Current situation

The Province of Ontario has moved to Step Three of its Roadmap to Reopen plan beginning July 16 at 12:01a.m.  Visit Ontario's COVID-19 website or Public Health Grey Bruce to learn more.

There is a Provincial Order in place, effective October 9, 2020, mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces, with limited exemptions. 

The Town of Saugeen Shores has declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this declaration, the Town of Saugeen Shores has seen several changes: see "Impact on Town services," below.

For the most recent information regarding cases in Ontario, please visit the Ontario government's COVID-19 website.

 Public health and support
  • In Saugeen Shores, the Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) is the municipality’s lead agency in terms of managing a local infectious disease outbreak.
  • The Town will provide regular updates to the community via our website and social media platforms regarding Town services and programming.
  • If you need assistance during the pandemic, the United Way encourages you to submit a request to As well, you can call 211 to find resources and local services in our area. 
  • During a pandemic it is not uncommon to struggle with mental health. There is support available through Grey Bruce Public Health and The Canadian Mental Health Association.
 COVID-19 Vaccines

We know many are eager to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. The Grey Bruce Health Unit is leading the vaccination rollout in our area. For about vaccines including who is currently eligible and how to book appointments, visit Grey Bruce Health Unit's Vaccine Information page.

The Town of Saugeen Shores cannot book COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

 What you can do to prevent the spread of illness
  •  Know the facts. Follow direction from the Grey Bruce Health Unit to know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Call Telehealth Ontario toll-free at: 
     or visit the GBHU website for information on how to care for the ill, infection prevention and control, self-treatment and when and where to seek medical attention.
  • Follow Public Health’s direction to use infection control practices such as hand washing, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home when you’re sick to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Wear a mask or non-medical face covering inside commercial establishments as well as in situations where physical distancing (staying 2 m apart) is difficult to maintain.
  • Organizations and businesses should be preparing their own plans and policies to ensure business continuity in the event an infectious disease outbreak is declared locally.
Information for businesses
The COVID-19 pandemic has put stress on our local business community. To find business supports during this difficult time, please visit our Business Support page. 

Saugeen Shores’ small and locally owned businesses are woven into the fabric of our Town. To help support businesses during these challenging times, we’ve assembled a Saugeen Shores Strong page with information on how the community can help.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery is currently underway, working to support businesses in our community. The Mayor chairs the group and members will include representatives from each industry in the community, elected officials, regional and provincial government representatives, and employment/labour market specialists.


Essential business hotline

For any businesses in Saugeen Shores unsure of whether they are deemed essential by the Province of Ontario, the Stop the Spread hotline is available to answer these questions. Anyone with questions or concerns can call the province’s Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659 or Saugeen Shores Police Services at 519-832-2500.

Impact on Town services

Declaring a state of emergency means that the municipality can access additional resources and expertise throughout this period. Essential services will focus on the following: policing, fire and emergency response; water supply and waste water treatment; emergency infrastructure repair; winter control; and supporting other essential services as identified by the province. 

The Town of Saugeen Shores has developed a Corporate Wide Framework to guide the Corporate response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Provincial Response Framework. Saugeen Shores staff are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Ontario, and will continue to reassess the situation and keep the public informed. 

Please follow @SaugeenShoresON on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates and contact us for any questions or concerns.

Facilities and amenities

Indoor facilities and amenities

Please wear a mask and respect capacity limits when visiting open indoor facilities.

  • The Town of Saugeen Shores Municipal Office is open for in-person services by appointment only.
  • The Saugeen Shores Fire Stations (612 Emma St., Port Elgin and 50 Victoria St. S, Southampton) is open to in-person services by appointment only. 
  • The Port Elgin and Southampton Visitor Centres are open to in-person services in a limited capacity.
  • The Saugeen Shores Police Service building (1240 MacKenzie Rd., Port Elgin) is open to the public.
  • The following indoor recreation amenities are open with protocols in place:

The following municipal facilities and amenities are closed to the public at this time:

  • Public Works facilities (339 Concession 6, Port Elgin and 429 Peel St., Southampton)
  • Southampton Curling Club (reopening fall 2021)
  • Southampton Coliseum ice surface (reopening October 1)

Outdoor amenities

  • Parks, trails, beaches and playgrounds are open for use with physical distancing in place.
  • Outdoor spaces such as pavilions, sports fields and green space may be used for sports, leagues and exercise classes. These facilities must be booked by contacting Community Services.
  • The dog park remains open to the public. Physical distancing is required.
  • Seasonal washrooms are now open. Visit our Washrooms Listing to find out more about specific washroom locations. Masks are required in all public washrooms.

Tourist Camps and Harbours

  • The Port Elgin and Southampton Tourist Camps are open for seasonal campers with restrictions under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.
  • As of Saturday, May 22, 2021 the municipally owned Marina is open in accordance with Section 37 of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.
  • Boat launches are open for use.


Recreation programs and activities

Recreation programs and activities are operating. Registration for fall programs is opening soon. Learn more or register online today.

Building services

Building permits

  • Accepted electronically by applying online at If you require assistance, please contact us by emailing Building Services
      or calling 519-832-2008 x118.
  • Payment of building permit application fees will not be required at time of application.

 Building inspections

Mandatory building inspections will continue for open building permits.

 Other services

  • Other services will be conducted online or by telephone: Email Building Services or call
    519-832-2008 x118. Please leave a message and we will return your call.
  • Plans for any new structure, addition or renovation must be approved. A Building Permit is your formal permission to start construction or demolition.
  • For more information, please visit our Building and Renovating page.


Council meetings
Staff and Council are limiting in-person meetings. Stay up to date by regularly checking
Garbage and recycling

Curbside collection

  • Curbside garbage and recycling collection will continue as scheduled.
  • All curbside garbage must have a bag tag on it in order for it to be collected.


Residents are welcome to bring their household garbage during normal operating hours Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm and Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm.

Physical distancing measures will remain in place and payment is by debit tap only.

Recycling is currently not available at the Landfill site for blue box items.  Film Plastic, Styrofoam and cardboard recycling depots remain open. 

For more information, visit our Garbage, Recycling and Compost page.


 Infrastructure and Development (Public Works)

Services requiring payment

Call 519-832-2008 x130 to process credit card payments. Payment by cheque can be processed through the drop box at the Municipal Office, and a receipt will be emailed or mailed to you. Invoices will be emailed along with permit forms.

A list of applicable services are:

  • Moving Permit
  • Road Occupancy Permit  
  • Water meter repair/replacement
  • Curbstop (water service) turn on/off 
  • Bulk Water (Fill Station) Permit
  • Site Plan Applications
  • Municipal Consents (email

  • Engineering Review Fees

Cemetery plot sales and burial costs


  • All permits requiring a site inspection will be scheduled via phone calls when staff are able.
  • For questions specific to these, call 519-2008 x130 or email Public Works.

Services not available at this time:

  • Pool Filling Permit
  • Sandpoint Permit
  • Hydrant use Permit
  • Green Cone and Composter sales

Lottery Licence, Marriage Licence, Burial Permit, or Commissioner of Oath

 Please call 519-832-2008 x100 for an appointment or email Clerks.

Paying your bills

Property Taxes

For questions about your account, please email us

  or call 519-832-2008 x128
  • Available payment methods:
    • Internet/telephone banking – Use your 19-digit roll number when you log into your online banking
    • Pre-Authorized Payment - Sign up for our Monthly or Due Date payment plans
    • Town drop-box - Drop off a cheque or cash payment, along with your billing stub, at the drop-box located outside the main doors of the Municipal Office at the Plex (600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin)
    • Mail - You can mail your cheque or post-dated cheque, along with your billing stub, to:
      Town of Saugeen Shores, P.O. Box 820, Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
  • Tax Certificates will be accepted by email request. There is a fee of or $55.61 per roll number or $71.23 if required within 48 hours.

Water and Sewer Billing

For questions about your account, please email us

or call 519-832-2008 x113

Available payment methods:

  • Internet/telephone banking – Use your 7 digit account number when you log into your online banking
  • Pre-Authorized Payment - Sign up for our Monthly or Due Date payment plans
  • Town drop-box - Drop off a cheque or cash payment, along with your billing stub, at the drop-box located outside the main doors of the Municipal Office at the Plex (600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin)
  • Mail - You can mail your cheque or post-dated cheque, along with your billing stub, to: Town of Saugeen Shores, P.O. Box 820, Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
  • Final water meter read requests and Water Certificate requests will be accepted by email. There is a fee of $55.61 or $71.23 if required within 48 hours for water certificates.

Public Notices