City of Brantford declares state of emergency in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Mayor signing emergency declaration

BRANTFORD, ON: At 3:16 p.m. today, City of Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis signed a declaration of a state of emergency in the City of Brantford to enhance the City’s capacity to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic. The declaration is consistent with those announced by the province of Ontario, and our neighbouring municipalities, the County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River.

“While we have been proactively monitoring the rapidly evolving Covid-19 pandemic since January, it’s very clear now by how quickly the situation is evolving that we need to exercise every measure at our disposal to mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. Today’s emergency declaration enables us to access more resources towards protecting and caring for our citizens”, said Mayor Kevin Davis. 

Yesterday, the City activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to provide additional supports, management and heightened coordination with partner agencies to respond to the threat of an outbreak of Covid-19 in Brantford. The EOC continues to focus efforts on:

  • Continuity and contingency plans to continue delivering essential services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic response.
  • Managing global supply chain challenges for personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves for frontline workers and first responders.
  • Actions undertaken to protect vulnerable populations, such as those experiencing homelessness or in City-run long-term care homes
  • Developing, sharing and continually updating vital information for residents and visitors to the city with daily reporting updates across the City’s digital platforms.

 “I also want to take this opportunity to reassure our citizens that your health and safety is the City of Brantford’s absolute number one priority. While we are still in early days of managing this challenge, I am incredibly proud of how hard City staff are working to mitigate the risk of community spread in Brantford, while continuing to provide essential services to our citizens”, added Davis.

For the most up to date information regarding City programs and services that have been suspended until at least April 5, 2020 please visit:

 Health related inquiries

In the city of Brantford, the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) is the lead agency for local information about Coronavirus (Covid-19). If symptoms require medical attention, residents are asked to:

  • call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
  • call BCHU at 519-753-4937 or visit
  • call their health-care provider
  • call 911, if you need immediate medical assistance
  • if you plan to go to the emergency department call ahead at 519-751-5818.

 Any additional updates regarding City programs and services, and the continuity of essential services will be shared regularly on the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages and at


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Maria Visocchi - Director, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | 519.751.9900 ext. 5754 |


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