Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:04

Integrity Commissioner


An Integrity Commissioner is an independent resource who reports to council and who is responsible for performing in an independent manner the functions assigned by the municipality with respect to:

1. The application of the code of conduct for members of council and members of local boards.
2. The application of any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality and local boards governing the ethical behaviour of members of council and of local boards.
3. The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of council and of local boards.
4. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the code of conduct applicable to the member.
5. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the municipality or of the local board, as the case may be, governing the ethical behaviour of members.
6. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
7. The provision of educational information to members of council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality's codes of conduct for members of council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

The Town of Espanola has appointed Mr. Robert Swayze as the Integrity Commissioner for the municipality and authorize him to conduct inquires upon complaint for rules governing ethical behaviour of members of Council as they pertain to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and Council//Board Code of Conduct.

The Integrity Commissioner’s responsibilities include:

-Conduct inquiries upon complaint for Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and Code of Conduct matters

-Provide advice to members of Council and local boards regarding their obligations under the code of conduct the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

-Provide educational information to the public, the municipality and members of Council and local boards about the Code of Conduct and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

The duties and responsibilities of the Integrity Commissioner are further detailed in Section 223 of the Municipal Act, 2001.  It is the responsibility of the Integrity Commissioner to report directly to County Council.

 A complaint that a member has contravened the Code may be initiated by any person, any Member of Council, or by Council as follows:

(a) a complaint shall be made in writing and shall be sent directly to the Integrity Commissioner by mail, e-mail, fax or courier;
(b) a complaint must be signed and dated by the complainant who shall be an identifiable individual (complaints may not be submitted by any group, organization or corporation);
(c) a complaint shall include:

(i)   an explanation, with specific reference to sections of the Code, as to why the issue raised is alleged to be a contravention of the Code;
(ii)   any evidence in support of the allegation; and
(iii)   any witnesses in support of the allegation must be identified.

Robert J. Swayze
Barrister & Solicitor
20736 Mississauga Road
Caledon, ON
L7K 1M7
Tele: 519 942 0070
Fax:   519 942 1233
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Should there be a complaint lodged and it is investigated, the report will be listed below.  An annual report from the Integrity Commissioner will be listed here as well.

Reports prior to March 1, 2019 

Report of Integrity Commissioner July 12, 2018 - Code of Conduct Breach by Councillors (pdf)


For addtional information contact the Municipal Office via phone at (705) 869-1540 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 13:30

Property Tax Information

2019 Tax Ratios (pdf)
2019 Tax Rates (pdf)
Pre-authorized Payment Plan (pdf)

Residential Tax Rates
           Municipal       School          Total
2009 2.44084% 0.25200% 2.69284%
2010 2.48547% 0.24100% 2.72647%
2011 2.43974% 0.23100% 2.67074%
2012 2.39144% 0.22100% 2.61244%
2013 2.121036% 0.21200%  2.2333036% 
2014 1.900915% 0.20300% 2.103915%
2015 1.712774% 0.19500% 1.907774%
2016 1.555595% 0.18800% 1.743595%
2017 1.593883% 0.17900% 1.772883%
2018 1.556986% 0.17000% 1.726986%
2019 1.540777% 0.16100% 1.701777%

The total residential tax rate for the Town of Espanola declined in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and remains below the 2009 level.  The term "mill rate" was removed from the legislation and methodology in 1998 as a component of Ontario's overall tax reform.

The property tax calculation is: Property Assessment (from MPAC) x Tax rate (set by Council).
See where your money goes using the interactive chart.

Tax Office
You can reach the Town of Espanola tax department by calling 869-1540 during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Interest rate
An interest rate of 1.25% is charged on the first day of the month for outstanding balances.

Payment Options
Payment(s) can be made at the Municipal Office located at 100 Tudhope St. during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, mailed to 100 Tudhope St., Espanola, ON P5E 1S6, make it easy for yourself; pay your Property Taxes online or set up pre-authorized payments.  Just download and fill out this form - Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (pdf)All taxpayers in good standing are eligible for the pre-authorized payment program allowing you to break your taxes into twelve monthly payments with no penalty and no interest charges. Starting in January 2018 two payment dates will be offered to better fit your budget. Payments can be withdrawn on the first of every month or the 15th of every month.

Post dated cheques are also accepted and can be dropped off or mailed to the Municipal Office.

Payment methods are Cash, Cheques and Interact.  Credit Cards are not accepted.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact the tax department at 705-869-1540 x2107 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Change of Address
Regardless of how you pay your property taxes, the original tax bill is always sent to the property owner at the last known address.  Send address changes to the Municipal Office by calling 869-1540 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tax bills for New Homes
Property owners who have moved into a newly constructed home will only receive a tax bill for the land portion of their property until the assessment office determines the assessed value of your house (which may not occur until several months after your move in).  Owners are responsible for property taxes from the occupancy date.  A bill will be sent once the Town of Espanola receives the assessment information.  If you wish to pay based on an estimated amount, it can be credited to your tax account and applied against the taxes once they are billed.  Contact the Tax Department at 869-1540 to discuss the option further.  Alternatively you can wait for the installment(s).

Tuesday August 29, 2011

Province Funds Espanola Community In Motion Initiatives

The Town of Espanola received $82,000.00 from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport to support a two year strategy to deliver health promotion initiatives that address two of the six Ministry’s health priorities; physical activity & healthy eating.

The funding released through the Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) provides funding to community partnerships to plan and deliver integrated programs to improve the health of Ontarians.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:23

Grand Opening of Arena Grill

August 1/2011


The Arena Grill was named in 1951 as a compliment to the completion of the Espanola Memorial Community Centre.  In 1960 Leon and Grace Eng purchased the restaurant  and served up a mix of Chinese and Canadian cuisine.  The Arena Grill closed its doors in 1991 when E.B. Eddy purchased the property and was demolished the following year.   The memory of this popular family run eatery and Greyhound Bus Stop will live on at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:17

New Business Development in Espanola


ESPANOLA, Ontario, July 26, 2011 — The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $371,500 in support of the Town of Espanola’s Light Industrial Park development.

“The Government of Canada is committed to making strategic investments that support the development, growth and diversification of Northern Ontario’s economy,” said Minister Clement. “Today’s announcement will provide greater opportunities for attracting small business owners and entrepreneurs to Espanola, and that will lead to creating and maintaining jobs in the town and surrounding area.”

July 17, 2011/Espanola, Ontario

Council welcomes new Clerk Treasurer/Administrator

The Corporation of The Town of Espanola is pleased to announce that Cynthia Townsend, CA, CMA will be joining the Corporation of the Town of Espanola to fill the position of Clerk Treasurer/Administrator. Her orientation will begin Tuesday July 5th, 2011 with the statutory appointment being effective September 6th 2011.

Ms. Townsend worked as a Senior Manager at KPMG before accepting the position with the town.  She brings with her the education and management experience that is required to fulfill the duties of this position.  She will be working closely with the Deputy Treasurer as well as the Deputy Clerk to ensure a smooth transition into the municipality.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:16

Industrial Park Development

May 25, 2011/Espanola, Ontario
Industrial Park Development Put On Hold

Council for the Town of Espanola has received an official confirmation that due to funding limitations the Kilganan Group Ltd. has withdrawn their proposal to purchase land in the Industrial Park.  The Kilganan Group with support from the Town had applied for funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) under their mandate for promoting local economic development initiatives. The funding application was denied and as a result this very viable economic initiative was not feasible within the current time frame, culture, or the NOHFC targeted market.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 10:07

Physician Recruitment

Espanola Regional Hospital & Health Centre

ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. Work and play in one of Northern Ontario's most attractive and spectacular four-season playgrounds.  Located in the heart of the LaCloche Foothills Region; Just 45 min. west of Sudbury and 35 min. from the North Shore (access to Georgian Bay). 

Situated amongst pristine lakes and rivers, old growth forests and the rugged hilly terrain of the Canadian Shield, our integrated health campus boasts a state of the art hospital that features a 24-hour emergency department, acute care, long-term care beds, and a full range of services including a medical lab, diagnostic imaging, senior’s apartments/assisted living, and a Family Health Team.

Opportunities for Family Physicians to join our current team, with flexible opportunities to work in the FHT, hospital (ED and/or hospitalist) tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences (Locum opportunities available).

For more information on Physician Recruitment Incentives click here.


Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:33

Chamber of Commerce

LaCloche Foothills Chamber of Commerce

With the region’s brightest thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs, the LaCloche Foothills Chamber of Commerce will create an active and responsive Chamber to promote, represent and enhance all aspects of the business community

LaCloche Foothills Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 5106, Espanola, ON  P5E 1S2

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