Park Street Between Eighth and Tenth Avenue South Road Closure August 4, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that a section of Park Street between Eighth Avenue South and Tenth Avenue South will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians beginning Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

This area is expected to reopen mid-August.

This closure is necessary to allow Moncrief Construction Limited to continue with the water, sewer, and road reconstruction project.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Park Street and Railway Street Project

CMHA Kenora set to become operating service provider for Kenora’s Emergency Shelter August 1st

Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora and Kenora District Services Board Media Release July 30, 2020

The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB), in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kenora Branch, is reminding the community that CMHA Kenora will officially take over as operating service provider of Kenora’s Emergency Shelter as of Aug. 1.

The transition of operations to CMHA Kenora began July 1, with no interruption in services of any kind. CMHA Kenora has already been working on updating policies and procedures to ensure the safety of patrons, staff and our community.

Further enhancements to the services located at the shelter will occur within the next few months once operations have been established. Alongside KDSB and community partners, CMHA Kenora aims to develop a hub model at the site to connect individuals with wraparound services, including primary care, case management, supportive and affordable housing and social programs.

CMHA Kenora brings comprehensive experience in supporting individuals with mental health and addictions challenges through the promotion of inclusion, working collaboratively with community service providers and using evidence-based practices. CMHA Kenora’s on-site staff will ensure those who are most vulnerable and struggling with a mental illness or addictions issue have access to appropriate supports and services.

“The seamlessness of this transition of operations facilitated by the KDSB has reassured us at CMHA Kenora that we’re well-equipped to support the needs of homeless individuals in our community,” says Sara Dias, Executive Director of CMHA Kenora. “We look forward to continuing the great work that was started by the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre and helping individuals connect with community services that will allow them to live their best lives.”

“These changes at the Kenora Emergency Shelter complement the KDSB’s overall plan to address homelessness throughout the entire district, which includes a shelter development in the City of Dryden and a new shelter development in Sioux Lookout. This has been a great first step,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the Kenora District Services Board. “I want to thank the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre for their hard work, and we look forward to a continued partnership in our collective goal to end homelessness.”

Fast facts:

  • The Kenora Emergency Shelter has undergone a series of upgrades to ensure the safety of service users, staff and neighbours, including enhanced security and surveillance, an improved intake process and a renovated interior to promote better client flow and interaction.
  •  The Kenora Emergency Shelter provides overnight accommodation from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily and is found next door to Knox United Church, 430 Second St. South.
  • The Kenora Emergency Shelter is a 44-bed facility that provided more than 8,800 nightly stays in 2019.

Media contact:
Sara Dias
Executive Director
Canadian Mental Health Association, Kenora Branch
(807) 468-1838 ext. 229

Henry Wall
Chief Administrative Officer
Kenora District Services Board
(807) 223-2100 ext. 2222

Release – CMHA Kenora takes over Emergency Shelter operations Aug. 1.docx

Road Closure Thistle Drive August 4-28, 2020

Public Notice


Please be advised Thistle Drive will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Tuesday, August 4 at 7 a.m. until Friday, August 28 at 5 p.m.

This closure is necessary for paving works.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Kenora Bear Clan starting operations with soft launch

Kenora Bear Clan Press Release

Kenora, ON – Work is currently underway to create a Bear Clan Chapter in Kenora. This work is being carried out by a number of organizations led by the Kenora Chiefs Advisory, the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police, and the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB).

The Kenora chapter is being modelled after the one founded in Winnipeg Manitoba in 2015, with several chapters now operating across the country.

This new model is running off a community council, which is compromised of representatives from local organizations.

The goal and vision of this team are to have a fully-funded model with paid employees which will allow for long term effectiveness and growth, which in turn will create the ability to close the barrier on current gaps in service.

The group will work towards achieving crime prevention in a non-violent, non-threatening, non-judgmental and supportive manner. This goal is achieved through both reconciliation and relationship building, which are vital steps to making this model succeed.

A soft launch for the Bear Clan Patrol will begin Friday, July 24, starting at 2 p.m., with the crew conducting patrols from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday to Monday.

There is funding in place now from both the KDSB and Ministry of Solicitor General that will help with the long-term stability and operations of this program, with more information on the funding being announced at the soft launch.

The soft launch of this program was made possible with support from the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation and if you would like more information about how to support the Bear Plan Patrol, please contact Stefanie Bryant at

For media inquires please contact:
Daphne Armstrong, Kenora Chiefs Advisory

Daryl Redsky, Makwa Ganaatamaage Coordinator at AAFS
204-979-7759 or

Jeffery Duggan, OPP

Adam Illman, OPP

Kenora Bear Clan- Press Release- final July 21st 2020



Council launches “Glad You Are Here” Campaign

City of Kenora Media Release

Today, Council interrupted traffic on Main Street South to ceremoniously encourage residents and visitors to support local businesses who have been significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the support, Council has approved free parking in the Harbourtown Centre for the month of July. Other previously approved initiatives have included amendments to the Commercial Patio Policy to encourage the development of outdoor seating for restaurants in the municipality. To date, these policy revisions have resulted in a number of applications by local restaurants. Following the official kick-off event, Council will have the opportunity to visit some of the current and future sites of these outdoor seating areas.

”We are excited to release the ‘Welcome, Glad You Are Here.’ video which showcases local businesses alongside City representatives sharing the impact of tourism in our community. The video was produced by Matt Kennedy of Upriver Media and features local businesses including Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters, Green Adventures, the MS Kenora, Tall Pines Marina and the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. This is a further demonstration of what partnerships can do for our City even during the most challenging times” stated Mayor Daniel Reynard.

The events today align with the presentation of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan, shared at the July 14th Committee of the Whole meeting. The plan details a roadmap to support local businesses and members of the community as the economy reopens. Beyond illustrating measures planned as restrictions are slowly lifted and the risk of COVID-19 subsides, this plan provides a summary of the measures staff have already implemented and continue to remain relevant. The Economic Recovery Plan will move forward to the July 21st Council meeting for approval and implementation.

For more information on the City of Kenora Economic Recovery Plan, please contact Adam Smith, Manager of Development Services, at

Kenora Recreation Centre Gym Opens July 23, 2020 by Appointment

Kenora Recreation Centre Gym Reopening

We are excited to announce we will be opening our gym doors on Thursday, July 23. Please call 807-467-2087 to book your gym time, there are 15 spots available per time slot. Gym bookings will begin on Tuesday, July 21 at 8 a.m.

Our gym hours will be:
Monday to Friday
6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (6:30 a.m. being the first time slot and 7:30 p.m. being the last)

Saturday and Sunday
7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. being the first time slot and 7:30 p.m. being the last)

Please be patient with our staff as we try to implement all the new gym protocols and rules.

Please read our new gym rules and booking protocols.

To view our online schedule and gym availability please visit:

All active memberships will be extended by 129 days. unless your membership expired during our shut down.  If that is the case it will be extended by the amount of days between March 16th and your expiration date. All memberships will be reactivated effective July 23rd.

For more information or any questions please contact us at


Park Street and Tenth Avenue South Road Closure July 20, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that beginning on Monday, July 20, 2020 Park Street at Ninth Avenue South to Tenth Avenue South and Maple Street will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians.

Local traffic will be permitted. Detours signs will be posted.

This closure is necessary to allow Moncrief Construction Limited to continue with the water, sewer, and road reconstruction project.

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Moncrief at 807-407-4457.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Park Street and Railway Street Project

Park Street to Tenth Avenue South Road Closure Map July 20, 2020

Kenora’s Lake of the Woods Livin’ Photo Competition

Summer 2020 Photo Competition

Kenora residents and visitors are invited to submit photographs to show local pride during your ‘Kenoracation’ and collect photos for the creation of the new City of Kenora website and tourism promotion.

Participants are being asked to submit images that capture the variety of activities and images in Kenora including but not limited to: action and activity shots, wildlife, and landscapes. Images of all four seasons are appreciated. All photos must be original photos of the participant. All photos submitted must be taken within City of Kenora or surrounding area. Participants are able to submit as many photographs as they wish. All photographs submitted must be accompanied with participant’s name, phone number and email address.

Kenora understands that permanent and seasonal residents alike love all that Kenora, Lake of the Woods and our surrounding area have to offer. We are looking for you to share your greatest adventure, your favourite beach day, the trophy worthy fish; whatever you think embodies your favourite Kenora moments and memories. Bonus is your photo could be used on the City of Kenora website and win you a gift card to one of our local shops or restaurants.

The photo submission deadline: August 31st, 2020. Successful competition winners will be notified by September 14th, 2020.

Photographs to be submitted in their original size via e-mail to

All selected photographs for this project will be awarded a $50 gift card to your favourite local shop or eatery. Selected photos will become the property of the City of Kenora and the Lake of the Woods Development Commission and can be used in tourism and other promotions.

All photos with individuals must be accompanied by a letter of consent by the individual in the photo (or their legal guardian if they are a minor).

Individuals will be required to sign an agreement with the City of Kenora to provide approval to use the photo in the means outlined in this proposal, including the City of Kenora website and other promotions.

For further information or questions, please contact:
Tourism Kenora
(807) 467-4637

Park Street Daytime Lane Closure July 7, 2020

Public Notice

Please be advised that beginning on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Park Street between Seventh Avenue South and Eighth Avenue South will be reduced to one lane during the day with two-way traffic resuming in the evening.

We anticipate both lanes of traffic to reopen in mid-July.

This closure is necessary to allow Moncrief Construction Limited to perform water, sewer, and road reconstruction.

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Moncrief at 807-407-4457.

We thank you for your cooperation and patience during this infrastructure project.

Park Street and Railway Street Project


Main Street goes to Bay Street: Municipal governments exercise new investment powers

ONE Prudent Investor Media Release

Toronto, ON – A group of six Ontario municipalities are among the first to head to Bay Street to exercise new investment powers.

The City of Kenora, District Municipality of Muskoka and Towns of Bracebridge, Huntsville, Innisfil, and Whitby have come together to jointly invest under the Prudent Investor Standard with ONE Investment. By-laws approving investment under the new standard have just come into effect, helping municipalities to diversify their investments and improve returns.

Under Prudent Investor, municipal governments may invest in any product that is prudent for their situation, similar to pension plans and trusts. Previously, municipalities could only invest in a list approved by the Province. Securities were limited to Canadian firms, which make up only 3% of worldwide securities.

ONE Investment is a not-for-profit investment service for municipalities and the public sector. It has been serving municipalities for more than 25 years and currently manages about $2 billion in municipal investments.

“Every dollar a municipality earns through investing is one less dollar it has to collect from taxpayers. That’s more important now than ever,” said Ken Nix, Chair of ONE Investment and Whitby’s Commissioner of Corporate Services/Treasurer.

Under provincial rules for Prudent Investor, an independent Investment Board must manage investments on behalf of the municipality. ONE has created a Joint Investment Board with the six founding municipalities. It is the first of its kind in Ontario.

“ONE caters to municipalities and they understand our world. But they also have the expertise to support us through the complexity of investing and all the regulations,” said City of Kenora Treasurer Charlotte Edie. “While we could have gone it alone, we liked the idea of working with other municipalities. Plus, it’s a great value because the investment fees are shared.”

“Municipalities don’t have to navigate markets alone,” said Judy Dezell, ONE Investment Co-President/CEO. “The investment advisory team helps with investment planning and policies, while the Joint Investment Board provides hands-on expert management.”

The ONE Joint Investment Board is made up of two municipal treasurers and six professionals with a mix of experience in the municipal sector and the investment industry, including global markets and pensions.

“Having professional advice and flexibility are particularly important right now as markets fluctuate in response to COVID-19’s economic impact,” added Donna Herridge, ONE Investment Co-President/CEO and Executive Director of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association (MFOA). “Municipalities are investing for the long-term. With professional support, they can manage current market conditions to meet future goals.”

“As a joint investment board, we provide every participating municipality with its own tailor-made investment plan,” said Bill Hughes, Chair of the ONE Joint Investment Board. “It’s our job to make wise and prudent investment decisions to meet each municipality’s goals.”

About ONE

ONE Investment combines municipal investments to achieve economies of scale for lower fees and better returns. It is a not-for-profit formed by the municipal sector, including the Local Authority Services (LAS) and CHUMS. LAS is the business services arm of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). CHUMS is a subsidiary of MFOA.

ONE has a proven track record of providing competitive returns through products that comply with provincial regulations. The Prudent Investor Standard is now another choice for municipalities to achieve their goals. ONE Investment continues to operate funds under the legal list as well.


For more information, please contact:

Farah Tayabali

Email :

Tel : 416-570-8413


Notice of Completion Application and Virtual Meeting for a Draft Plan of Subdivision D07-20-02

Notice of Completion Application and Virtual Meeting for a Draft Plan of Subdivision Application File Number D07-20-02

Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13, s. 51 (19.4)(a), s. 51(20)

As the Province of Ontario declared a State of Emergency and continues to take significant steps to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Kenora continues to protect the health and safety of the public, Council, and employees while at the same time processing Planning Act applications to ensure services that support community development can continue. Therefore, in accordance with the City of Kenora Terms of Reference and Rules of Order and Procedure for the City of Kenora Planning Advisory Committee, the Planning Advisory Committee will hold a virtual public meeting in accordance with the Planning Act, and orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

TAKE NOTICE that the City of Kenora has received an application for approval of a proposed Plan of Subdivision for the property located at 661 Ninth Street North, as identified in the Key Map below. The application was deemed complete by the City of Kenora on June 26, 2020 in accordance with Sections 51(19.4)(a) and 51(20) of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990.

TAKE NOTICE that the Kenora Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) who hears applications and considers recommendations to Council, will hold a virtual public meeting at the following time and location:

PAC Virtual Meeting
When: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.(CST)
Location: PAC will be hosting a virtual meeting via Zoom Meeting, which allows for participation by telephone, as well as by computers and mobile devices. Access to the virtual meeting will be available to the public (see details below).  A recording of the meeting can be viewed on following the meeting.

The subject lands are a 25.49 hectare parcel generally bordered by Veteran’s Drive to the west, Ninth Street North to the north, Ninth Avenue North to the east, and Fifth Street North to the south. The site is predominantly surrounded by areas designated as Established Area under the City of Kenora Official Plan, being a mix of residential, institutional, recreational and religious uses and small commercial/industrial uses. The CPR corridor is located further to the south, as is the downtown area known as the Harbourtown Centre. The majority of the land immediately to the west of the site (i.e. east of Veteran’s Drive) remains undeveloped.

The proposed Plan of Subdivision is to divide ownership into fifteen (15) proposed lots, creating twelve (12) ML- Light Industrial lots and three (3) R3- Residential – Third Density lots.

Access to the Subject Lands is via Ninth Street North, Ninth Avenue North and Fifth Street North. The proposed internal road system will be private road at 20.0 m wide.

The subject lands will be serviced by municipal sewer and water.

VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING: Although in-person Committee meetings have been cancelled, there are several ways in which the general public can provide input on the proposed Plan of Subdivision as follows:

a. Submit comments in writing: Persons wishing to provide comments may submit such comments in writing, by email, to or by regular mail to the address below, and quote File Number: D07-20-02. Comments shall be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 21, 2020.

b. Register to Speak at the PAC Virtual Meeting: If you wish to speak at the PAC Virtual Public Meeting, you are asked to register by 12:00 p.m. on  July 21, 2020 by email, to and quote File Number: D07-20-02. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar by following the link provided through email. Please note that neither a computer, nor a video sharing device, is required to participate in the meeting via Zoom. You may also opt to call in from a cell or landline. A toll-free number will be provided for this purpose. To register by phone please call: 807-467-2059.


i. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, if one is held, or make written submissions to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Planning Advisory Committee in respect of the proposed Plan of Subdivision before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the proposed Plan of Subdivision, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Planning Advisory Committee to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

ii. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, if one is held, or make written submissions the Secretary-Treasurer of the Planning Advisory Committee in respect of the proposed Plan of Subdivision before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of subdivision, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

iii. If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Planning Advisory Committee in respect of the proposed Plan of Subdivision, you must make a written request to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Planning Advisory Committee, contact information is provided below. This will also entitle you to be advised on a possible Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing.

For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, please contact Melissa Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer and quote File Number: D07-20-02.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION relating to the proposed Plan of Subdivision application is available electronically through the Planning Department, for further information please contact Melissa Shaw, by email, to and quote File Number D07-20-02.

Dated at the City of Kenora this 2nd day of July, 2020.

Melissa Shaw, Secretary-Treasurer 60 Fourteenth St. N., 2nd Floor, Kenora, ON, P9N 4M9, Phone: 807-467-2292, Email:

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.

map location for D07-20-02

Draft plan of subdivision areas outlined in red