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Canadian Days is usually held the first weekend in August. We try to plan around Ontario, Canada's Civic Holiday which is observed the first Monday in August, so that our visitors from our Sister-City Thunder Bay have an extra day to travel safely home.
All persons wearing a button will receive a free ear of corn on the cob on Friday night; and a free pancake breakfast on Saturday morning. There is a button prize drawing on Sunday at 3 p.m. All button proceeds help to support the Canadian Days festival.
Not only that, but many of our sponsors have coupons printed on our button cards!
Canadian Days is run by an all-volunteer committee and appreciates your support for this community event!
Canadian Days buttons will go on sale July 1st! Buttons cost $3 each and can be purchased at:
Buttons are also available at Spooner Park during the Canadian Days festival.
Canadian Days is an all-volunteer organization and relies on button sales to help fund the festival. Please support your community festival and buy a Canadian Days Button!
There are many ways to volunteer:
Limited handicapped parking is available at Spooner Park.
There is a FREE Park and Ride shuttle bus running from Spooner Park to both the east and west parking lots of Pioneer Park on
Pioneer Park is just north of Spooner Park on Centerville Road or DeSoto Street. The shuttle service is sponsored by the Canadian Days Committee and the Little Canada Recreation Association.
There is also a free shuttle from Saxon Bowling Lanes to Spooner Park on Saturday from 8 to 8 p.m.
We are excited to announce that USA inflatables is bringing lots of fun to Canadian Days this year. They provide a wonderful variety of inflatable attractions for all ages. From bouncy castles for toddlers to obstacle courses for older kids and adults looking for a challenge, they are sure to bring lots of smiles and laughter to both participants and spectators. Not only will it be fun, but it is also affordable!
Pre-sale wristbands will be available for purchase at City Hall on July 1. Individual tickets will also be available during Canadian Days (no pre-sale). All sales are final/no refunds.
We were fortunate to have the Stipe Shows carnival at our festival for many years, but they are no longer available for our event. We look forward to this new addition to Canadian Days in 2019.
The Grand Parade begins Sunday at 12 p.m. at Saxon Lanes at the corner of Market Place Drive and Little Canada Road. It travels east on Little Canada Road, then turns north on Centerville Road. From there, the route turns east onto Eli Road to Little Canada Elementary School where it ends.
Yes. The results will be posted within one week after race day.
The Canadian Days Entertainment Committee continually checks out bands that will appeal to a wide audience. If you have suggestions, email us, or even better yet join the Canadian Days Committee and be a part of the selection process!Please keep in mind that the cost of bands must fit within our budget as we are an all volunteer organization and raise the funds to put on your community festival.
We will announce the rides by the end of June.
The Canadian Days parade can be seen on Little Canada Cable Channels 15 & 16. Check CTV Channel 15's Web site for replay times. Channel 16's replay schedule can be found on the City of Little Canada's Web site.
You may register to vote in Minnesota if you:
Contact the City Clerk at (651) 766-4047 or email Heidi Heller.
2018 Election Judge Application (PDF)
Unregistered residents are encouraged to pre-register to vote prior to election day in order to save time at the polls. Pre-registration must be completed 20 days prior to an election.
You can find the Voter Registration Form online or at Little Canada City Center. You can also register online.
Little Canada has three voting precincts as listed below. View our Precinct Map (PDF) to see which precinct you live in.
PRECINCT 1 votes at Roseville Area Middle School, 15 County Road B2.
PRECINCT 2 votes at Little Canada Elementary School, 400 Eli Road.
PRECINCT 3 votes at Little Canada City Center, 515 Little Canada Road East.
Voters no longer need a reason for voting prior to Election Day. You can vote absentee either in person or through the mail.
You can apply online for an absentee ballot by completing the online Absentee Ballot Request. Once you have completed the online application, the ballot will be mailed to the address requested.
You can also request an absentee ballot application by calling the Ramsey County Elections Office at 651-266-2171, and the application will be mailed to you. Complete & return the paper application to the Ramsey County Elections Office as soon as possible so that there is sufficient time to mail the ballot to you.
In-person absentee voting is available Monday-Friday during business hours at:
Little Canada City Center - 515 Little Canada Road E., Little Canada, MN 55117
Ramsey County Elections Office - 90 W. Plato Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55107
You can check the status of your absentee ballot at the Voter Information Portal.
In-person absentee voting can be done at Little Canada City Center during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or also at the Ramsey County Elections Office at 90 W. Plato Boulevard, St. Paul, MN.
Primary Election absentee voting runs from Friday, June 29 - Monday, August 13, 2018.
Extended absentee voting hours for the Primary Election will be available on Saturday, August 11 from 10:00am to 3:00pm, and on Monday, August 13 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Early voting is available from Tuesday, August 7 - Monday, August 13, 2018
General Election Absentee voting runs from Friday, September 21 - Monday, November 5, 2018.
Yes. According to Section 204C.04 of the Minnesota Election Law, every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting during the morning of the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee. A person who violates this law is guilty of a misdemeanor, and the county attorney shall prosecute the violation.
Included elections are the regularly scheduled state primary or general election, an election to fill a vacancy in the office of United States senator or United States representative, or an election to fill a vacancy in the office of state senator or state representative.
All voters who are in line at their polling place on Election Day by 8:00 p.m. will be able to vote. Those arriving after 8:00 p.m. will be turned away.
You can view the names of candidates and questions that will be on the ballot in the Voter Information Portal.
Watch a video about the new ballot scanner.
An individual who is in a hospital, health care facility, residential facility, shelter for battered women, assisted living facility, home bound, or would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons or a disability qualifies to request agent delivery of an absentee ballot.
Up to seven days prior to Election Day, the individual must submit the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) and also designate an agent by completing the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot (PDF). Once we receive the completed forms and verify the identity of the agent, we can issue the ballot to the agent for delivery to the voter. An agent can only receive and deliver ballots for up to three voters in any one election. Ballots must be returned to the Little Canada City Center no later than 3:00 p.m. on Election Day.
View the Senate District 42 Map (PDF) and House District 42B Map (PDF).
You can find information about campaign finances for candidates on the Ramsey County website.
Residents interested in running for office must complete an application and pay a $2 filing fee at Little Canada City Center. The filing period is July 31 through Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Our office does not have a license bureau. However, the cities of Maplewood, Roseville, and White Bear Lake provide these services. For additional information, visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services.
You can find additional election and voting information at the Ramsey County Election website or the Minnesota Elections and Voting website.
Civil defense sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Homes and businesses may have two penalty-free false alarms per calendar year. After two false alarms, every subsequent false alarm will cost the alarm holder a fee. Responding to false alarms takes away valuable time that emergency personnel could be spending elsewhere. Almost all false alarms are caused by lack of training. We encourage you to take the time to train everyone who will be activating or deactivating the alarm!
During an emergency situation, every second counts for emergency responders. Take these steps before there is an emergency on your property :
By following these easy steps, you will help emergency responders quickly identify properties. If you have any questions, please call our Fire Marshal’s office at 651-766-4033.
Recreational fires do not require permits. However, there are some regulations you must follow.
Recreational Fire Ordinance
Allina Medical Transportation provides ambulance services to more than 70 communities in and near the Twin Cities Metro area. Their service area stretches across Ramsey, Anoka, Hennepin, and Scott counties, including the City of Little Canada. Paramedics and EMTs provide continuous coverage, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Residents should call 911 in an emergency. General questions on ambulance services should be directed to Allina at 651-222-0555.
The Little Canda History Cener is attached to the Little Canada City Center located at 515 Little Canada Road East. From the south, take 35E north to Little Canada Road. Take a right at that exit. We're about a mile down on the left hand side in front of the water tower. From the north, take 35E south to Little Canada Road. Take a left at that exit. We're about a mile down on the left hand side in front of the water tower.
Yes, we offer several gifts of history from which to choose.
Our genealogy database has information on 752,000 individuals and families. Records on some families are quite complete and accurate while others may have only minimal or unsubstantiated information.
Yes. We have completely mapped and recorded the information contained on all grave markers at St. John's Cemetery. Please refer to our exhibits and collections webpage for details.
The Little Canada History Center is located at 515 Little Canada Road East, Little Canada, MN 55117. Our office hours are:Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.We are closed on federal holidays.
The Mdewakanton Dakota from Little Crow's Village or Kaposia (seasonal home) made their summer home in the area that is today Little Canada because of the abundant fishing and hunting resources. The first white settlers in the region were French-Canadians. Many of the descendants of these settlers still reside in Little Canada. The city's largest lake, Lake Gervais, was named after Benjamin Gervais. He was the first white man to claim land here in 1844.
The first white settlers in the region were French-Canadians.
Dogs are not permitted to run at large in city parks. Dogs must be on a leash and under the owner's control at all times. Owners must pick up dog excrement and properly dispose of it in waste receptacles.
Yes, the Old Fire Hall is available to residents only for community events. Visit the Old Fire Hall page for more information.
The park shelters may also be rented. Visit the Parks & Trails page for more information.
We publish our youth activities in Little Canada's legal newspaper "The Review," in the Roseville Area School District's brochure, and in Little Canada's newsletter "Le Petit Canadien." We also place information on our activities on Little Canada's Facebook Page, Cable TV Channel 16, and on this website.
We are excited to offer online registration to our customers! However, there are several other ways to register too. You may register by mail, by fax (if paying by credit card), or in person at:
Little Canada City Center515 Little Canada Road EastLittle Canada, MN 55117
A copy of our registration form is available on this website under our youth recreation page. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
You can reserve a park shelter from the Parks & Trails page.
Little Canada's Ice Rink features warming houses, on-site parking, and lighted pleasure and hockey rinks. The rink is generally open from mid-December through the end of February, weather permitting. Hours for hockey and pleasure skating are:
Location: 430 Little Canada Road East
Location: 60 Demont East
During school holidays, the rinks will also be open from noon to 9 p.m. However, the rinks will close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31, and will be closed all day on December 25. Warming houses will be open and adult supervised during these hours, weather permitting.
The facilities will be used frequently by the Little Canada Parks and Recreation Department for scheduled youth activities. Check schedules posted at rink offices or ask the supervisor on duty about these activities.
Occasionally, the Planning Commission and City Council must act on the work contemplated. In this case, a conditional use permit, variance, etc. must be applied for in addition to the building permit. Be sure to allow adequate time since this process can take over a month. Deadline for submitting is 17 days prior to the Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission meets on the second Thursday of every month. The City Council will then review Planning cases during their second meeting of the month held on the fourth Wednesday.
Contact our Associate Planner at email or 651-766-4046 with questions regarding the planning and zoning process.
Building permits are required for new construction and most remodeling projects. Some of the most commonly obtained permits are for:
Apply for these permits at Little Canada City Center. Allow at least five to seven business days from the date the permit and all required information is received by the Building Official for approval on residential and commercial permits. Separate permits are needed for mechanical, plumbing and electrical.
Many home or business improvement projects require a permit, including:
Permits are required for buildings or structures that are:
In addition, permits are required for:
If you are contemplating a project, contact the Little Canada City Center at 651-766-4029 to determine what type of approvals you need or to schedule an appointment to meet with the Associate Planner or Building Official. Permits ensure that proper services are provided to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare. Permits regulate the design, construction, quality of materials of all buildings and structures in the community.
During an emergency situation, every second counts for emergency responders. Take these steps before there is an emergency on your property:
Little Canada does not have any designated snowmobile trails. Therefore, snowmobiling is not allowed on any public property, including streets or boulevards.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Prevention Unit is here to serve the residents of Little Canada. Our goal is to increase the quality of life of everyone who lives, works and plays in the city. We strive to complete this mission through several programs including the Neighborhood Watch Program and home security checks.
A Neighborhood Watch Group is an association of neighbors who agree to look out for the safety and security of every member of their neighborhood. This is done by neighbors getting to know each other and through continued communication with each other. The Neighborhood Watch program works to educate its participants in the principles of deterrence, detection, and the reporting of crimes and suspicious activity. This program has proved to be one of the most effective and least costly answers to preventing crime in a neighborhood. Once the watch is established, Neighborhood Watch signs are posted on your streets. These signs say it all "Criminals beware...this neighborhood cares. Protected by Neighborhood Watch."Home security checks are conducted by the Crime Prevention Deputy or a Community Affairs Officer free of charge to residents. During the home security check, we look at the current level of security that your door locks and windows provide you and we make security recommendations to make your home a less desirable target to potential criminals.
For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Officer at 651-266-7339.
Juveniles under the age of 18 are not allowed to be present in public places during the hours below unless present with a parent or guardian or in emergency situations. Young people out after curfew may be stopped and questioned by police and curfew violations can lead to a fine or court appearance. Sometimes the juveniles are brought home by police or they may be brought down to the Juvenile Detention Center in St. Paul where they will wait to be picked up by their parents.
Little Canada's Fire Department sounds its siren every day at noon and 6 p.m. signaling the current time.Civil defense sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m.
Ramsey County's Public Works Department maintains all county roads within Little Canada.
These roads are:
All other streets in Little Canada are maintained by the Little Canada Public Works Department. To report a county road needing attention, please call 651-266-7100. Little Canada's Parks Department maintains public parking lots, sidewalks, trails, and outdoor skating rinks. Call the City Center at 651-766-4029 to report a concern involving city streets, parking lots, sidewalks, or trails or you may fill out our on-line reporting form. Residents should call 651-767-0640 if they need to report a street problem after hours or on weekends.
Please consider the road restrictions when planning your spring construction project. During the spring thaw, heavy vehicles can damage streets. To prevent this costly damage, the City of Little Canada restricts the amount of weight allowed on streets during the critical period.
Weather and road conditions dictate how long roads are posted but they can be in effect for up to eight weeks. Please observe the weight limits for each road in Little Canada. Permits are not granted in Little Canada for overweight vehicles. Please plan your projects around these restrictions. The Ramsey County Sheriff's Department enforces the limits.
Yes, the Public Works Department has a tool called "The Extratigator" available to residents to aid them in removal of buckthorn up to 1 inch in diameter. These tools are available for up to a one week period. A $50 check or cash deposit, plus proof of residency is required.
Please call city office to verify availability at 651-766-4029.
If you are signed up for the curbside yard waste service at your home, buckthorn may be disposed of with your weekly pickup. If not, it can be taken to any Ramsey County site that accepts brush. To locate a site nearest to you, click the link to Ramsey County for additional information on yard waste recycling.
Residents living on streets that have "no parking" signs on both sides of their street can apply for parking permits for special events. A copy of the permit required is online. Please submit this form at least a week before the event, if possible. Once approved, the City will notify the Ramsey County Sheriff of your request. "No Parking" signs should be covered during the allowed parking period and uncovered immediately following the event.
On-street parking is prohibited in Little Canada between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 1 through April 1. This ordinance improves the City's ability to clear streets after an early morning snowfall. As always, no on-street parking is allowed at any time of the day during snow emergencies when we have a snowfall of 2 inches or more until the roads have been plowed to full width. Overnight parking is allowed from April 2 through October 31 on streets that are not posted no parking.
Please Note: violators will be ticketed and/or towed.
Contact Xcel Energy to report street light outages or lights that are on all day.
Outages can be reported using the following methods:
Residents may apply for permission to close a street for a block party by calling 651-766-4029 or by emailing us. Please apply for this permit at least a week in advance. Once approved by staff, the police and fire departments will be notified. City crews will also deliver street barricades to the applicant's address. Barricades will be picked up on the first weekday after the event. There is no charge for these services.
Parking on any street in the city following a snowfall of two inches or more is prohibited until snow has been plowed to full width. Parking is also not allowed from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. from November 1 through April 1. Vehicles in violation will be tagged or towed without warning at the owner's expense.
Our first priority is to clear the main thoroughfares to enable emergency vehicles access into and out of our City. Once they have been cleared, our crews begin clearing less all other streets and cul-de-sacs. Generally, it takes about eight hours to plow the entire City. Plowing generally begins at 2 a.m. in order to clear our streets prior to morning rush hour, but the timing of the snowfall can affect the start time. Deicing trucks are out often spreading salt at intersections, hills, and curves to promote melting. Use caution in extremely cold temperatures, as salt is not as effective. The City's Snow and Ice Control Policy can be found here: Link
The City will reimburse residents for the cost of repair or replacement of a standard metal mailbox and treated post if your mailbox is hit by a plow. Call 651-766-4029 or email us to report a damaged box. Residents are responsible for replacing deteriorated mailboxes that are knocked down by snow.
Hydrant flushing begins around late-April each year and lasts approximately two weeks. During this time, you may notice discoloration of water, air in water lines, and/or a drop in water pressure. The water is safe to drink and should clear up within a few hours. Running the laundry tub faucet for a few minutes may speed up the process of clearing out the lines.
Street sweeping is completed at least twice annually. Street Sweeping generally begins as soon as the street gutters are clear of snow and ice. Please refrain from parking on the street until they have been completely swept. Streets are then swept again in the summer to pick up tree seeds and other dirt that may have accumulated since the spring sweep. The streets are swept again in the Fall to pick up leaves that fall in the street with the weather dictating the start date. It is usually in early-to-mid November.
Do not rake or blow leaves, sand, grass clippings, or any other materials from your yard into the street. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear on the machine and takes extra time that could result in other streets not being swept.
Residents experiencing sewer back-ups should call 651-766-4029 during business hours or 651-767-0640 after hours. Our Public Works Department will determine if the sewer blockage is in the public sewer main or in the private sewer line. Blockages in private sewer lines are the responsibility of the property owner.
Comcast is Little Canada's cable service provider. Call them at 651-222-3333 to set up service. Universal service is a free service offered to residents who are interested in receiving Little Canada's Government Access Channel 16. Tune into this channel to watch City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and other local programming. This channel also contains general information about community events and services.
Xcel Energy provides gas and electricity services to Little Canada.
Yes, we have two different options available for automatic payment!
If you have any questions regarding payment options, please call 651-766-4029.
Payments can be made by made by:
For your convenience, there is an after hours drop box at Little Canada City Center where you can deposit your payments. Please deposit checks only in this box.
Yes, our payment drop box is located at Little Canada City Center next to the front door. Please deposit payments by check only.
Residents age 65 and older and disabled persons may apply for a discount on their utility bills. Eligible residents receive half off their water service charge and half off the sewer base charge. The income guidelines for qualification are as follows:
Fill out the Utility Bill Discount Application (PDF) and bring it into Little Canada City Center along with your proof of income.
Final bills can be scheduled by using our online form, by calling 651-766-4038, or by emailing us.
Little Canada's utility rates are as follows:
$3.45/1,000 gallons (1st and 4th quarters/Winter Use)$3.60/1,000 gallons (2nd and 3rd quarters/Summer Use)
$43.64 per quarter minimum charge (up to 7,000 gallons of water used). $3.90/1,000 gallons of water used after minimum based on water usage recorded during the 1st quarter billing.
$50 flat rate per quarter
$43.64 per quarter minimum charge (up to 7,000 gallons of water used). $3.90/1,000 gallons of water used after the minimum.
Every property owner with water available to them is charged a water service charge. This charge is for maintenance of the water mains. The current rate is $13.50/SAC charge as assigned by Metropolitan Council.
Every property owner who is connected to City water is charged a State surcharge for the State of Minnesota's lead testing program. The current rate is $1.59 per quarter.
Every owner of a single family/duplex dwelling is billed for refuse/recycling on their quarterly utility bill. The line item for refuse disposal and recycling will read "Disp/Rec Ser" on your billing statement. To view the current refuse/recycling rates, please visit our Organized Refuse & Recycling Collection page.
Contact our Utility Billing Department at 651-766-4038 or by email with questions.
Some reasons for high water usage are as follows:
Water meters usually slow down when they break. Our Public Works Department will test the meter if you wish. However, if nothing is found wrong with the meter, you will be charged for this service.