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Muskoka Ratepayers' Association

We're making changes to better serve the ratepayers in Muskoka. Take a look around our new website, we've done our best to make it easier to navigate, and easier to find what you need.  Drop us a line at Comments and let us know what you think!


Highway 141 Now Open

As of October 6, Highway 141 at the Rosseau River Bridge crossing is now open to through traffic. A temporary modular bridge has been installed by the Ministry of Transport. The original bridge was shut down on August 27 due to structural concerns.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place to control traffic flow over the one lane temporary bridge.

The MTO does not have a time frame on when repairs to the bridge will be finished.

New Township CAO Appointed

The Township of Muskoka Lakes is pleased to announce the appointment of John Stephen McDonald (Steve) to the position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Muskoka Lakes, effective September 14, 2015. More details can be found at1508 - New CAO Appointed.pdf CAO Appointed.

The Ratepayers congratulate Steve on his appointment, and the Mayor and Council who have worked diligently in his selection.

Membership Reminder

It's not too late to renew your membership.  Please click on the following to do so - Membership Renewal

Report of the 2015 MRA AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Muskoka Ratepayers'  Association was held on July 18, 2015. Details can be found at -  MRA AGM - 2015

Township Budget Approved

The Township budget has been approved by Council. It calls for a 7.04% tax increase for residential properties.  The public notice can be found at1505 - TML Budget Approved.pdf TML Budget Approved and the full budget at1505 - 2015 TML Budget.pdf 2015 TML Budget. The MRA will have comments on the budget shortly.

It should be noted that the Township portion of our taxes represents only about 16% (2014) of our total tax bill.  The District tax rates have been delayed pending review of policing costs. Education makes up the remainder of our property taxes.

100 Day Report Card

The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association attends all public township meetings, and reports from time to time on our impressions of how Council is doing.  The newly elected Council has been in office for over 100 days, and you may read our report by selecting - 100 Day Report Card

Bala Falls Update - Spring 2015

The Township has established a "Bala Falls Working Committee" including 3 members of Council, 2 from Swift River, the Interim CAO, and an independent chair. This committee has met 6 times to date, and focuses on issues that the Township has some control over.  To follow their deliberations to date and other important updates, please follow this link - The Tale of Bala Falls

Please note that the Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association has not in the past, nor do we now, take a position for or against the proposed small hydro plant at Bala Falls. Since the proposal first surfaced in 2005, it has been the subject of countless environmental and technical studies, public meetings, delegations to Councils, and consultant reports. Its progress through the labyrinth of approvals has been well considered and reviewed by both provincial and municipal political and administrative levels over a lengthy period of time. Its cost to the taxpayer has been significant.

The proposed power plant falls squarely under the provincial government’s Green Energy Act. It is unfortunate, indeed sad, that this proposed project has engendered such community division, pitting neighbour against neighbour in respective opinion. But, at date of writing, it is our understanding that the Province has made their decision to proceed. Therefore, we believe that it would behoove the participants and local Township and District Councils to work quickly and co-operatively with the proponent to ensure that the resultant power plant will be a credit to the community, remove neighbourhood conflict, and allow the newly elected Township to move ahead with their refreshed vision for the community. 

Long Lost Plane Raised from Lake Muskoka

Last summer (2014) a long lost Nomad was recovered from Lake Muskoka.  Please click on the following link to read all the intriguing details - Planes Crash into Lake Muskoka - a True Story

Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Passed

The Comprehensive Zoning By-Law (2014-14) was passed in a recorded vote of six to three at the February 13 Council meeting. Following the passing of the by-law, there was an appeal period that ended on March 17.

The By-Law as passed can be found at030315 - Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2014-14.pdf Comprehensive Zoning By-Law and the official "notice of passing" along with the appeal information is at030315 - Notice of Passing of By-Law 2014-14.pdf Notice of Passing of By-Law 2014-14.

For more information, including a number of "schedules" indicating your lot zoning, please see the Township web site - Planning department at - - planning

Our New Web Site

Note: If you reached our site using our old web address (, please update your bookmarks / favourites to reflect the new one (  The old link will cease to work in the future.

We are pleased to finally introduce our new web site. It has been designed to provide much easier ways to navigate around the site, and ultimately to search for material in which you may be interested. It is also easier for us to update, so that we can get you information much more quickly.

As the site is more fully implemented, you will be able to join or renew your membership, and also sign up for newsletters of particular interest to you.  You will also be able to update your personal information online should you wish to do so (of course, you can always contact us in whatever form you choose - email, phone, mail, etc).

We will also have an events calendar to indicate Ratepayer happenings, meetings of the Township or District, or general interest activities.

Please bear with us as the site is rolled out, but more importantly, please let us know of any errors that you spot, or suggestions that you have to make the site more useful to you.  You can send your suggestions and comments regarding the site to


Simply click below to join,  or renew through PayPal and enter the required information. 

Upcoming Events - Monthly Calendar

TML - Committee of Adjustment
Oct 15, 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Oct 16, 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Planning Committee
Oct 19, 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Committee of the Whole
Oct 20, 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
MRA Board Meeting
Oct 24, 2015 5:00pm to 5:00pm
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