News & Notices

Design of Mural for Renfrew’s Visitor Information Centre Unveiled

The Town of Renfrew is excited to unveil the design for a mural inside the Visitor Information Centre at 190 Mask Road.


“This design showcases the history of Renfrew and our commitment to being an inclusive community,” says Councillor Andrew Dick, Chair of the Community Services and Economic Development Committee. “To pay tribute to the history of the Town, the mural includes the clock tower downtown, references to the rail, hockey and lumber industries and the O’Brien Theatre.”


The community had an opportunity to collaborate on the design at a public session at the Visitor Information Centre on January 31st with the design unveiled on Thursday, February 15th, 2024.


“We are thrilled to be able to take some of the ideas and concepts from the community and bring them to life,” says Kelly Thompson, Director of Library and Community Services. “The design also includes Indigenous characters, a female hockey player, Ontario Trillium flowers and flowers in LGBTQ+ colours.”


The mural design and community art session was hosted by artist Jimmy Baptiste in partnership with Kate Monahan from The Quiet Guiding Company and Becky Wright from Milestone Consulting. The cost of this mural will be included as part of the grant funding received through Heritage Canada to undertake the Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Project. As a part of this project, a three-year plan will be created to guide the Town and create awareness around anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility with staff training. The community will be invited to help with the start of the mural in March 2024 with more details to follow.


Council has also directed staff to look at options for renaming the Visitor Information Centre with a further report to be presented at the Facilities, Maintenance and Operations Committee.


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McGrimmon Holdings Fitness Centre NOW OPEN!

Hours and Fees for McGrimmon Holdings Fitness Centre at myFM Centre.

McGrimmon Holdings Fitness Centre located on the second floor of myFM Centre is open!

Address: 1 Ma-te-Way Dr. Renfrew

Open daily from 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
*Closed for holidays

Fees:
Drop In Rate:          $12.00 / day
One Month              $50.00
Three Months         $125.00
Six Months              $225.00
One Year                 $350.00

Please contact staff at the reception office with any questions or concerns.
Email: recreation@renfrew.ca
Phone: 613-432-3131 


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Economic Development Advisory Committee Call for Committee Members

Background: The Town of Renfrew is currently recruiting various members of the business sector to volunteer their time to sit on the Economic Development Advisory Committee. This Advisory Committee will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Mandate: The Economic Development Advisory Committee is mandated to ensure the Town of Renfrew is proactive in economic development and tourism. The committee will make recommendations regarding business expansion and retention, visitor attraction, and strategies to position the town for growth.

Recruitment: The Town of Renfrew is currently recruiting volunteer committee members for the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Please send an expression of interest with your relevant business experience noted in the application. Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. This is an unpaid volunteer position with the Town of Renfrew supporting the local business community. Applications and questions should be directed to Victoria Charbonneau, Manager of Economic Development and Customer Service, by emailing vcharbonneau@renfrew.ca or phone 613-432-4848 ext. 109 for more information.

Membership:  The Economic Development Advisory Committee shall consist of the following:

  • Councillor Kyle Cybulski, Chair
  • Councillor Clint McWhirter
  • Councillor John McDonald
  • Up to four representatives of various business sectors approved by Council
  • Representative of Downtown Renfrew BIA
  • Representative of Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce

PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION HERE


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Significant Weather Event Ended

Please be advised that the Significant Weather Event declared by the County of Renfrew and Town of Renfrew on February 28 has now ended.

 

In response to the Environment Canada alert of a flash freeze warning in effect in our area, the County of Renfrew and Town of Renfrew have declared a Significant Weather Event that will impact travel and services throughout the municipality. This declaration is made pursuant to Ontario Regulation 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways. This declaration suspends the standard timelines required for municipalities to meet their winter maintenance objectives until the municipality declares the Significant Weather Event has ended.

In each case, during a declared Significant Weather Event, the standard for addressing winter maintenance is to monitor the weather and to deploy resources to address the issue starting from the time that the municipality deems it appropriate to do so. When the municipality has declared the event has ended, the standard timelines for winter maintenance activities will resume.

The County of Renfrew and Town of Renfrew wish to note that the declaration of a Significant Weather Event is not notice of a reduced level of service or a road closure. The declaration is to notify the public that due to the current or forecasted conditions, caution is to be observed when travelling on municipal and county roads and that it may take longer than usual to bring the condition of the roads back to a state of repair due to the freezing rain.

A notice will follow once the Significant Weather Event declaration has ended.

ENVIRONMENT CANADA FLASH FREEZE WARNING:

Temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly this afternoon (Wednesday, February 28). Ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops. Hazard: Sudden icy conditions on roads and walkways. Discussion: A dramatic change in temperatures is expected this afternoon with the passage of a sharp cold front. Temperatures are expected to go from well above freezing to below freezing within a few hours. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada at https://bit.ly/3JUEwR8.

 

 

Please be advised that the Significant Weather Event declared by the County of Renfrew and Town of Renfrew on February 28 has now ended.


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Town of Renfrew Adopts 2024 Budget

The Town of Renfrew has adopted the 2024 budget.

The $69.32 million budget was passed at the Council meeting on February 27th , 2024, and includes a tax levy of $11.1M for tax supported operating expenses, $2.9M for water, $2.7M for wastewater and $52M in capital work.

“We are paving the way to a brighter and better future,” says Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney. “The brand new myFM Centre Recreation Complex is opening to the public with six percent of the total road network in Renfrew to be replaced this year.” Mayor Sidney adds, “The Town of Renfrew is also planning to have several road projects shovel ready in 2024 with design work to be completed for an additional 12 percent of roads maintained by the Town.”

“This budget maintains current levels of service while also continuing operations at the McDougall Mill Museum, in house by-law enforcement and at the new myFM Centre Recreation Complex,” says Chief Administrative Officer Robert Tremblay.

“Contributions to reserves have been reduced in 2024 to limit the overall impact to residents as financing for the Ma-te-Way expansion project begins this year,” says Acting Treasurer Charlene Jackson. “The Town will allocate $4.1 million to reserves with an ending balance of $12.6 million in 2024.”

Water and sewer rates will increase by 2.5 percent with the Town portion of taxes to have a $183.97 impact per $100,000 in property assessment.


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Spring Program Guide 2024

Town of Renfrew and Renfrew Public Library join their Spring Program Guide.

CLICK HERE to view the combined Spring Program Guide for the Town of Renfrew and Renfrew Public Library. This guide showcases all programs and events happening in March, April, and May 2024. 


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Joint Police Service Board Recruitment

The Town of Renfrew is seeking applications from community members for a Joint Police Service Board.

Please fill out the application here and send an expression of interest with your relevant experience and a current police record to Carolynn Errett - cerrett@renfrew.ca or 613-432-4848. The deadline for applications is March 7, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

Background: Police service boards oversee how policing is provided in communities. They contribute to their community’s safety and well-being by working with local citizens and organizations to ensure their community receives appropriate policing needs.

Mandate: Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) police services boards are responsible for determining objectives and priorities for police services, in consultation with the detachment commander, establishing local policies on police services, participate in the regular selection of the detachment commander, receive regular reports from the detachment commander and monitor the performance of the detachment commander.

Membership: The joint police services board will include two (2) provincially appointed representatives, council representatives from each of the participating municipalities, and two (2) community members.

Qualifications: Previous experience on boards or committees is considered an asset. To qualify as a board member, you must:

  • Be a resident of a municipality listed at the top of this application.
  • Pass a comprehensive police record check.
  • Understand the role of a police services board.
  • Be involved in your community.
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills.

Expectations: Board members are expected to complete training as assigned, participate in the election of a Chair at the first meeting in each year, follow and adhere to the Members of Police Services Boards Code of Conduct and attend meetings as determined by the board with no fewer than four meetings each year. Members will serve for the remainder of the 2022-2026 term of Council and will be compensated for their time.

Recruitment: Please send an expression of interest with your relevant experience noted in the application and a current police record attached. Deadline for applications is March 7 th , 2024, at 12:00 p.m. Applications and questions should be directed to Carolynn Errett, Town Clerk for the Town of Renfrew at cerrett@renfrew.ca, 613-432-4848.


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Town Preparing to Close Renfrew’s Recreation Centre February 26, 2024

Work is underway to prepare for the closing of Renfrew’s Recreation Centre as operations shift to the new myFM Centre Recreation Complex in Ma-te-Way Park. The Town run fitness centre, the gymnasium and program spaces at the Recreation Centre at 67 Argyle Street South will be closed to the public effective February 26th, 2024.

“The closure of the Recreation Centre will require the moving of equipment and staff,” says Kelly Thompson, Director of Library and Community Services. “The new McGrimmon Fitness Centre will open to the public and customer service representatives will be working out of the new myFM Centre starting Monday, February 26th.”

Current members of the Town Fitness Centre will be provided with key fobs to access the McGrimmon Fitness Centre. Key fobs for the new fitness centre can be picked up at the Recreation Centre on Argyle Street until Sunday, February 25th, 2024, and afterwards from the customer service representative on site at the myFM Centre. The cost to use the McGrimmon Fitness Centre is $12 for a daily drop in, $50 for a month, $125 for three months, $225 for six months and $350 per year. Passes for the new fitness centre will be available for the public to purchase starting Monday, February 26th, 2024. The McGrimmon Fitness Centre will be open seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m and closed on holidays. The Customer Service desk can be reached by phone at 613-432-3131 ext. 700. 

The myFM Centre Recreation Complex includes two fitness facilities including the Town Run McGrimmon Fitness Centre and Ultimate Fitness which is open seven days a week and has been operating in their new space since February 2nd, 2024.

“Our new location has an emphasis on strength and conditioning and features a variety of equipment that caters to powerlifting, professional athletes, strongman, women’s fitness and general fitness,” says Morgan Barkey, a Coach/Office Manager at Ultimate Fitness.

The 96,000 ft2 expansion of the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre, now called the myFM Centre, is opening in stages in 2024. The new B.E.I. ice pad, the Sun Life Financial Walking Track and Renfrew Home Hardware Gymnasium are already open. Tenants including Ultimate Fitness, myFM and Renfrew Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Centre have started to occupy their spaces. The McGrimmon Holding Fitness Centre will open on February 26th, 2024.

Timeline for Closure of Renfrew’s Recreation Centre

On October 10th, 2023, Council directed staff to not begin the process of designating the Recreation Centre at 67 Argyle Street South as a heritage building.

At the November 9th, 2023, Community Services and Economic Development Committee, staff were directed to provide public notice of the potential surplus and future sale of Renfrew’s Recreation Centre.

On January 9th, 2024, Council directed staff to proceed with a soft close date of January 15th, 2024, for the Recreation Centre.

The Renfrew Recreation Centre will officially be closed to the public on February 26th, 2024.  


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Renfrew Home Hardware Gymnasium Offers Exciting Opportunities for Local Sports

The new Renfrew Home Hardware Gymnasium inside the myFM Centre Recreation Complex at 1 Ma-te-Way Park Drive is almost ready for the community to enjoy. The gymnasium court has painted lines for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. The court dimensions are 50 by 84 feet, and the gymnasium is approved size for competitive high school basketball. In addition, there are also three rows of collapsable bleachers that can accommodate up to 144 spectators.

"This presents an exciting opportunity for competitive basketball in the region,” says Marek Kopiowski, Director of Basketball Operations, Renfrew Prep Basketball. “Renfrew Prep Basketball is looking forward to working with the Town of Renfrew to be able to host some top tier talent and action in the community. The brand-new basketball court and weight room inside the myFM Centre will also play a key role when it comes to recruiting players from all over Canada."

The gymnasium includes shock absorbing hardwood floors, high ceilings and will have free play opportunities for the public to use when the space is not being programmed or used by local groups. Programming will start in the new Renfrew Home Hardware Gymnasium on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, with information to be shared on the Town’s website and social media pages.

“It’s great to see all the people out already using the new spaces including the ice pad and walking track,” says Councillor Jason Legris, Chair of the Mate-Way Working Group. “A full schedule and opportunities to book the facility will be shared on the Town’s website www.renfrew.ca once available.”

The 96, 000 ft2 expansion of the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre, now called the myFM Centre, is opening in stages in 2024. The new B.E.I. ice pad and the Sun Life Financial Walking Track are already open, and the McGrimmon Holding Fitness Centre and the Renfrew Home Hardware Gymnasium will open shortly. Part of the second phase of the expansion project will see the Bonnechere Algonquin Indigenous Cultural Centre open later in 2024.


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RCDHU Announces Opening of Service Hub in Town of Renfrew

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is pleased to announce the Renfrew Service Hub is now open at 120 Plaunt Street South in the Town of Renfrew.

The Service Hub will be used to offer clinics, by appointment only. For a complete list of available clinics, please visit RCDHU’s Calendar.

The below services can be accessed as follows:

• Immunization Clinics: To book an appointment, please call 613-732-9436 or 1-877-773-0004.

• Parent Child Wellness Clinics: To book an appointment, please contact 613-735-9774 or 1-800-267-1097 ext. 589, or familyhealth@rcdhu.com.

• Private water sample drop-off and pick-up continue at Renfrew Town Hall, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew.

For information on accessing all RCDHU programs and services, please visit www.rcdhu.com or call 613-732-3629.

Faxes can be sent to 613-735-3067.

To stay connected, visit www.rcdhu.com and continue to monitor RCDHU social media accounts.


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Starter Company Plus spring 2024 – Intake Open

Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) is seeking applicants motivated to participate in the 2024 Starter Company Plus program, funded by the Government of Ontario.

Are you an entrepreneur ready to start, expand or purchase an existing business in the County of Renfrew or City of Pembroke?

This fast-track, intensive training program has proven to be transformational for entrepreneurs with new business ideas and for owners of businesses that have been operating for five years or less. Starter Company Plus provides three months of business coaching, business plan and cash flow projection development, mentoring and instruction from staff and professional trainers. At the end of the Starter Company Plus program there is an opportunity for participants to compete, by pitching their business plan, for a grant of up to $4,000 to be applied to their business operations.

“Starter Company Plus provided an opportunity to objectively break down my business, instilling confidence to know that I had a plan. It was eight weeks well spent! I highly recommend this program for new business owners,” states Krisanne Mascarenhas, co-owner of Ottawa Valley Sport & Spine and past program participant.

Interested entrepreneurs are encouraged to contact Heather Inwood-Montrose, Small Business Advisor, at Hinwoodmontrose@countyofrenfrew.on.ca, or sign up by visiting https://www.enterpriserenfrewcounty.com/starter-company-plus to obtain an invite to register for an information session. Participants must attend one information session to be eligible to apply to the program. Information sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, from 10-11 a.m. or Thursday, April 4, from 1-2 p.m. via Zoom.

The application deadline for the spring intake is Friday, April 19, 2024.

Enterprise Renfrew County is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario, County of Renfrew, Town of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke. Its mandate is to encourage and contribute to the enterprising spirit and economic development of Renfrew County by assisting entrepreneurs with the development of new or existing companies.


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Indoor Walking Track Open to Public

Take a stroll around the fantastic new ice pad and walk your way to better health!

We're thrilled to announce the BRAND-NEW walking track at the myFM Centre is open!

WHEN: The walking track is open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7-days a week and will be closed if there's a paid event. Lace up those sneakers (or winter boots!) and hit the track at your convenience!

WHERE: The walking track is located on the second floor of the myFM Centre (1 Ma-te-Way Park Drive) and goes around the new B.E.I. ice pad. The walking track can be accessed through the Deslauriers Ice Pad #1 and you can take the stairs, elevator or go through the main doors of the arena to get to the track.

BEST PART: It's completely FREE to use! Whether you're a fitness enthusiast, a casual walker, jogger, or just looking for a new way to enjoy some me-time, this track is for YOU! 

Spread the word, and let's make the myFM Centre Walking Track the new go-to spot for community wellness! See you on the track! 


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Dominion Street, Lynn Street & Eighth Street Reconstruction Project

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

You’re invited:

  • DATE: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
  • TIME: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Renfrew Visitors Information Centre, 190 Mask Road, Renfrew

The Town of Renfrew invites you to attend a drop-in public information centre for a watermain, sewer, sidewalk and road reconstruction project. This meeting will allow residents an opportunity to review the design of the project and identify what to expect during construction. Representatives from the Town and the design consultant will be available to discuss the project and to answer your questions.

WHAT: The project will include improvements to pedestrian safety and road reconstruction. The overall drainage system, including the watermain, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer will be improved.

WHY: The work is required to improve the reliability of aging infrastructure systems in your community.

WHO: The Town of Renfrew has retained an engineering consulting firm; EXP Services Inc., to develop design drawings and specifications for the work.

WHEN: The project is currently in the detailed design stage and nearing completion. Construction is scheduled to take place in 2024, depending on budget and funding.

WHERE: The work will be conducted on: - Dominion Street from Hall Avenue to Quarry Avenue - Quarry Avenue from Dominion Street to Barr Street - Lynn Street from Hall Avenue to Quarry Avenue - Eighth Street from Barnet Boulevard to O’Brien Road

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is an important consideration for the Town of Renfrew. Please inquire should you require special accommodation for the Public Information Centre. For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Consultant Project Manager: Yasser Ammouri, M. Eng., P. Eng.

Project Manager, Exp Services Inc.

100-2650 Queensview Drive Ottawa, ON K2B 8H6

E-mail: yasser.ammouri@exp.com Tel.: (343) 804-4900

 

Town Project Manager: Andrea Bishop, P. Eng.

Manager of Engineering & Asset Management

127 Raglan Street South Renfrew, ON K7V 1P8

E-mail: abishop@renfrew.ca

Tel.: (613) 432-4848


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Municipal flags lowered to recognize passing of Merv Beckstead

Flags flown at Town Hall and other municipal buildings will be lowered this week to half-mast position.

The Town of Renfrew is mourning the loss of a long-time volunteer, resident, and former Director at Renfrew Hydro. On Tuesday, January 16th, 2024, Charles Mervyn “Merv” Beckstead passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his 84th year.

“On behalf of Council and staff with the Town of Renfrew, I want to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Merv Beckstead,” says Mayor Tom Sidney. “I also want to recognize Merv’s contributions as a former Director at Renfrew Hydro Inc. and for his work on the various committees of Council. Merv was a strong community supporter and will be missed by many.”

The funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, who indicates a Celebration of Life will take place after the family has time to deal with this tremendous loss. The family would be grateful for donations in memory of Merv to Hospice Renfrew or the Perley-Rideau Veterans Health Centre.

As per the Town of Renfrew Corporate Flag Policy, flags flown at Town Hall and other municipal buildings, will be lowered this week to half-mast position.


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Town of Renfrew Advocacy Update at ROMA

Members of Council and Town staff are in Toronto attending the annual ROMA Conference.

This week, Town officials and staff travelled to the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference, fostering meaningful discussions with key Ministers and their associates.The Town of Renfrew had the privilege of engaging in 5 delegations with representatives from:

  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 
  • Ministry of Finance  (joint delegation with North Algona Wilberforce)
  • Ministry of Transportation 
  • Ministry of Energy @ontarioenergy (joint delegation with Bonnechere Valley and Mississippi Mills)
  • Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks

These discussions were pivotal in addressing local issues, policy matters, and expressing our funding concerns. The exchanges provided a platform to showcase the incredible progress Renfrew is making and outline our strategic plans for a prosperous future.

A special thank you to MPP John Yakabuski who took the time out of his busy schedule to join in on multiple delegations with Renfrew to offer his insight and support. The Town of Renfrew is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with our municipal partners and the provincial government towards our shared goals.

Together, we are building a resilient and thriving Renfrew! 

#ROMA2024 #Ruralmatters


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New Ice Pad in the myFM Centre at Ma-te-Way Park Officially Open!

The new ice surface at the myFM Centre in Ma-te-Way Park is officially open and ready for use.

The Icepickers, Community Living Renfrew County South’s Sledge program, are honoured to be the first group to be able to test out the new ice. Members of Renfrew Town Council joined the Icepickers and staff with Community Living Renfrew County South for a ceremonial skate on Thursday, January 18th, 2024.

Allan Yull; a former employee and current volunteer of Community Living Renfrew County South and his outreach group attended various committee and town meetings to promote the idea of making the new ice pad accessible including sledging. Yull says, “The Icepickers appreciate all the hard work and dedication that went into making the dream of having an accessible ice pad in our community a reality.”

Councillor Jason Legris, Chair of the Ma-te-Way Expansion Working Group, expressed his excitement as the project hits a significant milestone. “The community has been waiting a long time for this moment and we are finally ready to open the new ice pad. This state-of-the-art facility with accessibility enhancements will be used by people of all ages, skills, and mobility levels.”

Some of the adaptations to the new arena include leveling of the ice surface to the benches and putting Plexiglass in front of the players benches so those sledging can see through the boards and onto the ice. There is also a wheelchair friendly viewing area for the new ice surface.

First Opportunity for Residents to Try the New Ice Pad

The first public skate on the new ice pad is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th, 2024, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is free to attend. This weekend will also mark the first hockey tournament in Renfrew that uses both ice surfaces.

Upcoming Opportunities to Try Sledging

As part of the annual Frew Fest Winter Carnival, Community Living Renfrew County South will be able to offer an opportunity for anyone of all ages and abilities to experience sledging on February 19th, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. with minimum equipment required. On March 14th , 2024, the Icepickers will be celebrating 20 years of sledging in Renfrew along with Community Living Renfrew County South’s 60th anniversary! A friendly game of sledging will be hosted at 11:00 a.m. followed by free hot dogs and hot chocolate. Anyone interested in trying sledging and being part of the game is asked to arrive by 10:15 a.m. with minimum equipment required.

Ma-te-Way Expansion Project Updates

The Town of Renfrew is excited to be able to open the new ice pad to user groups early in 2024. The expansion project is nearing the final stages. Tenants including 96.1 myFM, Renfrew Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Centre, Ultimate Fitness and Child’s Paradise Day Care will begin occupying their new spaces shortly. The walking track, gymnasium and fitness centre, dance studio and multipurpose rooms will be the next facilities to open to the public. Part of the second phase of the expansion project will see the Bonnechere Algonquin Indigenous Cultural Centre open later in 2024.

 


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Residents Asked to Help Light Up Arts, Culture and Heritage in Renfrew with the Town’s First Ever Cultural Plan

The Town of Renfrew wants public input to help develop strategic priorities through consultation on its first ever Arts, Heritage, and Cultural Master Plan. The Town of Renfrew is working with DCarr Community Solutions of Ottawa to survey and engage the town’s residents, business, culture, and tourism sectors with the goal to strengthen the community’s social and economic prosperity through a comprehensive culture strategy.

Residents of all ages are invited to participate in a series of engagement sessions aimed at uncovering the rich tapestry of arts, culture, and heritage that exists within the community to help weave this landmark plan together. The initiative seeks to foster a deep appreciation for the many stories and experiences that make Renfrew's identity uniquely its own, from its past, present and into the future.

The engagement sessions welcome community members to share their perspectives, stories, and insights about what makes Renfrew truly special. The goal is to identify programs, activities, and opportunities to support its community’s social needs, economic growth, and tourism development.

Participants will connect with others through these public, all-ages sessions and contribute to the collective narrative that shapes the Town. In the fall, the consultants held interviews with key stakeholders in Renfrew’s arts, culture, heritage, community, and business sectors, helping to inform the public discussions in January.

For those unable to attend the Public Engagement Sessions in person, an online survey is available. The survey covers a range of topics related to arts, culture, and heritage, where people can share valuable insights, big ideas, and identify their own needs and interests in arts, cultural and heritage activities.

How to Participate:

In-Person Sessions: Drop in and chat with the consultants from DCarr Community Solutions:

  • Golden Age Activity Centre: Friday, January 19, 2024: 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Renfrew Town Hall Council Boardroom: Friday, January 19, 2024: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Renfrew Public Library Program Room: Saturday, January 20, 2024: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Ma-te-Way Activity Centre Lobby: Sunday, January 21, 2024: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (and FREE public skate)

Online Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RenfrewPublic

“The Town of Renfrew recognizes the many beneficial opportunities that arts, culture, and heritage bring to a community’s social and economic stability,” says Kelly Thompson, Director of Community Services and Library. “The Cultural Master Plan process allows us to document and address the diverse needs of our community in a way that creates a future together that is inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant. The public engagement sessions being hosted by the consultants will bring together the diverse stories, experiences and perspectives that make Renfrew a truly unique and welcoming place to call home, while creating a road map for our first ever Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan."

For more information please contact:

Janet Kreda

Research Director

DCarr Community Solutions

613-798-2095

janet@denniscarr.ca

OR 

Kelly Thompson

Director of Library & Community Services

Town of Renfrew

613-432-8151 ext. 600

kthompson@renfrewlibrary.ca


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Students: Unlock Your Entrepreneurial Potential!

Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) is recruiting students who are ambitious and eager to delve into entrepreneurship and kickstart their own businesses!

The Summer Company program presents a distinctive chance for students returning to school, aged 15 to 29, to establish their own business and assume the role of an entrepreneur. This program empowers participants to become their own boss and guides them in understanding the intricacies of entrepreneurship.

Successful applicants receive financial support of $1,500 towards their business start-up and partake in business training and mentorship to assist in successfully running a business. Upon completing the program, participants receive an additional financial grant of up to $1,500.

Past Summer Company entrepreneurs in Renfrew County have included a variety of businesses such as handmade artisanal items, graphic art production, branded apparel, baked goods, market gardens, lawn care services, auto detailing, dog grooming, esthetics, firewood processing, upcycled clothing, handcrafted cottage décor and rustic furniture, children’s entertainment, photography, photo restoration and small engine repair. Many Summer Company entrepreneurs continue to run their businesses year ‘round and/or over consecutive summers.

The Summer Company program is delivered by Enterprise Renfrew County on behalf of the Province of Ontario. It is a highly sought-after initiative; therefore, interested students are strongly urged to submit their application at their earliest convenience.

The application deadline is midnight on May 15, 2024. For more information visit www.enterpriserenfrewcounty.com/summer-company


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2024 Waste Calendars now available

2024 Waste Calendars now available

The 2024 Waste Collection Calendars are now available. They will be delivered to residences as a flyer via Canada Post the week of January 8-12. Additional copies will be available from Town Facilities including the Landfill, Library, Recreation Centre, and Town Hall. You can also download and print a copy form our website.

 

Please note that these calendars were delivered to residences outside the Town of Renfrew municipal boundary in error. This includes residences in Horton, McNab-Braeside, Admaston Bromley and Greater Madawaska Townships with K7V postal codes. Anyone receiving these calendars in these areas can disregard the calendar. 


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Renfrew Enhances Safety with New Lights at Historic Swinging Bridge

The Town of Renfrew is excited to announce new lights have been installed along the historic Swinging Bridge. After a competitive bidding process in the fall of 2023, the Town awarded the contract to install the lights to R&R Electric, a contractor based in Renfrew. The project was completed in December 2023.

The Town of Renfrew recognizes the importance of preserving and ensuring the safety of the structure. In 2021 an extensive overhaul of the Swinging Bridge was undertaken that included replacing the railing material and deck boards to extend the life of the historic landmark. The new lights will not only enhance the visual appeal of the Swinging Bridge, but more importantly, provide an extra layer of safety for residents and visitors.

The lights will operate on the same schedule as the streetlights in Renfrew and will illuminate at dusk and automatically turn off at sunrise.

“Having the bridge lit up in the evening and at night is an important safety feature for all users, especially in the winter months when the days are shorter,” says Mayor Tom Sidney. “We have people in our community who may not have access to a vehicle and if they need to walk across town to get to the hospital or to an appointment when it’s dark, they can feel safer crossing the Swinging Bridge. This work is part of the revitalization of O’Brien Park and enhances the look of the historical Swinging Bridge.”

Renfrew’s Swinging Bridge crosses the Bonnechere River, was built in 1885 and is located next to the McDougall Mill Museum at 65 Arthur Street.


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2024 Burn Permits are Available for Purchase

2024 burn permits in the Town of Renfrew are now available online! Permits can be purchased online here. If you have any difficulties purchasing the permit online please call 613-432-4848. 

 


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New Year, New You: Healthy Living Programs

New Year, New You: Healthy Living Program! Here are a sample of programs offered to kick off your new year on the right foot! Many of these programs are FREE!

 

  • Saturday, January 6 from 1-2 pm: Healthy Eating Workshop-CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  • Monday, January 8 from 7:30-8:30 pm: FREE Dancercise with Olga-CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  • Tuesday, January 9 from 5:30-6:30 pm: FREE Essentrics® with Kimberly-CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  • Saturday, January 13 from 10-11:30 am: FREE Guided Snowshoe at Ma-te-Way Park-Registration not mandatory
  • Sunday, January 14 from 6:00-6:30 pm: Sound Bath Healing-CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  • Thursday, January 18 from 6-7:30 pm: FREE Adult Book Tasting-CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Renfrew Recognized as a Prime Location for Hotel Expansion

The Town of Renfrew is positioning itself for anticipated growth.

At the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, 2023, consultants from HVS presented a report that highlighted an increased demand for accommodation options in the region. The consultants noted an influx in visitors is expected in Renfrew due to the expansion of Highway 417 and with new recreation facilities. The report by HVS also identified property on O’Brien Road near Haramis Park as an ideal site for hotel development due to the proximity to shopping, the highway, and the Industrial Park.

“A new hotel in Renfrew will cater to the demand for accommodation and also bring economic benefits to our community by creating jobs and seeing more money spent locally,” says Councillor Andrew Dick, Chair of the Community Services and Economic Development Committee.

The consultants recommended a midscale to upper-midscale hotel for Renfrew with 65 rooms and several facilities including an indoor pool, fitness room, business centre and market pantry.

“We are excited to work with potential developers to expand the number of overnight accommodation options in our community,” says Victoria Charbonneau, Manager of Economic Development and Customer Services for the Town of Renfrew. “We are hoping to enter into some serious discussions in 2024 regarding new hotel developments in Renfrew.”

A final draft of the hotel feasibility study will be presented to Council in 2024.


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Frew Year’s Eve is a Full Day and Night Celebration in Renfrew

The Town of Renfrew is gearing up for the annual Frew Year’s Eve celebration at the myFM Centre in Ma-te-Way Park.

The daytime activities on December 31st, 2023, start at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast, followed by public skating from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the rink. At 10:00 a.m. there will be a magic show featuring Chris Pilsworth in the upstairs hall, Domino’s Pizza is serving lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and don’t miss the Noon Year’s Eve Countdown at 12:00 p.m. noon sharp!

For those looking to extend the celebration into the night, the Frew Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance promises to be an unforgettable experience. The event will be held in the upstairs hall of the myFM Centre at 1 Ma-te-Way Park Drive. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner by Schmidt’s Catering starting at 7:00 p.m. The Richmond Ramblers will provide the musical entertainment starting at 8:30 p.m. and while masquerade masks are encouraged, they are not mandatory. There will be a cash bar on-site and tickets for the dinner and dance are limited.

“We are over halfway sold out of tickets for the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance,” says Community Outreach and Program Specialist Janyne Fraser. “Tickets are $60 each and must be purchased by the end of the day on Friday, December 22nd, 2023, at Town Hall, the Renfrew Recreation Centre or the Renfrew Public Library.”

Don’t miss out on the action celebrations for Frew Year’s Eve as we say goodbye to 2023 and welcome in 2024.

For more information please contact:

Janyne Fraser

Community Outreach and Programs Specialist

Town of Renfrew

613-432-4848 ext. 118

jfraser@renfrew.ca


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Strategic Plan Public Meeting

Road to Renfrew 2035

Join us for a public meeting to discuss the Town of Renfrew Strategic Plan on Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Town Hall, 127 Raglan Street South. 

Click here for more information.


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Public Notice 2023 Budget and User Fees

Public Notice  2023 Budget and User Fees

Please take note that the Town of Renfrew intends to adopt the following at the Council meeting on April 11, 2023 at 6 p.m:

  • 2023 Tax Supported Budget
  • 2023 Water and Wastewater Budget
  • 2023 Capital Projects
  • 2023 User Fees and Charges
  • 2023 BIA Levy

 

These documents were considered at standing committees

that took place during the month of March, 2023.

Meetings are recorded and available for viewing on the

Town of Renfrew's YouTube page.

Final drafts of these documents will be available on the Town of Renfrew's website on March 29, 2023 - renfrew.ca

 

Comments or requests to speak at the meeting can be made by contacting the Town Clerk at vcharbonneau@renfrew.ca or by telephone at 613-432-4848 x114, no later than Friday, April 7, 2023.

 

To Review These Documents, Please Follow These Direct Links:

Schedule A: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/2023%20CAPITAL%20BUDGET%20SCHEDULE%20A.pdf

Schedule B: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/2023%20CAPITAL%20BUDGET%20SCHEDULE%20B.pdf

Schedule C: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/2023%20CAPITAL%20BUDGET%20SCHEDULE%20C%20Revised.pdf

Schedule D: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/2023%20CAPITAL%20BUDGET%20SCHEDULE%20D.pdf

Schedule E: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/2023%20CAPITAL%20BUDGET%20SCHEDULE%20E.pdf

Detailed Budget: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/2023%20DETAILED%20BUDGET.pdf

Schedules of Fees and Charges: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/Schedules%20of%20Fees%20%20Charges.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions - Working Document: https://renfrew.ca/public_docs/documents/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions%20-%20Working%20Document.pdf

 


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No Wipes in the Pipes!!

Important Notice

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