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Updated: Mar 14, 2024

The Town of Minto is a lower-tier municipal government in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The municipality is mainly rural and agricultural, with industry and small businesses in the urban areas.

The Minto Vision

A progressive rural community, where all people are welcome.


The CAO/Clerk’s Department is the information centre for the Town of Minto and is often the first line of contact at the municipal office and over the phone. This department provides a wide variety of information and support to the public, other municipal departments, and Council.  This includes coordinating meeting agendas, notices, minutes, and follow up.  

Chief Administrative Officer

As the head of the Town’s administrative structure the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for coordinating Council directives between departments and agencies, while ensuring the organization’s operations are consistent with the values and goals of the Corporation. The CAO reviews and approves all recommendations made to Council and manages corporate strategic direction to provide effective, efficient and safe delivery of services to residents, business owners and community stakeholders.  The CAO acts as a liaison between the Mayor / Council and the Town’s Senior Management Team.

Clerk's Department

Staff in the Clerk’s Office provides corporate, customer and statutory services to the public, Town departments and external agencies.   This includes a variety of duties such as administrative support to Municipal Council, preparation of Council agendas and minutes, and retention and indexing of all municipal documents such as by-laws, minutes, reports, agreements, and other related records. The office issues marriage licenses, registers deaths and responds to requests for information from the public, various agencies, and other levels of government.  The office administers or provides advice on the Town’s complaint policy, code of conduct and other municipal policies and procedures.  The Clerk's Department is also responsible for conducting the Municipal Election in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act.


The primary role of the Building Department is to promote public safety and assist development in compliance with Federal, Provincial, County and local regulations. By enforcing Building Codes and assisting builders and home owners, the municipality ensures that the structures are safe, not only for today, but for many years to come.

The Building Department is a multi-faceted department, with its major roles including enforcement of the Ontario Building Code, Municipal By-Law Enforcement, Property Standards Enforcement, ensure the compatibility and protection of adjacent land uses, maintenance and sustainability of properties and the quality of life for Town of Minto residents and visitors.

Learn More About the Building Department

Community Services - Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department strives to maintain and enhance recreational opportunities to benefit persons of all ages and abilities through the use of existing, well maintained parks, trails and facilities.

We support, operate and promote programs and activities of interest to residents, for children, youth, adults and seniors, with a focus to improve physical literacy and overall quality of life.

We offer convenient booking and registration methods and have friendly, knowledgeable staff.

A complete list of programs, facilities and amenities can be found on Recreation and Facilities page.

Economic Development

The Town of Minto is located on the north-western boundary of Wellington County, well situated mid-way between the major centres of southern Ontario and popular recreational areas along the eastern shore of Lake Huron and southern Georgian Bay. It is only a 1 to 1 1/2 hours drive from the municipality to Canada's "Golden Horseshoe" industrial heartland, like Toronto and Hamilton, and under an hour to Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. The City of Owen Sound offers Great Lakes port and shipping facilities, as does the Town of Goderich situated approximately 100 kilometres to the southwest.

Open for Business!

As strong supporters of economic development, the Council of the Town of Minto is proud of its reputation of being "open for business".

We've built this reputation by:

  • providing businesses with the tools and resources you need locally to be successful;
  • finding new ways to reduce barriers for our business and help you make things happen;
  • developing partnerships; and
  • providing support to the Minto Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Revitalization Committees

We appreciate the businesses in our community that are helping make the Town of Minto a place Where Your Family and Your Business Belong.

Economic Development is at the heart of every great community. Economic developers have a common objective: building stronger, more resilient, inclusive economies. We are here for you - so we can build a stronger community in Minto together.   

Learn more about Economic Development in Minto


The Minto Fire Department is dedicated to serving the community with a high standard of emergency response and fire prevention programs to ensure a safe environment for the residents of Minto.

We serve the communities of Harriston, Palmerston & Clifford as well as the surrounding Minto township. We have stations in all three communities.

Public Works

The Public Works Department maintains Minto's roads, sidewalks, storm sewers, water treatment and distribution plant, and sanitary sewer collection facilities. 

Visit the Public Works Page to Learn More


The Town of Minto currently has about 35 acres of cemetery land within three main facilities.  Minto cemeteries are located within or close by the urban centres of Palmerston, Harriston and Clifford. 

The Town of Minto Cemetery Licence number is 3309489.

2019 Cemetery Master Plan File Size: 1.91 MB Download

Landscape Care

Under the Public Works Department, the Town Landscape Care team is composed of one full time staff member along with two summer students. They are responsible for the development and maintenance of public landscaped public spaces and floral displays within the Town of Minto.


The Town of Minto’s Finance Department is responsible for the coordination and management of the financial affairs and other reporting for the Municipality.
Primary responsibilities of the Finance Department include:

  • Providing information, reports, analysis and guidance to Council, the Public, residents, business and upper levels of government regarding the financial operations of the Town.
  • Establishing, developing and maintaining accounting systems and procedures relating to the financial activities of the Town and working with auditors and funders to meet statutory reporting requirements.
  • Billing and collection of municipal taxes, utilities and other revenue.
  • Preparation of the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Processing of accounts receivable, accounts payable, sales tax, payroll and maintenance of employee records and statutory withholdings and reports.
  • Investing and borrowing of funds including maintaining investment and debenture records and policies.
  • Preparation of the Town’s annual Financial Information Return and Financial Statements.
  • Creation and maintenance of the Asset Management Plan and working with other departments, Council and residents to match available tangible assets with service level expectations.
  • Preparing grant applications and completing related reports required under various funding agreements.
  • Development and reporting of Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans.
  • Other statutory reporting including reserve funds, development charges and other reserves and statistical reports.
  • Assistance to other departments with their initiatives and obligations including the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard.