News & Notices

Renfrew's 2022 Santa Claus Parade!

2022 Marks the Return of the Mobile Santa Claus Parade, as well as an Exciting New Collaboration between the Downtown Renfrew BIA and the Town of Renfrew on this Event!


For further information, or to register, please reach out to , or call 613-432-4848 x 114.

The registration documents are available at Town Hall, or by downloading the files from the links below. 

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2 New Job Opportunities at the Town of Renfrew!


The Town of Renfrew has 2 Employment Opportunities

Open for Applications!





Visit the Employment Opportunities Page at the Following Link for More Information, and Full Job Descriptions:

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The Town of Renfrew is currently recruiting board members for the Renfrew Public Library Board.

This is a four-year term ending in November 2026.

Library Board members work closely with the Renfrew Public Library CEO and staff to shape the future direction of library services and resources in our community.

The RPL Board of Trustees operates under the terms of the Public Libraries Act.

The average board member is committed to two to four hours per month to attend meetings and events. Applications are due no later than November 30 and are available on the Town’s website

Print copies are available at the Town Office or the Library.


Please submit all applications for Renfrew’s Representative to

Carolynn Errett at

Please submit all applications for Horton’s Representative to

Hope Dillabough at


More information on becoming a board member is available at:, or by contacting Kelly Thompson at or by calling 613-432-8151.

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Summary of Election Results 2022

Town of Renfrew, Summary of Election Results 2022

Summary of Election Results 2022

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Mayor Meeting & Renfrew All Candidates Meeting

Links for Mayor Meeting and All Candidates Meeting Recording

The Town of Renfrew's Mayor Meeting and All Candidate Meeting was recorded for easy viewing, and the full recordings for each can be found at the following links:

YourTV Mayor Meeting:

Renfrew All Candidates Night:

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Pest Control Guide and Useful Links

Pest Control:

Whether you own property or rent, live or work in the Town of Renfrew, everyone has a role in rodent prevention.  Rodent proofing your home and property is the most important factor to prevent and control these pests.

Pest Control Responsibilities:

Pest control on private property is the responsibility of the homeowner.  If you require professional services you may wish to contact a licensed pest control company.

Visit for local pest control service providers.

Tips to Control Rodents on your Property:

Eliminate Food and Water

  • Remove all potential sources of food from the premises, such as bird seed left out for birds.
  • Routinely harvest ripe fruit and pick up all fruit that has fallen to the ground.
  • Store pet food in metal containers with tight sealing lids and do not leave uneaten pet food outdoors.
  • Avoid storing food in garages and storage sheds unless it is in rat-proof covered metal containers.
  • Control snails and clean up pet feces because they are favored food items.
  • Keep trash cans closed at all times with tightly fitted lids.
  • Repair leaking faucets, sprinklers, or other piping.  Keep drain covers tightly fastened and remove unnecessary standing water.

Eliminate Shelter & Harbourage

  • Close all openings larger than ¼ inch to exclude rats and mice.
  • Repair or replace damaged vent screens.
  • Remove all trash and debris.
  • Stack woodpiles, lumber, and household items at least 18 inches above the ground, and 12 inches away from fences and walls.
  • Trim trees, bushes, and vines at least 4 feet away from rooflines.
  • Remove heavy vegetation away from buildings and fences.
  • Thin vegetation to allow daylight in to remove rodent hiding places.

For information and tips on how to help prevent and control rodent infestation please visit the Government of Canada website.

Are you experiencing rodents inside your home?  Contact the Renfrew County and District Health Unit at 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.

Clean Yards and Property Standards By-Laws:

Town of Renfrew Clean Yards By-Law No. 19-2016 and Property Standards By-Law No. 20-2016 outline occupant/owner responsibilities

Clean Yards By-Law No. 19-2016:

Part 1 - General Standards

g)    Every owner, tenant or occupant shall keep their property free and clear of infestations of injurious insects, termites, rodents, vermin or other pests; and

Property Standards By-Law No. 20-2016:

Part 1 - General

1.10 PESTS

      1. Every property shall be kept free of rodents, birds, insects or other vermin which cause or may cause a nuisance to the occupants of the property or of neighbouring properties.
      1. The methods used for exterminating pests shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Pesticides Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.11 and all regulations pursuant thereto.
      1. When an exterior opening of a building is used for ventilation, drainage or illumination and is not required to be fitted with a door, window or other closure; it shall be covered with screening, grills, or other protection so as to effectively prevent the entry of any vermin.

If you feel a neighbour's home is in disrepair or has garbage and debris on the property which could attract rodents, please speak to By-law Enforcement at 613-281-3773.

Landlord and Tenant Responsibilities:

The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 protects tenants and helps landlords.  The Landlord and Tenant Board helps to resolve landlord and tenant disputes including landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities under the Act.

A landlord is responsible to make sure that the property is kept in a good state of repair, is fit to live in and meets all the health and safety standards that apply.  However, both the landlord and tenant have responsibilities when it comes to fixing rodent problems.  The landlord may have to arrange to treat the unit for pests, and the tenant may have to do some work in the unit to prepare for these treatments.

A tenant experiencing problems with pests should talk to their landlord, superintendent, or property manager immediately.  The tenant should ask them in writing to fix the problem and keep a copy of this letter for themselves.  The landlord will need to fix the problem within a reasonable time.  If the landlord does not fix the problem the tenant may:

Contact By-Law Enforcement at 613-281-3773 or the Renfrew Town Hall regarding more information on the Clean Yards and Property Standards By-law at 613-432-4848.

Visit the Landlord Tenant Board website for more information on rodents which can be found in their Frequently Asked Questions.

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Renfrew's Food Cycler Program is Ready to Go!

Units are in, and residents can pick them up to begin the program as of Thursday September 15.

Key details:

  • Sign up using this link or by emailing, or calling (613) 432-8166 x 307
  • Participants must be residents of the Town of Renfrew.
  • Cost to residents is $175 + HST.
  • Participants will be required to track usage for 12 weeks and answer ~30 questions at end of 12 weeks.
  • A representative from Food Cycler will be in Renfrew on Thursday September 15th from 3:30-6:30 to answer questions.
  • For those who can't make this time, you can direct their questions to the Department of Development and Works at the above contact details. 
  • Participants that have already registered can pick up/pay for their unit on Thursday, and employees will be set up at the back of Town Hall, off Plaunt St. S. next to the Town hall Parking Lot, into the evening for walk-ins. 

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In the matter of 35.1(1) of the Planning Act, the Corporation of the Town of Renfrew hereby gives notice of a Public Meeting regarding an application to amend the Town of Renfrew’s Zoning By-law.


Subject Land             All lands in the Town of Renfrew are affected by this amendment.

Public Meeting          During the regularly scheduled Planning Advisory Committee meeting, September 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon as possible following the regularly scheduled Committee of Adjustment Meeting.



For the full release, please click on the document below. 

For any further questions, please contact the Department of Development and Works: 613-432-8166

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In-Home Food Waste Diversion PILOT PROGRAM

Join the Town of Renfrew in tackling food waste by piloting FoodCycler technology in your home. 

This pilot project is for 100 units, with a survey period of 12 weeks. Resident would be asked to track weekly usage of the Foodcycler during each week of the trial. At the end of the 12 weeks, residents must report their usage and answer survey questions.

The cost of the FoodCycler is $175.00+HST per unit for participating households/residents. Any residents wishing to participate in the program are to register through the following link -

Participation in the pilot program will be based on a first come first serve bases. All registrations must be completed through the online survey. 

For accessibility accommodations, please contact the Development & Works department at or by calling 613-432-8166 x 300.

Pilot Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Foodcylcer - FAQ

*Participants must be Renfrew residents and proof of residency will be required. 

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New Sign By-Law 46-2022


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Please be advised that the Council of the Town of Renfrew has implemented a New Sign By-Law (46-2022) to regulate the erection, location and type of signs permitted in the Town of Renfrew.

A copy of By-Law No. 46-2022 can be found on the town website at An overview of the changes are highlighted below.

  • Application process and fee for Sign Permit remains the same. More detail added on submission requirements.
  • Circumstances when a Building Permit is also required (typically for larger/taller signs).
  • New provisions for when a Sign Permit is not required (Aframe signs; real estate signs on listed property; signs related to cultural, sporting, and other community events (e.g., Renfrew Fair); and others
  • New provisions and definitions related to electronic signs and governing their use.
  • Existing and new LED and other electronic signs must have an ambient light sensor installed that automatically adjusts panel brightness to no more than 3 LUX above ambient light levels.
  • Carried over from the previous bylaw, signs may not have animated/flashing/moving lights/pictures. This applies to all signs including LED/Electronic Signs. Electronic signs may have multiple static signs that alternate based on a set time interval.
  • AFrame signs no longer require a Sign Permit application or fee, however if they are being placed on the sidewalk downtown or somewhere else on Town property, a minor encroachment waiver must be signed by the business owner. Aframe signs are limited to one (1) per business. The Town continues to have free AFrame Sign frames for downtown businesses to use on the sidewalk. Owners are responsible for their own inserts. Please contact the Development & Works Department at 613-432-8166 to arrange pick-up.
  • Temporary signs (inflatables, banners, mobile letter signs, any sign not permanently affixed to a structure or building, except Aframe signs) limited to one (1) per business. Temporary signs, excluding Aframe signs, require a Sign Permit.
  • Inflatables/teardrop signs/any other nonrigid sign that has the potential for movement/contact with pedestrians in response to wind, are not permitted on Town sidewalks.
  • Signs of closed businesses must be removed within 3 months of business closure, or a blank sign face installed. Wall/ground must be restored to original condition if sign removed.
  • Nonconforming signs, being existing signs that do not comply with the by-law, including all billboards, are grandfathered for a period of 10 years, and must be brought into compliance with the bylaw or removed after that time. Billboards are not permitted in the previous and current bylaws, and must be removed following the 10-year grandfather period from the date of passing of the by-law.
  • Introduction of set fines for infractions (subject to MAG approval)

Full Document - By-Law No. 46-2022

If you have any questions related to this by-law, please contact the Town Planner, Eric Withers, at or 613-432-8166 x 305

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Ma-te-Way Activity Centre Expansion Future Tenants Announced

Four businesses to relocate to Ma-te-Way Park

Renfrew, Ontario, April 27, 2022

The Ma-te-Way Activity Centre Expansion includes three components that make it a truly successful community project. The Expansion will include four spaces leased by local businesses, an Off Reserve Indigenous Cultural Centre, and finally, financial support over the next ten years from more than a dozen groups and organizations.

The Expansion will be the new location for four local businesses including myFM, Renfrew Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Centre, Child’s Paradise Day Care Centre and Ultimate Fitness.  

Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation Cultural Centre will be located on the north east side of the facility with its unique characteristics and components throughout including a medicine wheel, museum, and office space.

The 76, 500 ft2 expansion, projected to open in early 2023 also includes an NHL sized ice surface, an elevated walking track, fitness centre, regulation sized gymnasium, dance/yoga studio, multipurpose rooms, youth drop in centre and administrative offices. The expansion will improve access to cultural and recreational opportunities and better meet community needs.



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2022 Burn Permits Are Now Required

Please Reach Out to Our Renfrew Fire Department to Obtain New 2022 Permits

Our Renfrew Fire Department would like to remind everyone that Outdoor Burn Permits are required annually, and that 2021 permits are now expired. 

Please reach out today to learn now to obtain a new permit, and ensure you're burning in the safest way possible!

Our Renfrew Fire Department can be reached at 613-432-2811.

More information about our Fire Department, contact details, and by-law information can be found on our Town website at:



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Town of Renfrew


TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Town of Renfrew passed municipal-wide development charges By-law No. 84-2021 on the 14th day of December, 2021 under section 2 (1) of the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O., 1997 c. 27, as amended;

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Ontario Land Tribunal under section 14 of the Act, in respect of the development charges by-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Town of Renfrew on or before the 23rd day of January, 2022 a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law and the reasons supporting the objection.

The schedule of development charges imposed by the by-law, comes into effect on January 1, 2022, is as shown in the attached file. 

No key map has been provided as the by-law applies to all lands located within the Town of Renfrew.

A copy of the complete by-law is available for examination at the Town of Renfrew, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew Ontario K7V 1P8 during regular business hours (weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) excluding statutory holidays.

DATED at the Town of Renfrew offices, Renfrew, Ontario, this 15th day of December 2021.

Kim Bulmer

Municipal Clerk

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No Wipes in the Pipes!!

Important Notice

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