Restricted Fire Zone Lifted

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday May 16, 2020, the Province of Ontario has lifted the Restricted Fire Zone in Northern Ontario. At that time, the fire rating will be set to HIGH per Fire Chief Dave McNay.

For more information, please see the MNRF news release:

Under a HIGH fire rating, open air burning and daytime burning are not allowed. Enclosed campfires not exceeding 2 feet/24 inches are permitted for cooking and warmth only.

Rabies Clinic 2020

UPDATE:  2020 Rabies Clinic will be held on August 5th 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at

Dr. Verzijlenberg (Dr. Fritz) at 4 John St. ,  Sundridge, ON  Phone (705)384-0400

$25.00 each animal.

Wearing a mask is mandatory, please social distance.


Province Declares Emergency

News Release March 17, 2020

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

Office of the Premier

TORONTO – Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it is taking decisive action by making an order declaring an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In doing so, Ontario is using every power possible to continue to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families.

“We are facing an unprecedented time in our history,” said Premier Ford. “This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority.”

As a result of this declaration and its associated orders, the following establishments are legally required to close immediately:

  • All facilities providing indoor recreational programs;
  • All public libraries;
  • All private schools as defined in the Education Act;
  • All licensed child care centres;
  • All bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery;
  • All theatres including those offering live performances of music, dance, and other art forms, as well as cinemas that show movies; and
  • Concert venues.

Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. These orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier.

Food Bank: Due to Covid-19, By Appointment Only




JOY  @  705-571-0125

BETWEEN  9:00 AM & 5:00 PM



Ontario 211 is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.

please dial 211 or click the link below

211 ontario programs


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.