General Open Burning Guidelines

Ministry of Environment

Open Burning and Disposal of Clean Wood Guidance

General Open Burning Requirements

Open burning of clean waste wood can occur provided it is done in accordance with the following conditions:

Prior to burning, the clean pile is inspected to ensure that it only contains appropriate materials, as defined above, and a written record is documented showing such an inspection was made.

Only burn clean dry, well aerated wood. Wet or dirty material will smoulder and create offensive smoke.

Do not burn during Air Quality Advisories and/or Burn Restrictions.

Burn in open areas away from overhead wires and branches and at least 15m away from any structure.

Scrape away burnable materials on the ground several feet around piles. The result should be bare soil.

Burning shall be conducted during the day-time when meteorological conditions are favourable. See guidelines outlined down below.

Burning shall immediately cease and the fire suppressed if a fire has caused or is causing an air contaminant or adverse effect as defined by The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010.

The fire shall be supervised and controlled at all times, never leave fires unattended. Before vacating the site, the fire should be completely extinguished to ensure smouldering of material does not occur. A buried fire is not considered extinguished. Soaking the material with water is the best method. Ashes should be cold prior to leaving the site.

Fire suppression equipment shall be present at all times during any type of open-air burning.

The party responsible for the fire shall abide by The Wildfire Act, 2015, where applicable and any local by-laws, codes or regulations.

A burn notification number is required and can be obtained by contacting your local Wildfire Management Forest Protection Area Office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Notify the Controlled Burn Line at least 24 hours prior to burn at 1-866-404-4911 to provide information about the planned burn along with the burn notification number.

Failing to comply with the above conditions may result in a Warning of Non-Compliance being issued or other Enforcement Actions.








Public notice is hereby given that the Council of the Rural Municipality of Colonsay intends to amend Bylaw No. 02-2019 known as the Zoning Bylaw pursuant to The Planning and Development Act, 2007.


The proposed bylaw will rezone land described below from A – Agricultural District to AR – Agricultural Residential District.

Affected Land

The affected land is legally described as part of the NW ¼ Section 18-35-27-W2M shown on a plan of proposed subdivision dated December 8, 2020 and signed by Meridian Surveys Ltd. The land is located about 2 kilometers northeast of the intersection of Colonsay Road and Twp Road 352 as shown on the following map.



The reason for the amendment is to subdivide the yard for residential use.


Public Inspection

The textual amendments and map associated with the Zoning Bylaw may be viewed at the RM administration office within the Town of Colonsay.  These documents are available for viewing by any person without payment of any fee between the hours of 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Monday to Friday and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday , excluding Thursdays and holidays, up to and including March 11, 2021.


A digital copy of the above noted documents is also available for public viewing on the RM of Colonsay website at .

Detailed Map 

Copy of Notice

Public Hearing

Council will hold a public hearing on March 11, 2021 at 11:00 am at Colonsay Senior Centre located at Colonsay, to hear any person or group that wants to comment on the proposed bylaws.  Council will also consider written comments received at the hearing or delivered to the undersigned at the RM administration office prior to the hearing.


Issued at the Town of Colonsay, this 10th day of February, 2021.

Randi Wood, RM Administrator


Zoning Detail 1 Bylaw 1