Media Releases and News

Whitchurch-Stouffville Enters Modified Stage 2

Whitchurch-Stouffville Enters Modified Stage 2 The Government of Ontario announced this afternoon that York Region will be placed under Modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions, effective Monday, October 19, 2020 for a period of at least 28 days. These restrictions include Whitchurch-Stouffville. In accordance with the province’s guidelines, the Town is required to close the following locations: The Lebovic Centre for the Performing Arts (“19 on the Park”); Indoor fitness centre, including fitness studios, at the Leisure Centre; and Indoor gymnasium (including gym programs) at the Leisure Centre. The following facilities and/or programs will remain open with little or no new

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Town Hall to Remain Closed Until the New Year

Town Hall To Remain Closed Until The New Year In an effort to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Whitchurch-Stouffville Town Hall will remain closed to the public until at least January 4, 2021. Town Hall, located at 111 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville, has been closed to residents since March 13, a week before Town Council declared a State of Emergency. “In the best interest of public safety, we feel that Town Hall should remain closed,” said Town Chief Administrative Officer Rob Adams. “We are following the lead of many other municipalities in York Region and the GTA and will

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Town Fitness Facilities Are Now Open

Town Fitness Facilities Are Now Open As of Monday, August 24, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Fitness Centre in the Leisure Centre has re-opened with new procedures and protocols in place to maintain a safe exercise environment. Due to COVID-19, the fitness centre has been closed as of March 15. Due to the province’s Phase Three regulations, the fitness centre is permitted to open. “We are excited to safely welcome the community back into our facilities,” said Marilou Murray, Director of Leisure and Community Services. “We have taken this opening very seriously and are committed to ensuring we’re doing whatever we

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Library to Resume Offering Full Service Starting August 25

Library to Resume Offering Full Service Starting August 25 The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library will open stage three of its phased reopening plan on Tuesday, August 25. “We are so excited to fully re-open our doors to our community!” says Margaret Wallace, WSPL Chief Executive Officer. Customers will be able to browse the Library collections, use computers, book study rooms, access photocopying and printing services, and pick up holds. As a courtesy to others who wish to use the Library, we ask that visits be kept to one hour or less. Physical distancing measures, hand hygiene, and mandatory face coverings are

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Town Launches New Online Events Calendar

Town Launches New Online Events Calendar The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has launched a new events calendar on their L4A.ca – Everything Stouffville website. The calendar, located at L4A.ca/events, lists events located in Whitchurch-Stouffville and open to the general public. All businesses, for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations or charities who operate in the town, can submit their events for listing. “We hope to capture many of the town’s great events,” said David Tuley, Whitchurch-Stouffville Economic Development Officer. “We want to list everything – major fundraisers, annual-semi-quarterly activities, live shows, walks-in-the-forest, Christmas craft shows, business or community interest lectures, studio tours, runs and

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Town Offers Relief to those in Need Regarding Tax & Water Payments

Town Offers Relief To Those In Need Regarding Tax & Water Payments On July 16, 2020, during a Special Council Meeting, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Council approved an application process to defer tax and water payments for those who have financial difficulty due to COVID-19. Applications will be made in writing via email to deferrals@townofws.ca. Pending application, residents will have 60 days after the due date for no penalties or interest for all tax/water bills with due dates until December 31st. This deferral program begins on July 17, 2020. Applicants must apply within two weeks following July 17, or no

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Town Offers ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ Alternative to In-person Summer Camps

Town Offers ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ Alternative to In-person Summer Camps Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has launched a “Camp-In-A-Box” program for kids ages 4-13 who are unable to attend in-person camp programs.There are 3 levels of “Camp-In-A-Box,” each one catered to an age group: 4-5, 6-9, and 10-13. They will contain new activities each week and you will require one box per child. Each box will contain activities and the necessary supplies for the week, other than some common items you may already have at home (scissors, pencil crayons, etc.). All activities come with complete instructions. Some adult supervision may be required depending on

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Face Mask or Covering Mandatory in York Region, including Whitchurch-Stouffville, Effective Friday, July 17

Face Mask or Covering Mandatory in York Region, including Whitchurch-Stouffville, Effective Friday, July 17 York Regional Council yesterday endorsed a recommendation from York Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karim Kurji to issue an instruction requiring operators of enclosed public spaces in York Region to have a policy in place that prohibits persons from entering premises of the establishment if the person is not wearing a face mask or covering. The Regional Municipality of York has endorsed this instruction issued by Dr. Kurji under the authority of the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as a measure to further

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Announces Phase Two Reopening

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Announces Phase Two Reopening The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library will launch phase two of its staged reopening plan on July 21, 2020. This phase will allow customers entry into the Library to use computer, photocopier, and printing services. Customers wishing to use Library computers will have to make a reservation and will be granted a 45-minute block of computer time per day, per Library card. At this time, no gaming is allowed. Computers and computer equipment will be cleaned and sanitized before the next reservation block to ensure public safety. “We are excited to re-open our doors to our community,”

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Town launches COVID-19 Reopening Website​

Town launches COVID-19 Reopening Website The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has launched a new website outlining the Town’s reopening plan in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  StouffvilleReopens.ca outlines the Town’s plan for a gradual, safe and measured reopening of municipal facilities and the restart of Town services and programs. “StouffvilleReopens.ca outlines the steps the Town will take to keep our residents and employees safe,” said Mayor Iain Lovatt. “It provides a roadmap to our future – in a world where COVID-19 is still present and every precaution is needed.” Since COVID-19 began to spread in Whitchurch-Stouffville in March, the Town has

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Town Parks Adapt To Phase Two With New Guidelines

Town Parks Adapt To Phase Two With New Guidelines The Province of Ontario has given the green light to move into ‘Phase Two’ of the Re-opening strategy, this allows the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville to reopen some outdoor amenities and have new guidelines and safety measures for how they are used. The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville’s main priority is keeping the community safe from the spread of COVID-19.  As of June 19th, 2020 the Town’s spray pads are open with the exception of Coultice Park- which is closed for repairs and Sunnyridge which is closed for the season. Soccer, baseball diamonds and

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library to begin Summer Reading Club

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library to begin Summer Reading Club The 2020 TD Summer Reading Club at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library will kick off on Saturday, June 20. The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for children of all ages, all interests and all abilities. Sponsored locally by Tiny Seedlings, this year’s theme is sports. With the realities of COVID-19, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library has made changes to keep all of our customers safe while participating in the Summer Reading Club and will be held entirely online only this year. The library will be using a software program

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Town Reminds Residents That Parking By-laws Are In Full Effect

Town Reminds Residents That Parking By-laws Are In Full Effect The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville would like to remind residents and business owners that parking restrictions and by-laws are still in full effect. With the summer weather now here, and in combination with the recent COVID-19 pandemic where residents are spending more time at home enjoying family walks on Town streets, residential roadways have become busier than normal. The Town reminds residents to take safety into account when parking and walking in their neighbourhood. “Our top priority is the safety of our residents,” says Teresa Hector, Whitchurch-Stouffville Supervisor of Municipal Law

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Announces Start of Curbside Service

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Announces Start of Curbside Service The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library will be resuming partial operation via curbside pick-up service beginning June 9, 2020. Curbside service includes all material excluding magazines and items from the local history collection. Customers are now able to place holds online through wsplibrary.ca. When holds become available, library staff will notify the customer when they can pick up their material. “We look forward to providing this service for our community,” says Margaret Wallace, WSPL Chief Executive Officer. “We have listened to our customers when they indicated they would like access to physical library materials

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Developing Plans to Resume Specific Services

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library Developing Plans to Resume Specific Services In the Government of Ontario’s May 14th released list of Stage 1 openings, public library services may resume for pick-up or delivery as early as May 19th. While Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library (WSPL) appreciates that library services are highly valued by the community, WSPL is delaying an immediate launch of such services until processes and measures have been fully developed to ensure our staff and community’s health and safety during these uncertain times. “We have been actively reviewing government recommended guidelines as they are determined, and we have ordered new and necessary

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Online Storefront Comes To Town’s Business Website

Online Storefront Comes To Town’s Business Website The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is excited to announce the launch of ‘Phase Two’ of our new business-oriented website L4A.ca – Everything Stouffville. On Friday, the website launched a new online shopping platform aimed at helping local businesses get their product information out the world, and to let customers buy online directly from them. “This is great addition to the website,” said David Tuley, Economic Development Officer of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and team lead. “Now when you visit the business directory, you can access their products directly from the business’s profile page.” The

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Town Launches Website Promoting Local Businesses

Town Launches Website Promoting Local Businesses The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has launched a dedicated website to help support local businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. “L4A.ca – Everything Stouffville” was created to help the community find and support local businesses that are open and providing their products and services to Stouffville.  The site hosts an ever-growing list of businesses in Whitchurch-Stouffville with complete contact information. “This site was launched in the middle of the pandemic when our local businesses needed immediate action,” says Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt. “The greatest challenge for customers right now is to know which businesses are operating. 

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Whitchurch-stouffville Public Library Launches Community Check-in Service

Whitchurch-stouffville Public Library Launches Community Check-in Service The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is proud to announce our community check-in service, which complements the Stouffville Community Care Network launched by the Town on April 9. The Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library believes in inspiring curiosity, embracing innovation, and engaging our community even while our doors are closed. The Library’s community check-in service enables residents to contact library staff regarding how the library can serve them during the closure. These inquiries can range from asking about online resources to chatting with library staff about books and films. “We know how important it is to stay

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Mayor Lovatt Hosts Virtual Town Hall With Dr. Kurji

Mayor Lovatt Hosts Virtual Town Hall With Dr. Kurji Get the latest updates on COVID-19 from the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and The Regional Municipality of York. Join our meeting using Zoom on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Mayor Iain Lovatt and Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region Medical Officer of Health will answer your questions and discuss the latest updates on the COVID-19 response from the Town and York Region. We invite you to be a part of the discussion from the safety of your home. Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 PM To obtain the Zoom call log-in information

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Stouffville Community Care Network Launches

Stouffville Community Care Network Launches On behalf of the Office of the Mayor, members of Council and staff at the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, we are pleased to launch the Stouffville Community Care Network. The Stouffville Community Care Network is a webpage that connects those in need of help with those willing to offer assistance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have vulnerable members of our community in self-isolation who are in need of assistance. From grocery store and pharmacy pick-ups to hot meal delivery or just a friendly phone chat, this webpage can make the connections through a safe and

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Whitchurch-Stouffville Creates Business Continuity & Economic Recovery Plan to Deal with COVID-19 Challenges

Whitchurch-Stouffville Creates Business Continuity & Economic Recovery Plan to Deal with COVID-19 Challenges The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has created a new Business Continuity & Economic Recovery Plan to help deal with the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Plan, created to address the continuing need for the Town to operate at the high level expected by residents and businesses, outlines how Town services are currently being conducted and what economic measures need to be implemented to avoid serious financial hardships. “We are continuing to make the health, safety and well-being of our citizens and businesses a top priority”

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Town Hosts Successful Virtual Council Meeting

Town Hosts Successful Virtual Council Meeting On Tuesday, April 7th, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Council held its second virtual meeting using live streaming software. This move was made possible by changes in provincial legislation in order to allow municipal councils to carry on both critical and routine business while obeying current guidelines on public gatherings. “It is a priority for Council and staff to remain transparent during this time. We are very excited to be able to include and engage with the public despite Town Hall being closed” says Mayor Iain Lovatt “Our first council meeting went off without a hitch

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