News & Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT

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.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT

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.

 

THIS IS AN ELECTRONIC MEETING. PLEASE GO TO THE TOWN WEBSITE (www.renfrew.ca) TO ACCESS THE MEETING AND LOGIN DETAILS ON THE HOME PAGE OR MUNICIPAL CALENDAR. ALTERNATIVELY, PLEASE SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS TO THE TOWN PLANNER AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BELOW.

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System

Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System - August 12, 2022 - 11a.m. - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System

August 12, 2022 - 11:00am 

 

WATER TREATMENT PLANT MEMO:

The Town and the Ontario Clean Water Agency have been managing the presence of manganese in the Raw and Treated water which originates from the Bonnechere River water source.  Although manganese does not create a health concern it does create challenges with colour in the treated water and distribution system.

The colour related aesthetic objective for manganese in drinking water is 0.05 mg/L and the Town of Renfrew is experiencing levels at 0.094 mg/L.  Manganese is occasionally present in the Bonnechere River during summer months when temperatures are high and precipitation is minimal.

Water Plant staff are monitoring levels and exploring treatment options in conjunction with engineering firms to mitigate the issues moving forward.

Any flushing activity performed by Town staff may disturb sediments in the water mains and may cause some reddish brown water in some areas served by cast iron watermains.  If coloured water is observed at the tap, please run your cold water until the colour clears.

The water is rigorously tested for all health related parameters and meets all regulatory requirements imposed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. 

We understand the colour can be an inconvenience to residents; however, please know we are making best efforts at the water treatment plant to minimize the impact the manganese has on the water distribution system.

 

For further information, please contact:

Department of Development and Works

613-432-8166


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Water Main Break Has Been Repaired

Water Main Break at Grigg Ave. & Moore St. has been repaired

Emergency Crews have repaired the water main break, and traffic can resume as normal. 

 

For further information, please contact:

Department of Development and Works

613-432-8166


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Municipal Elections 2022

Municipal and School Board Election 2022

The next regular Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Reeve, Town Councillors and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday October 24, 2022.  The next term of Council begins on November 15, 2022 and concludes in 2026.

Bill 181, The Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016, came into effect June 9, 2016 and made changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 for the 2018 Municipal Elections.  For an overview of these changes please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs - Elections website or see the updated Municipal Election Act.

How Can I Cast My Vote?

Electors will receive a notice in the mail providing instructions and a secure PIN number to use to vote by either the internet or telephone.  Electors are encouraged to vote using either the internet or telephone between 10:00 a.m. on Friday October 14, 2022 to Monday October 24, 2022 (no later than 8:00 p.m.).  There is no need to wait until October 24 (Election Day) to cast your vote.

What if I Prefer to Vote Using a Traditional Paper Ballot?

For electors who wish to participate in a more traditional voting method, the Town will also have an in person voting poll location at Town Hall, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew ON. 

Dates and times will be identified in the Voter Information Letter which will be mailed to electors at the beginning of October. 

Voters are requested to bring their notice with their PIN number with them and their government issued photo identification to the voting location.

A help desk will be available at the Town Office, located at 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew Ontario to provide voting assistance on:

Friday October 14 -  8:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

Monday October 17 - Friday October 21: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday October 22 - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Election Day October 24, 2022 -  10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Traditional Paper Ballot Voting Dates and Times

On Election Day and during advanced polls, voters will have the option to vote using a traditional paper ballot at Renfrew Town Hall, 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew Ontario.   

Dates and times for paper ballot voting are yet to be determined. They will be posted online when available.

If residents wish to vote online and require internet - Free Internet access is available at these locations:

Renfrew Public Library – 13 Railway Avenue, Renfrew ON

Golden Age Activity Centre – 212 Raglan St. S., Renfrew, ON

Are you on the Voters' List?

The Voters' List for the Town of Renfrew is prepared by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).  MPAC is a not-for-profit corporation mandated by the Government of Ontario to conduct property assessments for tax purposes on behalf of municipalities, and is legislated to provide municipalities wit ha Preliminary List of Electors in a municipal election year.  This list is used by Municipal Clerks to produce the final Voters' List used for the election.

 

 

Contact the Clerk's Department at 613-432-4848 or email info@renfrew.ca to confirm if you are on the Voter's List.


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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 Canada411.ca 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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4 New Career Opportunities

The Town of Renfrew has 4 New Career Opportunities!

The Town of Renfrew has 4 New Career Opportunities Opening Up!

Deputy Treasurer

Economic Development Officer

Administrative Assistant 

Planning Technician 

 

For more information about these exciting new opportunities, and to find out how to apply today, please follow this link for details about each position:

Employment Opportunities


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Update - NO BOIL ADVISORY IN EFFECT

There is NO Boil Water Advisory in Effect in Renfrew - this has been Falsely Reported

Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System - July 26, 2022 - 1:45pm - NO WATER BOIL ADVISORY 

The following information is the most accurate and up to date information able to be provided. Water is SAFE to drink, and there is no boil water advisory in effect. 

The Town and the Ontario Clean Water Agency have been managing the presence of manganese in the Raw and Treated water which originates from the Bonnechere River water source.  Although manganese does not create a health concern it does create challenges with colour in the treated water and distribution system.

The colour related aesthetic objective for manganese in drinking water is 0.05 mg/L and the Town of Renfrew is experiencing levels at 0.121 mg/L.  Manganese is occasionally present in the Bonnechere River during summer months when temperatures are high and precipitation is minimal.

Water Plant staff are monitoring levels and exploring treatment options.

The water is rigorously tested for all health related parameters and meets all regulatory requirements imposed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. 

We understand the colour can be an inconvenience to residents; however, please know we are making best efforts at the water treatment plant to minimize the impact the manganese has on the water distribution system.

For further information, please contact:

Department of Development and Works

613-432-8166


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2022 Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival is a GO!!!

Come on Out Saturday October 1, 2022 from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm !!

We Are SO Excited to Bring Our Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival

Back for 2022!!!!

Saturday October 1 from 11am to 8pm, and Located in Beautiful Downtown Renfrew –

Low Square (127 Raglan Street South Renfrew, ON)

Make sure to stay up to date by checking our Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival Event page on our website: https://www.renfrew.ca/craft-beerfood-truck-festi.cfm

And by Following our Renfrew Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival Facebook Page!

For Further Details, please reach out to Jenna McEwan at 613-432-4848 , or by email at jmcewan@renfrew.ca


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System

Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System - July 25, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Renfrew Drinking Water System - July 25, 2022 - 1:00pm 

MEMO:

The Town and the Ontario Clean Water Agency have been managing the presence of manganese in the Raw and Treated water which originates from the Bonnechere River water source.  Although manganese does not create a health concern it does create challenges with colour in the treated water and distribution system.

The colour related aesthetic objective for manganese in drinking water is 0.05 mg/L and the Town of Renfrew is experiencing levels at 0.121 mg/L.  Manganese is occasionally present in the Bonnechere River during summer months when temperatures are high and precipitation is minimal.

Water Plant staff are monitoring levels and exploring treatment options.

The water is rigorously tested for all health related parameters and meets all regulatory requirements imposed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. 

We understand the colour can be an inconvenience to residents; however, please know we are making best efforts at the water treatment plant to minimize the impact the manganese has on the water distribution system.

For further information, please contact:

Department of Development and Works

613-432-8166


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Ma-te-Way Splash Pad and Tennis and Pickleball Courts Grand Opening

Make Sure You Come to Ma-te-Way Activity Park on August 3!


Ma-te-Way Activity Park Splash Pad and Courts Grand Opening on August 3rd, 2022!

The newly constructed splash pad, and tennis and pickleball courts at Ma-te-way Activity Park in Renfrew are officially open!
The public is invited to join the Town of Renfrew to celebrate the construction of these first-class facilities.

Councillor Tom Sidney, Chair of the Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Committee is thrilled with the success of the project.
“There has been a lot of work put into this by the Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Department staff, and all the contractors we have worked with to make this happen. I want to thank everyone involved - I know the community will enjoy these facilities for years to come.”

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 am for the splash pad, and 12:00 pm for the courts.
At 11:30 am until 1:00 pm, members of the Renfrew Tennis Club and local pickleball players will be on hand for a free “learn to play” clinic. Whether community members have never picked up a racket or simply want a few pointers to improve their game, this is a great opportunity to learn on the fantastic new courts.
For those who have never played pickleball, this is the perfect time to experience the sport that is sweeping the nation. Pickleball is rapidly gaining popularity across Canada, and Renfrew is thrilled to offer the growing number of Renfrew-area pickleballers a location to play.

Local pickleball players are excited to show the community the ins and outs of the game and recruit new players.

Don’t forget your bathing suit and towel to take advantage of all the water fun at the splash pad!

A free barbeque will take place from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – come hungry!

For further information, please contact:
Kevin Hill
Director of Parks, Recreation and Facilities
(613) 432-3131, x702 | khill@renfrew.ca


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Master Transportation Plan - Public Open House

Public Open House No. 1/Community Café: A Public Open House (POH)/Community Café event is being held to help define the study scope and issues. The goal of the POH/Community Café event is to engage the public/stakeholders on their perspectives and interests in the Study.

Details of the POH/Community Café Event are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Ma-te-Way Activity Centre, 1 Ma Te Way Park Dr, Renfrew, ON K7V 4J4
**Please register for the event by contacting projects@renfrew.ca

 


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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 -  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/renfrewfoodcycler

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 dw@renfrew.ca or by calling 613-432-8166 x 300.

Pilot Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Foodcylcer - FAQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di36wQZB9q4

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


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New Sign By-Law 46-2022

 

Title: Town of Renfrew Logo

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

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 www.renfrew.ca. 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 ewithers@renfrew.ca or 613-432-8166 x 305


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Hiring of New CAO for the Town of Renfrew

The Town of Renfrew Welcomes Robert Tremblay as the New CAO

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Town of Renfrew hires Chief Administrative Officer

Renfrew, ON:  The Town of Renfrew is pleased to announce the recruitment of Robert Tremblay who will assume the responsibilities of Chief Administrative Officer on June 27, 2022.  Robert, originally from Navan in East Ottawa, joins the town with 21 years of municipal experience, including with the City of Ottawa and most recently as CAO in Whitewater Region since December 2016.

Robert completed a Master of Public Administration in local Government and a diploma in municipal administration, and is a Certified Municipal Officer and Accredited Ontario Municipal Clerk.  He recently moved to the Town of Renfrew to take advantage of all the amenities and enjoys camping and curling.  He is looking forward to meeting the team and working together.

Robert has demonstrated effective and dynamic leadership skills in his previous position and Renfrew Town Council are confident in his abilities as he takes on this new role and leads the municipality forward.

“On behalf of Town Council, I am very pleased to welcome Robert Tremblay as our CAO” said Mayor Don Eady. “His leadership, style and range of experience will be a much needed and welcome addition to the Town.

“I look forward to getting started with the team at the Town of Renfrew, working closely with Council, staff and the community.  Having recently moved here, I know what the town has to offer and its bright future.  I know my skills, experience and training will be critical to our future success and addressing the challenges and opportunities ahead” said Robert Tremblay.

- 30 -

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Further Information:

Jenna McEwan – Marketing and Communications Officer

jmcewan@renfrew.ca   613-432-4848 x 114

 


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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:

https://www.renfrew.ca/emergency-services.cfm

 

 


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THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF RENFREW DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BY-LAW NO. 84-2021

Town of Renfrew NOTICE OF PASSING OF MUNICIPAL-WIDE DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BY-LAW

Town of Renfrew

NOTICE OF PASSING OF MUNICIPAL-WIDE DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BY-LAW

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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Town of Renfrew's Digital Signs

We Would Love to Show Off Our Businesses on These Signs!

We Want to See Your Business's Name Up in Lights!

The Town of Renfrew has installed 4 new state of the art Digital Signs throughout town, with each one located in a high traffic entrance to town.

These signs provide an amazing opportunity for local businesses to gain exposure, and attract more customers, as the purchase of one of our advertising packages enables your ads to be displayed on all 4 signs simultaneously!

The Town of Renfrew has created 4 advertising packages, which means that there is a package to suit every advertising need!

Please reach out today to discuss which option would work for you - we can’t wait to get our local businesses up on these signs!

 

Contact Details:

Jenna McEwan

Communication Officer

jmcewan@renfrew.ca

613-432-4848 x 114


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No Wipes in the Pipes!!

Important Notice

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