Effective Monday, March 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the Grey Bruce Health Unit moves to the Green Prevent Level of the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: We are currently not booking vaccinations. Please avoid calling in an attempt to schedule vaccinations at this time. For week of March 1, vaccinations will focus on 2nd dose for all LTCH residents; First Responders (Police and Fire); Community Health Care Workers in Highest/Very High Categories; Community Needle Exchange Partners; and over 80 clients. For clients 80 years of age and older - primary care should be reaching out to them directly; and, for those in this group who do not have a primary care provider (or have a primary care provider outside of the Grey/Bruce region, a 1800 # will soon be available to book appointments.

Please do not call your healthcare provider to book an appointment.

Please do not call Health Unit to book an appointment.

Vaccine rollout details




Many tick species have been found in Grey and Bruce Counties, including: Ixodes scapularis (blacklegged tick), Ixodes cookei (groundhog tick), Ixodes marxii (squirrel tick), and Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick). For information on tick species, please see: Tick Encounter.

Tick Encounter: University of Rhodes Island: Tick Bites F.A.Q.s

Public Health Agency of Canada: Enjoy the Outdoors Without a Tick: Learn how to identify a blacklegged tick, prevention tips, what to do if bitten, and more.

Video: How to remove a tick

Local Statistics

Ticks positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease

In 2020 - 5 positive ticks (South Bruce Peninsula (1), Georgian Bluffs (1), Saugeen First Nations (1), Municipality of Kincardine (1), and one location unknown)

In 2019 – 9 positive ticks (Municipality of Kincardine (3), Saugeen Shores (5) and Grey Highlands (1))

In 2018 – 4 positive ticks (Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, Municipality of Meaford, and Saugeen Shores (2))

In 2017 – 0 positive ticks


  • Government of Canada: Learn about Lyme disease, its causes, symptoms, risks, treatment and prevention. Also find information on surveillance and guidance for health professionals.
  • Public Health Ontario: Learn about data and analysis, guidance and best practice, laboratory testing, and more. 
  • Public Health Ontario: Blacklegged tick life cycle.
  • For additional information, please see Lyme Disease.

If you have been bitten by a tick, you can submit the tick for identification. Only blacklegged ticks are sent for bacterial testing. The identification and testing of ticks provides data to monitor emerging tick populations in Ontario. Tick testing should not be used for the diagnosis or management of Lyme disease, as per Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) guidelines. Please speak to your health care provider if you are concerned about your health.

Laboratory identification results can take 3 weeks or longer depending on peak times (May-June and Oct-Nov). Blacklegged ticks are forwarded to the National Microbiology Laboratory for bacteriological testing, which can take up to 6 months. Public Health will contact you with the results.

Public Health cannot accept ticks found in the environment, on floors or furniture, or on dogs or other pets.  If you find a tick on your pet, please take it to your veterinarian for identification.


  • Tick Encounter Resource Centre: Information on tick species, tick habitat, tick identification, etc.
  • eTick: A public platform for image- based identification and population monitoring of ticks in Canada



Please contact your veterinarian if you are concerned about your animals’ health.

Pets and Ticks: Ticks 101, Tick Maps, Research Updates, Tick Tracker, and more.



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