Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, April 29, 2020

Please continue to watch for frequent updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep you informed of what is happening in Lambton Shores during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Message from the Mayor
Hello Everyone,

This week, the Provincial Government announced their planning framework for Reopening Ontario after COVID-19. This news is encouraging! We are listening to medical experts and we are on our way to the road of recovery. I appreciate that we would all like to know exactly when and what things will be reopened, but for now we simply need to stay the course by washing our hands, practicing physical distancing and restricting social gatherings so that positive changes can come sooner than later. The work we are doing must continue.

The nightly news and social media are reporting all changes to the provincial emergency orders as they are made. Our Lambton Shores COVID-19 Information Hub will continue to share this information as well, and I will certainly do my best to share how these changes will affect our Lambton Shores lifestyle. Stay tuned!

While we wait for restrictions to lift, our local businesses need us now more than ever! I know many of you are stepping up to support local and I am grateful to live in a community that helps one another when times are tough. Thank you!

There is more than one way to support local businesses during COVID-19. For example you can purchase curbside or delivery items where available, buy gift cards to use at a later date or simply share local business posts on your social media or with friends and family. Every little bit helps!

Did you know that Wednesdays have been declared Canada’s Take-Out Day? Restaurants have been particularly devastated by the COVID-19 restrictions. So why not give your stove a rest tonight, and celebrate our restaurant industry as a community and order dinner from one of our many local establishments.

The Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce wants to make it even easier for you to order from your favourite restaurant tonight or any night. They have recently developed, a website that can tell you what local restaurants are open and where you can find more information on their menus and hours. This is a valuable resource – so be sure to share it with your friends and family! And if you are a local business owner interested in having your information shared on the website (for free!) you Add Your Restaurant today.

In the meantime, stay healthy, safe and positive!

Mayor Bill
Updates for Lambton Shores Residents
Please visit our COVID-19 Information Hub for up-to-date information on municipal services. You will find links to information for community and business supports. You will also find reliable COVID-19 information sources.

Main Street South Reconstruction Phase 2
Construction on Main Street South (Highway 21) between King Street and Royal Street has begun. For more information, visit our Capital Projects page.

Leaf Pick-Up
Our leaf pick-up is underway! This is a free program provided by our Community Services Department. To ensure your leaves are picked up, please note that:
  • All leaves must be bagged in brown, paper bags. Clear bags will not be accepted.
  • Only leaves will be picked up; no garbage or brush please.
  • All bags must be placed at the curb for pickup.

Compost Site
The Lambton Shores Compost site is now open. In order to practice physical distancing and ensure the safety of our staff and residents, only one vehicle at a time will be permitted to enter the site. For more information on acceptable items, visit our Compost page.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays & Saturdays
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Weather permitting

Please remember - It's a toilet not a trash can! Treating your drains like a garbage will have negative consequences. Help prevent sewer blockages and overflows by only flushing toilet paper down your toilet. Our sewer systems are not designed for other items, even those claiming to be flushable.
Business Resources
Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. There has never been a greater need than now to hear from Sarnia-Lambton area businesses.

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership is looking to receive input from as many businesses as possible to help them shape the response and advocacy efforts during and following the pandemic. You can share your input by completing their brief survey.
Contact House
Contact House Food Bank, Forest continues to provide essential items to those in need during COVID-19.
Hours of Operation: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Interested in donating?
Kimball Hall is accepting donations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Both monetary and essential items are being accepted.
Open Air Burn By-Law
Open air burning can be a fire hazard and a nuisance to your neighbours. If you choose to burn your yard waste over bagging it, you must abide by the open air burn by-law.

Only burn if you can guarantee:
  • the fire will not be a nuisance to your neighbours
  • you can supervise the fire for the duration of the burn
  • the wind speed is less than 15km/hr
  • the fire is under 1m in diameter

Please note that the burning of yard waste is prohibited in the old village of Grand Bend.

Always review the open air burn by-law before starting your burn.
COVID-19 Enforcement
The Municipality of Lambton Shores and the OPP would like to remind you that the safety of all Ontarians is our top priority. We encourage all people and businesses to voluntarily comply with all Provincial Emergency Orders which are short-term restrictions. Education, awareness and compliance are preferred options. OPP or in some cases Municipal Law Enforcement officers will apply discretion on whether to launch any enforcement actions such as:

  • Offences relating to non-essential businesses that remain open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. (EMCPA).
  • Offences relating to gatherings of more than five people in contravention of the EMCPA.
  • Offences relating to the illegal use of closed facilities, parks or beaches

Complaints for less serious incidents can be reported online at or by calling the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122. 
Staying in Touch
While offices may be closed to the public, municipal staff are still available by telephone or email. To reach us, visit our Staff Directory.
Lambton Public Health
The best place to access reliable health information
For reliable up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit the Lambton Public Health Page.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON, N0N 1J0
519-243-1400 | 866-943-1400