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

Notice of Decision

In accordance with Sections 17 and 28 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, a decision was made by the Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora to designate three Community Improvement Project Areas, amend three existing Community Improvement Plans, and adopt an Official Plan Amendment. The date of decision and last date of appeal are noted below.

Date of Decision:
 March 14th, 2017
Date of Notice:
 March 23rd, 2017
Last Date of Appeal: April 11th, 2017

The By-laws adopted by Council are as follows:

  • By-law 27-2017 to adopt a Community Improvement Project Area for Keewatin
  • By-law 28-2017 to adopt the Keewatin CIP, 2017
  • By-law 29-2017 to adopt a Community Improvement Project Area for Harbourtown Centre
  • By-law 30-2017 to adopt the Harbourtown Centre CIP, 2017
  • By-law 31-2017 to adopt a Community Improvement Project Area for the Former Mill Site
  • By-law 32-2017 to adopt the Former Mill Site CIP, 2017
  • By-law 33-2017 to adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 3

Purpose and Effect

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool that allows the City of Kenora to encourage and stimulate economic development and community revitalization through financial incentives. The City of Kenora currently has three CIPs in effect: the Keewatin CIP, the Harbourtown Centre CIP, and the Former Mill Site CIP. The existing CIPs were amended as follows:

  • Expanded the landscaping grant in the Keewatin CIP;
  • Added housing grants and a tax incentive grant to the Harbourtown Centre CIP;
  • Added housing grants to the Former Mill Site CIP;
  • Expanded the Former Mill Site CIP Project Area to include the former clarifier site; and
  • In all CIPs, recognition of new legislated policy and City directives which have come into force since the existing CIPs were approved.

In addition, the Official Plan was amended as follows:

  • Added a new Schedule “C” delineating the boundaries of the three CIPs
  • Revised Section 8.2 to indicate that the Keewatin CIP is in effect; and
  • Revised Section 10.0 to recognize the new Schedule “C”.

The subject lands of these amendments are illustrated by the Key Maps on the following pages.

The complete By-laws are available for inspection in the office of the Clerk during regular office hours.

When and How to File an Appeal

Any appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board must be filed with the Approval Authority (City of Kenora) to the attention of the Clerk, no later than 20 days from the date of this notice as shown above as the Last Date of Appeal.

The appeal should be filed at the address shown below, be in accordance with the OMB guidelines (, and it must:

  1. Set out the specific part of the proposed By-laws to which the appeal applies;
  2. Set out the reasons for the appeal; and
  3. Be accompanied by the fee prescribed under the Ontario Municipal Board Act in the amount of $300.00 payable by certified cheque or money order to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

Who Can File an Appeal

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the Approval Authority to the Ontario Municipal Board. A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or the group on its behalf. No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the By-laws were adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the Council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

When the Decision is Final

The decision of the Approval Authority is final if a notice of appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Getting Additional Information

A copy of the amended CIPs will be available for public review beginning April 1st, 2017 during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Operations Centre at 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, and online at the City’s website

Additional information can also be obtained by contacting:

Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email:

Additional information about the By-laws is available for public inspection during regular office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the City of Kenora City Hall at the address noted below.

File Notice of Appeal to the attention of the Clerk of the City of Kenora:

Ms. Heather Kasprick, City Clerk, City of Kenora
1 Main Street South
Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Tel: 807-467-2295 or Email:





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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