New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada

News release -Public Health Agency of Canada
March 25, 2020 - Ottawa, ON 

Click here to view the News Release on canada.ca 

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires any person entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.
 
The order will be fully implemented by the Canada Border Services Agency at points of entry by midnight tonight. The Government of Canada will use its authority under the Quarantine Act to ensure compliance with the order. Failure to comply with this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act. Maximum penalties include a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months. Further, a person who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while wilfully or recklessly contravening this Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both. Spot checks will be conducted by the Government of Canada to verify compliance.
 
All individuals permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services. Individuals exempt from the Order will still need to practice social distancing and self monitoring and contact their local public health authority if they feel sick.
 
Individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 after arriving in Canada may not use public transportation to travel to their place of isolation. They also may not isolate in a place where they will be in contact with vulnerable people, such as seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions.
 
Quotes
“The number of cases of COVID-19 is increasing daily—both at home and globally. Earlier this month, we asked travellers entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. To protect the health and safety of returning Canadians and those who are around them, we are strengthening our measures at the border. Travellers returning to Canada will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation under the Quarantine Act.”
 
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
 
Quick facts
COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global challenge. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.
 
Canadians who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and call the public health authority in their province or territory to inform them and obtain advice on what they should do.
 
Associated links
Canada.ca/coronavirus
Contacts
Cole Davidson
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
613-957-0200
 
Public Inquiries:
613-957-2991
1-866-225-0709
 

MPAC Request for Reconsideration Extended

 NOTICE FROM THE MUNICIPAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT CORPORATION (MPAC)

REQUESTS FOR RECONSIDERATION (RFR)

The RfR deadline is usually March 31 of the applicable taxation year.  However, given the emergency declared by the Province of Ontario, pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and regulations made thereunder, the RfR deadline for the 2020 taxation year will be extended to 16 days after the emergency is lifted. 

 For more info see www.mpac.ca 

COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

Last updated on March 27, 2020 - See News and Notices below 

The Municipality of West Nipissing is actively monitoring COVID-19 and is working closely with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and community partners to take preventative measures and respond appropriately. 

Stay up-to-date on the latest information and local status of COVID-19 by visiting: myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp 

For more information, visit: 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Ontario
Health Canada
Public Health Ontario
World Health Organization
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)

Printable notice on self-isolation for businesses. 

Self-Isolation Guidelines

Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool

West Nipissing Assessment Centre 

Inquiries should be directed by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


MUNICIPAL SERVICES

Municipal Office
Effective on March 24, 2020, the Municipal Office is closed to all walk-in visits until further notice. In-person essential services will be conducted by appointment only. For inquiries and appointments, residents may contact the Municipality by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tax dues dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020.  Residents are encouraged to use alternatives for making payments such as paying online through their financial institution, at banking machines or by dropping a cheque into the drop-box located at the front of the Municipal Office.

Well Water Testing
The Municipal Office will provide water sample kits and accept well water samples by appointment only. Please call us ahead of time to make arrangements at 705.753.2250

Building Services
The Building Department will be taking precautions for staff, to ensure that building services and inspections can continue within the area. All Building Service inquiries (permit applications, inspection requests, code related inquiries etc.) will only be received by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here for the Building Services COVID-19 Operational Policy 

Recreational Facilities
All municipal recreational and cultural facilities are closed until further notice, this includes: 

  • Community and Recreation Centre
  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Sturgeon Falls and Verner Arenas

Swimming lessons, aqua fitness, and gym memberships will be put on hold for the duration of the closure. Private rentals, such as birthday parties, arena bookings, and CANO performances are also cancelled. Rental holders will be contacted to reschedule or refund. 

West Nipissing Public Library
As of 4:00 p.m. on March 16, 2020, all services and programs are suspended in all branches. During this time, all late fees will be forgiven.

Environmental Services
Waste and Recycling pickup will continue to operate as per usual. Landfills are open as per regular business hours. 

Council Meetings
Council Meetings have been postponed until further notice.

For more details and updates, please see News and Notices below. 


NEWS AND NOTICES

March 27, 2020
Media Release from the West Nipissing General Hospital: COVID-19 Assessment Centre 

Click here to view the release on wngh.ca 

On March 30, 2020, the West Nipissing General Hospital (WNGH) will open a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the Marcel Noel Hall at 219 O’Hara Street in Sturgeon Falls, 1.6 kilometres from the West Nipissing General Hospital.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday, March 30, 2020: 12:00-4:00 pm
Wednesday, April 1, 2020: 12:00-4:00 pm
Friday, April 3, 2020: 12:00-4:00 pm

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre is an out-of-hospital clinic where a healthcare provider will assess, and ONLY IF NEEDED, swab people who may be infected with COVID-19, with an overall goal of reducing the number of patients presenting themselves to the Emergency Department.

For health and safety reasons, the COVID-19 Assessment Centre is by appointment only, and “WALK-INS” are prohibited.

Please note:
Not everyone who attends the assessment centre will be swabbed.

To make an appointment, patients must meet the below criteria and call the Public Health Unit at 1-800-563-2108, instead of presenting themselves to the Emergency Department. The patient will give their basic intake information and will receive a call back from a clinician for next steps.

The following criteria must be met for an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre:

  1. Symptoms:
  2. Fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) and/or
  3. Cough (new or worsening)
    AND
  4. Exposure History within the last 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms:
  5. Travel outside of Canada
  6. Had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  7. Had close contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 who recently travelled outside of Canada.

There are two steps to be followed to receive an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre:

  • Patients need to complete an assessment by telephone and will be triaged by a nurse from the North Bay Parry Sound Districts Health Unit (NBPSDHU);
  • Patients triaged by NBPSDHU will be scheduled an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre as required.
  • West Nipissing’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is funded and approved by the Ministry of Health. It’s the result of proactive and collaborative planning by WNGH, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the Municipality of West Nipissing, West Nipissing Community Health Centre, West Nipissing Family Health Team, and Ontario Health.

    Individuals looking for general information regarding COVID-19 are asked to call the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808, and not the West Nipissing General Hospital.

    If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

     

     


     

    March 26, 2020
    News Release from the NBPSD Health Unit: Person Confirmed Positive for COVID-19 in Health Unit District

    NORTH BAY, ON - The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has their first person confirmed positive for COVID-19. The individual is a woman in her 60s who had travelled internationally. The individual followed self-isolation recommendations upon returning home and called the Health Unit, who referred her to the North Bay Regional Health Centre’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre, where she was assessed and tested. The individual was not admitted to hospital, she was sent home to continue self-isolation and the Health Unit is monitoring herThe Assessment Centre took all necessary precautions including infection control, assessment and testing processes.

    “The individual followed public health COVID-19 recommendations and was assessed and tested using our district’s coordinated health care system response, which includes public health, primary care and acute care services,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “We need to continue to work together as a community to keep one another healthy. The measures we are asking people to do now will save lives. Stay home if you are sick or in self-isolation and physically distance yourself from others.”

    It is expected that there will be more individuals who test positive for COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s district. The public plays an important role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing (two meters) will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Protect yourself and those around you by regularly washing your hands or using alcohol-based sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze and staying home when sick.

    Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is important to remember that four out of five people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.

    If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808. This will help keep the emergency room resources available for trauma and emergent care patients. If you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your travel history and your symptoms.

    Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

    For more information please visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19

     

     


    March 25, 2020
    EMERGENCY PLANNING UPDATE 


    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group (Emergency Group) met by conference call this morning, to provide updates on measures being carried out in response to COVID-19. The Emergency Group will continue to follow the guidance of health officials and reassess safety measures accordingly.

    As per the latest News Release (March 25, 2020) from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, the Health Unit is following up with close contacts of a positive COVID-19 individual who resides and was tested outside of our district. The Health Unit will notify the public when an individual who resides in our district tests positive for the virus. 

    We all play an important role to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing will help to reduce the spread of the virus and protect yourself and those around you. We continue to remind residents that are returning from travel abroad, to self-isolate for 14 days, as directed by the Government of Canada. If you need supplies for your household, try reaching out to a family member, friend or neighbour.

    While it is important for the community to be informed and stay connected, we urge residents to use social media responsibly and be mindful of the increasing amount of misinformation circulating online. It is important to receive and share information from reputable sources from Health Officials.

     


    March 25, 2020
    Release from the NBPSD Health Unit: Health Unit Following up with Close Contacts of a Positive COVID-19 Individual who Resides and was Tested Outside of the Health Unit District

    NORTH BAY, ON - The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) was officially notified late yesterday morning of an individual who resides and tested positive for COVID-19 outside our district. The Health Unit is actively following up with this individual’s close contacts that reside in our district, as per the Public Health Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario protocol. The close contacts have been directed to self-isolate for 14 days and the Health Unit is awaiting test results. Due to privacy legislation, the Health Unit is unable to share details about these individuals. The Health Unit will notify the public when an individual who resides in our district tests positive for COVID-19.

    All public health units across Ontario work together as a system with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario, and other partners to investigate and respond to cases of COVID-19. Our response is evidence-based and is in accordance with Ministry of Health direction and guidance.

    It is expected that there will be individuals who test positive for COVID-19 within the Health Unit’s district at some point. The public plays an important role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. Protect yourself and those around you by regularly washing your hands or using alcohol-based sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze and staying home when sick.

    Currently, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19. It is important to remember that four out of five people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.

    If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance call your health care provider or the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808.

    Click here to view the Media Release on myhealthunit.ca

     


    March 24, 2020
    Town Hall Closed to all Walk-In Visits Until Further Notice

    Effective at noon on March 24, 2020, the Municipality of West Nipissing will close its Municipal Office to all walk-in visits until further notice. In-person essential services will be conducted by appointment only. For inquiries and appointments, residents may contact the Municipality by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    A reminder to residents that tax dues dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020, as a result of COVID-19.  Residents are encouraged to use alternatives for making payments such as paying online through their financial institution, at banking machines or by dropping a cheque into the drop-box located at the front of the Municipal Office.

    The Municipality is reminding everyone to wash their hands frequently, maintain social distancing, stay home if you can, and self-isolate if you are returning from travel abroad if you come into contact with anyone who has COVID-19, or you are showing symptoms.

    If you need supplies for your household, try reaching out to a family member, friend or a neighbour. Lastly, be kind and support each other.  We all have to work together to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group will continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 and follow the guidance of health authorities.

     


    March 20, 2020
    Building Services Operational Policy (COVID-19) 

    The Municipality has already taken steps to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 and we are taking further precautions to help address the situation. The Building Department will be taking further precautions for our staff, to ensure that building services and inspections can continue within the area. Click here to view service changes to Inspections, Permit Issuance, Code related inquiries, etc.  

     


    March 20, 2020
    Risk of blockages and sewer backups 

    The Municipality is urging residents to refrain from disposing of baby wipes, tissues, and paper towels in your toilets to the sanitary sewer systems. Those products do not break down and clog up sewer pipes and the sanitary system equipment. You are putting yourself and your neighbours at risk for blockages and sewer backups. Even if the package specifies “flushable”, DO NOT flush any household product other than toilet paper. 


    March 20, 2020
    News Release from the NBPSD Health Unit: COVID-19 ASSESSMENT AND TESTING

    NORTH BAY, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) is working with local hospitals and other primary health care providers to help assess and test, if necessary, for COVID-19. Individuals are encouraged to call their health care provider or the Health Unit if they believe they may have or been exposed to COVID-19.

    An assessment for COVID-19 will be done by a primary health care provider, they will then decide if a test for COVID-19 is required. Considerations include an individual with a fever – over 38 degrees Celsius – and/or a cough and any of the following exposures within 14 days prior to the onset of illness:

  • Travelled outside of Canada or
  • Was in close contact with a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19 (determined by a health care professional) or
  • Was in close contact with a person who has been to an impacted area and has breathing issues (acute respiratory illness)
  • Of the test results received to date by the Health Unit, there have been zero confirmed cases. All individuals who are tested are asked to self-isolate.

    It is expected that there will be positive cases within the Health Unit district at some point. It is not known when that will happen. Social distancing measures are in place for you to follow to help slow the spread so people do not get sick all at the same time.

    Keep in mind that there is no specific treatment for COVID-19 and, at this time, there is no vaccine. However, a vaccine is being developed. It is important to remember that four out of five people with COVID-19 have no symptoms or mild symptoms. People who are mildly ill should isolate and care for themselves at home. Most will recover in one to two weeks by simply treating the symptoms.

    The community should continue to exercise emergency department etiquette, by calling the Health Unit before presenting to the emergency department if you suspect you have COVID-19. If you have severe symptoms and need immediate medical attention call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

    Please visit the Ministry of Health’s website for COVID-19 case definition or the Health Unit’s website for more information.

    Be informed. Be prepared. Be protected.

     


    March 19, 2020
    Printable notice for businesses (returning travellers)

    The Municipality is urging residents that are returning from travel abroad, to follow the directive from the Government of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to all Canadians that are returning from travel anywhere outside of Canada, including the United States of America. If you were out of the country when the latest travel guidelines went into effect and need to acquire supplies for your household, try reaching out to a family member, friend or neighbour.

    We all have to do our part and work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

    To help communicate this message, the Municipality has made a Public Notice available for businesses to post in their establishments. Printed posters are available at the temporary entrance of the Municipal Office (WNFS entrance) north side of the building, during regular office hours.

    Click here for a printable copy.

     


    March 18, 2020
    West Nipissing Emergency Control Group Planning

    As part of a continued close monitoring of COVID-19, the West Nipissing Emergency Control Group met this morning to implement an emergency plan. The Emergency Control Group is a multidisciplinary team comprised of officials who are responsible for coordinating the provision of essential services and the necessary planning, to respond to an emergency in our community.

    While the Health Unit continues to advise that the risk of contracting COVID-19 in our district is low, the Control Group is focused on preventative measures to protect the community from exposure to COVID-19. In response, preparations are in place for the implementation of an Assessment Centre to provide screening, assessment, and testing to residents, when necessary. The Control Group is actively monitoring the situation and will be meeting regularly to reassess.

    The Municipality is urging residents that are returning from travel abroad, to follow the directive from the Government of Canada to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to all Canadians that are returning from travel anywhere outside of Canada, including the United States of America. If you were out of the country when the latest travel guidelines went into effect and need to acquire supplies for your household, try reaching out to a family member, friend, or neighbour. We all have to do our part and work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please practice social distancing, wash your hands, and support your neighbours! 

    For ongoing COVID-19 updates and ways to protect you and your family, visit myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp.

    The Municipality and the Emergency Control Group will continue to follow the guidance of health authorities and will provide updates should new information become available. 


    March 18, 2020
    Municipal Office Entrance Temporarily Redirected to Limit Non-essential Visits

    The entrance to the Municipal Office has been temporarily redirected to the West Nipissing Fire Services entrance, located at the north side of the building. Residents may use this entrance for bill payments or necessary assistance. In an effort to limit non-essential visits and to ensure the safety of our staff and community, residents are asked to avoid in-person business at Town Hall. When possible, we ask that residents pay bills online, at banking machines or by dropping a cheque into the drop box located at the front of the building. Additionally, tax due dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020

    We will continue to provide services to our residents; however, the Municipality will not be conducting any in-person appointments or meetings with the public, until further notice.

    Inquiries should be directed by telephone to 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    We thank you for helping us in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the health of our staff and community.

     


    March 17, 2020 
    Notice to residents returning from travel outside of Canada

    Returning to West Nipissing after travelling out of the country?

    The Government of Canada has instructed all Canadians returning from travel anywhere outside of Canada (including the United States) to self-isolate for 14 days

    If you were out of the country when the latest travel guidelines went into effect and need to get supplies for your household, try arranging to have supplies such as groceries dropped off at your door by a friend or family member.

    When absolutely necessary, go during off-peak hours and do your best to remain 1-2 metres (3-6 feet) away from others.

    Click here for Self-Isolation Guidelines

    Remember, these measures are needed to protect the health of our community and to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Let's all do our part to protect the health of our community. 

     


    March 16, 2020
    COVID-19 Update - Municipal Services

    The Municipality continues to monitor COVID-19 developments and work with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit to prepare and respond appropriately. 

    Preventative measures have been implemented to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in our facilities, and to protect our community and staff. As per our previous update, as of noon on March 16, 2020, the Municipality has closed municipal facilities where non-essential services are offered, including the Recreation Centre, Arenas, Pool and Museum. Note that memberships at the Recreation Centre will be extended once the facility re-opens. 

    Additionally, the West Nipissing Public Library has suspended all services and programs at all locations.

    All appointments at the Municipal Office with residents will be cancelled where possible and communication will be done electronically or by phone. Visits to the Municipal Office should be limited to ensure the safety of staff and residents. When possible, we ask that residents pay bills online, at banking machines or by dropping a cheque into the drop box located at the front of the building. Tax due dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020.

    All enquiries should be directed to 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will continue to share regular updates to keep residents informed on any changes to municipal services and as new information becomes available. 

    We encourage residents to stay informed by regularly visiting myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp

    See below for details on Municipal Services and closures: 

    Municipal Office
    All appointments at the Municipal Office with residents will be cancelled where possible and communication will be done electronically or by phone.

    When possible, please pay bills online, at banking machines, or by dropping a cheque into the drop-box located at the front of the building. Tax due dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22. 

    All enquiries should be directed to 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Recreation Facilities
    The following facilities are closed until April 6, 2020: 

    • Community and Recreation Centre
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Sturgeon Falls and Verner Arenas

    Swimming lessons, aqua fitness and gym memberships will be put on hold for the duration of the closure. Private rentals, such as birthday parties, arena bookings, and CANO performances are also cancelled. Rental holders will be contacted to reschedule or refund. 

    West Nipissing Public Library
    As of 4 p.m. on March 16, 2020, all services and programs are suspended in all branches. During this time, all late fees will be forgiven.

    Environmental Services
    Waste and Recycling pickup will continue to operate as per usual. Landfills are open as per regular business hours.

    Building Services
    All Building Service inquiries (permit applications, inspection requests, etc.) will only be received by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Council Meetings
    Council Meetings have been postponed until further notice.

     


    March 16, 2020 
    West Nipissing Postpones Tax Due Dates

    In an effort to ensure the safety of all residents and staff, the Municipality of West Nipissing is taking additional measures to reduce the risk of exposure of COVID-19. 

    Please be advised that tax due dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020, to reduce non-essential visits to the Municipal Office. No penalties will be applied. Note that no change will apply to residents that are registered for preauthorized payments.

    As a precaution, the Municipal Office is limiting all in-person appointments for non-essential matters. Residents are encouraged to communicate with the Municipal Office by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    For any tax-related inquiries or concerns, residents may contact the Tax Department by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling the Municipal Office.

     


    March 16, 2020
    Recreation Centre and Museum Closed 

    Effective at noon today, the Community and Recreation Centre and the Sturgeon River House Museum will be closed to the public until April 6, 2020. This includes all municipal arenas, pool and the fitness centres. The Municipality will release a full update shortly on Municipal services and ways the Municipality is taking to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support our community. 

    The best way to protect yourself is by regular handwashing or the use of alcohol-based sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze, and staying home when sick. We thank you for your patience and understanding. 

    For more information on COVID-19, visit myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp 

     


    March 13, 2020
    West Nipissing Update on COVID-19

    The Municipality of West Nipissing is actively monitoring COVID-19 and is working closely with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and community partners to take preventative measures and respond appropriately.

    The risk to individuals for COVID-19 in our district remains low, but we are taking proper precautions to help protect the health of our community and have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization of our public facilities. 

    Municipal facilities, including the Community and Recreation Centre, Arenas, and the Municipal Office remain open and operational as per regular business hours. Municipal programming and services continue to run as scheduled.

    The best way to protect yourself is by taking preventative measures and by following proper hygiene practices such as:

    • regular handwashing or the use of alcohol-based sanitizers;
    • not touching your face;
    • covering your cough or sneeze; and
    • staying home when sick

    Stay up-to-date on the latest information and local status of COVID-19 by visiting myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/coronavirus.asp.

    The Municipality will continue to follow the guidance of health authorities and will provide updates should new information become available, or the situation evolves.

    For more information, visit:
    Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Ontario
    Health Canada
    Public Health Ontario
    World Health Organization
    Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)

     


    March 12, 2020
    Public Notice from the Au Château: Long-Term Care Homes Closed to Visitors

    Au Château Closed to Visitors by Order of the Health Unit

    Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Dr Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health/Executive Officer has directed that all Long-Term Care Homes be closed to visitors until further notice. Keeping in mind the well-being and interest of our residents, exceptional circumstances will be considered. In such instances, the  Home will ensure full compliance with infection control requirements. We will continue to monitor this situation closely. We thank you for your cooperation and attention to this matter.

     


    March 12, 2020
    Public Service Announcement from the Health Unit; Restricted Visitor Access to Long-Term Care Homes

    Public Service Announcement
    NBPSD Health Unit

    NORTH BAY, ON - People of all ages can be affected by COVID-19, however, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are more likely to become severely ill.

    As a precaution, the Health Unit has asked all long-term care homes in our district to restrict visitor access to only compassionate care visitors. The Health Unit also recommends that individuals monitor their own health before visiting older family members, and do not visit if they are feeling unwell.

    The Health Unit encourages family members to help their older relatives stock up on essentials, such as medications, canned and frozen food, etc., and to make a plan should anyone become ill.

    For information on how to make an emergency preparedness kit, visit myhealthunit.ca/emergencykits.

    Click here to view the Public Service Announcement on myhealthunit.ca 

     


    March 11, 2020
    Media Release from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (COVID-19)

    NORTH BAY, ON - The risk to individuals for COVID-19 in the Health Unit’s district remains low. For individuals who attended the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference (PDAC), held between March 1 and 4, 2020, it is recommended that you monitor your health. If you do not have symptoms you do not need to separate yourself from others. Should you develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, you need to separate yourself immediately and call the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5229 to speak with a public health nurse, or call your health care provider. This will help keep the emergency room resources available for trauma and emergent care patients. If you do need immediate medical attention, such as severe difficulty breathing, you should call 911 and mention your travel history, your presence at PDAC and symptoms.

    The recommendations are the same for individuals who in the last 14 days have been to a COVID-19 infected area, been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or been in close contact with a person with difficulty breathing, cough and/or fever, who has been to a COVID-19 infected area.

    The best way for the public to protect themselves is through simple hygiene practices such as regular handwashing or using alcohol-based sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze and staying home when sick.

    Employers are encouraged to use the World Health Organization’s guidance for getting your workplace ready for COVID-19, encourage and support employees who attended PDAC to work from home and to visit myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19 for more information. 


    March 11, 2020
    Media Release from the Health Unit: Preparing for COVID-19

    Release from the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit - March 6, 2020

    NORTH BAY, ON – As of March 5, 2020, 45 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada, 22 in Ontario, with zero cases in the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit's (Health Unit) catchment area. The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada.

    The increasing number of cases across the country suggests that there will be more COVID-19 cases confirmed throughout Canada. As a result, local preparedness planning is important in order to minimize the impact on hospitals, to make sure that critical infrastructure continues to work and that day-to-day functions are able to be maintained.

    "The Health Unit is working with community stakeholders, such as hospitals, health care providers and municipalities, to ensure that preparations are made in case the risk assessment changes," explains Dr. Chirico, Medical Officer of Health.

    Simple hygiene practices can help you stay healthy:

    • regular hand washing or using an alcohol-based sanitizer
    • not touching your face
    • covering your cough or sneeze
    • staying home when sick – or making plans with your employer to work from home when sick
    • avoiding close contact with people who are sick

    It is not recommended that individuals use masks to prevent COVID-19, as moisture can build up in the mask, which makes them not effective.

    Risk in our community is low, but it is good practice for households to be prepared for any emergency, such as a power outage or an infectious disease. Having supplies on hand for shorter (under 72 hours) and longer (above 72 hours) periods of time is a good practice all the time. Examples of ways to prepare would include:

    • Have a supply of easy to prepare food.
    • Check your regular prescription drugs to ensure you have enough supply in your home.
    • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, hygiene products and vitamins.
    • For pets, ensure you have enough food and supplies on hand.

    Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

    For more information on what to include in your preparedness kit visit myhealthunit.ca/emergencykits.

    Alex McDermid, Public Relations Specialist
    P: 705-474-1400, ext. 5221 or 1-800-563-2808 
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    March 24, 2020 • Traffic Notice • Annual Road Closures

    Annual Road Closures

    The following roads are closed until no frost remains and the road is dry: 

    • De la Montee Road South (Verner)
    • Old North Road (Warren)
    • Roy Street, between Mageau Street and Quesnel Road (Sturgeon Falls)

    This is an annual closure to preserve the integrity of the roadway. Motorists are reminded to adhere to signs as road closures remain in effect.

    Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

    March 20, 2020 • Building Services Operational Policy (COVID-19)

    Building Services Notice



    You may be following the Municipality's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Municipality has already taken steps to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 and we are taking further precautions to help address this unique, ever-evolving situation. In light of this situation the Building Department will be taking the following precautions for our staff, to ensure that building services and inspections can continue within the area.

     

    Plan Submission & Permit Issuance:

    During this time, we ask that all submissions be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR through an appointment by calling the Department at 705-753-2250. Appointments will be available Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 3:30pm, and will be restricted to one visitor, to drop off documents only.

    Permit Applications can be obtained on our website at www.westnipissing.ca

    Code Related Inquires:

    During this time we ask at all code related inquires be restricted to email or phone. If a site inspection is required through these discussions, staff will follow the same procedures as noted under the Inspection Request section.

    Inspection Request:

    The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health is stating that the next few weeks are critical in terms of slowing the spread of COVID-19. In order to maintain our current Inspection Program and to maintain the recommended protocols for social distancing, the Building Department will be imposing the following conditions:

    1.  Worksites shall be limited to no more than 4 employees inside the building during the requested inspection.

    2. Any site where a worker is ill or has been out of the country within the last 14 days will not be inspected.

    3.  All required inspection papers (i.e. truss drawings) shall be submitted electronically in advance.

     

    Note for enclosed inspections:

    For inspections occurring within an enclosed, but unoccupied structure, such as insulation, plumbing, heating, occupancy or final, Inspectors will be qualifying the site with the conditions 1 and 2 above. If any of these conditions are not satisfactory to conduct an inspection, the inspection will not be available for a minimum of 14 days. If an inspection is needed to finalize or advance a permit, the Building Department will review any acceptable Engineer or Architectural report for its compliance to the Building Code. The Municipality may consider inspections via digital pictures or video.

    Note for occupied premises:

    We have made the decision to temporarily halt our inspections of occupied dwellings. As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the Municipality of West Nipissing Building Officials will not be conducting inspections on projects that contain an occupied dwelling (e.g. Finished basement, Secondary suites, Additions, Interior Alterations and etc.). This temporary halt to inspections will be continually monitored for reduction or extension.

    In the event of Building Code Emergency situations, an inspection will occur and municipal staff will be supplied with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

    Through these measures we hope to ensure that all job sites within the Municipality of West Nipissing, remain safe for both on-site workers and transient staff, to help limit the transfer of COVID-19.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

    Telephone: 705-753-2250
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Alain Bazinet
    Chief Building Official
    Municipality of West Nipissing

     

    Load Restrictions in Effect as of March 16, 2020

     

    Load Restrictions In Effect as of March 16, 2020

    Under the Highway Traffic Act the Municipality of West Nipissing enforces reduced load restrictions on trucks to protect municipal highways during spring thaw, when road damage is most likely to occur.  The LOAD RESTRICTION IN EFFECT signs are used on designated road sections to indicate that commercial motor vehicles or trailers are restricted from using the signed road without a permit.  The restriction applies to any commercial vehicle or trailer which transmits more than 5 tonnes of weight to the highway with at least one of its axles.

    Effective March 16, 2020, the following roads will be posted with a Load restriction in effect:


    FIELD AREA

    ASHBURTON

    BEAR LAKE

    BELLEFEUILLE

    BRADLEY

    CAYOUETTE

    DEER LAKE

    DENONVILLE

    DUMOULIN

    FILION

    FORGET

    FRAPPIER

    GAGNE

    GERALD

    GIROUX-VEZINA

    GRANDE ALLEE

    JARBEAU

    KIPLING EAST

    KIPLING WEST

    LA MONTEE SUD

    LAC CLAIR

    LAKEVIEW

    LAROCQUE

    LAURIN

    LEBLOND

    LEDUC

    MARIER

    MUNROE

    MUSKOSUNG

    NEEDS

    NORLAND

    NORTH SHORE

    OLD NORTH

    PARADIS

    PIKE

    PINE POULTRY

    POINT

    RIVER VALLEY TOWN

    ROBIDAS

    ROCHON

    SOUTH SHORE

    ST. JOSEPH

    ST. MARY'S

    SUNNY RIDGE

    VAL DES ARBRES (ALL)

     


     

    STURGEON FALLS AREA

    ARCAND

    BAY (west of Leblanc)

    BEAUDRY AT HIGHWAY 17

    BOULAY RD

    BURNT LAKE ROAD -crystal falls

    CACHE BAY RD

    CHARLIES BAY ROAD - crystal falls

    CHEBOGAN ROAD- crystal falls

    CLEAR LAKE

    COURSOL

    COYOTE RIDGE ROAD - crystal falls

    CRYSTAL FALLS

    DANIS ROAD - crystal falls

    DE L'ETANG ROAD

    DRIVE IN (at Hwy 17)

    DUBUC ROAD - crystal falls

    DUTRISAC ROAD (PAST TRACKS)

    GAUTHIER

    GOLF COURSE (SOUTH)

    GOLF COURSE ROAD (NORTH)

    GOULARD ROAD

    LAFRAMBOISE ROAD - crystal falls

    LAPOINTE ROAD - crystal falls

    LEBLANC (at Hwy 17)

    LEBLANC (NORTH)

    LEVAC (UNDER THE TRACTOR SIGN)

    LEVERT DRIVE

    MOOSE POINT ROAD - crystal falls

    NIPISSING ROAD (PAST AUBRY ST)

    PINE RIDGE ROAD - crystal falls

    PUBLIC WORKS ROAD - crystal falls

    RICHER ROAD - crystal falls

    ROBITAILLE ROAD - crystal falls

    ROY (FROM THIRD TO QUESNEL

    SABOURIN (EAST)

    SABOURIN (WEST)

    SANDY POINT ROAD - crystal falls

    SHORELINE ROAD - crystal falls

    Smiley (at Bay)

    STEWART

    THIBEAULT

    TOMIKO ROAD - crystal falls

     

     


    VERNER AREA 

    ALOUETTE

    ANDREE LYNN

    ARBOUR

    AVENUE DU LAC

    BETTY ROAD

    BLAKE

    BRIDGE

    CACHE

    CARMEN

    CARON ROAD

    CHRETIEN CUT OFF

    CLAUDE

    COMEAU

    COURCHESNE ROAD

    COUTU ROAD

    DALCOURT

    DOKIS ROAD

    DOUGLAS

    DUCK CREEK

    EAST ROAD

    EGLISE ROAD

    EUGENE ROAD

    FILIATRAULT

    FRYER

    GABRIEL

    GAREAU ROAD

    GERARD

    GIDEON ROAD

    GINGRAS ROAD

    GIROUX-VEZINA

    GOEGAN

    GUENETTE

    HILLMAN ROAD

    LABROSSE ROAD

    LAFRENIERE ROAD

    LAPLAGE

    LECLAIR ROAD AT HWY 64

    LECLAIR ROAD WEST

    LEMIEUX ROAD / SHUSWAP

    MERCER

    MEMQUISIT ROAD

    MICHEL

    MILLRAND ROAD

    MORLEY

    MOUSTIK

    MUSKY ISLAND ROAD

    NORTH AND SOUTH

    OLD HIGHWAY 17

    OLD HIGHWAY 17  A-FRAME

    OLIVIER ROAD

    PERCH LAKE

    PIQUETTE ROAD

    PLANTE ROAD

    POIRIER ROAD

    PRANGS LANE

    RAINVILLE ROAD WEST & EAST

    SAVIGNAC

    SHUSWAP

    ST. AMOUR ROAD

    ST. AMOUR (CARTIER)

    TELLIER

    TROTTIER ROAD

    VEUVE RIVER

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Media Release • March 16, 2020 • West Nipissing Postpones Tax Due Dates

     

    MEDIA RELEASE

    March 16, 2020

    West Nipissing Extends Tax Due Dates

    In an effort to ensure the safety of all residents and staff, the Municipality of West Nipissing is taking additional measures to reduce the risk of exposure of COVID-19.

    Please be advised that tax due dates have been postponed to April 24 and May 22, 2020, to reduce non-essential visits to the Municipal Office. No penalties will be applied. Note that no change will apply to residents that are registered for preauthorized payments.

    As a precaution, the Municipal Office is limiting all in-person appointments for non-essential matters. Residents are encouraged to communicate with the Municipal Office by telephone at 705.753.2250 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For any tax-related inquiries or concerns, residents may contact the Tax department by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the municipal office.

     


     

    Summer Employment Opportunities 2020

    We are hiring for the summer! 

    Click on the positions below for a detailed job description 

  • Marina Attendants
  • Park Attendants
  • Museum Guide
  • Public Works Maintenance Assistants
  • Water & Wastewater Maintenance Assistants 
  • TO APPLY
    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.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE
    Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. 

    ELIGIBILITY 

    • 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 

     

    March 3, 2020 • IPM 2019 named a “Top 100” event in Ontario

    IPM 2019 named a “Top 100” event in Ontario


    West Nipissing – Those who attended the 2019 International Plowing Match & Rural Expo this past September know what a fantastic event it was. Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) agrees. 


    During an awards ceremony held this past Thursday, Feb. 27 in Richmond Hill, IPM 2019 was celebrated as a “Top 100” event in Ontario. This designation is awarded to events that “excel” at attracting tourists and are “some of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province,” according to an FEO news release.


    “Being recognized as a top festival and event in Ontario is testimony to the dedication and hard work of more than 1,300 community volunteers,” says IPM 2019 Chair Neil Fox. “We were all proud to showcase our Joie de Vivre and the fantastic cultures that we all share”.


    Held Sept. 17 to 21 in Verner, West Nipissing, IPM 2019 attracted 81,000 people, as well as about 450 vendors/exhibitors and roughly 160 competitors. It featured live entertainment on multiple stages, RAM Rodeo, the Canadian Cowgirls precision drill team, West Coast Lumberjacks, antique equipment demonstrations, activities for people of all ages, a special appearance by Amber Marshall (star of CBC’s
    Heartland) and much more.


    “The IPM is a celebration of agriculture and the rural lifestyle with more than a century of history and tradition,” says Sheila Marshall, President of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association (OPA), parent host of the IPM. “It’s an event that moves to a different Ontario community each year and delivers a major economic boost, in addition to raising funds for community groups and organizations.”


    The Municipality of West Nipissing joined the OPA as IPM 2019 hosts.


    IPM 2020 runs October. 14 to 17 in Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes.

    For more information, visit
    www.plowingmatch.org/ipm2020.


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    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RELEASE FROM 2019 IPM/OPA 

    Notice to Ratepayers • 2020 Interim Tax Bills

     

    NOTICE TO RATEPAYERS

    Please be advised that the 2020 Interim tax Bills have been mailed.

    The instalment dates are as follows:

    • March 20, 2020
    • April 24 ,2020

    If you have not received your tax bill by February 28, 2020 please contact the Municipal Office at 705.753.2250

    Note that the Municipal Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30. 

     

    January, 30, 2020 • New Lamp Posts brighten up the downtown

     January 30, 2019 

    New Lamp Posts brighten up the downtown


     

    If you have walked or driven by King Street over the past week, you have certainly noticed the beautiful new lamp posts adorning the downtown area. 

    Mayor Joanne Savage, members of Council and community partners gathered on King Street yesterday evening, for the official lighting of the new lamp posts in Sturgeon Falls. 15 lamp posts were installed along King Street (from Front to William) to brighten and enhance the downtown core and business sector. 

    The project was funded in part by the Ontario Government through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The program helps rural communities attract investment and tourism through downtown revitalization projects.

    The Municipality would like to thank the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce and the Sturgeon Falls Beautification Group for bringing this project forward and for their continuous commitment to the beautification of our community. 

     

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    January 13 • Media Release • West Nipissing Installs Community Sharps Bin

     

    January 13, 2019


    West Nipissing Installs Community Sharps Bin

     

     


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    A Community Sharps Bin has been installed in West Nipissing as part of a partnership between the Municipality of West Nipissing, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) and the West Nipissing General Hospital's Alliance Centre.

    Located near the intersection of Main and Queen Street in Sturgeon Falls, the bin will be accessible 24 hours a day and will be a place for people to safely discard sharps. The tamper-proof bin is secure and well-identified for the disposal of sharps.

    The Municipality will assume ownership and all ongoing maintenance costs of the bin. The bin will be monitored and emptied regularly, and disposal and transportation of the sharps will be serviced by ECS Cares.

    Council voted in support of the bin in response to the Health Unit's report on a large number of needles collected in Sturgeon Falls during a needle buy-back program in November 2019.

    The Municipality would like to thank the Health Unit and the Alliance Centre for their partnership and their dedication in helping keep the community safer for everyone. 

    Please respect the Community Sharps Bin and the people who use it.

    For information, residents can contact the Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808, or visit myhealthunit.ca/communitysharpsbin

     

    Please respect the Community Sharps Bin and the people who use it.

    For further information, residents can contact the Health Unit at
    1-800-563-2808, or visit myhealthunit.ca/communitysharpsbin

     

    Communications and Corporate Services
    Municipality of West Nipissing
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    705.753.2250 

     

    West Nipissing begins work on Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

    December 2, 2019

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    On November 27, 2019, the Municipality of West Nipissing kick-started the process in establishing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWBP) by hosting a community roundtable event for key service providers. The session was a great success and made for a productive discussion around risks, resources and next steps towards a safer West Nipissing. Nearly 25 partners were present, representing emergency services and local providers in health/mental health, education, social/community services, and youth/children sectors.

    As legislated by the Police Services Act, municipalities are required to develop a CSWBP to be put into place by January 1, 2021. This ambitious project will involve identifying our community’s risks and proactively developing and implementing evidence-based strategies to address our local needs. The next step is the formation of a multi-sectoral advisory committee that will lead the development of the plan. Once the committee is in place, it will focus on all facets of safety and enhancement of community well-being through four levels of intervention including Social Development, Prevention, Risk Intervention and Incident Response.

    Stay tuned for future updates and possible community consultation opportunities.

     

     

    Communications and Corporate Services

    Municipality of West Nipissing

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    705.753.2250

    Residential and Commercial Snow Plowing and Removal Notice

     

    Residential and Commercial
    Snow Removal/Plowing Operations

    As per Section 2 of By-Law 2006/63, removing snow from driveways and entranceways by pushing it on to or across a public road is not a safe practice and is unlawful.

    The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that: “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the Ministry or the Road Authority responsible for the maintenance of the road.”

    This practice may create a variety of safety and other issues 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 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

    Your assistance with this matter is appreciated. It will allow us to continue to provide a safe and reliable road system for our residents.

     

     

     

    Overnight Winter Parking Ban in Effect on Nov 1st 2019

     

    Overnight Winter Parking Ban
     

    Help us keep our streets clean and safe for all this winter. The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from November 1, 2019, until March 31, 2020. During the winter months, parking is prohibited on any street under the jurisdiction of West Nipissing, between the hours of 12 a.m. (midnight) and 7 a.m.

    Click here to read By-Law 2015/62

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    June 7, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 13

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 13

    June 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Lake Nipissing’s water level has receded to an average of 196.37 m. Minimal precipitation and warmer temperatures are forecasted over the weekend, which should cause the water levels to continue to recede or remain stable.

    The Minnehaha Bay Boat Launch will be reopened as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. Marina Services will not be available over the weekend; however, the Launch will be open for public use at no charge. The Secondary Boat Launch in Cache Bay remains open. All other Municipal launches are closed until further notice. Boaters are urged to respect the NO WAKE ZONE and should plan accordingly, anticipating for a slower return trip.

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    •  Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    •  Navigate with caution and respect NO WAKE regulations 

    Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closure signs as road closures remain in effect.

    We will provide updates as new information becomes available. For any flood-related concerns or inquiries, contact us at 705.753.1171.


     


     

    Additional Information 

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - June 3, 2019

    MNRF North Bay District Watershed Statement - June 3, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Current Boat Launch Closures in Effect 

  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  • Boat Launching Considerations

  •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.
  • Boating Safety Considerations

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.
  •  

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

     

    Contact Info

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 27, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 11

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 11

    May 27, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Lake Nipissing’s water level has increased to 196.54m over the weekend. Minimal precipitation and wind are forecasted for the next five days, which could cause water levels to remain stable. 

    Vehicle speeding and unnecessary driving on closed roads has been reported in flood-affected areas. The Municipality and Emergency Services strongly urge motorists to adhere to road closure signs to avoid making waves and causing additional damage to affected properties and roads. Local traffic is permitted for residents who need access to their primary residences only. Any other motorists travelling on closed roads can be fined under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily to flag any potential hazards. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

     


     

     

    Additional Information 

     

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - May 24, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

  • Marina Minnehaha Bay
  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  •  

    Boat Launching Considerations

  •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.
  •  

    Boating Safety Considerations

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.
  •  

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     

    Contact Info

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

     

    Sandbags and Volunteering Update

    Volunteers

    If you require volunteer assistance please contact 705.753.1171.

    To participate to volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 during regular business hours. For afterhours and weekends, call 705.753.1171. You can also send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address. 

     


     

    Sand Bags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    • O’Brien (Turn around)
    • Quesnel (West End)
    • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     


     

    For flood related inquiries, road access requests, or accomodation needs, please contact 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 24, 2019 · MNRF UPDATED FLOOD WARNING

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for Lake Temagami, the Sturgeon River, Lake Nipissing and French River until Thursday, May 30, 2019.

     

    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

    Click here to view the latest Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District Bulletin: Wednesday, May 24, 2019

    May 23, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 10

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 10

    May 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Based on the forecasted rainfall and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing levels are expected to remain high over the next several days. Road conditions are relatively stable and Closures remain in effect. The water levels on the roads continue to fluctuate due to changes in wind direction. Crews continue to monitor water levels in the area and flag any potential hazards caused by water over the roads.

    The Cache Bay Boat Launch on Teal Road (Park Rd) remains available.  All other Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne are closed until further notice.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    There are rules, forms and insurance implications to the DRAO. Applicants should contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.  

    Learn more about the program:

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Visit Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Visit Apply for disaster recovery assistance

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

    •  Marina Minnehaha Bay
    •  Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
    • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch

     

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
    • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

    Boating Safety Considerations:

    • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
    • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

     

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 17, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #9

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    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 9

    May 17, 2019 11:00 am

    The Cache Bay boat launch at Park Road will be open as of noon on May 17, 2019. Due to fairly stable weather conditions and following a comprehensive site inspection, the launch is being re-opened temporarily. Residents are asked to stay off the waterways unless the purpose of their travel is to protect their shoreline properties. Municipal boat launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. While we understand that this may be an inconvenience, the closures are necessary to ensure public safety.   

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    • Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
    • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    • Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

    Boating Safety Considerations:

    • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
    • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures:

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
    • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and Road Closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should plan accordingly and should consider leaving their homes in the event that conditions worsen. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171. 

     

     


     

    Additional Information 

     

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 16, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #8

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 8

    May 16, 2019 2:30 pm

     

    As of Thursday, May 16, Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. Following a thorough inspection of the boat launches and a careful consideration for public safety, the conditions of the launches were deemed unsafe. We understand that given the long weekend, this may inconvenience some. These closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the public.   

    Residents using an alternate access to the Sturgeon River and Lake Nipissing are instructed to navigate with caution and to follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation. The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean, Verner Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should be taking necessary precautions and planning accordingly, should road conditions worsen.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

     

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 14, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #7

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 7

    May 14, 2019 2:00 pm

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures remain in effect for Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne. With the long weekend approaching, we understand this may be inconvenient for some, but these closures are necessary to protect shoreline properties. The Emergency Control Group will continue to monitor conditions and will reassess boat launch access before Friday. We will advise residents should conditions change.

    Current Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    There are no changes to road conditions to report and this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 13, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #6

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 6

    May 13, 2019 3:40 pm

    Effective immediately,  the following Municipal Boat Launches with access to Lake Nipissing and the Sturgeon River, are closed until further notice. 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    We understand this may be inconvenient for some, but with the current water levels and hazardous debris, the slightest ripple can cause significant damage to shoreline properties. Residents will be advised as soon as conditions have improved and launches are accessible. 

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time, and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 12, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #5

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 5

    May 12, 2019 10:45 am

    There are no changes in road conditions to report at this time. However, water levels are still on the rise. Since the yesterday, the increase in water level was reported at approximately 2.5 cm. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Additionally, boaters are instructed to stay away from affected areas to reduce the impact of the wakes on roads and properties. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
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    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 11, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #4

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 4

    May 11, 2019 12:45 pm

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time. The weather forecast continues to indicate lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for today through Sunday. However, water levels may rise by 2-3 cm per day over the weekend. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Emergency Services and Operations Crews will continue to patrol and assess conditions over the weekend. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
  •  

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #3

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 3

     

    May 10, 2019 4:15 pm

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The weather forecast indicates lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for the weekend. However, water levels are expected to continue to rise by 2-3 cm per day for the next few days. The Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant and cautious around waterways.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    - End of Argo Road

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend. During regular business hours, 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #2

    Public Notice

    Flooding Emergency Update 2

     

    May 10, 2019 11:00 am

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The evening of Thursday May 9, 2019 was stable as the rain subsided and wind conditions improved. West Nipissing Police patrolled affected areas throughout the night and will continue to do so today. As of this morning, water levels had decreased by 1 inch.

    Although conditions are stable, water levels are expected to rise in the coming days. The Emergency plan remains active and the Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant. Emergency Services personnel have advised residents of road closures and evacuation options.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

    Road Conditions

    Minehaha Bay (300 King Street) has reopened but all other road closures remain in effect. Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    -Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    -Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    -Quesnel (West End)

    -End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 • Public Notice • Flooding Emergency Update #1

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 1

    May 9, 2019 

    Emergency Services has advised residents in the affected areas of road closures and their options to evacuate. Residents who were away during the road closures and did not speak with Emergency Services are instructed to call 705.753.1171 to make arrangements. Those in need of accommodations are also asked to call the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Due to water over the roads and washouts, a number of roads have been closed with restricted access. The conditions of some roads have drastically changed thus restricting us from providing access to residents due to a public safety concern. Road closures will be updated on westnipissing.ca as information become available. School Officials have advised parents in the affected areas of transportation detours and cancelations.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    •  Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    •  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    •  O’Brien (Turn around)
    •  Quesnel (West End)
    •  End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

    The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is continuing to monitoring conditions and has activated its Emergency Plan.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

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