Christmas Holiday – Municipal Service Changes

The Christmas holidays will be here shortly and there are a few changes to municipal services during the Christmas to New Years stretch.

Administrative Services provided at the Township Office will be closed as of noon on Monday December 24th, 2018.  We look forward to serving you at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday January 2nd, 2019.

Waste and Recycling will be impacted with Tuesday’s schedule being moved ahead one day to Monday December 24th and Monday December 31st.  All other waste and recycling days will not be impacted.  Please refer to the Waste and Recycling calendar on the Township’s website for more information.  All waste and recycling must be out by 7 a.m. on the day of pick up.

On January 7th, 2019 the Township will be picking up Christmas trees at the curb.  Please do not place the tree in a bag and remove all tinsel and decorations.  Leave your tree out until it gets picked up.

Additional Public Skating hours will be available at the North Stormont Arena as follows:

Date Time
Monday December 24th, 2018 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday December 27th, 2018 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday December 28th, 2018 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday December 29th, 2018 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday December 30th, 2018 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday December 31st, 2018

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

On behalf of Council and staff, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Holiday Train Stops in Finch

December 11th, 2018


Holiday Train Stops in Finch

For the fourth year in a row, the Holiday Train made its annual stop in Finch to bring messages of Christmas joy and to provide the crowd with top-notch entertainment.  It is anticipated that over 1,000 people attended the event, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th.

Terri Clark, Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble put on a country stomping show in front of an excited crowd as they brought warm wishes for the holiday season.  For a brief half a hour, spectators were treated to top Canadian Country music talent.

“It truly is amazing that on a Wednesday afternoon over 1,000 people came out to support both the Community Food Share and the CP Holiday Train,” commented Ian McKelvie, Administrator for the Community Food Share.  “In total, the Holiday Train raised 1,650 pounds of food and $2,807 in cash donations.  This is in addition to the generous gift of $4,000 from Canadian Pacific”.

“It is heartwarming to see such a great turnout for such a great cause” expressed former Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey.  “We are indeed fortunate to have the CP Holiday Train stop in North Stormont.  Once again, the community has shown their generosity for those less fortunate.  Thank you to everyone who participated and to Canadian Pacific for coming to our community”.

Since 2015, and the Holiday Train’s first stop in Finch, CP Rail has donated $13,000 towards the Community Food Share.  Community donations have raised a total of $9,356 and 10,470 pounds of food.

Media Contact
Amy Martin, M.Pl
Community Planner/Economic Development Officer
Township of North Stormont
613-984-2821 ext. 226

Notice of Public Meeting – Building Fees

The Ontario Building Code Act authorizes a Municipal Council to pass by-laws respecting the issuance of permits and related matters.  The Ontario Building Code requires that a public meeting be held as part of any Building Permit Fee adjustment process.

The Council of The Corporation of the Township of North Stormont will hold a public meeting on December 11th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Township Council Chambers at 15 Union Street, Berwick, to discuss potential increases in building fees.

A report proposing building permit fee increases is provided below, as well as a resolution of Council establishing notice for the public meeting.

Holiday Train Returns November 28th

The Holiday Train will be returning to North Stormont on November 28th at 2:30 p.m.  This year’s entertainment will include Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott.  The Holiday Train, now in its 20th year, travels across parts of the Northern United States and across Canada collecting food and raising funds for local food banks.  Over the past 20 years, more than $14.5 Million has been raised and 4.3 million pounds of food collected.

The Holiday Train first stopped in Finch in 2015, thanks to the lobbying of Canadian Pacific by outgoing Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey.  “I am very proud and excited that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping in our Community once again this year for the fourth time.  The CP Holiday Train brings awareness of some of these issues and generously contribute.  Not only that but they bring headliner entertainers to our community in the process.  In a village of 600 people it is amazing to have Terri Clark, Sierra Noble and Kelly Prescott put on a performance for us.  I hope people will come from far and wide and donate to help to continue to support our local food banks.”

Over the past three years, the Holiday Train has brought in $6,549 in financial contributions from the community and approximately 8,820 pounds of food.  Canadian Pacific has contributed $9,000 over the past three years as well.

“The Community Food Share continues to be grateful for this wonderful partnership that has been developed with Canadian Pacific and the Holiday Train”, said Ian McKelvie, Administrator for the Community Food Share.  “What a wonderful way to bring members of the community together to celebrate the holiday spirit while raising awareness and support for local food banks.”

Mayor-Elect Jim Wert is looking forward to another successful year.  “It is events like the Holiday Train that help put small towns like Finch on the map.  It is great to see the community come together year after year to listen to some home grown Canadian talent while raising food, funds and awareness for the Community Food Share.”

Attendees to the event are encouraged to bring food and cash donations to support the Community Food Share.  Food donation drop off centers are available at the North Stormont Arena, North Stormont Place, Monkland Community Centre and the North Stormont Township Office.

For a full list of what food items to donate or to make a financial contribution online, please visit

The Community Food Share is a not for profit organizations that serves Dundas and Stormont Counties.  With two food cupboards in North Stormont, one in Finch and one in Crysler, the Community Food Share continues to provide food access support to local residents.  The Community Food Share provides services to approximately 165 households every month, representing 500 individuals.

The Township of North Stormont is a rural municipality located in the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry and is largely an agricultural community with vibrant Villages and Hamlets.  Proximity to major urban centres like Ottawa and Montreal, as well as its quieter pace of life make North Stormont “A Good Place to Grow”!

Holiday Train Press Release

North Stormont Fire Service Open House November 10th

North Stormont Township to Hold Open House


Berwick, Ontario – Station 4 (Moose Creek), will hold an Open House on November 10, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Chief Dan Gauvin and firefighters will be present to greet members of the public and hot dogs will be served for lunch.

Mayor Dennis Fife stated that “This free public event is aimed at raising public awareness and fire prevention to meet local firefighters, check out their trucks and equipment, and ask questions about smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, home escape plans, and any other fire-related concern.”

Chief Gauvin indicated that “Open houses give families and businesses the chance to meet their local firefighters and tour the station that serves their homes and properties.”

At 11:30 a.m., mascot Sparky will be helping Chief Gauvin, Senior Captain Forgues and Fire Prevention Officer Gauthier introduce our new programs;

  • Junior Firefighter program for 14-16 years of age and 16-18 years old;
  •  Introduction of our First Junior Fire Safety Ambassador.

Senior Captain Forgues will be available for those interested in joining our family of volunteer firefighter or our junior volunteer programs in North Stormont.

Raffles will be held at the end of the day. We look forward to seeing you and sharing being part of A Family Protecting A Bigger Family with our community.


For more information contact:

North Stormont Fire Service,
Nancy-Ann Gauthier, Fire Prevention Officer,
613-984-2821(extension 257)


Journée d’accueil au canton de Stormont Nord


Berwick, Ontario – La station numéro 4 (Moose Creek) organise une journée d’accueil (communément appelé Open House en anglais) le 10 novembre 2018 entre 11 h et 15 h.

Le chef Daniel Gauvin et les pompiers volontaires seront sur place afin d’accueillir le public. Des hot-dogs seront servis à l’heure du diner.

Le maire Dennis Fife a déclaré : « Cet évènement public gratuit vise à rappeler l’importance de la prévention-incendie auprès du public, en plus d’offrir l’occasion de rencontrer les pompiers locaux, jeter un coup d’œil à leurs camions et équipement connexe ainsi que de poser des questions sur les détecteurs de fumée, les détecteurs de dioxyde de carbone ainsi que sur les plans d’évacuation du domicile et autres sujets afférents aux dangers d’incendie.»

Le chef Gauvin a indiqué pour sa part : «Ces journées d’accueil permet aux familles et aux entreprises de faire la connaissance de leurs pompiers locaux et d’effectuer une tournée de la station qui veille sur leur domicile et propriétés respectifs.»

À 11h30, la mascotte Sparky aidera le chef Gauvin, son capitaine sénior, monsieur Forgues, ainsi que l’officier de prévention Nancy-Ann Gauthier à présenter nos nouveaux programmes :

  • Programme de pompier junior à l’intention des jeunes âgés de 14 à 16 ans et de 16 à 18 ans;
  • La présentation de notre tout premier ambassadeur junior de la prévention-incendie.

Le capitaine sénior Forgues sera disponible afin de parler aux personnes qui voudraient devenir pompiers volontaires ou faire partie de nos programmes de volontaires juniors à Stormont Nord.

On procédera à des tirages en fin de journée. Nous espérons vous compter parmi nous afin de pouvoir partager cette notion communautaire d’Une famille qui protège une plus grande famille.


Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec :

Services des incendies de Stormont Nord,
Nancy-Ann Gauthier, Officier de prévention des incendies
613 984-2821(poste 257)

Community Improvement Plan Open House

The Township of North Stormont is holding an Open House on Tuesday October 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to gain feedback on the proposed grants programs for the Community Improvement Plan.

A short presentation will be provided at 7 p.m. to go over the proposed programming.

A Community Improvement Plan is a financial municipal tool that municipalities can use to assist in the redevelopment and improvement of commercial businesses.  The Community Improvement Plan sets out programs and strategies for improving the built, economic and social environment in designated areas.

Members of the community are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed funding program either in person through the open house or in writing.

The Township is proposing five (5) funding programs through the Community Improvement Plan.  Details on each of the programs are provided in the flyers below.

Municipal and School Board Elections October 17th to October 22nd, 2018

The Township of North Stormont has two voting options:

Vote by Internet


Vote by Phone

As you prepare to vote by Internet or by Phone during the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections, you will need your Voter Information Letter (VIL) which contains your confidential Personal Identification Number (PIN) along with the list of Candidates eligible to be elected. In addition, and as added security, you will be required to enter your date of birth (DOB).

You can either vote by Internet (anywhere / anytime) or by Phone (anywhere in North America). Your personal VIL provides the applicable website address or the applicable phone number that will enable you to vote.

As an option, and if you do not have access to the Internet, may we suggest you visit your local library branch or if needed, you can visit the municipal office / Voter Help Center.


Address: 15 Union Street, Berwick, ON

Phone: 1-833-984-8683

Election assistance / Voter Help Center hours are Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

On Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, staff will also be available from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

On October 22, staff can assist from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M.

The following videos explain how to vote either through Internet voting or Telephone voting.

English Internet Voting 

French Internet Voting 

English Phone Voting 

French Phone Voting