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Media Release #8 - COVID-19 Update

Posted on Monday March 30, 2020


Media Release 8 

March 30, 2020, Lansdowne, ON The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands requests seasonal residents to remain at their primary residence to help flatten the curve. Province postpones 2020 property assessment update; 2021 Taxation will be based on 2016 current values.  Residents reminded of fire ban and to not stockpile gasoline in storage containers. 


On March 29, 2020 Canada's chief public health officer stated that people should avoid travel to cottages in rural areas as they have less capacity to manage COVID-19. 

Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke comments “To help to flatten the curve, everyone is required to stay home.  Any non-essential travel should be restricted right now and that includes travelling to seasonal residences. We will be excited to welcome our seasonal residents back to our community when life returns to normal.”  

The Township received notice that the Province is postponing the 2020 Assessment Update. The provincial government has indicated that property assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the January 1, 2016 current values (i.e., the same valuation date in use for 2020 taxation year). 

Residents are reminded that there is a County-wide Burn Ban in effect.  Please sign up for your free online burn permit to receive notifications regarding any burn regulations in effect. 

With the price of gas being low, it has been noted that some residents are filling containers and storing gasoline on their properties. Fire Chief Lawson reminds residents that “Storing large volumes of gasoline on your property is discouraged at this time to avoid the risk of fire and any environmental issues that may result from a spill.” 

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Emergency Control Group will continue to meet regularly to review and update information regarding COVID-19. The Township remains committed to monitoring the ongoing situation and will update the public accordingly. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms, please make use of the Ontario Self-Assessment Tool, telephone 1-866-797-0000, or contact the local public health unit.

For more information, contact:


Kimberly Westgate, Community Emergency Management Coordinator

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

613-659-2415 ext. 231


Kim Goodman, Public Information Officer &

Director of Community and Business Services

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

613-659-2415 ext. 207


Corinna Smith-Gatcke, Mayor

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands



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