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Office of the Mayor


The Mayor is the Official Head of the City of Kenora, a position which represents the municipality and the interests of businesses and residents alike, as summarized below:

  • Represent the City of Kenora at meetings with representatives/officials of the federal, provincial and other municipal governments to explain/defend City of Kenora needs, proposed initiatives/projects and challenges, to influence and seek changes to programs, legislation, policies and plans which impact City of Kenora residents and to gain support and assistance with issues.
  • Act as Chief spokesperson for major initiatives involving the City of Kenora, represent the City at meetings with major associations and groups to promote the City and its initiatives.
  • Serve as the primary representative of the City with the media; giving interviews and defending and explaining issues/decisions as well as commenting on announcements/decisions from other levels of government which impact the community.
  • Respond to issues raised by business groups and business owners, facilitate meetings/discussions to resolve issues (e.g. contracts, development proposals, City services and projects impacting business) with City Managers/Staff and stakeholders.
  • Meet with citizens groups and individuals to develop an understanding of issues or problems with City services, proposals and projects; and facilitate the provision of the assistance by City Managers/staff in resolving and addressing unique or particular issues.
  • Participate in civic events to promote new ideas and programs to improve the community by attending meetings and delivering speeches and presentations.

Mayor David Canfield


David Canfield was born and raised in Kenora, Ontario.  Among various other jobs, he spent 32 years working in the forest industry.  A crane operator by trade, he spent the last 10 years doing heavy equipment training for Abitibi.

Mr. Canfield entered the field of politics during the 1991 municipal election and served as Councillor until re-elected, as Mayor, in the fall of 1994.  Mr. Canfield served as Mayor for the Town of Jaffray Melick until December 31, 1999.  When Kenora, Keewatin and Jaffray Melick amalgamated to become the City of Kenora on January 1, 2000, Mr. Canfield was elected as the first Mayor for the City of Kenora for a one year term for 2000.  He was re-elected in the fall of 2000 as Mayor for a three year term 2001-2003 and again in the fall of 2003 for a three year term 2004-2006. He was once again re-elected as Mayor, in the fall of 2010 for a four year term 2011 – 2014, and re-elected again October 27, 2014 to serve the current four year term 2015-2018.

Mayor Canfield was elected as President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) in 1998/99.   He was re-elected as president of NOMA April 2013.  Mayor Canfield has served on dozens of federal, provincial and regional committees over his political career, such as:

  • Northwest Ontario Smart Growth Panel
  • Ministers Committee for Ontario’s Hunting Strategy for the future
  • Municipal Rep. for Provincial Forest Technical Committee
  • Ministers Council for Forest Sector Competitiveness
  • Northern Ontario Value Added Committee
  • Committee to restructure FEDNOR
  • Chair of Ontario Moose & Bear Allocation Committee (OMBAC)
  • One of the founders and President of the Northwest Forestry Council
  • President of NOMA for past four years representing Kenora District
  • Member of the Northwest Forestry Coalition, lobbying to make changes to save the forest industry
  • Member of Northwest Regional Recovery Committee

Mayor Canfield along with Grand Chief Leon Jourdain were the innovators of the Common Land Common Ground working group. A joint committee of First Nation Chiefs and Northwest Ontario Mayors working together on issues of common interest.

His Worship Mayor Dave Canfield
Phone: 807 467-2018
Cell: 807 468-1115
Fax: 807 467-2009