Posted 17 hours ago.

As part of the Ontario Government’s Economic and Fiscal Update on March 25, 2020, the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, announced the Province’s decision to postpone the 2020 Assessment Update, which would have seen the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) update the assessed value of every property in Ontario this year.

In lieu of providing municipalities with updated assessed values for 2021, MPAC will deliver property assessments based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values, which is the same valuation date MPAC used for this year. For example, if your property value in 2020 was $300,000, municipalities will use this same value to calculate your property taxes in 2021.

MPAC will continue to conduct regular business, including updating property information, completing tax applications and managing Requests for Reconsideration and appeals.

For more information regarding the postponement of the 2020 Assessment Update please visit this link or call 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or TTY: 1-877-889-MPAC (6722).

Posted 4 days ago.

  Township of East Zorra-Tavistock Fire Department Update

It is critical that we keep our fire departments both safe and in service, and so we have taken steps to minimize how many times the departments come together.  Practices and meetings have been cancelled and firefighters are only to be at the stations for emergencies.  The key is to reduce the amount of emergencies that our fire department attends.

That is where we need community cooperation.  Some municipalities have issued burn bans already to promote fire safety, we would prefer not to do that at this time.  Instead, we need the community to work with us to promote fire prevention.  Now, more than ever, we need to reduce the unnecessary response to fires and emergency calls.   And we want to keep business as usual for as long as we can.

Controlled burns in rural areas:

  1. All controlled burns must be called in to the Township office.  You must speak with someone directly and no messages can be left.  The office is working at reduced levels and there is no guarantee that all messages will be answered on the same day.
  2. All requests for burning of demolished buildings must have an inspection from the fire department first.  Please book an appointment for inspections by emailing the Township Fire Chief at .  We will attempt to inspect in a timely manner.
  3. Staff will not attend a site that has individuals in quarantine or isolation.  Screening will take place at the time of inspection and social isolation will happen.
  4. Camp fires will continue to be permitted at this time but we ask that you practice social isolation and do not ask friends or neighbours to attend.  People are reminded that by Provincial Order, no more than 5 people can gather. 
  5. Now more than ever respect your neighbours. In this time of reduced recreational activity people  want to enjoy their back yards.  Please respect your neighbours and do not have campfires where smoke drifts towards other properties.

Thank you,

Township Fire Chief    Scott Alexander

Posted 4 days ago.

In an effort to help lessen the impacts of the community spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock is once again advising all residents to stay at home, adhere to the practice of social distancing and be mindful of the importance of hand washing, not touching your face and self-monitoring for symptoms of the virus.  If you have recently returned from travelling, you must now self isolate for 14 days.  

The Municipal office in Hickson will remain open at this time, but at reduced staffing levels.  We encourage all residents to go to our website at to access online services and contact information for each department.  At this time, building permits are still being accepted however there will be no inspections of occupied buildings.  Expect minor delays of inspection scheduling and administrative response.

Please note, that while an emergency has not been declared in East Zorra-Tavistock or Oxford County, we are under a state of emergency as declared by the Province and we are all taking this situation very seriously. 

Our municipal parks and trails currently remain open however, we remind people not to gather in groups of more than 5 with a social distance of 6 feet at all times and keep your children off the playground equipment.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms or if you have recently returned from travelling then you are in self isolation and are not to be out in public.

Accessing accurate and timely information will be very important over the next few weeks.  We advise all residents to regularly check for Public Health updates from Southwestern Public Health at

Public Health is strongly recommending that people stay at home and only go out for essential needs.  The health unit is operating a call centre 7 days a week from 8:30 am to 8 pm.  The number to call is 1-800-922-0096

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the COVID-19 self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care. Please go to

The next 2-3 weeks are a critical period in the fight against the spread of this virus…..we all must do our part to ensure the health of everyone around us.


Posted 11 days ago.

Mayors from all nine Oxford municipalities released a joint update today

Posted 11 days ago.

In an effort to lessen the impacts of the community spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock has deemed that all playground areas are now off limits to the public, however the parks will remain open.   If you are outside it is essential that everyone practice social distancing….. walks are to exercise, not socialize.

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