January 21, 2019 • Frozen Water Services Notice

January 21, 2019

Frozen Water Services Notice

Due to the extended cold periods we have been experiencing, the temperature is now affecting the water and sewer systems in many homes in West Nipissing. The Municipality is asking residents who have experienced frozen services in past winters, to run a cold-water tap on a continuous basis until the seasonal temperature warms up. The water flow should be steady, approximately the diameter of a pencil. We thank you for your cooperation.

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January 18, 2019 • Ice conditions Upper Sturgeon River Update


Ice conditions Upper Sturgeon River Update

January 18, 2019 

The West Nipissing Police Service continues to caution residents about ice conditions on the upper Sturgeon River after reporting that the West Nipissing Power Generation experience mechanical difficulties on January 17.

Yesterday the Power Generation experienced problems controlling the water flow at the Sturgeon Falls dam, this resulted in water levels rising in the upper portion of the river. The water flows are now being controlled, however the ice conditions have changed on the river. Ice thickness, cracks and ice near shorelines have all been altered by the event.

Police remind people using frozen waterways that the fluctuating temperatures and yesterday’s incident can make ice unstable and weak. Anyone planning outdoor activities that include being on ice should be very mindful of their environment.

People should check the ice conditions ahead of time, should wear a flotation suit, have ice picks with them and be familiar with their use, bring a fully charged cellular telephone with them. When travelling on or over ice try not to travel alone and always let someone know where you are heading and when you are expected back.

Ray St Pierre - Chief of Police

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Request for Proposal • Bilingual Integrity Commissioner Services


Requests for Proposal
Integrity Commissioner Services 

The Municipality of West Nipissing is seeking proposals for the provision of services as an Integrity Commissioner to Administer the Code of Conduct approved by the Municipality Council, including providing advice to Members of Council and investigating complaints. The Integrity Commissioner will also be responsible for investigating formal complaints and alleged breaches of the said Code of Conduct in accordance with the Accountability and transparency provisions of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. The appointment will be based on an as required basis, for a term of (4) years). 

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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. 








West Nipissing Outdoor Rinks Open for the Season

All West Nipissing Outdoor Rinks are open for the season (Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Lavigne, Verner, Field and River Valley.)  Outdoor Rinks are open from 4pm to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends. Hours and availability will vary with weather conditions.




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)
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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Field Cenotaph (junction of Highway 64 and Highway 575 - Field)
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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: École élémentaire catholique Ste-Marguerite d'Youville (Verner)
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Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: West Nipissing Community and Recreation Centre (Marcel Noël Community Hall)
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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)
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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

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Fall Festival Poster 2017 final WEBSITE

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

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25 septembre 2017final WEBSITE

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

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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

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Sturgeon Falls Aug. 29

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

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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!


Blood Donor Clinic - Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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Blood Donor Clinic - June 27 2017 WEBSITE


Municipality Unveils 2019 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo's Executive Committee

At its regular meeting on June 20th, the Municipality of West Nipissing's Council unveiled the 9-member Executive Committee for the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, to be held in Verner.

Executive Committee

Members (left to right): Tom Lambert, George McGaffin, Neil Fox, Jean Beauchemin, Daniel Michel, Jovette Morin-Gaudette, Joanne Savage and Daniel Olivier. Absent from the picture is Brian Vaillancourt.

Canada Day Festivites

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Canada 150 BILINGUAL RGB WEBSITE revised

RV Dumping Stations Open for the Season

The RV dumping stations in Field, Sturgeon Falls and Verner are now open for the season.

Field RV Dumping Station*

Location: Field Outdoor Rink and Field Golden Age Club area, Jarbeau Street, Field, Ontario

*The dumping station is open, however please note that the water source to rince any spillage is currently unavailable. The Municipality is looking at rectifying this issue. 

Sturgeon Falls RV Dumping Station

Location: Intersection of Coursol Road and John Street, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario

Verner RV Dumping Station

Location: Along Gingras Avenue, south side of the Verner Arena, Verner, Ontario



Dumping Station WEBSITE

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 18th)

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day ENG WEBSITE

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