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Updated on October 13 at 11:30 p.m.

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Closing of municipal buildings and modification to the services offered

October 13 - The Municipality of Chelsea wishes to inform its residents that all of its municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice and that the services offered are modified. Details

Maximum alert level

October 10 - The Government of Quebec announced today that the City of Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais are going into maximum alert mode. We invite you to read about the new restrictions. Details. 

Le point sur la COVID-19 en Outaouais

23 septembre - (French only) L'Outaouais passe au niveau d'alerte modrée, soit le niveau orange. Cette décision repose sur plusieurs facteurs dont la tendance à la hausse des cas confirmés pour une quatrième semaine consécutive. Lire le communiqué du CISSO.

The Outaouais now on orange alert level

September 22, 2020 - The Government of Quebec announced earlier today that the Outaouais is now going to the Orange Alert level. As a result, certain measures now apply. We invite you to consult them now by clicking here.

COVID-19 : police visits to licensed establishments

September 18 - The Public Security of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais will visits licensed establishments to identify and intervene in places where there could be problems of non-compliance with sanitary rules. Details.

The Quebec government launches a regional alert system

September 8 - The regional alert system with progressive intervention criteria defines additional measures to be taken as needed to ensure public safety in each of Québec’s socio-health regions. Read more. 

Masks mandatory in closed public spaces

July 17 - We would like to remind residents that masks are already required in all municipal buildings, including town hall and the library. We therefore ask for your cooperation in bringing a mask with you when you visit. Details.

 

Le dépistage de la COVID-19 maintenant ouvert à tous

July 7 - (French only) Le CISSS de l’Outaouais tient à rappeler que la Covid-19 circule toujours dans la communauté. Nous recommandons donc fortement aux personnes présentant des symptômes de la Covid-19 ou ayant été en contact avec des personnes symptomatiques à aller se faire dépister. Lire le communiqué du CISSSO.

Update on COVID-19 in Canada

July 3 - Epidemiology and Modelling. Read the document of the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Resumption of activities

June 29 - Find out more about the resumption of activities and the start of the 2020 school year. Details.

Resumption of outdoor recreational, sports and leisure activities during COVID-19

June 17 - Starting on June 22, 2020, indoor sports facilities will reopen and team sports matches will resume, if they comply with public health guidelines. Details. 

Sortir ensemble de la crise plus forts, plus solidaires et plus verts

June 8 - It is at the municipal and local level that most of the action will take place. Mayor Caryl Green signs a collective text with several mayors of Quebec. Read more (French only).

Gradual reopening plan of the Chelsea Municipal Library

June 1st - The Municipality is proud to announce its plan to gradually reopen the municipal library in two phases. Details. 

Gradual reopening of public libraries as of May 29th

May 22 - Only document lending services will be available. Access to shelves and to common areas will continue to be prohibited. The Municipality will share more details in the coming days. Read the government's announcement.

Providing Broader Public Use of NCC Assets

May 22 - As of Friday, May 22, 2020, at 9 am, most parking lots located on NCC urban lands, Greenbelt and Gatineau Park will be open to the public, wherever possible. Details.

Outdoor gatherings allowed under certain conditions

May 21 - The Quebec government has announced that outdoor gatherings of 10 people from up to three households will be allowed as of tomorrow, under certain conditions. Details.

UMQ Presents Declaration of Solidarity Between Montreal and Quebec Regions

May 14 - "It’s not a question of Montreal and the rest of Quebec. United we stand, region to region, should to shoulder, totally interdependent at every level. [...] Recovering from this unprecedented disaster can only be done if we are one, united Quebec." Details.

Face covering highly recommended in public

May 13 - Wearing a face covering in public is recommended when physical distancing is not possible. Details.

Local Reopening of Gatineau Park Tomorrow

May 8 - Only residents of municipalities bordering Gatineau Park will be allowed to access it. The municipalities concerned are Chelsea, Gatineau, La Pêche and Pontiac. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais region

May 4 - The CISSS de l'Outaouais would like to inform the population that screening tests for Covid-19 are currently underway at the Gatineau Hospital. Details.

Gatineau Park

May 1st - The NCC will reopen local access to Gatineau Park for users who can access the Park on foot or by bike, beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020. Details.

Plan to gradually reopen the regions

April 29 - Reopening of borders in the Outaouais on May 11, with the exception of traffic between the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. Details.

Gradual reopening of economic activities

April 28 - The government announced the gradual reopening of various sectors and businesses. Details.

Quebec presents its plan for a gradual return to school

April 27 - The plan calls for a gradual return to preschool and elemantary school, starting with areas outside the Montréal metropolitan community. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

April 24 - The count of confirmed cases in the Outaouais area now stands at 229 cases. In addition, the number of people who have recovered stands at 128 in the Outaouais region. Details.

Hunting and fishing season

April 23 - The Public Security Service would like to remind everyone of an important message already transmitted by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec intended for fishermen and hunters who will be travelling during COVID-19. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

April 20 - The count of confirmed cases in the Outaouais area now stands at 214 cases. Details.

First decease from COVID-19 in the Outaouais area

April 18 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais regrets to announce today the first Covid-19 related death in the area. Details.

Cancellation of Chelsea days and postponement of Sunday Bike Day

April 15 - Due to the preventive measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Municipality of Chelsea is under the obligation to cancel the Chelsea Days event that was scheduled for June 6 and 7. Details.

Québec expands its list of essential services and commercial activities

April 14 - These now include suicide prevention services, the service for victims of domestic violence and food banks. Details.

Aide-mémoire des mesures du gouvernement du Québec

April 14 - (French only) Le gouvernement partage un aide-mémoire des principales mesures mises en place depuis le début de la pandémie. En savoir plus.

Le ministre Mathieu Lacombe annonce 60 000$ pour 21 organismes communautaires dans la circonscription de Papineau.

April 11 - (French only) Le Grenier des Collines est l'un des organismes soutenus par cette initiative afin de les soutenir dans le contexte de la pandémie. Détails.

Covid-19 Community Emergency Fund : Nearly $204,000 donated

April 9 - On Thursday, March 26, Centraide Outaouais launched an appeal for solidarity in the form of help for community agencies whose needs are more urgent than ever in these times of crisis. Details.

Cancellation of interest and penalties on outstanding tax account balances

April 8 - At the regular Council meeting on April 7, 2020, Council unanimously decided to cancel interest and penalties on outstanding tax account balances. Details.

I support Chelsea businesses

April 6 - The Municipality of Chelsea is launching a campaign to encourage residents to support Chelsea businesses by buying locally in these tougher times. Details.

Quebec on pause until May 4

April 5 - Le premier ministre du Québec, François Legault, a annoncé dimanche la prolongation de la fermeture de toutes les entreprises et de tous les commerces non essentiels jusqu’au 4 mai prochain. Lire plus (French only).

Update on COVID-19 in the Outaouais area

April 2 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais informs that the count of confirmed cases in the area now stands at 75 cases. Details.

Travel between regions

April 2 - The Government of Quebec has published a Q&A on travel between regions. Details.

Checkpoints: Press release from the Warden of the Mrc des Collines-de-l'Outaouais

April 2 - The MRC Council of Mayors agrees with this decree. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

April 1st - The CISSS de l’Outaouais informs that the count of confirmed cases in the area now stands at 64 cases. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

March 31 - The CISSS de l'Outaouais announces that the count of confirmed cases in the area now stands at 50 cases. Details.

Press release from the warden of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais

March 31 - Ithus ask residents of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais
(MRC) to stay at home and respect social distancing measures in the face of the COVID-19 emergency. Details.

Update on COVID-19 in the Outaouais area

March 30 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais confirms today 38 cases of COVID-19. Some of these cases are in the rural area. Details.

Update on COVID-19 in the Outaouais area

March 27 - Two Hull hospital employees diagnosed with COVID-19. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

March 25 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais confirms today 13 cases of COVID-19. Details.

Closure of modules and playgrounds

March 24 - The Municipality of Chelsea announces the closure of modules and playgrounds located in all parks on the Chelsea territory. Details.

Update on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area

March 24 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais confirms today 12 cases of COVID-19 in the urban areas of the region. For each case, the Public health department is conducting rigorous investigations in order to establish every contact they’ve had. Details.

Access to Gatineau Park Temporarily Closed

March 23 - In light of updated Province of Quebec public health advisories, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is temporarily closing Gatineau Park at 9 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020. Details.

Le point sur le COVID-19 en Outaouais

March 22 - (French only) Le CISSS de l’Outaouais confirme aujourd’hui 8 cas de la Covid-19 dans la région en secteur urbain. La direction de la Santé publique amorce, pour chacun des cas, des enquêtes rigoureuses afin d’établir les contacts de chacune de ces personnes. Détails.

Low-risk contact with a COVID-19 case at the Meredith Centre Arena

March 21 - The Public Health Department confirms that all of those who attended the Meredith Centre at the dates indicated are at low risk of having contracted the virus. Details.

Update from the CISSS

March 20 - The CISSS de l’Outaouais informs the population that a person from the Gatineau area has been screened in Ontario with a positive result. Details.

Postponement or cancellation of public consultations

March 20 - The ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation, Andrée Laforest, is asking all municipalities to cancel or postpone all forms of consultation. Details.

First case in the Outaouais

March 18 - The CISSS of the Outaouais informs the population of a first case of Covid-19 in the region. The infected person has travelled. The person came to one of the facilities and took all the necessary precautions. Read more. 

Closure of the administrative services of the Public Security Service

17 mars - As of now, the Public Security Service is closing, for an indefinite period, its administrative services offered to citizens showing up in person. Read more.

Closing of municipal buildings until further notice

March 16: the Municipality of Chelsea informs its residents that all municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice. It includes the town hall, the public library, the community centres and the Meredith Centre. Details.

Update from the CISSO on the situation in the Outaouais

March 15: No cases have been reported yet in the Outaouais.
Read the press release

Quebec limits the capacity of public places

March 15: In its most recent press conference, the Government of Quebec limits the capacity of public places.  The Municipality will provide an update on its offices, library and community centres tomorrow.

Health emergency

March 14: The Government of Quebec declares a health emergency for a period of 10 days. More information (French only).

Closure of municipal offices

March 13: As a precautionary measure, the Municipality of Chelsea is closing municipal offices and the library until further notice. All non-essential activities are cancelled for the moment. The situation will be re-evaluated on Monday, March 16. Read the press release.

School closure

March 13: Quebec announces the closure of schools, CEGEPs and universities for two weeks. Know more.

 

A screening clinic and a preclinical evaluation are open in Gatineau. The Chelsea CLSC also offers screening by appointment only. 

Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is invited to call 819 644-4545 or 1 877 644-4545 to make an appointment.

We invite all residents to keep abreast of the situation by keeping themselves informed through the various official sources.

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A Word from the Mayor
 

May 29 - The summer season has arrived like a balm over the difficulties of the last few weeks we've been living. With the warm temperatures and the progressive reopening, a certain sort of normality is slowly taking hold, but we must remain cautious. The virus is still there. Read more.

  • Town Hall
  • Library (except for contactless loan document)
  • Community Centres
  • Service cabin
  • Community toy play chests
  • Neighborhood book exchange boxes

 

 

  •  Modules and playgrounds
  •  Sports fields, including the skatepark

 

Modules and playgrounds will not be disinfected. Their use is at your own risk.

 

 

Here is the list of maintained and suspended services. For details, we invite you to consult our Q & A, located at the bottom of this page.

 

Services maintained 

  • Application for Permit and Certificate
  • Contactless document lending
  • Payment of taxes
  • Residual material collection
  • Inquiries and Complaints
  • Council Meetings and Committees
  • Inspections
  • Access to parks and sports facilities

 

Suspended services

  • Access to Town Hall, Library and Community Centres
  • Meeting with a municipal employee
  • H2O program and radon test
  • Organized activities 

Des Collines SENIORS'S Roundtable

 

The mission of Des Collines Seniors' roundtable is to support and/or develop initiatives that meet the needs and interests of seniors in the MRC des Collines in their daily lives. 

The current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is a particular and unusual reality. It can affect seniors both physically and psychologically. Indeed, in such a context, many people will experience stress, anxiety and depression.

They are calling for the mobilization of EVERYBODY to make known their telephone number to reach as many seniors in vulnerable situations as possible. 

1855-662-4637 ext. 244

itmavdescollines@gmail.com

Several resources exist in the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais if you need help. 

Do not hesitate to ask for help in these uncertain times. Someone knowledgeable and trained will be able to address your needs and concerns at the end of the line.

Provincial ressources

 

If you have questions about your health :

  • COVID-19 : 819-644-4545
  • Info-Santé and Info-social : 811

 

If you need help with food: 

  • Grenier des Collines : 819-457-1010

 

If you are a senior in need of support

  • Table autonome des aînés des Collines: 1-855-662-4637

 

If you need the help of a volunteer : 

  • Table de développement social des Collines-de-l'Outaouais : 1-877-770-2435 poste 223 or benevolat.collines@gmail.com 
  • Centre d'Action bénévole de Gatineau : 819 568-0747 or benevole@ncf.ca

 

If you need psychological support : 

  • Tel-aide : 819-775-3223
  • Tel-jeunes: 1-800-263-2266
  • Distress Center: 613-238-3311

 

If you are a victim of domestic violence:

  • SOS violence conjugale : 1 800 363-9010
  • Maison Libère-Elles : 819 827-4044

 

 

Questions & Answers
 

No. Because the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais has now passed to Level 4-maximum alert (red zone), municipal offices are closed to the public.

Our services are therefore modified.  You’re invited to read up on this in our Q & A.

 

 

The municipal library is closed.  However, it is possible to borrow documents by using the contactless loan service. 

Please refer to the Contactless book loan document page for details. 

 

The Reading Club activities are cancelled. 

Yes, since the beginning of the pandemic, Council meetings have been held via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.
Citizens can easily access it by using the login information that is published on the website a few days before the session. 
 

Visit the Council Meetings page for details on upcoming meetings.

 

 

Since the beginning of May, meetings committees are held by videconference. Visit our committee page for details. 

To make your tax payment :

  • Online at your banking institution: You must select the Chelsea taxes supplier and add your registration number.
  • By cheque: By sending a cheque to the Municipality of Chelsea by mail or by depositing it in the mailbox at the visitors' entrance of Town Hall.  

 

If you have any questions regarding your tax account, you can contact the Taxation and Finance Department at 819-827-6205.
 

Municipal committee scheduled for April were cancelled. Since the beginning of May, meetings committees are held by videconference. Visit our committee page for details. 

At the present time, the only requests accepted are those sent by email.  Please consult the page Permits and certificates on the website for all details regarding the procedure.

 

Delays

Permits are delivered within six to eight weeks as of the date the request is judged complete and fees have been paid.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH) regularly adjusts the measures in effect according to the alert level of the region. Based on the current level, public meetings are replaced by online public consultations via the Cocoriko platform or other tools. Any consultation will be posted on our website for a minimum of 15 days and will be announced beforehand by a public notice.

In the event of a referendum or registry, the process of signing the register is replaced by a remote referendum application process and any referendum poll must be held with a mail-in ballot. The procedure for registering qualified voters is replaced by a 15-day period for receiving written requests for referendum votes.

To verify if the measures in effect have an impact on your application with the Municipality, please contact Caroline Jean, Coordinator, at 819 827-1124 ext. 255 or at c.jean@chelsea.ca .

For more information, visit this special MAMH website.

No. The H2O program as well as radon tests are cancelled.

Requests already received will be treated as usual.  Results will be sent by email.

 

Parks and playgrounds will remain opened.  However, gatherings are forbidden.

Modules and playgrounds will not be disinfected, which means that their use will be at the users' own risk. Residents must ensure that they respect the sanitary measures before and after using the facilities.

 

All community centres are closed.  Organized and supervised activities are also cancelled.  The person in charge will contact those concerned regarding the terms and conditions for credits or reimbursements for community halls.

Garbage, recycling and compost collections are maintained according to the usual schedules for each sector.

In order to protect the workers who continue to provide the waste collection service, we ask all residents to respect the following instructions:

  • Soiled tissues, masks, wipes and gloves must be placed in closed bags and then in the garbage bin.
  • The handles of all bins must be disinfected before and after collections.

The workers in charge of collecting residual materials take the necessary measures to ensure their safety and to maintain this essential service. However, we ask for everyone's cooperation.

These guidelines may evolve and be updated in the coming days.

Public Works remains open to take requests. You can contact them by phone at 819-827-1160 or by e-mail at travauxpublics@chelsea.ca.

 

Outdoor inspections will continue.

Indoor inspections will be carried out only after having received the owner’s approval.  If the owner refuses, the inspection will be postponed to a later date, without penalty.

Stay tuned for updates by checking this page regularly. You can also subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the home page and follow us on Facebook.

In addition, we invite residents to keep informed of the measures issued by both levels of government by consulting their official websites.   


 

General preventive measures

 

  • Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a face cover or mask in enclosed public areas and on public transportation.
  • Maintain a distance of two meters from other people as much as possible.
  • Observe good hygiene when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterward.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Reduce your exposure to crowded places.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.