Douro-Dummer Facility Closures & Restrictions – Updated Jan 5, 2021

On December 21, 2020, the government of Ontario announced a province-wide shut down to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The shutdown started Saturday, December 26, 2020 at midnight, and restrictions will be in place for our region until Saturday, January 23, 2021.

For information on the shutdown including workplace safety measures and restrictions, please visit the Government of Ontario website.

In response to the province-wide shut down, Township facilities are closed to the public or have extra safety restrictions in place:

  • The Douro-Dummer Municipal Office and community centres are closed to the public until January 23, 2021. Residents can still access services from the Municipal Office via phone and e-mail.
  • Council and committee meetings continue to take place on Zoom and are livestreamed via the Township’s YouTube Channel.
  • The Halls Glen Transfer Station remains open with the restrictions that have been in place since June 2020.
  • The Douro-Dummer Public Library continues to be open for curbside contactless service. For more information please visit the library webpage or contact the library directly by e-mail or phone (705) 652-8599.
  • Douro-Dummer Parks remain open; however, the public is strongly cautioned to follow all public health recommendations if visiting a park.
  • There are no washroom facilities available to the public at any Township facility.

The Township continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation through Peterborough Public Health. Public health measures to stop transmission of the virus continue to be encouraged:

  • Stay home and avoid all non-essential gatherings,
  • Limit all non-essential travel,
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters,
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue,
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer,
  • Wear a face covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin when inside or when unable to maintain physical distance, and
  • Self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have travelled outside of Canada. A self-assessment tool is available online at

Smart phone users are also encouraged to download the COVID Alert app.

Questions regarding COVID-19, including information on testing centres and vaccinations, should be directed to Peterborough Public Health (705) 743-1000.

For Public Works Department emergencies call (705) 926-0214.

Please remember that 9-1-1 should be reserved for immediate life- or property-threatening situations.

Questions regarding the Township’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be directed to:

Mayor J. Murray Jones
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw ON, K0L 3A0
E-mail Mayor Jones

Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary C.A.O.
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392
E-mail M. Chait-Hartwig

Media Release – Douro-Dummer Facility Closures and Restrictions (pdf – 67KB)

Tourism Resiliency Funding

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, together with partner Community Futures Peterborough will be administering non-repayable financial support ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 for eligible tourism-dependent businesses in the City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation. This fund is to help offset business adaption costs associated with changing health and safety requirements and increasing safety demands for tourism-dependent businesses.

Eligible businesses can apply for a non-repayable contribution of up to $20,000 to support one-time business adaptation and re-opening costs incurred by tourism-oriented businesses (20% match by the applicant is required).

For more information on the Tourism Resiliency Fund, and if your business is eligible, visit the Tourism Resiliency Fund Program Overview page. Applications are now open, and will close February 12th, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Note: Marketing activities are ineligible expenses.

2021 Dog Tag License Reminder

The Township of Douro-Dummer 2021 Dog Tag renewal season is here. Current active tags can be renewed, or new tags can be purchased. Please call 705 652- 8392 or email with any questions.

Male/Female paid before April 30th $15.00
Male/Female paid after April 30th $20.00
Kennel Licenses paid before April 30th $50.00
Kennel Licenses paid after April 30th $75.00
Fine- Running at Large -dog claimed by owner/pound $105.00
Replacement Dog License $5.00

Cheques can be mailed to:
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, P.O. Box 92
Warsaw, Ontario
K0L 3A0

Phone: 705 652 8392
Fax: 705 652 5044
Toll Free Number: 1 800 899 8785

Ontario Small Business Support Grant – Applications Now Open

Applications for the New Ontario Small Business Support Grant are now open. This vital program will provide eligible businesses a one-time grant in much needed support to help get them through these challenging times.

A minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 will be provided to eligible small businesses facing challenges due to the necessary Provincewide Shutdown. This grant allows flexibility for small business owners so that they can spend it however makes the most sense for their businesses (e.g., paying rent, paying employee wages, maintaining inventory, etc.).

Businesses can apply at:

Small businesses are also encouraged to visit Ontario’s One-Window Small Business Portal which lists all available supports for small businesses struggling with COVID-19 at:

Douro Fifth Line Road North Closed Until Further Notice

Douro Fifth Line North between Highway 28 and County Road 6 is closed to traffic until further notice. The Public Works Department has closed off this section due to the unsafe road conditions including flooding, water and ice buildup on the roadway.

This section will be closed until further notice.

For more information, please contact:

Jake Condon, Manager of Public Works
(705) 652-8402
E-mail Public Works

Real Christmas Tree Disposal

Residents can dispose of real Christmas trees for free at numerous depots across Peterborough County. Please ensure all decorations and tree stands have been removed. Artificial trees and those decorated with fake snow cannot be accepted.

For more details, as well as tips on how to dispose of other holiday decorations and wrapping, please visit the Peterborough County Waste Portal at 

Draft Animal Control By-law

The Township of Douro-Dummer has been reviewing its Animal Control and Dog Licensing By-laws with its partner agency, Peterborough Humane Society.

A proposed By-law for Animal Control is to be reviewed at a public meeting, as part of the Council meeting being held electronically starting at 5pm on January 5th, 2021.

This By-law is an amalgamation of our existing exotic animal and dog licensing By-laws. This By-law was drafted with cooperation from the Peterborough Humane Society and will focus on clarifying and strengthening enforcement and fostering responsible animal ownership.

There are new requirements for the muzzling of a biting dog, as well as rules regarding the containment of animals within an owner’s property. Following Provincial and Federal standards, the list of exotic animals to be prohibited has also been clarified.

A copy of the Draft By-law can be viewed here.

To participate in this electronic meeting in real time, please contact Temporary CAO/ Deputy Clerk, Martina Chait-Hartwig, via by email no later than 12:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled meeting and you will be provided with an invitation to join the meeting using your computer or telephone. Although it is possible for members of the public to “attend” a meeting electronically, and provide verbal submissions, we strongly encourage you to communicate with staff by forwarding written comments.

If you wish to view the public meeting in real time, but do not wish to speak to the application, the meeting will be hosted on the Township’s YouTube Channel. The meeting will also be recorded and available after the meeting for public viewing on the same platform.

For more information please contact:

Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official / By-law Enforcement Officer
Township of Douro-Dummer
894 South Street, Warsaw, ON, K0L 3A0
Phone: (705) 652-8392 x 208
E-mail: B. Fawcett

2021 Burn Permits Available Starting December 20th!

2021 Douro-Dummer burn permits will be available starting December 20, 2020 and can be used immediately upon purchase.

Permits are available online 24/7 at or they can be obtained over the phone or in-person from the Township Office in Warsaw during regular business hours (the office will be closed over the holidays.)

Please visit the Douro-Dummer Burn Permit website to ensure your burn conforms to the Open-Air Burning Bylaw 2020-25.

Roadside Brushing Maintenance – Douro Ward

The Township will be performing roadside clearing of brush and trees in the Douro Ward (on Township roads from Division Road to County Road 4). Work is anticipated to commence on December 18, 2020 and will be completed by approximately December 31, 2020.

Work will involve a contractor using a roadside brushing machine to remove any small trees, brush and overgrowth along the roadside. Road signs will be posted notifying motorists of the work ahead. Access to homes and properties will not be restricted. When approaching the brushing machine, please give the operator time to acknowledge you and to lower the arm of the machine before you proceed.

Removal of brush from roadside ditches is vital for safety of the traveling public. Continuous shade causes soft shoulders and rapid road deterioration, which leads to dangerous driving conditions. Removing brush along roadsides also improves sightlines for drivers, restores proper drainage in ditches, and increases snow storage.

Thank you for your co-operation as we complete this important work.

If you have any questions regarding the planned work, please contact:

Jake Condon, Manager of Public Works
E-mail Public Works

Municipal Office Holiday Closure and Waste Collection Schedule

The Municipal Office will be closed from Thursday, December 24, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021 for the holidays.

Residents will be able to access services from the Municipal Office via phone and e-mail starting January 4, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. The municipal office will be closed to the public.

For questions regarding garbage collection, please contact Waste Connections of Canada at (705) 742-4268.

For questions regarding recycling collection, please contact Emterra (705) 742-3139 or the County of Peterborough (705) 775-2737 x 0.

For emergencies relating to Public Works, please contact the answering service at (705) 926-0214.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!