Media Release - October 9, 2018 - Extended Business Hours for Election Service


Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Extended Business Hours at the Municipal Office for Election Services

The Municipality of West Nipissing will be providing extended business hours on two separate occasions, to allow working individuals or others with accessibility issues during business hours, the opportunity to make changes to their voter information, register to vote, and obtain a ballot. The Municipal Office will be open until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. These are not Advance Polls, but extended hours for providing services to those who do not have the opportunity to present themselves during regular business hours. To make the necessary changes to the voter list, or to register to vote, individuals must attend at the Municipal Office with identification. Click here for a list of acceptable identification. 

Voters who have received their correct ballots will still have up until October 12 to return their ballots by mail, with ensured delivery for October 22. Ballots can also be brought directly at the Municipal office during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Click here for more information on the upcoming Municipal Elections 


October 5 - Media Release - Another successful year for "A Can to Lend a Hand"

October 5, 2018 

Congratulations to the Patriotes of l’École Secondaire Catholique Franco-Cité for another successful food drive. The students managed to collect 19,000 pounds of food for the West Nipissing Food Bank during this years “A can to lend a hand”. 

Since 2001, this initiative has helped many local families in need, during the time of Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, October 3rd, despite the downpour, the students continued their annual tradition and went door-to-door throughout West Nipissing to collect food and donations. On Thursday afternoon, the Patriotes formed their human chain, handing food hand in hand to fill up a large trailer. This was followed by the students showcasing their school pride as they paraded through the streets wearing their school colours and followed the trucks and a full trailer of food on the way to the West Nipissing Food Bank.

Congratulations and a big thank you to Franco-Cité for this great community initiative. A warm thank you is also extended to all our generous residents who donated to help our local families in need. 

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Elections Notice - September 26 - Helpful Facts & Clarifications



Facts and clarifications on the Upcoming Municipal Elections.

  •  The Municipality of West Nipissing has used the Vote by Mail system since 2003.
  •  There are no advance polls or polling stations in a vote by mail election, however, residents may, if they wish, bring their ballot to the Sturgeon Falls Municipal Office to deposit it in the ballot box 
  • The municipality receives its voter information from MPAC which is based on property ownership.  Individuals who rent or board will only be on the list if their landlord has supplied the information to MPAC.  At times, the information provided is incorrect or incomplete and this is why we urge residents to get in touch with us to find out if they are on the list.
  • Corrections and/or additions to the Voter List can be made at the MUNICIPAL OFFICE up until OCTOBER 22nd.
  •  To vote by mail follow the instructions provided in the voting kit.  If you are uncertain, click here to view a step by step video tutorial on how to vote by mail. 
  • To ensure delivery, you MUST put your ballot back in the mail by October 12th. After that date, bring it to the MUNICIPAL OFFICE.
  • If you do not receive a ballot by October 10th, or your ballot is incorrect, you MUST present yourself to the MUNICIPAL OFFICE to amend your information and receive a REPLACEMENT BALLOT.  Changes cannot be made over the phone as staff must confirm voter qualifications.
  •  If you receive a ballot for a person who has moved or is deceased, please write “MOVED” or DECEASED” on the ballot and deposit it back in the mail.  This helps us to update our records.
  •  Canada Post has advised that in the unlikely event of a postal disruption, the strikes will be rotating and have minimal effect on mail delivery.  If in doubt, ballots can be brought to the Municipal office

For more information on the Municipal Elections click here,  or contact us at 705-753-2250


Sept 14 - Media Release - Volunteers: the heart of our community

September 14, 2018 

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Volunteers truly are the heart of our community! If you have passed by Main Street in Sturgeon Falls over the past few weeks, you have certainly noticed the transformation of a beautiful mural being painted on an exterior wall of Mel’s Glow Tanning. This project is another initiative from the Sturgeon Falls Beautification Group. Lead by Gayle Primeau and painted by artists Raymonde Gaudette, and Suzanne Brouillette, the mural was painted over a span of five weeks with over 150 hours of hard work. The mural encompasses the theme of beautification, depicted through various scenes of people working together to beautify their community, while enjoying the fruits of their labour. It is apparent through the details and personal touches that immense thought and community recognition went into this project. Charles Goulard at Goulard Rona generously sponsored the project by donating all the paint.

Gayle has mentioned that the mural is getting positive attention around town and has already been approached by two businesses who are interested in this type of initiative. She is hopeful that many more will start to “pop up all over town”.

The Municipality of West Nipissing would like to thank Gayle, Suzanne and Raymonde for their time, care and commitment to the beautification of our community. We encourage residents to take the time to thank our volunteers and to check out their most recent artwork.


Notice of Study Commencement - Class EA for the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre - Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management


Class Environmental Assessment for the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) - Sludge Treatment and Biosolids Management

The Study

The Municipality of West Nipissing, through its consultants AECOM, has initiated a Schedule ‘B’ Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). The purpose of the Class EA is to identify an alternate for the existing anaerobic digestion based sludge treatment and biosolids storage management at the Sturgeon Falls Water Pollution Control Centre, in the community of Sturgeon Falls. A solution is required to address the ongoing process and structural issues/limitations with the Sludge treatment system, and the off-site hauling and land disposal of generated biosolids.

The Municipality undertook a conceptual study to identify and evaluate proven alternative sludge treatment technologies, aimed at replacing the existing anaerobic digestion based sludge treatment and biosolids storage management.

The Process

This notice indicates the start of the Class EA, a study that will define the problem, identify and evaluate alternative solutions, and determine a preferred solution in consultation with the Municipality of West Nipissing, regulatory agencies and public. The study is being conducted in compliance with the Schedule B of Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA), October 2000 as amended in 2007 and 2011, which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

How to Participate

The key component of the study will be consultation with interested stakeholders (public and agencies). A drop-in style Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held to provide interested members of the public and stakeholders to present the project, review the study scope, and discuss issues related to the project including alternative solutions, evaluation criteria, environmental impacts and mitigation measures. Details regarding the forthcoming PIC will be advertised as the study progresses. Upon completion of the study, a project file report, documenting the MCEA process and the alternatives that were evaluated will be prepared, and will be made available for public review and comment.

Comments Invited

Please contact either one of our project team members if you have questions, comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list.

Mr. Chris Cecchetto                                                                    
Project Manager                                                                          
AECOM Canada Ltd.                                                                    
1361 Paris Street, Suite 105                                                      
Sudbury, ON, P3E 3B6                                                                
T:  705.674.8343  F: 705.674.1694 
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 Mr. Peter Ming, P.Eng.
Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations
Municipality of West Nipissing
225 Holditch Street, Suite 101
Sturgeon Falls, ON, P2B 1T1
T:  (705) 753-6954     F: (705) 753-4981
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Note: With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.


August 30th - Media Release - OCPC Consents to West Nipissing Police Services Disbandment



OCPC Consents to West Nipissing Police Disbandment

August 29, 2018

The Municipality of West Nipissing was informed that the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) has approved the disbandment of the West Nipissing Police Services.

Following Council’s acceptance of the OPP Costing Proposal (by-law 2017-85) on December 5, 2017, the Municipality submitted a request for the disbandment of the municipal police department. Subsequently, the Police Services Board requested an interim stay hearing on the matter. On July 12, 2018, Justice Alexander D. Kurke of the Superior Court of Justice ordered that the by-law remain in force, allowing the OPP transition work to progress, and encouraged that the OCPC continue its assessment of the application for disbandment.

In its August 29, 2018 decision, the OCPC has granted consent to the disbandment of the West Nipissing Police Service so that the Municipality may enter into a contract for the provision of police services by the OPP. The OCPC’s decision confirms that it is satisfied with the steps taken by the Municipality to consult with all parties involved, including residents.

The original disbandment date of October 11, 2018 was postponed as a result of the judicial review launched by the Police Services Board. An effective date of disbandment is yet to be determined.

The West Nipissing Police Services will continue to serve the area until the disbandment is in effect. 

See the official document here 2018-08-29 OCPC Decision Regarding West Nipissing Police 



Traffic Notice - MTO Project - Highway 17 from Coursol to 0.4 km Easterly



Starting Monday, August 20th, a portion of Highway 17 from Coursol Rd. easterly for 0.4 km (approx. up to No Frills) will be reduced to a single lane Westbound. This Ministry of Transportation project involves the construction of a new sidewalk and rehabilitation of existing pavement structure. No impact to Eastbound traffic is foreseen at this time. The work is anticipated to be completed by September 24th. 


Vacancy on the West Nipissing Public Library Board


The Municipality of West Nipissing invites applications from interested individuals to fill a vacancy on the West Nipissing Public Library Board.

The West Nipissing Public Library Board is governed by the Public Libraries Act and is accountable to the municipal Council. The Board perpares annual budget estimates and submits them to Council, ensures the budget is adminsitered properly and reports regularly to Council about the library's activities and operations. A Board member shall hold office concurrent with the term of Council.

Contact person:

Carole Marion, West Nipissing Public Library CEO
Tel: (705) 753-2250 ext. 6931


Click here to view the guidelines for the postion 

Click here for the Volunteer Application Form 




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

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
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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: 


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.


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

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Eng ver 2 - Station 6 Open House WEBSITE

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