Welcome to Ryerson


The Township of Ryerson was incorporated in 1880.

An excerpt from the local history book, A Tribute to Ryerson Township, describes: “…The Township of Ryerson (as) situated in the east portion of the District of Parry Sound in the Province of Ontario. It is a beautiful area containing several lakes and the Magnetawan River winding its way through the Township from East to West. The river at one time was the main means of travel as the steamboats navigated the waters. For more information on the history in Ryerson follow this link: Ryerson History

We are thrilled that you’ve decided to be a part of Ryerson Township. 

The township office is located at 28 Midlothian Rd, in Burk’s Falls. The office hours are Tuesday to Friday 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m.

To stay up to date on municipal announcements follow our Facebook page and visit our website news and upcoming events section.


Get to Know Your New Hometown!


Some questions you may have can be found below. If you have questions and you don't see them here, feel free to contact us!

Elected Officials 


From Left to Right: Councillor Beverly Abbott, Councillor Glenn Miller, Mayor George Sterling, Councillor Dan Robertson, Councillor Delynne Patterson.

Contact a Member of Council

What I Need to Know About Property Taxes?

Tax bills are mailed out in March and July of each year. Bills are split in two installments.

How to make a Payment

How to be Notified in the Event of an Emergency?

CodeRED is utilized by local public safety personnel to notify residents and businesses by telephone, text message, email and social media of time-sensitive information, emergencies or urgent notifications. Sign up Today.


Are you and your family prepared for possible emergencies? A 72-hour kit can enable you to meet the needs of all household members, including pets and children, if you must stay home for an extended period of time due to an emergency. Learn more on Emergency Preparedness.

Tri R Landfill & Recycling Centre

The township of Ryerson does not offer curbside garbage pick up. Property owners are provided with a landfill card to be used at the local landfill located at 141 Chetwynd Road, Burk's Falls. 

How Does it Work? 

Where is the Public Library?

The Library provides weekly program and activities for all ages, visit their website to find out more about what is happening at the library.

Burk's Falls, Armour & Ryerson Union Public Library located at 39 Copeland Street, Burk's Falls.

Where is the Fire Department?

The local fire department services Ryerson, Burk's Falls and Armour. The Fire Chief, Fire Prevention Officer and Administration offices are located at 162 Huston Street, Burk's Falls. The Fire halls is located at 168 Ontario Street, Burk's Falls.

Are you looking for a rewarding career and helping your community? Burk's Falls & District Fire Department is actively hiring!

Become a Volunteer/Fire Rating

Where is the Local Arena?

The arena offers ice rentals, hall rentals, private events, and Birthday parties, and weekly public skating.

Armour, Ryerson, & Burk's Falls Memorial Arena located at 220 Centre Street, Burk's Falls.

What By-laws does my Township have?

The Township has various By-laws in place to ensure that the residents of Ryerson are kept safe. 

View By-laws

Who Polices the Area?

Policing services are provided by the Ontario Provincial Police with the Almaguin Highlands Detachment located at 46 Highway #520, Burk's Falls ON.

We also have two By-law Enforcement Officers who work together to ensure residents are following By-laws. 

Contact a By-law Enforcement Officer

How do I Report an Issue?

Do you have a municipal issue that you want addressed? Complete the complaint form and submit it to the Ryerson office.

Report a Complaint

I Have a Dog, do I Need to Get a License?

Yes, all dogs are to be registered with the township and a dog tag is to be purchased annually. 

Find out more about Dog Licensing.

Can I Have a Trailer on my property?

A trailer license is required for a trailer that is placed on a vacant piece of property and does not have a dwelling. Licenses are to be purchases annually. 

Find out more about Trailer Licensing.

Properties with a dwelling can store a trailer on the property without a license.

I Want to Build on my Property, What is Required?

Purchasing a new home may mean having some renovations or new builds in mind. Visit the Building Department website for the required steps and permits. 

I Would Like to Attend a Council Meeting.

Anyone wishing to address Council during a meeting is required to contact the Clerk to be added to the Agenda and a delegation form must be completed.

Delegation Form

If you would like to sit in on council meeting you must register with the Clerk prior to the meeting for the meeting access.

Attend a Meeting

Council Meeting Materials

Council meeting agenda and agenda package are posted to the website the Wednesday before a scheduled meeting. To see current and past agenda and minutes follow this link.

Getting Involved

The Township of Ryerson has a recreation committee always looking for more volunteers. 

The committee works on improving the area parks and trails throughout the Township. 

Parks in Ryerson        Join a Committee

What Schools Are in The Area?

Almaguin Community Economic Development

The Almaguin Economic Development (ACED) Department delivers economic development services throughout the Almaguin Highlands Region. (formally called the East Parry Sound District). These services include:

  • Business and entrepreneurial support for start-ups, expansions and general needs, including: 
  • Connecting businesses with support and funding opportunities, 
    • Site selection information and local intel, 
    • Professional network development, and
    • Many other services as required;
  • Marketing and promotion of tourism opportunities, events, and local programming;
  • Regional economic planning, research and analysis;
  • Community development and organization support. 

ACED is committed to ensuring the economic and social prosperity of the region. Our objective is to develop our environment by creating and growing strong partnerships between municipalities, businesses, community groups and local residents. For more information visit the ACED website.