As the weekend approaches, residents are reminded that the sale and use of fireworks is not permitted for the 2020 Victoria Day holiday.

The ban on fireworks displays supports the Provincial emergency order to limit events and social gatherings to no more than five people. The ban will also address resourcing for Fire and Emergency Services during the global pandemic as it will minimize the need to carry out non-essential responses due to complaints/accidents associated with the discharge of consumer fireworks.

Residents who are looking for an alternative activity on the holiday weekend may wish to participate in the snapd augmented reality fireworks experience. For details, visit the snapd Facebook page and follow the instructions to download the snapd app. 

Additionally, a reminder that open-air burning is prohibited in the Urban Area, which includes wood burning chimneys, screened fire bowls or containers, fire pits and barrels. Urban residents are permitted to use natural gas or propane outdoor appliances, provided they are listed for use in Canada and are installed following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Burn permits are required, with specific conditions, in the Rural Area of the Municipality, for any controlled burning, per By-law 15/2006. Burn permits can be issued for property owners in the Rural Area by contacting the Fire Administration Office at 905-753-2230.

Persons in contravention of By-law 15/2006 will be subject to full cost recovery measures, including the cost of fire department vehicles, equipment, and staff. The minimum penalty for unauthorized or uncontrolled open-air burning is $485 for each attending apparatus, plus manpower, as per the Prescribed Fees for Service By-law 81/2019, Schedule K.