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Public Health Ontario

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Town of Renfrew Media Releases

Radio Updates can be heard on the following local radio stations:

MYFM  Renfrew 96.1FM at 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Municipal Minute Segment)

Valley Heritage Radio 98.7 FM in late morning 

Social Media Updates can be found by following:

Facebook: Corporation of the Town of Renfrew

Instagram: TownofRenfrew

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Renfrew Fire Ban

Province issues a Fire Ban Due to CoVid 19

In an announcement Thursday April 2 by the Minister for Natural Resources and Forestry, it was indicated that the Town of Renfrew falls within the boundaries of the Ontario legislated fire region, which has been designated a Restricted Fire Zone.  As a result all burning is banned within the Town of Renfrew which also suspends the privileges to those who have purchased their 2020 Recreational Open Air Burning Permits.

Once the Provincial designation of a Restricted Fire Zone has been lifted we will advise on the reinstatement of issued permits and the opportunity for others to purchase new permits.

Any burning within Town boundaries may be interpreted as a violation of the Provincial Emergency order in addition to violations of the town by-law and potentially subject to fines from both levels of government.

Provincial Announcement Click here 

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Province of Ontario - NEW EMERGENCY ORDER

Please be advised that the Province of Ontario, in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a NEW EMERGENCY ORDER under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The list includes the following:  baseball diamonds, soccer fields, frisbee, golf locations,  tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, BMX parks, skate parks, all off-leash dog areas, all portions of park and recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment, all outdoor allotment gardens and community gardens, all outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas. 

Due to this New Emergency Order, all Renfrew Recreation Amenities will be closed immediately and until further notice.

Please visit for further information and a complete list of all outdoor recreational amenities that are now closed.

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Freshet 2020

Latest updates related to the Spring Freshet for 2020

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April Newsletter

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Due to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic, the Renfrew Landfill Site at 376 Bruce Street is currently CLOSED to the Public - Effective Immediately. 

Our Waste Collection Contractor will continue to provide garbage and recycling curbside collection. We do ask all residents to refrain from placing large items curbside, and all garbage must be contained within garbage bags and/or garbage containers. We understand the inconvenience that this may cause to the residents, and express our gratitude for the understanding and patience as we all deal with and adjust to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Town staff will continue to be available during regular business hours by phone to address resident questions and concerns. 

For questions or concerns regarding garbage, recycling, or waste management, please contact Tyler Armstrong, Environmental Engineering Officer at 613-432-8166 x 307 OR by email at

For general inquiries regarding Development & Works, please contact 613-432-8166 x 300 or email

For all other inquiries, please contact the main office at 613-432-4848 or email

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Warning - Spam Email claiming to be from the CDC

Please visit the Government of Ontario's website concerning the Corona Virus for up to date information at Government of Ontario/Corona Virus

or visit your contact your local Health Unit for information.

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Cold and Flu Season Reminder

Spring is on the horizon, but continue to keep your guard up for colds and flu!

As we enter into March and the weather starts to turn warmer and days go longer we start to anticipate spring. March break for families with school age children, and possibly a trip to take the edge off of winter. We do not want to lose sight of the continued potential of colds and the flu. Keep doing all those good things that have help minimize your risk for these annual diseases as outlined on the Health Canada Web page:

  • not touching your face
  • washing your hands often
  • coughing and sneezing into the bend of your arm, not into your hand
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that a lot of people touch, such as:
    • phones
    • doorknobs
    • television remotes
  • If you do get sick, stay home. Avoid close contact with other people until you feel well enough to get back to your usual day-to-day activities. This will help prevent the spread of the flu.

Link to Health Canada

The current coronavirus COVID – 19 has the same preventative measures as listed on the Ontario Ministry of Health web page.

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick”

Link to Ontario Ministry of Health

Your vigilance towards protecting yourself and family against the flu and cold will also help reduce your risks to contracting COVID – 19.

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Recall on Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector recalled due to potential failure to operate

Although a limited number of these combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors have been sold the Canadian Government is recalling them as they have not been evaluated against safety standards. The product poses a risk as a result of the potential lack of operation in the presence of smoke or elevated levels of carbon monoxide. The recalled product was sold through an independent third party seller on under the SKU 6HMGL4RAX630.

For more information and details on how to identify the affected recalled detectors please visit Health Canada web site:

Click here



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Elimination Of Vacancy Rebate and Reduction Programs 2019

With the release of its 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the Province announced that municipalities would be given flexibility to modify the vacancy rebate and reduction programs to meet local circumstances, while considering the impact of such changes on the business community. Municipalities could implement changes to the existing vacancy rebate and reduction programs by notifying the Minister of Finance of their intent to utilize this flexibility and providing details of the proposed changes along with a council resolution.

The Province clarified that in two-tier municipal jurisdictions, such as the County of Renfrew, the decision to eliminate the program must be made at the upper level, and must be made jurisdiction-wide.

At a session of County Council held on April 25, 2018, the County Council passed a resolution to eliminate the vacancy rebate and a resolution to eliminate the vacant and excess land subclasses. The April 25, 2018 Council resolutions were sent to the Ministry of Finance requesting a change to the Municipal Act, 2001 regulations for the County of Renfrew.

On December 10, 2018 the County received confirmation from the Province that the regulation implementing the requested changes to the vacancy rebate and reduction programs had been approved and enacted as Ontario Regulation 490/18 under the Municipal Act, 2001:

For the purposes of subsection 313 (1.3) of the Act, the County of Renfrew is authorized to pass a by-law providing that a tax rate reduction in paragraph 2, 3, 4 or 5 of subsection 313 (1) of the Act does not apply for a taxation year after 2018.

Effective for the 2019 and subsequent taxation years, there will be no vacancy rebate and no reduction for the vacant and excess land subclasses.

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County of Renfrew - Emergency Minor Home Repair Program

Emergency Minor Home Repair Assistance Program is open to low-income homeowners who require minor home repairs that will allow for continued safe occupancy of their home. This grant is available for eligible homeowners who are at risk of being homeless.

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February 2020 Newsletter

February 2020 Newsletter

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2020 Burn Permits are Available!

Interested in enjoying a back yard fire in 2020?

The annual outdoor Recreational Open Air Burning permits are available for 2020. They cover the calendar year for the low price of $100.00. If you are interested in appling for a permit click here!

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2020 Pet Tags Now Available

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2020 Waste Collection Calendars - UPDATED

March and April Waste Management Calendar Now Posted

The Town is actively working on securing a long term contract for Blue Box Recycling. For the time being, both garbage and recycling will remain on a weekly schedule, but may be subject to change as a new program evolves.

Magnetic 2020 Waste Collection Calendars will not be sent out until a long term contact has been established. Updates will be posted on the Town website, monthly newsletters, and social media. In the meantime, the Town will be circulating a small recycling magnet along with the January and February schedule in the Renfrew Mercury before the end of the year. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter, and will continue to update all residents as more information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact the Development and Works Department at 613-432-8166 x 307 or visit our website at

2020 Waste Collection Calendar - MARCH & APRIL

2020 Waste Collection Calendar - JANUARY & FEBRUARY


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No Wipes in the Pipes!!

Important Notice

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