Township of Brock E-Newsletter – January 2017

New User Fees Effective January 1, 2017

Please note that there are new user fees in effect as of January 1, 2017 for a number of services and programs offered by the Township of Brock. A full list of the new fees can be viewed here.

Celebrate Canada 150Canada 150 Logo

In 2017 we have a lot to celebrate! Canada is turning 150 years old and celebrations are being held nationwide! Stayed tuned monthly for updates on how to join in the celebrations.

Held on April 19, 2017, National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFC 150) is a one-day, coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian Cinema in honour of our nation's sesquicentennial! Check out a list of the top 150 Canadian Films and learn how to get involved here!

Ice Fishing Safety Tips

Winter is here and it is time to enjoy the great outdoors and take advantage  of one of Brock Townships' greatest destinations – Lake Simcoe.

Ice Fishing Huts on Lake

There are many Ice Fishing Operators in the Township, and many residents who venture out on their own to partake in some ice fishing. No matter who you are travelling with it is imperative to be aware of your surroundings and keep in mind some safety tips.

  • Fish with a friend and let others know where you are going.
  • Wear a floatation device and cold protection suit, even if you are fishing from shore or in a fish hut.
  • Carry rescue equipment – ice picks, rope, cell phone, first aid kit, waterproof matches, survival blanket and flash light.
  • Save the alcohol for when you get home.
  • Always be aware of the thickness and quality of ice to reduce risk of breaking through. Local Operators are aware of when it is safe to be out fishing, if heading out on your own use the location of the operators as a guide.
For more ice fishing safety tips visit the Canadian Red Cross website.

Upcoming Council / Committee Meetings

  • January 23, 10:00 a.m. – Planning, Protection to Persons & Property, Administration & Personnel
  • January 27, 9:00 a.m. – Finance
  • February 6, 10:00 a.m. – Council, Finance, Public Works, Parks & Recreation
  • February 13, 10:00 a.m. – Planning, Protection to Persons & Property, Administration & Personnel
All meetings are held in Council Chambers at 1 Cameron Street East, Cannington, and are open to the public.

Public Works Department News

Summer Student Positions – 2017

The Township of Brock is seeking applications for the following positions:

  • Senior Camp Counsellors: June 27 – August 25 (40hr/week)
  • Camp Counsellors: June 27 – August 25 (40hr/week)
  • Tourist Information Officer: May 15 – August 25 (40 hr/week)

These positions are available only to those who will continuing their post-secondary education in the fall of 2017. Interested and qualified applicants are invited to forward a resume and covering letter to Mr. Nick Colucci by regular mail, facsimile, or email to Applicants should also indicate their preferred availability to attend interviews.

Applicants for this position will be received until 4:30 p.m. on Friday February 10, 2017. Click here for the full job posting.

Snow Clearing Regulations as per Township of Brock By-law Number 957-88-PP

It is illegal to park a vehicle on a highway so as to interfere with the clearing of snow. Failure to comply may result in your vehicle being tagged and/or towed away.Your co-operation is appreciated.

Have a questions about Winter Road Maintenance?

Visit the Township of Brock Website for answers to your questions!

The Winter Fitness Schedule has begun!

For more information on the programs and registration visit the Township of Brock Recreation Website.

Winter Fitness Flyer 2017

Brock Sports Hall of Fame Nominations are open!

Do you know an athlete, coach and/or volunteer who has made a significant positive impact in the sporting community in Brock? Nominate them for the Brock Sports Hall of Fame!
Nominations are due no later than March 4, 2017 and can be submitted online.

Interim Tax Bill Dates

Tax Bills are mailed out twice a year. In 2017, the Interim Tax Bills are mailed out in January and payments are due on February 21, 2017 and April 21, 2017.

Property Tax Rebates and Adjustments

Vacancy Rebate Notice to Commercial & Industrial Assessed Land: Notification must be made to the Municipal Office by Feb. 28, 2017, for the 2016 tax year, for a re-classification of assessment from Occupied to Vacant Buildings/Excess Land.  Property must be vacant for at least 90 consecutive days prior to making application in order to qualify for re-classification. A full list of requirements, together with the application are available online.

Charitable Organization Rebate: Qualifying charitable organizations, which are included in the Commercial/Industrial Tax Class of Property owners, are eligible for a 40% reduction of their taxes.  Eligible charities are defined in section 248(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada) that have a registration number issued by the Canada Customs & Revenue Agency.  Qualifying charities must apply annually to their local municipality for this rebate.  Application must be made by Feb. 28, 2017 for the 2016 tax year.

Tax Adjustments: Applications are available at the Municipal Office to apply for an adjustment to taxes under Section 357 of the Municipal Act, 2001, c.25.  An example for such an adjustment is a building damaged by fire, demolition or otherwise.  An application under this section must be filed with the Treasurer on or before February 28 of the year following the year in respect of which the application is made.

Durham Region Updates

  • DRT Transportation Master Plan –  Durham Region's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is a strategic document designedDurham Region Brandmark Logo to define the policies, programs and infrastructure improvements required to plan for Durham's future transportation needs. There has been much change and growth in Durham Region since the plan was originally approved by Regional Council in 2003 – almost 14 years ago! To get involved and find out more about the development of the TMP visit
  • Durham Region  Waste Management – Use the Durham Region Collection Schedules and Reminders tool to determine your collection day.

Upcoming Community Events

Sunday January 22, 2017 and Sunday February 26, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Manilla Community Hall
Beaverton Lions Winter Carnival Postcard
Saturday February 4, 2017
Old Mill Gateway Park
Saturday February 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Nonquon Environmental Education Centre
Saturday February 25, 2017
Manilla Community Hall
Sunderland Lions Music Festival
February 13 – 24, 2017 Followed By: Stars of the Festival Concerts February 27 – March 2, 2017
Sunderland Town Hall, Sunderland United Church, Port Perry High School
To add your event and for a full event listing visit