Welcome to South Frontenac!

We’re so happy you’ve chosen South Frontenac to call home. We like to think living in South Frontenac as the best of both worlds – a place of community and natural beauty where you can enjoy a well-rounded relaxed lifestyle, but with all the amenities of Kingston just minutes away.

This page contains helpful information for new residents. We encourage you to explore our website and subscribe to pages that interest you like our News, Careers or Events Calendar, and follow South Frontenac Township on Facebook and Twitter to stay up on news and events.

Garbage and Recycling

Garbage and recycling pick up is on the same day each week. You can find your pick-up day here. On weeks where there is a statutory holiday, pick up will be one day later than your usual day.

Garbage bags must be tagged – there is no limit to the number of bags you can put out. Landlords are required to supply tenants with tags. If you’ve moved in and your landlord or the previous owner didn’t leave bag tags, contact us at (613) 376-3027, x4330.

Recycling rotates between “blue” materials” one week and “yellow” materials the next week. Every new homeowner receives one blue box free of charge.

  • Blue materials = aluminium and steel cans, plastic/styrofoam containers and cardboard
  • Yellow materials = Paper, newspapers, magazines, single ply boxboard, plastic bags, glass bottles and jars

Download our recycling calendar and post it on your fridge or download our South Frontenac Recycles app to get reminders and alerts on your phone.

You can buy extra garbage bag tags at these local retailers. You can buy composters for $50 and extra blue boxes and enviromesh covers for your recycling for $10 each from our offices at 2490 Keeley Road.

Our Household Hazardous Waste depot is open from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm every Thursday in the summer and on the second and fourth Thursdays from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm for the rest of the year. The Depot is located at 2491 Keeley Road, across from our Public Works yard. There is no charge for residents of South Frontenac to drop off acceptable items at the depot.

To make sure your garbage and recycling gets picked up each week:

  • Have your items out by 7 am
  • Garbage bags can’t weigh more than 45 pounds or be oversized (standard size is 30” x 38”)
  • Tag it! Make sure each garbage bag has a purple bag tag. Wrap it around the neck of the bag and attach the ends together

See Solid Waste for more information and a list of all landfill sites.

Property Taxes

Property taxes help fund important programs and services. Tax bills are normally issued in early March and June, and are due the last working day in March, June, and September. We offer several payment options, including pre-authorized payment, online/telephone banking, payment through credit card, or in person, by mail or at the bank.

Property owners can contact the Taxation department at 613-376-3027 ext. 2200 or by email at taxes@southfrontenac.net to request a copy of their tax bill. 

See Property Taxes for more information.

Building Permits and Development

The Township issues building permits and inspects septic systems. Building permits are required for additions or renovations to buildings and any new buildings or structures over 15 sq. metres (161 sq ft). Two full size construction drawings are required with Building Permit applications for major projects. If your property is listed as a Heritage property, you may be eligible to receive a grant.

We know construction projects can be overwhelming, so we’ve provided handy guides to answer your questions and help you through the process. You can find a list of all building and septic permit applications and forms here. We also encourage you to contact our Building Services department directly at 613-376-3027 ext. 2226, or building@southfrontenac.net

See Building for more information on building and sewage systems. 

Council Meetings and Minutes

Council meetings are usually held twice a month on Tuesday evenings except in the summer months when Council meets monthly. There are also meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Committee of Adjustment, and other committees. All agendas, staff reports, minutes and By-laws can be accessed through CivicWeb.

Public meetings take place on Zoom (computer and telephone) and are streamed live on our Facebook page @SouthFrontenacTwp. If you want to attend the Zoom meeting, register in advance by clicking on the registration link on our Events Calendar for the meeting. We’ll be revisiting in person meetings again in late 2022 after renovations are complete at our offices.

If you want to appear before Council on a matter, you must submit a request in writing.

See Council and Committee Meetings for more information.

Sports and Activities

Whether your idea of fun is getting out on the water, hitting the links, or trying a new sport like Stock Sport, South Frontenac offers a wide range of sports and recreational opportunities. There are active sports groups for pickleball, football, hockey, soccer, softball, canoeing, kayaking, and stock sport. We also are home to world-class outdoor recreational activities, such as fishing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, biking and hiking.

With more than 20 different boat launches and water access points, you can spend months exploring all our different waterways.

The Frontenac Community Arena offers public skating during the winter months on Wednesdays from 9-10:30 am and Sundays from noon to 1:20 pm. You can book ice by emailing frontenacarena@bellnet.ca.

In the summer, we offer swimming lessons and daycamps for kids at area beaches.

Our Recreation and Community Services Guide, which is published at the beginning of the year has details on all community sports groups, activities, services and events.

See Sports and Activities and Court Facilities for more information.

Parks and Trails

With three major trails, Frontenac Provincial Park and several conservation areas within our boundaries, South Frontenac is an outdoors enthusiasts’ paradise. The K&P Trail and Cataraqui Trail (both part of the Great Trail that crosses Canada) are old railway tracks ideal for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and horseback riding. The Rideau Trail is a 327-km long hiking trail that meanders through forests and farmland from Kingston to Ottawa. Note ATVs are permitted only on the K&P Trail north of Verona.

We also have several municipal parks and greenspaces with playgrounds, ball diamonds and beaches.

See Trails and Parks and Greenspaces for more information.

Medical Clinics and Hospitals

  • Sydenham Medical Clinic is located at 3113 Rutledge Road in Sydenham. The clinic has three family doctors, a nurse and nurse practitioner. They are not accepting new patients at this time.
  • Verona Medical Clinic is located at 6582 Rd 38 in Verona. The clinic has two family doctors and one nurse practitioner. They are not accepting new patients at this time.
  • Kingston General Hospital is an acute-care teaching hospital affiliated with Queens University with a 24-hour emergency department. It is located at 76 Stuart Street, Kingston. Call them at 613-548-3232.
  • Hotel Dieu Hospital is a partner within Kingston University Hospitals and operates an emergency walk-in clinic 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. It is located at 166 Brock Street, Kingston. Call them at 613-544-3400.
  • Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital are affiliated and both have 24-hour emergency departments. Perth Hospital is located at 33 Drummond Street in Perth. Call 613-267-1500. Smiths Falls hospital is located at 60 Cornelia St W in Smiths Falls. Call 613-283-2330.
  • Lennox & Addington County General Hospital also has a 24-hour emergency department and is located at 8 Richmond Park Drive in Napanee. Call 613-354-3301.
There are many other medical providers, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, veterinary clinics in South Frontenac. See their ads in our Recreation and Community Services Guide. For a full list of community services organizations, see Community Services

Social Services

  • Southern Frontenac Community Services provides support services to adults and seniors, such as adult day programs, support groups, home help, fitness programs, social clubs, foot care clinics, transportation services, meals on wheels and has a community garden and food bank. It is located in the Grace Centre at 4295 Stagecoach Road in Sydenham. For more information on their services, call 613-376-6477.

  • Maltby Centre is a mental health and autism support agency located in Sydenham offering counselling, education, advocacy and programs for children and families. For more information phone 613-546-1422, x1.

  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide free programs and resources for parents and children from birth to age 6. For more information, call 613-279-3151 or email earlyon@rfcs.ca.
  • New Leaf Link serves adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Their day program operates Tuesday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at 3876 Harrowsmith Road. Cost is $42 per day. To arrange a visit, to become a participant, or to find out more about volunteering, please email contactus@newleaflink.ca.

Schools and Libraries

Limestone District School Board

Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board

Bus transportation is provided by Tri-Board Transportation, 613-354-1981

Libraries

Kingston Frontenac Public Library operates three branches in South Frontenac:

  • Sydenham Library, 4412 Wheatley Street
  • Storrington Library, 3910 Battersea Road
  • Hartington Branch, 5597 Road 38 in the Princess Anne Community Centre

See Libraries for hours of operation and details.

Internet

The following service providers provide broadband service within South Frontenac.

See Broadband in South Frontenac for more information.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, call 911

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. You’re encouraged to prepare for emergencies by practicing emergency safety plans with your family, and ensuring you have enough supplies (water, food, flashlights, batteries) to take care of your basic needs for at least 72 hours.

Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.)

South Frontenac falls within the Frontenac O.P.P. jurisdiction. The Hartington Detachment located at 5282 Hinchinbrooke Road has over 20 uniformed officers and operates 24/7 with marine and snowmobile units. For non-emergencies, please call them at 1-888-310-1122.

Frontenac Paramedic Services

Frontenac Paramedic Services provides emergency medical service to over 150,000 citizens in Frontenac County and the City of Kingston. The station in South Frontenac is located at 4264 Stage Coach Road in Sydenham. Call 613-548-9400 ext. 401.

South Frontenac Fire & Rescue (SFFR)

South Frontenac Fire & Rescue has eight stations located throughout the Township and 110 volunteer (on call paid) firefighters help keep residents and visitors safe. Volunteer firefighters have a flashing green light in their personal vehicles when responding to calls. Please pull over and yield to volunteer firefighters responding to a call. To reach the Director of Fire & Emergency Services, call 613-376-3027 ext. 2234.

Fire season runs from April 1 to October 1. Fire bans may be in place. Watch our website and see our Burning By-law (2012-68) for information if you plan to have an open camp fire or fire. 

Roads and Construction

We post road construction notices on our website, in the Frontenac News and on social media. Private lanes are not maintained by the township but are managed by a Lane Association or by residents who live on the lane. Learn more about our Private Lane Upgrade Program.

Our crews do a great job in the winter with snow removal. All our snow plows have names, such as 38 Special, Betty Whiteout, Frontenac Flurry and Frost and Fluriest, so be sure to give them a big thumbs up when you see them clearing the roads to keep us safe! To help them out, the parking of vehicles on Township roads and villages is not allowed between the hours of midnight and 7 am from December 1 to March 31.

If you notice a a damaged road sign or a road maintenance issue, please contact our Public Works department at 613-376-3027, x4331 or pwsupport@southfrontenac.net. If you see a street light out, email fswsupport@southfrontenac.net or x4330.  When reporting any issues, please include the nearest civic number, road name and which side of the road it is on.

Staying Informed 

There are many ways you can stay informed about what’s happening in South Frontenac:

  • Follow South Frontenac Township on Facebook and on Twitter (@SthFrontenacTwp)
  • Join the “What’s Happening South Frontenac” Facebook group
  • Many communities also use NextDoor to get to know their neighbours and stay connected
  • Read our ad banner in the Frontenac News each week, featuring upcoming meetings, events and public notices 
  • Subscribe to pages on this website that interest you and follow our events calendar
  • Subscribe to engagefrontenac.ca for updates on major projects like our Official Plan, annual budget and construction projects

If you have questions we didn’t answer here, you can contact us at 613-376-3027 and a staff member will be happy to help.

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