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Water Fluoridation


Water Fluoridation - What's it all about?

Parry Sound has been adding fluoride to the Town's drinking water since the 1960's.  At the June 2, 2015 Council meeting Council defeated a staff recommendation to cease adding fluoride to Parry Sound's drinking water.  The primary reason for the staff recommendation was staff safety in handling the fluoride.  Staff were then asked to provide information to upgrade the fluoridation process in the water treatment plant to ensure the safety of the plant, staff and the public.  At the September 1, 2015 Council meeting Council approved the upgrades to the fluoride system for a total of $250,000.00.  Recent Council meetings have seen Council and the public receiving information from the Medical Officer of Health from the North Bay-Parry Sound Health Unit, about the benefits of water fluoridation and others providing information about what they believe are fluoride's detrimental effects.   

On November 3, 2015 a third staff report was provided to Council regarding the regulations for a potential referendum (plebiscite) for the removal of fluoride from the Town's drinking water.  For access to all staff reports see below.  Information presented at Council meetings is also available  in the Council Calendar with a Presentation section beside the Council Meeting minutes or contact the North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit at 705-474-1400 X2328 or on-line at and search water fluoridation.

Staff Reports:  Please be advised that while the staff reports are AODA compliant, not all the attachments to the reports are.  Please contact Jackie Boggs, Town Clerk, ( for an alternate format. 

June 2, 2015, September 1, 2015, November 3, 2015, February 16, 2016, March 15, 2016

Council Minutes/Presentations:

June 2, 2015, September 1, 2015, November 3, 2015, January 26, 2016, February 16, 2016, March 15, 2016

Update on Fluoridation Issue:  At a Special Budget Meeting of Council, held January 26, 2016, the resolution approving the water treatment plant upgrades was brought back to Council.  Council decided the following: 

Resolution 2016-007 rescinded Resolution 2015-154 approving upgrades to the water treatment plant.  Staff were asked to provide notice to the Ministry of Health that the Town will cease adding fluoride in the near future; to prepare a by-law removing fluoride from the drinking water system; to post the draft by-law for 21 days for public review and to notify the Council for the municipality of McDougall of Parry Sound's intensions.  See Minutes of January 26, 2016 for your information. 

Council also passed resolution 2016-008 instructing staff to add the following question to the Municipal election ballot in 2018:  Are you in favour of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?  As per the Fluoridation Act, this is the only question allowed on a municipal ballot.

The draft by-law to remove fluoride from the Town's drinking water  was available to the public for comment.  Deadline for comments was March 14, 2016, 4:30 p.m.  The by-law came before Council for deliberation at the March 15, 2016 Council Meeting and the by-law was passed.  As of March 18, 2016, after consultation with the the Ministry of the Envrionment and the Ministry of Health, the fluoride delivery system at the Tony Agnello Water Treatment Plant was disengaged.  There will be no more fluoride delivered into the Town's drinking water.  If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Boggs, Clerk, 705-746-2101 Ext. 224 or

By-law for Removal of Fluoride