Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, May 13, 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,

I want to begin by saying that I am proud to be the Mayor of a community that has so faithfully supported each other during these challenging times. We have followed the advice of provincial authorities, and we have stayed home in order to stay safe. We need to keep our resolve as the Victoria Day long weekend is upon us and our summer season is just around the corner.

I know without a doubt that each of us has been affected by emergency regulations. For some, it has been the inconvenience of restricted movement, others are dealing with the social/emotional implications of not spending time with loved ones, while others still have been impacted by the inability to work, earn, and spend in support of our local economy.

There are now signs that we are moving towards a cautious reopening the province and lightening of provincial restrictions. Although our local Conservation Areas remain closed, the Pinery is scheduled to open for day use on May 15, local marinas and golf courses are being prepared for customers, and our seasonal residents are starting to migrate back. The Premier is foreshadowing that there may be more provincial announcements later this week.

Now is the time for us to determine the future of our Community. Support one another! We need to embrace the local amenities and businesses we are so fortunate to share. I know we are not open to the world in the same way we were one year ago. Community spaces remain closed, as do public washrooms. I look forward to the day that I can announce that Lambton Shores is open for business, but that day has not yet come. For now, I am going to continue to encourage everyone to show restraint and continue to spend time with your immediate households only. As residents of Lambton Shores, we know that the beauty of this place we call home stays with you. It won’t be forgotten by daytrippers and visitors if they stay at home for this holiday weekend.

Stay healthy, safe and be kind!

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.

Holiday Hours
The Municipal Offices will be CLOSED Monday, May 18 for Victoria Day. Although our offices remain closed to the public, staff will be working regular office hours on Tuesday, May 19.

Garbage and Recycling
Garbage and recycling will be collected on Monday if that is your regular day. There is no scheduling changes due to the holiday.

Second Tax Installment
The second tax installment of 2020 is due on Friday, May 29. or more information on you how you can pay your taxes, visit our Bill Payment Options page.

Council Highlights
Lambton Shores Council met via electronic participation on Tuesday, May 12. For more information, visit our Council Highlights.

Outdoor Recreational Amenities
Under Provincial Emergency Order, all outdoor recreational amenities remain closed until at this time. This includes, but is not limited to: playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. 
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