Cameron Bay Bridge Reopens

Cameron Bay Bridge Reopens to Traffic

Please be advised that the Cameron Bay Bridge has reopened to traffic as of 4:30 p.m. today, October 23, 2019.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation and continued patience during this important infrastructure project.

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!

Fill out a feedback form and provide comments.

















Road Conditions and Localized Flooding

Road Conditions October 11, 2019

Please be advised that due to heavy rainfall resulting in localized flooding, City Roads crew are working to address problem areas on City roads.

The City is aware of and monitoring the excess water on the following locations:
• Essex Road at Hooterville Trail
• East Melick Road just north of Essex Road
• Coker Road near Kelly Road
• East Melick Road at Bell’s Point Road
• Hilly Lake Road
• Matheson Bay Road

Motorists should be vigilant and drive according to the conditions. Although signage may not be posted in some locations, flooding can still occur.

Motorists should be aware that there are many roads effected throughout the City, and hazard signs may not be posted. Drive with caution at all times as the City will not be able to sign all the impacted roads.

To report hazardous road conditions, please call 807-467-2247 and leave a detailed message. City staff are working hard to address and prioritize effected roads as quickly as possible.

The City thanks motorists for their patience while the Roads crew assess and prioritize areas of concern.

Fire Risks with Firepots and Other Ethanol-Fuelled Appliances

Risks with Ethonal-Fuelled Appliances

Fire Chief Todd Skene is urging residents in the City of Kenora to be aware of the risks involved with table top firepots or firebowls, or other similar ethanol-fuelled appliances.

The fire risk associated with firepots focuses on flame jetting which occurs when the appliances are re-fuelled.  Flame jetting is what happens when fumes from the fuel are ignited by the flame in the pot, which may not be visible and not entirely out.  If the pot is still warm, there may be a flame present.

Jon Pegg, Ontario’s Fire Marshal, issued a public safety message in August 2019 about the fire safety risks of ethanol-fuelled appliances, noting that since 2016, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) has investigated eleven fires that involved the use of these appliances.

“If residents have a firepot, and wish to continue to use it, they should be very careful particularly when re-fuelling the pot.” said Fire Chief Skene.  “This is extremely dangerous and may cause an abrupt fire to flare up, causing serious burn injuries or even death.”

On October 9, 2019, Health Canada issued an advisory relating to the health and safety of these appliances which included the following tips on what to do to avoid fires and burns:

  • Never pour fuel over a flame. Some fuels will burn in a way that flames may be difficult to see, especially when a low amount of fuel is left in the firepot.
  • Be certain that the flame is out by using a snuffer or similar tool to extinguish the flame.
  • Be certain that the firepot has cooled completely before refuelling.
  • Do not use pourable fuel containers without a flame arrestor. A flame arrestor resembles a screen that is built into the container opening. It allows liquid to flow out and reduces the chance that a flame can travel into the container and cause a flame jetting occurrence.
  • Non-refillable fuel canisters are a safer alternative to pourable fuels.
  • Other safety considerations for firepots and pourable fuels: Use firepots on level ground or on a stable, level surface, at a safe distance from people and flammable items.
  • Keep pourable fuels tightly capped when not refuelling and away from any flames or other objects that can create a spark.

Article Links:

Public Safety Message from the Ontario Fire Marshal – August 30, 2019

Health Canada warns Canadians of health and safety risks of certain containers of pourable alcohol-based fuels and certain firepots that use pourable fuels – October 9, 2019

Speed Radar Signs Relocation

Location of Speed Radar Signs

Please be advised that the City of Kenora speed radar signs are being relocated to Airport Road in the area of Round Lake.

Following this notice, further locations will not be reported; however, we will continue to post the signs in areas based on concerns from citizens regarding vehicles speeding in their neighbourhoods.

The City thanks the public for their cooperation.

Speed Radar Signs

Notice of Completion Application and Public Meeting, File Number D09-19-03 and File Number D14-19-09

Corporation of the City of Kenora
Notice of Completion Application and Public Meeting for an Official Plan Amendment, File Number D09-19-03, and Zoning By-law Amendment, File Number D14-19-09
Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 17 and 34

Take Notice that Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora will hold a Statutory Public Meeting, under Sections 17 and 34 of the Planning Act, to consider an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-law Amendment submitted by 5901058 Manitoba Ltd. as it pertains to the City of Kenora Official Plan, Council Adoption May 19, 2015, Ministerial Approval November 5, 2015 (By-law No. 75-2015), and the City of Kenora Zoning By-law, Council Adoption December 15, 2015 (By-law No. 101-2015), as amended, at the following time and location:

Statutory Public Meeting
When: Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Location: 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 applications on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

You are also invited to attend The Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) regular meeting, who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, commencing at the following time and location:

PAC Open House & Public Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (Open House 5 p.m.)
Location: Training Room, Operations Centre, 60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON

Be Advised that the Corporation of the City of Kenora considered the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to be complete on October 7th, 2019.

Purpose and Effect:
The purpose and effect of the Official Plan Amendment is to:
• Redesignate the subject lands, from Future Development Overlay, Industrial Development Area, Railyard, and Residential Development Area to Commercial Development Area, Industrial Development Area, and Residential Development Area.
• The effect of the Official Plan Amendment is to enable commercial, industrial and residential development to occur on the subject lands.

The purpose and effect of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to:
• Rezone the subject lands from Future Development (FD), Heavy Industrial (MH), Residential Second Density, Holding (R2[h]) to General Commercial (GC), Light Industrial (ML), Light Industrial, Exception (ML[46]), and Residential Third Density, Holding (R3[h]).
• The effect of the Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone lands to conform with the proposed Official Plan Amendment to enable commercial, light industrial uses and residential development to occur on the subject lands.
• The effect of the Light Industrial, Exception Zone (ML[46]) is to allow a reduced front yard requirement from 18 m to 1.6 m and to allow reduced exterior side yard (south) setbacks from 6 m to 1.7 m and (north) 6 m to 2.4. These reductions are required given the existing buildings on site as a result of a concurrent Consent Application for the subject lands.
• The effect of the Residential Third Density, Holding (R3[h]) is to place a holding on the subject lands until a Record of Site Condition is submitted and approved prior to any residential development occurring on the subject lands.

Description of the Lands: The subject lands are municipally known as the “Former Abitibi Mill site”, civic address 331 9th Street North, and described as unopened roads, lots and blocks on historical plans of survey, being PIN # 42170-0256. A Key Map is provided below.

Public Meetings: Input on the proposed amendment is encouraged. You can provide input by speaking at the PAC and/or Statutory Public Meeting, and you are not required to register in advance to speak. You may also provide your comments in writing. If you are the owner of any land that contains seven or more residential units, please post this notice in an area that is visible to all of the residents.

If possible, written submissions are requested to be made before October 23rd, 2019, and directed to:
Ms. Devon McCloskey, City Planner
60 Fourteenth Street North, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2

Failure To Make Oral Or Written Submission: If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of The Council of the Corporation of the City of Kenora to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of the City of Kenora before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

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 applications for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment, you must make a written request to Heather Pihulak, Clerk of The Corporation of the City of Kenora at 1 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X2.

Additional Information about this matter, including information about appeal rights is available during regular office hours at the Operations Centre. Please contact Devon McCloskey, City Planner: Tel: 807-467-2059 or Email:, to make an appointment.

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.

Application Links

Official Plan Amendment Application, Planning Rationale, and Land Use Sketch

Zoning By-law Amendment Application, Planning Rationale, and Zoning Sketch

Consent Application, Planning Rationale, and Land Division Sketch

Map Location D09-19-03, D14-19-09

Dated at the City of Kenora this 10th day of October, 2019

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

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee

All Nations Hospital Steering Committee Media Release October 2 2019