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Dogs in Ryerson Township are required to have a current Dog Tag

There shall be no more than 6 dogs permitted on a property unless a Kennel Licence has been obtained

Dog Tags are available at the Township Office

$15.00 for the first dog licence

$20.00 for each additional dog licence


You can recycle your hazardous waste materials on Saturday August 22nd, 2020 at the Strong Township Landfill located at 483 Forest Lake Road, Sundridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a full list of accepted items, please click here.


Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians

Disaster Relief Assistance 2019

DRO Disaster Assistance Application 2019



May 1, 2019

Flooding up-date

All year round “Municipally maintained” roads in the Township of Ryerson are now open. Please drive with caution as there are still areas prone to washouts. Half loads are still in effect. Public Works is planning to resume the normal maintenance schedule as soon as possible.

Properties that have been flooded are at risk of possible water contamination.  Residents in flooded areas with wells and septic systems that are under water or have been under water, are advised not to use their systems for drinking, bathing, and/or to wash laundry or dishes.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit advises that well water is to be tested as soon as possible.  Please refer to the information below from the Health Unit for information on water testing.

Information about flooding and septic systems is available at the link provided by the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority:

Flood Safety – Sewage Systems _ NBMCA

At this time the Tri-R Landfill site is not accepting flood related waste, due to possible contamination and landfill capacity.  However, the Tri-R municipalities (Burks Falls, Armour and Ryerson) are developing a plan to assist affected residents with waste disposal.  More information regarding waste disposal with be forthcoming.


North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit


Collecting and Sending Drinking Water Samples

  1. Well-water and treated surface water used for drinking can be sent for testing. Untreated surface water will not be tested. You should test your water three times per year: Spring, Summer and Fall.
  2. Follow the instructions in your water sample kit to collect your drinking water sample.
  3. Fill out the form completely. Note: Your Health Unit # is 2247.
  4. Samples are not accepted on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the day before or day of statutory holidays.
  5. Bring your drinking water sample to the Health Unit on the SAME DAY you collect it. Keep your sample cool. Samples can be dropped off at the following locations:


Burk’s Falls Office

7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

17 Copeland St, Burk’s Falls

Parry Sound Office

7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

70 Joseph St, Parry Sound

North Bay Office

7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

345 Oak St W, North Bay



West Nipissing Municipal Office

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

225 Holditch St, Sturgeon Falls

Getting Your Lab Results


Prior to submission, remove one of the barcodes from the sample bottle and place it on the Water Results by Telephone Card (Blue). Follow the instructions on the card.


Select the box “Please mail to my mailing address above”. The report will be mailed to the address in the top left hand box of the form.

Pick up at the Laboratory:

Select the box “Pick up at the laboratory”. The laboratory will hold the report for two weeks after the sample is received; it will be mailed after this date. No report will be released without proper identification (e.g. photo ID). You may pick up your report at the Orillia Public Health Laboratory (Parry Sound Office and Burk’s Falls Office submissions) or the Sudbury Public Health Laboratory (North Bay Office and West Nipissing Municipal Office submissions).

You will not be able to pick up the report at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit or the West Nipissing Municipal Office.


Report a Road Hazard


If you are aware of a road hazard (i.e. a missing stop sign, dangerous washout or dead deer on the road), please notify us at 705-382-3232 during office hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (If you leave a message please include time, date and nature of emergency).

For after office hours roads related emergencies, please

Lloyd Van Duzen

Working Roads Supervisor

Call/Text (705)783-0064.

Spring flooding in Ryerson

It’s that time of year again, when temperatures rise and the snowpack finally begins to disappear! But with that sense of relief comes the risk of flooding. Residents and visitors should be especially cautious around rivers, lakes and ditches, as water levels and the rate of flow will be unpredictable over the next several weeks. Please visit the links below for more information regarding flooding in Ryerson and throughout the Province.

Regular Council Meeting Time Change

Ryerson Township Council Meetings will now be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Fire Department Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation

Burks’s Falls Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation

click on Certificate of Accreditation

Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation is a process that provides the assurance that adequate water supply can be brought to a fire incident from an alternate water supply other than a fire hydrant on a Municipal Water System. There are two grades that are reviewed in the accreditation process. The first is the Dwelling Protection Grade which relates to the protection of personal dwellings. In order to attain the Accreditation for this grade, the fire department must maintain a flow of 950 liters (200 imperial gallons) per minute for a duration of two hours. The second grade is a Public Fire Protection Grade which focuses on the need for protection of commercial and industrial needs. To attain Accreditation for this grade, the fire department must maintain a flow of 1900 litres (400 imperial gallons) per minute for a duration of two hours

On August 14th, 2018 the Burks Falls and District Fire Department underwent its Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation testing under the watchful eye of Fire Protection Survey Services. In order to receive Accreditation throughout the whole area of Armour, Burks Falls and Ryerson. The fire department underwent three separate tests. These test were strategically placed in order providing the greatest amount of coverage possible. Four times a year, in each season, the fire department practices these skills to keep them sharp. This hard work was rewarded with the passing of all three tests to the greater standard of the Public Fire Protection Grade. By default, this also means that the lesser standard of the Dwelling Protection Grade was also achieved.

What is involved with the testing? The test sites are selected and agreed upon by the testing authority and the fire department. The water dump site is selected as is a water source approximately five kilometers away in order to meet the Insurance Bureau requirements. In order to receive benefits of the Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation, the building being assessed by an Insurance Company must be within 8 kilometers for Dwelling Protection Grade and 5 kilometers for the Public Fire Protection Grade to the nearest station. Secondly, the water source must be within 5 kilometers of the building. If the required flows are met the building receives an additional grade point. This grade point difference could translate to savings in annual insurance costs. These savings are dependent upon the insurance company being used.

It is important that you, whether home/cottage owner or business owner within the required distance from a fire station, to check with your insurance company to ensure that you are receiving the better insurance rate or to see if you are eligible to receive it. The level within the Dwelling Protection Grade (home/cottager) after this Accreditation is, ‘Dwelling Protection with Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation’. The level within the Public Fire Protection Grade (commercial/industrial) is ‘Grade8’. Some may already be receiving these rates from the previous Accreditation that was conducted in 2006. It is important to note that these grades may be altered by your insurance company if your road is not maintained year round.

Fire Chief Dave McNay

P.O. Box 70

Burk’s Falls, ON, P0A 1C0

Phone: (705)382-4010




Notice: Winter Operations

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act RSO 1990

Section 170 (12): No person shall park or stand a vehicle on a highway in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic or the clearing of snow from the highway.

Section 170 (15): an officer appointed for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act, upon discovery of any vehicle parked or standing in contravention of subsection (12) ..may cause it to be moved or taken to and placed or stored in a suitable place and all costs or charges for removing, care and storage thereof, if any are a lien upon the vehicle.

If this vehicle is not removed forthwith, it will be tagged and towed at the owner’s expense.

Section 181: No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing so to do from the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road.


Notice: Diabetes Drop Box at the TRI R Landfill & Recycling Centre

The TRI R Landfill & Recycling Centre now has a donation bin in support of Diabetes Canada.

Click here to see the poster. For a list of acceptable donation items, click here.