COVID 19 Vaccine Arrivals and Other City Matters January 18th 2021

Stricter COVID-19 measures are now in effect.

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in region

Last week, the first long-term care workers in southeastern Ontario received their first shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kingston Health Science Centre, the only dispenser of the vaccine in our region so far.
Initial vaccines are being given by-invitation and by-appointment only. Over time, the COVID-19 vaccine supply will increase and the Province will move into Phase 3 of the rollout and the vaccine will become widely available through mass vaccination clinics.
Find out more about local COVID-19 vaccinations.

Integrated Economic Development Strategy will support and grow local business

The City and Kingston Economic Development have developed an Integrated Economic Development Strategy for the community. This strategy, the first of its kind for Kingston, focuses on supporting local business, identifying priorities for various business sectors and offering strategic approaches for post-pandemic economic growth and job creation.

Learn more about this strategy to support local businesses and create jobs.

Open budgeting: City discussions to be live-streamed

Join us later this month as Council deliberates on the various capital and operating budgets supported by the municipality. These discussions will be live-streamed (close captioned and recorded) on the Kingston City Council YouTube Channel and on the Kingston Meeting Twitter feed so that residents can follow the decision-making process.

Find more details about budget deliberations.


Protect your collector from injury this winter

Place garbage, recycling boxes and Green Bins where they can be clearly seen and safely collected. Take two minutes to watch the City’s Winter Waste Placement video.

City’s Household Travel Survey offers a baseline measure of how residents travel around town

Last week, City Council received the results of the Kingston Moves, 2019 Household Travel Survey. It establishes a pre-COVID-19 baseline measure for transportation mode shares – the percentages of trips completed using a particular type of transportation – at a city-wide and neighbourhood level.

See the high-level results of the Household Travel Survey.
Downtown Kingston businesses are online and ready to serve you! Shop and dine locally and safely from the comfort of your home. Downtown Delivers, curbside pickup, gift cards and more!

Visit Downtown Kingston’s website for more information.
It’s time to shape the future of active fun in Kingston! The City is seeking your input as it prepares to update its Parks and Recreation Master Plan – the Plan which guides how programs and services are offered and directs investment in recreational facilities. It also looks at how the City can partner with other like-minded organizations to offer more recreational and leisure opportunities to more people. Go to to offer your feedback today.
Need a business licence? To support local businesses, the City is permitting those experiencing pandemic-related hardship to defer their business licensing fee. Businesses must request the deferral and be able to demonstrate the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
Available now: Kingston’s Climate Change Symposium presentations – Did you miss hearing speakers like Severn Cullis-Suzuki and David Phillips at the Kingston Climate Change Symposium last week? Catch their talks now on the City’s YouTube channel.
Adding art to Kingston’s Hub – The City is adding public art to Princess and Division streets, a.k.a. the Hub.  A billboard, now installed at this key intersection, has been designed by Kingston illustrator Grace Sylvester and features a poem by the City’s Poet Laureate, Jason Heroux. Look for a new poetry-based piece to be installed in March – and for playful art bike stands, designed by Jenny Moring, to be installed this summer.

From Jan. 18 to Feb. 5 offer your input on the Princess Street Sidewalk Project proposals from local artists Christine Dewancker, Don Maynard and Brandon Vickerd on Get Involved Kingston.
2020 Mayor’s Arts Awards Event goes virtual – Join us to celebrate Kingston artists! Recipients of the 2020 Mayor’s Arts Awards will be announced at a virtual event on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. This event will be streamed on the City’s YouTube channel.
You must register (only once!) on in order to participate in engagement opportunities. Wondering why you need to register? Find out here.

See the City’s calendar