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

September 14, 2018 

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

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

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


Employment Opportunity - Rink Attendant


Job Title:  Rink Attendant

Position Description:   
- Patrol public skating to ensure the safety of patrons

- Assist maintenance with janitorial duties & ice maintenance
- Excellent customer service
- Available to work weekends and week nights

Qualifications / Experience:                                                                                                                                             
- Ability  to skate

- First Aid, CPR and AED are considered assets
- Bilingualism is an asset
- 14 years of age or older 

Position Start Date:  To be determined

Application Deadline:  Monday, October 1, 2018, at 4 pm

Please forward resume to:
The Municipality of West Nipissing

225 Holditch Street
Sturgeon Falls, ON   P2B 1T1
Attention:  Marc Ayotte, Facilities Manager

Marc Ayotte
Facilities Manager
225 Holditch Street, Suite 101, Sturgeon Falls, ON  P2B 1T1
Tel.:  705 358-0890     
Fax: 705 753-3950         
E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From Sep. 7 to Sep. 21 Residents can view the Preliminary List of Electors at all Municipal Public Library Locations



From Sep. 7 to Sep.21, West Nipissing residents can view the Preliminary List of Electors at all Municipal Library locations. Any updates, corrections, or deletions to the elector's list can be made at these locations by completing an Application to Amend Voters' List Form available by clicking here or at Municipal Libraries and the Municipal Office.

All you need is proper identification, see below for a list of acceptable documents. 

Visit for Library Hours. 


Acceptable documents for voter identification

You must present 1 of the following documents showing your name and address:

  • Ontario driver’s licence
  • Ontario Health Card (photo card)
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
  • cancelled personalized cheque
  • mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
  • insurance policy or insurance statement
  • loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
  • document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government
  • any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act(Canada)
  • income tax assessment notice
  • child tax benefit statement
  • statement of employment insurance benefits paid T4E
  • statement of old age security T4A (OAS)
  • statement of Canada Pension Plan benefits T4A (P)
  • Canada Pension Plan statement of contributions
  • statement of direct deposit for Ontario Works
  • statement of direct deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board statement of benefits T5007
  • property tax assessment
  • credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
  • CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
  • hospital card or record
  • document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
  • document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
  • utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
  • cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
  • transcript or report card from a post-secondary school

    (source 2018 Voter's Guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections)  





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


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

    The Study

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

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

    The Process

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

    How to Participate

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

    Comments Invited

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

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


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



    OCPC Consents to West Nipissing Police Disbandment

    August 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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



    Public Notice - Discoloured Water in Verner - Update - August 24, 2018


    Discoloured Water in Verner – Update

    Friday, August 24, 2018

     The Verner residents have been experiencing discolouration in the municipal water supply due to higher levels of manganese in the Veuve River. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that is found in the environment from natural sources and is widely distributed in air, water, and soil. Despite the unappealing colour, sometimes accompanied by an undesired taste and smell, the water is bacteriologically safe.

    The Verner Water Treatment Plant typically treats and removes higher levels of manganese in the water;  however, due to the occurrence of warm and dry conditions, the manganese levels have been unusually high this year, proving difficult to treat. 

    The Municipality is monitoring the situation with care, while working diligently with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, and The Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, to find a solution.We recognize that water discolouration has been an ongoing issue and that it has caused concerns amongst residents, understandably so. We apologize for the inconveniences it has caused.

    Unfortunately, with warm and dry conditions persisting in the forecast, residents may continue to experience discoloration until conditions change. The health and safety of residents is our priority and we will continue to work diligently with our partners to continue to ensure the safe production and distribution of water to Verner residents. 

    The Municipality will update residents as new information becomes available, or the status of the water supply changes. We appreciate your patience as we actively work towards finding a solution. 

      Manganese Factsheet EN


    RFQ - Telesphore & Principal E Rehabilitation - August 17, 2018

    Request for Quote / Demande de devis

    The Municipality of West Nipissing is seeking qualified contractors to supply labour, material and equipment for rehabilitation work on Telesphore Road and Principale E, including culverts, maintenance holes, excavation, and granular A & B.


    La municipalité de Nipissing Ouest est à la recherche de contracteurs qualifiés pour fournir la main-d’œuvre, le matériel et l'équipement pour les travaux de réhabilitation du chemin Telesphore et de la rue Principale E, incluant les ponceaux,  trous d'entretien, l'excavation et le granule A & B.


    Project/projet: Telesphore & Principal E Rehabilitation

    Quote No. de devis: 2018-019

    Closing Date Clôture: August 30, 2018, by 3PM / le 30 août 2018 15h00

    Document: 2018 - 019 Telesphore & Principal E Rehabilitation (english/anglais)

                     2018 - 019 Telesphore & Principal E Rehabilitation  Addendum No.1





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



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


    Sale of land by Public Tender (date postponed to September 27th)


    FORM 6
    Municipal Act, 2001


    The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing

    Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Municipal Office, 101 - 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1.

    The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office, 101 - 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls.

    Description of Lands:
    ROLL NO. 48 52 070 003 03100 0000, 50 MAPLE ST, PIN 49072-0198 LT, PCL 31-1 SEC 36M523; LT 31 PL M523 FIELD; S/T LT207443, LT207444; WEST NIPISSING ; DISTRICT OF NIPISSING, FILE NGWN17-011-TT

    Minimum Tender Amount: $ 6465.26

    ROLL NO. 48 52 130 001 16400 0000, 207 HIGHWAY 539 A, PIN 49060-0146 LT, PCL 19990 SEC NIP; PT E1/2 LT 3 CON 4 CRERAR AS IN LT90133 S/T, IF ENFORCEABLE, LEGAL AID LIEN NO. 9545; WEST NIPISSING ; DISTRICT OF NIPISSING, FILE NGWN17-017-TT

    Minimum Tender Amount: $7571.30

    ROLL NO. 48 52 170 001 00500 0000, PIN 49089-0079 LT, PT LT 2 CON 1 PEDLEY AS IN NB146195; WEST NIPISSING ; DISTRICT OF NIPISSING, FILE NGWN17-018-TT

    Minimum Tender Amount: $7479.03

    Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality (or board) and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount.

    Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to, existing interests in favour of the Crown, environmental concerns or any other matters relating to the land(s) to be sold. Any existing Federal or Provincial Crown liens or executions will remain on title and may become the responsibility of the potential purchaser. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers.

    The lands were previously advertised for a sale to be held on the 16th of August, 2018, but the sales were postponed.

    This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and the relevant land transfer tax.

    The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser.

    H.S.T. may be payable by the successful purchaser.

    For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: | Ontario's Tax Sale Community

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    or if no internet access available, contact:

    Mrs. Louise Laforge, Deputy Treasurer / Tax Collector

    The Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing

    101 - 225 Holditch Street
    Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1

    (705) 753-6903


    Volunteering Opportunity - 2018 Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee - August 14, 2018


    The Municipality of West Nipissing is currently seeking interested applicants for appointment as the Municipality ’s representative to the 2018 General Municipal Election Joint Compliance Audit Committee.

    The role of the Committee is to investigate concerns regarding campaign finances of candidates. The Municipality of West Nipissing will collaborate with the Municipalities of French River, St. Charles, Killarney, and Markstay-Warren in creating a Joint Compliance Audit Committee.

    See details and requirements here 2018 Municipal Elections Joint Compliance Audit Committee 

    Please complete the Volunteer Profile Application Form. Submit the form with your résumé or brief biography either by mail, fax, or e-mail to the attention of the undersigned on or before 4:30 PM on September 7, 2018.

    Melanie Ducharme
    Municipal Clerk / Greffière municipale
    101-225 rue Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls, ON P2B 1T1
    Fax/Télec: (705) 753-3950
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    For all other information about the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections, please visit the 2018 Election Page 

    • key dates and frequently asked questions
    • list of candidates
    • find your ward
    • how to update your address or school support
    • video on how to vote
    • voters’ guide and municipal elections act



    Update on Discoloured Water in Verner - Public Notice - August 9th, 2018


    Discoloured water in Verner – Update

    Thursday, August 9th, 2018

    Despite our ongoing efforts to treat the unusually high levels of manganese in the Verner water supply, residents may continue to see discolouration. 

    The Water Treatment Plant will continue to treat the levels of manganese and monitor the water supply.

    Further updates will be provided if changes to the current situation arise. 


    Update on Forest Fires - August 14th, 2018


    • surrounding forest fires still do not pose immediate threat to West Nipissing
    • the complete fire ban remains in effect for West Nipissing


    • No new growth as of yesterday
    • the fire remains at 11,362 hectares
    • Local residents may continue to see smoke drifts over the next few days as weather conditions remain hot and dry.
    • Ground crews continue to extinguish hot spots within the fire perimeter and will continue moving to priority areas to search for additional hot spots.

    For more information from the MNRF and to stay up to date on active forest fires visit 







    Vacancy on the West Nipissing Public Library Board


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

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

    Contact person:

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


    Click here to view the guidelines for the postion 

    Click here for the Volunteer Application Form 




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


    BY-LAW 2017/83

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Notice of Public Forum - OPP Police Costing



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

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

    Live coverage of the public forum will be televised on Eastlink and on YouTube (

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

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


    Remembrance Day Ceremonies in West Nipissing

    Remembrance Day 2017 Twitter Banner Bilingual

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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


    Water Main Flushing (Updates) - Sturgeon Falls, Verner

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


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


    Cache Bay • Crystal Falls • Desaulniers • Field • Kipling • Lavigne • North Monetville • River Valley • Sturgeon Falls • Verner