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How to Report a Crime Online - OPP

FROM/DE:  Front Line Support Unit                           DATE: June 8, 2020


99 Per Cent Increase in Online Reports

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages citizens to report even more crime online. From January 1 to May 20, 2020, there has been a 99 per cent increase in online reports, compared to the same period last year. As Online Reporting usage has grown, the OPP has expanded the system to include more options for citizens.

Previously, reports made online were limited to crimes under $5000. Now crimes regardless of value; where there is no evidence or suspects, are eligible for Online Reporting:

  • Theft;
  • Mischief / Damage to Property;
  • Mischief / Damage to Vehicle;
  • Theft from Vehicle;
  • Lost / Missing Property;
  • Stolen License Plates and/or Validation Tags; and
  • Driving Complaints (after the occurrence)


To see the list of less serious incidences for Online Reporting and to access the system, a user can go to opp.ca/reporting, choose their location and start the report. This will take the user to a secure link where they will be given precise instructions on how to fill out the report.

The OPP would like thank the public for using Online Reporting. The increased use of Online Reporting helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 by limiting direct contact between police and members of the public, while allowing front line officers to focus efforts on urgent calls and crime prevention strategies within our communities.


View the Online Reporting video at: youtube/jop9IN2ePOY To report a crime online and for more information: opp.ca/reporting



Changes to passport services during COVID-19

Changes to passport services during COVID-19

Passport services continue to be available if you need to travel urgently. If not, please wait until Services return to normal. If you applied and do not need to travel urgently, your application will be processed when services resume.

For valid reasons to travel urgently and how to apply see:

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PRESS RELEASE - Ontario Celebrates Local Agri-food Heroes

News Release

Ontario Celebrates Local Agri-food Heroes

June 3, 2020

Local food report highlights those who are keeping food on store shelves and kitchen tables during COVID-19 outbreak

TORONTO - The Ontario government is celebrating local agri-food heroes who have stepped up to ensure the province's food supply chain remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals, businesses and organizations are highlighted in 2020 Local Food Report: Ontario Spirit - A Celebration of Local Food Collaboration.

"Ontario's agri-food supply chain is one of the strongest in the world and COVID-19 has just reinforced that fact," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "The commitment shown by our farmers, food processors, grocery store workers, truck drivers, restaurateurs, and everyone across the agri-food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak is inspiring."

The 2020 Local Food Report demonstrates the importance of local food for Ontario consumers and communities, while recognizing farmers and those who keep food on our plates. Highlights include:

  • Breweries and distilleries adapting their production facilities so they can produce hand sanitizer to help address the supply shortage;
  • Organizations promoting local food literacy through online resources, virtual experiences and recipes that focus on locally-sourced ingredients;
  • Food banks, industry partners and local communities working together to create and distribute emergency food boxes to those in need;
  • Local public health units and agencies, along with industry and community food organizations, collaborating to offer weekly meal packages to families in place of school food programs that aren't currently operating.

"Over the last two months, we have heard stories of hard-working and dedicated people that have adapted to these challenging times and gone above and beyond to ensure access to local Ontario food, and we are pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate them," said Hardeman.

Ontario is home to nearly 49,600 farms and 4,400 food processing facilities that contribute over $47 billion to the provincial GDP, making the agri-food sector a key economic driver of Ontario's economy. Now more than ever, buying and supporting local food creates jobs and economic growth in communities across the province.


  • Ontario celebrates Local Food Week annually during the first week in June.
  • The Local Food Report is a cornerstone of Local Food Week in Ontario.
  • To learn more about Ontario’s local food system, please visit our website.
  • For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has helped consumers identify and purchase all the good things that are grown and made in Ontario.


Avi Yufest
Minister’s Office

Christa Roettele
Communications Branch

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

PRESS RELEASE - All Elgin County beaches remain closed to the public

May 29, 2020
For immediate release

All Elgin County beaches remain closed to the public

COUNTY OF ELGIN – All public beaches in Elgin County, including those in Port Burwell, Port Bruce, Port Stanley and Port Glasgow, remain closed to the public under public health restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 emergency pandemic. “The first heat advisory of the year this past week has increased the temptation to visit our beautiful beaches in Elgin County but we still cannot take the risk of opening them to the public at the present time” stated Elgin County Warden Dave Mennill. “Beaches are by their nature congregant spaces and we just cannot take the risk of encouraging such gatherings.” All public beaches in Elgin County remain closed under the following considerations and regulations:

  • Gatherings of more than five people are still prohibited according to the Province of Ontario’s emergency order in response to the pandemic.
  • Public safety cannot be compromised. Lifeguarding and other safety measures have not been fully deployed to permit safe opening at the present time.
  • The Ontario Provincial Police and Municipal By-law Enforcement will be conducting regular patrols of all Elgin County beaches.  Any use of public beaches will be rigorously enforced and charges may be issued for any violations.

Circumstances are subject to change based on on-going advice from the Province of Ontario and Southwestern Public Health (SWPH). Municipalities are working towards re-opening beaches safely in consultation with SWPH but no date has been set. Stay informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Elgin County by visiting the SWPH website. “If we remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, and continue our successful efforts to date, we could see these restrictions lifted soon but that time is not now” stated Warden Mennill.

For additional information, please contact:
Warden Dave Mennill
Tel: 519-200-0279

PRESS RELEASE - Municipality Supports the Reopening of Local Businesses


For immediate release:  Thursday May 21, 2020

The Ontario government recently allowed retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers to reopen or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework.

The Municipality is supporting this measured approach which will ensure businesses and workplaces are safe for staff, customers and the general public.

To ensure that these first actions to reopen local businesses is a success the Municipality is encouraging all safety precautions suitable to individual business locations/properties be implemented and clearly posted for customers to follow.

The cooperation of the public is sincerely requested.  Customers must abide by all safety procedures and protocols of individual local businesses and residents must also continue to adhere to public health measures, including practicing physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular handwashing or hand sanitizing and staying home when ill.


For further information contact:
Heather Bouw, Clerk - hbouw@duttondunwich.on.ca.  Telephone, 519-762-2204



Ontario Marks the First Provincial Day of Action on Litter


Ontario Marks the First Provincial Day of Action on Litter

May 12, 2020

A Reminder that Everyone Can Play a Role in Maintaining a Cleaner, Healthier Ontario

Toronto - Today Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the following statement:

“Today is the first Provincial Day of Action on Litter in Ontario, a day when all Ontarians can raise awareness and take action to reduce litter and waste at home and in our communities.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen people across the province doing their part to combat the health crisis from home, or as essential service workers on the frontlines. These are extraordinary times with our focus entirely on staying safe and stopping the spread, but we must never forget the importance of preserving our environment.

When the time is right, our government will work with communities and our partners to organize litter clean-up days across the province. We know that Ontarians are eager to return outdoors, and this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with nature.

There are actions all of us can still take to put litter in its proper place while staying at home and physically distancing. Today, and every day individuals and families can reduce, prevent or divert waste, in the following ways:

  • Choosing products with less packaging and replace single-use food wraps with reusable storage containers.
  • Becoming experts in what goes in the green bin and blue box.
  • For anything that does belong in the trash, such as disposable gloves and masks, making sure garbage bags are properly tied or sealed, to keep our neighbourhoods clean and safe.

Our government is working hard to meet our Made in Ontario Environment Plan commitment to keep our neighbourhoods, parks and waterways clean and free of litter and waste. We’re expanding green bin or similar collection systems, developing a proposal to ban food waste from landfills, and supporting safe food donation. We’ve also started the process of making producers responsible for the waste they create by managing the blue box program.

Businesses across the province are also stepping up to the challenge by opening package-free shops, developing eco-friendly products such as sustainable textiles, and reducing food waste by connecting surplus food to those in need.  

The Provincial Day of Action on Litter is a reminder of the importance of our greenspaces and the role we all play in maintaining a cleaner, healthier Ontario for our communities and loved ones now and for future generations.”


  • Learn more about the impacts of litter and waste on the environment and how to prevent, reduce and divert waste at home at ontario.ca/actonlitter
  • Participate in the Day of Action on Litter by sharing your actions using the hashtag #ActONLitter
  • Read the Waste Discussion Paper
  • Ontario is transitioning the Blue Box Program to a producer responsibility model to improve recycling and address the serious problem of plastic pollution and litter


Andrew Buttigieg
Minister’s Office

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

PRESS RELEASE - Ontario Ready to Respond to Spring Flooding Season

News Release

Ontario Ready to Respond to Spring Flooding Season

May 2, 2020

Province and Partners Develop Further Preparedness Measures for Communities at Risk

TORONTO — The Ontario government has been actively working with federal and municipal governments, First Nations partners, and non-governmental organizations to prepare and respond to any flooding situation across the province during the COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of Ontario's flood preparedness planning, the province has been working with the federal government, municipalities and First Nations partners to develop evacuation plans. Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 on municipalities this year, Ontario is taking the lead on identifying suitable locations to host evacuees and to minimize the reliance on municipal resources for various supports, including health care and social services.

As a result, the province has taken steps to ensure that provincial, federal and non-governmental resources, such as the Canadian Red Cross, can be deployed to minimize the burden on local communities as much as possible.

The flooding update was provided today by Premier Doug Ford, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

"During these unprecedented times, our government is prepared for any scenario, and that includes the spring flooding season," said Premier Ford. "By working together with our federal, municipal, and First Nations partners and putting our provincial flooding strategy into action, we have taken the critical steps needed to help keep people and communities safe."

Ontario has also been engaging with the federal government to support First Nations communities staying on their lands as long as it is safe to do so, including where First Nations community members would be temporarily relocated to higher and safer grounds within their own communities. Relocating community members from reserve to traditional hunt camps or other remote sites also addresses concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19 to these vulnerable communities.

"Our staff are closely monitoring ongoing flooding risks across the province and working with partners and communities on any areas of concern," said Minister Yakabuski. "We are ready to respond to any requests for sandbags during this very challenging time. We also continue to work with our partners to advance the important long-term initiatives outlined in Ontario's Flooding Strategy, which will help us become more resilient to flooding events in the years to come."

Current provincial projections show a moderate-to-high risk of flooding for northern Ontario and the James and Hudson Bay coasts, where staff are closely monitoring all major tributaries in anticipation of ice breakup, expected to begin in early May. As of April 30, 2020, surveillance flights have begun across the Far North to monitor these ice breakups, with operations based out of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Moosonee Field Office.

There is also a risk of shoreline flooding from snow melt in southern Ontario along the Great Lakes. The province's Surface Water Monitoring Centre in Peterborough continues to monitor water levels in other areas at risk throughout the province, including communities in the Ottawa Valley and along the Great Lakes.

"Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our emergency management personnel and partners, we will be able to safely evacuate Northern communities and provide for their needs until they can safely return home," said Solicitor General Jones. "We continue to monitor flood risks and we are assessing all necessary actions to maintain the safety and wellbeing of communities. We will be ready to proceed with evacuations should the need arise."

"Our government will continue to work with First Nations leadership and the federal government to ensure the safety of remote Indigenous community members during the flood season," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. "If or when an evacuation occurs, it will be conducted in the safest way possible, providing additional support to evacuees and northern host communities. Indigenous leaders across the province have taken critical steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19 and we will continue to support those efforts through out the flooding season."

In March, the government released Protecting People and Property: Ontario's Flooding Strategy, which outlines the steps the province is taking to reduce flood risks and help Ontarians better prepare for flooding events. Actions outlined in the strategy include increasing access to current and timely information, using improved future rainfall prediction data and establishing a flood mapping technical team.



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