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Town Council Proclaims September 22nd, 2023 as Recovery Day in Renfrew

Recovery Day supports individuals with substance use disorders, looks to remove barriers of stigma and discrimination, demonstrates positive outcomes, and celebrates the many diverse pathways to increased wellness.

Recovery Day was hosted on September 22nd, 2023, from noon until 4:00 p.m. in Low Square in front of Renfrew Town Hall.

At the Town Council meeting on September 19th, 2023, Council proclaimed September 22nd, 2023 as Recovery Day in Renfrew. 

WHEREAS, substance use disorders continue affecting the lives of individuals, families and communities in the Ottawa Valley; and

WHEREAS, many citizens and organizationslabour to remove the barriers ofstigma and discrimination; and

WHEREAS, increased health is a real, available, attainable,sustainable and ongoing journey in our community; and

WHEREAS, together, through our personal stories and our shared experience, we demonstrate the outcomes possible; and

WHEREAS, we choose to CELEBRATE the many diverse pathways to increased wellness, that enrich all of our lives; and

WHEREAS, we, the people of Renfrew, say in unison, “WE SUPPORT RECOVERY in all it’s forms.

THEREFORE, on behalf Renfrew Town Council, it is hereby proclaimed September 22nd, 2023 is Recovery Day in Renfrew.

Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney attended the event and presented a scroll to the organizers recognizing the imporatnce of Recovery Day.

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Battle of the Valley – Friendly Wager Between Renfrew and Pembroke

A friendly wager has been made between the Town of Renfrew and the City of Pembroke in the spirit of engaging the two communities.

Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney and Pembroke Mayor Ron Gervais have entered a friendly wager called the “Battle of the Valley” that will consist of a best of five series this season between the Renfrew Wolves and the Pembroke Lumber Kings.

Whichever team prevails will see the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Reeve from the losing side wear their opponent’s jersey to the next possible Council meeting.

The first game in the five-game series will be played Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, at the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre starting at 7:30 p.m.

The two Mayors agreed to do the friendly wager for the first-time last season with the Renfrew Wolves winning the best of five series.

Get more information and see the full schedule for the Renfrew Wolves online at and the Pembroke Lumber Kings at

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Notice of Public Information Centre (PIC) Town of Renfrew O’Brien Road (Highway 60) Reconstruction

The Public Information Centre is being held at the Renfrew Visitor Information Centre at 190 Mask Road on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


The Town of Renfrew has retained Jp2g Consultants Inc. and BT Engineering Inc. to design the reconstruction of O’Brien Road (Highway 60), from Mask Road to Wrangler Road. The project is being completed with financial contributions through the MTO’s Connecting Link funding program. The improvements will be in accordance with the recommendations of the previously completed Hall Avenue Environmental Assessment (EA) Study (2015), and the Master Transportation Plan (MTP) Study (2022) which will include a roundabout at Innovation Drive/Wrangler Road/O’Brien Road intersection.   The construction is scheduled to take place in 2024,in order to comply with the requirements of MTO’s funding program


The roundabout at Wrangler Road/Innovation Drive/O’Brien Road (Highway 60) received environmental clearance from the Hall Avenue EA Study (2015). Projects that involve localized operational improvements and/or the construction of intersections and roundabouts within the existing right-of-way are exempt from the Municipal Class EA (2023) process. As such, formalized public consultation is not required; however, the Town is still going ahead and presenting the preliminary design to the public for comments.


The Town wants to ensure that anyone with interest in the projects has the opportunity to provide input. An in-person PIC is being held as follows:

Date:                     Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Time:                    7:00 to 8:30 pm

Location:             Renfrew Visitor Information Centre

190 Mask Road, Renfrew, ON K7V 3Z4

There is an opportunity at any time during the Class EA process for interested persons to provide comments. As this information is collected for the purpose of a public record, the protection of personal information provided in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) does not apply (S.37). Personal information you submit will become part of the public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential.  

For more information or if you wish to be placed on the study’s mailing or emailing contact list, contact either:

Steve Webster P.Eng., Consulting Engineer

Vice President

Jp2g Consultants Inc.

12 International Drive

Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5

Phone: 613-735-2507



Connor Jamieson, C.Tech.

Project Manager

Town of Renfrew

127 Raglan Street South

Renfrew, ON K7V 1P8

Phone: 613-432-8166





Get more information here. 

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Clerk’s Department Offering Marriage Ceremonies at Renfrew Town Hall

Civil ceremonies will be conducted by a Marriage Officiant of the Town of Renfrew.

(Renfrew, Ontario) – The Town of Renfrew Clerk’s Department is now offering marriage ceremonies.

Clerk Victoria Charbonneau says, “The first wedding at Town Hall took place on Friday, September 8th, 2023, and we are excited to offer this service for anyone looking to get married.”

Couples wishing to be married in Renfrew must have an Ontario Marriage License issued by the Town of Renfrew or another Ontario municipality.

Ceremonies take place at the Town of Renfrew municipal office located at 127 Raglan Street South in Renfrew, Ontario, and are generally held Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. subject to the availability of the Marriage Officiant. The fee for a marriage license is $125 for residents and $150 for anyone who is not a resident of Renfrew. The cost to have a wedding at Renfrew Town Hall is $250 that covers staff time and resources needed to facilitate the ceremony.

Two witnesses are required to be present during the ceremony and if you do not have a witness, the Town may be able to provide them for the ceremonies conducted at Town Hall. Up to 25 guests can be accommodated in the Council Chambers for marriage ceremonies and the couple is welcome to supply flowers and bring a photographer. Anyone looking to start the process of getting married can email or call 613-432-4848 ext. 116. Additional information is available online at

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Community Showcase Evening-Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Community Showcase Evening on Wednesday, September 20 from 6-8 pm at the Renfrew Legion.

All are welcome to attend the Community Showcase Evening, hosted by the Town of Renfrew and the Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 20 from 6-8 pm at the Renfrew Legion, 30 Raglan St. S.

This event is an opportunity for residents to connect directly with community organizations, and for organizations to showcase their services and opportunities all in one location. Whether you have lived in Renfrew for years, or you are brand new to the area, this event is for EVERYONE! We hope to see you there!

35 Local Organizations and Businesses attending:

Chartwell Quail Creek Retirement Residence

• Corporation of the Town of Renfrew

Enterprise Renfrew County

Hospice Renfrew

Lépine Apartments

Local Immigration Partnership - Lanark & Renfrew

Lowther Athletic Therapy Solutions

Maple Ridge Inn

McDougall Mill Museum - Renfrew, Ontario

myFM Broadcasting

Birthplace Nha/nhl Museum

ontrac Employment Resource Services

• Powerstone Jewelry

• RBC Royal Bank of Canada

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce

Renfrew & Area Connection Centre

Renfrew & Area Seniors' Home Support

Renfrew & District Food Bank

Renfrew & Burnstown Castle Building Centres

Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation

Renfrew County Voices

Renfrew County Youth Wellness Hub

Renfrew Curling Club

Downtown Renfrew-Renfrew Business Improvement Area

Renfrew Lions Club

Renfrew Freemasons - Lodge No.122

Renfrew Public Library

Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation

• Renfrew Walmart Wireless Kiosk

Rotary Club of Renfrew

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 148 Renfrew

Sunshine Coach Service / Friends of the Disabled

• Super Patch Co.

• TLC Fitness and More

Trinity-St. Andrews United Church and Thrift Shop


Questions? Contact Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce


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Renfrew By-Law Services Review

The Town of Renfrew is seeking public input into the provision of by-law services to review this service and determine how it will be provided in the future.

Renfrew has a number of by-laws that are currently being enforced by a third party contractor, Municipal Law Enforcement Services (MLES). By-law services include animal control, property standards and clean yards, business licensing, zoning compliance, building code enforcement, and parking.

You are encouraged to fill out as much of the survey as possible. Answers and information from respondents will be kept strictly confidential. While comments are appreciated, they are not necessary.

Please feel free to email Rudy Kadlec if you have any difficulties completing the survey or would like a paper copy of the survey.

Complete the by-law services review here:

Surveys are to be completed by September 29th, 2023.

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Town of Renfrew branding survey

The Town of Renfrew is looking to refresh its brand, including an update to the logo and slogan and we're looking for your feedback.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey attached below to help shape the future brand for the Town of Renfrew.

Survey Link:

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Notice of Potential Surplus and Future Sale of Town Owned Lands

The Corporation of the Town of Renfrew herby gives notice of the potential surplus and future sale of 210 Ready Avenue and Town owned property on Seventh Street as per Section 2 of the Sale and Disposition of Surplus Land Corporate Policy.

Additional information and materials are available by contacting the Town of Renfrew Real Estate and Property Coordinator at the contact details below. If you would like to be notified of the decision of the Town of Renfrew on the matter, you must make a written request.

More details are available online here

For more information regarding the Notice of Potential Surplus and Future Sale of Town owned properties contact:

Jacob Collins
Real Estate and Property Coordinator
(613) 432-8166, x186

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Renfrew Opens Cooling Stations During Ongoing Heat Wave

The Town of Renfrew is encouraging residents to keep cool during the ongoing heat wave.

Several indoor cooling stations are available to provide residents with relief from the heat in air-conditioned locations. The Splash Pad at Ma-te-Way Park is also open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Cooling stations are available at the following locations:

  • Renfrew Public Library (13 Railway Avenue, Renfrew) – Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Ma-te-Way Activity Centre (1 Ma-te-Way Park Drive, Renfrew) – Daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Town of Renfrew with maximum temperatures of 29 to 34 degrees Celsius and humidex values near 40.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) says people at risk of extreme heat events include older adults, infants, young children, people with chronic illnesses, people who work or exercise outdoors, people who experience homelessness and people who experience low-income.

Learn more on the RCDHU website:

Environment Canada says a cold front will bring an end to the heat on Thursday, September 7th, 2023.


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Town of Renfrew Fall Programs 2023

Click HERE to view the Town of Renfrew Fall Program Guide

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Deadline for Community Grants Applications Extended to September 15th, 2023

The Town of Renfrew is encouraging community partners to apply for grant funding.  

The application deadline for grants to community partners has been extended until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th, 2023.

Director of Library and Community Services Kelly Thompson says, “The Town of Renfrew is committed to supporting community partners who provide cultural, recreational, and social programs and services to residents.”

Community partners can apply for a grant up to $5,000. To qualify for a grant, applicants must be a not-for-profit organization operating in the Town of Renfrew, outline how their organization meets a need in the community, provide financial statements and annual project budgets, and demonstrate financial need for funding.

Community partner grants can be provided in the following categories:

  • Fee Waiver/Facility Use
  • One Time Capital Projects
  • Organization Support/Operating Grant
  • Programming/Special Event
  • Sponsorship

Applicants will be evaluated for approval by a review team comprised of the Mayor, members of Council, the CAO, Treasurer, and Director of Library and Community Services.

The 2023 Community Partners Grant Application is available here.

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Renfrew Secures Five Delegations at Annual AMO Conference

The annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference is underway in London, Ontario and the Town of Renfrew secured five delegations.

Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney, Renfrew Reeve Peter Emon and Chief Administrative Officer Rob Tremblay are representing the Town of Renfrew at the conference.

Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney says, “This is a great opportunity for the Town of Renfrew to speak directly with multiple Ministries within the Province as we try to find ways to collaborate on projects and continue to modernize and move Renfrew forward.”

Delegations were secured with the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Minister of Transportation, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

The Town of Renfrew is looking to update the Environmental Certificate of Approval and divert biosolids from the landfill, collaborate on publicly owned ravine lands near Highway 17 and the Bonnechere River to allow for public access and ecological protection, seeking additional funding for the Indigenous Culture Centre inside the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre, planning for the expansion of Highway 417 to Renfrew, and looking for flexibility in the Public Libraries Act to allow for more partnerships between the library, other departments and community partners for programming.

AMO works to make municipal governments stronger and more effective by bringing together Ontario’s 444 municipalities to achieve shared goals and meet common challenges. The annual AMO conference runs from August 20th to 23rd, 2023.

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Joint delegation at AMO with Renfrew, Arnprior and Whitewater Region

Three municipalities in the County of Renfrew have partnered up at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference for a joint delegation on infrastructure.

The Town of Arnprior, Town of Renfrew and Township of Whitewater Region met with Amarjot Sandhu, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure on Monday, August 21st, 2023.

Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney says, “The Town of Renfrew is grateful to have received significant federal and provincial infrastructure funding to help repair and upgrade aging infrastructure in the community and several projects are either shovel ready or in the design stage in order to be ready in 2024.”

Arnprior Mayor Lisa McGee says, “The Town of Arnprior has approximately $24.8 million in infrastructure projects planned over the next five years including a number of large-scale road projects, the replacement of both ice surfaces at the Nick Smith Centre and the Robert Simpson Park Waterfront Revitalization.”

The joint delegation made requests for sustainable funding, continued investments to address infrastructure deficits and funding to reduce the environmental impacts of climate change.

Whitewater Region Mayor Neil Nicholson adds, “While one-time funding and grants are very much appreciated, sustainable funding from the provincial and federal governments are needed to help small municipalities in Ontario grow and stay on top of local infrastructure.”

Arnprior Councillor Billy Denault and Whitewater Region Councillor Connie Tabbert were also part of the delegation seeking funding for a new federal-provincial infrastructure program.

The annual AMO conference brings together Ontario’s 444 municipalities to achieve shared goals and meet common challenges. The 2023 AMO conference is being held in London, Ontario and runs from August 20th to 23rd, 2023.


Photo (left to right): Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure Amarjot Sandhu, Arnprior Mayor Lisa McGee, Arnprior Councillor Billy Denault, Whitewater Region Mayor Neil Nicholson and Whitewater Region Councillor Connie Tabbert.

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Play Structure at Ma-te-Way Park closed for replacement

The new play structure is expected to be installed by early September.

Ma-te-Way Park is getting a new play structure. The current play structure will be closed for the coming weeks during the replacement process.

Recreation Operations Supervisor Randy Smith says, “The equipment had passed its life expectancy and before it started to become a safety concern, it needed to be replaced.”

Smith adds, “Staff looked at the possibility of repurposing the play structure at another park in Renfrew, however due to the current condition, this was not a suitable option.”

The Town of Renfrew received $129,000 in grant funding through the Commemorate Canada – Reopening Fund to support the installation of the new play structure.

Mayor Tom Sidney says, “This is another great addition to Ma-te-Way Park and more families will be able to enjoy the new play structure that has accessible features for years to come.”

The existing play structure at Ma-te-Way Park was closed to the public on August 10th, 2023, and the new equipment is expected to be fully installed and ready to use early in September.

All other amenities at Ma-te-Way Park including the Rotary Splash Pad, the natural playground next to the splash pad and the skate park will remain open during the construction of the new play structure.

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UPDATE: Reconstruction of Joffre Avenue, Haig Avenue and Dufferin Street

The project is on track to be completed by October 27th, 2023.

A project involving the reconstruction of three roads in the Town of Renfrew is progressing on time and on budget.

An update on the reconstruction of Joffre Avenue, Haig Avenue and Dufferin Street was provided during the Town of Renfrew Infrastructure, Public Works, and Asset Management Committee meeting on August 1st, 2023.

Renfrew Town Council awarded the $2.96-million contract for the project in August of 2022 and contractors started work on the three roads in May of 2023. 

Acting Director of Infrastructure and Public Works, Connor Jamieson, says, “The project is on track to be completed by October 27th, 2023, and is currently on budget.”

The project includes storm sewer installation and watermain replacements with crews starting to prepare the road for paving and the installation of concrete curbs.

Residents who want to stay informed on the ongoing road projects in the Town of Renfrew can email to receive updates.

The Town of Renfrew thanks all residents for their patience as work continues to improve local roads and infrastructure.

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New Murals Installed Downtown Renfrew

New Heritage Murals Installed Downtown Renfrew

(Renfrew, Ontario) – Two new heritage murals have been installed in the Town of Renfrew. The murals are located at the entrance to the Renfrew Public Library on Raglan Street South. 

On June 27th, 2023, Renfrew Town Council approved a Community Improvement Plan grant to the Renfrew Public Library for the replacement of billboards on the side of the building. The new murals were produced by Renfrew Printing and installed on July 17th, 2023, with the photos and descriptions supplied by Heritage Renfrew.

One of the new murals shows Raglan Street in 1937 with businesses such as Clemens’s Stores, Clark’s Jewelers, Miller’s Economy Store, McHail Hardware, Tip Top Tailors Men’s Wear, Fraser & Smart Drugs and Reward Shoes.

The photo for the other mural was taken in 1907 and features the MacKay Bros. department store which later contained a restaurant and apartments. The business closed in 1913 and the building remains today at the corner of Raglan Street South and Renfrew Avenue West.

Kelly Thompson, the Director of Library and Community Services, says, “These two new murals provide a look at the Town of Renfrew from a different generation and replace old designs that were faded and due to be replaced.”

Renfrew Mayor Tom Sidney says, "It's exciting to see the final product from when Council awarded the Community Improvement Plan Grant and it’s nice to have this piece of history on display in our downtown core."

Sidney adds, "I encourage everyone who is eligible to take advantage of the Community Improvement Plan program offered by the Town of Renfrew."

Community Improvement Plan application forms and eligibility criteria are available on the Town of Renfrew website.

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Town of Renfrew Fire Ban Lifted

Town of Renfrew Lifts Fire Ban

(Renfrew, Ontario) – The Restricted Fire Zone previously in place for the entire fire region of Ontario has been lifted as of 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11th, 2023.

The Town of Renfrew will also be lifting the fire ban meaning that residents with a valid recreational outdoor burn permit can now have an open-air fire.

Residents in the Town of Renfrew can apply for a Recreation Fire Permit online at



For more information please contact:

Mike Guest

Director of Fire and Emergency Services/Fire Chief

613-432-2811 ext. 203

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Units Available for the 2023 Food Cycler Program

Founded in 2011, FoodCycle Science is a Canadian company that produces residential and commercial devices that use electricity to quickly compost food waste into a finished compost product. FoodCycle Science's residential device is called FoodCycler. Using electricity, the device dries and grinds food waste into a dry, odourless, nutrient-dense by-product that is significantly reduced in weight and volume from its unprocessed state. The end product claims to be free from bacteria and weed seeds and food-borne pathogens are eliminated in the process. Each "cycle" of composting takes approximately 4 to 8 hours.
Specific benefits include:

• Up to 90% volume reduction
• Quiet, compact, odourless operation
• Easy to clean, easy to operate, no special training or skills required
• Quick (compared to composting, the FoodCycler™ processes food waste in hours, instead of months)
• Produces a valuable soil amendment, low in odour and less attractive to wildlife.
• Reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) impact vs landfill.

During this program residents can choose between the 2.5L FC-30 model at a cost of $175 + HST, or the larger 5L Maestro model at a cost of $300 +HST. Residents are asked to track their usage of the Foodcycler during each week of the 12-week pilot period. At the end of the 12 weeks, residents must report their usage and answer a survey.

Participants must be residents of the Town of Renfrew. For more information contact Renfrew Waste Management by calling 613-432-8166 x307, emailing or droping in to the Recreation Centre (67 Argyle St. S.) Monday-Friday from 8-4.

Participation in the pilot program will be based on a first come first served bases.

More information is availilbe using these links:  (under the composting section)

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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 -


Comments or requests to speak at the meeting can be made by contacting the Town Clerk at 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:

Schedule B:

Schedule C:

Schedule D:

Schedule E:

Detailed Budget:

Schedules of Fees and Charges:

Frequently Asked Questions - Working Document:


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Tenders and RFQs Now Open

Follow This Link for Full Details on Tenders and RFQs Open With The Town of Renfrew


RFP - 2023-04-FD Request for Proposal for an Exhaust System for Fire Hall 

RFP - 2023-10-P&R Request for Proposal for a Parks & Recreation Master Plan 

RFP - 2023-11-ED Request for Proposal for a Waterfront Master Plan 

RFP - 2023-12-P&R Request for Proposal for Swinging Bridge Lighting 

RFP - 2023-13-CS Request for Proposal for Website Development, Design Implementation and Training 

RFP - 2023-14-CS Request for Proposal for an Arts, Heritage and Culture Master Plan 

RFT - 2023-16-PW Supply of Multi-Purpose Municipal Tractor 

RFP - 2023-17-P&R Supply of Fitness Equipment

RFQ - 2023-18-FD Parging at Renfrew Fire Hall 

For Full Details on All Tenders and RFPs and Tender Results, please follow this link:

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2023 Burn Permits now Available for Purchase

The Renfrew Fire Department is now Issuing 2023 Burn Permits


If you are interested in obtaining a Residential Open Air Burning permit you can also apply online by using the following link:

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The Town of Renfrew is proceeding with the design of the reconstruction of Argyle, Lochiel, Opeongo and Hall. The project limits are: Argyle and Lochiel Street from Bridge Street to Opeongo Road, Opeongo Road from Argyle Street South to Bonnechere Street South and Hall Avenue from Plaunt Street South to Barr Street.

The project includes watermain replacement, potential improvements to the storm/sanitary sewers and road reconstruction including sidewalk, curbs, new water services to the property line. Construction is proposed to take place over two construction seasons, in 2023 and 2024.

The Project is being completed with financial contributions from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP Green Stream 2021 Intake) and the Town of Renfrew.

The first Public Information Session for the Argyle/Lochiel Reconstruction project will be held on:
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Open House: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Renfrew’s Visitor Information Centre
190 Mask Road, Renfrew, Ontario

The Public Information Session provides the public an opportunity to learn more about the project and provide comments on the proposed works.
Representatives from the Town of Renfrew and Jp2g Consultants Inc. will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and receive comments.

For further information, please see attached document. 


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No Wipes in the Pipes!!

Important Notice

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