Click to view
Friday, January 30, 2015
Event starts at 12:30pm at the Ramara Centre
On the PA DAY January 30th, families will compete to build their best snow creations.
Free family movie and refreshments to follow inside.
Click Flyer to view complete information in pdf format.
Posted 2014-12-05 12:19:23
*** 2015 Dog Licences Available ***
2015 dog licences are available for $16.00 each until Feb 28th.
As of March 1st, the cost is $50.00
CANINE CONTROL BYLAW 2005.76 SECTION 2.1 states: “All dogs within the geographic limits of the Township shall be annually licensed by their owners whose municipal address is within the Township.”
to view the complete flyer from Canine Control.
Posted 2014-12-02 14:09:58
*** UPDATE ***
Confirmed Present - Blue-Green Algae - Notification Lake St. John
Click ELISA Results to view the November 21st, 2014 water sample results for Lake St. John.
Posted 2014-11-24 09:22:27
| || N O T I C E|
OF SNOW REMOVAL
TO RESIDENTS OF RAMARA TOWNSHIP
The Council of the Township of Ramara requests the cooperation of all persons in keeping vehicles from obstructing snow removal operations in Ramara Township and in refraining from placing snow from private property onto Municipal roadways.
Necessary action will be taken against persons contravening the Highway Traffic Act in this respect.
Kathy Sipos, AMCT, CRS-S, CMMI
Manager of Municipal Works
Posted 2014-11-20 13:08:17
*** 2015 COUNCIL / COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE ***
Posted 2014-11-12 10:13:28
*** Reminder to Candidates ***
It is the responsibility of ALL candidates, including those who withdrew their nomination, to file with the Township Clerk a financial statement in the prescribed form by 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2015
Financial statements must be filed with the Township Clerk’s Office at:
2297 Highway 12, Brechin, ON L0K 1B0
The Township’s Clerk’s Office is open on regular business days between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Financial Statements will not be accepted after 2:00 p.m. on March 27, 2015.
Faxed or scanned documents will not be accepted as the Act requires all election documents to have original signatures.Please click the following link to view the prescribed financial form
Financial Statement – Auditor’s Report – Form 4
Questions regarding the completion of the financial statement should be directed to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing at 416-585-7041.
Posted 2014-11-10 15:38:25
*** HALF LOAD RESTRICTIONS NOTICE UPDATE ***
All load restrictions have been lifted except for Concession Road 1 (Highway 12 – boundary) and Sideroad 5 (Concession Road 1 – Canal Road)
Last Update Posted 2014-10-29 13:46:32
Posted 2014-02-20 15:34:52
*** Notice ***
This is to advise that road construction on Concession Road B at the railway crossing will begin Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
Construction is estimated to take approximately 4 weeks.
Some delays are to be expected as there will be single lane closures.
Construction work will occur Monday to Friday, with two lanes open overnight and weekends.
Posted 2014-10-07 09:40:07
*** Status Update for Lake St. John ***
As of September 25, 2014 please be aware that the Ministry of the
Environment is still doing ongoing testing of Lake St. John. Ministry
results show there are still unsafe levels of microcystins present, all
residents are still advised that human or animal exposure of this
water may pose a health hazard.
Please check back for ongoing updates.
Posted 2014-10-07 09:40:11
For Immediate Release
September 17, 2014
TOWNSHIP OF RAMARA COUNCIL SEEKS PROVINCIAL ODRAP ASSISTANCE
Ramara – At Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting a resolution was passed to appeal to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for funding through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program, this resolution will go to the Council meeting on Monday, September 22, 2014 for ratification.
In order to send a complete application to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by September 25, 2014, we must include an estimate of the damages our residents sustained. If you are a permanent resident affected by the tornado that took place on Friday, September 5, 2014, please contact the Municipal Office by 2:00 pm on Monday, September 22, 2014, to provide an estimate of the cost of the damages your property has sustained this year, along with your name and address.
A complete list of what is potentially covered under ODRAP is available on our website or by contacting the Municipal Office at 705-484-5374 ext. 253 or 1-800-663-4054 or by emailing
Please find our latest updates on The Township of Ramara website or on Facebook and Twitter.
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Dave McCarthy Tony Stong
Fire Chief / Manager Deputy Fire Chief
Ramara Fire and Rescue Services Ramara Fire and Rescue Services
(705) 484-5374 ext. 263 (705) 484-5374 ext. 201
The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program covers certain items, please find below a list of eligible and ineligible losses and costs:
Examples of eligible private losses and costs under ODRAP
• Restoration, repair or replacement to pre-disaster condition of a principal, year-round residence, farm buildings and principal business enterprise building;
• Essential furnishing of a private residence, including refrigerator, freezer, furnace, stove, clothes washer and dryer;
• Tools or other items essential to the claimant’s livelihood, including farm machinery and equipment;
• For farms, replacement cost only of orchard trees;
• For business enterprises, replacement of inventory at cost;
• Livestock fencing;
• Restoration, repair or replacement to pre-disaster condition of churches, cemeteries, and other facilities of not-for-profit organizations, charities, service clubs;
• Emergency expenses (e. g. evacuation costs, food and shelter, generators, essential clothing);
• Perishable food.
Note: Some eligible items may only receive coverage to a maximum allowable amount
Examples of ineligible private losses and costs under ODRAP
• Losses covered by insurance;
• Insurance deductible;
• Secondary residences, e.g. cottages;
• Non-essential furniture, e.g. stereos, recreation room furniture;
• Landscaping, fencing, driveways and retaining walls;
• Recreational vehicles, e.g. boats, snowmobiles;
• Antiques and collections;
• Loss of revenue or wages;
• Losses recoverable by law.
Posted 2014-09-18 09:04:58
*** NOTICE OF PASSAGE - DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BYLAWS ***
TAKE NOTICE that on August 28th, 2014, the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Ramara passed Bylaws 2014.65 and 2014.66 under Section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, which imposes area-specific development charge rates for the Brechin/Lagoon City and Bayshore Village service areas.
Last Update Posted 2014-09-15 14:20:17
Posted 2014-09-12 14:49:40
*** Helping our Environment with Phosphorous Free Fertilizer and Rain Barrels ***
As of July 14, 2014 Council approved Bylaw 2014.55
, which regulates and controls the use of fertilizer. From this date forward, the Township will no longer allow the use of manufactured lawn fertilizers containing phosphorous on all non-agricultural properties. The following exceptions are permitted: use on a newly seeded lawn, farmland, a golf course, garden centres and soil used exclusively for potted flowers, potted shrubs or for a vegetable garden.
As an incentive for residents to do their part, the Township will provide rebates for Phosphorous Free Fertilizer purchases up until March 15, 2016.
Rain barrels will also be available for purchase at the subsidized cost of $25.00
For more information, click Residential Flyer
to view the complete letter sent to residents.
Click the following links to view the accompanying forms or visit the Forms
page of this website:
Posted 2014-08-28 10:18:09
*** Attention: Residents of Lagoon City ***
Click August 12th notice
to view info from the Lagoon City Parks & Waterways Commission regarding Chara weed growth in the canals.
Posted 2014-08-12 14:36:00
*** NOTICE OF PASSING OF A ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT ***
TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of the Township of Ramara passed Bylaw No. 2014.54 on July 14, 2014 under Sections 34 and 39 of the Planning Act R.S.O., 1990, regarding File Z-5/11 - Rama Lakefront Resort Inc.Click NOTICE
to view the complete notice from the Acting CAO/Clerk.
Posted 2014-07-17 09:11:20
*** NRK Minutes of Settlement ***
Click Minutes of Settlement
to view the Ontario Municipal Board document between NRK Holdings Ltd and the Township of Ramara regarding approval of the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment to permit the establishment, use and operation of a "soil bio-remediation facility".
Last Update Posted 2014-07-15 09:56:46
Posted 2014-07-10 12:01:53
*** GHG Emissions Report and Energy Management Plan for Ramara Township ***
Posted 2014-07-14 13:37:13
*** Property Tax Rates ***
to view the 2014 Final Schedule of Property Tax Rates
Last update posted 2014-06-19 11:54:32
Posted 2014-06-17 10:54:12
*** TOWNSHIP WATER FINANCIAL PLAN ***
Posted 2014-06-09 14:50:33
*** Ramara Asset Management Plan ***
"It will serve as a strategic, tactical, and financial document, ensuring the management of the municipal infrastructure follows sound asset management practices and principles."
Posted 2014-05-16 14:41:44
*** 2014 BUDGETS ***
PLEASE NOTE THAT
JANUARY 1, 2014
WILL NOT ACCEPT
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AS A PAYMENT OPTION
*THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE FOR ONLINE RECREATION PROGRAM REGISTRATIONS
Posted 2013-10-24 14:30:55
*** Trust Account Information ***
A home on Simcoe Road in Ramara Township was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
The family lost everything in the fire and the Lagoon City Community Association has taken the lead to create a trust fund.
Donations may be made to any branch of the CIBC and the account information is as follows: Tanya Russell in trust 2070634
Posted 2014-01-27 16:04:27
*** Funding Assistance for Wetland Projects ***
Ducks Unlimited Canada has some funding available for landowners in some areas of Simcoe, Dufferin, and Grey Counties for wetland related projects through to March 2017. Eligible projects include wetland restoration, livestock exclusion fencing and nesting boxes. Ducks Unlimited Canada can cover up to 90% of the costs for these projects.
For more information on how to conserve your wetlands or to apply for this funding, please contact Mike Williams by phone at 1-888-402-4444, ext. 247 or by email at
to visit the Ducks Unlimited Canada website.
Posted 2013-12-18 12:07:41
*** Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation ***
Great news for Ramara Fire & Rescue Services and our residents. Our department has now reached an industrial status for Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation. If you are an industrial business this may help improve your insurance rates.
Ramara Fire and Rescue Service staff worked diligently as a team of professionals to acquire Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation. This accreditation ensures that Ramara Fire and Rescue Service can supply enough water to fight a major fire in an area that is not serviced by hydrants. Achieving this means that rural residents in non-hydrant areas of the Township may be eligible for a reduced rate on their home insurance. Check with your insurance company! A copy of the certification letter is available by clicking the link below or at the Township Administration office. If you require further information please contact Ramara Fire and Rescue Services at 705-484-5374, ext. 253.
Posted 2013-11-20 11:11:25
CANAL ROAD – ROAD CLOSURE
Canal Road will be closed to through traffic for the replacement of Parks Canada’s dam at Lock 37.
The road closure will be effective as of MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 AT 5:00 a.m.
until approximately December 31, 2015, or such other time as the construction is complete.
Turnarounds have been constructed at #1072 and #1172 Canal Road.
Construction equipment will access the construction site from the west.
Please note that this is not a Township project but that we will assist in passing your concerns/complaints on to Parks Canada and/or Metric Construction.
Posted 2013-10-25 11:16:25
*** NOTE TO PROPERTY OWNERS from MPAC ***
MPAC - The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, has become aware that a person or persons is placing phone calls to property owners claiming to represent MPAC and asking for personal information. MPAC has reported these incidents to the Ontario Provincial Police.
MPAC does not make calls to collect personal information. If you receive a phone call from anyone claiming to represent MPAC and requesting personal information, please do not provide it. If you have any questions or receive such calls, please call MPAC’s Customer Contact Centre at 1 877 635 6722.
Posted 2013-09-05 09:49:08
The Township of Ramara and The Ramara Fire and Rescue Services wish to recognize Stepan Canada for their years of support and their continued support of the grade eight CPR program in all Ramara schools. It is because of great corporate citizens like Stepan Canada that we are able to reach approximately 130 grade eight students a year, not only providing them with a new skill set but also providing them with a new level of confidence to handle an emergency if ever they must face that circumstance.
This program has been in place for over five years and Stepan Canada has donated over $25,000 to its continuance over this time. It is an incredibly successful program and overall makes our municipality a safer place to live. For this we thank you Stepan Canada and our residents thank you for your interest in their wellbeing.
Posted 2013-06-13 11:15:35
*** WILDLIFE INFORMATION FROM MNR - Ministry of Natural Resources ***
What to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal
Ministry of Natural Resources office in Midhurst (Huronia)
2284 Nursery Road, Midhurst, ON L0L 1X0
Posted 2013-06-04 10:13:06
*** PUBLIC ART LOAN AND DONATION POLICY ***
Council of the Township of Ramara have adopted a policy regarding the loan and donation of art for public display at the administration building at 2297 Highway 12, Brechin.
The Township recognizes and promotes the value of art and culture through the integration of artwork in public places. This policy will address the display of donated (permanent) or loaned (temporary) art.
Public art may include, but is not limited to;
- Murals, mosaics, fibre works, glass works, photography, paintings, graphic arts and prints
- Tableaux, vignettes or creative displays or an artistic/informational nature which interpret the heritage significance of a building or site
- A combination of landscaping and landscape design with artistic intent such as rocks, fountains, benches and other types of street furniture.
Posted 2013-05-29 09:57:35
*** On-Site Sewage Maintenance Inspection Program ***
Click the following links for further information:
List of Septic Haulers
AAAA Sanitation – 705-689-5991
BFI Canada Inc – 705-325-9671
Bullock Septic Tank Cleaning – 705-484-5500
Camick Dave Wiring Plumbing & Heating – 705-689-2542
Espey D Robert Excavating and Septic Services – 705-835-2118
Murray Hewitt Septic Pumping 705-323-9597
Northern Sanitation Co. – 705-326-4672
Smith's Septic Service - 705-426-5637
Update Posted 2013-04-05 14:43:46
Posted 2013-04-04 15:58:44
*** New Regulations regarding Fern Resort Road Dock ***
Click Bylaw 2013.05
to view the 2013 bylaw which regulates docking privileges at the Fern Resort Road Dock.
Bylaw is also available on the Bylaws page by clicking "Bylaws" under the menu heading "Government" and scrolling through the alphabetical listing.
Posted 2013-03-08 11:19:15
*** SUSTAINABILITY IN RAMARA ***
to view the Integrated Sustainable Community Plan – “The Pillars” as adopted by Council on October 29, 2012.
to view the 2008 Sustainable Plan - "The Initial Step" as adopted by Council on December 15, 2008.
Last Update Posted 2012-11-05 12:18:39
Posted 2012-11-05 09:49:59
*** Pre-Sale Property Inspections ***
NOTICE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013
Sump Pump Discharge Method Inspection Required Prior to Property Sale
Prior to the sale of any property in an area serviced by municipal sanitary sewers the owner of such property shall allow a Municipal Inspector to enter onto their property to inspect the sump pump discharge method to ensure compliance with the Township of Ramara Sewer Use Bylaw 2006.27
Sump pumps may not discharge into the municipal sewers.
Presale sump discharge inspections and re-inspections are subject to a fee of $30.00 each, Payable in advance.
It is advisable to schedule the required inspection well in advance of the closing day of the sale because if a property is found to be non-compliant it could affect the sale.Click HERE
to go to the Bylaw page of the Ramara Township Website to view Bylaws 2006.27 and 2012.48 in their entirety.Click HERE
to view a pdf copy of the Sump Pump Inspection notice.
Posted 2012-08-29 09:25:53
*** Lake Simcoe Recreation Survey Online ***
Share your thoughts
on environmentally sustainable recreation in the Lake Simcoe Watershed.
As part of Ontario's ongoing commitment to protect and restore the ecological health of Lake Simcoe and its watershed, the Ministry of the Environment has called for the creation of a Multi-Seasonal Recreation Strategy
for the Lake Simcoe Watershed. An important step in developing this strategy is to reach out to the people who use the lake and gather their thoughts. Please take a few moments to complete an online survey to share your views and ideas.
From swimming and boating to fishing, Lake Simcoe is one of Ontario's most popular recreation destinations. The Ministry of the Environment is looking for your views on environmentally sustainable recreation activities on Lake Simcoe and the rivers that flow into it.
What are you doing - or what would you like to see done - to ensure the long-term protection of the lake so you can continue enjoying your favourite pastimes?
Your responses will help inform future actions to protect Lake Simcoe. Click HERE
to take the survey nowClick HERE
to visit the Lake Simcoe Protection website for further information.
Posted 2012-08-22 13:53:10
MEMORIAL TREE PLANTING PROGRAM
Ramara Township Council has adopted the following policy to provide an opportunity for those who wish to have a tree planted, on Township parkland and community centre properties, in memory of someone.
For questions on this policy please contact Caroline Schiavone at
or 705-484-5374 x 247
*** 211 Central East Ontario ***
or on the 211 logo to visit the 211 Ontario website which provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario.
to view a YouTube video, called "Dial 2-1-1 for Social and Community Services in Ontario".
to visit Community Connection, for further information specific to Simcoe County.
Posted 2012-05-07 12:15:24
*** Growing Forward - Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program - Livestock & Poultry Claims ***
When the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program was launched in July 2011, two new eligibility requirements for livestock and poultry producers were created in order to be eligible for compensation. These eligibility requirements include having a Premises ID number and a valid Farm Business Registration number
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs will not reimburse municipalities for claims missing these numbers for livestock and poultry killed or injured on April 1, 2012 or later
.If you don’t have a valid Farm Business Registration and Premises ID number, please apply now for these numbers in order to be eligible for compensation under the updated program.
to view the complete notice.
Posted 2012-03-02 16:19:03
*** GRANTS ONTARIO WEB PORTAL NOW OPEN ***
The government of Ontario has recently launched Grants Ontario - a new online application process that will provide Ontarians with a one-window access point to grants provided by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Grants Ontario web portal will inform Ontarians about what grants are available to them, and how to apply for these grants. The secure system allows online application preparation, submission, status updating and other features to ensure seamless interaction between applicants and the Government of Ontario.
Potentials applicants from the Township of Ramara’s many organizations are sure to benefit from this improved process.
Posted 2012-02-21 13:28:19
*** Changes to Building Code Effective January 1st, 2012 ***
to view a pamphlet from the Ontario Building Officials Association regarding enhanced Energy Efficiency requirements of Ontario's Building Code.
Posted 2012-01-05 10:31:39
*** Health Care Connects ***
Helping you find a family doctor or nurse practitionerClick HERE to visit the Health Care Connect website.
Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. People without a family health care provider are referred to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in their community.
To register with the program, simply call 1-800-445-1822, Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm. You will need a pen, some paper and your OHIP card when you call Health Care Connect. You can also register for Health Care Connect online by entering your information at www.ontario.ca/healthcareconnect
Posted 2012-01-05 09:48:29
*** BEAVER TRAPPING NOTICE TO RESIDENTS ***
The Township of Ramara has engaged the services of licensed individuals to assist in the control of damage caused to Township owned property by beavers.
Click the following links to view notices from the Clerk regarding the specific trappers:
If you require more information regarding the trapping of beavers, please visit the following page of the website for the Ministry of Natural Resources:
Last update posted 2014-05-14 11:24:09
Posted 2011-10-11 11:58:34
*** Drinking Water Quality Management System Policy ***
Click HERE to view the Drinking Water Quality Management System Policy.
The Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) is available at the Environmental Office, 2115 Highway 12, Brechin, for review in its entirety.
Environmental Services Department
Posted 2011-07-20 16:00:12
*** Active Transportation Plan - Public Consultation Summary ***
Posted 2010-12-13 14:00:12
*** Medical Appointment Transportation Service ***
to view a notice from the North Simcoe Muskoka branch of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) regarding a program to assist residents in getting to medical appointments.
For further information, contact Susan French at 705-326-7750 ext. 234 or
Posted 2010-11-10 09:49:05
Health Care Professionals
The Mara Medical Centre Board (the "Board"), in conjunction with the Township of Ramara (the "Township"), is endeavouring to launch a Ramara Family Health Team in the Medical Centre located at 3242 Ramara Road 47, Brechin. The Township has been identified as an underserviced area. Click here for more Information.
*** County of Simcoe - Collection Changes for Garbage, Recycling & Organics ***
As of Monday, April 1st 2013, collection days and times have changed throughout the County. Please ensure you are aware of your new collection day by visiting simcoe.ca
or contacting Customer Service at 705-735-6901 or for 426 or 689 exchanges call toll-free at 1-800-263-3199.
Update Posted 2013-04-02 09:10:21
Posted 2013-03-25 11:58:43
*** HOURS for COUNTY CUSTOMER SERVICE ***
For information about Garbage and Recycling Collection
please call the County of Simcoe at 705-735-6901
or for 426 or 689 exchanges call toll-free at 1-800-263-3199
The County Customer Service Department operators are available to take your calls:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
for additional info regarding Recycling and Waste
Click HERE to view the County of Simcoe's Waste Management webpage.
Update Posted 2009-06-19 16:12:40