Once you have found a place to live, you will need to focus on setting up basic services and utilities. It is important that your home is safe, comfortable, and secure. You will need to ensure that all of your household utilities are working before you move in.

Heat and hydro

Whether you rent or buy, you will need to get heat and hydro (electricity) services for your home. In Huron County, some homes are heated by natural gas, others by oil, and others by electricity or propane. You will find a listing of the providers of these services in the Huron County business directory. Your landlord or home ownership documents can also provide you with this information. Visit Citizenship and Immigration: Housing for further information on housing and the basic necessities.

Water

In Canada the tap water you receive in your apartment or house is safe to drink. Each municipality and township in Huron County has their own particular guidelines and fees for water. Contact your municipality or township office for details.

If your home is in a rural area, chances are your water supply comes from a well. As the owner of a private well, you are required by law to maintain it. You need to make sure nothing gets into your well that could contaminate your water source. Proper maintenance of your well, regular water testing, and staying informed are the best defense. Visit Huron County water quality site for all the details.

Sewer and septic tanks

If you are living in an urban area, your municipality may provide sewer services. Contact your municipality or township office for details. Septic tanks are used throughout the county by residential properties which are not serviced by sanitary sewers. Septage is raw and untreated and must be disposed of by licensed haulers. Septic tanks should be pumped on a regular basis, typically every 3 to 5 years, by licensed haulers. It is the responsibility of the homeowners to make these arrangements. Visit Huron County waste management for more information.

Mail delivery

Canada Post delivers mail from Monday through Friday. Depending on where you live, you might get door-to-door, post office box, or rural delivery.  The various methods are listed below:

  • Household Delivery:  “To the door” delivery through mail slots or to outside mail receptacles.
  • Rural Delivery: Mail delivery by vehicle to Canadians who live outside of urban and suburban areas.
  • Community or Group Mailbox: Each locked compartment serves one household. Each Community Mail Box also provides some compartments for parcel delivery as well as a mail slot for outgoing letters.
  • Postal Box: Also referred to as a Post Office Box or a PO Box, a Postal Box is a uniquely-addressable lockable box located in a Post Office.
  • Apartment Delivery: A centralized mailbox, usually in the lobby of a building, where residents have their own locked compartments.

There is no charge to receive regular mail. To send a letter, take it to a postal outlet or place it in a mail box with the right stamp. Stamps may be bought in post offices, drug stores, or general stores. Remember to include your return address. The cost of sending a letter or package depends on its size and where you are sending it. Your local post office can provide detailed information to help you or check out Canada Post.

Phone and internet service

Huron County is well-connected to the world through a variety of communications channels. Whether you are looking for telephone, internet, cable or satellite TV, or VoIP service, Huron County is well-served by a number of communications providers. Fibre optic internet projects are ongoing throughout the region; high-speed broadband internet service in Huron County is estimated to have a coverage of approx 90-95% (fibre and wireless).

To get connected, contact one of Huron’s communications services providers. Having a phone will ensure that you can be reached by employers, relatives, and local schools (if you have a child enrolled). Look for telephone and internet service providers online using Huron County’s business directory. These service providers may also offer cable and satellite television services too, depending on where you live.

Huron County’s phone and internet providers: