Notice: Town Hall and our satellite offices are closed to the public until further notice. In-person services are through appointment only. Payments can be made using our outdoor dropbox at Town Hall, our various online services, and through your banking institution.

Looking for Vaccination Information?

Visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit Website for Local COVID-19 Statistics and Groups that Can Pre-Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine. If you do not have internet or a computer to pre-register, staff at Town Hall can help. Please call 613-443-3066 extension 2340. Remember that only groups that are eligible can pre-register. Rides are available by appointment through Prescott Russell Transpo. Please call 613-306-0397 by 4:30 P.M. the day before your appointment. Calls are being taken from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday to Friday. Rides are available from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. seven days a week.

COVID-19 Impacts to Township Services

The Township has created this page for updates on our municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Subscribe to our email alerts for updates.

Building Permit, Construction, and Planning Services

Due to Covid-19 we are not meeting people in person for consultation or permit application submissions. You can apply for your permit via email to inspections@russell.ca or you can drop off all required documents in an envelope labelled for the Building Department in the drop box at the front of our office at 717 Notre Dame St, Embrun. Appointments will be made for permit pick up at our office when your permit is ready.

Council & Committee Meetings

Council Meetings

Changes to the Township’s Procedural By-Law now allows Council meetings to be conducted electronically during emergency situations. All Township of Russell Council Meetings going forward are by electronic participation only until further notice. This is to comply with the State of Emergency declared by the province of Ontario, to prevent public gatherings, and reinforce social distancing regulations.

Please see our Council & Meetings page for Council date, times, and links to live broadcasts.

Wondering how you can attend a Council Meeting if it isn’t being held at Town Hall during due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

A link to the live event will be published before the meeting on our Council & Meetings page here. Members of the public will be able to provide comments/questions during question period by providing their name, address, and question using the chat box on the live stream. Watch this quick instructional video to understand how the live event works and how to participate during question period.

Should you have any technical difficulties to access or participate in the live council meeting, please email debbieguillemette@russell.ca or call 613-883-1579 immediately.

Committees

As of May 2020, all Township Committee Meetings will be by electronic participation only until further notice. This is to comply with the State of Emergency declared by the province of Ontario due to COVID-19, to prevent public gatherings, and reinforce social distancing regulations. A link to the live event will be posted on our Committees page prior to the committee meeting.

All committees scheduled in March and April are cancelled, with the exception of the Planning Committee on March 30th.

Business Support & Recovery

We have created a list of resources that are exceptionally important to local businesses during the challenging times of COVID-19. Contact our Economic Development Department for more information.

Embrun and Russell Libraries
For impacts and updates to library services, visit the Library Website.
Fire Services / Fire Ban
There are no changes to fire services or fire permits due to COVID-19.
Garbage & Recycling

Waste Collection & Bag Limit

There are no changes to regular waste collection services.
Remember to have your garbage and recycling at the curb before 7:00a.m. 

Special Waste Collections

The Hazardous Waste Day event on May 1st, 2021 is cancelled following the Province’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order in effect until May 6, 2021 to avoid mass gathering at the municipal garage. Read the FACT SHEET / FAQ. The next hazardous waste event is scheduled for Saturday, October 16th, 2021. To keep the two hazardous waste events budgeted by Council for 2021, there will be a 2-day event on October 15th and 16th 2021.

Garbage Tags

Residents who may need to put out additional bags may contact one of our retailers for extra garbage stickers: Pronto R J's Convenience store, Russell Pharmacy, Embrun Convenience. Tags are $2 each, as supplies last and/or locations remains open. 

Municipal Daycare

The Preschool St-Jean Daycare is open.

The St-Jean/La Croisée Daycare (before and after school program) will be closed as of Monday, April 19, 2021, until further notice.

For any information or questions, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.

Parking & Parking Tickets
There are no impacts to parking regulations in the Township due to COVID-19. Please note that our winter parking ban is in effect until April 1st. 

Parking ticket payments can be completed as follows: 

Option 1: Payment on line at 
www.russell.ca/payments  

Option 2: Mail your cheque (make sure to include the ticket number on the information line) to Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame St, Embrun ON K0A 1W1). 

Option 3: Deposit your cheque (make sure to include the ticket number on the information line) in the drop box outside to the left of the main entrance at Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame St, Embrun ON K0A 1W1).
Parks, Play Structures, & Dog Park

Parks & Play Structures

Parks playground structures and green space are opened to the public. However, users must attend only with their immediate household and stay 2 metres apart from other users. Picnic tables areas in parks are closed.

Baseball Parks

Baseball parks are closed for the winter season.

Splash Pad

The Splash Pad at Yahoo Park (2 Marcel St. in Embrun) is closed for the winter season.

Skateboard Park

As of Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., skateboard parks will be closed to the public.

Tennis Courts

As of Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., tennis/pickleball courts will be closed to the public.

Dog Park

There are no closures at the dog park due to COVID-19. Social distancing and gathering restrictions are remain in effect.

Public Safety & Enforcement / Dog Tags

Public Safety & Enforcement

Our by-law officers are continuing their regular duties. All by-laws remain in effect as usual.

Dog Tag Purchases and Renewals

  • Option 1: Fill out and submit your renewal application online. The dog tag(s) will then be mailed to you.
  • Option 2: Download the application form and mail the completed form as well as your payment to Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame St, Embrun ON K0A 1W1). The dog tag(s) will then be mailed to you.
  • Option 3: Download the application form and deposit the completed form as well as your payment in the drop box outside to the left of the main entrance at Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame St, Embrun ON K0A 1W1). The dog tag(s) will then be mailed to you.
Recreational Facilities, Programs

Sports Dome (150 Sportplex St. in Embrun)

As of Saturday, April 3, 2021, the sports dome will be closed to the public.

Bowling Hall (8 Blais St. in Embrun)

The Bowling Hall will be closed until further notice.

Arenas

As of Saturday, April 3, 2021, the arenas will be closed to the public.

Hall & Facility Rentals

As of Saturday, April 3, 2021, the community centres will be closed to the public.

Municipal Programs

April 1, 2021 - Municipal programs are temporarily postponed since our facilities are closed. More information will be shared in the coming weeks concerning the restart of the programs or refunds.

Reimbursements

All necessary refunds will be made within a reasonable period.

Recreational Trail
The recreational trail will remain open. However, user must attend only with their immediate household.
Russell Transpo
Russell Transpo will not offer service as of January 1, 2021.
Summer Camps, Swimming Lessons & Municipal Pool

Municipal Summer Camps

Information on 2021 Municipal summer camps (Moustiques, Kaboum, Sunshine, Lightning and Xtreme) are posted on the Program Guide and Registration page. Online registrations are now open.

Municipal Pool

The municipal pool located at 288 Castor St. in Russell is closed for the winter.

Information on the 2021 season will be posted soon on the Public Pool and Swimming Lessons page.

Swimming Lessons

Information on the 2021 swimming lessons will be posted soon on the Public Pool and Swimming Lessons page.

Tax / Water & Sewer Payments

Town Hall and our satellite offices are closed to the public as of December 24, 2020 at 12:00p.m. (noon) until January 23, 2021. Payments can be made using:

  • our outdoor dropbox at Town Hall
  • our various online services
  • through your banking institution.

Residents with pre-authorized payment plans will continue to have their amount withdrawn as usual.

A reminder to any residents that will have trouble paying your tax bill due to circumstances. We are here to help. Please contact our Finance Department. The Township will always offer solutions to residents who may have difficulty paying their tax bill.

Town Hall and Client Services

Town Hall and our satellite offices are closed to the public as of December 24, 2020 at 12:00p.m. (noon) until further notice. In-person services will be considered if the matter is urgent, through appointment only. Payments can be made using our outdoor dropbox at Town Hall, our various online services, and through your banking institution.

Marriage Licence

Marriage licence applications for residents of the Township only getting married in the next 3-4 weeks or if urgent can be made by appointment while Town Hall is closed to the public. Please contact the Clerk’s office at clerk.greffe@russell.ca.

Lottery License

Lottery license applications can be deposited into our outdoor drop box, found to the left of the main entrance at Town Hall. Please note that there will be delays in processing lottery license applications.

Commissioner of Oath

Commissioner of Oath requests are not offered while Town Hall is closed to the public.

Request for Access to Information

Town Hall is closed to the public, please send the form duly completed and signed with their $5.00 fee by mail or in the drop box at the Town Hall at 717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun.

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