours at 705-844-2300 or email at

In the event of an emergency, Public Works can be reached at 1-705-849-7600.

Municipal Communications:

Building Closure – COVID-19
PUBLIC NOTICE #1 – March 18, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE #2 – March 20, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE #3 – March 30, 2020
PUBLIC NOTICE #4 – April 28, 2020
Province of Ontario Essential Services List – March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Government Announced Support – March 24 2020

We will continue to keep you posted. Check the Town’s web-site –