Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, May 6, 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,

The Premier’s announcements today provide for a measured easing of restrictions on retail stores and essential construction . This means that several local businesses will soon be allowed to reopen, either for instore purchases in hardware stores and garden centres or for curbside pick-up for the broader retail sector. This is great news for many of our Lambton Shores businesses!

I encourage everyone to continue to support local businesses, especially as they look to reopen and accommodate our health and safety needs. Let’s be sure we are following the necessary guidelines to help these businesses open successfully, and stay open! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this is the perfect opportunity to give a local gift. So why not stop by a greenhouse or garden centre to make a mom’s day!

The Province has also announced today that they will be extending all of their current Emergency Orders until May 19 th . This includes the closure of outdoor recreational amenities and restrictions on social gatherings to no more than 5 people. This extension means that for the first time, Lambton Shores will not be fully open on the May long weekend to daytrippers, visitors and tourists.

We understand that seasonal residents may need to attend and undertake maintenance on their property but this year’s long weekend should not be treated like past years. IF you have to come to your property, I ask that you shop at home and stay on your property. Our parks and beach will remain closed. For fulltime residents please avoid hosting guests, and encouraging visitors to our towns. We are excited to have visitors return, but we just aren’t ready yet!

I am grateful to everyone for taking the restrictions seriously – by continuing to follow the guidelines and recommendations we are making a difference! The only way through this is to continue to stay the path, practice physical distancing, wash your hands and isolate when necessary. I’m hopeful that the hard work of citizens like those in Lambton Shores will pay off sooner rather than later and our summer season can begin with some level of normalcy.

In the meantime, stay safe, healthy and positive! And happy Mother’s Day!

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
Co nstruction on Main Street South (Highway 21) between King Street and Royal Street is underway.

Please remember:
  • Main Street South is closed to all but local traffic when crews are present.
  • There is a local detour set up while the road is closed.
  • When crews are NOT present, the road is open to traffic as usual. PLEASE drive slowly as the road is now a gravel surface.

For more information, visit our Capital Projects page.

Leaf Pick-Up
Our leaf pick-up program is on! 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 open for the season. 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

Outdoor Recreational Amenities
Under Provincial Emergency Order, all outdoor recreational amenities will 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, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. 

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