Register for Advanced Aquatics

Register online: beginning Friday, September 18 at 8 a.m.

Classes fill up quickly. Register early in the day to avoid disappointment.

Advanced Aquatics Programs

  • Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
  • Standard First Aid
  • National Guard
  • Fitness Swimming

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you set up your online profile before Tuesday morning or check to see that you remember your password. This will help reduce panic on registration day.

Also please review the new change rooms rules before coming to the pool.

For more information, please call the Kenora Recreation Centre at 807-467-2087.

Northwest Business Centre Calls for Starter Company Plus Applications

Starter Company Plus is a Government of Ontario funded program and delivered by the Northwest Business Centre designed to create sustainable jobs for its residents through entrepreneurship. If you’re starting, expanding or buying a small business, apply for training, mentoring and a grant through Starter Company Plus program. You will get one-on-one guidance, training to complete a business plan and the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant. If you are a driven individual with a unique business idea, over the age of 18, a resident of Ontario, and are not attending school, the Starter Company Plus program could be your first step to a new adventure.

Since the launch of Starter Company in 2014, 174 individuals have participated in comprehensive business training, 82 business were started, expanded or purchased and 135 jobs were created. 52 of those participants were awarded a $5,000 grant to assist with their business.

  • get one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor
  • participate in business workshops, seminars or networking events
  • talk to a mentor with experience in starting, expanding or buying a small business
  • apply for a grant of up to $5,000

The application form can be found on the Northwest Business Centre website or emailing Corrine Kabel The first intake deadline is September 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

In addition, the Northwest Business Centre launched a video featuring four business owners who participated in the program from across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts, check out the Facebook page to watch and share:

About Northwest Business Centre
The Northwest Business Centre (NWBC) is the most northerly of the over 50 Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) in the Province of Ontario. Located in Kenora, this SBEC offers its programs and services to entrepreneurs of all ages and stages across the entire Kenora-Rainy
River District. It serves as a resource with a mandate to empower entrepreneurs with the advice, information and skills needed to succeed in business.

For further information about this media release contact:
Allyson Pele
Manager, Northwest Business Centre
Phone: 807-456-3682

Register for fall swim programs

Register online: beginning Tuesday, September 15 at 8 a.m.

Classes fill up quickly. Register early in the day to avoid disappointment.

Fall Swim Programs

Important changes
• All Preschool Levels AND Swim Kids 1, 2, and 3 will be PARENTED.
• This is so that Instructors can practice physical distancing.
• All of these levels are taught where parents can touch the bottom, with the exception of Swim Kids 3 which has some deep water activities.

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you set up your online profile before Tuesday morning or check to see that you remember your password. This will help reduce panic on registration day.

Also please review the new change rooms rules before coming to the pool.

For more information, please call the Kenora Recreation Centre at 807-467-2087.

Council Approves 2019 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

City of Kenora media release

Today, Council approved the 2019 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements. The City received an unqualified audit report and is financially stable.

The 2019 Financial Statements continue to reflect the healthy financial position currently enjoyed by the City of Kenora. The City continues to work to improve the current infrastructure deficit while maintaining an appropriate balance between services and property tax rates.

Highlights from the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position include:

  • Cash and temporary investments on hand as at December 31, 2019 totalled $33.0 million;
  • Investment in Synergy North Corporation totalled $10 million;
  • In 2019 the City invested over $23 million in infrastructure and capital. This is a significant increase over recent years as the City took advantage of federal and provincial funding opportunities.
  • The Kenora Citizens’ Prosperity Trust Fund balance was $28.1 million at the end of 2019 on the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position. The Trust Fund in fact has $40.9 million in investments. The difference arises because the City issued debentures to the Trust Fund to finance capital projects. The Canadian generally accepted accounting principles dictate that the Trust Fund be consolidated in the City of Kenora’s financial statements. As a result the investment in the Trust Fund and the corresponding debenture debt in the City are eliminated on consolidation. The debenture balance at year end is $12.9 million.
  • The balance of the City’s reserves and reserve funds was $27.7 million at the end of 2019.
  • The City’s accumulated surplus totals $242.2 million, (see tangible capital assets discussion below)

The City is required to include tangible capital assets in its accumulated surplus total. Therefore, the City’s Statements include assets like roads, bridges, water and wastewater networks, and City facilities and equipment to name just a few. The offsetting net investment in these assets is shown as a surplus on the City’s Consolidated Statement of Financial Position. The City’s surplus includes the Tangible Capital Assets recorded at cost less accumulated amortization. At the end of 2019, the investment in capital assets included in the City’s surplus is $176.4 million.

The City is also pleased to present the Consolidated Audited Financial Statements as part of its Annual Report. This Report will be available to the public for viewing along with the Auditors Report on August 26, 2020, both on the City’s website, as well as at the front desk at City Hall and the Library. This Report has been developed to provide users with some additional information about the City in conjunction with the Consolidated Audited Financial Statements.

Charlotte Edie CPA CA, Treasurer (807) 467-2013

KRC Pool Reopening August 31, 2020

The Kenora Recreation Centre is excited to announce the pool will be reopening on Monday, August 31st.

Check the new pool schedule and book in advance by calling 807-467-2087.

Due to COVID-19, we have limited spaces for all our swims.

Review the pool booking protocols and the new change room policy.

Please be aware that our change rooms are for pool users only at this time.

We look forward to seeing you!

Group Fitness Classes Resume at KRC

Kenora Recreation Centre News

Starting Monday, August 24th we will be introducing our group fitness classes back to the public at the Kenora Recreation Centre. We only have 9 spots available per class and you will need to sign up to attend. To sign up please call 467-2087 at 8 am the day before the class you wish to attend, it is first come, first serve basis.

Please wear a mask until entering the Aerobics room, maintain social distancing, follow the arrows and come dressed in your workout clothes as our change rooms are still closed.

We will still be offering our online Zoom classes for everyone to participate in. Follow the Kenora Recreation Centre Facebook page for links to virtual fitness classes with our certified instructors.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Casey Pyykka, Community Program Liaison at 807-467-2987 or

City Looking for Tree Donations

Wanted: Main Street Christmas Tree

The City of Kenora is looking for tree donations for the 2020 Main Street Christmas Tree.  The tree must be triangular in shape, 20 foot maximum width,  30 foot plus in height, and no split tip (only 1 leader or crown).

tree with dimensions

Main Street Christmas Tree Dimensions

Those interested in donating are asked to call the Operations and Infrastructure Department at 807-467-2291.

City Hires a New CAO

City of Kenora Media Release

Mayor and Council are pleased to announce the hiring of Kyle Attanasio as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Kenora.
Council conducted a robust recruitment competition following the recent retirement of Karen Brown from the position following a successful career of 28 years of municipal service.

“Kyle brings strong leadership, innovative ideas and municipal management experience to the team. Combined with our strong Senior Leadership group, I am excited about the opportunities to both grow our organization and enhance our community over next two years on our term of Council. Kyle’s energy and leadership style will pave the way for success forming partnerships and collaboration with key stakeholders in the community.” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

Kyle comes from the County of St. Paul, AB where he is currently the Director of Corporate Services for the County. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Governance with Distinction and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science. He is married to his wife Tamara who will join him in his relocation to Kenora with their two young children age 3 and 5.

“Kenora is an ambitious community and I am looking forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the organization and working with the City’s many talented and dedicated employees. I intend on building strong relationships early in my tenure and gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities the community is facing. Despite these uncertain times, Kenora is well-positioned to provide quality and cost effective municipal services and programs and I could not be more excited to be part of Kenora’s future.” states Kyle Attanasio, incoming CAO for the City of Kenora.

Kyle officially starts with the City on October 5th, 2020.

Heather Pihulak, Manager of Administration/City Clerk (807) 467-2295

NWHU Mandatory Mask Policy Effective August 17, 2020

Mask or face coverings required

Beginning Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:01 AM, it is mandatory that people in the general public wear a mask or other form of face covering in indoor public spaces, as required by the Medical Officer of Health under the authority of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 364/20.

This means you must be wearing a mask or face covering when visiting City buildings and facilities, or to ride the City transit.

For more information about masks and exemptions, please visit Northwestern Health Unit or call their COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-468-2240.

CMHA Kenora set to become operating service provider for Kenora’s Emergency Shelter August 1st

Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora and Kenora District Services Board Media Release July 30, 2020

The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB), in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch, is reminding the community that CMHA Kenora will officially take over as operating service provider of Kenora’s Emergency Shelter as of Aug. 1.

The transition of operations to CMHA Kenora began July 1, with no interruption in services of any kind. CMHA Kenora has already been working on updating policies and procedures to ensure the safety of patrons, staff and our community.

Further enhancements to the services located at the shelter will occur within the next few months once operations have been established. Alongside KDSB and community partners, CMHA Kenora aims to develop a hub model at the site to connect individuals with wraparound services, including primary care, case management, supportive and affordable housing and social programs.

CMHA Kenora brings comprehensive experience in supporting individuals with mental health and addictions challenges through the promotion of inclusion, working collaboratively with community service providers and using evidence-based practices. CMHA Kenora’s on-site staff will ensure those who are most vulnerable and struggling with a mental illness or addictions issue have access to appropriate supports and services.

“The seamlessness of this transition of operations facilitated by the KDSB has reassured us at CMHA Kenora that we’re well-equipped to support the needs of homeless individuals in our community,” says Sara Dias, Executive Director of CMHA Kenora. “We look forward to continuing the great work that was started by the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre and helping individuals connect with community services that will allow them to live their best lives.”

“These changes at the Kenora Emergency Shelter complement the KDSB’s overall plan to address homelessness throughout the entire district, which includes a shelter development in the City of Dryden and a new shelter development in Sioux Lookout. This has been a great first step,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the Kenora District Services Board. “I want to thank the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre for their hard work, and we look forward to a continued partnership in our collective goal to end homelessness.”

Fast facts:

  • The Kenora Emergency Shelter has undergone a series of upgrades to ensure the safety of service users, staff and neighbours, including enhanced security and surveillance, an improved intake process and a renovated interior to promote better client flow and interaction.
  •  The Kenora Emergency Shelter provides overnight accommodation from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily and is found next door to Knox United Church, 430 Second St. South.
  • The Kenora Emergency Shelter is a 44-bed facility that provided more than 8,800 nightly stays in 2019.

Media contact:
Sara Dias
Executive Director
Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch
(807) 468-1838 ext. 229

Henry Wall
Chief Administrative Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 223-2100 ext. 2222

Release – CMHA Kenora takes over Emergency Shelter operations Aug. 1.docx

Kenora Bear Clan starting operations with soft launch

Kenora Bear Clan Press Release

Kenora, ON – Work is currently underway to create a Bear Clan Chapter in Kenora. This work is being carried out by a number of organizations led by the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police, and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB).

The Kenora chapter is being modelled after the one founded in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2015, with several chapters now operating across the country.

This new model is running off a community council, which is compromised of representatives from local organizations.

The goal and vision of this team are to have a fully-funded model with paid employees which will allow for long term effectiveness and growth, which in turn will create the ability to close the barrier on current gaps in service.

The group will work towards achieving crime prevention in a non-violent, non-threatening, non-judgmental and supportive manner. This goal is achieved through both reconciliation and relationship building, which are vital steps to making this model succeed.

A soft launch for the Bear Clan Patrol will begin Friday, July 24, starting at 2 p.m., with the crew conducting patrols from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday to Monday.

There is funding in place now from both the KDSB and Ministry of Solicitor General that will help with the long-term stability and operations of this program, with more information on the funding being announced at the soft launch.

The soft launch of this program was made possible with support from the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation and if you would like more information about how to support the Bear Plan Patrol, please contact Stefanie Bryant at

For media inquires please contact:
Daphne Armstrong, Kenora Chiefs Advisory

Daryl Redsky, Makwa Ganaatamaage Coordinator at AAFS
204-979-7759 or

Jeffery Duggan, OPP

Adam Illman, OPP

Kenora Bear Clan- Press Release- final July 21st 2020



Council launches “Glad You Are Here” Campaign

City of Kenora Media Release

Today, Council interrupted traffic on Main Street South to ceremoniously encourage residents and visitors to support local businesses who have been significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the support, Council has approved free parking in the Harbourtown Centre for the month of July. Other previously approved initiatives have included amendments to the Commercial Patio Policy to encourage the development of outdoor seating for restaurants in the municipality. To date, these policy revisions have resulted in a number of applications by local restaurants. Following the official kick-off event, Council will have the opportunity to visit some of the current and future sites of these outdoor seating areas.

”We are excited to release the ‘Welcome, Glad You Are Here.’ video which showcases local businesses alongside City representatives sharing the impact of tourism in our community. The video was produced by Matt Kennedy of Upriver Media and features local businesses including Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters, Green Adventures, the MS Kenora, Tall Pines Marina and the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. This is a further demonstration of what partnerships can do for our City even during the most challenging times” stated Mayor Daniel Reynard.

The events today align with the presentation of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan, shared at the July 14th Committee of the Whole meeting. The plan details a roadmap to support local businesses and members of the community as the economy reopens. Beyond illustrating measures planned as restrictions are slowly lifted and the risk of COVID-19 subsides, this plan provides a summary of the measures staff have already implemented and continue to remain relevant. The Economic Recovery Plan will move forward to the July 21st Council meeting for approval and implementation.

For more information on the City of Kenora Economic Recovery Plan, please contact Adam Smith, Manager of Development Services, at