The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 13, 2020, a state of health emergency was declared throughout the province of Quebec. This exceptional measure gives the Government of Québec the necessary powers to put in place all measures to ensure the protection of the population's health. The Government is taking all the necessary measures to contain the contagion as much as possible.
If you are worried about COVID-19 or if you have flu-like symptoms or gastroenteritis symptoms or similar to COVID-19, you can call, from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m, 450-644-4545 in the Montérégie region or 1 877-644-4545 (no fees)
If you have these symptoms:
- Do not go to a medical clinic unless you have first obtained an appointment.
- Do the symptom self-assessment as soon as possible and follow the instructions.
- Visit the emergency room only if you have difficulty breathing (you have difficulty breathing when resting or are unable to breathe when lying down).
Mask and face covering
Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth is also mandatory on public transit (buses, the subway, ferries, taxis, car services, etc.) and in enclosed or partially enclosed public places for people age 10 and over. For more details about wearing a mask or face cover, visit the government's website.
Both indoors and outdoors, face coverings are required for persons of different residences who are engaged in a recreational or sports activity together for the entire duration of the activity, unless :
- if the persons (of different residences) never come within two meters of each other during the entire activity;
- outdoors, when persons (of different residences) remain seated within two metres of each other;
- for swimming or water sports activities.
A face covering is not required when engaging in indoor or outdoor recreational or sporting activities for occupants of the same residence, who may be joined by a single person (with children) and who thus form a stable group (as permitted in private residences for couples, for example, who do not live together).
Maximum alert level (red zone)
Montérégie, of which Vaudreuil-Dorion is a part, remains at maximum alert level (red zone). Consult the Quebec government website for more details.
The City would like to remind the public that all administrative offices in the various municipal buildings remain closed and that services to citizens will continue to be provided by telephone and e-mail.
- The municipal library will once again welcome citizens, starting Monday, February 8, 10 a.m. The schedule had to be slightly modified due to the curfew. Users will have access to the building Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Details here. The return to the regular schedule will take place on March 29.
- For the time being, the administrative offices of the various municipal buildings remain closed, since teleworking is still mandatory in the red zone. Services to citizens continue to be provided by telephone and e-mail. It is also advisable to use the online services offered on the City’s Web site whenever possible. Consult all details here.
- Municipal Business Assistance Fund (Fonds d’aide municipale pour les entreprises - F.A.M.E.) :On February 1st 2021, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is pleased to announce its participation to an aid fund to support businesses on its territory. Management of this Fund will be entrusted to Développement (DEV) Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Interested businesses may submit their application for assistance for review by DEV. Then, all of DEV’s recommendations will be endorsed through the adoption of a resolution by the Municipal Council. All terms and conditions of the F.A.M.E. can be found at developpementvs.com/covid-19/ under Economic Measures.
- During a special meeting held on January 25th, 2021, the City Council adopted regulation no. 1802-01, amending the regulation which serves to set tax rates and municipal service charges for the year 2021 in order to extend payment due dates for property taxes. As a result, all three due dates initially scheduled for March 15, June 15 and September 15 will be postponed by 30 days, with the new dates being April 14, July 15 and October 15.
- During its public session held on November 16, the City Council passed a resolution allowing merchants to install temporary shelters for the winter period. The City Council will also maintain the relaxation measures adopted in June to increase the visibility of commercial establishments until further notice.
- Maison Félix-Leclerc closed and will reopen on March 13, 2021.
- Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory in enclosed or partially enclosed public places for people age 10 and over. This obligation applies to all municipal buildings of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion. Please note that access will be refused to anyone who does not wear it.
- As a precautionary measure, we ask that you maintain a minimum distance of two meters from any City employees you may encounter, such as Public Works Department personnel near construction sites. We all need them to maintain service to the population.
- The City has taken the decision to resume holding its City Council meetings in a virtual format starting with the next meeting on Monday, September 21. City meetings are always webcasted live, and then delayed, by CSUR la télé. Links to view the sessions can be found here. This procedure will be followed until further notice.
- Citizens who have rented rooms and who haven't been able to hold their events due to the closure of our buildings can be reimbursed. They are invited to contact the Recreation and Cultural Services at email@example.com.
- Sales procedures for non-payment of tax were postponed to 2021 by City Council at a meeting held on April 6, 2020.
Vaccination in Québec
In Québec, vaccination against COVID‑19 began upon receipt of the first doses.
The COVID‑19 vaccine is free for anyone who wants it. The vaccines are distributed by the Québec Immunization Program. Doses are not available on the private market.
Any electronic communication or call offering to get vaccinated for a fee is fraudulent. You never have to provide your social insurance number (SIN) to get vaccinated. If you believe you have been the victim of a fraudulent communication, please notify the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
How to get vaccinated
Throughout Québec, people int priority groups can make appointments to get vaccinated. The planned order of vaccination in your region must be followed. Please note that an appointment is mandatory.
Appointments for vaccinations can be made online or by phone at 1-877-644-4545.
Consult the government of Québec's Web site for more details.
Visit this section regularly as changes can be made at any time.
Montérégie, of which Vaudreuil-Dorion is a part, remains at maximum alert level (red zone). Certain measures in force for Level 4-Maximum Alert (red zones) will be tightened starting from April 8, 2021. Consult the government of Québec's website for full details.
Développement (DEV) Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CCIVS) are once again joining forces to support local purchasing. The offensive takes into consideration the extraordinary context of the COVID-19 in which households and businesses find themselves. Under the theme "Achat local dans Vaudreuil-Soulanges", the initiative puts forward the offers of local merchants through a set of complementary tools. Visit the Facebook page and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges georeferenced business platform put online to help citizens locate businesses in their community.
Considering that special attention must be paid to the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic, the Quebec government recently asked citizens 70 years of age or older to stay at home.
In order to help you, we would like to bring your attention to various services that are available to you. The following Vaudreuil-Dorion grocery stores and pharmacies offer delivery, many free of charge. Simply call to place your order.
- IGA Déziel, formerly Patry, (585 Avenue Saint-Charles): 450 424-3549
- IGA Viau (249 Boul. Harwood): 450 455-1230
- Métro Plus (3000 Boul. de la Gare): 450 424-6516 (credit card only)
- Brunet (3051 Boul. de la Gare): 450 424-9229
- Familiprix (2905 Boul. de la Gare): 450 424-7474
- Jean Coutu (253 Boul. Harwood): 450 455-6141
- Jean Coutu (475 Avenue Saint-Charles): 450 455-4424
- Pharmacie Walmart (3050 Boul. de la Gare): 450 510-3325
- Pharmaprix (585 Avenue Saint-Charles): 450 455-5568
- Uniprix (65 Boul. de la Cité-des-Jeunes): 450 424-9160
- Uniprix (600 Boul. Harwood): 450 455-5535
Local organizations are also there to help you. The Centre communautaire des aînés de Vaudreuil-Soulanges offers delivery of low-cost meals. You can reach them at 1 855 510-3548. GRAVES offers support services to help break isolation. The organization's telephone number is 450 424-0111. The Centre de bénévoles L’Actuel continues to offer essential services including food banks as well as the safety calls and medication reminders provided through the PAIR program. You can reach the organization at 450 455-3331.
We would also like to remind you that 211 is an information and reference service that is easy to access thanks to a three-digit telephone number (2-1-1) and is available 7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Those working the line are able to answer your questions about community services, some of which are specifically intended for seniors, such as home help services and safety calls.
Please note that if you are currently isolated and unable to count on friends, family, neighbours, etc. during the pandemic, we invite you to provide us with your complete contact information (name, address and phone number) by calling 450 455-3371, extension 2950. As such, we will be able to remain in contact with you and provide information as required.
To respond to that crisis situation, community organizations need volunteers more than ever. If you have time to offer, register on the Je Bénévole platform. An increase in the number of volunteers will make it possible to maintain essential services, which are often offered to vulnerable clienteles.
If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you have one of the symptoms of COVID-19, you can be tested in one of the following ways:
- At a designated assessment centre. Get an appointment quickly at a designated assessment centre by calling 450-644-4545 or 1-877-644-4545.
- At a mobile testing unit (without an appointment). The mobile unit provides testing for people who live or work in the areas of the Montérégie hardest hit by COVID-19, in order to act quickly to prevent the spread of the disease. Consult the Montérégie-Ouest CISSS website for all the details.
Despite the need to stay at home, Premier Legault reminds everyone that the need for blood remains high in Quebec. You are therefore invited to visit Héma-Québec's website to find out about blood donor clinics nearby.
- Will municipal council meetings be held?
City Council meetings are held in a virtual format to respect the rules of social distancing and thus limit the spread of the coronavirus. They are webcast, so you can watch them from the comfort of your home, live or recorded. How to access them is indicated in the Public Meetings section.
- How do I pay my tax bill?
The first instalment of the tax bill was due on March 19. However, due to the current crisis, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has suspended the application of the interest rate until June 22. As of June 23, the interest rate applied to all unpaid debts will be 5% until September 21, 2020. As of September 22, the interest rate on unpaid municipal taxes and transfer duties will be set at 8%, plus a penalty of 0.417% per month. Citizens are invited to make their payment online through their financial institution or send a check by mail to Service des finances et de la trésorerie, 2555, rue Dutrisac, Vaudreuil-Dorion J7V 7E6.
- Is City Hall open?
In accordance with the progressive opening of businesses and services authorized by the Government of Quebec, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion proceeded to reopen some of its municipal buildings as of June 22. The City's general number, 450 455-3371, remains open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., as does the main e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The City can be reached on its official Facebook page and Twitter account. Non-essential employees work from home to limit contact between people.
- Will the collection of materials continue to take place?
Yes. All collections continue to take place according to the current schedule and frequency. Since the collection of food waste is done manually, we ask you, as a protective measure for both you and the garbage collectors, to take out your bin 24 hours before collection and pick it up 24 hours after. No statement of offence will be issued.
- Is the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion prepared to deal with this type of situation?
The City has an emergency measures plan. Every year, simulations are conducted to ensure that everyone is prepared in the event of a disaster. As soon as the pandemic began, the Organisation municipale de sécurité civile set its operations in motion by activating the GREEN CODE, which is the standby mode.
- Can the City intervene when there are gatherings in public places?
Currently, only the Sûreté du Québec can intervene in the event of gatherings in public places. However, the municipal patrol will be ready to assist if it is legally mandated to do so.
- Can I still obtain a permit to carry out construction work?
It is possible to fill out a permit application online and follow up on it in the Application for Permits section of the City's Web site. Several types of applications are available, either for : tree felling, watering, a certificate of occupancy, fencing, construction of garden sheds, construction of patios, balconies or porches, demolition of accessory buildings, signs, landscaping walls, above-ground swimming pools or spas. We also invite you to consult the Permits section for a wealth of information. Finally, it is always possible to contact the Permits and Inspections Division by telephone (450 455-3371, ext. 2027) and by e-mail (email@example.com). A follow-up will be made as soon as possible.
- I have undertaken the purchase or sale of a property in Vaudreuil-Dorion and my professionals (notary, surveyor, bank) have questions for the City. Can someone answer them during this period?
Yes. The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion's administrative staff is able to follow up with the various professionals despite the closure of municipal buildings.
- I notice a defective light fixture, a pothole or a breakage in a public place, who should I notify?
You can submit any comments related to defective equipment by filling out an online request in the Requests and Suggestions section. You can also notify the City via the Voilà report application available on Apple and Android.
- I have rented a room for an activity. What happens to the rental?
Room rentals are cancelled for the moment. We invite you to contact the Recreation and Cultural Department for a refund: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How can I help my community during this crisis?
First of all, it is possible to help our family, neighbours and friends 70 years of age and older by going shopping, since they are being asked to stay home. To respond to the crisis situation, community organizations need volunteers more than ever. If you have time to offer, register on the Je Bénévole platform. An increase in the number of volunteers will make it possible to maintain essential services, often offered to vulnerable clienteles. This is also the time to support local purchasing. The "Achat local dans Vaudreuil-Soulanges" initiative launched on March 25 by Développement Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Chamber of Commerce and Industry highlights the offers of local merchants through a Facebook page, the LOCALI-T application (available on App Store and Google Play) and a geolocalized directory of businesses. The economic impact of the pandemic will be significant. This is the time to support our local entrepreneurs by buying local.
On march 13, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec adopted an Order in Council that declares a health emergency throughout Québec’s territory. This exceptional measure empowers the government to implement an array of measures to protect the health of the population. There is now community transmission of the virus in all regions of Quebec and these weeks will be critical.
Consult the government of Québec's website for all the details about Coronavirus and the actual situation in Québec.
Based on documentation provided by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, the Société d'habitation du Québec has prepared a guide to advise you if you are forced to move during this pandemic period. You will find several very useful instructions to apply before, during and after your move. To find out more, see the document (In French) developed for this purpose.
Consult the Coronavirus section of the government of Canada website for all the details reagarding the current situation in Canada.
Do your children have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Here are some answers for them:
It's not easy to keep children occupied during coronavirus time! Fortunately for parents, online activity initiatives are multiplying to help families. Here are a few ideas to inspire you!
- The L'école ouverte platform, produced by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement du Québec, is designed for students of all grade levels. You will find thousands of resources for learning, creating, having fun and moving. Stay tuned, new activities will be added every week.
- Many museums offer museum tours from the comfort of your home.
- La fée bouclette offers live yoga sessions (in French) for children.
- The Les Débrouillards website (in French) offers a host of suggestions for scientific experiments to do at home.
- The very popular Naître et grandir site (in French) offers a variety of activities to keep your children busy during this time of containment.
Maison de la famille Vaudreuil-Soulanges has reviewed its range of services and is launching its psychosocial support service for families in the region. This offer of services will mainly translate into psychosocial support for families. Caregivers will be available to families in the region to offer them listening and advice or to accompany them and refer them to the right services according to their needs. This service is completely free and is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to leave a message and a counsellor will call them back within 24 hours. For psychosocial support: 450 217-2177, option 1 (Soulanges) or 450 218-0561, option 1 (Vaudreuil).
- The CISSS de la Montérégie-Ouest, in collaboration with several other teams within the organization, has given itself the mandate to coordinate the maintenance and increase of essential services for seniors. Discover their directory (in French) of community services for the entire territory. You can also consult the Pharmacies directory (in French) and the Markets directory (in French).
- Thanks to the support of Centraide du Grand Montréal et de l’Institut Nazareth-et-Louis-Braille (INLB), the Regroupement des aveugles et amblyopes du Montréal métropolitain (RAAMM) is setting up an emergency breakdown service to help blind and visually impaired people who currently have difficulty going shopping for food or hygiene products.
Women and children who are victims of spousal and family violence are currently trapped at home and have little or no means to seek help. The Alliance des maisons d'hébergement de 2e étape pour les femmes et enfants victimes de violence conjugale is launching the "Voisinage" campaign to raise awareness among the Quebec population of the increase in violence during the period of confinement caused by the pandemic. The virus encourages us to be vigilant but also to show solidarity!
- Montérégie West Community Network proposes a list of helplines and other services.