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Important Notice – Flood Relief
Posted on May 29, 2019

The Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program was recently activated within the Township of Lanark Highlands as a result of overland flooding that began on April 19, 2019. This means that homeowners and residential tenants, small owner-operated businesses and farms, and not-for-profit organizations in the activation area can apply for assistance under the program.

Eligible applicants can receive assistance for emergency expenses and costs for repair or replacement of essential and basic property as laid out in the program guidelines. The intent of the program is to return essential property to a basic level, to make homes safe and habitable and allow people to resume their livelihoods. The program does not provide assistance for all costs.

Please see the attached link for guidance materials.

Lanark Highlands hires new treasurer
Posted on May 23, 2019

Lanark Highlands will have a new treasurer, effective June 10, after council passed a by-law at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to hire Pierce Olynyk for the position.

“We welcome Mr. Olynyk to the Lanark Highlands team,” said Reeve Peter McLaren. “He brings a great deal of finance-related municipal experience to the township, with particular strengths in payroll, human resources, software systems, data management and governance and operations. Council looks forward to his guidance.”

Olynyk began his career in administration in the health care industry, leveraging his advanced software and hardware skills to develop more efficient procedures for completing in-house payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable cycles. He has a bookkeeping certificate and a diploma in Business-Accounting. His most recent position has been with the Town of Perth, where he was hired as payroll administrator and human resources administrator, recently taking on a secondment position as deputy clerk with the town, where he gained a broader understanding of municipal governance and operations.

Olynyk has specialized knowledge in software and has assisted other local municipal payroll specialists with its use. He has also undertaken a great deal of professional development through the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario Diploma in Municipal Administration, and is completing the Municipal Administration Program and requirements to become a Certified Municipal Officer by the end of this year.

Other roles undertaken by Olynyk include recording secretary for the Perth Police Services Board and Perth Emergency Management Planning Committee, as well as scribe for the Perth Community Control Group. He has a depth of knowledge of The Ontario Municipal Records Management System and has provided orientation and continuous training for staff.

“I have been fortunate enough to accumulate a wide range of education, experience and strong relationships with other professionals in the rural municipal sector,” Olynyk said. “I plan to support taxpayers’ goals for economic health and sustainability by recommending proven and effective financial strategies to our members of Council. I look forward to joining the competent and accomplished team at the Township of Lanark Highlands.”

“I would like to recognize, on behalf of council, our staff’s contributions to township operations during staff transitions,” Reeve McLaren added. “We thank acting deputy treasurer Cynthia Moyle for her assistance during this time.”

For more information, contact:
Ryan Morton
Township of Lanark Highlands
613-259-1539 ext. 222

Ontario Government is Improving Community Supports for Seniors
Posted on May 23, 2019

Program will help seniors stay active, healthy and safe

Seniors in Ontario want to remain healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities.For many seniors on a fixed income, it is hard for them to access affordable programs and services. Ontario is protecting what matters most to our seniors by announcing funding for projects that will provide local supports and services for seniors.

The Government of Ontario is investing $3 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program to provide grants to hundreds of non-profit community organizations across the province to co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs for seniors. Starting May 17, 2019 until June 27, 2019, community groups are invited to apply for funding from $1,000 up to $25,000.

"At the current rate of growth, Ontario's senior population is increasing by over 100,000 people every year. Seniors built this province and our government is committed to helping seniors live independent, healthy, active and engaged lives." said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. "We are working with non-profit organizations, community groups and municipalities to support projects that help seniors stay connected to their communities, access programs or volunteer."

Minister Cho added that this year's program is designed to better support the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities. "We are looking to promote projects that prevent social isolation and elder abuse," said Minister Cho.

Larger incorporated organizations can also now access a "one-window" application service through Grants Ontario. This portal will better serve applicants, streamline the process, allow for regular reporting and will provide a better application experience.

"Our government is working for the people to make Ontario one of the best places to play sports and be physically active," said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "Physical activity improves physical, emotional and cognitive functions at any age — that is why we are working to ensure Ontarians across the province stay active and engaged."


  • The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opens on May 17, 2019.
  • By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
  • Active aging brings positive health benefits including reduced risk of dementia, anxiety and depression.
  • General questions about the program can be answered by calling 1-833-SCG INFO (1-833-724-4636) or by emailing


Pooja Parekh
Minister’s Office

Matt Gloyd
Communications Branch

Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility

Lanark Highlands hires new CAO/Clerk
Posted on May 7, 2019

Lanark Highlands council passed a by-law at its regular meeting Tuesday evening to hire Ryan Morton as the township’s new Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, effective May 13.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Morton to the Lanark Highlands team and look forward to working with him,” said Reeve Peter McLaren. “He has a great deal of senior management and public works experience in local municipalities that promises to be a great asset to our community.” Morton brings more than 11 years of senior municipal management experience to Lanark Highlands, along with communication, motivation and leadership skills. He has intensive training in leadership and program evaluation from York University, which will provide the ability to create a reciprocal method for staff and council to see how the township is performing in relation to its strategic plan on a regular basis.

His most recent position was with the Township of North Glengarry as Director of Public Works, and he served in that role with Gananoque as well, which has provided a great deal of senior management experience while overseeing multi-million dollar projects and budgets. In addition to a track record of achieving cost savings for municipalities, he has experience with labour negotiations, public relations/corporate communications, policy development, liaising with various levels of government, governance structures, relevant legislation and emergency management systems.

Morton has professional designations from the American Academy of Project Management in Master Project Manager and Certified International Project Manager. He served as director, president and past president on the board of the Eastern Ontario Water Works Association and as chair of the governmental affairs committee for the Ontario Water Work Association. He graduated from the York University Sulich School of Business with a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, Essential Skills for Municipal Managers, Achieving Operational Excellence and Public Sector Advancements (Organizational).

“I'm very excited to be joining the Township of Lanark Highlands,” Morton said. “I feel this is an opportunity for me to make a lasting contribution to a municipality that has been making strides in a positive direction, with a council and staff team that is aligned and motivated to continue down the road of success.”

“On behalf of council, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of staff for their contributions to the township during the transition period, and to Acting Clerk Cynthia Moyle for her guidance and experience,” Reeve McLaren added.

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Moyle
Acting Clerk
Township of Lanark Highlands
613-259-2398 ext. 222

Please be advised that from May 15th, 2019 until September 14th, 2019 all Lanark Highlands Waste Sites will be operating on Summer Hours.

For further information, please visit our website or contact the office at 613-259-2398 x 242.

For more information on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Tile Loan Program, please click the link below

The Township of Lanark Highlands wishes to extend our appreciation to the Government of Canada for its’ up to $15,000 contribution to install a septic system and well at the Middleville Community Centre.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada, with support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program/Avec l'appui du Programme d'infrastructure communautaire de Canada 150.

Government of Canada 150 Anniversary


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