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    • All about the Coronavirus

      We have created a page that contains all of the latest Covid-19 reviews, developments and guidelines. This page can be found under the 'Living' menu, 'Latest News and Notices' submenu or here by following this link:

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    • Funds available for environmental projects

      Notice to young people in the municipalities of Champlain, East Hawkesbury and Hawkesbury 

      In collaboration with the three municipalities of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, RECYCLE-ACTION is proud to announce the award of a sum of $1490.00 which will be paid to a group of young people aged 21 or younger, who would like to carry out one (or more)  activity or a project for the protection of the environment.

      It can be a project to clean rivers, development of habitat for birds, tree planting, purchasing a plot of land to keep threatened flora, construction of shelters for bats, etc... The ideas are numerous and endless!

      The youth groups, classes, schools, social clubs such as Scouts or hockey clubs or even a group of friends can submit their project ideas.

      The purpose of this fund is to invest in the protection of the environment for future generations, through funding for concrete measures taken by youth of our communities themselves.

      Among the benefits that these three municipalities have in their agreement with RECYCLE-ACTION for the transfer of recyclable materials from the Blue Boxes, donating $1.00 for every ton collected by RECYCLE-ACTION is an added value to the contract.

      RECYCLE-ACTION is proud to coordinate this initiative and invest in conservation.

      Project ideas must be submitted using a form below no later than March 31st, 2020 to the attention of RECYCLE-ACTION, A / S: Mrs. Brenda Léonard, 1301 Spence Street, Hawkesbury, On. K6A 3T4, or by email to: emailProtector.addCloakedMailto("ep_42ed76b2", 0);.


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    • Vacant commercial and industrial lands and properties

      Vacant commercial and industrial lands and properties

      The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is seeking the public’s feedback related to the property tax treatment of vacant commercial and industrial lands and properties.

      Since 2017, the Province of Ontario has provided municipalities with broad flexibility to tailor the treatment of unimproved and/or underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Property owners are therefore invited to provide their feedback on the potential implications of these changes, to better inform the final decision-making process.

      A survey is available online at until March 6, 2020.

      Vacant Unit Rebate

      The tax rate reduction system for vacant land and the rebate program for vacant units were introduced in 1998 and 2001 respectively as means of more closely mimicking the effects of the Business Occupancy Tax system that was repealed at the end of 1997.

      The Vacant Unit Rebate program allows owners of commercial and industrial buildings to apply for a partial rebate of property taxes if all or part of the property was vacant for at least 90 consecutive days and various other criteria are met. 

      The rebate program has been marked by some critical weaknesses since its inception and has become increasingly problematic over time. Conceived to address temporary and sporadic conditions, many properties remain eligible for years at a time or indefinitely, thereby receiving ongoing vacancy rebates, while also realizing assessment-based reductions to reflect persistently low occupancy rates. 

      The Counties, like many municipalities across the province, have found the program to be increasingly difficult to manage, budget for, and administer. The application and enforcement of eligibility criteria have become particularly difficult due to loosely defined rules and limited compliance provisions.

      Vacant and Excess Commercial and Industrial Land

      Vacant commercial and industrial class land is currently subject to discounted property tax rates compared to similarly classified property on which there are buildings. This is administered by way of property sub-classes assigned by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on regulated criteria. 

      Reductions are currently applied to unimproved commercial and industrial property, or portions of property that qualify to be included in one of the following property sub-classes:

      The Vacant Land sub-classes capture properties included in one of the commercial or industrial classes, but which have no assessable improvements (buildings) on them whatsoever. The Excess Land sub-classes apply to portions of improved property that is not improved and is in excess of the amount of land required to support the existing buildings under municipal planning rules.

      Unimproved land in all property classes is subject to lower overall taxation than comparable lands with buildings because the property values (Current Value Assessment) tend to be lower. These sub-classes currently convey an additional reduction for unimproved commercial and industrial land through discounted property tax rates.

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    • Upcoming Quarantine at Nav Centre Not a Risk to the Public


      The federal government announced Saturday that a special facility at the Nav Centre campus in Cornwall will soon become the site of a precautionary quarantine for Canadian passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Japan. The government will be chartering a flight out of Japan to bring back Canadians who have already been under quarantine for nearly two weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China.

      “We are all concerned with what we are seeing on the news. It is understandable that people might be worried about the potential of the virus being introduced in this community but measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Cornwall and area residents and Canadians who are returning,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). He adds that all quarantined individuals will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before boarding the plane in Japan. Passengers who have fever or respiratory symptoms will remain in Japan for medical care. Only those who have no signs of fever or respiratory symptoms will be allowed to board the chartered flight back to Canada.

      Upon their return to Canada, flight passengers will be triaged and screened again at CFB Trenton. Those who have no symptoms during this screening will then be transported to the Nav Centre campus in Cornwall, where they will be screened again. Individuals who do not have symptoms will then spend another 2 weeks in a final precautionary quarantine at a special, isolated facility at the Nav Centre. They will be assessed daily for symptoms throughout the quarantine period.

      FAQ document

      Here all the necessary links to obtain the most recent updates about the Coronavirus Covid-19:

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    • Family Day

      Please take note that the Town Hall is closed on Monday, February 17 It’s Family Day, come and have fun at the Sports Complex!

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  • As part of its emergency plan and eager to offer an effective tool of good quality to its citizens, the Town of Hawkesbury has acquired an alert and communication system service WITH NO USER FEE FOR ITS CITIZENS.

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  • The Town of Hawkesbury needs you! Send us your most beautiful pictures of Hawkesbury and you could win a prize and be published on Hawkesbury's official publications. Good luck!

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