The Town of Milton’s by-law officers now have the power to impose fines for non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, and guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), a ministerial designation under the Provincial Offences Act temporarily allows for by-law enforcement officers to assist police officers with enforcement. The provincial government has put emergency orders in effect to keep people safe. My hope is that everyone in Milton and our neighbouring municipalities comply with these efforts to flatten the curve,” Mayor Gord Krantz said.
This means Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) officers, by-law officers with the Town of Milton, are collaborating to respond to calls for service related to non-compliance with emergency orders. “It’s important for our communities to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Gord Krantz.
The enforceable orders that fall within the authority of the Halton Regional Police Service, the municipal by-law officers and Conservation Halton officers include:
- Closure of non-essential businesses
- Prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people
- Closure of public places and establishments
- Closure of all outdoor recreation amenities
If members of the public wish to report an incident of non-compliance with the emergency orders, they should contact Halton Regional Police Service using the number, 905-825-4722. It is critical that residents use 911 for emergencies only.
A by-law enforcement officer and/or Halton Region police officer will investigate the complaint to ensure compliance, provide education and may lay charges when appropriate. Individuals not adhering to the orders will face fines of $750.
Residents are strongly encouraged to stay home when possible and encourage others to do the same. If leaving home is necessary, practice physical distancing everywhere and especially in parks and outdoor public spaces. All parks, and outdoor spaces are closed by order of the Chief Medical Officer until further notice.