Municipality of Val Rita-Harty

Ontario, Canada

About Us

Val Rita

1922 Arrival of the first six pioneer families from Foleyet. At that time there was only the train station and one house. Fred Beaudry was the first to take the lot where now stands the church and the village, the others were Mr. Valère Labrecque, Eugène and Henri Poulin, Victor Lajoie and Edward Harrison.
1926 Foundation of Ste-Rita Parish
1936 Acquisition and development of the cemetery. Before, the remains would be buried in Kapuskasing
1961 160 families with a population of 931 habitants!
1964 6 residents request the incorporation of the Municipality of Val Rita-Harty

  • Joseph Etienne Tremblay
  • Bruno Bourgeois
  • Fernand Couture
  • Maurice Chevalier
  • Vital Ouellette
  • Lorenzo Dagenais
1965 Public hearing in Harty church basement
1965 Request denied: not enough evidence
1970 First meeting of Val Rita-Harty Citizens Committee for the incorporation
1971 Second request for the incorporation of the Municipality of Val Rita-Harty
1973 First municipal election

Joseph Étienne Tremblay acclaimed

Marcel Couture
Lorenzo Dagenais
Laurent Fortin
Paul Emile Tremblay

We are now part of the municipal politics.


1923 Lived trapper Alex Dubreuil. Nearby his place the land of John Morel, arrived in 1923. He was relief officer or direct relief and foreman for the construction path from Harty Pit road to Hearst.
1932 Foundation of St-Stanislas Parish
1938 Acquisition and development of the cemetery. Before, the remains would be buried in Kapuskasing

January 12, 1972, a regional development plan sponsored by the province and the city of Kapukasing was proposed to include Val Rita and Harty in a wider area whose core would be Kapuskasing. The adoption of this plan would have resulted in long-term suppression of Val Rita and Harty communities and all the decisions imperceptibly moved to Kapuskasing.

When the development plan was presented to the population, 144 citizens of Val Rita and Harty went to the scene to protest against the inclusion of their territories in a plan that would stop the development of their community.

At this point, the two communities of Val Rita and Harty saw that they had to stay together to defeat the common enemy, what had become to the Town of Kapuskasing. Despite the petition and the delegation of Val Rita and Harty, the Town of Kapuskasing accepts the management plan as prepared and submits it to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for approval.

The Committee of Citizens of Val Rita and Harty asked the Ministry to withdraw from the plan the Williamson Township, part of Owens Township and part of Idington Township as presented by the Town of Kapuskasing.

The request was granted.

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