Municipality of Lambton Shores
Monthly Municipal Update: May 2021
At a Glance:
  1. Message from the Mayor
  2. COVID-19 Update
  3. Public Notice - Gypsy Moths
  4. Rainbow Crosswalk
  5. 2021 Census
  6. Jays Care Foundation Funding
  7. Construction Notices
  8. Compost Site Remains Open
  9. COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lambton County
  10. Leaf Pickup Program
  11. Open Air Burns
  12. Council Highlights - May 4th
Message from the Mayor

Hello everyone,

I want to begin my message by saying thank you to everyone in our region for doing your part. Whether you continue to work on the front-lines as an essential worker, or you're doing your part by staying home and avoiding public gatherings, your efforts will help us get through this safely.

Although the spring season has arrived and the warmer weather is on its way, the provincial stay-at-home order remains in effect. For ongoing updates and how the order impacts us in Lambton Shores, please continue to monitor our website.

With the spring season also comes an important reminder about Gypsy Moths. Zimmer Air Services Inc. (ZASI) will be conducting an aerial spray program on private, Municipal, County and Conservation properties with a safe and naturally occurring insecticide to control a gypsy moth infestation. To see a map of spray areas, or to sign up for a 48-hour spray notification, please visit the Gypsy Moth page on our website.

As vaccinations continue to rollout across the province, please remember that vaccines are by appointment only, and must be made either through the Lambton Public Health website or by calling 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839. Your patience is appreciated when calling for an appointment as the call volume has been very high.

Stay healthy, safe, and positive.

Mayor Bill
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Update
The province of Ontario remains under a stay-at-home order. More information about the stay-at-home order can be found on the Ontario government's website.

More information about what impact the stay-at-home order has in Lambton Shores can be found on our website.

The best place to access reliable, up-to-date health information on COVID-19 in Lambton County is the Lambton Public Health Page.
Public Notice - Gypsy Moths
An Aerial Spray Program for the control of European Gypsy Moth has been organized by private contractors, one of which is Zimmer Air Services Inc. (ZASI). The Municipality of Lambton Shores has been asked by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to issue the Public Notice of Pesticide Use, including letters to property owners in the spray areas, newspaper, roadside, and website messaging.

Find out more information, including a map of spray areas and a link to register for a 48-hour spray notification, on the Lambton Shores website.
Rainbow Crosswalk
As a symbol of diversity and inclusion within Lambton Shores, a rainbow crosswalk is now a permanent feature in the heart of Grand Bend. With the installation, the Municipality of Lambton Shores joins many other municipalities throughout Canada in displaying this permanent show of support and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. Read more.
2021 Census
The 2021 Census is here. Census data is critical to decision makers and Canadians from coast to coast to coast. In addition to informing public policy, census data are vital for planning schools, hospitals, daycare centres, family services, public transportation, and skills training for employment.

Census collection began on May 3, 2021. More information can be found on the Government of Canada's website.
Forest Sports Park Project receives funding
Announced Friday, May 7 on Sportsnet’s Blue Jays Central, the Forest Minor Baseball Association is one of 14 organizations to receive a grant through the Jays Care Foundation’s 2021 Field of Dreams program.

The Municipality of Lambton Shores was a co-applicant on the application, which received a $54,800 grant towards the Forest Sports Park Project. The grant will support the cost of two covered accessible dugouts and fencing on the Rick Goodhand Memorial Baseball Diamond. Read more.
Construction Notices
Forest: Broadway Street reconstruction began on Monday, March 22 and is estimated to be completed by July 31, 2021. In order to ensure the health and safety of both crews and the public, Broadway Street will be closed to all but local traffic. There is a local detour set up while the road is closed. Local businesses will remain open during construction. More information.
Compost Site
The Lambton Shores Compost site will remain open until mid-November. 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.
The compost site is located at 7550 Brush Road, Forest.

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday from April 14, 2021 to mid-November, weather permitting.

A list of acceptable items.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Lambton County
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues throughout Lambton County.

For the most up to date information and for those eligible to pre-register, visit Lambton Public Health.
Leaf Pick-Up Program
The spring leaf pick-up program will continue until May 28. Any leaves left at the curb after May 28, 2021 will not be picked up.

Pick-up requirements:
  • All leaves must be in brown, paper bags. We do not accept plastic bags.
  • Only leaves will be picked up, no garbage, brush or other yard waste.
  • All bags must be placed at the curb for pick-up.

Please do not rake leaves onto the streets or in ditches. This poses a danger to pedestrians, bicycles and motorists and can cause drainage problems.
Open Air Burns
A few things to remember if you are considering an open air burn:
  • If you're having a fire in your yard, be certain to have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • Have you decided to burn some yard waste? Be sure to never burn plastics, construction debris, treated lumber, tires, or pesticide, paint, or aerosol containers. These items contain toxins that can be harmful to people and animals when burned.
  • If you're having a fire in your yard, be certain to have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.
  • Did you know that when having a backyard burn you should ensure the Wind Speed does not exceed 15 km per hour?

Be sure to check online and review the burn by-law before starting your burn.
Returning to the COVID-19 response framework

The COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused during the provincewide stay-at-home order.

Municipal Offices remain closed to the public.

  • Municipal staff are working during this time, and may be reached by phone and email.
  • Services such as building permits and licencing continue to be offered by appointment.
  • Parks and trails are open but please follow guidelines from Lambton Public Health.
Municipal services such as road maintenance, water and wastewater operations, waste collection and fire/emergency response remain unaffected.
Lambton Shores Council met electronically on May 4th. You can find a list of meeting highlights below. Council Highlights
Supporting Local Businesses
Many local businesses are still offering curbside pickup during the provincial stay-at-home order. Please continue to shop local! Check out the following links for up-to-date business listings:

Shoreline ToGo has also been keeping listings up to date throughout the pandemic. You might find your new favourite restaurant right here at home!
Things To Do
During the provincial stay-at-home order, there are still ways to participate in community activities! Visit the links below or visit the Lambton Shores events calendar as additional virtual activities are added.

Additional event calendars:
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.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON, N0N 1J0
519-243-1400 | 866-943-1400