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 (

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: 


OPP Police Costing

On October 18th, 2016 by Resolution No. 2016/431, Council for the Municipality of West Nipissing requested a costing from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for the provision of policing services for the Municipality. Since that date, exchanges of information, as well as inspections and analyses of existing policing operations and facilities have taken place in order for the OPP to provide its proposal.

Special Meeting

On November 14th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., in the Council Chamber for the Municipality of West Nipissing, the OPP will deliver its Costing Proposal to the Council for the Municipality of West Nipissing.

This presentation will be available on Eastlink cable television and on U-Stream (internet live streaming service), which is accessible directly from the main page of the Municipal Website at

The OPP Costing Presentation, written proposal and the municipality's analysis will be available on this page immediately following the presentation for viewing by all residents of West Nipissing through the links provided below.

In addition, an email address will be available for any resident to ask questions directly relating to the costing or to post a comment. Questions and comments will accumulated and answered by the OPP in the form of an FAQ which will be posted on this website. Individual names of residents posing questions will not be published.

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Click on one of the following links to view the documents. 

Copies of the OPP and West Nipissing Municipal presentations are available at either the Sturgeon Falls and Verner municipal office.  Copies will also be available at local libraries in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Field, River Valley and Verner

  Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Municipality of West Nipissing



Public Forum

On November 22nd, 2017 a Public Forum will be held at the Marcel Noël Community Hall from 6:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m., in order for residents to ask questions directly of the OPP, the West Nipissing Police Services or staff concerning any matter relating to the Costing. This public forum will be available to the public for viewing on Eastlink Cable television as well as on YouTube.

YouTube Live Streaming: 


Wards and Contact Information for Councillors

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2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) Cookbook - Submit a recipe today!

A message from the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) Cookbook Committee.


Follow this link: Recipe Submission Form (Click here)

By sharing recipes that have been passed on through generations and represent the Northern Ontario culture, the goal of the cookbook is to showcase and celebrate the rich history of our region and the people behind the recipes.

As we focus on featuring local products into these recipes, we wish to highlight the hard work of the farming community and making connections along the supply chain from farm to fork.


Please submit your recipe on, or before November 30th, 2017.

For additional information, please contact call: 705-499-6938 or 705-452-0059.



Notice of Public Meeting - Zoning By-Law Amendment

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TAKE NOTICE that the West Nipissing Planning Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Library Auditorium of the West Nipissing Municipal Office (lower level, 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls) in order to consider proposed amendments to Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 2014-45 under Section 34 of the Planning Act, RSO 1990.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the zoning amendment is as follows:

  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 a 0.4 (1 acre) hectare 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.

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment.

PUBLIC ADVISORY If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Municipality of West Nipissing in respect of the proposed zoning amendment before the approval authority gives or refuses to give an approval to the zoning amendment, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Municipality of West Nipissing to the Ontario Municipal Board and may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

IF YOU WISH to be notified of the decision of Committee and possible Municipal Board Hearing in respect to the proposed zoning amendment, you must make a written request to the Municipality of West Nipissing c/o Melanie Ducharme at 225 Holditch Street, Suite 101, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, P2B 1T1.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION related to the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is available during regular hours at the offices of the Municipality of West Nipissing, 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls.

DATED at the Municipality of West Nipissing this 26th day of October, 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
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Lac Clair Public Beach Closed Until Further Notice

Effective October 10th, 2017, the Lac Clair Public Beach site is closed until further notice. The closure is a result of significant erosion damage to the beach area caused by a break in a beaver dam upstream. 


Municipality Seeking Volunteers for Beautification of Communities

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Beautification Volunteers BILINGUAL RGB WEBSITE

Public Notice - Amendment to Cemetery By-Law



Cache Bay Cemetery
Field Cemetery
Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation Cemetery
Sunnyridge Cemetery
Verner Cemetery


The Municipality of West Nipissing has submitted amendment No. 2017-38, being an amendment to By-Law No. 2012-37, being a By-law to Administer, Manage, Regulate and Control Cemeteries in the Municipality of West Nipissing to the Registrar of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO), pursuant to the provisions of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002.

Any party wishing to obtain information about the amendment or to obtain a copy, may contact Joanne Rancourt, Assistant Clerk - Rural at 705-753-6917 or Melanie Ducharme, Municipal Clerk/Planner at 705-753-6926.

The by-laws and amendments may be reviewed directly from the municipal website by clicking on the links below:

or at one of the following municipal offices located at:

Municipal Office (Satelite Office)
11790 Highway 64, Verner, Ontario, P0H 2M0
Municipal Office (Main Office)
101-225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, P2B 1T1.

This by-law amendment is subject to the approval of the Registrar of the BAO. Enquiries to the BAO may be made by calling 647-483-2645 or 1-844-493-6356.

The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing
101-225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, P2B 1T1
Tel.: 705-753-2250
Fax: 705-753-3950


Stay Clear, Stay Safe (Water Safety around Dams and Hydroelectric Stations)

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Employment Opportunities - Refer to Administrative Page

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ... Refer to the Administrative Office page, under the < Employment Opportunities > tab

Goulard Park Redevelopment Project Presentation

At its combined meeting held on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, the Municpality of West Nipissing's Council was presented with the conceptual plans for the Goulard Park redevelopment (a project that the Municipal Council has endorsed).

Community consultations are being planned and the Municipality of West Nipissing will be seeking public input in order to finalize the conceptual plans. Details with regards to the community consultations will be shared as soon as they become available.

To view the presentation for the Goulard Park Redevelopment Project, please click on the link* below:

Goulard Park Redevelopment Project - Presentation (Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016)

Goulard Park Redev. WEBSITE

*Please note that the presentation is only available in PDF format.

Show us YOUR West Nipissing!

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Vacancies - Boards and Committees 2014-2018

The Municipality of West Nipissing invites applications from interested individuals wishing to serve the community by becoming members on various boards and committees as listed below:

  • West Nipissing Property Standards Committee
  • West Nipissing Heritage Committee 
  • West Nipissing Youth Action Advisory Committee 
  • West Nipissing Public Library Board (1 vacancy)
  • West Nipissing Police Services Board (1 vacancy)
  • Additional information or copies of Terms of Reference relating to the various committees and the roles and responsibilities of their members may be obtained by communicating with the undersigned.

    Interested individuals may submit their letters of interest including a completed "Volunteer Profile Application Form" to the undersigned by regular mail or by e-mail as soon as possible, indicating which committee or committees are of interest.

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


    Sturgeon Falls Landfill Site Closed on November 10th

    In observance of Remembrance Day (Saturday, November 11th, 2017), please be advised that the Sturgeon Falls landfill site will be closed on Friday, November 10th, 2017.

    Remembrance Day Ceremonies in West Nipissing

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    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.


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