New Speed Humps on Centenaire Street and King Street

Posted on Friday, October 08, 2021 01:50 PM

There are now speed humps on Centenaire Street and King Street! As part of the Township 2018-2022’s Strategic Plan, we are reviewing pedestrian safety. This initiative valued at $10,000 will deliver a total of five speed humps to these problematic areas. These are only two of many locations that have action plans for 2021; more are still to come. Read the report IS-PW-16-2021 from the June 21, 2021 Council Meeting for more information on upcoming pedestrian safety measures.

If you have a traffic...

October 2021 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2021 09:05 AM

At the October 4, 2021 Council Meeting, Council proclaimed October 2021 as Breast Cancer Awareness month in the Township of Russell. The Breast Cancer flag will be raised at the Town Hall from October 5 to 31, 2021. At this time, flags are at half-mast to mourn the recent discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves near former residential schools across the country. The Breast Cancer flag will also be raised to half mast during the month of October.

Due Date Adjustment on Utilities Invoices for Embrun Residents

Posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2021 04:33 PM

Please note that Public Utilities invoices for the period of July – September 2021 that were sent to residents at the beginning of October 2021 may have an error on the due date. The due date should read October 27, 2021 and not September 27, 2021.

Please note that this applies only to Embrun residents.

Rest assured that no penalties were wrongly calculated on your account if the date that appears is September 27, 2021.

If you have questions about your Utilities invoice, please read the Questions...

Mayor's Statement on Arena Capacity Limits due to COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2021 04:03 PM


October 5, 2021

Dear Residents,

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Township has been required to follow all COVID-19 directives from the Province and Health Unit for our municipal buildings and facilities, including our arenas.

Like many other workplaces, our staff have been verbally harassed and threatened by individuals who do not agree with the health, distancing, and vaccination regulations set in place by the Province and Health Unit. Thankfully, these individuals are...

Road Closure - Church Street, from Concession to Drentex

Posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2021 09:20 AM

Please take note of the following road closure.

  • When: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • Where: Church Street, from Concession Street to Drentex Road
  • Why: Sanitary Sewer Construction 

Detour Information: Please see the map from for detour information, if any apply

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National Peace and Police Officers Memorial Day – September 26, 2021

Posted on Sunday, September 26, 2021 08:05 AM

On September 26, 2021, we recognize National Peace and Police Officers Memorial Day. We wish to thank all peace and police officers for their service. The Township of Russell usually marks the occasion by lowering the flags at all municipal buildings and locations from sunrise to sunset. At this time, flags are already at half-mast to mourn the recent discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves near former residential schools across the country.

Notice of Public Meeting Regarding Development Charges: October 18, 2021

Posted on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 03:44 PM

Take notice that on Monday, October 18, 2021 the Council of the Township of Russell will hold a public meeting pursuant to The Development Charges Act, 1997, regarding proposed development charge rates and policies that will be applied throughout the Township. It is proposed that enactment of development charges by-laws by Council would occur on a date subsequent to the public meeting.

Development charges are levied against new development, and are a primary source of funding for growth-related...

Concession Street Road Closure Starting Monday, September 20, 2021

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021 03:40 PM

Starting Monday September 20, 2021, Concession Street will be closed from Bank Street to Church Street for a period of 2 weeks for a sanitary sewer upgrade. A detour will be in place; visit the website for detour information. Once that part of the work is completed, the road will be reopened and the work will continue on Church Street. 

New Pedestrian Crossovers Along the Recreational Trail

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2021 03:09 PM

Pedestrian CrossoverThere are five new pedestrian crossovers installed in the Township of Russell along the recreational trail. The new pedestrian crossovers provide safe roadway crossing for pedestrians at the following locations:

  • St-Pierre Road at the Recreational Trail
  • Bay Street at the Recreational Trail
  • Castor Street at the Recreational Trail
  • Eadie Road at the Recreational Trail
  • Concession Street at the Recreational Trail

A pedestrian crossover is different from a regular crosswalk; mainly because they are found...

New Pilot Parklet Program in the Township of Russell – Give Your Feedback!

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021 09:09 AM

Enjoy a nice place to sit, relax, and enjoy the summer sun at one of two community parklets in the Township of Russell.

Bench seating area with flower potsA “Parklet” is a part of a street or sidewalk area that has been repurposed into outdoor public seating with landscaping, art, and more. Parklets provide spaces for residents and visitors to sit and gather while exploring and supporting local businesses along the Township’s vibrant main streets.

The pilot program offers two community parklets for all to enjoy, found at:

  • the intersection...

New Historical Plaques in the Village of Russell

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 10:23 AM

Embrun, Ontario, September 14, 2021 – During the Russell Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 11th, the Township of Russell unveiled two new plaques as part of the Historical Plaque Program, recognizing the Russell Train Station and the Russell Shale Brick Company.

The municipal program commemorates historically significant buildings, properties, or people within the Township, fostering an interest and understanding of our community’s roots to residents and tourists. Both new plaques can...

Ways to Participate in the Virtual Public Consultation for the 2022 Budget on September 13th

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2021 01:06 PM

Members of the public can participate in the 2022 Budget Public Consultation process in 3 ways:

  • Email – Send your budget requests by email to
  • Mail – Send your budget requests by regular mail to the Township of Russell, 717 Notre Dame Street, Embrun K0A 1W1.
  • Address Council or Make a Presentation (during the electronic meeting on September 13th) – Contact the Clerk’s Department at in advance to have your request added to the meeting agenda.


What Not to Flush Down the Toilet

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2021 08:55 AM

Very few items should be flushed down the toilet. Remember to only flush human waste and toilet paper! These are the only items that belong in your toilet. Flushing certain items can result in a back-up of the sewer line into your home or create problems at the Township's wastewater treatment facility.

What should never be flushed down the toilet?

  • Personal care wipes/baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair
  • Dental floss
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary products
  • Condoms
  • Old medicines
  • Food grease/fat

Why are ‘flushables’...

Township of Russell to Recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2021 10:44 AM

At the Council meeting on September 7th, 2021, Council voted to recognize September 30, 2021 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in the Township of Russell. Read reconciliation stories on Reconciliation Canada's website.

Read the full resolution below.

Municipal Recognition of September 30th as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

WHEREAS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report on June 2, 2015, which included 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of...

Town Hall Reopens for Some In-Person Services on September 7, 2021

Posted on Friday, September 03, 2021 04:30 PM

The Township of Russell will re-open Town Hall to offer some in-person services as of Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.

Our goal is to provide an organized and effective reopening transition for residents, a safe return to work environment for our staff, all while offering our best level of service available during this time. As of Tuesday, September 7th, our offices will be open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30p.m. Residents are encouraged to continue using ''contact...

New Fireworks By-Law

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2021 12:07 PM

Press Release
For immediate distribution

New Fireworks By-Law in the Township of Russell

August 10th 2021, Embrun - ON — The Township of Russell has a new Fireworks By-Law that will allow residents to use fireworks during specific dates throughout the year.

Previously, fireworks were always prohibited in the Township of Russell under the Noise By-Law, unless granted special exemption from Council. The Fireworks By-Law is in effect as of September 1st 2021.

Within the new Fireworks...

Accessibility Survey

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2021 08:00 AM

The Accessibility Advisory Committee have opened a survey for members of the public.
The goal of the Accessibility Survey is to better understand the barriers to accessibility in the Township of Russell so that there is equal opportunity and access for all persons. Take the Survey at For an alternative format or accessibility support, please contact or 613-443-3066 extension 2312. Survey closes September 6th, 2021.

Cooling Centers

Posted on Monday, August 09, 2021 02:24 PM

Location and opening hours for cooling centers in Embrun

2022 Budget Process Begins

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2021 03:11 PM

The municipal budget sets goals and guides decision on what to purchase, build, and repair.

It is time to prepare your 2022 Budget requests!

Key dates for the 2022 Budget:

  • September 13, 2021 – Public Consultation on the 2022 Budget.
  • October 4, 2021 – Staff presents the Draft Budget to Council, no discussion.
  • October 20, 2021 and October 21, 2021 - Working sessions for Council and staff to discuss details of the Draft Budget. You can attend but there is no opportunity to address Council.
  • November...

National Drowning Prevention Week

Posted on Monday, July 19, 2021 09:43 AM

National Drowning Prevention Week is the Lifesaving Society’s annual drowning prevention awareness event. With over 400 Canadians drowning in preventable water-related incidents annually, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60+ years of age.

Key messages you need to remember are:

  1. Prevent Drowning. Over 400 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many.
  2. Supervise Children. Always directly supervise...

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