Cavendish Community Ratepayers Association Inc. (CCRAI)

The Cavendish Community RatePayers Association Inc., (CCRAI) is a community based organization, dedicated to working with all associations, residents, businesses, local municipalities, and all levels of government both federal and provincial to find solutions to issues that are common among property owners in our area. Our goal is to preserve what is best in our beautiful lake areas now as well as carefully planning for the future and what it may hold. Paramount to this is protecting the personal and family investments that we all have in our properties and ensuring that they will be protected for generations to come.

We monitor all township council meetings as well as new announcements and information from many Provincial and Federal Ministries through our board members and through the associations that we are members of. We do this throughout the year so that we can ensure that our member’s interests are properly represented.

We provide regular meetings throughout the year at the Cavendish Community Centre on County Road 507. We bring in a variety of interesting speakers and presenters from township council, provincial and federal ministries, and a host of other organizations. They have provided updates and information on local township initiatives, boating safety, water levels and water management, Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park, waterfront tax reform, land tenure and land rights, and a host of other topics. These meetings are also a good forum for our elected officials to hear from our members and residents in the area about their concerns. Please plan to attend our meetings this year which are listed below.

We communicate information to our members through our yearly newsletter, in the 507 Express at our public meetings and on this website page.

The mandate of the CCRAI is:

  • To promote and encourage Ratepayers to participate in Community matters.
  • To discuss, find solutions and make recommendations on any matter that affects the quality of living of Ratepayers and ensure the result will be beneficial to the Community.
  • To co-operate and work closely with other associations in the Municipality of Trent Lakes to protect the environment and the environmental quality of our land and lakes, and on any other issues that may affect the Municipality.
  • To promote and encourage tourism and commercial ventures in our Community in an acceptable and controlled manner.
  • To provide a channel for communications with the Municipality of Trent Lakes and all other levels of government, organizations and agencies.

The majority of our members are land owners in the former Cavendish and Harvey Townships served by County Road 507 and we welcome any land owners in the Municipality of Trent Lakes.

The CCRAI needs your support in order to continue to perform the work we do for our members and our community. Please support our association by downloading the CCRAI Membership Application form, filling it out and sending it in along with your membership fee. Your membership in the CCRAI will be a great investment today and will provide returns for you and your family for generations to come.

Gary Jarosz CCRAI President, Telephone: 416-543-8839
Email Address:


In June 2019, the CCRAI launched the “Love You Lake Maintaining Momentum” program. This program kicked off with a presentation by Leora Berman, co-founder and COO of The Land Between, on Shoreline Naturalization at our August 17, 2019 public meeting.  As part of this program, the CCRAI applied for and was awarded a grant from the Daniel and Susan Gottlieb Lake Stewardship Grant Program to support the availability of the Lake Protection Workbooks and to help defray the cost of native plants. The native plants were sourced and coordinated on our members behalf by the Land Between and the CCRAI subsidized 50% of the cost of the first flat ordered by any CCRAI member that donated time, money or accommodations for the Love Your Lake program last year. This program will result in increased shoreline naturalization which will help improve our lake and water quality whihc is the focus of Love Your Lake.

Please read the Donor Spotlight below on the Daniel and Susan Gottlieb Lake Stewardship Grant Program.


WATER LEVEL link from Parks  Canada

Mississagua Dam
Updates on Parks Canada website

CCRAI 2020

2020 Information and Events: Be there ! Be heard ! Be informed !
Meetings held at Cavendish Community Centre – County Road 507


* Public Virtual Meeting ZOOM Webinar Saturday June 27, 2020, 10 am -11am 


Gary Jarosz – President CCRAI – Introduction
Carol Armstrong – Councillor Galway Cavendish Ward – Municipal Update
Janet Clarkson – Mayor Trent Lakes – Mayoral Update
J. Murray Jones – Warden – Peterborough County – Eastern Ontario Regional Network Update– Expansion of high speed internet
Dr. Eric Sager – Professor Ecological Restoration Program Trent University & Fleming College – Aquatic Vegetation in lakes – Good & Bad
Ted Spence – CCRAI Director, Chair CEWF, Lake Steward – Lake Levels Update

Here is the link to join the Zoom Webinar which you can participate using your desktop computer, laptop, or tablet with an internet connection where you will see all the presentations as well as the presenter and hear the audio.  You can also use your smartphone and see the presentation and presenter as well as hear the audio. If you do not have a computer or smart phone, you can also dial in via telephone and hear just the audio portion of the meeting.If you are on a computer or smart phone, you will also be able to ask questions using the Q&A panel feature of Zoom. This feature will allow you to ask questions of the presenters.

When: Jun 27, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CCRAI Public Webinar
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar via computer, smart phone or by telephone 

We look forward to having you attend our first virtual public meeting and encourage you to forward this invitation to your family, friends and neighbours.

The CCRAI now has a new website at

* AGM & Public Virtual Meeting Saturday August 15, 10am – 12noon 

Cavendish Community Ratepayers Association Inc.(CCRAI)
Annual General Meeting
Yearly Report, Financials, Elect Board Directors

Agenda TBC