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The Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public that even though it is still cold outside, ice on the rivers, ponds and lakes throughout the County, you need to be cautious when around them. 

Ice thickness can be affected by factors including the time of the year, size and depth of the water, the presence of rocks, logs and vegetation, air temperature and water current.  Ice does not freeze at uniform thickness throughout the body of water and it should be checked regularly as you move further on to it.  It is recommended to have at least 4” of clear hard ice before venturing out on foot.

 OPP remind outdoor enthusiasts to remember the One-Ten-One principle if you do go through the ice.  Which means you have one minute to control your breathing, 10 minutes of meaningful movement to get yourself out of the water and one hour before you become unconscious due to hypothermia.

Remember – no ice is without risk – be cautious and take the appropriate steps to ensure that your time on and around the ice is safe and enjoyable while partaking in your favourite winter activities until next month.


Our Wellington County Fire Services are reminding us about after a heavy snowfall occurs, please make sure that any nearby hydrants are clear of snow. It’s important to have minimum 3′ access to the back and sides of the hydrant and a clear path from the street.

Also, make sure that the exhaust vents in your home aren’t blocked by snow. Blocked vents can lead to appliance malfunction or accumulation of carbon monoxide in your home.


Our Leadership

Going forward in 2024, our new Co-Chairs are Town of Puslinch Counsillor, Sara Bailey, who has been voted in for a 2 year term and Angelle Eybel, the Chair of the Safe Communities Committee in the Town of Minto, who has 1 year left in her term. Our executive includes representatives from Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services, Wendy Bieman, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health, Alexandra Fournier, Wellington County Counsillor, Earl Campbell, Wellington County OPP, Inspector, Stephen Thomas,  Wellington Health Care Alliance, Kate Kobbes & Gianni Accetolla

Our History

Back in 2012, a number of passionate organizations and individuals made it their goal to designate Wellington County as a Safe Community.  Counsillor Gary Williamson, and Staff Sergeant, Jack Hunjan led the charge, becoming the first Co-Chairs for Safe Communities Wellington County.  Wellington County was designated by Parachute Canada on June 2013 in the Township of Wellington North.  Over the last few years the priorities have remained constant with Motor Vehicle Collisions On/Off Road, Falls Prevention and Intentional Self Harm as our top three.  Our action groups have been busy helping prevent injuries across Wellington County, collaborating with different stakeholders to make more of an impact on safety across The County.  Safe Communities Day, Falls Prevention Month, Safe Kids Week, National Teen Driver Safety Week and local events that Safe Communities runs and participates in, have already helped us reach upwards of 5000 people over the last ten years.

Press Releases

Safe Communities Wellington County participates in a variety of Events & Campaigns throughout the year.  Our News and Events Page captures all of our media information that you can find here.

Safe Communities Designation

In 2023, Wellington County celebrated its 10th year as a designated Safe Community.  Throughout the ten years, Safe Communities was able to run injury prevention events and campaigns that helped educate residents of Wellington County.  In 2021, Safe Communities Wellington County partnered with injury prevention stakeholders to complete the Community Safety & Well-Being Plan for Wellington County.  Safe Communities was fortunate to have the framework required to meet the requirements that was handed down by the solicitor General.  Our injury priority areas still revolve around Falls, Motor Vehicle Collisions On/Off Road, Intentional Self Harm, Accidental Poisonings, Pedestrians and Cyclists, Sports and Recreation, and Agricultural, Machinery and Tools.  We are fortunate to have four action groups that focus on Falls, Motor Vehicle Collisions, Mental Wellness and Accidental Poisonings.  We are looking forward to expanding out stakeholder reach to have a more wholistic leadership table in injury prevention.