2020 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders

ROMA Conference Focuses on Rural Municipal Challenges and Opportunities

City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard, Councillor Andrew Poirier and Councillor Kirsi Ralko will join more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 19 to 21.
Coming mid-way through the provincial government’s current mandate, the conference focuses on the pressing challenges and emerging opportunities facing rural communities in Ontario. The Premier, as well as leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party are scheduled to speak.

In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in hundreds of municipal delegation meetings with provincial ministries to discuss local need and priorities.

Session topics include rural health care, including public health and paramedics, broadband expansion and affordable housing. There will also be sessions related to planning and economic development. Program information is available online at http://www.roma.on.ca. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.

Key priorities for the City of Kenora include:
-Improving Capacity to Address Substance Abuse
-Public Transit Funding Criteria
-ICIP Program Applications: Community, Culture and Recreation Stream / Green Stream
-Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) Reform
-Policing Costs

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

ROMA takes pride in promoting, supporting and enhancing strong and effective rural governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. The rural arm of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ROMA advocates for policies and programs that will help build thriving rural Ontario communities.

For more information about ROMA or the 2020 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, ROMA Media Contact, 416-729-5425, mail to: lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @ROMA_Ont, Hashtag: #ROMA2020

Update from All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

The All Nations Hospital project is now entering the community consultation phase. A Community Consultation Kick-off session will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Seven Generations Education Institute and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the conversation.

The Steering Committee is pleased to report that the Prime Consultant and Functional Programmer have been selected, and LM Architectural Group, in partnership with HTFC Planning and Design and Resource Planning Group, will be joining the project in January 2020. LM Architectural Group is an architectural firm that will assist with the first stage of the project that includes the planning of programs and services for the All Nations Hospital. Their experience in healthcare projects is extensive, and we are excited to work with them in the New Year.

The Steering Committee would also like to encourage everyone to use #AllNationsHospital when referring to this project to help organize, promote, and draw attention to this important project.

For further information please contact:

Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee
wenpete@gmail.com

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee
mrsbear@kmts.ca

ANH Steering Committee Media Release January 2 2020

Kick off poster FINAL

All Nations Health Partners to become an Ontario Health Team

Ontario Health Team Announcement December 4, 2019

All Nations Health Partners to become an Ontario Health Team

The All Nations Health Partners (ANHP) have been selected to become one of the first Ontario Health Teams, as announced in Kenora on December 4th by the Hon. Greg Rickford, on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

The ANHP first came together in 2015 to address a long-standing, critical physician shortage in the Kenora area. The group has since evolved into a mandated coalition of members representing a broad range of health system sectors committed to developing and realizing a collective vision for wholistic and seamless care, including cross-border access to Manitoba specialty services.

The partners include Kenora Chiefs Advisory and Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig, representing and serving ten First Nations, as well as the Kenora Métis Council, and municipal leaders from Kenora and Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, recognizing and reflecting the cultural diversity and unique geography of the Kenora region.

“Together, we’re excited to move forward as an Ontario Health Team and begin focusing on a key priority: the development of a 24/7 rapid response crisis intervention service for people of all ages who may be experiencing a mental health crisis,” said CMHA Kenora Executive Director Sara Dias. “Developing a crisis response model for a broad geographical area is a challenging but necessary step in order to build a seamless, integrated and coordinated care system for the individuals we all serve.”

The ANHP will be reaching out to community health service providers across the Kenora region to ensure that all health systems in the region coordinate to focus on people first, while supporting providers.  “Each of the region’s communities has unique opportunities and challenges. As an Ontario Health team, we will collaboratively work together to ensure people are successfully and appropriately connected within their local communities when accessing health care services. On behalf of the ANHP, I want to extend our sincere thanks to the Province for this appointment,” says Henry Wall, Co-Chair of the All Nations Health Partners.

“This is an exciting time for all partners, especially for our communities and Indigenous partners. We have strong voices at the table. Our Chiefs, Elders’ Council and Youth Council continue to provide direction on how to improve the health system experience of our membership,” explains Daphne Armstrong, Director of Service for Health and Mental Health and Addictions at Kenora Chiefs Advisory.

“We have been and will continue to be a part of the planning and implementation of a health system that is people-centred and respects our cultural values. Our immediate tasks will be to look at the mental health and addictions system and home care—both very important to the health and well-being of our community members. This is reconciliation in action and transformative health planning. I look forward to being a part of this initiative as it develops.”

Media Contacts:
Joe Barnes, Executive Director
Kenora Chiefs Advisory
Co-Chair All Nations Health Partners
Phone: 807-467-8144
Email: joe.barnes@kenorachiefs.ca

Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer
Kenora District Services Board
Co-Chair All Nations Health Partners
Phone: 807-223-2100 ext. 2222
Email: hwall@kdsb.on.ca

Media Release ANHP OHT Announcement December 4 2019

ANHP OHT announcement Dec 4 2019 group and MPP Rickford

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019 Media Release

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

The All Nations Hospital project is now entering the community engagement phase of the project. Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) and Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) have each hired a Community Engagement Project Planner (CEPP). We are pleased to introduce: Kathy Kishiqueb who is KCA’s CEPP who will oversee engagement within the Indigenous Communities, and Charlene Kissick who is LWDH’s CEPP who will oversee engagement within the City of Kenora and surrounding non-Indigenous communities, including our summer residents.

Community engagement will commence in early 2020. Please watch for further communications on when public meetings will be occurring. We encourage all of you to please get involved and provide your feedback, which is integral to the success of the All Nations Hospital. We are excited to see how this consultation will continue to build and strengthen relationships and share information on the project.

For further information please contact:
Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee
wenpete@gmail.com

Chief Marily Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee
 mrsbear@kmts.ca

ANH Media Release December 2 2019

NOHFC Investment Supports Science North’s Planning for Expansion Opportunities in Northwestern Ontario

Science North Planning for Expansion

Today, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) participated in the official launch of a Northwest Feasibility Study and Opportunity Assessment for Science North. This is supported in part by funding from NOHFC.

This study and assessment will help shape Science North’s expansion opportunities in Northwestern Ontario. For over 30 years, Science North has provided science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more. In 2010, the centre opened a permanent base in Thunder Bay to support the delivery of outreach programs to the Northwest. More recently, Science North has expanded its presence with Northern Nature Trading experiences in 6 locations, Northern THINK Hubs in 6 locations and, in the summer of 2019, toured a custom version of its Beyond Human Limits exhibit at 5 partner attractions, Science North’s priority of delivering “Science North in all of Northern Ontario” has resulted in a wealth of benefits for Northerners, creating jobs and sustaining businesses.

“Our government is pleased to support education-based tourism and Science North’s further expansion into Kenora and Northwestern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “By continuing to put institutions like Science North at the forefront of Ontario’s Open for Business, Open for Jobs strategy, we are building a more competitive economy and developing strong, vibrant communities across the north.”

“An important priority in Science North’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan is to deliver science experiences to all of Northern Ontario. Since 2010, Science North has engaged over 400,000 participants in the Northwest in informal science learning. Expanding Science North’s presence across Northwestern Ontario directly aligns with our mandate and strategic plan. I would like to thank Minister Rickford for the support and contribution from NOHFC. NOHFC is an ongoing supporter and advocate of Science North and understands the significance of the work required to assess the expansion of our presence,” said Guy Labine, Science North CEO.

The City of Kenora has also announced support for this Northwest Feasibility Study and Opportunity Assessment.

“Our community continues to grow and prosper through engaging partnerships and Science North continues to deliver positive education based programming that is interesting and informative to all audiences. We are thankful for Minister Rickford’s continued support and contributions from NOHFC which allows Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre to offer these programs,” stated Daniel Reynard, Mayor of Kenora.

Science North will undertake an opportunity assessment report that illustrates potential programming and visitor experience in the Northwest; a market analysis; an outline of key operational costs and a recommended sustainable model; and a physical space design based on the program plan, attendance projections and operating plan.

The study and assessment will inform Science North’s future work in the Northwest, including servicing the region with educational experiences accessible to all ages, cultural groups including Indigenous and Francophone, and remote communities currently with limited access to these services.

Science North has engaged with community stakeholders and established a Northwest Expansion Steering Committee to oversee and advise on recommendations for expansion in the region. Science North will also involve partners it has developed strong relationships with, including attractions that have hosted Science North traveling exhibits, the Northern Nature Trading experience, and most recently Northern THINK Hubs in the Northwest including Kenora, Fort Frances, and Thunder Bay.

Science North has continually supported investment attraction and business growth in the North, building on the skills and expertise of residents to support Northern Ontario communities. The outcome of the Northwest Feasibility Study and Opportunity Assessment would lead to the extensive growth of this visitor and economic impact.

About Science North
Science North is Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource operating the second- and eighth-largest science centres in Canada. Science North’s attractions include a science centre, IMAX® theatre, planetarium, butterfly gallery, special exhibits hall, and Dynamic Earth: Home of the Big Nickel. Science North also oversees an award-winning International Sales unit, which develops custom and ready-made exhibits and multimedia experiences for sale to science centres, museums, and other cultural institutions all over the world. Science North, in partnership with Laurentian University, offers North America’s first and only comprehensive Science Communication program, a joint Master’s and Diploma program. As part of its mandate, Science North provides science experiences throughout Northern Ontario including outreach to schools and festivals, summer science camps and more, and has a permanent base in Thunder Bay providing outreach to the Northwest. Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information please visit ScienceNorth.ca.

Science North is an agency of the Government of Ontario and a registered charity #10796 2979 RR0001.

Press Release NOHFC Investment Supports Science North’s Planning for Expansion

 

All Nations Hospital Project Media Release

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

Media Release November 8, 2019

The All Nations Hospital Steering Committee recently met on October 30, 2019, and are pleased to inform you that the committee has now been fully established and is composed of the following:

Wendy Peterson, LWDH Board Representative who will serve as Chair
Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) Representative who will serve as Vice Chair
Calvin Morriseau, Grand Council Treaty 3 Representative
Liz Boucha, Kenora Metis Council Representative
Rory McMillan, City of Kenora Representative
Dr. Jillie Retson, Physician Representative
Samantha Gould, LWDH Staff representative
Sally Johnson, Community Representative
Linda Copenace, Community Representative
Ray Racette, LWDH Hospital CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
Joe Barnes, KCA CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
Cheryl O’Flaherty, LWDH VP Corporate Services (project Executive Sponsor) (ex-officio, non-voting)
Donna Makowsky, LWDH VP Patient Care (ex-officio, non-voting)

The Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) and Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) are creating a journey of partnership, reconciliation, and trust-building to create a healing environment for everyone. This is the beginning of a real and important journey as we work towards accessible and culturally safe health care across all sectors and services. The All Nations Hospital will be one of the first large developments in the Kenora area that will embark on a Reconciliation process and true partnership between all residents of Kenora, surrounding First Nations communities, municipalities, and the Indigenous population.

Wendy Peterson, Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “The population of Indigenous people between the ages of 20 to 64 is expected to increase to 43.5% by 2041 in the Kenora District. As Treaty partners, we’ve begun working towards a new vision for our hospital and health campus which is more focused on safe, equitable, patient centered, and culturally sensitive care for all our children and grandchildren, well into the future.”

The LWDH and KCA have each hired a Community Engagement Project Planner (CEPP), and engagement will commence over the next couple of months. This engagement will be extensive and will occur within the City of Kenora, and the surrounding municipalities and First Nations communities served by the hospital.

We are pleased to introduce the two Community Engagement Project Planners – Kathy Kishiqueb is KCA’s CEPP and will oversee engagement within the Indigenous Communities; Charlene Kissick is LWDH’s CEPP and will oversee engagement within the City of Kenora and surrounding non-Indigenous communities.

Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Vice Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “Our First Nations health status is far worse than most residents of the Kenora Region. This is mainly due to the on reserve social determinates of health, as well as the inadequate health services delivered on reserve. Working together in true partnership on the All Nations Hospital is the beginning of the journey of the much needed work to be done. We are also working together in partnership on the development of an All Nations health Care system, which is another important part of the journey. The journey is being co-led by First Nation leadership and we will know if the journey is a successful one when we see the All Nations Hospital/system delivering adequate culturally appropriate services to both on and off reserve residents. True reconciliation takes place when the people you’re reconciling with write the successful story line of the journey.”

Please watch for further communications on when public meetings will be occurring. We encourage all of you to please get involved and provide your feedback, which is integral to the success of the All Nations Hospital. We are excited to see how this consultation will continue to build and strengthen relationships throughout our communities.

For further information please contact:

Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee
wenpete@gmail.com

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee
mrsbear@kmts.ca

All Nations Hospital Media Release November 8 2019

KRC Bring a Friend in November Promo

THIS NOVEMBER

Bring a friend to any of the four Group Fitness classes listed below for FREE this November!

Monday – BootCamp
5:10 – 6:10 pm

Tuesday – Move N Stretch
5:10 – 6:10 pm

Wednesday – Spin
6:15 – 7 pm

Thursday – Kickin’ Core
5:10 – 6:10 pm

For more information please call 467-2087

Bring a Friend KRC November Promo

Harbourfront Business Development Plan Open House

We want to hear from you!

You are invited to the Harbourfront Business Development Plan

Open House

Tuesday, November 5, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Lake of the Woods Development Centre, 931 Lakeview Drive, Kenora, ON

No registration required – drop in

Review preliminary designs!

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Fire Prevention Week October 6 – 12, 2019

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape.” TM
Practise home fire escape planning during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Chief Todd Skene is urging families in the City of Kenora to practise their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6-12, 2019. This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” When the smoke alarms sound, everyone must know where to go – that’s why it is so important for everyone to have working smoke alarms and to develop and practise a home fire escape plan.

“In a fire, you may have only seconds to safely escape your home,” said Fire Chief Skene. “Practise your home fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out safely.”

Fire and smoke can spread very quickly, so be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

Assess the needs of everyone in your home
• Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults

Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm

Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work
• Know two ways out of all areas, if possible

Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
• Assign someone to help those who need assistance
• Identify a safe meeting place outside
• Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home or cell phone

Practice your home fire escape plan
• Have everyone participate
• Make changes to your plan if necessary

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services will help you put together a home fire escape plan. Please contact Station One at 467-2090 or drop by 100 Fourteenth Street North for assistance.

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

All Nations Hospital Steering Committee Media Release October 2, 2019

The Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) will undertake the planning of a new All Nations Hospital facility, under the directives of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Capital Planning Guidelines, and in alignment with the planning parameters defined in the approved Planning Agreement between the MOHLTC and LWDH. The immediate scope of this project is to complete a Stage 1 Proposal submission and development of the Stage 2 Functional Program for the major hospital redevelopment. It is estimated that the completion of these stages will take two (2) years.

We are at a historic juncture for Indigenous and Canadian relations in the Kenora area with all communities taking positive steps towards true partnership and “Reconciliation through Health”. The Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA), Grand Council Treaty #3, the Kenora Métis Council, Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation, the City of Kenora and the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls have all agreed to the following resolution signed and witnessed in ceremony “That all parties agree to work together in partnership in the development of an All Nations Health Care System including the construction of an All Nations Hospital and Campus with the express purpose of improving health outcomes for all people of the region it serves”.

Working towards accessible and culturally safe health care across all sectors/services and for the new All Nations hospital will mean aligning planning within the context of Truth and Reconciliation. This will be one of the first large developments in the Kenora area that will embark on a Reconciliation process and true partnership between all residents of Kenora, surrounding First Nations communities, municipalities and the Indigenous population.

Planning will focus on a facility that will be a central and integral component of an All Nations Healthcare system that will improve health outcomes and improve health care delivery, while achieving standards of excellence for hospital design and operations.

We are pleased to inform you that an extensive process to select a project management firm to oversee the planning process has been completed. Colliers Project Leaders has been selected as the Project Management firm, and they have extensive experience in planning health care projects in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including experience in community hospital projects they have planned in northern and rural Ontario, and engaging proactively with the MOHLTC’s Health Capital Investment Branch.

The All Nations Hospital Steering Committee is composed of the following:

  • Wendy Peterson, LWDH Board Representative who will serve as Chair
  • Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) Representative who will serve as Vice Chair
  • Grand Council Treaty 3 Representative to be appointed by Grand Council Treaty #3
  • Liz Boucha, Kenora Metis Council Representative
  • Rory McMillan, City of Kenora Representative
  • Dr. Jillie Retson, Physician Representative
  • Samantha Gould, LWDH Staff representative
  • Sally Johnson, Community Representative
  • Linda Copenace, Community Representative
  • Ray Racette, LWDH Hospital CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
  •  Joe Barnes, KCA CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Cheryl O’Flaherty, LWDH VP Corporate Services (project Executive Sponsor) (ex-officio, non-voting)
  • Donna Makowsky, LWDH VP Patient Care (ex-officio, non-voting)

There will be regular communication to the community following All Nations Hospital Steering Committee meetings to ensure everyone is kept informed on the progress of this very important project.

Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Vice Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “We are at a historic juncture; through this partnership our collective voice and our health are at the forefront of planning a new All Nations Hospital. With dedicated and ongoing collaboration we will see a facility which is culturally responsive, rooted in traditional healing practices and the best aspects of a modern health care system for ALL.”

There will be extensive engagement occurring within the City of Kenora, and the surrounding municipalities and First Nations communities served by the hospital. This community engagement will be taking place during Stage 1 of the project, and will occur within the next 12 months. Please watch for further communications on when public meetings will be occurring. We encourage all of you to please get involved and provide your feedback, which is integral to the success of the All Nations Hospital.

Wendy Peterson, Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “It is exciting to be involved with All Nations working collaboratively in true partnerships, thereby creating a strong foundation for a new hospital for everyone.”

For further information please contact:
Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee
wenpete@gmail.com

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee
mrsbear@kmts.ca

All Nations Hospital Steering Committee Media Release October 2 2019

Kenora Benefits from Ontario Support for Main Streets

Investments Help Small Business and Tourism Grow

Residents and small businesses of the City of Kenora are seeing the benefit from the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. This initiative makes an investment in Ontario communities’ main streets that will help support and grow small business and improve the aesthetic appeal of main street areas. The City of Kenora received $51,000 over two years, beginning in 2018.

With the support of the Main Street Revitalization initiative, three wayfinding kiosks were installed in the Harbourtown Centre: Husky the Musky in McLeod Park, Matheson Street South dock, and the Kenora Recreation Centre. The kiosks provide visitors and residents with a visual guide to the downtown core and pinpointing local business districts. These information kiosks are a continued implementation of the wayfinding program initially developed in 2017.

The funding is made available by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for all single and lower-tier municipalities to implement local Community Improvement Plans and invest in municipal infrastructure to improve their downtown and main street areas. Funding is upfront, allocation-based and projects are selected by municipal councils.

Investments in main street areas help small business and tourism grow by attracting residents and visitors to communities.

“I’d like to congratulate the City of Kenora on the enhancements made to the downtown core through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative. Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of our communities,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The Main Street Revitalization Initiative helps communities enhance and revitalize main streets and demonstrates that Ontario is open for business.”

“The wayfinding signs throughout the City of Kenora help visitors to the area find the wonderful assets and opportunities that Kenora offers to visitors and residents alike,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “They have added an impressive visual mark to our streets in the City and reflect the heritage of our area through their impactful designs.”

City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard says, “We are fortunate to receive this funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at a time when we are seeing many other improvements to our downtown core. The kiosk project was chosen for this funding to add to the appeal of our main street area and Harbourtown Centre, and encourage local business investment in downtown. The kiosks add value to the Harbourtown Centre experience for pedestrians who want to shop, dine, and sightsee in our beautiful City. We are thrilled to have received this funding, thanks to the AMO and the Government of Ontario.”

 

About the Main Street Revitalization Initiative
• The Ontario government’s investment through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative totals $26 million.
• 413 lower and single-tier municipalities are eligible for funding. Upper-tier municipalities (county and regional governments) and the City of Toronto are not eligible for funding.
• Ontario’s municipal governments own more of Ontario’s infrastructure than any other order of government.
• The Main Street Revitalization Initiative allocation formula provides equal base funding to all municipalities, allocates a portion of the funding based on population, and provides an additional allocation to communities with a population less than 25,000.
• A Community Improvement Plan is a planning tool provided for under the Planning Act, that identifies a designated geographic area within which a municipalities wishes to focus investment based on identified priorities.
• AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances 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.

City Proceeds with the Sale of Town Island

Sale fo Town Island

Today, Council directed administration to proceed with a competitive Expressions of Interest process and appraisal of Town Island, a City owned island just south of Coney Island.

Over the past 10 years, the City has investigated the potential transfer of Town Island in exchange for Crown land of equal value within or adjacent to the City boundaries. The intent was to seek properties for residential and recreational land development within the City. In exchange, the Province would add the Town Island property into its Lands for Life Program, also referred to as the Lake of the Woods Conservation Reserve.

More recently, the Province has now advised that the former Lands for Life Program is no longer active and they no longer have any interest in acquiring the Town Island property. The Province has advised that the City may purchase surplus properties from the Province as they become available. In order to do so the City needs to have the available financial resources such as the Town Island property to potentially purchase these types of property for development.

Selling this property will provide the City with the value of that sale for the purposes of future land development within City limits. The net proceeds will be placed into a reserve fund in which Council has the discretion to pursue valuable properties that will help address the strategic challenges facing the municipality including fostering economic development and generating additional tax revenue.

Adam Smith, Development Services Manager
(807) 467-2192
asmith@kenora.ca

Tenders & Request For Proposals