During this global pandemic the City’s primary focus is the health and safety of our citizens and our employees. While public health and health care is not a municipal function, we do play a critical role in the health of our community by delivering essential municipals services to our citizens. This page has been created, and will be updated throughout this pandemic event, to help keep citizens informed about our services and the efforts the City is undertaking.
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Public Health and Virus Information
For all up-to-date information regarding personal preventative measures, testing, or other healthcare information, please go to the Government of Manitoba’s COVID-19 webpage, the Government of Canada’s dedicated webpage, or call Health Links – Info Sante toll free at 1-888-315-9257.
Selkirk’s Business Continuity Plan and Response Strategy
The city has developed a Business Continuity and Response Strategy to guide the City’s response to this pandemic as the situation changes and evolves. This document outlines the actions each municipal service area will be taking to reduce the risk to employees who are delivering critical municipal services to you, our Citizens. The City is taking responsible and proactive precautions to maintain our ability to deliver the essential services and to reduce risk to citizens within City facilities. We are sharing our high-level plan with the public to help inform citizens about our current actions and the actions we plan to take as this evolving situation requires us to raise our level of preparedness. This is an evolving plan and we anticipate it will change as the nature of this situation changes. The City will post the most current version of this plan on this page as they are made public.
Based on information from the Manitoba Health, our Preparedness Response Level is currently set to Level III
Changes to City-Run Facilities, Services and Programs
The following changes are in effect to ensure the safety of our employees and our citizens and to proactively stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As of April 29. 2020, all large gatherings and events must be canceled, affecting many of our summer programs and all our Waterfront Events. This page is continuously updating as more information is available.
City and Municipal Offices
Civic Office (200 Eaton Ave.): OPEN to the public. We ask those who come in to follow physical distancing standards. Most municipal business can be conducted over the phone or through CitizenSupport.
Operations (739 Sophia St.): CLOSED to the public
Culture, Recreation & Green Transportation Buildings (630 Sophia St.): CLOSED to the public.
Programs and Events
ALL programs and events organized by the City of Selkirk are canceled until June 1, 2020. We will look at possibly extending these cancellations farther in mid-May. Once more information is available we will look at rescheduling dates.
Block Parties: Canceled until at least September 1.
Camp Awesome: : REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 8. Camp Awesome runs from July 6 – August 28. Spots are limited to 16 campers a day.
Canada Day: CANCELED. Because of the Province’s decision to prohibit all large gatherings until September 1, we have canceled all Waterfront events.
Play Zone: Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer long from 1-3pm.
Public Hearings: Only MANDATORY Public Hearings outlined by the Municipal Act will be held, with strict safety and sanitary measures put in place.
Spring Clean-up: Rescheduled to September 14 – 18.
Property Taxes: No penalties or interest charges to 2020 property taxes until September 30.
Tax Sales: CANCELED until further notice.
Transit: OPERATIONAL. Buses have put in mandatory social distancing measures and heightened sanitary requirements.
Waste and Recycling Collection: Normal operation and pickup dates apply.
Water Bills: Q1 water bills will be issued on May 15 instead of April 15, and we will be extending the payment term by 60 days. The final due date for Q1 water bill payments is July 15. 2020. Click here for a video on how to pay your water bill online.
Waterfront Concert Series: CANCELED. Because of the Province’s mandate to prohibit all large gatherings until September 1, we have canceled all Waterfront events.
Indoor and outdoor facilities are open for rentals, provided renters follow public health rules. Everything is subject to change as more information is released.
Parks and Playgrounds: OPEN. Please practice social distancing and wash hands immediately after using the equipment.
Selkirk Arena and Memorial Hall: ALL rentals and bookings have been cancelled. Taking no new bookings at this time.
Selkirk Park Boat Launch: OPENING SOON.
Selkirk Park Campground: REGISTER FOR YOUR SPOT ONLINE. Click here to book a campsite.
Selkirk Park Picnic Shelters: OPENING, provided renters follow Public Health orders.
Selkirk Park Pool + Splashpad: VERY UNLIKELY to open. Waiting for guidance by the Province.
Selkirk Rec Centre: Currently taking bookings, provided renters follow public health rules.
Waste Transfer Station: OPEN regular hours.
Other Related Facilities
Gaynor Family Regional Library: OPEN. Curbside pickup for library items. Encouraging customers to place holds online at www.gfrl.org, or via phone at 204-482-3522. Limited parking lot WiFi available.
Gordon Howard Centre: CLOSED as of March 19.
Red River Planning District: OPEN to the public. Meetings can only be made by appointment only
Selkirk Biz: Office is CLOSED, employees working remotely. Can be contacted through email [email protected]
Selkirk and District Community Foundation: Office is CLOSED, employees working remotely. Can be contacted through email [email protected]
Selkirk Food Bank: Physical office is CLOSED. They are still accepting donations at drop off locations and distributing parcels to the community.
Help can come in a lot of forms. These businesses are making life a bit easier for our citizens during these times.
Regional Relief and Recovery Funding (RRRF)
The Government of Canada and Community Futures organizations (CFs) understand the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the small business community throughout the West. As a result, the Government of Canada has made funds available to the CFs to provide support and assistance to SMEs through the rural stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).
Small business owners impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for loans up to $40,000 through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).
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