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Public Works Department

The Township of South-West Oxford Public Works department is responsible for:

  • grass mowing of ditches;
  • bridges and culverts (including entrance culverts);
  • recycling and garbage collection;
  • shoulder grading;
  • signs and line stripping;
  • snow-plowing/snow removal;
  • asphalt maintenance;
  • gravel road maintenance (including grading and dust control);
  • sidewalk repairs;
  • gravel pit operations;
  • street sweeping


The Township Public Works department maintains a vast road network year-round for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Maintenance activities include clearing snow from roadways, sidewalks and road surface repairs and maintenance, asphalt and concrete repairs, rural road resurfacing, grading of gravel roads and shoulders, on-street litter control and guide rail replacement.There are 352.2 kms of roadways in the Township and all highways located within the Township of South-West Oxford under the care of either the Township, County of Oxford, or the Ministry of Transportation. Maintaining and upgrading roads so they are safe for motorists and pedestrians is a priority in any municipality. The Township of South-West Oxford follows the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (O.Reg. 239/02).

Load Restrictions

In the winter, frost penetrates deep into the ground and freeze-thaw cycles damage the roads by creating cracks and potholes. After the spring thaw, seasonal load restrictions are put into effect on some Township roads, where signs have been posted. Seasonal loads are restricted to loads of five tonnes per axle from March 1 to April 30 every year and are authorized and supported by the Public Works department and enforcement is monitored closely.

Street Lights

Street lights in the Township are managed by Erie Thames Powerlines. To report a burnt out street light or request a repair, call 519-485-1820 or 1-877-850-3128 or e-mail

Street Light Maps


Hydro One 1-877-363-7464
ERTH 519-485-1820
EPCOR 519-773-5321
Union Gas 1-877-969-0999

Rural Oxford Connections

High-speed internet is coming to Oxford County's rural communities. This means people in more remote areas will have internet service that is faster and more widely available, giving rural homes and businesses a more efficient and reliable way of connecting to the world through the internet. You can check the status of the service in your area, and sign up for the service if it is available.


The Township has many trees in and adjacent to road allowances. Their maintenance requires a great deal of staff time and is a significant expense in the Public Work's budget. Tree conditions are constantly monitored to prioritize maintenance and/or removal. Being environmentally conscious, we appreciate the benefit of trees towards our quality of life. Please contact the Township directly about any trees that you would like Township staff to assess.

Water & Sewage

Municipal water and sewage services are available in the villages of Mount Elgin, , and the villages of Sweaburg Brownsville, Dereham, Beachville, have municipal water service. Water and sewage are handled by the Oxford County Public Works Department. They can be reached by phone at 519-539-9800.

Municipal Contacts

Township of South-West Oxford

Located in South Western Ontario, in the South West section of Oxford County and serves as a regional centre for industry, commerce and recreation.

The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

The Township’s mission is be "a leader in the development and delivery of municipal services for the growth and well being of our community"

Contact Us

312915 Dereham Line
Mt. Elgin, On N0J 1N0
Hours: Monday – Friday 
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 519-877-2702 / 519-485-0477
Fax: 519-485-2932

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