City Delegation Attending 2019 AMO Conference

Focus on Municipal Challenges and Planning

Mayor Daniel Reynard and Councillors Mort Goss, Andrew Poirier, and Kirsi Ralko will join about 2,000 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) Conference in Ottawa from August 18 to 21.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the three party leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.

The City of Kenora delegation is particularly interested in advocating for such issues as:
• support for Railway Street and Tenth Avenue South reconstruction and improvements project under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP);
• recognizing Highway 17 as a connecting link to be eligible for Connecting Link funding for roads and bridge maintenance; and
• revision to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) guidelines to include municipal service extensions to support housing developments.

Key session topics include cyber security, cannabis legalization, local economies in transition, changes to the health care system, recycling and the rise of plastics, affordable housing, municipal policing, rural economic development, climate change, addressing social and health problems facing our communities and much more.

Program information is available at

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

For more information about AMO or the 2019 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425,
Follow the conference on Twitter: @AMOPolicy, Hashtag: #AMOConf19

Requests for interviews with Mayor Reynard can be sent to

Mass Registration 2019

Registration & Information Fair

Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5, 2019
6 – 8 pm
At the Kenora Recreation Centre

From Roller Derby registration to Skating, Trylight Theater, Martial Arts, Aerialettes and so Much More….

For more information, please call 807-467-2087.

Seeking Members to Join the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee

Board Member Required for the following:

Kenora Planning Advisory Committee

City Council is seeking citizens interested in serving as a Member of the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee. The term of appointment is up to November 30, 2022 (at the pleasure of Council).

The purpose of the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee is to oversee the land use development of the City of Kenora, having regard to Provincial Policy, the City of Kenora Official Plan, and the City of Kenora Zoning By-law and to the principles of organized, reasonable development. The Committee is responsible for the duties and responsibilities of a Committee of Adjustment established under the authority of the Planning Act and its regulations, The Statutory Powers Procedure Act, The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, Building Code Act and The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the common law concept of natural justice, and any other applicable municipal policies and by-laws.

If you are passionate about your community and have an interest in the planning and land use, please submit your application form to:

Kelly Galbraith, Deputy Clerk
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

On or before: Friday, August 30, 2019

Application Forms and a copy of the eligibility requirements are available at City Hall, or a copy of the application form can be obtained by visiting / Government / Forms

KDBS Working together for the well-being of the community

August 8, 2019 Press Release from Kenora District Services Board

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, organizations from across the Social Service, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Municipal, Indigenous, Addictions and, Mental Health services sectors met to discuss the immediate, short-term and long-term solutions in regards to the Kenora Service Hub and the social challenges that the City of Kenora is facing.

The meetings included representation from the following organizations:
• Lake of the Woods District Hospital
• Kenora Chiefs Advisory
• Sunset Family Health Team
• Northwestern Health Unit
• City of Kenora
• Grand Council Treaty #3
• Canadian Mental Health Association – Kenora Branch
• Ontario Provincial Police
• Ne-Chee Friendship Centre
• Kenora District Services Board

Given the importance of the work they do in supporting youth and vulnerable women, the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) is issuing invitations to Metis Nation of Ontario and Ontario Native Women’s Association.

“The meetings yielded difficult conversations but were a true testament to the importance of organizations coming together to ensure the well-being of the community. We have service providers that are dedicated to addressing the barriers that we face as a community when it comes to supporting those experiencing homelessness, mental health and/or addiction challenges. Through committed partnerships, the Service Hub must reopen with a comprehensive system that works for the changing dynamics of the communities most vulnerable people,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB. “Planning, meetings, partnerships, and action will continue to take place leading up to, during, and following the Service Hub closure and we will continue to work closely with the Provincial Government and the Honourable Minister Rickford.”

During the 45-day temporary closure, a working group supported by the KDSB will be formed to ensure that a dedicated team exists to support displaced patrons and those in need. The group will also work to ensure that the Service Hub is community-led and meets the vision of what the Service Hub was intended to be.

Media Contact:
Roberta Lappage, Communications Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 220-5309

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Blitz

Alarmed for Life

Please be advised on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting a door-to-door blitz in the north end of the City.

The crew will be speaking to residents, in the area outlined on the map below, to ensure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Residents are reminded that smoke alarms are required on every level of their residence and carbon monoxide alarms are required for all residences with fuel fired appliances.

For further information contact City of Kenora Fire Emergency services at 807-467-2090.

Alarm Blitz NorthEnd_OverallMap

Community Safety Forum Follow Up

Council Approves 2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements for the City of Kenora

On July 16, 2019, Council approved the 2018 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements. The City received an unqualified audit report and is financially stable.

The 2018 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, 2018 totalled $34.6 million;
  • Investment in government business enterprises totalled $10 million;
  • The Kenora Citizens’ Prosperity Trust Fund balance was $32.9 million at the end of 2018 on the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position. The Trust Fund in fact has $40.8 million in investments. The difference arises because the City issued debentures to the Trust Fund to finance seven 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 $7.9 million.
  • This Trust Fund was created in 2008 to safeguard the net proceeds from the sale of the KMTS Entities. The intent was to ensure there would be no impact to property taxes as a result of this sale. In order to offset lost net revenues as a result of the sale of the KMTS Entities, the City requires an annual return of $1.1 million in income from the Trust Fund. Any erosion of the balance of the Trust Fund will result in an additional burden on City taxpayers.
  • The balance of the City’s reserves and reserve funds was $29.1 million at the end of 2018.
  • The City’s accumulated surplus totals $233.5 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 2018, the investment in capital assets included in the City’s surplus is $161.1 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 July 17th 2019, 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

Council Makes Changes to Kenora Non Profit Housing Board Composition

Today, Kenora City Council made changes to the Board Composition of the Kenora Non Profit Housing Board.

Established in 1983, the Kenora Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation (KMNPHC) provides affordable housing within the former limits of the Town of Kenora. It currently manages a portfolio of 206 living units in 61 separate buildings.

The Province has provided direction to municipalities to review services and business models to identify areas where improvements could be made. The City of Kenora is effectively in a housing crisis, with an estimated shortfall in housing of roughly 10% of the City’s existing housing stock.

The City has a current housing shortage and Council has provided administration direction to explore opportunities to increase the current housing portfolio within the City. Council has determined that opportunities for enabling change may exist within the Kenora Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation.

City Council will take on the role of the KMNPHC Board for the purposes of receiving a review and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB), as the Service Manager responsible for Social Housing in Kenora, will perform a review of the Kenora Municipal Non Profit Housing Corporation based on such parameters as deemed appropriate by the KDSB. As part of this process, a determination will be made as to whether or not the current structure and management is in the best interests of the ongoing operations, or if another structure should be considered.

During this Board structure change, and review there will be no change as far as the current operations in any of the 61 buildings that are managed by the Kenora Non Profit Housing Management.

Heather Kasprick, City Clerk/Communications Lead (807) 467-2295

OTF Grant for Kenora Rotary Splash Park Supports Playful Space for All Abilities

Rotary Splash Park Grand Opening July 6, 2019

Today, the Rotary Club of Kenora and City of Kenora welcomed members of the public to the Grand Opening of the Kenora Rotary Splash Park at Norman Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new splash park. Local MPP Greg Rickford congratulated the Rotary Club of Kenora and the City of Kenora on the project after receiving a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant in 2018.

“This investment by the OTF to build a splash park here in Kenora will ensure that all families throughout the riding have access to the kind of fun that fosters friendships and builds community,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora—Rainy River. “The Kenora Rotary Splash Park will be a space accessible for all, and a place where lifelong memories will be made for years to come.”

“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Deb LeMaistre, Chair of the Rotary Splash Park Committee. “This grant has helped us tremendously in reaching our goal of having the splash park completed for July 2019, the start of the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Centennial Year.”

Mayor Reynard shared the excitement of the completion of the splash park for Kenora. “We are happy to receive this funding to support the Rotary Club’s centennial project and see the project come to life. The splash park and Norman Park is another hub of recreational space in Kenora for all to enjoy.”

The Kenora Rotary Splash Park has been built in partnership with the City of Kenora, Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) to commemorate 100 years of service of the Rotary Club to the City and surrounding area. The Splash Park, featuring a lake life theme, is completely inclusive and accessible to all children with varying abilities and free for all to use. The partners are committed to the Kenora Splash Park project and celebrating that it is an accessible playground for all abilities. Donations can still be made to the Splash Park by visiting the website at: or email to or Facebook @RotarySplashPark.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Quick Facts about the Rotary Splash Park Project:

• July 6, 2019 Grand Opening Celebration
• June 2019 concrete poured and splash park fixtures put in place
• July 16, 2018 ground breaking at future site of splash park
• July 12, 2018 final design plans released
• June 2018 contract awarded to Sierra Designs for construction of splash park
• May 2018 OTF grant $150,000 received
• July 19, 2015 local fundraising began with a community event at Norman Park
• January 2015 splash pad proposed as Rotary Centennial Project to Kenora Council
• December 2, 2014 The Rotary Club of Kenora votes to move forward with the Centennial Project, the building of a fully accessible splash park

Contact Information:
Deb LeMaistre, Kenora Rotary Splash Park Committee Chair

Supporting Links:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Learn more about OTF’s Investment Strategy


LOWDSA Launches LakeSmart Boat for the Summer

The LakeSmart boat is back on the water for its 9th season. On Monday, June 24th at 1:30 pm the LakeSmart team will be launching the boat and heading out on the lake from the Kenora Harbourfront. LakeSmart sponsors, Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA) Directors and members will be on hand to see them off when they head out from the docks in front of the Whitecap Pavilion on Monday. We are pleased that the Right Honourable Bob Nault MP will join us for the LakeSmart launch, also riding along with the LakeSmart team for their first ride.

LakeSmart is an award-winning environmental outreach program unique to our area. It is delivered by the LakeSmart team – three students, each with an environmental education focus. These LOWDSA ambassadors share information on ways that we can live and play green at the lake, including practical knowledge about what we can each do to contribute to a healthier lake ecosystem.

In the eight years that LakeSmart has been on the water, we have reached thousands of people with our environmentally friendly messaging, spreading the word about being more sustainable in our stewardship of land and water.  The LakeSmart team is equipped with knowledge and resources on a broad range of topics including creating and maintaining shoreline buffer zones, reducing run-off, preventing the spread of invasive species, safe boating, and our new Septic Systems 101 info sheet and checklist.

Krista Robertson, Reed Cupeiro and Myles King, our 2019 LakeSmart team, are looking forward to travelling the lakes and roads of the area, and always welcome invitations to visit lake, family or association events. You can expect to see the LakeSmart boat on Lake of the Woods, stopping at docks and islands, throughout July and August. While the LakeSmart boat may not go into smaller lakes, the team will drive to many of them and are always open to hitching a ride around smaller lakes to stop at docks or to participate in lake events.

If you miss the LakeSmart team on the water, there are dozens of other opportunities to meet and talk with them. Look for them at local area events such as the Matiowski Farmers’ Market, the Canada Day Market, and the Sioux Narrows Arts Festival. Meet them at the LOWDSA Summer Meeting in Kenora or Morson (July 8 and 15), or perhaps join them on one of the three IISD Experimental Lakes Area tours that can be booked with LOWDSA.

The LakeSmart boat, generously supplied by our lead sponsor, Woodlake Marine, is the key to the program and likely its most recognized feature. However, LakeSmart is only possible with the additional support of LOWDSA member contributions to the Environmental Initiatives & Special Projects (EISP) fund and other sponsors: World of Water, Q104 KenoraOnline, Nature Conservancy Canada, Ontario Power Generation, Garriock Insurance, Lake of the Woods Mobile Marine, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation, the City of Kenora, Cabin Country Realty, LOTW Septic Barge, and Talbot Marketing Kenora.

Contact: Diane Schwartz-Williams, Executive Director, LOWDSA 807-543-4287

Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association PO Box 1160 Kenora, Ontario, Canada P9N 3X7

What’s Open, Closed on Canada Day 2019

Let’s Celebrate Canada Day!

What’s OPEN on July 1st
Lake of the Woods Museum 10 am – 5 pm  FREE admission on Canada Day!
Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre 8 am – 6 pm
Thistle Pavilion and Whitecap on the Harbourfront – Canada Day activities all day

Closed July 1st
Transfer Station
Kenora Recreation Centre and Keewatin Memorial Arena
Kenora Public Library
Keewatin Public Library
City Hall – including Provincial Offences Services
Operations Building – including Planning, Building, and Cemetery Office

Coney Island recycle and waste dock pick-up moves to July 2nd, 2019 for this week only.

City Transit does not operate on Canada Day.

For after-hours troubles with all municipal services, call 807-467-2080.

Emergency services on duty as usual.

National AccessAbility Week Photo Contest

It’s National AccessAbility Week – May 26 June 1, 2019

The City of Kenora’s Accessibility Advisory Committee encourages citizens to notice accessibility in our community.

Take photos of accessible features you see throughout our community. Post your photo to Instagram or Facebook with #NAAW2019 and #AccessibleKenora.

At the end of the week, anyone who posted a photo will be entered into a draw for a City prize AND any business featured in a photo will receive a certificate of recognition from the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Also, check out the City’s social media this week.  Some of the City’s accessible features will be showcased.

Accessibility and Inclusion