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 

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)

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!

Updated Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Program: Second round of financing

Starting on Friday, December 4, 2020, eligible businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses.

Half of this additional financing, up to $10,000, will be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022.

This means the additional loan effectively increases CEBA loans from the existing $40,000 to $60,000 for eligible businesses, of which a total of $20,000 will be forgiven if the balance of the loan is repaid on time.

The application deadline for CEBA has also been extended to March 31, 2021.

To apply, eligible businesses and not-for-profits need to contact the financial institution that provided their initial CEBA loan and provide the appropriate information and documentation.

For a full suite of FAQs related to the CEBA program, please click here.


Help the Township of Douro-Dummer build a great, new website through this quick and easy navigation exercise!

Join us in completing a few real-world web tasks to help find any problem areas in Township’s new website structure (also known as navigation tree testing). Have you ever felt frustrated by not being able to find what you are looking for when browsing a website? You can help to solve this problem! Your answers will improve the new main menu and sitemap on the Township’s upcoming website. We’ll measure if you found the correct answer, how you got that answer, and how long it took to get there. This will make a real difference in the Township’s web presence!

Please click this link to access the Site Map testing platform.

Navigation tree testing asks users to complete real-world tasks and measures their success in order to find any problem areas in the site structure. Tree testing helps to determine if our category labels and language align effectively with a user’s understanding and their real-world tasks. This evaluates the menu hierarchy to see how it performs before the design of the website and its navigation, which allows for easy refinement of our menu categories and semantics. Major changes to a website’s overall information architecture are much easier earlier on the project process.

Each task tests a category label by asking the user to find something contained within that category. With Treejack, we’ll be able to find how many participants found the correct answer, how they got to their answer, and how long they took to get there.

Tree testing helps us understand:

  • Can a visitor find what they’re looking for?
  • Is my website structured well and in a user-centric manner?
  • Is navigation labelling suitable for our audience?
  • Do categories accurately convey meaning?

Thank you for taking a few minutes of out your day to participate in this important step as the Township works to design a new more customer focused website. For more information regarding this project please contact Martina Chait-Hartwig, Temporary CAO or Brian Fawcett, Chief Building Official.

Animal Control and Dog Licensing

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

In June 2019 there were changes to the enforcement landscape when the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was no longer designated as the police authority for animal control issues. The responsibility for enforcement of these issues is now the responsibility of the Ontario Provincial Police and local municipal law enforcement.

As a municipality, it is our role to ensure that our enforcement teams have the adequate tools and resources to ensure efficient and effective administration of our By-laws. The animal control aspects range from household pets, to exotic animals, to large animals such as farm livestock. Wildlife control remains the responsibility of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

Currently we have two By-laws for different types of animals (exotic/domestic). It is time that we reflect on the current environment and determine the suitability of these by-laws and whether they can be strengthened to promote better public health and safety. We continue to work with key stakeholders, such as Peterborough Humane Society and Ontario Provincial Police to ensure these By-laws are effective tools for administration and enforcement.

“We certainly don’t want a repeat of a recent incident in our Township. It’s an absolute must that our By-laws and enforcement team have the power to protect everyone from future incidents. We must all be responsible pet owners and not put our friends and neighbours in any kind of dangerous situation.” says Mayor of Douro-Dummer J. Murray Jones.

The By-law review process does take some time, but we are hopeful to bring revisions to a future Council meeting as soon as is feasible, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

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

Media Release – December 3, 2020 – Animal Control and Dog Licensing (pdf – 48KB)

Using Your Seasonal Residence During COVID-19

Residents who own seasonal properties in the Township of Douro-Dummer are an important part of our community and like everyone, have an important role to play to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The provincially recommended, and safest, option is to stay at home in your primary residence, and avoid all nonessential travel, especially to other zones. Frequent day trips to your seasonal property carry more risk. However, if your cottage is winterized, transitioning over for a longer stay, can also be a safer choice. The safest way to do this is to self-isolate, or drastically reduce close contact with others for first 14 days.

To read more on how you can help us keep our residents in Douro-Dummer safe, click here.