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Bruce County facilities provide safe customer service experiences

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County government buildings in Walkerton, Kincardine, Port Elgin and Wiarton, as well as branches of the Bruce County Public Library, EarlyON Child and Family Centers and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Center , are open to the public for in-person service.

As Ontario continues to reopen and lift restrictions, Bruce County would like to remind residents and businesses that county government buildings in Walkerton, Kincardine, Port Elgin and Wiarton, as well as branches of the public library in Bruce County, EarlyON Child and Family Centers and the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Center in Southampton, are open to the public for in-person service.
These Bruce County facilities provide safe customer service experiences that follow health guidelines set out by the Government of Ontario and Gray Bruce Public Health. Pre-booked appointments are encouraged.
Virtual customer service continues to be available and we are happy to assist you online and over the phone.
To make an appointment, please contact a specific department or reach us at:

What to expect at Bruce County facilities:

  • Wearing a mask is no longer required, in accordance with directives from the Government of Ontario and Gray Bruce Public Health. Visitors are encouraged to continue wearing masks at their discretion.
  • County facilities continue to offer hand sanitizer, cleaning measures and plexiglass barriers at major customer service offices.

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  • Please monitor your health and reschedule visits or use virtual customer service if you feel unwell. Do not visit county facilities if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Thank you for continuing to respect your distances.
  • Please be kind, considerate, and respectful of one another as people are at different comfort levels with reopening and continue to make personal health choices.

“I want to thank the residents and businesses of Bruce County for their resilience and commitment to the community throughout this pandemic,” said Bruce County Executive Janice Jackson, “Ontario is reopening and the Bruce County is well positioned for healthy recovery and growth. We look forward to continuing to provide safe customer service experiences and quality essential services like long-term care, paramedic services and road maintenance.
Further information:

  • Bruce County long-term care facilities in Walkerton and Wiarton continue to follow a strong pandemic response plan and operate in full regulatory compliance. Please follow all long term care sanitary measures that are in place when visiting our homes.
  • For essential services, please call 211 to help you access community services and supports. Service is 24/7 and multilingual interpretation is available.
  • Ontario Provincial Police: For emergencies, please call 911. For less serious incidents, report them online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.
  • Health information is available at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca and on the Ministry of Health website at www.ontario.ca/covid

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Bruce County thanks redeployed staff who supported long-term care

At the height of the fourth wave of the pandemic, dozens of Bruce County employees voluntarily redeployed into critical long-term care support roles.

Throughout the pandemic, Bruce County has responded with a number of proactive measures to help protect residents, businesses and staff, while following guidance from the Government of Ontario and Gray Bruce Public Health . At the height of the fourth wave of the pandemic, dozens of Bruce County employees voluntarily redeployed into critical long-term care support roles. As Ontario now recovers and reopens, Bruce County would like to recognize and thank these county employees for their exceptional efforts to support the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Thank you to all Bruce County staff for maintaining municipal services throughout the pandemic and providing critical and essential services like paramedics, long-term care, road maintenance and essential customer service,” said Acting Chief Executive Officer Christine MacDonald, “Thank you to our incredible colleagues across the organization who have been redeployed to help our long-term care teams provide exceptional support during this difficult time. in our province.

At Brucelea Haven Long-Term Care Home in Walkerton and Gateway Haven Long-Term Care Home in Wiarton, the fourth wave of the pandemic has changed service demands and increased staffing shortages due to increased transmission of the virus. COVID-19 in the community and isolation requirements. From January 17 to February 12, 2022, in support of the county’s long-term care teams and their priority focus on direct resident care, dozens of Bruce County employees volunteered to be redeployed to support roles in the home. Redeployed staff members worked split shifts and overtime in roles such as reception, swabbing, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance.

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These redeployed employees truly represented a cross section of the organization, including representatives from corporate services, human services, IT services, library services, museum services, and planning and development. With fourth wave pressures easing on Brucelea Haven and Gateway Haven and recruitment efforts bringing in additional long-term care professionals, most of the redeployed staff have now returned to their departments. A few employees continue to work in their temporary long-term care support positions.

“The hard work and commitment to the community of Bruce County staff throughout this pandemic has been truly commendable,” said Director Janice Jackson, “Staff efforts to keep our community safe, provide care for our residents and being flexible and focused on providing municipal services, has positioned Bruce County for success as we turn the corner with a cautious reopening and recovery.
Opportunities:
Bruce County Workplace Engagement Services is currently recruiting for a number of long-term care positions in Walkerton and Wiarton. Explore a mix of great career opportunities at www.brucecounty.on.ca/jobs

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