Sense the Difference

Festivals and events, canoeing and kayaking, cycling and hiking, trail-riding and snowmobiling, museums and genealogy, hockey and figure-skating, camping and golfing, music, artisans and farm-gate sales, ballparks and boat launches, shopping and studio tour's . . . there's always something for everyone in Lanark Highlands - your four-season destination!

Come and "Sense the Difference"!


Posted on March 3, 2015

Please be advised that Mayor Brian Stewart has called a Special Meeting of the Township Council.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: 75 George Street, Lanark

• Discussion of CAO/Clerk Position

The agenda will be available on the Township’s website.

Taxation 2015
Posted on January 29, 2015

All Municipal tax bills have been sent to the Post Office!
If you do not receive a tax bill within the next week or so, please call Stacey at 613-259-2398 ext. 0.

Posted on November 27, 2014

Please contact Stacey Knowles at 613-259-2398 ext 221 or for more information.

2014 Achievement Awards
Posted on November 20, 2014

The Township of Lanark Highlands is pleased to announce the 2014 Achievement Awards Program:

Seniors Achievement Award
Volunteer Achievement Award
Economic Growth Award
Community Spirit Award
Young Entrepreneur Award
Social Responsibility Award

To assist in the selection of a recipient for an award, residents of the municipality are asked to submit the name of a deserving person/business to the municipality for consideration. In making a recommendation, please provide a brief written history of the accomplishments and contributions that your candidate has made to the community. Please make your submission to the municipal office by 4:30 p.m. Monday November 24th, 2014.

Submit nominations to:
Township of Lanark Highlands
Attn: Stacey Blair, Clerk
75 George Street
Lanark, Ontario K0G 1K0

Click here to read a PDF version of this notice.

Snow Removal 2014/2015

Posted on November 14, 2014

The Township of Lanark Highlands will not be responsible for damages to mailboxes, newspaper boxes or parked vehicles where the boxes or vehicles interfere with the snowplowing of Township Roads.

Parking of vehicles on Township Roads and Village Streets from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 a.m. will not be permitted from November 15, 2014 to April 15, 2015. The prohibition of parking applies to the entire road right-of-way, normally 10m (33') from the centre of the road.

It is an offence under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act to push snow onto or across a Township Road or Street. The removal of such snow piles by the Township will be charged to the adjacent property owner.

Please call this number only in case of a road related emergency or potential danger that requires immediate attention.

For further information contact:
Township of Lanark Highlands
Tom McCarthy, Interim Superintendent of Public Works
75 George Street
Lanark, ON K0G 1K0
T: 613-259-2398 ext. 239
F: 613-259-2291

Official Election Results

Mayor - Brian Stewart

Deputy Mayor - John Hall

Ward One - Linda Hansen

Ward Two - Stephen Roberts

Ward Three - Peter Rodger

Ward Four - Bill King

Ward Five - Jeannie Kelso

Notice of EA Study Commencement-Galbraith Bridge
Posted on October 23, 2014

The Township of Lanark Highlands has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation / replacement of the Galbraith Bridge located on Galbraith Road, approximately 0.5km south of Tatlock Road. The existing single span steel girder bridge, constructed circa 1950, is nearing the end of it useful lifespan and the Township is commencing the planning process for its rehabilitation / replacement in 2015.

Click here to read the full notice.

OPP Billing Reform
Posted on July 18, 2014

14-07-09 OPP Billing Reform - Call to Action Letter to Residents

14-07-09 Sample letter to Premier Wynne re OPP Billing Model

14-03-18 OPP Billing Reform Council Motion

14-03-07 Auditors Report OPP Billing Reform

August 14, 2014

Members’ Policy Update: OPP Billing Model Announcement

After much municipal and provincial consultation and discussion, Minister Yasir Naqvi, Ministry of Community Services and Correctional Services (MCSCS), released the framework of the new OPP Billing Model today. This responds to a 2012 recommendation of the Provincial Auditor General for a simplified, more transparent cost-recovery method that addresses the issues of a billing method that has resulted in municipalities paying different rates.

We are told that the new OPP billing model, to be in effect January 1, 2015 will be a base cost and call for service formula with the following elements:

• A base service cost that each of the 324 OPP-serviced municipalities will pay plus the cost of the actual calls for service.

• Base service costs will be an estimated 60% of what a municipality will pay (i.e. fixed costs).
• Base service costs will be calculated on a per property basis for households, including seasonal and business properties including commercial and industrial properties.

• The calls for services costs are estimated to be about 40% of what a municipality will pay (i.e. the variable cost) and will be based on the individual municipal usage level. Much greater detail about the type of calls for service will be included on the municipal bills to increase transparency. This will assist municipalities and the police community to look at ways to reduce these variable costs.

• Transition will be phased in over 5 years for both cost increases and decreases to municipalities:

• $40 per property cap on increases per year for those with an increase.
• Decreases will be graduated over the 5 years for those with a decrease.

AMO anticipates that the majority of municipal OPP bills are expected to be between $200 -$400 per property based on 2015 estimates.

MCSCS has advised AMO that it engaged a third party auditor to review the split between provincial and municipal OPP costs, the evidence for the proposed split between base and calls for services, and the appropriateness of a per property approach compared to other possible billing approaches considered.

Over the coming weeks, additional MCSCS/OPP information about the new billing model will be available including:

• Two information sessions at the AMO conference on Sunday August 17 and Monday the 18th;

• For those municipalities not attending the AMO conference, regional information sessions will be organized soon, and

• OPP officials will be meeting with each of the 324 OPP serviced municipalities in the early fall to discuss the financial and operational details of the new billing model.

Link for provincial announcement: New OPP Billing Model for Municipalities

AMO Contact: Monika Turner, Director of Policy,, 416.971.9856 ext. 318

Posted on May 15, 2014

Effective immediately the number for reporting a road emergency has changed. Please note the new number:


Please call this number only in case of a road related emergency or potential danger that requires immediate attention. Responding to the pager requires Roads staff to interrupt their normal activity (i.e. snowplowing, grading etc…) to attend the service request. General requests for information will not be provided via this number.

Posted on February 21, 2014

2015 Fire Permits Fire Permits are required from January 1st to the 31st day of December

2015 Fire Permits are available for sale at the township municipal office and local stores.
• Fire permits are require for all valid only for the year of issue
• Fire permits must be renewed prior to burning
• You must notify LHFS of any and all open air burning

Fire permits can be renewed in three ways;
1) Phone 613-259-2398 ext 500 or toll free 1-800-239-4695 ext 500
2) Fax: 613-259-5706 form is available at

2014 Budget Presentation
Posted on February 7, 2014

Click here to view the presentation. (PDF)

Click here to view the presentation. (Powerpoint)

2014 Budget

Volunteer Fire Fighters Required

The Lanark Highlands Fire Service is seeking applications from dedicated community minded men and women who are committed to training and responding to emergency calls 24 hours per day. Preference will be given to those who work within the Township and those who possess a class DZ license. Applications are available at the township municipal office, by calling 613 259-2398 or can be found below.

Click here to view the application (PDF).

Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands - 75 George Street, PO Box 340. Lanark, Ontario, Canada K0G 1K0. 613-259-2398.