Living Here

Welcome to the Township of Hornepayne, the geographical centre of Ontario. Located in the Algoma District in northeastern Ontario and known as the "Home of the Three Bears," our community is situated in the heart of the boreal forest with clean, fresh air and stunning landscapes featuring beautiful lakes, rivers and trees.

Our area offers many recreational opportunities, such as sport fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and wildlife watching. Hornepayne is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and friendly, community-minded families and individuals.

With a population of just under 1,000, our quiet community is situated on Highway 631, connecting Highways 11 and 17. Hornepayne is also serviced by VIA Rail passenger trains, making it a convenient stop along your travels.

Discover more about living in our community today!

Animal control

Learn about our Animal Control By-law, how to get dog and cat tags with the municipality and our animal licensing services and fees. Discover what to do if you encounter wildlife or dangerous animals in the area.

Building and renovating

Planning a building or renovating project on a property in Hornepayne? Learn which building permits you may need to begin work and how to book a building inspection with the Township.


The Hornepayne Cemetery offers both traditional burial plots and niches in our columbarium. Learn how to book an appointment with us and arrange for your loved one's needs.


Discover the available educational services in Hornepayne, including three district school boards that serve our community's youth and their families.

Emergency management

Learn about our Emergency Response Plan, which guides the planning, roles, responsibilities and actions taken around various potential emergencies in the Township.

Fire, Police and Ambulance

Learn about the local fire, police and paramedic services that help keep our community safe.

Garbage and recycling opportunities

Learn about the Township's garbage and recycling opportunities, as well as how to drop off garbage.


The Hornepayne Housing Corporation (HHC) aims to ensure sufficient housing is available to support the community's needs and demand for accommodations. Learn about the HHC's mandate and its latest efforts to improve housing for residents.

Property taxes

Discover more about property taxes, including:

  • How to pay your property taxes and tax bills
  • How property tax is calculated
  • Property assessments and appeals
  • Tax rates

Public health

The Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) delivers public health services and programs to Hornepayne residents and visitors. 


We maintain and upgrade many kilometres of roads and sidewalks within the Township, including:

  • Winter maintenance - plowing, sanding and snow removal
  • Culvert and bridge maintenance
  • Tree maintenance on Township roads and laneways
  • Street naming and traffic signs, guide rail
  • Roadway traffic and pedestrian markings
  • Repairs and maintenance of streetlights

You can also learn how to report a road issue with the Township.

Service Ontario

You can get and renew your driver's licence, plate sticker, health card, accessible parking permit and more with Service Ontario. Access services online or by visiting the Hornepayne branch during business hours.

Water and wastewater services

Water and wastewater services in Hornepayne are handled by the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA). The Township handles billing and payments. Learn how to pay your water bill, what to do if you suspect a water leak or sewer break, how to request water service disconnection and reconnection, and more.

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