Membership is open to ALL residents, taxpayers and business owners in the Township of Muskoka Lakes.   We pride ourselves on timely communications with our members.  We strive to keep them informed on what is going on in the Township that effects them directly or indirectly.

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A copy of our 2019 Yearbook is available here -2019 Yearbook 2019 Yearbook

 

COVID-19 Information

With how fluid COVID-19 is, the Muskoka Ratepayers have established this section on our website where we are posting information as it becomes available.  This will be mostly information from around Muskoka.

We are not experts and are not offering advice, we are just sharing information that you might find useful.

Please stay safe during this unsettled time.

The Ratepayers have issued a public letter of thanks to all the service providers who are working so diligently in these times. Click here to view that letter - Letter of Thanks Letter of Thanks


The Township is posting frequent notices and media releases on their web site at Township of Muskoka Lakes - COVID-19 Updates Select "News and Notices" at the bottom left of that screen.

Link to information on property taxes - Property Tax

Link to Mayor Harding's video message  - Mayor Harding - April 7

Link to the Muskoka Lakes Chamber's message - Chamber Message

Link to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Health Unit

Link to Algonquin Health Care - Algonquin

Link to the Government of Canada web site - Canada

Link to the Government of Ontario site - Ontario

Thinking About Membership in the Muskoka Ratepayers?

  • If you have been a member of the Ratepayers in the past, click on the "Membership Renewal / Logon" button at the right,  enter your email address and password to sign in.  If you have forgotten your password, press "Forgotten Password" to reset it.
  • If you are a new member, click on the "Join the Ratepayers Today" button.
  • For help with joining or renewals, click on "Membership Help"
  • Membership renewal notices will be going out shortly - watch for our email

Township By-Law Enforcement

The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures.  This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas.  A copy of that summary can be found here -TML By-Law. Enforcement TML By-Law. Enforcement

Consider posting a copy in your cottage.

 

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Township Watch - March 2020

Safe Quiet Lakes launches pilot project for wake and speed on the Indian River and Mirror Lake. Should Community Centre rental fees be waived for community groups? MPAC residential assessments to be mailed May 4th, full assessment refresher attached. New meeting schedule and Council/Committee structure approved. Full report of round-table discussion on the Community Safety and Policing Act. MNRF not willing to say there will be no flooding. Restrictions on sports courts and recreational areas on the waterfront.  -  Read more about Township Watch - March 2020

Township Watch - February 2020

Muskoka Ratepayers not in agreement with comments made on bubbler use. Township Treasurer no longer with the Township. Your public garbage bin is being removed by April 2023. Township meeting schedule changed. Council defers acceptance of Strategic Plan draft. Sports courts draft by-law not accepted by Council. Lake plans are good for the Township. Brief General/Finance meeting. Official Plan discussion paper presented to Planning Committee. Recommendations to be made to the District on Mary Jane Lake subdivision. 2019 planning department activity report. 2020 District budget passed.  -  Read more about Township Watch - February 2020

Township Watch - January 2020

Swift River Energy Limited provides Council with requested safety information. Pre-budget requests for the purchase of a new street sweeper and grader. Councillors should NOT hit “Reply All” to Township emails. Intriguing presentation of an online primary care wait list for those in Muskoka. Congratulations to Chief Murrell. $131,408,920.67 of building occurred in the Township of Muskoka Lakes according to the 2019 Development Services Department activity report. District budget to increase 2.79%.  -  Read more about Township Watch - January 2020

Economic Snapshot - Winter - 2019 / 2020

The recently released report on flooding in Ontario represents the first step in an effort to understand what caused the flooding and what we can do better to try to mitigate the effects of future flood events. The report is of financial importance to those directly in the path of the flood as well as all taxpayers who will have to pay for any damage to publicly owned infrastructure. This Economic Snapshot gives the reader an opportunity to review the study findings as they apply directly to Muskoka.  -  Read more about Economic Snapshot - Winter - 2019 / 2020

Township Watch - December 2019

Six-month review of Council & Committee structure causes controversy. Council votes to hold a Special Committee of the Whole meeting to review the Minett Joint Steering Committee recommendations. Walker’s Point Community Library update. New stop signs being erected in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Grants to organizations program. Habitat for Humanity wishes to build two rental units in Bala. Mary Jane Lake subdivision deferred a second time for more studies. 2020 budget meetings rescheduled.  -  Read more about Township Watch - December 2019

Township Watch - November 2019

Hospital strategic plan and funding presentation. Water quality matters presentations. Water safety concerns at Bala Falls Hydro Project. 30-day “pause” put on Official Plan Amendments for Minett. Safe Quiet Lakes Municipal Update. Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce review 2019 events. Council discusses mileage renumeration. Planning Committee reviews site plan process. District Council acknowledges Member of Parliament Scott Aitchison years service to Muskoka. 2020 Township Budget Schedule. Recent awards around Muskoka.  -  Read more about Township Watch - November 2019

Bubbler Etiquette

The Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association and the Muskoka Lakes Association have joined forces in publishing an article on the best practices of the use of Dock Deicing Systems.  -  Read more about Bubbler Etiquette

The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association and Development

The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association believes in orderly development in the Township of Muskoka Lakes that results in additional business, retail and service employment and contract opportunities for all Muskoka residents.  -  Read more about The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association and Development

Muskoka Etiquette - 2018

A set of suggestions to live by  -  Read more about Muskoka Etiquette - 2018

Bala Falls - Small Hydro Electric Project - 2017

After being granted access permits by the District in August, staging for the construction of the small hydro plant at Bala falls has started. Not unexpectedly, there were demonstrations on the Labour Day weekend. For more details, please read the full article 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.  -  Read more about Bala Falls - Small Hydro Electric Project - 2017
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Muskoka Weather - click on image for more details.

 

Upcoming Events - Monthly Calendar

TML - Committe of Adjustment
Apr 14, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - General / Finance Committee
Apr 15, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Apr 15, 2020 1:00pm to 5:00pm
TML - Planning Committee
Apr 16, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ratepayers - Board Meeting
Apr 25, 2020 9:00am to 1:00pm
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