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.

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

There are no changes to fire services due to COVID-19.

However access to Fire Stations is still limited (eg. no tours) until further notice. 

For Fire Permits check the Public Safety & Law Enforcement section below.

Garbage & Recycling

Bags, recycling bins and composters can be purchased in person at Town Hall starting September 7, 2021.

For any other services please contact the Infrastructure Department or call 613-443-1747.

Waste Collection and Bag Limit

There are no changes to garbage or recycling collection due to COVID-19.

Remember to register for our NEW email list for email notifications.

Special Waste Collections

The Hazardous Waste Day event on May 1st, 2021 was 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 purchase them at Town Hall or can 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) is open.

 

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

Parks, Play Structures, & Dog Park

Parks & Play Structures

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

Baseball Diamonds

Open to the public.

Follow the Public Health guidelines.

Splash Pad

Open to the public.

Follow the Public Health guidelines.

Skateboard Park

Open to the public.

Follow the Public Health guidelines.

Tennis/Pickleball/Basketball Courts

Open to the public.

Follow the Public Health guidelines.

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 & Law Enforcement

Public Safety & Law 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 (or tags) 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 (or tags) 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 (or tags) will then be mailed to you.

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 from November 1st until April 1st. 

Parking ticket payments can be completed as follows:

  • Option 1: Payment online. Visit our Parking Ticket Payment Portal.
  • Option 2: Mail your check (make sure to include the ticket number on the information line) to Town Hall (717 Notre-Dame Street, Embrun ON, K0A 1W1).
  • Option 3: Deposit your check (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 Street, Embrun).

Pool and Spa Permits

Pool and Spa permits are available online on our Pool and Spa Permits page.

  • Option 1: Fill out and submit your Pool/Spa application by email to our Public Safety and Enforcement Department. An officer will contact you and your permit will be issued via email.
  • Option 2: Download the application and mail the completed form to Town Hall (717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun ON, K0A 1W1). An officer will contact you and your permit will be issued via email.
  • Option 3: Download the application and deposit the completed form in the drop box outside to the left of the main entrance at Town Hall (717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun). An officer will contact you and your permit will be issued via email.

Fire Permits

Fire permits are available by contacting the Public Safety and Enforcement Department by email at bylaws.reglements@russell.ca. An officer will contact you and your permit will be sent via email.

NOTE: Recreational backyard campfires do not require a permit but safety regulations need to be followed.

Recreational Facilities, Programs

Sports Dome (150 Sportplex Street in Embrun)

Open to the public.

Visit the Sports Dome and membership page for more information.

Bowling Hall (8 Blais Street in Embrun)

The Bowling Hall will be closed until further notice.

Arenas

Please visit the arenas and skating page for the latest update.

Boat Launch

As of Saturday, May 22, 2021, the boat launch is open to the public.

Hall & Facility Rentals

The community centers and halls are available for rentals. See the Rent a facility page.

Municipal Programs

Visit the program guide and registration page for further details.

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.

Follow the Public Health guidelines.

Russell Transpo
Russell Transpo will not offer service as of January 1, 2021.
Summer Camps, Swimming Lessons & Municipal Pool

Municipal Summer Camps

See you next year!

Municipal Pool

See you next year!

Swimming Lessons

See you next year!

Tax / Water and Sewer Payments

Town Hall and our satellite offices are open to the public as of September 7, 2021 at 9 am.

Payments can be made in person, however we encourage the residents to continue using ''contact free'' methods:

  • our outdoor dropbox at Town Hall (717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun)
  • 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 a 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

Although in-person services are available as of September 7th 2021, we encourage you to continue using ''contact free'' methods and book appointments when needed to prevent gatherings at the Town Hall, and reinforce social distancing regulations. Payments can be made using our outdoor dropbox at Town Hall (717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun), our various online services, and through your banking institution.

Marriage Licence

Marriage licence applications can only be made by appointment. Please contact the Clerk's Office.

Lottery Licence

Lottery licence 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 licence applications.

Commissioner of Oath

Commissioner of Oath requests are available upon appointment. You can book your appointment by contacting the Clerk's Office.

Request for Access to Information

Although Town Hall is now open to the public, we encourage you to continue using a ''contact free'' method by sending us the form duly completed and signed with your $5.00 fee by mail or in the drop box at the Town Hall at 717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun.

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