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The following is a summary of the June 1 Special Council Meeting, June 8 Committee of the Whole - Planning Meeting, June 15 Committee of the Whole - General Meeting, June 22, 2020, Council Meeting and the June 26 Special Council Meeting. To view the agendas or to watch Livestream footage from these meetings and others, please visit

Presentations & Delegations

Due to the declared state of emergency and public health concerns related to COVID-19, the June 2020 Meetings were conducted via teleconference.

The following presentation took place at the June 8, 2020 Committee of the Whole - Planning Meeting:

  • Glendale District Plan Presentation

The following delegations were made at the June 15, 2020, Committee of the Whole - General Meeting:

  • Kim Hughes & Terri-Lynn Woodhouse – 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan
  • Sean Webster, Canopy Growth – Proposed Zoning By-law on the Regulation of Cannabis Cultivation and Processing

The following workshop was held at the June 22, 2020, Council Meeting:

  • Deloitte Service Delivery Review

Council Business

The following was approved at the June 22, 2020, Council Meeting:

  1. CDS-20-012 – File ICBL-EX-01-2020 - 425 Dorchester Street, Exemption to Old Town Interim Control By-law 5105-18 (as amended)
  2. CDS-20-013 - File ICBL-EX-02-2020 - Niagara Stone Road & Niven Road (Village), Exemption to Old Town Interim Control By-law 5105-18 (as amended)
  3. CDS-20-014 - File ICBL-EX-03-2020 - 455 William Street, Exemption to Old Town Interim Control By-law 5105-18 (as amended)
  4. CDS-20-015 - File ICBL-EX-04-2020 - 6 Circle Street, Exemption to Old Town Interim Control By-law 5105-18 (as amended)
  5. CDS-20-016 - File ICBL-EX-05-2020 - 513 Gate Street, Exemption to Old Town Interim Control By-law 5105-18 (as amended)
  6. CDS-20-017 - File ICBL-EX-06-2020 - 551 Butler Street & Bay Berry Lane (Block 23)
    Exemption to Old Town Interim Control By-law 5105-18 (as amended)
  7. CDS-20-018 – Town Cannabis Regulation By-law
  8. CS-20-010 - Environmental Advisory Committee
  9. CS-20-011 - Procedure By-law Amendments
  10. FES-20-006 - Fire Department - Mission, Vision & Core Values
  11. FES-20-007 - Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Replacement
  12. FES-20-008 - Updated Fire Department Establishing & Regulating By-law
  13. CS-20-013 - Temporary Patio Extensions
  14. OPS-20-019 - Additional Funds for Consulting Services
  15. 500XN-20 - A by-law pursuant to Section 34 of the Ontario Planning Act to amend By-law 500A-74, as amended, entitled a by-law to regulate the use of land and the character, location and use of buildings and structures thereon. (Cannabis Production and Processing).
  16. 5125B-20 - A by-law to amend by-law 5125-19 being a by-law entitled Procedure By-law of The Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  17. 5199A-20 - A by-law to amend By-law 5199-19 being a by-law to establish fees and charges to be collected by The Corporation of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake (Fire & Emergency Services)
  18. 5244-20 - A by-law to establish and regulate a fire department to provide fire, rescue and emergency services and repeal By-law 4628-13
  19. 5246-20 - A by-law to repeal Interim Control By-law 5105-18 and extension to the Interim Control By-law 5105A-19

Visit the Agendas & Minutes page on the Town's website for a complete list of reports.
Visit the
Livestream page on the Town's website for a video stream of the meeting.


The following motions were approved at the June 22, 2020, Council Meeting:

Councillor Norm Arsenault –Endorse Fort Erie Resolution - Minister of Health-Support of the Medical Staff Association of Niagara Health - Ministry of Health Billing Codes

Councillor Clare Cameron –Endorse Fort Erie Resolution - Personal Facial Masks

The following was approved at the June 26, 2020, Special Council Meeting:

Councillor Clare Cameron – That Staff initiate a pilot program for the temporary weekend closure of Queen Street, from King Street to Victoria, starting on Saturdays at 10 AM through Sundays at midnight, and on statutory holidays from 10 AM to midnight, working in partnership with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Recovery Team. That Staff prepare a detailed operational plan for weekend closures, including clear roles and responsibilities between the Town and Chamber, business owners and volunteers, financial impacts, traffic management, communications plan and any other related items in the public’s interest, in further partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. That Staff share the operational plan with Council for information as soon as possible. That Staff revisit the plan and associated operations on a regular basis, reporting any required changes to Council as needed, also in partnership with the Chamber. That the pilot program be initiated as of July 1, 2020, and close as of October 31, 2020. That all aspects of the pilot program be clearly communicated in advance to the public.**

Councillor Norm Arsenault – That meter parking rates be increased by $1.50 per hour for the duration of the Queen Street closure pilot program, with such funds to be used to offset loss of revenue. The funds are to be used by the Town as it sees fit.

**Notwithstanding Council’s decision, Interim CAO Sheldon Randall and Lord Mayor Betty Disero, with the support of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce, used their delegated authority to make changes to the details of the pilot program. Click here for more information.

The Committee of the Whole – Planning Meeting is scheduled for 6 PM on Monday, July 6, 2020, the Committee of the Whole - General Meeting is scheduled for 6 PM on Monday, July 13, 2020. The next Council Meeting is scheduled for 6 PM on Monday, July 20, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings will continue to be conducted via teleconference. An agenda for these meetings will be posted to the Agendas & Minutes page on the Town's website prior to the meeting date. Go to to watch these meetings.

In Other News

The following Media Releases, Public Notices and Written, Video and Audio Messages were published during the month of June 2020:

June 4, 2020
NOTL Cancels Golf Classic Tournament and 2020 Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

June 5, 2020
A Letter from Lord Mayor Disero to all NOTL Business Owners

June 8, 2020
NOTL Invites the Public to Join the Conversation Surrounding Recovery Measures
A Letter to Short Term Rental Operators re: Reopening Measures

June 12, 2020
A Video Message from Lord Mayor Disero re: Safe Gatherings in NOTL

June 15, 2020
NOTL to Advance to Stage 2 of Provincial Recovery

June 16, 2020
NOTL Working with Businesses to Provide Outdoor Dining Experiences Amid Recovery
Radio Interview re: NOTL's Impending Shift to Stage 2 of the Provincial Recovery Plan

June 17, 2020
NOTL to Reopen Niagara Pool and Virgil Splash Pad

June 19, 2020
Garage/Yard Sales Permitted to Return in NOTL

June 23, 2020
NOTL Repeals Interim Control By-law Restricting Development Within Urban Area of Old Town

June 26, 2020
NOTL Takes Proactive Approach With Messaging

NOTL Town Council Approves Temporary Weekend Closure of Queen Street and Parking Rate Increase

June 29, 2020
NOTL Revises Details of Queen Street Pilot Program

June 30, 2020
NOTL Extends Cancellation of In-Person Meetings and Closure of Some Facilities

Join the Conversation!

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The Town’s Join the Conversation platform is currently being used to provide updates to the public regarding Niagara-on-the-Lake’s response to recovery measures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit for information regarding the Town’s response to Provincial recovery measures, recovery support for local businesses, details about the gradual reopening of Parks and Recreation facilities, financial relief, a spotlight on community heroes, and an interactive photo contest.


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As the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake cautiously transitions into the recovery phase in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve changed our messaging from #StayHomeNOTL to #StaySafeNOTL. With more businesses and amenities gradually reopening, we are empowering the public with strategies they can do to stay safe while they are out.

Outdoor Activities in NOTL

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Looking to get outside for some fresh air and exercise? See the chart above for permitted outdoor activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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