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May 29, 2020

To the residents of Ryerson Township:

I first want to acknowledge the great efforts our residents have made in following health guidelines and being adaptable in ever-changing circumstances. Although these measures are no doubt uncomfortable, they are necessary for respecting the health and safety of others, and the low incident count in this region is a testament to these efforts. I also want to thank both our staff, and those at the Burk’s Falls and District Fire Department, for their work through these trying times.

With the onset of summer weather, our residents are no doubt anxious to get outside and enjoy the splendors of this great region. In so doing, we urge everyone to continue following health unit protocols including social distancing and frequent handwashing. Although our parks and boat launches are open to the public, the washrooms and changerooms are not being cleaned, and so will remain closed.

The Township office remains closed to the public, to minimize contact and help limit the spread of the virus. We encourage residents to conduct business by telephone or email wherever possible. Municipal staff remain at work, and are available during regular business hours to assist with any inquiries.

At the end of June, the office staff will be temporarily relocating while the Township garage roof is replaced. It is anticipated that the closure will be from June 22-July 30, during which time staff will be operating out of the Burk’s Falls Medical building at 162 Huston Street. A dropbox will be affixed next to the downstairs entrance on Main Street, and residents can continue to reach the office by phone at (705) 382-3232 or by e-mail to admin@ryersontownship.ca.

Although this pandemic is far from over, if we continue to act responsibly and follow the guidelines set by Public Health and the Province, we can move forward with minimized potential for adverse consequences in this area.

Mayor George Sterling

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Notice to the Residents of Ryerson Township Regarding COVID19:

Township and Area Closures

  • Ryerson Township’s Annual 2020 Yard Sale is Cancelled Due to COVID-19
  • Hazmat Day May 30th, 2020 is Cancelled Due to COVID-19. Hazmat August 22nd, 2020 is still scheduled.
  • The 2020 Rabies Clinics have been cancelled
  • Ryerson Township Town Hall Meeting July 3rd, 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19
  • The Burk’s Falls and District Food Bank is accepting donations by e-transfer to burksfallsanddistrictfoodbank@gmail.com. Include a complete mailing address to receive a tax receipt and the security question should be the donator’s last name.
  • Notice: Building Department Covid-19 Notice Building Dept.
Quick link for up to date information: COVID-19 ontario.ca/coronavirus

Visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit website for information about the disease including, how to protect yourself, symptoms and treatment and updates as they become available.

For up to date information regarding the virus in Ontario visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website.
For up to date information regarding the virus in Canada visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website. 

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MPAC Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

2020 Assessment Update postponed

As part of the Ontario Government’s Economic and Fiscal Update on March 25, the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, announced the Province’s decision to postpone the 2020 Assessment Update.

The Ontario Government has indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property.

We will continue to conduct our business, including updating property information, capturing new assessment, analyzing sales, completing tax applications and managing Requests for Reconsideration and appeals.

If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to support you.

Request for Reconsideration deadline extended

The Request for Reconsideration (RfR) deadline for property owners who disagree with their property assessment is usually March 31 of the applicable tax year. We have extended the 2020 RfR deadline to fall 16 days after the Province lifts its COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency.

Amended Notice mailing postponed

We postponed our March 30th mailing of Post Roll Amended Notices (PRANs), which are sent to property owners throughout the year if there are changes in the assessed value of their property as a result of a change in classification, tax status or the result of a factual error(s). A PRAN corrects the assessment(s) provided in a previously issued Property Assessment Notice.

Building Permits are status quo

We continue to process building permits received from municipalities in a timely way, with the exception of those that require on-site property inspections. Please continue to submit your building permits as usual.

COVID-19 resources for property owners

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Ontario Energy Board COVID-19 UPDATE – Time-of-use pricing

The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the off-peak price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. The Government has indicated that it intends to keep the 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing in place for 45 days.The 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing applies automatically – no customer action is required. Some customers may receive a bill before their utility or unit sub-meter provider is able to implement the price change, in which case they will receive a credit on the following bill.

For more information, read the Government’s news release at https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-providing-electricity-relief-to-families-small-businesses-and-farms-during-covid-19.html

Also visit https://.oeb.ca/newsroom/2020/oeb-covid-19-update, for the latest updates from the Ontario Energy Board on measures its taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Beginning in 2020, the Township of Ryerson is providing residents with the option to receive their tax bills by e-mail, rather than through the regular postal system. To enroll in this system, please fill out the consent form found here and return by email to the Township.

The interim tax billing installments are due on April 17, 2020 and May 15, 2020. If you did not receive your tax bill, please call the office at (705) 382-3232 as soon as possible. Please note that a missing or undelivered tax bill does not preclude a property owner from their responsibility to pay taxes on time.


Will be in effect again after the COVID-19 emergency is cancelled. For now, the office is closed to the public.

MONDAY:  8:30 A.M TO 4:00 P.M.

TUESDAY: 8:30 A.M TO 4:00 P.M.


THURSDAY: 8:30 A.M TO 4:00 P.M.

FRIDAY: 8:30 A.M TO 4:00 P.M.

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Vacant land and commercial/industrial properties WILL NOT receive a Landfill Card, however, a Landfill Access Pass will be issued for access to the site and waste disposal will be charged at $3 per bag.

The Almaguin Highlands Health Centre Committee is a dedicated group of municipal officials who seek to support, attract and retain health services within the Highlands. The Committee is seeking community feedback in an effort to support an Almaguin Highlands Health Team submission.

Please take a moment to complete the short survey online, or visit your municipal office for a print version. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XBZ37C

All dogs are required to have a 2020 dog tag. The cost is $15.00 for the first dog, and $20.00 for each additional dog. Payment must be made in cash or cheque only, at the Ryerson Township Office.

The Township of Ryerson is proud to offer its residents the CodeRED emergency notification system. This system is utilized by public safety personnel to notify residents of any emergency situation arising in the region. Click on the image for more information.

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