Local Roads Boards

Gorham Roads Board - contact Shelley Tuomi 767-5800
Fowler Roads Board - contact Tom Chaval 767-2358
Jacques Roads Board - contact Gerald Guarasci 767-2448
Ware Roads Board - contact Ed Hill 768-481
MTO - 474-2919

Property Land Tax Review

The Provincial Land Tax is something we all pay in the unorganized areas. Some of us pay more if we are in the education tax areas and for the others it is a much smaller tax. This past year the province has been reviewing the tax at the behest of the organized areas who claim we do not pay our way. There have been meetings by the government with the LSBs and the LRBS as well as the organized municipalities. This could be a serious increase in our tax load. Many of us representing the people who live in the unorganized areas have made detailed representations showing how we contribute and suffer with a lack of service. The link below is a compendium of what has been said and what the government has presented as the existing situation.
Visit the Property Land Tax Review
Visit the Property Land Tax Update


O.P.P Self Reporting

Citizen self reporting comes to the Ontario Provincial Police. 

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has made another move to improve efficiency within one of the largest deployed police services in North America.  

This week the OPP unveils a new online reporting system that will enable the public to report specific occurrences from a computer. Citizen Self Reporting will offer the public another way to report select incidents which are not an emergency, by completing a report online at their convenience.  

The OPP is one of several Ontario police services who have adopted an Internet-based crime reporting system where people can report certain crimes such as lost property, theft from vehicles, and property damage, without an officer having to be dispatched. Only occurrences that do not involve an injury, a suspect or evidence are applicable. An officer will attend if requested by the complainant.  

It is expected that Citizen Self Reporting will be beneficial to both the public and the police. It will provide a convenient alternative to the citizens of Ontario, while allowing frontline officers to focus their efforts on other enforcement and crime prevention strategies within our communities.  

By providing people with another option for reporting crimes, the OPP is hopeful that more incidents will be reported, resulting in the collection of information to develop future crime prevention initiatives.  

To access the system, go to opp.ca.  
The OPP can be contacted toll free anytime at 1-888-310-1122.

Library Services

The Lappe and Area Local Services Board is now providing free library services with the Thunder Bay Public Libraries. You must present proof of residency in order to register for a card, such as your tax bill showing your payment to the LSB. If you don't have your tax bill, bring some identification to our office and a letter of residency will be printed for you. 

Be Fire Smart

Wildfires are a natural part of Ontario's wildland ecosystems. Without wildfire, the landscape loses its diversity. Wildfires recycle nutrients, help plants reproduce and create a mosaic of vegetation that provides habitat for a variety of wildlife.
By choosing to extend our lifestyles and communities further into forested areas, we become more exposed to the danger of wildfire. Living amongst where wildfires can occur puts your home at risk, but it is possible to live safely with this natural event. FireSmart is a nationally recognized fire prevention program which recommends communities and homeowners implement simple and cost effective recommendations to reduce the risk of wildfire’s effects to your home and neighbourhood. These changes to your property and community will also assist wildland firefighters to defend your home in event of a wildland fire.
The following are a few FireSmart recommendations to help you prepare your home and survive a wildfire.

Recommendation #1: Manage the vegetation around your home.
Any kind of vegetation around your home or cottage is combustible and can aid a fire in spreading from the forest to your structures. Trees, shrubs, grass, your woodpile – even fallen leaves - act as fuel to a wildfire. A good fuel free space gives firefighters a better chance to save your home from an advancing fire.  
Priority Zone 1
The first 10 metres of space around your home needs to be your first priority. It is the most critical area to consider for fire prevention. Remove any shrubs, trees, fallen trees or dead branches in that space and use fire resistant plants for landscaping. Deciduous trees have low flammability rates while evergreens are much more combustible. Keep your lawn well watered and the grass mowed short. This will help prevent a grass fire from spreading directly to the house. Firewood should be stacked at least 10 metres away from the house and covered with a non-flammable cover. Sparks from a wildfire can land in the woodpile and a fire there will spread quickly to the house. Remove all flammable material from within five metres of any fuel tanks on your property. If a wildfire spreads to the tank, it could explode and the area would be too dangerous for firefighters to stay.
Priority Zone 2
This priority zone extends from 10 to 30 metres. Prune trees to a height of one to two metres to inhibit the spread of fire up a tree. Reduce the number of evergreens and ensure that the tops of neighbouring trees do not touch.
Priority Zone 3
This zone extends from 30 to as far as 100 metres or more. If possible, reduce and manage potential fuel sources by removing trees, dead woody debris and thick shrubbery that might allow fire to climb up into the canopy and spread from tree top to tree top. The idea here is not to remove all combustible material but to thin the area so that fires will be of a low intensity and easier to extinguish.
Adding a few FireSmart actions to your regular yard work routine will make a big impact to reduce your risk to wildfire. Changes within 10 to 100 metres of your home will have the biggest impact to reducing the threat of wildfire. Fire embers may seem small but are not to be underestimated— 50 % of the homes that burn from wildfires are started by sparks and embers. Regular maintenance and cleaning in the corners and crevices of your home and yard where needles and debris build up will leave nothing for embers to ignite. Remember to remove any windblown leaves under the deck as well as any flammable debris from balconies and patios.

Recommendation #2: Upgrade your home’s building materials and construction techniques to lower its combustibility.
When you are building or remodelling, consider using more fire-resistant materials to increase your home’s longevity. Roofing materials such as steel, asphalt, tile and ULC treated shanks are ignition-resistant, and steep steel roofs do not collect leaves or tree needles. Sparks from a wildfire landing on these types of roofs are less likely to start on fire.
Similarly, siding materials such as stucco, metal, brick, concrete, and aluminum or steel offer superior ignition-resistance and log walls are thick enough to be fire resistant for a period of time.
Large, single pane windows will not prevent radiant heat from a wildfire from igniting materials such as curtains inside the house. Double or triple glazed energy efficient glass provides insulation and reflects radiant heat. Also use non-flammable blinds inside your windows.
The eaves around your roof should be boxed in and screen should cover attic vent openings to keep sparks out of the attic. Embers can collect in open eaves and set the house on fire. Similarly, the underside of wood decks attached to the house should be enclosed. Dry grass or sparks and embers under the deck can set the house on fire.

Recommendation #3: Ensure your home is easily accessible to emergency workers.
Should a wildfire approach your property, damage can be limited if firefighters have easy access to your home. If the access road to your home is not named or marked, post a sign with the name of the road in reflective letters where it easily can be seen in the dark. Similarly, post the house number in reflective numerals so it can be seen from the road. If a fire truck can’t get close enough to your house, firefighters may not be able to protect it. Keep your driveway as short and wide as possible to allow access for a fire truck. If your driveway includes a bridge, build a bridge that is wide and strong enough to hold emergency vehicles such as fire trucks. It’s also important to remove flammable vegetation at least five metres on each side of the driveway as flammable vegetation too close to the road will make it unsafe to travel during a wildfire. 
While these recommendations may not prevent a wildfire from approaching your home or cottage, they will help increase the chance that your home will survive the threat of wildfire. For more information on what you can do to make your home or cottage FireSmart – Please refer to the FireSmart Website at https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/
If you have any specific questions on the FireSmart prevention program – please contact Ian Monteith – Fire Operations Technician at the MNRF’s Thunder Bay Fire Management Headquarters at ian.monteith@ontario.ca.




Municipal Property Assessment Corporatio
1340 Pickering Parkway, Suite 101, Pickering, ON L1V 0C4

Dated: April 20, 2016

Important Changes for the 2016 Assessment Update
Every four years, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) updates property assessments across Ontario. The 2016 Assessment Update introduces some of the most significant reforms to the Province’s property assessment system since 1998. These changes share a common goal – increased transparency, shared understanding of property assessments, and stability and predictability in the property tax base. With these laudable objectives in mind, a myriad of opportunities exist as we work cooperatively to implement improvements to Ontario’s property tax regime. To that end, I am pleased to share some important highlights with you.

016 Property Assessment Notices
MPAC has put a great deal of effort into redesigning the 2016 Property Assessment Notice (PAN). The new design uses clear language and design principles, and integrates all of the statutory requirements surrounding property assessment information. The new PAN also includes details about how taxing authorities use MPAC’s values and other relevant information about Ontario’s assessment system.
In addition to a new design, Property Assessment Notices for Residential properties will be delivered up to five months earlier than ever before. The redesigned Notice and early mailing dates will help property owners to better understand their assessment and resolve concerns before the final assessment rolls for 2017 taxation are delivered to taxing authorities in December.
The 21-week Notice mailing schedule, which is staggered across the province, began on April 4 with Notices being delivered to residential properties. Property Assessment Notices for farm, managed forest, commercial and industrial properties will be mailed in the fall. The 2016 Notice mailing schedule and corresponding Request for Reconsideration deadlines are attached for your information.

Legislative Changes to Request for Reconsideration Deadline
On December 10, 2015, Bill 144, Budget Measures Act, 2015 took effect resulting in significant
changes to the Request for Reconsideration (RfR) process.
For the 2017 tax year, property owners will have 120 days from the Issue Date of their 2016 Property Assessment Notice to file a RfR. The historical March 31st RfR deadline does not apply for the 2017 tax year. The Issue Date and the unique RfR deadline will be included on every Property Assessment Notice. In response to each RfR, MPAC has up to 180 days to complete its review and respond to the property owner.

Better Service for Property Owners
We appreciate how significant the 2016 Assessment Update is for property owners and we have
developed an extensive outreach and engagement strategy to communicate the changes.
MPAC’s online self-service tool, AboutMyProperty™, has been rebranded and simplified based on
taxpayer research – providing property owners with an easy-to-use interface and improved
navigation features. Visitors can learn more about how their property was assessed, view
information we have on file, as well as compare it to other properties in their neighbourhood –
additional information will also be available on-line without requiring those who visit
AboutMyProperty™ to log in to the site. The enhanced tool will be available to property owners in
correlation with Property Assessment Notice delivery.
As 2016 unfolds, we look forward to working closely with our stakeholders to implement the
significant reforms that are underway. If you would like additional information or to further discuss
these changes, the Municipal and Stakeholder Relations contact list is posted to our website under
the Municipalities tab https://www.mpac.ca/Municipalities.

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
Issue Date              Geographic Areas                                                                RfR Deadline
Monday, April 4       Simcoe County, Cities of Barrie & Orillia                                Tuesday, August 2

Monday, April 11     Counties of Prescott & Russell, Stormont Dundas &              Tuesday, August 9
                               lengarry,City of Cornwall
                               County of Lanark, United Counties of Leeds & Grenville,
                               ity of Brockville,
                               Towns of Prescott, Gananoque & Smiths Falls

Monday, April 18     Counties of Elgin, Middlesex & Oxford,                                Tuesday, August 16
                               ities of London & St. Thomas
                               Municipality of Chatham-Kent, County of Lambton

Monday, April 25    Territorial Districts of Nipissing, Sudbury & Manitoulin          Tuesday, August 23
                              and all single-tier municipalities in geographic area

Monday, May 2      Territorial Districts of Kenora, Rainy River & Thunder Bay    Tuesday, August 30
                              and all single-tier municipalities in geographic area

Monday, May 9       Counties of Frontenac, Lennox & Addington,                  Tuesday, September 6
                               ity of Kingston Counties of Hastings, Northumberland
                               nd Prince Edward, Cities of Belleville and Quinte West
                               Territorial Districts of Cochrane and Timiskaming and all
                              single-tier municipalities in geographic area

Monday, May 16     City of Mississauga                                                        Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, May 18 City of Brampton and Town of Caledon                      Thursday, September 15

Tuesday, May 24    County of Renfrew, City of Pembroke                       Wednesday, September 21
                               Counties of Huron & Perth, City of Stratford & 
                               own of St. Mary’s
                               Counties of Grey and Bruce
                               Territorial District of Algoma and all single-tier
                               unicipalities in geographic area

Friday, May 27       City of Toronto (former C/M 1901)                                   Monday, September 26

ednesday, June 1 City of Toronto (former C/M 1904)                               Thursday, September 29

Monday, June 6      City of Toronto (former C/Ms: 1906, 1908, 1914, 1919)       Tuesday, October 4

Monday, June 13   Regional Municipality of York                                               Tuesday, October 11

Monday, June 20   Regional Municipality of Durham                                         Tuesday, October 18

Monday, June 27   Regional Municipality of Halton                                            Tuesday, October 25

Monday, July 4      City of Hamilton, City of Brantford                                      Tuesday, November 1
                              Counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk, 
                              ity of Brantford

Monday, July 11     Counties of Peterborough, Haliburton,                               Tuesday, November 8
                               Cities of Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes
                               Districts of Muskoka & Parry Sound

Monday, July 18      City of Ottawa                                                                 Tuesday, November 15

Monday, July 25      Regional Municipality of Waterloo                                  Tuesday, November 22
                                Counties of Dufferin and Wellington and
                                ity of Guelph

Tuesday, August 2   Regional Municipality of Niagara                              Wednesday, November 30

Monday, August 8    County of Essex, City of Windsor &                                Tuesday, December 6
                                 ownship of Pelee

Tuesday, October 11 Province-wide mailing of Conservation, Farm, Wednesday, February 8, 2017
                                  anaged Forest properties

Tuesday, October 18 Province-wide mailing of Business properties Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Monday, October 24 Province-wide mailing of Remaining                     Tuesday, February 21, 2017
                                Residential Properties

AMENDED NOTICES / YEAR‐END ‐ One extract for all properties
Monday, Nov. 28         Province-wide All Properties                                   Tuesday, March 28, 2017