Address markers on vacant land help first responders find rural properties quickly: Clarington
Durham Radio News

Farm 911: The Emily Project was founded in 2014, after Emily Trudeau, 7, died in a farming accident.

First responders were delayed in helping because they couldn’t immediately find the rural Tweed property.

“When farm accidents happen in a remote location, time is of the essence,” said Clarington Fire Chief Gord Weir. “But without a clear address marker, it can be difficult for first responders to find the people who need help.”

That’s why Clarington officials are encouraging anyone who owns a rural property to ask for an official address and marker.

“To help prevent another needless tragedy, we want to encourage all rural property owners to work with us and request a civic address and sign for their vacant properties,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

To apply for a civic address sign, call Clarington’s Planning Services Department at 905-623-3379 ext. 2416 or email

If your property has never had an address, you’ll be assigned one.

All new addresses will be shared with Clarington Emergency and Fire Services, Canada Post, the region and local utilities.

New signs will be installed at the property entrance around one to three weeks after new addresses have been circulated.

Although it’s a voluntary initiative, landowners don’t have to pay anything to get an address or a sign.

“We encourage all rural landowners to ensure their properties are properly signed. When seconds count, having a registered address and sign at the entrance of remote locations can mean the difference between life and death,” concluded Chief Weir.

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