Register for Late Fall Swim Lessons

Register online:
beginning Monday, October 26 at 8 a.m.

Classes fill up quickly. Register early in the day to avoid disappointment.

Swim and Play
Red Cross Preschool
Red Cross Swim Kids
Sensory Swim Lessons
Teen and Adult Lessons

Important changes
• All preschool levels, Swim Kids 1, and 2, and sensory lessons are parented.
• This is so that Instructors can practice physical distancing.
• All of these levels are taught where parents can touch the bottom

If you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you set up your online profile before Monday morning or check to see that you remember your password. This will help reduce panic on registration day.

Also please review the new change rooms rules before coming to the pool.

For more information, please call the Kenora Recreation Centre at 807-467-2087.

Arena Spectator Protocols

Spectators are now permitted in the arena at the Kenora Recreation Centre. These protocols must be followed:

  • One spectator per player.
  • Spectators must sit in the assigned section.
  • Sections will be posted at the entrance to the arena.
  • Maintain social distance.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • No standing or leaning against the railings.
  • Please follow the arrows.
  • Please leave once the buzzer is blown.
  • Wait for players outside of building.
  • Food and drink must be disposed of properly. Do not leave garbage in stands.
  • Walking track will remain open

We will ask you to leave facility if rules are not being followed.

These rules are subject to change.

Please be patient with staff as we try to provide the best service in these circumstances.

Seniors housing to be developed in Kenora

The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) and the City of Kenora are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached for the City lands known as the “Howard Property” to be utilized to develop new housing. The KDSB has proposed to use the lands to build a 54-unit seniors housing complex. The housing project directly responds to the community’s housing crisis and the lack of affordable housing options for seniors.

The building will be a mixed market model, ensuring that units are available and accessible to seniors of all income levels in the community. The KDSB has been approved for seed funding through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s National Housing Strategy. Funds received will go towards initial planning and development. Nelson Architecture Inc. will lead the design of the new housing complex.

“The housing development cannot come soon enough for seniors who are waiting for accessible and affordable housing options. The building design and services will be conducive to supporting an environment that allows seniors to be supported as they age-in-place and in their community,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB.

“This Council is committed to housing development in our community and this project is a direct demonstration of that commitment. Through our strong partnership with the Kenora District Services Board and the vision shared by both Council and the KDSB, this priority project will have meaningful impacts to the housing availability in our community. It demonstrates that working together, we can continue to grow our community,” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.

“This development gives great hope for those seniors who wish to age-in-place in their home community and who have struggled to find affordable and accessible housing. We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide input so that the 54-unit complex is appropriate for the needs of seniors in our community,” says Carolyn Hudson, President of the Kenora Seniors Coalition.

In the coming months, the lands will be transferred to KDSB for development. The KDSB will work with community partners that offer supportive senior services, senior citizen interest groups, and seniors to form a working group to discuss the project’s vision and the building’s design and services. Planning and design activities will be undertaken over the next year, followed by construction.

City of Kenora Launches 5 Year Economic Development and Tourism Strategy

Today, the City of Kenora launched its economic development and tourism strategic planning process. With financial support received from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, this project will define priority initiatives and activities for a five year period that can be implemented utilizing Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) revenues. In addition, the project will develop baseline information and outline a number of key indicators that can be used to evaluate and monitor progress in implementing the strategic plan.

To kick-off this project, the City of Kenora is seeking input through a short survey focusing on the opportunities and challenges faced by the local business community. The survey can be found here:

All of the collected feedback is 100% confidential and the City appreciates candidness and honesty. The City of Kenora will use this data and information to track trends in the community to ensure tourism and economic development focused initiatives align with the real needs, challenges and opportunities in the community.

“We are excited to begin this planning process to identify economic development and tourism projects over the next five years,” said Adam Smith, Manager of Development Services. “The City encourages the business community to provide feedback through the survey and to participate in the development of this strategy.”

This project will also include public engagement sessions with key stakeholders focused on defining economic development and tourism priorities. If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate, please contact Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer, at

About the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT):
The City of Kenora approved the implementation of the MAT to be effected October 2018 and directed generated revenues to a reserve fund for tourism and economic development activities. This four percent tax is levied on short term accommodations within municipal limits. The City of Kenora provides the Kenora Hospitality Alliance, the
destination marketing organization in the community, the revenues that it would have previously collected through its destination marketing fee.

For more information on the economic development and tourism strategy, inquiries should be directed to:
Adam Smith
Manager of Development Services

Coney Island Seasonal Water Service Shut-off

Please be advised the seasonal water service for Coney Island residents will be turned off after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The work is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 to Thursday, October 15.

Sale of Land By Public Tender

Form 6
Sale of Land By Public Tender
Municipal Act, 2001
Ontario Regulation 181/03, Municipal Tax Sale Rules


Take Notice that tenders are invited for the purchase of the lands described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time on November 5, 2020, at the City of Kenora, One Main Street South, Kenora Ontario.

The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the City of Kenora, One Main Street South, Kenora.

Description of Lands

  1. Roll No. 60 16 020 002 06900 0000; 218 Mascott Ave., Kenora; PIN 42179-0065 (LT); Parcel 18963 Section DKF; North 25 ft Lot 11 Plan M65; Kenora; File No. 17-06
    According to the last returned assessment roll, the assessed value of the land is $25,500.00
    Minimum tender amount: $7,553.65
  2. Roll No. 60 16 020 010 06700 0000; Granite Crt; PIN 42172-0169 (LT); PCL 37195 SEC DKF; LT 67 PL M639; S/T LT118368; KENORA; File No. 19-03
    According to the last returned assessment roll, the assessed value of the land is $28,000.00
    Minimum tender amount: $5,880.85

Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit of at least 20 per cent of the tender amount, which deposit shall be made by way of a certified cheque/bank draft/ money order payable to the municipality.

Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the lands to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. The assessed value, according to the last returned assessment roll, may or may not be representative of the current market value of the property.

This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes and any taxes that may be applicable, such as a land transfer tax and HST.

The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser.

A copy of the prescribed form of tender is available on the website of the Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository under the listing for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender, visit:

or if no internet access available, contact:

Rachel Jaworowicz
Tax Collector
One Main Street South
Kenora ON P9N 3X2

Notice of Complete Application To Purchase City Property

The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) in partnership with the City of Kenora are excited to be planning a new Mixed Market Supported Senior’s Housing Development in the City of Kenora on lands locally known as the “Howard Property” located at the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Eighth Street South. Please refer to the sketch below for an illustration.

The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the by-law that will be under consideration to declare the lands available for disposal by the Corporation of the City of Kenora to KDSB at the Committee of the Whole meeting on October 13, 2020 and placed on the Council Agenda for decision on October 20, 2020.

It is anticipated that the project will include 54 units consisting of a mix of both 1 and 2-bedroom configurations with a focus on accessibility and aging-at-home supports. The new building will include dedicated space for health and senior’s service providers to ensure that residents are supported as they age-in-place. The building will be a mixed market model, with units being made available to seniors of all income levels. KDSB has committed to forming a working group of community partners, including Health and Supportive Senior Service Providers, Senior Citizen Interest Groups, and local seniors, to aid in the project’s visioning.

Inquiries can be made to Kevan Sumner, City Planner, at 807-467-2059, by email at, or in writing to: Kevan Sumner, City Planner, 60 Fourteenth St N, 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON P9N 4M9


Thanksgiving Closures

City of Kenora buildings and facilities are closed on Monday, October 12, 2020 for Thanksgiving.

  • City Hall
  • Kenora Public Libraries
  • Kenora Recreation Centre
  • Operations Building
  • Provincial Offences Court Services
  • The Muse
  • Transfer Station

For after-hours troubles, call 807-467-2080.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Enbridge Gas helps Kenora Fire and Emergency Services Reduce Fire and Carbon Monoxide Deaths through Project Zero

KENORA, October 05, 2020 – Today, Enbridge Gas and Kenora Fire and Emergency Services announced they are working to improve home safety and bring fire and carbon monoxide-related deaths down to zero.

Kenora Fire and Emergency Services received 216 combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms through Project Zero–a public education campaign that will provide 7,500 alarms to residents in 35 municipalities across Ontario.

This year, Enbridge Gas invested $225,000 in Project Zero, and over the past 12 years, the program has provided more than 50,000 alarms to Ontario fire departments.

When properly installed and maintained, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms help provide the early warning to safely escape from a house fire or carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is a toxic, odourless gas that is a by-product of incomplete combustion of many types of common fuels.

“Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason, and we have proof that prevention saves lives. We know that the best way to avoid carbon monoxide exposure is to eliminate it at the source by properly maintaining fuel-burning equipment, and that the alarms are a critical second line of defense to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning,” says Luke Skaarup, Director, Northern Region Operations, Enbridge Gas.

“The objective of Project Zero is to deliver combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to Ontario communities who need them the most,” says Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal. “It’s a program that fire departments can adopt to help educate their communities about the requirement for all Ontario homes to have a CO alarm if they have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage.”

“I would to like thank Enbridge for this generous donation,” says Chief Todd Skene. “To have working smoke and CO alarms in every home is extremely important, as early warning is the key to getting out of a fire or surviving CO poisoning. This program allows Kenora Fire and Emergency Services to ensure those in need are protected.”

About Kenora Fire and Emergency Services
The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services operates out of three fire stations, with each station having an initial geographic response area and a fleet of emergency vehicles. One station is staffed by career firefighting personnel twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days of the year. The other two stations are staffed by volunteer firefighters on an on-call basis. The Service has established a wide range of public fire safety and prevention programs, and an inspection program to assist with fire prevention and public fire safety education. It is also responsible for fire suppression, medical calls and motor vehicle accident response.

About Enbridge Gas
Enbridge Gas Inc., formed on January 1, 2019 from the amalgamation of Union Gas Limited and Enbridge Gas Distribution, is Canada’s largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with a more than 170-year history of providing safe and reliable service to customers. The distribution business serves about 3.8 million customers, heating over 75 per cent of Ontario homes. The storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest integrated underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Enbridge Gas Inc. is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution.

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @EnbridgeGas

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Ash, Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
Tel: 1-866-379-6668 ext. 105

Captain Douglas Schott, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services
Tel: 807-467-2090

Enbridge Gas Media
Tel: 1-855-884-5112

Swimming Lessons Continue Amid COVID-19

The Fall Swimming Lesson Session will continue as scheduled. We ask that all participants use the self-screening tools posted by the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and the City of Kenora to determine whether or not they should be entering our building. Further, if you have been contacted by the NWHU and have been told to self-isolate, please DO NOT enter our facility.

Self-Assessment Tool

Water and Sewer Connection to Wauzhushk Onigum Nation Celebrated

September 30, 2020
Wauzhushk Onigum Nation (Kenora), Ontario

Chief Chris Skead and the members of the Council of the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation gathered today with Elders, community members, and other valued friends and partners to celebrate the completion of the interconnection of the community to the City of Kenora’s water and sewage system.

Services to the First Nation will be provided under the terms of a Municipal-Type Services Agreement that was signed earlier this summer between the First Nation and the City.

This project was made possible through Indigenous Services Canada’s investment of over $14.6 million to ensure access to clean, safe drinking water to residents of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation.

“Today is first a celebration for the citizens of our First Nation who will finally have safe drinking water after being on a boil water order for over 3 years”, said Chief Skead. “And it is also the celebration of a partnership with the City of Kenora that has been discussed for many years and has finally come to fruition”, he added.

“The City of Kenora values the opportunity to work with our friends and neighbours in Wauzhushk Onigum Nation to provide a solution to their servicing needs”, said Mayor Dan Reynard, adding “This is truly a mutually beneficial collaboration, that meets the needs of the First Nation while making use of capacity in our infrastructure and provides a new revenue stream to support the ongoing costs of the utility”.

“Congratulations to Chief Skead and the community of Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation as you celebrate your water and wastewater connection to the city of Kenora. Today is reason to celebrate as this important project will bring a safe and reliable supply of drinking water to residents of this community and will support the elimination of a long-term drinking water advisory.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services

Also on hand for the celebration were representatives of Indigenous Services Canada, the project engineer JR Cousins of Winnipeg, the contract Makkinga Construction of Thunder Bay, the project manager Colliers International of Thunder Bay, and the project coordinator Possibilities Group of Sault Ste. Marie.

For further information contact:
Chief Chris Skead
(807) 407-1859

Serve Up Fires Safety in the Kitchen

With Fire Prevention Week just around the corner, the Kenora Fire and Emergency Services is urging everyone in City Of Kenora to take some simple steps to prevent kitchen fires in their home. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 4 to 10, is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™”

The theme is very timely as cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires in Ontario. It focuses on the prevention of cooking fires and staying fire safe in the kitchen.

Simple steps to serve up fire safety in the kitchen include:
• Always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn off the stove if you must leave the kitchen.
• Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot.
• Keep anything that burns – plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels – a safe distance from the stove.
• Cook responsibly. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
• Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
• Keep young kids one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so they can’t be easily knocked off.
• If you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.

“Cooking happens in homes every day, and it has to be done responsibly to ensure it is done safely. It is your responsibility to protect yourself and your family from fire. Always remain alert and stay in the kitchen while cooking.” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. But that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. Help keep our community safe by preventing fires from starting in the first place.”

Follow @KenoraFire for our #serveupfiresafety2020 campaign next week, with tips on fire safety in the kitchen and preventing cooking fires.