News & Notices
Diversity Committee Sticker InitiativeThe Town of Renfrew is Dedicated to Creating an Inclusive and Respectful Community for Everyone.
Diversity Sticker Initiative
Renfrew is a town that strives to be the most welcoming, inclusive, and supportive community possible.
Achieving this requires continuous efforts, and a determination to ensure that all voices are heard, and that all individuals are not only welcomed, but also respected and celebrated.
The Town of Renfrew’s Diversity Ad Hoc Committee was created in order to solidify this dedication, and to provide direction to the municipality as it addresses racism and discrimination and works toward the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusivity in the Town of Renfrew.
Thanks to the immediate efforts by this Committee, The Town of Renfrew is excited to announce the commencement of the Diversity Sticker Initiative, and introduce the design that we hope to see spread across our beautiful town.
This amazing initiative has been created through an incredibly supportive collaboration between the Diversity Committee, Town Council, the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Renfrew BIA.
Not only is the Town of Renfrew fully supportive and encouraging of this initiative, but in a decision that comes as a first for a municipality in Renfrew County, the Town of Renfrew has also committed to displaying these stickers across all Town owned vehicles and facilities!
Renfrew is already one of the most beautiful, amazing little towns in the Ottawa Valley, and we are calling on our businesses and residents to not only display these stickers proudly, but to also help spread the word about this initiative so that we can demonstrate our solidarity and support to all those who visit or call our town home.
These stickers will be available at Ottawa Valley Coffee, The Flower Factory and Renfrew Pizzeria, and we would also love to provide stickers to any other businesses who would be interested in having them available in their stores as well.
“The Town of Renfrew's New Diversity Committee is grateful for the support from Council to endorse this sticker initiative. The Committee is very proud of this trail blazing endeavor that highlights the Town of Renfrew as a safe, welcoming community for all.
The Committee is very hardworking and future focused, researching and organizing many Diversity and Inclusion events and initiatives in Renfrew in the coming months.”
- Councillor Tom Sidney, Chair of the Diversity Committee
“Renfrew PRIDE is excited for the Diversity Sticker Initiative introduced by the new Diversity Ad Hoc Committee. We're grateful we were able to participate in the design selection, recognizing all members of our LGBTQ2S+ community.
The design symbolizes the crucial role Transgender and BIPOC individuals played in the creation of PRIDE as a movement in the fight for our human rights.”
- Chris Kyte, Founder of Renfrew PRIDE
Councillor Tom Sidney
Flags at Half-Mast for 215 hours in memory of the 215 childrenOn May 27, the remains of 215 children were found in the area around the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
In response to the tragedy, on Monday we lowered our flag along with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 148. They will be at half-mast for 215 hours, one hour for each child who never made it home. The Town of Renfrew extends its sympathies to the survivors, and their families, and all those affected by this tragedy. For more information, please read the press release from the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. https://tkemlups.ca/wp-content/uploads/05-May-27-2021-TteS-MEDIA-RELEASE.pdf
Renfrew Covid-19 Clinic MOVED to Ma-te-way Activity CentreReminder: The RVH Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic has moved to the Ma-te-way Activity Centre.
Major Funding AnnouncementBig News for Renfrew
Canada and Ontario invest in improved recreational and cultural infrastructure in Renfrew
Renfrew, Ontario, April 16, 2021— Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.
Today, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; The Honourable John Yakabuski, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Don Eady, Mayor of the Town of Renfrew, announced joint funding to expand and improve the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre in Renfrew.
The Government of Canada is investing over $6.4 million towards this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $5.3 million, and the Town of Renfrew is contributing over $4.2 million.
This project includes expanding the current community arena and hall to include an Indigenous Cultural Centre, an additional ice pad, a walking track, fitness centre, gymnasium, and multipurpose rooms. This expansion will allow the Centre to improve access to cultural infrastructure and better meet community needs through enhanced recreational facilities.
All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.
“Investing in cultural, recreational, and community infrastructure is essential in supporting inclusive and healthy communities. Today’s announcement for the Ma-te-Way Activity Centre in Renfrew ensures these community and recreational facilities are able to offer valued social and recreational programs for years to come, including a new Indigenous Cultural Centre and enhanced recreational facilities like an ice pad, walking track and fitness centre. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“This joint investment not only bolsters our community’s infrastructure but provides social and cultural resources that residents will be able to take advantage of for years to come. Our government is committed to supporting infrastructure investments like the Ma-Te-Way Activity
Centre in Ontario as they continue to foster job creation and regional tourism opportunities that lead to strong local economies.”
The Honourable John Yakabuski, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure
“Through this incredible commitment of financial support by our federal and provincial government partners, the Town of Renfrew will see the creation of a community hub that provides a central access point for a range of much needed health, cultural, recreational, and green spaces to nourish community life. Our relationship with our Algonquin friends is a long-standing one, and so I’m pleased that today’s announcement also makes possible the creation of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation Indigenous Cultural Centre which will nurture bi-cultural awareness through the sharing of traditions, customs, values, spirituality and the life-sustaining resources of the land.”
His Worship Don Eady, Mayor of the Town of Renfrew
• Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over 2,880 infrastructure projects.
• Over the next ten years, the Government of Ontario is investing approximately $320 million across the province, with the Government of Canada investing approximately $407 million, under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (community centres, libraries), recreational venues (arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (theatres, museums).
• Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map
Ontario Builds Project Map:
PUBLIC NOTICE - WATER TOWER MAINTENANCE
Water Tower Maintenance
The Town of Renfrew wishes to advise that major maintenance is being performed on the Water Storage tank beginning on Sunday May 2, 2021 to Monday, June 30, 2021. During this time the water distribution system may experience variations in system pressure and potentially disturbance of sediment that would cause discolouration of water. If discolouration of water is observed, residents should run the cold water to drain until the water returns to a clear condition. Variations in pressure may cause disturbances to fire alarm system monitors and other process equipment.
The tank draining will result in flow of water in the ditches on the west side of Gillan Road from O’Brien Road to Hall Avenue and this condition will be monitored by staff.
During this period water users must refrain from drawing large quantities of water from the distribution system (example - flowing water from hydrants).
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Development and Works at (613) 432-8166.
Department of Development and Works
Household Hazardous Waste Depot - OPENING May 8, 2021
Due to the current 'Stay at Home' order, the Town of Renfrew has postponed the opening date of the Household Hazardous Waste Depot. The Depot will now open on Saturday May 8, 2021 at 8:00a.m.
The depot can be used FREE OF CHARGE by residents of the following municipalities; Addington Highlands Township, Town of Arnprior, Admaston Bromly Township, Horton Township, Greater Madawaska Township, McNab Braeside Township, and the Town of Renfrew.
The Household Hazardous Waste Depot is located at the Renfrew Landfill Side at 376 Bruce Street, Renfrew, during regular operating hours.
See the attached flyer for more information, or contact the Development & Works Department directly at 613-432-8166.
Stewart Street Commencement of Construction - April 1, 2021
This notice relates to the 2021 construction start up to continue with the proposed work on Stewart Street (HWY 60). The 2021 work is expected to commence April 1, 2021 and be completed late September, subject to delays due to weather or other unexpected issues.
Area of Work: Stewart Street (Highway 60) Reconstruction from the Town limit 1.1 km easterly to the bridge crossing the Bonnechere River.
Scope of Work: Paving and grading, concrete curb and sidewalks, sanitary sewer installation and relining, storm sewer works, water works, landscaping and streetscaping, traffic signal upgrades, site restoration, and line painting.
The Town encourages you to register to receive e-mail communications regarding information and updates pertaining to all construction projects as future notices will only be provided through the Town of Renfrew website and social media accounts. To sign up to receive email updates please visit our 'Projects' page to subscribe.
Renfrew County - COVID Vaccination Clinic RegistrationRenfrew County and District’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Expands To Next Priority Groups
With confirmation that regular weekly shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine will be coming to Renfrew County and District (RCD), the list of those eligible for vaccination will now be expanded to include the next priority groups as outlined by the province.
These priority groups include:
1. Retirement Home residents (who will be vaccinated in-home by mobile vaccination teams).
2. Retirement Home essential caregivers.
3. Residents in the general population who are 80 years of age and older.
4. Indigenous residents (on or off reserve) who are 55 years of age and older.
COVID-19 MEDIA RELEASES & RESOURCES
For More COVID-19 Information & Resources:
COVID-19 Provincial Self Assessment Web Tool - https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0
Provincial Updates - https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Public Health Ontario https://www.publichealthontario.ca/
Renfrew County Virtual Triage Centre: https://rcvtac.ca/
Renfrew County Virtual Triage Centre - "How It Works": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlu86oHD_60&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3daBv3PaRJJJiV9IgP0xR1_U7UHBIZAhUgW03Zb0X2bwDGpnDdaJIXcjM
Renfrew County & District Health Unit - https://www.rcdhu.com/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-2/
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
2021 Burn Permits are Available!Interested in enjoying a back yard fire in 2021?
The annual outdoor Recreational Open Air Burning permits are available for 2021. They cover the calendar year for the low price of $100.00. If you are interested in applying for a permit click here!