Construction Notice · King Street Oct 8 to Oct 10

Construction Notice

The sidewalk in front of 204 King Street will be closed from October 8 to October 10 inclusive. One parking spot in front of this address will be also be closed to allow for entrance, sidewalk, and curbing work to be completed. Signage will be in place to notify pedestrians.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

 

Oct 4, 2019 · Ombudsman’s Report on Closed Meeting Complaints

 

An Ombudsman Report was provided to the Council of the Municipality of West Nipissing following an investigation of three complaints about a closed meeting held on March 19, 2019. The complaints alleged that the Agenda item named “Municipal Act/Roles & Responsibilities” held during the in camera session violated meeting rules rendered within the Municipal Act, 2001.

The following report underlines the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction and procedural by-law research, a description of the investigative process, relevant background information, an analysis, along with the Ombudsman’s opinion and recommendations.

 

Documentation

Ombudsman Ontario-West Nipissing-October 2019

 

 

Notice of Water Main Flushing - October 2019

Upcoming Water Main Flushing 

October 3, 2019 

The flushing of water mains in West Nipissing is scheduled to start the second week of October and may take up to 3 weeks to complete. 

Residents may experience discoloured water, sediments, or a change in water pressure. If you experience discolouration, run a cold tap for and allow sufficient time for the water to run clear. Signage will be posted along the areas to advise residents of the scheduled flushing.

Your patience is appreciated.  

 

Traffic Notice • Filming on Desaulniers Rd on October 3-4, 2019

 

Filming on Desaulniers Road October 3-4, 2019 

On October 3 and 4, 2019, Girl Meets Fella Productions Inc. will be filming on Desaulniers Road off of Highway 539. The productions crew will require 24 hours of continuous filming, arriving as early as 4 a.m. on October 3, and filming until 9 am on October 4. The production units will be parked on Desaulniers Road, which may cause minor parking and noise disruptions during the filming. We thank you for your understanding.

 

 

Sept 25, 2019 · Brightening West Nipissing’s Downtown Area with Support From the Province

 

September 25, 2019

Residents and small businesses of Municipality of West Nipissing will soon benefit from the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. This initiative makes an investment in Ontario communities’ downtown areas that will help support and grow local businesses through beautification.

The Municipality of West Nipissing has received nearly $50,000 which will be used to light up a section of King Street with decorative lamposts — an idea that was presented to Council by the West Nipissing Chamber of Commerce. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2019.

“Our beautification group, many volunteers and local business owners have worked so hard over the last few months to beautify the community. This type of funding adds to our existing efforts and promotes a healthy, thriving downtown area.” — Mayor Joanne Savage, Municipality of West Nipissing

"AMO is pleased that the Government of Ontario has made funding available for our communities’ main street areas, which are often the anchors of local communities. The upfront, allocation-based funding recognizes that municipal governments are in the best position to work with local businesses to identify priority projects for this funding.” – Jamie McGarvey, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

The funding is made available by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for all single- and lower-tier municipalities to implement local Community Improvement Plans and invest in municipal infrastructure to improve their downtown and main street areas. Funding is upfront, allocation-based and projects are selected by municipal councils.

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Sept 6, 2019 · Residents Can Now Submit Service Requests by Email

The new service allows West Nipissing residents to share their requests quickly and easily by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

When submitting a service request, the support team asks that residents send a description of the issue or concern, along with their name, phone number and residential address. 

Once an entry has been logged into the service software, municipal staff will plan to resolve the matter as efficiently as possible, based on priority and available resources.

Service Request can still be submitted by phone at 705 753 2250.

For afterhours emergencies, please call 705 753 1170.

 


 

Example

Request: Please fix pot hole on River Street near the William Street intersection.

Name: John Smith

Phone: 705-555-0505

Residential Address: 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls

Include photos if need be.

 

Public Notice • August 20, 2019 • Update on Discoloured Water in Verner

 

PUBLIC NOTICE 

Verner Water Update 

August 20, 2019 

 

The monitoring and treatment of the Municipal Water system in Verner appears to have greatly improved the discolouration and high levels of manganese in the water.  The latest testing at the Verner Water Plant has shown great results and we are measuring well below our targets for colour and manganese. We anticipate that with Mother Nature's cooperation and our continued monitoring, that conditions should remain favourable.  

Council and the Municipality continue to evaluate long-term measures to rectify the issue permanently.

We thank you for your patience and collaboration. 

 

 

 

Maclean's ranks West Nipissing as top community in Northern Ontario.

August 9, 2019

The Municipality of West Nipissing was ranked the top amongst Northern Ontario communities and #82 overall in Maclean's annual ranking for “Best communities in Canada 2019”.

The ranking by Maclean’s included data on 415 communities across the country and listed which communities in Canada offer the best quality of life. The rankings were based on points awarded in 10 categories including wealth and economy, affordability, health, weather, crime, commute, taxes, demographics, culture and community, and amenities.

Similarly, in 2018, MoneySense ranked West Nipissing as the best place to live in Canada with low property taxes.
https://www.moneysense.ca/spend/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-canada-low-taxes-2018-100/

This is not the first time West Nipissing is recognized as one of the best communities, and it will certainly not be the last.” Says Mayor Joanne Savage  “The story of our vibrant and charming community is making its way across Canada. As proud hosts of the 2019 IPM, we will soon have a greater opportunity to share our quality of life with others from around the world. Every one of us who is proud to call West Nipissing home knows that our Joie de vivre shines through our great services and the generous people of our municipality. We may be #82 on this list, but West Nipissing will always be the best.

Other rankings from Northern Ontario communities 

116. Greater Sudbury
133. Kenora
138. North Bay
152. Timmins
215. Sault Ste. Marie
223. Elliot Lake
241. Temiskaming Shores

Click here to see Macleans full ranking 

 

 

 

May 22, 2019 · Flood Damage and Disaster Recovery Assistance

Once the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program has been activated, small business owners, farms, and tenants, home owners and not-for-profit organizations can apply for assistance.

There are rules, forms and insurance implications to the DRAO. Applicants should contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.  

 

Learn more about the program:

Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call 1-844-780-8925

Visit Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

Visit Apply for disaster recovery assistance

 

June 7, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 13

 

Public Notice
Flooding Emergency Update 13

June 7, 2019, 2:00 pm

Lake Nipissing’s water level has receded to an average of 196.37 m. Minimal precipitation and warmer temperatures are forecasted over the weekend, which should cause the water levels to continue to recede or remain stable.

The Minnehaha Bay Boat Launch will be reopened as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019. Marina Services will not be available over the weekend; however, the Launch will be open for public use at no charge. The Secondary Boat Launch in Cache Bay remains open. All other Municipal launches are closed until further notice. Boaters are urged to respect the NO WAKE ZONE and should plan accordingly, anticipating for a slower return trip.

Boat Launching Considerations:

  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  •  Navigate with caution and respect NO WAKE regulations 

Motorists are reminded to adhere to road closure signs as road closures remain in effect.

We will provide updates as new information becomes available. For any flood-related concerns or inquiries, contact us at 705.753.1171.


 


 

Additional Information 

Helpful Links

MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - June 3, 2019

MNRF North Bay District Watershed Statement - June 3, 2019

Ontario Flood Map

Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

Water Level and Flow Information

 

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call 1-844-780-8925

Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

Apply for disaster recovery assistance

Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

 

Current Boat Launch Closures in Effect 

  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  • Boat Launching Considerations

  •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.
  • Boating Safety Considerations

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.
  •  

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

     

    Contact Info

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 27, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 11

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 11

    May 27, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Lake Nipissing’s water level has increased to 196.54m over the weekend. Minimal precipitation and wind are forecasted for the next five days, which could cause water levels to remain stable. 

    Vehicle speeding and unnecessary driving on closed roads has been reported in flood-affected areas. The Municipality and Emergency Services strongly urge motorists to adhere to road closure signs to avoid making waves and causing additional damage to affected properties and roads. Local traffic is permitted for residents who need access to their primary residences only. Any other motorists travelling on closed roads can be fined under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily to flag any potential hazards. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

     


     

     

    Additional Information 

     

    Helpful Links

    MNRF North Bay District Flood Warning - May 24, 2019

    Ontario Flood Map

    Environment Canada Weather - West Nipissing

    Water Level and Flow Information

     

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Apply for disaster recovery assistance

    Applicants should also contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

  • Marina Minnehaha Bay
  • Sturgeon River House Museum
  • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
  • Cache Bay Launch on Dock Rd.
  • St-Jean Municipal Launch
  • Lavigne Municipal Launch
  •  

    Boat Launching Considerations

  •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
  • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
  • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
  •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.
  •  

    Boating Safety Considerations

  • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
  • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
  • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.
  •  

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Visit the Road Closures page for an updated list. 
    Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence are available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     

    Contact Info

    For any flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

     

    Sandbags and Volunteering Update

    Volunteers

    If you require volunteer assistance please contact 705.753.1171.

    To participate to volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 during regular business hours. For afterhours and weekends, call 705.753.1171. You can also send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address. 

     


     

    Sand Bags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    • O’Brien (Turn around)
    • Quesnel (West End)
    • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     


     

    For flood related inquiries, road access requests, or accomodation needs, please contact 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    May 24, 2019 · MNRF UPDATED FLOOD WARNING

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District is advising area residents that a Flood Warning is in effect for Lake Temagami, the Sturgeon River, Lake Nipissing and French River until Thursday, May 30, 2019.

     

    FLOOD WARNING: flooding is imminent or occurring within specific watercourses and municipalities.

    Click here to view the latest Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – North Bay District Bulletin: Wednesday, May 24, 2019

    May 23, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update 10

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 10

    May 23, 2019, 2:00 pm

    Based on the forecasted rainfall and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing levels are expected to remain high over the next several days. Road conditions are relatively stable and Closures remain in effect. The water levels on the roads continue to fluctuate due to changes in wind direction. Crews continue to monitor water levels in the area and flag any potential hazards caused by water over the roads.

    The Cache Bay Boat Launch on Teal Road (Park Rd) remains available.  All other Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne are closed until further notice.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program

    There are rules, forms and insurance implications to the DRAO. Applicants should contact their insurance providers regarding flood damage matters.  

    Learn more about the program:

    Email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Call 1-844-780-8925

    Visit Guidelines to apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO)

    Visit Apply for disaster recovery assistance

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures

    •  Marina Minnehaha Bay
    •  Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
    • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch

     

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    •  Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
    • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    •  Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

    Boating Safety Considerations:

    • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
    • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

     

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 17, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #9

    Boatlaunch-Cache-Bay

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 9

    May 17, 2019 11:00 am

    The Cache Bay boat launch at Park Road will be open as of noon on May 17, 2019. Due to fairly stable weather conditions and following a comprehensive site inspection, the launch is being re-opened temporarily. Residents are asked to stay off the waterways unless the purpose of their travel is to protect their shoreline properties. Municipal boat launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay (Government Dock Rd.), Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. While we understand that this may be an inconvenience, the closures are necessary to ensure public safety.   

    Boat Launching Considerations:

    • Come prepared to launch in high water levels, wear a life jacket and appropriate footwear.
    • Launching will require more than one person per boat.
    • Expect some vehicle congestion, please be patient with other boaters and help one another.
    • Do not park vehicles and trailers within the launch area.

    Boating Safety Considerations:

    • Be mindful of dangerous floating debris.
    • Navigate with caution and follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation.
    • The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties and sand bag walls.

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures:

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls
    • Cache Bay Launch on Government Dock Rd.
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and Road Closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should plan accordingly and should consider leaving their homes in the event that conditions worsen. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171. 

     

     


     

    Additional Information 

     

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.


    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 16, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #8

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 8

    May 16, 2019 2:30 pm

     

    As of Thursday, May 16, Municipal Boat Launches in Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne remain closed until further notice. Following a thorough inspection of the boat launches and a careful consideration for public safety, the conditions of the launches were deemed unsafe. We understand that given the long weekend, this may inconvenience some. These closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the public.   

    Residents using an alternate access to the Sturgeon River and Lake Nipissing are instructed to navigate with caution and to follow the 9 km/hr speed regulation. The slightest wake can cause damage to shoreline properties.

     

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean, Verner Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

     

    There are no changes to road conditions to report at this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents in affected areas should be taking necessary precautions and planning accordingly, should road conditions worsen.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available. 

     

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 14, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #7

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 7

    May 14, 2019 2:00 pm

    Municipal Boat Launch Closures remain in effect for Sturgeon Falls, Cache Bay, Verner and Lavigne. With the long weekend approaching, we understand this may be inconvenient for some, but these closures are necessary to protect shoreline properties. The Emergency Control Group will continue to monitor conditions and will reassess boat launch access before Friday. We will advise residents should conditions change.

    Current Municipal Boat Launch Closures: 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    There are no changes to road conditions to report and this time and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 13, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #6

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 6

    May 13, 2019 3:40 pm

    Effective immediately,  the following Municipal Boat Launches with access to Lake Nipissing and the Sturgeon River, are closed until further notice. 

    • Marina Minnehaha Bay 
    • Sturgeon River House Museum
    • Holditch Street in Sturgeon Falls 
    • Cache Bay (Both Municipal Launches)
    • St-Jean Municipal Launch
    • Lavigne Municipal Launch 

    We understand this may be inconvenient for some, but with the current water levels and hazardous debris, the slightest ripple can cause significant damage to shoreline properties. Residents will be advised as soon as conditions have improved and launches are accessible. 

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time, and road closures remain in effect. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets away from fast-moving waterways. Boaters are urged to stay away from affected areas.

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions daily. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.  

    For any flood related concerns or inquiries, contact the Municipality at 705.753.1171.  

     


     

    Additional Information 

    Accommodations and Assistance 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Click here for updated Road Closures. Road conditions are updated as information becomes available. 

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are available at the Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. 

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  • Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For any  flood-related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

     

    May 12, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #5

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 5

    May 12, 2019 10:45 am

    There are no changes in road conditions to report at this time. However, water levels are still on the rise. Since the yesterday, the increase in water level was reported at approximately 2.5 cm. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Additionally, boaters are instructed to stay away from affected areas to reduce the impact of the wakes on roads and properties. 

    Emergency Services and Operations Crews continue to patrol and assess conditions. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
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    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
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    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 11, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #4

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 4

    May 11, 2019 12:45 pm

    There are currently no changes in road conditions to report at this time. The weather forecast continues to indicate lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for today through Sunday. However, water levels may rise by 2-3 cm per day over the weekend. The Municipality reminds residents to remain cautious and to keep children and pets away from fast moving waterways. Emergency Services and Operations Crews will continue to patrol and assess conditions over the weekend. To protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering. 

    Residents who or are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road conditions are updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available. 

     

    Sandbags

    100 bags per residence is available to those in need. Sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

  • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.
  •  

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

  • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
  • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
  • Avenue du lac in Lavigne
  • End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
  • O’Brien (Turn around) 
  • Quesnel (West End) 
  • End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)
  • End of Argo Road 
  •  

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911. 

     

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. 

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #3

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 3

     

    May 10, 2019 4:15 pm

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The weather forecast indicates lessened precipitation and reduced wind speeds for the weekend. However, water levels are expected to continue to rise by 2-3 cm per day for the next few days. The Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant and cautious around waterways.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

     

    Road Conditions

    Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    - End of Argo Road

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact 705.753.1171 afterhours or on the weekend. During regular business hours, 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 10, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Update #2

    Public Notice

    Flooding Emergency Update 2

     

    May 10, 2019 11:00 am

    The Municipality’s Emergency Control Group continues to monitor flood and road conditions. The evening of Thursday May 9, 2019 was stable as the rain subsided and wind conditions improved. West Nipissing Police patrolled affected areas throughout the night and will continue to do so today. As of this morning, water levels had decreased by 1 inch.

    Although conditions are stable, water levels are expected to rise in the coming days. The Emergency plan remains active and the Municipality asks that residents remain vigilant. Emergency Services personnel have advised residents of road closures and evacuation options.

    Residents who are in need of accommodations or volunteering assistance can call 705.753.1171.

    In an effort to protect infrastructure and to avoid potential safety hazards, the public is instructed to stay away from the affected areas unless they are volunteering.

    Road Conditions

    Minehaha Bay (300 King Street) has reopened but all other road closures remain in effect. Road closures are being updated on westnipissing.ca as information becomes available.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and wells, not secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street): 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South): 9 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    -Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    -Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    -Quesnel (West End)

    -End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     


     

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. 
    To report an emergency please call 911.

    The West Nipissing Emergency Control Group continues to monitor conditions and appreciates the community’s cooperation. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 • Public Notice • Flooding Emergency Update #1

     

    Public Notice
    Flooding Emergency Update 1

    May 9, 2019 

    Emergency Services has advised residents in the affected areas of road closures and their options to evacuate. Residents who were away during the road closures and did not speak with Emergency Services are instructed to call 705.753.1171 to make arrangements. Those in need of accommodations are also asked to call the Municipality at 705.753.1171.

    Road Conditions

    Due to water over the roads and washouts, a number of roads have been closed with restricted access. The conditions of some roads have drastically changed thus restricting us from providing access to residents due to a public safety concern. Road closures will be updated on westnipissing.ca as information become available. School Officials have advised parents in the affected areas of transportation detours and cancelations.

    Sandbags

    The Municipality is providing 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    • Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Residents are asked that unless they are volunteering with sandbags, to stay away from the affected area.

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    • Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    •  Avenue du lac in Lavigne
    •  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)
    •  O’Brien (Turn around)
    •  Quesnel (West End)
    •  End of Lac Deux Milles (dead end/turnaround)

    Volunteering Efforts

    Additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

    The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is continuing to monitoring conditions and has activated its Emergency Plan.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     

    May 9, 2019 · Public Notice · Flooding Emergency Declared

     

    Flooding Emergency Declared

    May 9, 2019

    Due to continued rising water levels in West Nipissing, Mayor Joanne Savage has declared an Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The Municipality of West Nipissing Emergency Control Group is monitoring conditions closely and has activated its Emergency Plan. This has allowed the Municipality to formally acquire assistance and deploy additional services.

     

    Potential Evacuation

    Some residents may be advised to evacuate due to restricted access, as rising water levels continue to affect road conditions. Emergency Officials will visit the affected properties to inform residents of their options. In preparation, the Municipality is planning for accommodations in a nearby Community Centre.

     

    Road Conditions

    A number of roads are currently under water or at risk of washing out. The Municipality’s Operations Team and Emergency Services are responding to the issue and continues to monitor conditions.

    Keep visiting the Municipal website for up to date road closure information.

     

    Sandbags

    The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (225 Holditch Street) : 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    - Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) : from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10

    Sand piles are available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    - End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    - O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    - End of Lac Deux Milles Road (dead end/turnaround)

     

    Volunteering Efforts

    If conditions worsen, additional volunteer assistance may be required. To participate in volunteering efforts, please contact us at 705.753.2250 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address.

     

    Water Levels and Weather Forecast

    A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.  

    The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily and work to alleviate road access issues.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.

    We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

     


     

     

    Jay Barbeau, CAO

    Municipality of West Nipissing

    May 8, 2019 • Public Notice • West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

     

    West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

    May 8, 2019

    A rainfall warning from Environment Canada is in effect. Significant rainfall is expected tonight through Thursday Night. Based on the weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by more than 20 cm by the end of the week.  

    Properties in low-lying areas are most at risk for flooding and road closures. Residents at risk are instructed to take necessary precautions to mitigate damage to their properties and to prepare for a potential evacuation. The current conditions of the roads are passible with some lightly covered with water, however residents should remain vigilant as conditions change. Should conditions worsen, Emergency Services will be visiting the affected properties to inform residents of their options.

    The Municipality will provide 100 bags per residence to those in need. Please note that sand bags are to be used to protect homes and accommodations, not for secondary structures and shorelines. Sand bags can be picked up at:

    - Sturgeon Falls Fire Station (22 Holditch Street) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

    -  Lavigne Fire Station (Hwy 64 South) – from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday May 8, or 9 am to noon on Thursday May 9.

    Sand piles will be available in areas including:

    - Marleau Road (at Lac Deux Milles Road Intersection)

    - Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)

    - Avenue du lac in Lavigne

    -  End of Eugene Rd (between Arbour and Comeau)

    -  O’Brien (Turn around)

    - Quesnel (West End)

    The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. Crews will continue to patrol at-risk areas daily assess any changes.

    For flood related inquiries or concerns, please contact us at 705.753.1171. To report an emergency please call 911.We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings

    Environment Canada – Weather for West Nipissing, ON

    Jay Barbeau, CAO

    Municipality of West Nipissing

     

    May 7 2019 · West Nipissing Flooding Preparedness

     

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    May 7, 2019

    The Municipality is requesting that all residents air on the side of caution as the water levels rise in the area. Based on weather forecast and the latest information provided by the MNRF – North Bay District, Lake Nipissing has the potential to rise by an additional 15 cm over the next week. In preparation, the Municipality will provide sand to areas that are most at-risk of flooding at this time. Residents can expect to see loads of sand within the next 24 hours near these locations:

    • Marleau Road and Lac Des Deux Milles Road intersection
    • Marleau Road (at the East end/dead end)
    • Avenue du Lac in Lavigne
    • End of Eugene Road (between Arbour and Comeau)

    Other locations are being considered at this time. Local suppliers such as Goulard RONA Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre have sandbags available for purchase.

    We urge residents to be diligent by taking precautions to avoid flooding and to minimize damage to their properties. Don’t wait until it’s too late. West Nipissing Emergency Services can assess and provide additional support on a case-by-case basis. If you are concerned with the water levels surrounding your property or are currently experiencing emergency-level conditions, please contact us at 705.753.1171.

    With the current conditions, the Municipality of West Nipissing has not declared an emergency. The Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor water levels in the area. The crews are patrolling at-risk areas daily and are assessing any weather changes that could affect water levels: precipitations, temperature, thawing, wind directions and ice conditions.

    Safety measure and available resources will be reassessed based on conditions. We will continue provide updates as more information becomes available.

     

     


     

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map for up-to-date conditions and flood warnings

     

    May 1, 2019 · Safety Update on Water Conditions

     

    May 1, 2019

    The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Flood Warning remains in effect for the North Bay District, as of April 30, 2019. With the current conditions, the Municipality of West Nipissing has not declared an emergency. West Nipissing Emergency Services and Operations Team will continue to monitor thawing and water conditions in the area. The crews are patrolling at-risk areas daily and are assessing any weather changes that could affect water levels: precipitations, temperature, thawing, wind directions and ice conditions.

    The Municipality is prepared to assist should conditions worsen. West Nipissing Emergency Services can assess and provide support on a case-by-case basis. If you are currently experiencing emergency-level conditions on your property, please contact us at 705.753.2250, or 705.753.1170 after regular business hours.

    Residents should remain mindful of potential hazards and prepare their homes accordingly. Local suppliers such as Goulard RONA Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre have sand filling stations and sandbags available for purchase.

     

    Residents can keep a close watch on local forecasts and conditions using the following links:

    Ontario’s flooding tips

    Ontario’s flood map 

     

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