Township Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This page will be updated regularly with any changes to township services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check in before making a trip to any of our township facilities to confirm operating hours.

Media Releases

April 3rd, 2020

March 27th, 2020 (A Message from our Mayor)
March 25th, 2020 (Property Taxes)
March 20th, 2020
March 18th, 2020
March 16th, 2020
March 13th, 2020

Township Services: Updated April 3rd, 2020

Our municipal office at 18 Centre Street will be open to the public by appointment only.
Please phone (613-658-3055) or email our office before visiting. Township staff will do their best to help you remotely, or schedule an appointment as necessary. We’d like to assure our residents that our office remains staffed and operational to provide service and assistance.

Your 2020 dog tags and waste transfer station payment cards can be purchased through our online store and burn permits can be obtained (at no cost) online here: For a list of retailers that sell township garbage bags, visit our waste collection page.

Marriage licenses, weddings and civil ceremonies are not available at this time.

Property Taxes.
On April 2nd, the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal Council passed Bylaw 2020-25 to extend the 2020 interim tax deadline to May 31st to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19 and provide cash flow relief to those financially impacted by the pandemic. This measure was instituted to provide short term relief for residents and businesses that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are encouraged to pay tax bills through online banking where possible by setting up “Edwardsburgh/Cardinal” as a payee with their online banking provider, using your property roll number as your account number. Cheques can be dropped in the dropbox on the front door of our municipal building at 18 Centre St. or mailed to PO Box 129, Spencerville ON K0E 1X0. Staff can also help you to set up interest-free pre-authorized monthly payments if you would prefer to pay in installments.

Click here for frequently asked questions regarding the 2020 Interim tax deadline.

All Recreation Facilites are currently closed.
Effective March 17th, our recreation facilities, including the Spencerville Arena, Ingredion Centre, Johnstown Community Centre and the Upstairs Community Room in our Townhall will be closed to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and lessen the strain on our health care system. The closure affects all activities in our recreation centres, including the walking track, public skating and hall rentals. We will continue to monitor information from health care professionals to determine when our recreation facilities will reopen.

Effective March 30th, the Province has extended the Emergency Declaration, and has ordered that all outdoor amenities be closed. As such, our parks, playgrounds, picnic pavilion areas, ballparks, tennis courts and dive sites are now closed.

The Spencerville and Cardinal Libraries are currently closed.
The Library Board will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as necessary.

Curbside waste and recycling is being collected as scheduled.
At this time all garbage for curbside collection must be placed in a township bag. Many of the retailers that sell these bags are open with extra precautions in place to enforce social distancing. If you are self-isolating or quarantined and unable to purchase these bags, we encourage you to contact the township office.

Waste Collections Canada reminds residents to make sure their township bags are tied tightly to prevent spills. Please protect your collector. Do NOT place used tissues and napkins in the Green Bin – these items often become wind-blown when the collector opens the lid or when emptying the bin into the truck. As a precautionary measure to protect the health of collectors who each handle thousands of receptacles a week:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Use liners for food waste placed in the Green Bin. Make sure your township bags are tied tightly to prevent spills.
  • Do not place waste loosely in garbage containers.
  • If you’re sick: place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage – even items that you normally place into your Blue or Grey box (eg. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, milk/juice cartons, etc.).

The Land Transfer Station at 1225 Scott Rd continues to be open to residents as scheduled on Saturdays from 8am-12pm. We encourage residents to purchase pre-paid cards through our online store: or phone our office at (613)658-3055 to make other arrangements.

Our Fire Department is taking extra precautions to protect our Fire Fighters. All public events have been cancelled. We are working closely with our neighbouring departments, and are committed to supporting each other. If you phone 9-1-1, and you require emergency support, you will receive it. For non-emergencies related to the COVID-19 virus, we encourage you to reach out to the Health Unit at 613-345-5685 or Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000. Burn Permits can be obtained online at no cost by visiting

ALL municipalities within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville have implemented a TOTAL OPEN-AIR BURN BAN effective Wednesday March 25th at 11:59pm until further notice. 

The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning. 

Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist in the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters we placed an open-air burn ban as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on our fire services at this time.

We are committed to providing and maintaining emergency response within our communities and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we cope with this uncertain and unprecedented situation.

All Public Works activities are operating as scheduled.
This includes roadwork and snow removal if necessary.

Our Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants are operating regularly. We do not anticipate any disruption to services. We recognize that residents are using more disposable wipes around the house lately as we all take extra precautions. Please be aware that no wipes, whether they say flushable or not, should be disposed of by flushing down the toilet. They may go down the drain with ease but have the capacity to bind with fats, grease and oils and wreak havoc on Waste Water infrastructure, clog sewer mains, Residential Sewer laterals and private septic systems. Unlike toilet paper, wipes are designed and fabricated to be durable and resilient. Toilet paper on the other hand is fabricated to disintegrate quickly. All manner of wipes should be properly disposed of with regular household garbage. Considering the additional stress of somewhat uncertain times, the last thing anyone needs to deal with is the additional stress of backed up sewers.