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Position Available: Building Inspector/Deputy Chief Building Official

Posted to News & Notices on Dec 7, 2016

The Municipality of Highlands East Building Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Building Inspector/Deputy Chief Building Official.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following experience:

  • 5 years experience in a related trade with a minimum of 2 years performing municipal building inspections and reviewing permit applications for Part 3 & Part 9 Buildings and Part 8 Sewage.
  • Formal academic training in an architectural based program or equivalent, or construction technology including septic installations.
  • Qualified in or be willing to obtain qualification through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing examinations in House, Small Buildings, HVAC-House, Plumbing-House, Septic and Building Structural.
  • Have a thorough working knowledge of the Ontario Building Code and associated legislation, with a demonstrated ability in plans examination, issuing permits, performing site inspections to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code and knowledge of construction techniques and systems.
  • Have a valid G driver’s license.
  • Have experience with various computer programs including MS Office Suite and good oral and written communication skills.

If you are interested in joining our dedicated team of municipal professionals, applications clearly marked “Application –Building Inspector/Deputy Chief Building Official” may be submitted on or before 12:00PM, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 via mail, in person, fax or email. Interested applicants may submit their resume, including references, in confidence to:

Shannon Hunter, CAO/Treasurer Municipality of Highlands East
P.O. Box 295, 2249 Loop Road, Wilberforce, ON, K0L 3C0
Fax: 705-448-2532

The Municipality of Highlands East is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants requiring accommodation are asked to contact the CAO/Treasurer. Applicant information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment with the Municipality of Highlands East. Questions about this collection should be directed to Shannon Hunter, C.A.O.

A copy of the detailed job description is available for download below. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Cardiff & Dyno Estates Drinking Water Systems Operational Plan

Posted to Environmental, Services on Dec 5, 2016

The Operational Plan can be viewed at our main office located at 2249 Loop Road Wilberforce, ON or at our Environmental Office located at 2778 Monck Road, Cardiff, ON.

Cardiff & Dyno Estate Drinking Water Systems Financial Report 2016

Posted to Downloads, Environmental, Financial Reports, Services on Dec 5, 2016

Evening Christmas Carol Service at the Essonville Historic Church

Posted to Events on Dec 5, 2016
Candlelight Service at Christmas

The Community Carol Service at the Historic Essonville Church, 1284 Essonville Line will take place this year on Sunday, December 18th, starting at 7:00PM.  Come early to get a seat! Everyone is welcome.

Central Food Network launches Christmas Hope Campaign to help give over 100 people a Christmas

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 29, 2016
Central Food Network

On December 1st, the Central Food Network will be launching its first Christmas Hope Campaign. The goal is to raise over $5000 to help provide a Christmas and additional support to over 100 area residents who are struggling this time of year.

The online campaign provides different ways for people to give back to our community by offering a number of program options to donate to, including providing a senior a Christmas, providing a family a Christmas as well as Sharing the Warmth to give the gift of heat for people that struggle with high heating and hydro costs. Always welcome are general donations to the organization that will be used where it is needed most. 100% of the funds donated to the campaign go directly to assisting those that need it. Donations can also be made through the Central Food Network office.
Central Food Network offers a variety of programs including food banks, a distribution food hub, the Haliburton County Community Garden Network and Heat Bank Haliburton County. It also partners with various service clubs, government agencies and local businesses/volunteers to assist those in need with the help they need most. While Central Food Network is based out of Highlands East, we still support people through our various programs across the County.

More information is available on the Central Food Network web site at or by contacting Tina Jackson at (705) 306-0565

Help Fill the Cruiser on Friday, December 9th

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 24, 2016

Donate some food to help OPP Constable Negus Fill the Cruiser on December 9th between 11AM and 3PM in the Wilberforce Foodland parking lot.

All donations will benefit our local food bank.

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Santa comes to Wilberforce on Sunday, December 11th

Posted to Events on Nov 22, 2016

Santa Claus comes to Wilberforce on Sunday, December 11th with a Parade at 12:30PM and everyone is invited to head into the Lloyd Watson Centre afterwards for lots of fun! Children 10 and under register at the door to receive a gift, photo with Santa and more! Sponsored by the Ward 4 Volunteer Fire Dept. and your local Santa Fund Committee.

Santa Claus in a parade

Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade. Call Joan Barton at 448-3074 to participate. To contribute to the Santa Fund please contact Roberta Walsh at 705-448-2185.

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Notice of Public Meeting regarding Official Plan Amendment to Implement Source Protection Plan for Crowe Valley Watershed

Posted to Downloads, News & Notices, Official Plan on Nov 18, 2016

The Council for The Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East will be holding a public meeting under Section 17 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P. 13 as amended, to inform the public of the Municipality’s intent to implement provisions of the approved Trent Source Protection Plan, which covers the Crowe Valley Conservation source protection area.

A public meeting is being held in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Act to provide members of the community with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed amendment and to provide comments to Council. 

Date & Location of Public Meeting

11AM on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 1101 Holmes Road; The new County Library in Wilberforce, Ontario

The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that sufficient information is made available to enable the public to generally understand the Source Protection Plan and the draft Amendment. Any person who attends the meeting shall be afforded an opportunity to provide comments to Council. If you cannot attend this meeting, written submissions will be accepted by Council provided they are dated and signed. 

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council for the Corporation of the Municipality of Highlands East with respect to the proposed amendment you must submit a written request (with forwarding addresses) to the Clerk of the Municipality of Highlands East.


The proposed Official Plan Amendment implements the Trent Source Protection Plan (which covers the Crowe Valley Conservation protection area) by establishing new land use policies in the Highlands East Official Plan to ensure that all municipal drinking water sources within the Municipality are recognized in accordance with the Source Protection Plan.

The proposed amendment will apply to two wellhead protection areas, which are located in Cardiff Village and Dyno Estates. The amendment will establish land use restrictions and development policies in accordance with the Trent Source Protection Plan. The lands subject to the amendment are identified on key maps available for download below.


The draft Official Plan Amendment (OPA 2) will not be adopted by Council at this public meeting. Subsequent to receiving and considering any comments from members of the public, Council for the Municipality of Highlands East will adopt the Official Plan Amendment, and it will be forwarded to the County of Haliburton as the County is the approval authority for Official Plans.


The Trent Source Protection Plan was approved by the Ministry on October 23, 2014. The Source Protection Plan (SPP) was prepared by the Trent Conservation Coalition and comprised the source protection areas of Crowe Valley, Kawartha-Haliburton, Lower Trent and Otonabee-Peterborough.

Source Protection Plans are authorized by the Clean Water Act, and their purpose is to protect existing and future drinking water sources and to eliminate threats to drinking water.

One of the implementation requirements of the approved Source Protection Plan is for municipalities to update their Official Plans and Zoning By-laws to identify and protect vulnerable areas such as municipal wellheads. The purpose of the draft Official Plan Amendment (OPA 2), which is available for download and review below, is to fulfil this implmentation requirement.

If you have questions with respect to the Source Protection Plan or the draft OPA, please feel free to contact:

Vicki Woolfrey
Source Water Protection Specialist and Risk Management Official 
Crowe Valley Conservation Authority


Chris Jones, MCIP, RPP
Municipal Planning Services Ltd. 
Municipal Planner

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Skating in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Nov 18, 2016
Photo of figure skating.

Holiday Public Skating Update
Three special days of free public skating will be held this holiday season. On Friday, December 23rd and January 6th from 7PM to 9PM and on December 28th and January 4th from 1PM to 3PM each day. Everyone is welcome!

The arena will be closed December 25th and 26th and again on January 1st.  It will be closed again on Family Day, February 20th.  The last day for the season will be March 31st.

Regular Free Public Skating takes place on Sundays from 12:30PM until 2:00PM. As always, many times are available to be booked.  

Check our Events Calendar for skating times and to book an ice rental, please contact:

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

OPP warns motorists, "Don't veer for deer!"

Posted to News & Notices on Nov 8, 2016
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The OPP is warning motorists that while hitting a deer can be tragic, veering for deer can be deadly.

  • Early morning and early evening are high deer impact times.
  • Use high beam lights for better visability.
  • Scan ditches for deer and the horizon for deer crossing roads.
  • Remember that deer often travel in herds.
  • Don't turn aggressively - use controlled braking only.
  • If you see a Deer Warning Sign be sure to Slow Down!

Meeting Minutes & Agenda

Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on December 12, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on November 28, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on November 28, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on November 14, 2016
Minutes for Environment and Green Energy Committee Meeting on November 10, 2016
Minutes for Recreation & Culture Committee Meeting on November 9, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on November 14, 2016
Minutes for Economic Development & Business Committee Meeting on November 2, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on October 24, 2016
Minutes for Environment and Green Energy Committee Meeting on October 20, 2016
Minutes for Trails Committee Meeting on October 19, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on October 24, 2016
Minutes for Recreation & Culture Committee Meeting on October 12, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on October 11, 2016
Minutes for Economic Development & Business Committee Meeting on October 11, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on October 4, 2016
Minutes for Housing & Grants Committee Meeting on October 6, 2016
Agenda & Documents for Council Meeting on October 11, 2016
Agenda for Council Meeting on October 4, 2016
Minutes for Council Meeting on September 26, 2016
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 Recreation & Culture Committee Meeting on September 14, 2016