April is Be a Donor Month in West Nipissing

Be a Donor Month 

On March 19, Council proclaimed April 2019 as Be a Donor Month" in honour of organ and tissue donation and transplant.

Did you know that the majority of Ontarians support organ and tissue donation, yet only 33% of eligible Ontarians have registered their consent to donate? Many mistakenly believe that they are already registered as a donor, even those carrying paper donor cards.  You can verify your registration by visiting  beadonor.ca ...it only takes a few minutes! 


The facts 

Today, in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant

1 donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue.  

Age alone does not disqualify someone from becoming a donor

The oldest organ donor was over 90 years old

The oldest tissue donor was over 100 year old

Organ and tissue donation does not impact funeral plans. 

Your current or past medical history does not prevent you from registering to be a donor. 


If you register your consent for organ and tissue donation, always remember to share  your wishes with your family. 



Source:  Trillium Gift of Lift Network



Notice of Consideration for a Public Liaison Committee on the West Nipissing Landfill

On November 19, 2013, the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing received an Amended Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for the West Nipissing Landfill “the Landfill Site”, as administered by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) approved under the Section 20.2 of Part II.I of the Environmental Protection Act R.S.O. 1990, c. E. 19; ECA Approval #3130-54MQ4X.



The West Nipissing Landfill is located at:

West Nipissing Landfill Site (formerly L. B. Landfill)

Lots 8 and 9 (east third), Concession 2 (And Part 1 on Reference Plan 36R-8658)

Geographic Township of Pedley, District of Nipissing West Nipissing Municipality, Ontario

See Map


The Amended ECA is for the continued use of the existing (8.5 hectares) and northeast expansion (5.2 hectares) of the Landfill Site to be used for land filling solid non-hazardous municipal waste as defined under Ontario Regulation 347, and including wastes generated by residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors and contaminated fill.


Under the terms and conditions of the Amended ECA, the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing is providing an Annual Notice of Consideration to the public to establish, maintain and participate in a Public Liaison Committee (PLC) for the Landfill Site. PLC is defined by the Amended ECA, as established for the Landfill Site, pursuant to the Order of the Minister of the Environment under Section 9 of the Environmental Assessment Act to serve as a forum (or local focal point) for dissemination, review and exchange of information. It would also include information relevant to the monitoring of the of the Landfill operations, as well as maintenance, complaint resolution, and new approvals or amendments to existing approvals related to current operations.


Under the Amended ECA, a thorough Annual Compliance  Report must be prepared by a qualified professional and submitted to the MOE District Manager with copies to MOE Regional Director. The Annual Compliance Report, and any public comments received, with the exception of personal information will become part of the public record in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O., 1990, c.F.31.

Should there be no response or request by the public to establish such a PLC, the need for the PLC will be re-reviewed annually. As required observance with the Amended ECA, the report will include this notice, to demonstrate transparency in public opportunity to request a PLC for the Landfill Site. In the District of Nipissing, the French Language Services Act guarantees Ontario government services in French, hence, this notice will also be locally published in French.


The Municipality of West Nipissing is interested in hearing your comments on establishing or participating in a PLC for the Landfill Site. Please provide your feedback within the 30-day comment period from Monday, March 18, 2019 to Thursday, April 18, 2019.



Jason Sullivan, Acting Manager, Environmental Services

225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario P2B 1T1
Tel:  705-753-6910  |  Fax:  705-753-3950

E-mail:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tips for Spring Thaw 2019

March 14, 2019

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry–North Bay District and the Municipality’s Operations team are closely monitoring thawing and water conditions in the area. Mild weather and mixed precipitation will increase the probability of water levels rising and potential flooding. Outdoor enthusiasts and snowmobilers are asked to be cautious around waterways. 

Residents should prepare their homes accordingly

  • clear ice and snow away from your home’s foundation 

  • direct the water to flow away from your home by making trenches and checking your grading

  • clear your gutters and downspouts to allow good water flow to your yard or ditch

  • make sure that your sump pump and pit are in good working condition 

  • be familiar with your backwater valve, it could help prevent sewer backup in the event that local sewer lines get flooded

  • if you have a history of flooding or are worried this year, move any valuables, furniture or electronics away from the problem area


Be mindful of restrictions and unlawful practices

Did you know it is unlawful to direct storm and ground water from your property to the sanitary collection system? Storm water drainage flows must be kept separate from the sanitary system. Regulations in the Municipal By-Law (2000/25) and the Environmental Protection Act are in place to prohibit the improper connection and discharge of storm and ground water to sanitary sewers. Sanitary pump stations and treatment plants work harder and sometimes cannot keep up when flows are too high due to storm and ground water.   Any person who fails to adhere to the regulations may be subject to fines up to $2000.00 per day. 


The Municipality needs your assistance by

  • ensuring that your gutters and drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer

  • ensuring your sump pump and weeping tile are connected to the storm sewer or discharged to the surface at a swale or ditch


Additional information

Ontario’s flooding tips 

Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings 

Municipal By-law 2000/25 regulating discharges to municipal sewers 

Impact of improper discharge to the sanitary sewers from the City of North Bay


Information on Frozen Water Services


March 13, 2019 

Information on Frozen Water and Sewer Services 

Due to this winter’s weather patterns, frost depths could potentially freeze water and sewer services in some homes in West Nipissing. The Municipality is asking residents who have experienced frozen services in the past winters, to run a cold-water tap on a continuous basis, until temperatures warm up. Although spring is upon us and temperatures are slowly warming up, on average, year frost is normally out of the ground by May 1st. 

Should conditions change the Municipality will post an update.  The water flow should be steady, approximately the diameter of a pencil. If you are a new home owner, please contact the municipality at 705 753 2250 to inquire if your property has a history of services freezing. We thank you for your cooperation. 




Summer Employment Opportunities


We are hiring for the summer! 

Click on the positions below for a detailed job description 

  • Maintenance Support (2019 IPM)
  • Marketing Assistant (2019 IPM)
  • Administrative Assistant (2019 IPM)
  • Beautification Assistant (2019 IPM)
  • Marina Attendant
  • Park Attendant
  • Museum Assistant
  • Public Works Attendant
  • Water & Wastewater Attendant 
    1) Complete the Summer Employment Application Form 
    2) Send a completed application form and a resume to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Monday, April 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 


    • between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment 
    • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada 


    The Municipality of West Nipissing Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

    International Womens Day Collage 2019



    The Municipality of West Nipissing wishes to acknowledge the important contributions of women to the betterment of our community and their unrelenting support for one another.


    Did you know?

    7370 women and girls live in here

    Joanne Savage has been Mayor for 16 years, and is now serving her fifth term

    Ward 1 Councillor, Lise Sénécal, is back for her third term

    The Municipality has 5 women volunteer firefighters and 2 women police officers

    More than 40 women work at the Municipality in departments including: Building and Planning, Clerk Services, Communications, Community and Recreation Services, Customer Service, Finance, Fire Services, Health and Safety, Libraries, Management, Operations, Police Services, Taxation, and Water.


    International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
    – source: internationalwomensday.com  

    #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter


    In the photo

    Town Hall group: (front) Natasha Liard Bigras, Kimberly Cuillerier, Najette Goulard, Janice Dupuis, (back) Chantal Levac, Pierrette Filion, Josée Boisvenue, Alisa Craddock, Brigitte Carrière, Joanne Savage, Lise Sénécal, Louise Laforge, Kassandre Jolin. Fire Services group: Julie Morin, Lisa Reed (Station 4 – Field), Capitain Joanne Laberge (Station 7 – Lavigne), Caroline Marx (Station 6 – Verner), Cynthia Guindon (Station 6 – Verner), Linda Thibodeau (Station 5 – River Valley). Library group: (front) Lucienne Desjardins, Émélie Keenan, (back) Carole Marion, Danica Laurin, Gabrielle Éthier, Susie Michaud, Carole Bidal. Community Services group: Lynn Duhaime, Sarah Furchner, Lina Carrière. Operations and IPM group: (front) Catherine Levac-Lafond, (back) Valerie Gilligan, Lynn McMahon. Museum group: Alexandre-Aimée Rivet, Renée-Anne Paquette, Suzanne Pilon (volunteer)


    Construction Update on the Verner Municipal Building


    February 5. 2019 

    The Municipality has been working with Architects and Engineering firms on the construction of the Verner Municipal Building. With the progression of completed work thus far and the projected timeline for the remaining work, the project is anticipated to be completed by May 30, 2019.  



    ✔ Temporary Shoring Installation 

    ✔ Designated Substance Survey   

     ✔ Investigation of the West Wall



    Design – February 14 

    Tender Period – February 15 -28

    Council Award – March 5

    Project Start (Demolition) - March 13

    Project Completion –May 15

    Commissioning + Project Close Out - May 30


    Notice to Ratepayers • 2019 Interim Tax bills

    Notice to Ratepayers 

    Please be advised that the 2019 Interim Tax Bills have been mailed. 

    The instalment dates are as follows:

    March 21, 2019

    April 25, 2019

    If you have not received your tax bill by March 15th 2019, please contact the municipal office at 705-753-2250.

    Notice for Verner Residents:

    The Payment Options notice included in the mail-out was incorrect. Please note that debit and cash transactions are not available at the Temporary location for the Verner Municipal Office. Cheques can be brought to the drop off box at 11736 Hwy 64 at the Knights of Colombus Hall. Payments by cash and debit are available at the Sturgeon Falls Municipal Office. 



    Residential Snow Plowing and Removal Notice

    A reminder that removing snow by pushing it on to or across a public road is dangerous and illegal as per By-Law 2006/63 and the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. 

    This practice can create a variety of safety hazards including but not limited to: 

    • Creating frozen piles/ridges which usually causes extensive damage to Municipal snowplows
    • Most times kicking off the rear of our equipment onto the adjacent lane, creating a health and safety risk to oncoming traffic
    • Posing a danger to the plow operator and the travelling public
    • Creating the opportunity for increased drifting
    • Creating drainage obstruction in the spring
    • Creating additional snow accumulation for neighbours
    • Posing a danger to the person removing or pushing the snow

    Please be mindful when cleaning up your driveways and entranceways.  Your assistance is appreciated and will allow us to continue to provide a safe and reliable road system for all our residents. 








    Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-Law (By-Law 2017/83)


    BY-LAW 2017/83

    TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing passed By-law No. 2017/83 being an amendment to By-Law No. 2014-45 on the 21st day of November, 2017, under the provisions of Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990, c. P. 13.

    AND TAKE NOTICE THAT any person or agency may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in respect to the By-law by filing with the Clerk of the Municipality of West Nipissing, not later than 4:30 p.m. on the 19th day of December, 2017, a Notice of Appeal setting out the objection to the By-law, the reasons in support of the objection, and the fee required by the Ontario Municipal Board. The Notice of Appeal must be filed using the “Appellant Form”, a copy of which is available from the OMB website at www.omb.gov.on.ca.

    ONLY INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS AND PUBLIC BODIES may appeal a zoning by-law to the Ontario Municipal Board.  A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. 

    NO PERSON OR PUBLIC BODY shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the by-law was passed, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE ZONING BY-LAW: Zoning By-law Amendment No. 2017/83

    1. Section 3, Definitions 3.183, 3.185 and 3.186 - to more clearly define the “required yard” as being what is required in the zoning by-law instead of from the lot line to the building;
    2. Section 4.2.3: The location of accessory buildings etc have been expanded to recognize them in front and exterior side yards, but not within the required yards; and in Section and 4.2.10, the reference to requirements for two storey boathouses has been removed from the by-law, since two storey boathouses are not permitted in the Municipality;
    3. Section 4.10:  A home industry can be permitted on any size lot, where the original by-law required 1 hectare;
    4. Section 4.12: The buffer is appropriately referred to as “depth”;
    5. Section 4.16: The provisions have been modified for non-complying buildings and structures to provide more flexibility for the replacement of such structures where physical impediments preclude or impede compliance;
    6. Section 5.2.6: The maximum 8 metre width for a driveway has been removed, and now the requirement is that the driveway not exceed 50% of the frontage of the lot;
    7. Section 5.5.2:  The section on parking of boats and trailers has been modified to reflect use of utility trailers and to broaden where boats and trailers can be located on the lot;
    8. Table 6.3:  Revised to make it clear that the reduced minimum frontage and area applies only to semi-detached dwellings;
    9. Table 7.2:  Revised to make sure the zoning by-law does not go beyond the Building Code for residential uses in a non-residential building;
    10. Table 9.1:  Revised to prohibit residential uses from the remnant parcels of farms where a surplus dwelling has been severed from the property;
    11. Table 9.3:  The minimum lot area in the Rural zone has been reduced from 10 hectares to 4 hectares; and
    12. The schedules to the by-law have been changed to reflect previously approved surplus farm severances and zoning of the remnant parcels to A2.

    The Comprehensive Zoning By-law applies to all lands within the Municipality of West Nipissing, therefore a key map has not been provided.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION is available from the Municipal Office during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

    DATED at the Municipality of West Nipissing this 22nd day of November, 2017.

    Melanie Ducharme
    Municipal Clerk/Planner
    The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing
    101-225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, P2B 1T1
    Tel.: 705-753-2250 Ext. 6926
    Fax: 705-753-3950
    E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


    Notice of Public Forum - OPP Police Costing



    DATE: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
    TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    LOCATION: Marcel Noël Community Hall (219 O'Hara Street, Sturgeon Falls)

    The purpose of this public forum is to provide information to those in attendance on policing options for West Nipissing and to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments for consideration by Council in making their final decision.

    Live coverage of the public forum will be televised on Eastlink and on YouTube (https://youtu.be/33VsgNyQ9LM).

    Residents may also submit questions in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , which questions and answers will posted on the municipal website.

    For more information regarding the OPP Police Costing, please consult the OPP Police Costing webpage here: 


    Remembrance Day Ceremonies in West Nipissing

    Remembrance Day 2017 Twitter Banner Bilingual

    Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2017
    Time: 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Cache Bay Cenotaph (corner of Waterfront Drive and Booth Street - Cache Bay)
    Click here to view the map.

    Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017
    Time: 10 a.m.
    Location: Field Cenotaph (junction of Highway 64 and Highway 575 - Field)
    Click here to view the map.

    Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017
    Time: 10:30 a.m.
    Location: École élémentaire catholique Ste-Marguerite d'Youville (Verner)
    Click here to view the map.

    Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
    Time: 10:30 a.m.
    Location: West Nipissing Community and Recreation Centre (Marcel Noël Community Hall)
    Click here to view the map.
    Note: Lunch to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 225 (Sturgeon Falls).

    Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
    Time: 11 a.m.
    Location: Kipling Cenotaph (Sunnyridge Cemetary)
    Click here to view the map.
    Note: For more information on the Kipling Remembrance Day Ceremony, please call Ray at 705-594-2868.

    For more information on Remembrance Day ceremonies in West Nipissing, or if you require a wreath, please communicate with:

    Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 225 (Sturgeon Falls)
    201 River Street
    Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
    P2B 1T4
    Tel.: 705-753-0921*

    *If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a message and a representative from the Legion will be in contact with you.

    Municipal Pool Temporary Closed for Maintenance - Scheduled to reopen on October 7th, 2017

    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the municipal pool will be closed for maintenance. The sauna, wading pool and the whirlpool will also be closed during that time. The municipal pool is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. We thank you for you cooperation.


    Water Main Flushing (Updates) - Sturgeon Falls, Verner

    The water mains in Sturgeon Falls and Verner will be flushed, starting on Friday, September 15th, 2017. This takes about three (3) to five (5) weeks to complete. Please check for signs in your area, listen to the local radio station (Moose FM 99.3), or check back on this page for updates of WHEN and WHERE flushing will take place.


    Fall water main flushing will begin in Verner on Friday, September 15th, 2017 and be completed by Friday, September 22nd, 2017, weather permitting. Flushing in Sturgeon Falls will begin soon after. Watch for signs in your area.


    Fall Festival at the Sturgeon River House Museum

    Click here to view the PDF.

    Fall Festival Poster 2017 final WEBSITE

    Celebration & Cabaret Jeunesse (September 25th, 2017 - Franco-Ontarian Day)

    Click here to view the PDF.

    25 septembre 2017final WEBSITE

    Free Bus Tour to IPM 2017 - Organized by West Nipissing/Sudbury East OFA

    Click here to view the PDF.

    Click here to download the IPM 2017 schedule for Wednesday, September 20th, 2017.


    Employment Opportunity - Lead Coordinator (2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo)

    Click on the link below to view the job description. The deadline for application is 3 p.m. on August 24, 2017.


    Position: Lead Coordinator - 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo
    Closing: Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at 3 p.m.
    Job Description: Lead Coordinator - 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (click here)
    Submission: Resumes and cover letters are to be sent to Stephan Poulin, Director of Economic Development and Community Services, by e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by mail at 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1. Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to the above-mentioned by e-mail or by telephone at 705-753-6902.

    Blood Donor Clinic - Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

    Click here to view the PDF.

    Sturgeon Falls Aug. 29

    Station 6 - Volunteer Firefighters BBQ, Car Wash and Open House

    Click here to view the PDF.

    Eng ver 2 - Station 6 Open House WEBSITE

    Canada Day Fireworks (Re-scheduled)


    The fireworks that were scheduled for Saturday, July 1st, 2017 (Canada Day) have been rescheduled to Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

    Please find below details on the fireworks show:

    DATE: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
    TIME: At Dusk – around 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
    LOCATION: Sturgeon Falls Public Beach

    Hope to see you all there!


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