The Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization consisting of business-savvy volunteers and members', whose goal is to develop and promote the town and surrounding community as a wonderful place to work, play, visit and live year-round. Established in 1901, their mission statement reads, "The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization delivering value to our business community with a focus on advocacy, education and networking. We will be recognized as the Voice of Business for Renfrew and surrounding area, dedicated to working with stakeholders to help our community thrive.” The Board of Directors meets monthly to conduct business and organize special events.
The primary goal of the Renfrew Business Improvement Area (BIA) is to maintain and enhance the overall appeal and accessibility of Renfrew's historic downtown shopping district. Although Renfrew has a reputation for having one of most attractive downtowns in the province, the BIA never stops looking for ways to further improve it.
Most recently this involved the removal of parking meters. This was done in an effort to increase the number of visitors as well as allow shoppers to relax and enjoy themselves and to stay in the downtown core longer.
But it's also the modest, day-to-day maintenance that makes the BIA so important to the town. This includes looking after such things as seasonal banners, tree trimming and lighting, maintaining flower boxes and baskets, painting benches and lanterns.
The Town of Renfrew works with a variety of community partners to deliver services to our residents. Please see the links below to find out more information on education, healthcare, transportation and services for the disabled, youth and seniors.