COVID-19

Update Regarding Access to UCPR Offices and Services

Although access to certain services has begun to resume, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) wish to advise that access to their offices and services continues to be restricted for health and safety reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Many employees working in the UCPR’s offices continue to work from home, until further notice. As a result, clients and visitors are also being asked not to present themselves on the premises.

Please note the updates regarding the following services:

Administrative Building and UCPR Council Meetings (L’Orignal)

  • The UCPR Administrative building remains closed for the majority of services, except for emergency cases regarding Ontario Works and Housing Services.

Home-Based Daycares

  • The Prescott and Russell Licensed Home Child Care Agency will officially open as of Monday, June 22nd. Parents are asked to contact their Child Care Provider directly for more details.
  • The regular child care centres will open individually over the coming weeks, depending on their respective reopening plan.

For more information, please contact your child care centre directly, or view the latest update on the Province of Ontario's website

EarlyON Child and Family Centres

Ontario Works

The Ontario Works offices in L’Orignal and Rockland remain closed, but staff continue to provide services to clients.

Prescott and Russell Residence

Following the Province of Ontario’s announcement of Phase 3 of the progressive reopening, the Prescott and Russell Residence is pleased to announce that visits to the interior of the building will now be permitted, as of Wednesday, July 22. There have also been changes to the guidelines for outdoor visits. For more information, please read the procedure established in collaboration with the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail

The parking lots and access to the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail were reopened on Friday, May 22nd. Users should continue to respect the health-related measures regarding physical distancing.

Larose Forest

All trails and parking lots in the Larose Forest are now open.

Economic Development and Tourism

Resource to guide the region’s entrepreneurs

The Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism (PREDT) and the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) will act as a resource to guide the region’s entrepreneurs to the various measures available to counter the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the PREC website to see the resources and programs available in Ontario.

Report of the Survey on the effects of COVID-19 on the businesses

The report of the Survey on the effects of COVID-19 on Prescott and Russell businesses is now available:

Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program

The Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program has been created to help businessowners adapt and enhance their online sales process by incorporating a sustainable e-commerce solution into their business.

Who Can Apply?
Prescott and Russell business owners who are researching e-commerce platforms to enhance their online business activities may apply for up to $1,000 toward the implementation of their chosen e-commerce solution.
Guidelines to qualify and application

PR Transpo

Following several months of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is proud to officially restart, as of Monday, September 14, the PR Transpo intermunicipal transit service, serving all of the municipalities within Prescott and Russell.

PR Transpo will resume its regular service using the same routes and stops as prior to the pandemic.

All health measures prescribed by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit will be in place. Wearing a mask is mandatory.

For more information, visit www.PRtranspo.ca.

Emergency Services and Ambulance Bases

  • The Emergency Services administrative office in Plantagenet is closed.
  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing), please call your healthcare provider, Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, or the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375.

Provincial Offences Office

  • All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020, through to and including Friday, October 16, 2020, will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court.
  • A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.
  • Most statutory timelines under the Provincial Offences Act have been extended until December 1, 2020.
  • If you received an Offence Notice (ticket) or Parking Infraction Notice (parking ticket) after March 1, 2020, you have until December 1, 2020, to exercise one of the options set out on the back of the Notice. If you do not respond by December 1, 2020, you may be deemed not to dispute the charge and a justice may enter a conviction for the offence.
  • Access to the Provincial Offences Office is limited to urgent cases only. Please call in advance to make an appointment.
  • For all payments, you can make your transaction securely online through Paymentus or send a cheque or money order.
  • For any further questions or information, please contact the Provincial Offences Office at 613-675-4661 or 1-800-667-6307, extension 2700, or consult the Notice to the Public of the Ontario Court of Justice.

Online Secured Payments

2020 Property Assessment Update

Other messages will follow as updates become available. The UCPR would like to thank the public for its understanding and collaboration during this time.