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Learn to Line Dance starting this September at the Cardiff Community Center.

Posted to Activities on Aug 19, 2016
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Classes will be for adults (age 18+) and will take place Mondays from 12:30PM – 1:15PM starting Tuesday, Sept 6th. (Registrations accepted up to Sept. 16, 2016) Learn the basic modern line dance steps and have fun while dancing to all types of music including pop, Latin, country, waltz and more. 

Cost for 10 Week Session is $50 and your dance Instructors will be Elaine Cook and Judy Martin, Northern Lights Line Dancers. Please call Elaine at 613-334- 2472 or Judy at 705-656- 3768 to register.

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 co operation, and to request that completed surveys be submitted before August 31st, in order to give our community the best possible chance to attract a new financial services provider.

Explore, Create and Appreciate Art during the Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival

Posted to Events on Jul 20, 2016

The Highlands East Plein Air Arts Festival runs September 8th through September 11th, 2016. Highlands East is a treasure trove of scenic subject matter perfect for any kind of plein air artist; lakes, rivers, colourful trees, rocky outcrops, ruins, historic sites and much more. Plein air simply means to paint outdoors. A great tradition in Ontario, plein air is enjoying a renaissance as more and more artists and hobbyists want to be inspired by the wild and natural world.

You might see an artist during your stay in the highlands at one of these many locations. And if you are an artist please enjoy our rugged and beautiful area.

For more information on the festival and participating artists please visit

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.

Important information about the 2016 Assessment Update

Posted to News & Notices, Services, Taxes on Jul 10, 2016

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in Ontario in compliance with the Assessment Act and regulations set by the Government of Ontario.

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In 2016, MPAC will update the assessed values of more than five million properties in Ontario based on a legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016.

For the 2016 province-wide Assessment Update, MPAC is delivering Property Assessment Notices earlier than ever before. This change is being made as part of the organization’s commitment to bring greater stability and predictability to the property assessment and taxation system.

Residential property owners can expect to receive their Property assessment Notice after July 11,2016. Notices for business properties and farms will be mailed in the fall of 2016.

For information on how assessment works, market trends, the Request for Reconsideration process and property assessment and taxation, visit If you would like to see the information MPAC has on file or your property or compare your property to others in your area, you can register and login using the Roll Number and Access Key located on your Property Assessment Notice.

Have questions about your 2016 Property Assessment Notice?

Visit or contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722), or 1-877-889-MPAC (6722) TTY. more

Come out for Roller Blading and Ball Hockey this summer in Wilberforce!

Posted to Activities on Jun 27, 2016

Ball Hockey runs Tuesday nights until September. Roller Blading runs Thursday nights until September. All ages and skill levels welcome. 7PM to 9PM.

Contact Karen Hutt at 705-448-2822 for additional details.

Get where you need to go with Haliburton Rideshare and the Haliburton Transportation Hub

Posted to News & Notices on Jun 7, 2016
Haliburton Rideshare Car Drawing

In a large county like Haliburton where people don’t always live close to each other or town, it can be hard to get around. Ridesharing is a great way to get to know people and expand your transportation options. Ridesharing involves two or more travelers sharing a ride in a private vehicle, where both the driver and the passengers have a similar starting point, end point and/or route. For regular travel to the same place, this is also known as carpooling.

The newly established website is a great ways to make connections with fellow travellers and share a ride to an event, a meeting, your job, recreation or simply a trip into town.

The Haliburton Transportation Hub is designed help connect you to transportation options that meet your needs so that you can more fully explore, participate in and enjoy life in the Haliburton Highlands. Whether you need a ride to get to an appointment, pick up groceries or attend an event, this website can help match you with services that meet your transportation needs, include the Ridesharing system mentioned above.

For more info and to participate call 1-844-771-RIDE (7433) toll-free.

Meeting Minutes & Agenda

Minutes for Council Meeting on August 22, 2016
Notice & Agenda for Special Meeting of Council on August 22, 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
Minutes for Council Meeting on May 24, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on May 24, 2016
Minutes for Environment and Green Energy Committee Meeting on May 12, 2016
Minutes for Recreation & Culture Committee Meeting on May 11, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on May 9, 2016
Minutes for Economic Development & Business Committee Meeting on May 10, 2016
Minutes for Housing & Grants Committee Meeting on May 5, 2016