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March 2021

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Mayor's Message

On behalf of council and staff, welcome to the March edition of The King Bulletin.


It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 virus first disrupted our lives. Since then we’ve seen every aspect of our world turned upside down. A year of not seeing loved ones and missed milestones. A year of businesses struggling to keep their doors open. 


However, I’d like all of us to remain hopeful for a few reasons.


First, York Region has moved back into the Red-Control level. Although we still need to remain vigilant this will allow many of our businesses that are hurting to re-open for curbside pickup. Try to support them by shopping locally as much as you can.


Second, more and more people are getting vaccinated. Our most at-risk population were the first but over the next several months the vaccination will become available to the entire populace. This will move us further along to getting things back to a new normal.


Finally, we are almost through the winter. Isolating during the cold winter months has been difficult for everyone. As the weather begins to warm and the days get longer, it will allow for more opportunities for people to get outside. This will make a positive impact on both mental and physical health.


Please don’t lose hope. Together we’ve been able to get this far. Together we will make it the rest of the way.



Mayor Steve Pellegrini


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Stormwater Management Master Plan

Comprehensive Stormwater Management Master Plan

With the first Public Information Centre in the books, the consultant is now developing solutions for each of the management units within the Township based on the comments and feedback we obtained. We are aiming to have the next PIC on April 1, where again we are looking forward to the community’s input and comments. Check for PIC details as we get closer to April 1.

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"RED - Control"

York Region moved back into the "Red - Control" level as of 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 22.


The Township has, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, been offering all administrative services to our businesses and residents virtually.

You can visit our website at, call us at 905-833-5321 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or email us at

Under the Red-Control zone, the following restrictions are in place:

  • Gatherings are limited to five people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals are confined to 30 per cent capacity indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • The maximum number of people seated inside a bar or restaurant is 10.
  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through, and delivery are all permitted.​
  • Limits will be increased at our outdoor rinks from 10 to 15 people.
  • All construction project types can resume.

King Township remains open for business. Many services—including things like building permits, planning applications, garbage bag tags and the payment of water bills—can all be accessed online. We have also introduced virtual recreation programming and will continue to offer as many outdoor recreation programs as possible in the coming weeks.


You can visit our website at, call us at 905-833-5321 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or email us at


COVID-19 Information Hub


Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, information in this edition of the King Bulletin may be outdated once published. For the latest information on facility re-openings and closures and in-person services, please visit

York Region COVID-19 Update

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in York Region and King Township, please visit the Region’s COVID-19 information hub by clicking here.

York Region Daily Covid-19 Update
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New King Township Public Library Website

Have you visited the Library's new website yet?

Hot on the heels of the launch of King Township’s website is the launch of the new King Township Public Library website. The Library worked with the same vendor—Upanup—that the Township did. This resulted in cost efficiencies and two websites that complement each other. Visit to take it for a spin. You can also take a virtual tour of the beautiful new King City branch.

Watch this quick video for an introduction to all the great features and information on Library services and programs on the new website.

Advisory Committee Meetings

After a COVID-19-related hiatus, King Township’s advisory committee meetings are restarting this month. The advisory committee meetings for March are scheduled below:

  • Thursday, March 4
    6:00 p.m. – Heritage Advisory Committee (Virtual Meeting – Not Live-Streamed)
    If you wish to participate in the meeting virtually, register by emailing by 12pm (noon) on the day of the meeting.
  • Tuesday, March 9
    1:00 p.m. – Accessibility Advisory Committee (Virtual Meeting – Not Live-Streamed)
    If you wish to participate in the meeting virtually, register by emailing by 12pm (noon) on the day of the meeting.
  • Wednesday, March 24
    6:00 p.m. – Sustainability Advisory Committee (Virtual Meeting – Not Live-Streamed)
    If you wish to participate in the meeting virtually, register by emailing by 12pm (noon) on the day of the meeting.

Want to see what is on the calendar for King? For more information such as dates and times of meetings, please visit and scroll down to the Meetings Calendar.

Events, Activities & Programs

King's First Digital-Only Community Guide

King Township is pleased to announce the publication of its first-ever digital-only version of the Community Services Guide for the 2021 winter season.

By moving to a digital-only format, King Township will continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting down on potential waste and the destruction of trees for paper.

This digital guide is the first of its kind for King and will include information such as Township programs, events, municipal services and more, designed to be quick and easy to navigate for all residents. It will provide township staff with the ability to make real-time changes to program and event information that wasn’t possible before with a print guide. All of King’s program, event and facility information will remain up-to-date and as accurate as possible.

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Outdoor Skating

Due to the recent rise in temperatures, we have closed all outdoor rinks until further notice. Conditions will be continually reassessed. Check for updates.

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DIY Earth Hour Lantern Craft Kit Registration 

Switch off your lights and celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Purchase an Earth Hour Craft Kit for $10 in advance and design your own lantern at home to use during Earth Hour. Registration is open from March 8th to March 19th at 4:00pm.

Kits are available for pick up on Saturday, March 20th at Cold Creek Conservation Area Visitor Centre between 9:00am- 12:00pm. 

Register for your Craft Kit

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Signs of Spring: King Photo Bingo

Get outside and explore with Signs of Spring: King Photo Bingo. Participants can download an interactive game sheet, take some pics of spring-things and complete the King Photo Bingo card. For one week, starting Friday March 12th, keep an eye on Instagram @KingMuseum where one hint per day will be posted.

King Photo Bingo offers two ways to win: 1) submit a completed game sheet to to be entered into a draw for prizes and 2) post your best pics @KingMuseum for a chance to be voted Best in Show by Instagram followers.

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How does your Garden Grow?

Can’t wait to get things growing out in the garden? Log on to the King Heritage & Cultural Centre (KHCC) YouTube page on March 16th to see how to plant some seeds indoors and get your garden ready for planting. The program is intended for ages 6-12. 

Visit the KHCC Youtube Channel

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Hike to the Sugar Bush

Join us for a hike on March 20th between 10:30am and 11:45am to the sugar bush to learn about maple trees and sap production. While on the hike participants will learn how to tap a tree. Registration required at using code 11470.

Register to Join the Hike 

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Bird Watching/ Photography Opportunity

Come out to Cold Creek on March 6th and/or March 20th between 9:00am and 4:00pm to observe a variety of wintering bird species. Bird feeding stations and informative cards on species of birds will be set out in the open fields for participants to come and enjoy as they wish. The feeders will attract blue jays, cardinals, chickadees and other resident song birds up close for an educational and photographing opportunity.

Email for more information!

Library Reading Challenge

Register for the King Township Public Library's (KTPL) reading challenge to help get the Library to 15,000 books. By joining, you can also receive personalized book recommendations! 

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Winter 2021 Trail Maintenance

King is maintaining some trails throughout the winter, in an effort to encourage our community to get outside and stay active during the colder months!

View Trails

Register for Cold Creek Snowshoe and X-Country Ski Rentals
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Council Meeting Highlights

Missed the last council meeting? Curious as to what was decided on the agenda items? You can read our live twitter feed from that meeting on our Twitter page.

Seasonal Operations & Updates

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Stormwater Ponds 

Staff and by-law officers are reminding residents found using stormwater ponds for skating that this is prohibited and unsafe due to possible changing conditions. Stormwater ponds are designed to continuously collect stormwater from surrounding roads and neighbourhoods. No matter how deep into the winter or how thick the ice may appear, temperature changes and water flowing in/out can cause major variations in ice thickness​​​​​​.These factors can create dangerous and unpredictable conditions that put your safety at risk.

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Snow Removal and Plowing in King 

The Township will remove snow from roads when severe accumulations affect two-way traffic and the ability for on-street parking. This may take several days after accumulations occur and is performed on a priority basis. First priority is given to commercial areas and areas where safety is a concern. Residents are reminded to avoid parking on the street so that snowplowing and snow removal crews can operate effectively. Learn more here.


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Winter Parking Restrictions in Effect 

There is no parking on any roadway between the hours of 2 am and 6 am, from Nov. 1st to Apr. 15th annnually, or parking at any time to interfere with snow removal. 

Thank you for helping to keep our streets clear for snow plow operators and emergency vehicles!


March Waste Calendar

You can view an online copy of the waste collection calendar by visiting

2021 Waste Collection Calendar

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King Launches New Recycling App

King Township has partnered with Recycle Coach to launch a mobile app to help residents become expert recyclers and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.

By using the Recycle Coach app, residents will have instant access to their area’s collection schedule, personalized reminders, key event dates (such as bulky item pickup) as well as a powerful search engine that provides information on the proper sorting of waste and recycling.

With Recycle Coach, residents can:

  • Receive instant answers to recycling questions.
  • Become recycling experts with a comprehensive “What Goes Where?” search tool, including local disposal information, disposal costs and recycling event dates.
  • Help reduce the amount of waste in local landfills by learning how to make mindful and informed recycling decisions.

Read the media release

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2021 Water & Stormwater Rates

King Township council approved the 2021 water and wastewater rates at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Under a blended total rate of 2.87% for water and wastewater services, the average annual increase will be $49.54 for 2021. The annual consumption of the average King Township homeowner is 271 cubic metres. More than 54 per cent of residents are below that number. King’s water rates are tiered in terms of consumption in order to encourage water conservation and the majority of King homeowners are in the lowest tier.

To help accommodate the impact to COVID-19, property owners are able to spread their payments over a three-month period with no interest. The property owner must contact the Township Finance Department to make a formal request prior to the due date. The penalty for late payment has also been lowered from 10% to 5%. For more information on King’s water and wastewater rates please visit

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Township Website Subscription Feature

Want to receive automatic updates from in your email inbox? It’s easy. Just visit and you can sign up to receive email updates for things like service alerts, special events, job postings, news releases and our e-newsletter, the King Bulletin.

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2021 Pet Licences

A friendly reminder to get your 2021 pet licence(s) before April 15th. Get your licence(s) early to save the late fee of $5. 


  • Dog licences are $20 before April 15th.
  • Service Dogs are free with documentation. 
  • Cat licence fees are waived.
  • Seniors (65+) receive a $5 discount.
  • Replacement tags are $10. 

Any cat or dog over the age of 3 months requires a licence. Pet tags must be worn at all times. 

Have questions? Email

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This section spotlights community events and initiatives. If you have a community event or initiative that you would like highlighted in the next edition, please email Space is limited. 

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Arts Society King

MOSAiC, published quarterly, highlights arts and cultural events, festivals, and community activities in King and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Each issue features the work of an ASK artist on the cover including an interview and article by one of our local writers. Both new and published writers and photographers explore and report on what makes King so special. It is delivered to homes in the Township with the King Weekly Sentinel. Watch out for the spring edition to be delivered in the first week of March.

Read a Digital Copy Here 

Studio Tour King - virtual event April 12-25, 2021

In Case You Missed It...

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History at Home

Have a historical experience from the comfort of your own home!

The staff at the King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre have created a series of easy-to-follow videos and activities that can bring history to you.

To view the videos click here.

Curbside Service Available at all King Library Branches
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Quick Links

Service King

ServiceKing staff are available to answer any inquiries 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.​ While staff are offline, our 24/7 after hour service will be available. ​

You can still do business with King on our website at, by phone at 905-833-5321 or by email at

Current method of payment options:

  • Online Services
  • By mail/drop box to: 2585 King Road, King City, ON, L7B 1A