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Sale of Land by Public Tender

Posted to News & Notices, Services, Taxes on Sep 29, 2016

Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land described below and will be received until 3:00PM local time on November 3, 2016, at the Highlands East Municipal Office, 2249 Loop Road, Wilberforce Ontario. 

The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00PM at the Highlands East Municipal Office, 2249 Loop Road, Wilberforce.

Description of Land:

Roll No. 46 01 101 000 51900 0000;  PIN 39249-0106(LT); Part Lot 22 Concession 6 Cardiff as in H132513 (secondly) except Parts 4 & 5 on Plan 19R3227; Highlands East;  File 15-02
Minimum Tender Amount: $6,193.06 more

Wilberforce Clinic Dates for September, October, November and December 2016

Posted to News & Notices on Sep 16, 2016

Bancroft Family Health Team Doctor will be available at the Wilberforce Clinic at 2165 Loop Road in Wilberforce on the following dates:

  • Monday, September 19th from 10AM to 4PM

  • Monday, October 3rd from 10AM to 4PM

  • Monday, October 17th from 10AM to 4PM

  • Monday, October 31st from 10AM to 4PM

  • Monday, November 14th from 10AM to 4PM

  • Monday, November 28th from 10AM to 4PM

  • Monday, December 12th from 10AM to 4PM

Booked appointments are preferred, please call 613-332-1565 Ext. 220 or 233 to make an appointment or for further information.

The clinic is available to anyone with a valid Health Card. You do not have to be a patient of the Bancroft Family Health Team. Patients must bring their health card to every appointment.

Make Pickles and Play Pickleball on October 29th

Posted to Events on Sep 7, 2016
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On October 29th from 10AM to 1PM come to the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce to take part in a workshop that will get your heart rate going with a lively game of pickleball and after a refreshing break, will teach you how to make your very own winter salad pickles.

Cost is $15 per person (there are a limited number of subsidized spots avaialble) so register early at or by contacting Cara at 705-457-4769 or

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Skating in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Sep 1, 2016
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The ice will be in as of Saturday, October 8th and Free Public Skating will be taking place on Sundays from 12:30PM until 2:00PM beginning Sunday, October 9th! As always, many times are available to be booked.

Please download our October Ice Schedule below and to book an ice rental, please contact:

For  more information please visit our Facility Rental & Booking Information page.

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Rabies Clinic to be held in Cardiff on September 29th

Posted to News & Notices on Aug 25, 2016

The Faraday Animal Hospital will be holding a Rabies Clinic at the Cardiff Community Centre on Thursday, September 29th from 6PM to 7PM. Pets must be 16 weeks of age or older and in good health to be vaccinated for Rabies. Cats & Dogs cost $25 each.

Contact the Faraday Animal Hospital for details at 613-332-1334

Haliburton County Burn Ban Lifted

Posted to Fire Rescue, News & Notices, Services on Aug 17, 2016

The Total Fire Ban for Haliburton County has been lifted as of 10AM on August 17, 2016.

Please note that a Burn Ban is still in effect for Highlands East and only Night Burning is permitted.

For details please see our Burning By-Law.

Highlands East Strategic Plan

Posted to Downloads, Strategic Plan on Aug 17, 2016

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Low Water Level Status Declared by Crowe Valley Conservation Authority

Posted to News & Notices on Aug 8, 2016
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CVCA Low Water Response Team Declares Low Water Level One

The Crowe Valley Low Water Response Team (LWRT) has reviewed current watershed conditions with Crowe Valley Conservation Authority staff. As a result, the Team has declared a Low Water Level One condition effective immediately.

A review of the low water thresholds for flows and precipitation in the Crowe Valley watershed indicates a necessity to make the Level One declaration. Current averages for precipitation has fallen below the historical three month average of 80%. A precipitation gauge in the northern portion of the watershed has recorded a 73.7% average and the southern gauge is at 65%. Flow rates are also being observed below the threshold of 70%.

Do your part by reducing your water consumption.

The CVCA LWRT encourages a voluntary 10% reduction in water use across the Crowe Valley watershed. Everyone can do their part in cutting back water consumption by not watering lawns, fixing leaky faucets, taking shorter showers, not washing the driveway or car and reducing non-essential uses of water while the Low Water Level One is in effect.

Reducing water consumption in the CVCA watershed now will help reduce the risk of declaring more severe Low Water Level declarations as the hot, dry summer continues. If the watershed does not receive rainfall adding up to significant totals in the near future, the LWRT will convene to consider upgrading to a Level Two or Level Three condition.

Water users are encouraged to monitor conditions and watch for advisories throughout the summer season. Everyone plays a role in cooperating to preserve water supply and protect the environment.

CVCA staff will continue to monitor rainfall and streamflow data and keep the public informed of any changes in watershed conditions at

Take the People Before Profits Banking Survey and help get a Credit Union in Wilberforce

Posted to News & Notices on Jul 25, 2016

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People Before Profits (PBP), the Steering Committee of Community Members from Highlands East seeking to find a suitable replacement for the departing Bank of Nova Scotia has launched a survey that will be used to demonstrate that there is sufficient community support for a Credit Union to open a branch in Wilberforce and provide financial services to our area.

Local residents, business owners, seasonal residents and visitors are asked to complete the survey as soon as possible. It will be available on line at

Paper copies of the survey will be available at most retailers in Wilberforce and in the Municipal Office. Once completed, survey's can be dropped off 24 hours a day at the drop box at the Municipal Building in Wilberforce.

For those who would prefer to complete the survey online but are without computer access, the survey may be completed at any Highlands East Library.

The surveys are anonymous. All data collected will be kept confidential by municipal staff, and used only to form the basis of a presentation to interested financial institutions.

The Committee would like to thank all community members and visitors in advance for their cooperation.

Notice regarding Sewage Disposal System Maintenance Inspection Program

Posted to Building, By-Law, Environmental, News & Notices, Services on Jul 13, 2016

Council of the Municipality of Highlands East is committed to the preservation of the environment and natural resources of the area and is therefore considering the implementation of a sewage system maintenance inspection program commencing in the spring of 2017.  The objective of a program of this nature is to aid in keeping our lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater pollution free. Sewage disposal systems that are improperly maintained, outdated or malfunctioning may have a negative impact on the groundwater, the surrounding water bodies and the environment.

Most properties within the Municipality function with private on-site systems which are regulated through the Ontario Building Code (OBC) which is enforced by the Municipality.  It is through Part 8 of the OBC that the Municipality may initiate an inspection program.  This type of program is normally conducted on a 5 year cycle with all properties within the Municipality with systems older than 5 years being reviewed area-by-area on an annual basis until complete.
To date, Council has not determined the type of program that may be conducted; however the program would likely include a visual inspection of the property with respect to:

  • Type and number of buildings on the property
  • Type of system being used ie: privy, grey water or leaching bed
  • Evidence of sewage effluent ponding, odour or unusually green or thick grass growing on or around the tile bed
  • Surface water or ground water flows toward the sewage system
  • Tree or vegetation growth on the tile bed
  • Location of the septic system

A letter would be sent to the property owner following the inspection indicating the results. If any deficiencies have been found these would be noted in the letter. Further inspections may be required which may include opening and pumping of tanks or excavating the tile bed for inspection.

Tips for keeping your sewage disposal system happy

  • Avoid planting vegetation that has a deep root system on the leaching bed
  • Ensure that trees are at least 3m (10 feet) away from the runs in the tile bed
  • Pump the septic tank every 3 to 5 years depending on how often the system is used
  • Do not use a sink garburator
  • Do not connect water softener backwash to the septic system
  • Ensure that materials such as Kleenex, sanitary products, grease, oil, solvents, paints, food waste or excessive laundry soaps do not enter the system
  • Do not park vehicles, trailers, or other equipment or drive on the tile bed.
  • Do not use anti-bacterial products

Let’s all work together to keep our lakes, rivers and streams healthy and pollution free for our children and grandchildren.  Future generations are counting on us.

Meeting Minutes & Agenda

Minutes for Council Meeting on September 23, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on September 26, 2016
Agenda for Council Meeting on September 23, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on September 12, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on September 12, 2016
Minutes for Trails Committee Meeting on August 24, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on August 22, 2016
Notice & Agenda for Special Meeting of Council on August 22, 2016
Minutes for Environment and Green Energy Committee Meeting on August 11, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on August 8, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on August 8, 2016
Minutes for Environment and Green Energy Committee Meeting on July 14, 2016
Minutes for Recreation & Culture Committee Meeting on July 13, 2016
Minutes for Economic Development & Business Committee Meeting on July 12, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on July 11, 2016
Minutes for Housing & Grants Committee Meeting on July 7, 2016
Minutes for Trails Committee Meeting on July 6, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on July 11, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on June 27, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on June 27, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on June 9, 2016
Agenda for Council Meeting on June 9, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on June 6, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on June 6, 2016