Important Update from the All Nations Hospital Project (ANH) Steering Committee June 30, 2020

All Nations Hospital Project Steering Committee Media Release

Three sites have been shortlisted as potential locations for the new All Nations hospital, one of which is the current site as required by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. These sites will be scored using a detailed evaluation tool which considers size, serviceability, access, constructability, availability, cost, natural and land based healing attributes.

The public is invited to weigh-in on site priorities via virtual public engagement sessions. The following events are currently scheduled:

July 6th 12:00 noon: Summer Residents Session (virtual)
July 7th 12:00 noon: Kenora Business Community Session (virtual)
July 7th 7:00 pm: Summer Residents Session (virtual)
July 10th 12:00 noon: Kenora Public Session (virtual)
July 14th 10:00 am: Summer Residents Session (virtual)
July 15th 12:00 noon: CMHA Session (virtual)
July 15th 7:00 pm: Kenora Public Session (virtual)
July 21st 12:00 noon: Minaki Public Session (virtual)
July 23rd 8:00 am: Kenora Public Session (virtual)
July 28th 12:00 noon: Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Public Session (virtual)

These engagement events will include a detailed project update.

The Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation will be engaging summer residents to participate in the site selection exchange.

There are a number of summer events planned for surrounding First Nation communities, which will enable engagement of these residents. Engagement opportunities will occur, where possible, in conjunction with KCA hosted BBQ’s in communities, and these are currently being scheduled.

For regular event updates, please follow the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on Facebook and check the All Nations Hospital Project website regularly:

For those wishing to provide ideas on site selection, a new online survey focusing solely on site considerations is available.

COVID-19 significantly changed our ability to offer in-person engagement and the Steering Committee would like to acknowledge the work of the team for their creativity and commitment to collecting public feedback through virtual processes. For more information on summer engagement or if you would like to schedule a virtual engagement session with your community or interest group, please contact one of the Community Project Planners (CPPs) below:

Charlene Kissick
Community Project Planner
P: (807) 464-1941

Kathy Kishiqueb
Community Project Planner
P: (807) 276-8956

For further information please contact:
Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice-Chair, ANH Steering Committee

ANHP Media Release June 30 2020

New Canoe Routes Published for Lake of the Woods Region

City of Kenora Media Release

In partnership with Destination Northern Ontario, the City of Kenora and the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls are excited to launch four new canoe route publications, in addition to the two canoe routes already mapped out. The canoe routes focus on experiencing our shared body of water, Lake of the Woods, as well as many other interesting lakes and rivers in and around our communities.

Canoe routes are a top request at Visitor Centers in both communities. These publications will provide resources and support for all paddlers, and encourage new paddlers to explore our lakes and rivers. To help paddlers plan an exciting and safe adventure, the publications show the access points, possible campsites, difficulty level, and the estimated duration of each route. Purchasing detailed maps and, if necessary, guiding services are recommended to complement these guidelines when planning a canoe trip.

“We were pleased to partner with the City of Kenora and Destination Northern Ontario on this project. We recognize the importance of expanding opportunities for visitors to the region. With Lake of the Woods as a shared Tourism asset for both communities, it is great to work collaboratively to develop opportunities for visitors to explore it further,” says Norbert Dufresne, Mayor of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls.

“We receive numerous requests at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre for canoe routes. So we were excited at the opportunity to partner with Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls and Destination Northern Ontario to develop 4 new routes to accompany the 2 current routes that will help us promote Kenora and the Lake of the Woods region,” says Josh Nelson, Tourism and Recreation Division Lead for the City of Kenora.

“Nature and adventure tourism products, including paddling experiences, are key elements in the overall offerings that Northern Ontario can provide for its visitors. With an ever-growing importance on the domestic market, we know that soft outdoor experiences are great products for Ontarians and Manitobans alike. We will continue our work on product development in the paddling sector and in Northwestern Ontario to support the dynamic tourism industry in the region,” says Marty Kalagain, President of Destination Northern Ontario.

Paddlers have the opportunity to choose a canoe trip on routes through Dogtooth Lake, Ena Lake, Kakagi Lake, Kenora to Minaki, Lake of the Woods and Stewart Lake.

Find all six canoe route publications on sports and

Print copies are available at the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in Kenora and Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls.

We are also sharing with paddle organizations in Manitoba and across Northwestern Ontario.

Summer Company Businesses Launched in the Kenora Rainy-River District!

Northwest Business Centre Media Release

Securing a summer job has taken on a whole new meaning for two students in the Kenora Rainy-River District as they will each be starting and running their own business as participants in the government of Ontario’s Summer Company program, offered through the Northwest Business Centre. These two entrepreneurs – Cassandra Jolicoeur and Will Richardson – have turned their ideas and passions into businesses that they have spent the last two months planning.

Kenora’s Will Richardson is operating Wheelie Good Tune-Ups and offers bike tune-ups and tire repairs, starting at $15. Will is also offering contactless drop-off and pick up through a nifty bike stand! You can phone, text (807-464-6597) or send a Facebook message for information and to book a service (!

Cassandra Jolicoeur is a Dryden local who is busy with residential and commercial lawn care needs! Her business is called Jolicoeur Lawn Care and you can message Cassandra through her Facebook business page to set up a free consultation appointment – but better be quick, her summer schedule is filling up fast! Call 807-216-8512 or check out her Facebook page at

The Northwest Business Centre provides business counselling and training to all of our Summer Company participants, and we have paired each student with a mentor in the community for additional support and business advice.

Summer Company is a program of the Government of Ontario that helps young people between the ages of 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business by providing funding, advice, and services. Students accepted into the program receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring from business leaders in their community. For more information contact the Northwest Business Centre or review the guidelines on the Summer Company website.

For further information on this program and/or the 2020 Summer Company Entrepreneurs contact:
Allyson Pele
Manager, Northwest Business Centre
Phone: 807-456-3682


Notice to Rate Payers of All Property Classes

Final Tax Bill Notice

The 2020 Final Tax Bills for all property tax classes have been mailed as of Friday June 19, 2020.

The bills are due and payable on or before Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Should you require a receipt, please send payment along with the entire bill; do not detach the payment stub. The name/address portion will be receipted and sent back to you. Please retain your tax bill for income tax purposes. The City of Kenora now charges for Tax Statements and Tax Bill Reprints.

Late penalty of 1.25% per month (not compounding) will be charged on any outstanding balance following the due date. Please allow for 3-5 business days if paying on-line or directly at your financial institution.

If you have not received your bill, or if you have any questions regarding your taxes, please get in touch with the Tax Department at (807) 467-2034.

City Plans Reopening of Municipal Facilities and Services

City of Kenora Media Release

The City of Kenora is gradually reopening municipal facilities and services through a measured path of recovery to keep our residents and employees safe. As we enter Stage 2 with guidance and directives from the Province of Ontario and medical experts, the recovery plan focuses on ensuring the appropriate measures are in place to reopen safely and avoid transmission of COVID-19 in our community.

The following provides a framework for our plans to reopen facilities and services:

Canada Day Festivities
The 2020 Canada Day festivities have been cancelled. The extension of the state of emergency until June 29th creates a situation where timelines would be too short to attempt to have a robust day of programming. Fortunately, Canada Day falls on a Wednesday this year. Tourism Kenora is planning to move the fireworks to the August long weekend, dependent on the current state of the pandemic. Staff are working with other groups/committees in an effort to secure a strong fireworks display and celebrate not only Canada but our Province and community as a whole.

Beaches were reopened on Friday, June 12th and we encourage the public to practice social distancing and safety measures at our local beaches and adhere to keeping each other safe and do your part while visiting our beaches.

Outdoor public washrooms that opened on Friday, June 12th include:
Keewatin Beach
Portage Bay
Beatty Park
Norman Beach
Millennium Ball Park (A&W ballpark)
Jaffray Melick Ball Park
Garrow Beach
McLeod Park
Coney Island

Central Ball park washrooms will not be opening due to the Park Street construction.
There is currently twice daily cleaning of the washrooms. Each washroom is well signed that identifies that patrons should exercise precautions and ensure proper hand washing and using hand sanitizer as the washrooms are not cleaned throughout the day.

Day Camp – Kenora Recreational Centre
The Awesome Adventures Day Camp will resume on July 6th. Staff have worked diligently to ensure that all recommended practices for safety of the children and staff are being adhered to during this camp. While things will look differently than in previous years, the children are sure to still have a great experience!

Outdoor Swimming Lessons
UPDATED In consultation with the Lifesaving Society and considering the required COVID-19 restrictions that need to be put in place, we have made the decision to cancel outdoor lessons this summer.

Recreation Centre Fitness Centre
Plans are being made to operate the Fitness Centre with a limited number of visitors during set timeframes. Cleaning protocols and staffing requirements to adhere to cleaning protocols, capacity restrictions and physical distancing are under review. The Fitness Centre will not reopen until the Province moves to Phase 3 for re-openings.

Kenora Recreation Centre Pool
The pool is currently scheduled to reopen in September which is in-line with normal summer maintenance and opening calendars.

Walking Track and Other Programming
The Kenora Recreation Centre programming including fitness classes will follow provincial easing of restrictions. The walking track will reopen on June 22 with social distancing, ongoing cleaning measures and restricted numbers for use.

Matiowski Farmers’ Market
July 8th will be the first Farmers’ Market for the season which will feature only food vendors to start. As the Province continues to look at other restrictions changing, this could also change at some point. There will be limited numbers permitted at the market at one time and social distancing required along with other restrictions as directed.

White Cap Rentals
The majority of events and bookings that were scheduled for 2020 under the Whitecap have been cancelled. As the Province moves through the various stages of recovery and re-openings, rentals may be possible for various events.

Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre reopened on Monday, June 15th. Appropriate social distancing is required when visiting the centre and safety precautions are in place for staff and the public.

Summer Ice – Keewatin Arena
Summer ice has been cancelled for 2020 and staff are developing a plan for when ice will be installed this fall.

Splash Pad
The Splash pad opened for the season on June 19th. The operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There has been a number of actions taken in an effort to reduce water consumption and associated operating costs this year. The public are encouraged to respect the social distancing rules and other health and safety guidelines for attending the park.

Museum & Art Centre
The Museum and Art Centre reopened on Thursday, June 18th. Persons shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by: timed entry, a limited number of visitors allowed in a place at one time which is managed by visitor flow (for example, one-way flow).

The libraries are offering curbside service at this time. Once a reopening date is established under Phase 3, the Library will operate in accordance with public health guidelines on physical distancing, capacity and hygiene procedures (e.g., disinfecting returns and high-touch areas like computers).

Household Hazardous Waste Days
This service will resume on Thursday, July 23rd, every Thursday until October 15th.

City Hall and Operations Facility
City Hall and the Operations Facility located on Barsky’s Hill will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 4th. Should the public require assistance with accessing either facility during this time, you are encouraged to reach out to a staff person in the department you wish to access and arrange an appointment to meet your needs.

The reopening dates and services outlined are tentative based on the current situation and Provincial government guidelines. The recovery plan is meant to be fluid and react to announcements from the Provincial and/or Federal governments.

The health and safety of all our staff, residents and visitors are our top priority. We are striving to put measures in place that allow us to move forward and not only recover from this pandemic, but ensure we learn from this experience and simply do better. Better safety protocols, better personal awareness and better choices to protect ourselves and those around us.

Read the full Reopening Framework strategy on Updates

City Moves to Expand Outdoor Commercial Patios

City of Kenora Media Release

Today, Council approved changes to the Commercial Patio Policy to support the reopening of local restaurants and as a part of the City’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

Restaurants have the opportunity to develop temporary outdoor patios on municipal property. From June until October 15, sidewalks and parking spaces can be created into innovative, stimulating, and accessible outdoor patios for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The changes are beneficial for those businesses that currently do not have space to offer outdoor seating and for existing patios to expand. The approved changes include:

• use of municipal parking spaces to a maximum of four spots
• waiving of application fees
• flexibility on insurance provisions

To further support this initiative, the Lake of the Woods Development Commission is delivering a grant program for outdoor commercial patios funded by the Municipal Accommodation Tax. Applicants can receive 50 percent of the costs to a maximum of $2,000 for the development of new patios or expansions of existing patios on municipal property. The program supports costs such as materials, labour, furniture, flowers, lighting, signage, and other costs approved at the discretion of City of Kenora staff.

In accordance with new safety protocols, outdoor patios offer benefits to both the business operator and the customer. An outdoor patio expands the seating capacity of the restaurant creating greater revenue potential. The added space allows for proper social distancing so customers can feel safe while enjoying a meal or beverage.

It is important to note that to date restaurants and bars can serve customers by curbside pickup or takeout and patio service only as permitted by the Ontario government but this could change at any time.

“We are hoping that these changes will support restaurants within the community as they work to re-open,” says Megan Dokuchie, Economic Development Officer. “We want to see patios open to bring energy and busyness to the Harbourtown Centre and beyond downtown once again.”

“Both the expanded patio policy and the grant program are important tools in the recovery and rebuilding of our local economy.” says Mayor Reynard. “We are all looking forward to enjoying a meal or beverage on a patio at a local restaurant and knowing it is helping our local businesses makes it so much more meaningful. I encourage everyone to go out and support our local restaurants.”

The amended policy supports work that has been undertaken by the Kenora Business Partners – a group of six organizations including the City of Kenora, Northwest Business Centre, Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, Harbourtown BIZ, Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce and Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre – to assist the business community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Any business that is interested in learning more about the opportunity to develop an outdoor commercial patio is encouraged to contact the Development Services Department at 807-467-2127 or by emailing

There will also be a virtual information session hosted on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 9:00 am. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the process from City of Kenora staff as well as hear from Red Lion Smokehouse in Thunder Bay on their experience in building a temporary pop-up patio. For more information and to register, please see

Awesome Adventures Day Camp Registration Opens on June 22

Awesome Adventures Summer Day Camp

Awesome Adventures Summer Day Camp will begin July 6th. Registration will open up Monday, June 22nd at 8:30 am. We are only taking phone registrations as we had to modify our day camp due to COVID 19.

We only have 8 spots per week for ages 7 – 11 years old.

You must register for the full week and we will only be taking one week registrations per participant. If space available we will open it up for other weeks.

Children will be screened daily and social distancing will be enforced. We want to make sure the children and our staff are safe this summer.

For more information please contact Casey Pyykka, Community Program Liaison at 467-2987 or

We cannot wait to see all the smiling faces back this summer!

Coney Island Recycle and Waste Collection Resumes June 22, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised Coney Island recycle and waste collection resumes on Monday, June 22, 2020.

The lake collection service runs on Mondays until the Tuesday after Labour Day. On weeks where a holiday falls on Monday, the pick-up will take place on Tuesday.

All items must be placed at the end of your dock by 8 a.m.  Attach a full City of Kenora bag tag to garbage bags. Place recycle items in a Blue Box or suitable container. Do not use plastic bags for recycles.

Thank you for your patience as we work to bring back regular services.

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

All Nations Hospital Steering Committee Media Release

Due to COVID-19 the ANH Steering Committee took a meeting break to allow the hospital to focus on pandemic planning. On May 27, 2020, the ANH Steering Committee met virtually, and will continue to do so in the coming months to ensure the All Nations Hospital Project planning remains on task and to ensure the project milestones are met.

We are excited to announce that the Community Project Planners (CPPs) are working hard to resume virtual engagement sessions. The engagement on services and programs has concluded, and the future focus will be on the site selection for the new hospital. If you would like to schedule a virtual engagement session with your community or interest group, please contact one of the Community Project Planners (CPPs) below:

Charlene Kissick
Community Project Planner
(807) 464-1941 

Kathy Kishiqueb
Community Project Planner
(807) 276-8956

Be assured that your feedback is being heard. All information from sessions, forums, and surveys is being compiled. In the summer months we will be communicating back to you about the general themes identified throughout the consultations.

We would like to continue to encourage everyone to visit the All Nations Hospital Project website where you will find a wealth of information, including upcoming public events, media releases, presentations, and more. Please visit us at: A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is now available and will help answer the key questions that you, the public, continue to bring forward.

It is important to note that alongside community consultations are staff consultations. A draft Clinical Services Plan is in the process of being validated by the Clinical Planning Teams, which are well represented by the Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH), Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA), professional staff, partner organizations, and patient and family advisors.

For further information please contact:

Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee

ANH Steering Committee Media Release June 4 2020

Tourism Kenora Explores Modified Matiowski Farmers’ Market Model for 2020

City of Kenora Media Release

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Matiowski Farmers’ Market will look a little different for 2020. Tourism Kenora has been in discussion with the local Northwestern Health Unit to explore a new market model and to plan for safe practices for the operation of the market.

The new market model will allow regional area food vendors to sell to the community this summer. We will host food vendors, with no merchandise or craft vendors, as recommended by provincial guidelines outlined by the Ontario government and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

We have been working closely with the Northwestern Health Unit on health and safety measures for the operation of the market including vendor permits and procedures, traffic flow, capacity, physical distancing practices and other regulations that have been created by the Ontario government and Farmers’ Market Ontario. We will be undertaking the recommended measures to ensure the safety of both our patrons and vendors.

As in previous years, this proposed model for the Matiowski Farmers’ Market will be held under the Whitecap Pavilion with physical distancing guidelines in place; the health and safety of our community members is a priority.

The Matiowski Farmers’ Market proposed start date is July 8, 2020.

Please follow Tourism Kenora’s social media for updates on the practices and procedures you must follow when attending the market this season.

Helena Devins
Tourism Kenora
Matiowski Farmers’ Market Coordinator 

Matiowski Farmers’ Market logo

Traffic Delays for Bridge Washing Starting June 5, 2020

Please be advised there may be traffic delays as bridge washing is carried out starting June 5, 2020, scheduled as follows:

  • Eighth Avenue South Bridge
  • Seventh Avenue South Bridge
  • First Avenue South Bridge
  • Winnipeg River East Branch Bridge (hospital bridge)
  • Winnipeg River West Branch Bridge
  • Cameron Bay Bridge
  • Keewatin Channel Bridge
  • Portage Bay Bridge
  • Darlington Bay Bridge

Flag persons will be on site to control traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this maintenance work.

Keewatin Arena Boat Launch Reopens

Public Notice

Please be advised that the Keewatin Arena boat launch has been re-opened as of June 3, 2020.

As a reminder, please respect the parking restrictions and conditions posted on the signs in the lot.

Thank you for your cooperation.