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September 17-21, 2019

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Free Wi-Fi Now Available at the Sturgeon Falls and Verner Arenas

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Free Wi-Fi - Sturgeon Falls and Verner Arenas Bilingual WEBSITE

Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases

This Guide provides defendants with general information about the court process for provincial offences cases. It does not cover every circumstance that might arise in your case.

Click here to view the Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases.

Building & Planning Services

Building

Building Services provides an efficient system of building permit approvals which minimize hazards to persons and property by ensuring construction within the Municipality of West Nipissing adheres to provincial and municipal regulations.

Through inspections, Building Services ensures that projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable municipal and legislative requirements. This section issues building, plumbing, demolition, occupancy and other permits governed by the Ontario Building Code.

Alain Bazinet, Chief Building Official / Property Standards Officer / Health and Safety Coordinator
(705) 753-2250, ext 6906
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Jonny Belanger, Building Inspector
(705) 753-2250, ext 6929
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Natasha Liard Bigras, Planning & Building Clerk
(705) 753-2250, ext 6949
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Planning

Planning Development Services houses both Planning and Building. Planning oversees development control and zoning as well as long range community planning.

The Planning Department provides information, expertise and guidance to the public relative to development approval processes, Official Plan Policies and the Zoning By-law.
The services offered are as follows:

  • Providing information to organizations and developers; consulting with those seeking or considering using planning services; responding to telephone and counter inquiries
  • Maintaining a current Official Plan
  • Maintaining a current comprehensive Zoning By-law
  • Processing applications to approve Consent Applications, Minor Variances, Zoning By-law amendments, Official Plan amendments, subdivisions, condominiums, site plans and various agreements
  • Providing compliance reports and lawyer's letters
  • Providing comments to the Committee of Adjustment
  • Preparing reports to Council and documents for reference by the public

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Natasha Liard Bigras, Planning & Building Clerk
(705) 753-2250, ext 6949
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Approval Process

The Municipality's application process requires that you provide information about your construction project such as by who, where, when and how the work will be done.

Applications for a simple alteration or addition can be processed fairly quickly, while more complex proposals may take longer. The approval process begins with staff reviewing your application for completeness. If there are problems with your application or drawings, staff will contact you by telephone or e-mail, if address provided.

Statistics

2009 to 2012 Annual Building and Developement Report

Sample Plans

New Single Family Dwellings

Addition to Single Family Dwelling

Garage

Repair to Foundation

Wall Section

Sun Deck

Carport Addition

Building Inspections

Once you receive your building permit, a Building Inspector will monitor your project to ensure that construction meets the requirements of the Ontario Building Code, municipal and provincial regulations, and the stipulations of your building permit. The Building Inspector may send you a notice by mail if work does not conform to approved plans. Re-inspection may be required before you resume construction. You may be subject to legal action if work continues without resolving the situation.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to inform the Building Inspector of any proposed changes to the construction project which may require additional approvals. Alternative methods of establishing compliance with the Ontario Building Code, such as professional consultant reports, are not acceptable without prior approval of the Chief Building Official.

The property owner or contractor is expected to cooperate and remain in communication with the Building Inspector. In addition, the property owner or contractor must: post a copy of the building permit in a window or other prominent place on the work site, keep a copy of approved construction plans on the work site. Mandatory Field Inspections are identified at the time of permit application.
Property owners or contractors may also request an inspection by a Building Inspector for advice and information at any time during construction. Electrical installations may require an inspection by the Electrical Safety Authority. Call 1-877-372-7233 or visit online at www.esasafe.com.

Building

Building Services provides an efficient system of building permit approvals which minimize hazards to persons and property by ensuring construction within the Municipality of West Nipissing adheres to provincial and municipal regulations.

Through inspections, Building Services ensures that projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable municipal and legislative requirements. This section issues building, plumbing, demolition, occupancy and other permits governed by the Ontario Building Code.

Click on one of the links below to view the by-law for lot grading:

Lot Grading By-Law 2007/33
Lot Grading By-Law 2008/05
Lot Grading By-Law 2008/36

 

Contact Information:

Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
Tel: (705) 753-2250
Fax: (705)753-3950

Alain Bazinet, Chief Building Official / Property Standards Officer / Health and Safety Coordinator
(705) 753-2250, ext 6906
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Jonny Belanger, Building Inspector
(705) 753-2250, ext 6929
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Natasha Liard Bigras, Planning & Building Clerk
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Forms

AssignmentWe have made many of our application forms available online for your convenience.

You may download the forms to review them and have all relevant information ready when you file your application with our staff at our main office at 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON.

Click on the relevant file below to download. Application forms are available in PDF format.

forms-iconBuilding & Demolition Permit Application
forms-iconLetter of Authorization
forms-iconCommitment to General Review by Architect and Engineers
forms-iconAcknowledgement of Incomplete Application
forms-icon
Permit Application Guide
forms-icon
Formal Complaint and Agreement Form (Property Standards and Vital Services By-law 2001/71)
forms-iconPlanning and Building Information Request
forms-iconRequest for 9-1-1 Sign
forms-iconInspection Request

Related Links and Contacts

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, www.mah.gov.on.ca/site4.aspx

Electrical Safety Authority, www.esasafe.com

Ontario Building Code Information, www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page7393.aspx/site4.aspx

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, www.wsib.on.ca

North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, (705) 474-5420, www.nbmca.ca

Service Locates – Call Before You Dig, (800) 400-2255

Union Gas (888) 774-3111

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (705) 474-1400

Apply for a Permit

Building Services provides an efficient system of building permit approvals which minimize hazards to persons and property by ensuring construction within the Municipality of West Nipissing adheres to provincial and municipal regulations.


Through inspections, Building Services ensures that projects are designed and constructed in accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable municipal and legislative requirements. This section issues building, plumbing, demolition, occupancy and other permits governed by the Ontario Building Code.

forms-iconPermit Application Guide

Forms

Assignment

We have made many of our application forms available online for your convenience.

You may download the forms to review them and have all relevant information ready when you file your application with our staff at our main office at 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON.

Click on the relevant file below to download. Application forms are available in PDF format.

Official Plan

An Official Plan is a statutory document which sets out the land use policy directions for long-term growth and development in a municipality. It is not to be confused with the Zoning By-law which further details the broad range of land uses set out in the Official Plan. The current Official Plan for the Municipality of West Nipissing was approved by the Province on December 8, 2011.

The Municipality of West Nipissing Official Plan contains policies governing various land use designations, such as Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural and Open Space and Natural Heritage. These designations are broadly established on a land use map. Other policies relating to Mineral Aggregate Resources, Transportation and Community Improvement are incorporated into the Plan.

Click on one of the links below to view the Municipality of West Nipissing's Official Plan:

The Municipality of West Nipissing's Official Plan (Office Consolidation)
Ontario Municipal Board Decision


West Nipissing Official Plan Land Use Schedule - Overview


Click on the link below to view the Planning Act:
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90p13_e.htm 

Click on the link below to view the Provincial Policy Statement:
http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page215.aspx 

Applications

Preparing reports to Council and documents for reference by the public
To view the Official Plan, Zoning By-law, applications, Committee of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Committee Agendas and minutes, please click on the PDF documents. For the most up to date version or to ensure no changes have been made to any parts of the Official Plan or Zoning By-law please contact the Planning Department.

Official Plan - PDF
Zoning By-law -PDF
Application for Consent –PDF
Application for Minor Variance –PDF
Application for Zoning Amendment –PDF
Application for Subdivision –PDF
Planning and Building Information Request –PDF

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment reviews planning applications for Minor Variance, Consent and the expansion of Legal Non-Conforming uses. The Planning Act provides that a Committee of Adjustment may consider requests to:

  • Sever new lots or grant rights-of-way and/or easements
  • Grant relief from the provisions of any Zoning By-law, an Interim Control By-law as well as certain other By-laws as authorized by Council;
  • Enlarge or extend an existing legal non-conforming building or structure; and
  • Change a legal non-conforming use to one which is either similar to or more compatible with the uses permitted by the Zoning By-law.

The Municipality of West Nipissing's Committee of Adjustment consists of five (5) members appointed by Council in accordance with the Planning Act. The Committee meets to consider applications on a monthly basis or as needed.

 

West Nipissing Committee of Adjustment Members:

Roger Gagnon

Fernand Pellerin

Mark Fryer

Normand Roberge, Conseiller municipal

Guy Fortier, Conseiller municipal

 

Committee members serve a term concurrent with that of the Council which appointed them. The Committee elects a Chair who presides at Hearings. Additionally, the Committee appoints a Secretary-Treasurer, who is responsible for application processing and record keeping.

Application for Consent

Application for Minor Variance

 

Planning

Planning Development Services houses both Planning and Building. Planning oversees development control and zoning as well as long range community planning.

The Planning Department provides information, expertise and guidance to the public relative to development approval processes, Official Plan Policies and the Zoning By-law.
The services offered are as follows:

  • Providing information to organizations and developers; consulting with those seeking or considering using planning services; responding to telephone and counter inquiries
  • Maintaining a current Official Plan
  • Maintaining a current comprehensive Zoning By-law
  • Processing applications to approve Consent Applications, Minor Variances, Zoning By-law amendments, Official Plan amendments, subdivisions, condominiums, site plans and various agreements
  • Providing compliance reports and lawyer's letters
  • Providing comments to the Committee of Adjustment
  • Preparing reports to Council and documents for reference by the public

To view the Official Plan, Zoning By-law, applications, Committee of Adjustment and Planning Advisory Committee Agendas and minutes, please click on the PDF documents below. For the most up to date version or to ensure no changes have been made to any parts of the Official Plan or Zoning By-law, please contact the Planning Department. 

Official Plan (Office Consolidation)
Ontario Municipal Board Decision
West Nipissing Official Plan Land Use Schedule

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2014-45
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Index Map)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (A1 to D7)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (E1 to F8)

Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (G1 to M4)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Sturgeon Falls)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Appendices

Application for Consent
Application for Minor Variance
Application for Official Plan Amendment / Zoning By-law Amendment
Application for Subdivision
Application for Condominium
Planning and Building Information Request
By-law 2016/28 - Amending Planning Fees

Provincial Policy Statement (PPS):
PPS 2014
Introduction to the PPS 2014 — Northern Ontario
Land Use Planning (MMAH Website)


Contact Information:

Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
Tel: (705) 753-2250
Fax: (705)753-3950

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Natasha Liard Bigras, Planning & Building Clerk
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Zoning By-Law

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:

  • how land may be used
  • where buildings and other structures can be located
  • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used
  • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

Click on one of the links below to view the Comprehensive Zoning By-law and Schedules:

Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2014-45
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Index Map)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (A1 to D7)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (E1 to F8)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (G1 to M4)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Schedules (Sturgeon Falls)
Comprehensive Zoning By-law Appendices

 


 

Click on one of the links below to view the Comprehensive Zoning By-law Amendments

Zoning By-law Amendment 2015/59 (Amend the height(s) of accessory structures in the Residential, Rural and Agricultural zones)

 

Planning Advisory Committee

The West Nipissing Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) provides recommendations to the municipal Council for applications including Zoning By-law amendments, Subdivisions and Condominiums, as well as Official Plan amendments, made under the Planning Act (Ontario).

Planning Advisory Committee Members:

Roger Gagnon

Fernand Pellerin

Guy Fortier, Councillor

Normand Roberge, Councillor

Yvon Duhaime, Councillor

Guilles Tessier, Councillor

Joanne Savage, Mayor 

 

Application for Official Plan Amendment / Zoning By-law Amendment

Application for Subdivision

Application for Condominium

Clerk Services

The Clerk's Department is responsible for carrying out all communications on behalf of the Mayor and Municipal council, including preparation of Meeting Agendas, recording and archiving Minutes of all meetings as well as the maintenance and update of all Municipal By-laws. In addition, the Clerk's Department oversees licensing, including marriages and lotteries and issues Burial permits. The Clerk's Department is also responsible for Municipal Drains and Cemeteries. The Municipal Clerk is assisted by a Deputy Clerk and an Assistant Clerk Rural.

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Janice Dupuis, Deputy Clerk
(705) 753-2250, ext 6907
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Joanne Rancourt, Assistant Clerk Rural
(705) 753-2250, ext 6917 or (705) 594-2318
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Licensing

The Clerk's Department oversees licensing, including marriages and lotteries and issues Burial permits.

Contact Information:

Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
Tel: (705) 753-2250
Fax: (705)753-3950

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Janice Dupuis, Deputy Clerk
(705) 753-2250, ext 6907
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Joanne Rancourt, Assistant Clerk Rural
(705) 753-2250, ext 6917
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Miscellaneous Licensing

The Municipality of West Nipissing requires a license to be obtained for:

1.     A Transient Trader (also knows as "temporay sales" or "hawkers and pedlars") wether from a fixed location or on a door to door basis

Hawkers & Pedlars / Transient Traders / Mobile Food Service Equipment By-law 2016/40

 

 

2.     Dogs and Cats, i.e. Licensing & Kennels

Dog By-law 2000/20

Dog By-law Amendment 2006/39 (Kennel Fees, etc.)

Dog By-law Amendment 2010/74 (Kennels)

Application for Kennel License

Control of Cats By-law 1999/28

Control of Cats By-law Amendment 2002/34 (Tags)

Control of Cats By-law Amendment 2015/56

 

3.     A Taxi-Cab (please note that no licenses are presently available for issuance - only 13 licenses are available and all are issued at this time)

Taxi By-law 2016/63

 

Please contact the Municipality of West Nipissing for further information on any of these by-laws or the license application cost or review and approval process/timelines.

Lottery License

How to obtain a Lottery License

A lottery has the following components: a prize, a chance to win the prize, and a consideration or fee. Eligible applicants must be licensed to conduct a lottery event.

The Municipality of West Nipissing through the Treasury Branch is reponsible for the licensing of the following lottery schemes:

  • Bingo events with prize boards up to $5,500
  • Raffles with prizes up to $50,000
  • Break Open Ticket events that are not conducted in conjunction with another licensed gaming event
  • Bazaar gaming events

Marriages and Marriage Licensing

Hours issued – 8:30 am to 4 pm (Monday to Friday)

How to obtain a Marriage Licence

Please note:  Marriage Licences are issued by the Municipality by appointment only by calling  705-753-2250.  Refer to the following Procedure and Requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Any person 18 years of age or older may marry in Ontario.  Any person who is 16 or 17 years of age may marry with written consent from his/her parents or legal guardians - please contact this office for details.  Marriage Licences can only be issued to the applicant or joint applicant.

Both parties must complete and sign the Marriage Licence Application - also available at the Municipal Office. Each applicants is required to provide two original pieces of identification. Consult the Procedures and Requirements below for all details.  The fee for the licence is $100.00 (cash, cheque or debit).

 

Applicant forms:

Marriage Licensing By-Law 2015/83
Procedure and Requirements
Notice to Applicants
Requirements Respecting Marriage in Ontario
Marriage License Application (Marriage Act – Form 3)
Request for Marriage Certificate (for marriages which took place in Ontario only)
Assuming or unassuming a married name

For people who were divorced outside of Canada, please click on the link below for information about Certificates of Authentication from the Official Document Services of the Ministry of Government Services.

http://www.mgs.gov.on.ca/en/OffDoc/STEL02_046905.html

 


Marriage Ceremonies

The Municipality of West Nipissing also offers the service of performing marriage ceremonies; either at the Municipal Office or at another venue, as arranged.

The fee to be charged for the solemnization of a marriage by the Clerk's Office is as follows:

Ceremony :

During normal office hours (9 am – 4 :30 pm), for a ceremony performed in the municipal office.

Fee :

$225.00

Ceremony :

During normal office hours (9 am – 4 :30 pm), for a ceremony performed outside the municipal office.

Fee :

$250.00


Ceremony :

Outside of normal office hours (after 4 :30 pm or on weekends), for a ceremony performed outside the municipal office.

Fee :

$250.00

For any inquiries, please contact:

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Cemeteries

Niches for Sale - Cache Bay and Field Columbaria (Click here)


Mandate and Goals

To ensure that all operations and proceedings of the West Nipissing Cemetery Board shall be governed by the rules and regulations of By-law 2012/37 as amended by By-law 2013/09, and as amended, revised or superseded from time to time in accordance with the provisions and regulations of the Cemeteries Act, as amended, and the Funeral, Burial and Cremations Services Act, as amended.

The following cemeteries are under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of West Nipissing:

  • Cache Bay Cemetery (845 Thibeault Road, Cache Bay, ON)
  • Field Cemetery, (13700 Highway 64, Field, ON)
  • Sunnyridge Cemetery (238 Sunnyridge Road, Verner, ON)
  • Verner Cemetery (165 Highway 575, Verner, ON)
  • Westside Cemetery (Abandoned - Non Active)

Members of the West Nipissing Cemetery Board are as follows:

  • Clothilde Sylvestre
  • Jean-Pierre Martin
  • Jean-Pierre Courchesne
  • Léo Malette, Councillor
  • Roland Larabie, Councillor

 

For more information click on the following links:

Cemetery By-law 2012/37

Cemetery By-law Amendment: 2013/09

Cemetery fees

 

For information on purchasing a burial plot or a niche (Verner Cemetery only) please contact:

Municipality of West Nipissing
(Verner Satellite Office)
11790 Highway 64, P.O. Box 12
Verner, ON P0H 2M0
Tel: (705) 594-2318
Fax: (705) 753-3950

Joanne Rancourt, Assistant Clerk Rural
(705) 753-2250, ext 6917
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Municipal Drains

Current Engineer's Report

  • To view the Sayer Drain Engineer's Report, click here.


West Nipissing Drainage Maps

Click on one of the links below to view drainage maps:

 


 

The Municipality of West Nipissing has approximately 125 municipal drains located primarily in agricultural areas and rural areas of the Municipality. Approximately 3 drains per year are constructed requiring new Engineer's Reports. Municipal Drains are administered by the Municipality of West Nipissing under the authority of the Drainage Act and are governed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/landuse/drainage.htm 


Introduction

Perhaps you've just purchased property, and been told by your municiplality that you are assessed into a municipal drain. Perhaps you have owned a property for a couple of years and have recently discoverred that you are located in the watershed of a municipal drain. You're probably wondering, what does this mean? How does it affect me? What will it cost?

What is a Municipal Drain?

Physically, a municipal drain is simply a drainage system. Most municipal drains are either ditches or closed systems such as pipes or tiles buried in the ground. They can also include structures such as dykes or berms, pumping stations, buffer strips, grassed waterways, storm water detention ponds, culverts and bridges. Even some creeks and small rivers are now considered to be municipal drains. Municipal drains are primarily located in rural agricultural areas of the province.

The Purpose of Municipal Drains

Municipal drains have been a fixture of rural Ontario's infrastructure since the 1800's. Most municipal drains were constructed to improve the drainage of agricultural land by serving as the discharge point for private agricultural tile drainage systems. However, they also remove excess water collected by roadside ditches, residential lots, churches, schools, industrial lands, commercial lands and any other properties in rural areas. They are a vital component of the local infrastructure. Without them, many areas of the province would be subjected to regular flooding, reduced production from agricultural land and increased public health risks.

Why is it called a "Municipal Drain"?

There are many, many drainage ditches and burried pipes in the province, but not all of them are "municipal drains". So what distinguishes a municipal drain?

Municipal drains are created under the authority of the Drainage Act and are administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. There are three (3) key elements of a municipal drain:

1. Community Project: Landowners who need to solve a drainage problem may submit a prescribed petition under the Drainage Act to their local municipality, erquesting the establishment of a municipal drain. If certain criterias are met, the municipality appoints an engineer who prepares a report, identifying the proposed solution to the problem and how the costs will be shared. There are various meetings where landowners in the watershed of the municipal drain can voice their desires and concerns. There are also several appeal stages where they can voice their objections. So, the end result of the process is a "communally accepted" project.

2. Legal Existence: After all appeals have been heard and dealt with, the municipality passes a by-law adopting the engineer's report. The municipality then has the authority and the responsibility to construct the project. The cost of the work is assessed to the lands in the watershed in the same rations as contained within the engineer's report. So for a ditch or a pipe to be a municipal drain, there must be a by-law adopting an engineer's report.

3. Municipal Infrastructure: Once a municipal drain has been constructed under the authority of a by-law, it becomes part of that municipality's infrastructure. The local municipality, through its drainage superintendent, is responsible for repairing and maintaining the municipal drain. In certain circumstances, the municipality can be held liable for damages for not maintaining these drains.

Do's and Don'ts for Property Owners

You should:

  • Find out the name of your local municipality's drainage superintendent.
  • If you do not have any information on the municipal drains that affect your property, make arrangements with your municipality to get copies. Please note you may have to pay for the photocopies.
  • Find out how the municipal drain affects your property. How much is your property assessed? Are there any buried municipal drains that cross beneath your land? Is there a municipal working space along or above a municipal drain on your property?
  • Remove debris from any catchbasins that may be located on your property or the adjoining road. This type of ongoing preventative work can reduce the possibility of property damage during storm events.
  • As an involved landowner, you have a responsibility for the drains located on your property, so observe them. If you notice any problems, immediately notify the drainage superintendent or the local municipality.
  • Before purchasing a property, investigate how municipal drains may affect the property.

You can expect:

  • Municipalities must maintain their municipal drains. Therefore, if you have a municipal drain located on you property, you can expect that your municipality will periodically arrange to enter onto your property and perform the necessary work. After it is completed, you will be billed for your share of the cost.
  • For a period of time while the work is being completed, you can expect the working space along the drain to be accessed by the maintenance equipment and the land to be disrupted to degree. Because this working space is a form of an easement, you will not be paid for any damages that occur on this land.
  • Municipalities have the right to accumulate the cost of maintaining a drain for up to five years or $5,000. Therefore, it is possible that you may be billed for work that occured before you owned a property.

You should not:

  • Along every municipal drain is an unregistered working space that the municipality has the right to use to maintain or repair the drain. Keep this working space accessible and do not plant trees or build structures in this area. If you do, and it results in an obstruction to the maintenance equipment, you may have to pay the cost of removing that obstruction.
  • Don't store materials such as brush, lumber or other floatable material near the drain, because during storm events, it could float away and block the drain.
  • The local municipality is responsible for maintaining municipal drains on behalf of the community of landowners involved in a drain.  If you want to install a culvert or bridge on an open ditch municipal drain, or if a municipal drain requires maintenance, don't perform the work yourselfl instead notify your municipality. If you do unauthorized work on a drain and that work results in damages to the drain or to other landowners, you could be responsible for paying the cost or repairing the damages.
  • Although they are "man-made', all municipal drains eventually connect with the many beautiful lakes, rivers and streams located in Ontario. Do not direct septic system waste, milkhouse wastes, barnyard and manure storage runoff or other polluants directly to these drains.

Fact sheets from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (in PDF format):

What's a Municipal Drain?

Duties of the Landowner Under the Drainage Act

Municipal Drains and the Landowner

The Planning and Maintenance of an Erosion Control System 

 


What are Tile Loans?

Tile loan funds are available through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and rural Affairs and are administered on a first come first served basis. The term of a loan is 10 years and repayement is due annually. The interest rate for the loans issued under the program will be 6%, fixed for the 10 year term of the loan. Interest is compounded annually and the loan can be paid out any time without penalty.

Fact sheet from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (in PDF format):

The Tile Loan Program

 

More information is available by visiting the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.

 


 

 

Municipal Drain Maintenance

To complete and submit a municipal drain maintenance request, please click on the link below:

 



Contact Information

Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
Telephone: (705) 753-2250
Fax: (705)753-3950

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Joanne Rancourt, Assistant Clerk Rural
(705) 753-2250, ext 6917 or (705) 594-2318
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West Nipissing Court of Revision

The Court of Revision is a body which hears appeals on assessments pursuant to the Drainage Act.

Members of the West Nipissing Court of Revision are as follows:

  • Janet Parsons
  • Hubert Beaudry
  • Dan Schwartzentruber

Contact person:

Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk / Planner
(705) 753-2250, ext 6926
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Links for fact sheet from the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/landuse/drainage.htm 

 

Verner Fitness Room

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HOURS OF OPERATION

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2017 TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2017

Sunday - Closed
Monday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Closed

 

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2017 TO MONDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2018

Sunday - Closed
Monday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Noon)

 

 

Register today at the Verner Municipal Office.

User Fees

Membership
Adults (16 to 59 years old) Seniors (60 to 74 years old)
1 month $30 $25
3 months $70 $50
7 months

$105

$85

Registration - Swimming Lessons (Winter 2018)

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Winter 2018 Swimming Lessons ENG WEBSITE

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