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
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
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:
- Bell Canada: Products and services include mobility, satellite TV, internet, home phone
- EastLink: EastLink has internet, TV, phone services
- Ezlink Cable TV: Internet, cable and digital TV are available through Ezlink
- Hay Communications Cooperative: Hay Communications provides phone, internet, digital TV, website hosting, and security monitoring
- HuronTel: Provides internet, phone, security systems, digital TV
- Quadro Communications: Services include Internet, home phone, digital TV, cellular
- Rogers Communications: Rogers offers cellular phone coverage in Huron County
- Tuckersmith Communications: TCC provides internet, phone, digital TV, cellular, security monitoring
- Vonage Canada: Provides VoIP service (voice over internet protocol)
- Wightman Telecom: Wightman offers Internet, phone, TV, cellular, security