Local government in Muskoka is governed by a two-tier system. The District Municipality of Muskoka forms the upper-tier, working closely with six Area Municipalities who make up the lower-tier. Both levels collaborate and align services to achieve cost efficiencies and best serve residents and visitors to Muskoka.
The following six Area Municipalities comprise the lower-tier in Muskoka:
The District Municipality of Muskoka was established by Provincial legislation and commenced operations on January 1, 1971.