City of Kenora and First Student Partner to Improve City Transit System – New Transit Schedule Begins April 1st

Kenora, ON – The City of Kenora and First Student are pleased to announce beginning this Saturday April 1st, the City public transit will change to new routes and bus stop times. The schedule has a fresh new format providing riders with more information than previous schedules.

The new Transit System booklet provides riders with a quick reference for planning their bus trip. The main transit stop is still in the heart of downtown at Market Square, connecting to three main routes – Keewatin, Pinecrest, and Lakeside. The existing routes have been reshaped to provide more frequent stops and timed for more reliable service within the City. Market Square inbound and outbound times are listed in the booklet with a timetable showing to the minute at each bus stop. City transit runs Monday to Friday regularly with the first bus leaving Market Square at 7:01 a.m. ending the weekday service with the last bus arriving at Market Square at 6:08 p.m. Extended hours have been added to the Friday schedule, with the last bus arriving at Market Square at 8:23 p.m. The bus continues to run on Saturday from 11:01 a.m. until 6:05 p.m.

Each of the eighty bus stops are now marked with a numbered stop sign listing the exact times riders can expect the bus to stop there. The majority of the stops exist on the current schedule however some new stops have been added. New stops include Seven Generations, Safeway, Kenora Forest Products, Kenora Recreation Centre. Bus service will continue to Keewatin Place, Norman Park, Walmart, Pinecrest, senior apartment blocks, Beaver Brae Secondary School, and Catholic school board campus.

The new Transit System booklet will be available from the bus drivers and can be picked up at City Hall, Kenora Public Libraries, Kenora Recreation Centre, and New Horizons Seniors Centre. The online version will be posted in Transit/Bus Routes on

For those interested in adding City transit to their commute for business or pleasure, bus passes can be purchased at City Hall or online on

Statutory Public Meeting – March 7

A Statutory Public Meeting was held on March 7 to give the public an opportunity to provide input on the proposed amendments to the three existing Community Improvement Plans – Keewatin CIP, the Harbourtown Centre CIP, and the Former Mill Site CIP, and an amendment to the Official Plan. A presentation explaining the proposals was given at this meeting. It is available to view in Planning and Development – Related Links and Documents.

Questions about the CIPs or amendments, can be directed to Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner, 807-467-2059 or

Changes to Cemetery Rates and Regulations

Changes to the Lake of the Woods Cemetery Schedule of Rates come into effect on April 1, 2017, as per City of Kenora By-law 23-2017. The following services have increased: plot purchases, columbarium fees, and Saturday costs.

In addition, the rules and regulations governing the operation of the Lake of the Cemetery have been updated. The new City of Kenora By-law 6-2017 now aligns with recommendations from the Ministry of Consumer Services to standardize municipal cemetery by-laws across the Province. Additions to the operation and care of the cemetery grounds include: a private columbarium provision, expanded general conduct while on cemetery grounds, lot decorations and embellishments responsibilities, and request for service obligation.

Questions about the cemetery, rates, and regulations, can be directed to James Tkachyk, City of Kenora Parks and Facilities Division Lead, 807-467-2102 or

Lake of the Woods Museum Receives Approval For Art Gallery Project

Kenora, ON – Today, Kenora City Council approved a request by the Lake of the Woods Museum Board to expand its cultural offerings to include an art gallery. The approval allows the Museum to move forward with applications for capital funding grants and the establishment of a capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of an art gallery addition to the former Museum building in Memorial Park. Prior to being the first location for the Museum it was the Land Titles building.

The gallery project was prompted by the generous offer of two long time lake residents who have been collecting the Lake of the Woods woodcut prints and watercolours of Canadian artist Walter J. Phillips for the past 20 years. Because of their connection to and love of Lake of the Woods and Kenora, they wish to gift their collection, which currently numbers around 70 pieces, to the City of Kenora through the Lake of the Woods Museum.

W.J. Phillips was a master water colourist and a pioneer of the colour woodblock in Canada. Among his best-known and loved images are those that depict family holidays on Lake of the Woods from the 1910s until the late 1920s. Phillips’ work can be found in the National Gallery of Canada, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Smithsonian, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Pavilion Gallery in Winnipeg.

Museum Board Chair Rita Boutette states that this exciting project also addresses an identified need in the community. “Kenora has a vibrant arts community, but what is lacking is a designated and appropriate space to display art in its many forms. The Museum has fulfilled that function for many years, as have other public buildings and private spaces, but ultimately there is a need for a public art gallery of significance that will further foster the arts in Kenora through creation, exhibition and appreciation. It would be one of only two public galleries between Sault Ste. Marie and Winnipeg.”

The project includes the use of the former Museum for studio, programming and administrative functions with a purpose-built addition for gallery, storage and public space. The proposed 5,100 square foot addition would include two galleries so that the Phillips exhibit could be exhibited concurrently with local, regional and national art exhibits.

The endorsement of the Lake of the Woods Arts Community and the Economic Development Commission for a dynamic art space speaks to its value as a cultural asset and also its role in community sustainability. A gallery’s contribution to the cultural vibrancy of Kenora makes the community a better place to live, work, visit and do business.

The Lake of the Woods Museum will be hosting an exhibit of a selection of the Phillips’ collection from May 3-27, 2017.


Lori Nelson, Director, Lake of the Woods Museum 807-467-2105

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Schedule Change

The following changes have been made to the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Schedule of Events for Saturday February 18, 2017:

  • Sledge Hockey Demonstrations & Trial at the Kenora Recreate Centre will now start at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thistles vs Wanderers Re-enactment will now be held at the Kenora Recreation Centre from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

There may be other schedule adjustments made as needed. Please visit for the most up to date schedule.


Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk   807-467-2191

Bernier Drive Closure February 16 -19, 2017

Please be advised Bernier Drive, from the roundabout to the pedestrian walkway, will close at 4:00 p.m. today, Thursday February 16, 2017. The entire road will be closed beginning Friday February 17 at 4:00 p.m. until 12 noon on Sunday February 19, 2017.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation with this road closure for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.


Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk   807-467-2191

It’s Flag Day, Kenora Celebrates Hockey and Canadian Citizenship

During Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada you may see more Canada flags fluttering around than usual. The local organizing committee is very proud to announce reaffirmation of Canadian citizenship ceremonies will be part of our national celebration of hockey.

A reaffirmation ceremony is an event where participants repeat the oath of citizenship
to express their commitment to Canada followed by singing of our national anthem. A reaffirmation ceremony can be organized by your community, your place of work or your school to renew a sense of pride for our country and confirm respect for Canadian rights and values.

The festivities of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada include school visits and now reaffirmation ceremonies are planned for schools with both Kenora Catholic District School Board and Keewatin Patricia District School Board. While waving Canadian flags together, students will recite the oath of citizenship, learning about Canadian history and the importance of citizenship.

In addition, the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) game on Saturday night will begin with a reaffirmation ceremony where our entire arena filled with hockey fans will recite the oath together. This ceremony will be featured on the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada national broadcast, airing Saturday on Sportsnet and CBC. Not only is Kenora celebrating hockey, our flag, and our citizenship this week, we are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Canada 150 campaign is an opportunity to engage and inspire Canadians in their communities and to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, the majesty of our environment and our place in the world. Kenora is one of the first communities in Canada to hold multiple reaffirmation ceremonies. It is anticipated during Canada 150 celebrations this year, Kenora will have inspired other communities to do the same.

“This year, during Canada’s 150th anniversary, there are many things to be thankful for: hockey, of course, but also this vast and diverse country that we call home. For Canadian citizens, both old and new, reaffirming their oath signifies their love and pride for Canada. It’s very inspiring to see students, who will be our future leaders, join in to recite the oath of citizenship. I am truly honoured to be invited to participate in this ceremony to express my thanks and gratitude for our country, our Canada, the home of the brave.” Honourable Robert D. Nault, P.C., M.P., Kenora Riding.

Celebrating our national pastime of hockey and what it means to be Canadian together is a perfect match and compliments this special opportunity to host the national event Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. We hope all Kenora citizens join us as we celebrate what it means to be Canadian: the rights we enjoy, the responsibilities we share, and the diversity that makes us strong.

More information about holding your own reaffirmation of citizenship ceremony can be found at Re-launch

Kenora, ON – The City of Kenora is excited to share its new website featuring a brand new look with an elegant new design and user-friendly navigation options.’s new vibrant home page allows users to choose where to go next within Visiting, Living, Government, Business, Getting Active and What’s New sections. The goal of the new design was to make the City’s site cleaner and simpler, as well as refocus the content on City services and core functions for all stakeholders all while meeting and exceeding the current website Accessibility Standards. was redesigned as a community portal in 2012 with North America’s Premier Boating Destination branding at the centre of the website initiative. A thorough review of content was carried out over the last several months with City staff contributing to edits and suggestions for new information with a strong focus on the quality and accessibility of the content provided.

Website statistics were analyzed to discover the most popular explored pages along with inquiries made by the public for information they are interested in on our site. From this research, new information has been added, such as snow removal schedule and maps, accessibility information, age-friendly community, volunteer firefighter recruitment, common by-laws for residents, disruptions and closures, and citizenship awards have all been added.

New features include

  • Look Ahead Navigation – to reduce the number of clicks to explore the site
  • Social media pull-out
  • Latest news ticker
  • Department contacts on each page
  • Website feedback form
  • Responsive Functionality for compatibility with all browsers and mobile devices
  • Signup for alerts & news
  • Improved City event calendar
  • Font size adjustment option

Visitors to the new site can stay informed with the latest City of Kenora news through the new what’s new blog. The blog will contain richer online content such as press releases, featured events and public notices. Going forward the website will be updated with new or revised content as needed to keep our residents, visitors, staff and other stakeholders informed of City policies, programs and services. A powerful search tool is planned to be added before the end of 2017.

We invite everyone to explore the new site and share comments through the Feedback button which will stay active for the next few months.


Aaron Affleck, Inteleck Web Design & Development
807-407-5426 | |


Kerri Holder, Communications Clerk
807-467-2191 |


Family Day 2017

All City departments and buildings will be closed on Monday February 20, 2017, with the exception of the Kenora Recreation Centre. The Kenora Recreation Centre is open for Family Day activities from 6 am until 3 p.m.

Essential services remain on duty as usual. For after hours troubles, please call 467-2080.


Are You Planning a Community Run Event in 2017 in Kenora?

Tourism Kenora is now accepting applications for its Special Events Grant Program.

This program offers funding assistance to eligible events that attract visitors to our City.  Event organizers are invited to complete the 2017 Grant Application,detailing attendance numbers, economic impact, marketing plans, financial status of the organization, and other eligibility requirements.

The submission deadline is Friday March 17, 2017.

Applications may be dropped off at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre or sent to If you have any questions or concerns please contact Tourism at 807-467-4637 or

NWBC Starter Company Video Promotion RFP

City of Kenora Request for Proposal (RFP)

Northwest Business Centre Starter Company Video Promotion

The Northwest Business Centre is accepting Proposals of Interest to provide professional video production highlighting the Government of Ontario’s Starter Company program and the success of small businesses located in the Kenora and Rainy River districts. The Northwest Business Centre falls under the Community and Development Services department at the City of Kenora.

Sealed submissions clearly marked “Northwest Business Centre Starter Company Video Promotion” will be received up to but not later than:

11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017

After which time they will be publicly opened at the Kenora Council Chambers at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON.

Tenders shall be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Northwest Business Centre Starter Company Video Promotion” and delivered to:

Heather Kasprick, City Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON, P9N 3X2

Information or questions regarding the proposal may be obtained by contacting Allyson Pele, Manager of the Northwest Business Centre, at or 807-467-4643.

The lowest or any submission is not necessarily accepted. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive irregularities and formalities therein, and to award the proposal in the best interest of the City of Kenora.

All proposals submitted to the City of Kenora become the property of the Municipality and as such are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.