Launch of ‘Choose Kenora’

A Youth Retention and Attraction Campaign

March 28, 2018    For Immediate Release

Kenora, ON – The Lake of the Woods Development Commission, in partnership with the Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Kenora Young Professionals Network, Northwest Business Centre, Harbourtown BIZ, and the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Choose Kenora’ project. This marketing campaign shares stories of young professionals and entrepreneurs and highlights key features that make Kenora an amazing place to live and work.

“We are excited to launch the Choose Kenora project with our partners and are looking forward to continuing to share stories of young professionals in our community”, said Graham Chaze, Chair of the Lake of the Woods Development Commission.

The campaign features web, social media, print and video content focusing on personal and professional testimonials from several of Kenora’s young business owners, students, and career employees. The video and photography content showcases these individuals enjoying time with friends and family while pursuing their professional goals. This relaxed and well-rounded lifestyle is such a big piece of why young people are drawn to Kenora and Northwestern Ontario. The project work includes a handbook for use by employers to use in recruitment campaigns. Employers are encouraged to use the materials produced to support recruitment efforts. The materials, along with campaign visual content, can be found at ChooseKenora.ca.

“We would like to thank the participants who shared their stories with us. The project would not have been possible without their assistance. This program is intended to be dynamic and if there are any young professionals or entrepreneurs who wish to share their story, we would love to hear from them”, shared Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer.

The project partners wish to thank Fifth Hammer Marketing Group and Upriver Media who were contracted to design and produce the project.

Funding for the initiative was provided through the Rural Economic Development Fund, a program provided by the Government of Ontario.

Contact Information
Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer, City of Kenora
mdokuchie@kenora.ca
807-467-2127

Downtown Revitalization Survey Results Released

Positive Impacts Continue for Downtown Businesses

March 27, 2018   For Immediate Release

Kenora, ON – The City of Kenora’s Economic Development Department is pleased to share the results of the recent survey of downtown merchants. The purpose of the survey was to measure the job creation indicators and economic impacts of the third phase of the Downtown Revitalization project which focused on improvements on Second Street South. Overall, businesses in the Harbourtown Centre continue to see positive impacts from Downtown Revitalization projects.

Key results from this year’s survey include:
• 52 responses
• 27 businesses created
• 17 businesses expanded/relocated
• 252 jobs created since 2013
• 23 businesses responded in 2013 and 2018
• 120 jobs created in those 23 businesses

A number of comments were submitted, including:
• Over the last four and half years, I have found Kenora to be a very supportive community for business development;
• The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for storefronts has had, a huge impact on the effectiveness of this project as a whole
• Main Street and Second Street look great. I would like to see the corner of First Street and Matheson Street revitalized

Perhaps one of the more unanticipated and encouraging results of this year’s survey is the 120 jobs created in 23 business that responded in both 2013 and 2018. A number of positive effects can be gathered from this information. First, a fair number of businesses have remained in operation for at least 5 years. Second, businesses are not only remaining open but are also increasing the number of employees required to operate and expanding to meet needs of customers. This is very inspiring for newly opened downtown businesses and also for future entrepreneurs looking to open a business in Kenora’s downtown area.

“The City of Kenora is fortunate to have the natural beauty that surrounds our City, and our revitalized downtown area only extends that beauty by offering residents and visitors diverse and unique businesses in esthetically appealing storefronts to choose from. We really do have it all!” says Councillor Mort Goss.

”The results of the recent survey are encouraging,” says Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer,  “and the indicators will be used to support funding requests for the next phase of the project.”

Corey Jones, Economic Development Intern would like to thank all the businesses that have responded to the Downtown Revitalization Impact Survey. “We appreciate the feedback and participation we received and are excited to plan for the fourth phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project, Chipman Street and First Street South.”

About the Downtown Revitalization Project and Previous Survey
The spring of 2008 marked the start of the Downtown Revitalization Project in Kenora. The project was divided into five phases which have to date included Main Street South, the Harbourfront and Lake of the Woods Plaza, and Second Street South. The fourth phase will involve Chipman Street and First Street South.

The first two phases of the project were completed between 2008 and 2013. Once completed, a survey was conducted by the City of Kenora’s Economic Development Department to gauge the impact of the project on downtown businesses. The main purpose of the survey was to measure job creation in the downtown since 2008, understand the operating hours of downtown businesses and to measure the overall business climate. The survey boasted very positive results, with 59 businesses responding and 261 jobs being created since 2008.

The third phase of Downtown Revitalization began in 2013 and was recently completed in winter 2018. To measure outcomes, the City of Kenora’s Economic Development Department again undertook a survey of downtown businesses to gauge the impacts. The purpose of this survey was very similar to the one administered in 2013 and the majority of questions remained the same, effectively allowing the results to be accurately compared.

Voting Public Encouraged to Check the Voters’ List

Voting Public Encouraged to Check the Voters’ List on VoterLookup.ca
School Boards and Municipal Election is October 22, 2018

For Immediate Release

Kenora, ON – As of March 12, 2018, Kenora residents may check to see if they are on the list to vote in the 2018 school boards and municipal election this fall. VoterLookup.ca is the platform designed by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to prepare and maintain the voters’ list required to support the school boards and municipal election. The voting public is encouraged to log on to VoterLookup.ca to check that their name is on the list and confirm their information. It is the responsibility of each eligible elector to make sure their information is up-to-date and accurate. To be eligible to vote, a person must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years of age on Voting Day, reside, own or rent land or property in the municipality.

Using VoterLookup.ca is easy and efficient. To log on, eligible electors will need their property address or assessment roll number, full name, and date of birth. Once logged in, eligible electors can also update their information, add a name to an address, or change their school support.

Data collected is used to prepare the final voters’ list and to generate the Voter Information Letter each resident will need to cast votes on Election Day October 22, 2018. Control of the data collected is of the utmost importance to MPAC and the City of Kenora. VoterLookup.ca was designed with privacy and security in mind and built by following the Privacy by Design principles. Specific information entered by each user on VoterLookUp.ca must match-up to existing data before users are permitted to add their name or apply changes to their information. This safeguard ensures only eligible voters are included on the final voters’ list.

Anyone without access to the internet to check the voters’ list may contact the Heather Kasprick, City Clerk/Returning Officer at 807-467-2295 or hkasprick@kenora.ca. Additionally, the City of Kenora Election Team will be available at the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce Home and Leisure Show, April 27-29, 2018 to answer questions about VoterLookup.ca and the fall election.  Election news and communications are posted on Kenora.ca/Elections.

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Lake of the Woods Development Commission Annual General Meeting

You are cordially invited!

Lake of the Woods Development Commission Annual General Meeting

Wednesday March 28, 2018
5 p.m.
Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre
931 Lakeview Drive, Kenora

This event will also feature the launch of the Choose Kenora youth retention and attraction campaign which is a partnership between the Lake of the Woods Development Commission, Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce, Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Northwest Business Centre, Harbourtown BIZ and Kenora Young Professionals Network. This project is supported by the Province of Ontario Rural Economic Development program.

Please RSVP to Corey Jones, Economic Development Intern, at cjones@kenora.ca by Friday March 23, 2018.

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Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-18-02

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, at the following time and location:

Statutory Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 10 , 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON

The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application at their regular meeting on April 17th, 2018.

You are also invited to attend the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. PAC hears applications and considers recommendation to Council on applications for an amendment to the zoning by-law. PAC will consider application D14-18-02 at the following time and location:

PAC Meeting
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Location of Property: 1930 Highway 17 West, Kenora, ON. Parcel 33035 Sec DFK; Part Mining Location 233P Kenora Part 1. 23R5012; Kenora. PIN: 42174-0029. Refer to the map below.

D18-14-02 Property Location

Purpose and Effect: To change the regulated zoning of property specifically indicated on the key map, to allow for use of a converted dwelling on a lot with reduced frontage within the RR- Rural Residential Zone. Approval of the application would allow for an existing building to apply for a change of use permit to a converted dwelling containing three units.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: Under Section 53 of the Planning Act an application for consent, lot addition has been applied for concurrently with the application for an amendment to the zoning by-law.

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at this meeting and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are aware of any person interested in or affected by the application who has not received a copy of this notice you are requested to inform that person of this meeting.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before April 3, 2018 and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2
Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed:
a) The person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Ontario Municipal Board.
b) The person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
Appeal of a decision of the Municipality in respect of this amendment to the Zoning By-Law may be made by any person or public body not later than 20 days after notice of the decision is given.

Notice of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Kasprick, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Additional Information is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, if you require more information: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Dated at the City of Kenora this 15th day of March, 2018

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public.

Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for a Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-18-01

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider a Zoning By-law Amendment as it pertains to Zoning By-law No. 101-2015, at the following time and location.

Statutory Public Meeting
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON
The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will then have the opportunity to consider a decision regarding the application at their regular meeting on April 17th, 2018.

You are also invited to attend the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. PAC hears applications and considers recommendation to Council on applications for an amendment to the zoning by-law. PAC will consider application D14-18-01 at the following time and location:
PAC Meeting: Tuesday, March 27 , 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Location of Property: 166 Ritchie Road, Kenora, ON. Parcel 36770 Sec DFK; Part Lot 5, Concession 7 Jaffray, Part 3 23R3924; Kenora. PIN: 42174-0238. Refer to the map below.

D14-18-01 Property Location

Purpose and Effect: To change the regulated zoning of property specifically indicated on the key map, from RU- Rural to RR- Rural Residential, if approved, the change would enable the creation of one (1) RR- Rural Residential Zoned lot.

Other Planning Applications Relevant to the Subject Location: Under Section 53 of the Planning Act an application for consent, lot creation has been applied for concurrently with the application for an amendment to the zoning by-law.

Public Meeting: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at this meeting and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are aware of any person interested in or affected by the application who has not received a copy of this notice you are requested to inform that person of this meeting. If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before April 3rd, 2018 and directed to: Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2 Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed:
a) The person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Ontario Municipal Board.
b) The person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
Appeal of a decision of the Municipality in respect of this amendment to the Zoning By-Law may be made by any person or public body not later than 20 days after notice of the decision is given.

Notice of Decision: If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Kenora in respect of the application for Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Kasprick, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Additional Information is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner, if you require more information: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email: dmccloskey@kenora.ca

Dated at the City of Kenora this 15th day of March, 2018

Personal information that accompanies a submission will be collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public