News & Notices

Major Funding Announcement

Big 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

Quick facts
• 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.

Associated links
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map

Ontario Builds Project Map:

read full story



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. 

Thank you,

Department of Development and Works

read full story

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. 

read full story

Ontario Government Issues STAY at HOME ORDER

Today, the Ontario Government issued a STAY at HOME ORDER effective 12:01 am Thursday April 8. This is in addition to the implementation of a provincewide shutdown that was effective Saturday, April 3, 2021.

For more information, please visit Ontario's website COVID-19 public health measures and advice | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario and the RCDHU’s website at Renfrew County District Health Unit or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.

read full story

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. 

read full story

Renfrew County - COVID Vaccination Clinic Registration

Renfrew 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.

Please click here to go to the Renfrew County - COVID Vaccination Clinic Registration

read full story

Renfrew County moves into the Yellow-Protect Zone - Effective March 5

Effective March 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.: The Ontario government has moved Renfrew County and District Health Unit’s region into the Yellow – Protect zone of the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. This is a result of increasing rates of COVID-19 transmission in Renfrew County and District.

Entering the Yellow – Protect zone means strengthened public health measures will take effect, including stronger targeted enforcement, fines and more education to limit the spread of COVID-19. Public health measures will also increase in high-risk settings.
Gathering Limits in the Yellow – Protect zone
Gathering limits for organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies will remain:
• Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:
o 10 people indoors
o 25 people outdoors
• Limits for organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained:
o 50 people indoors
o 100 people outdoors
• Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
o 30% capacity of the room indoors
o 100 people outdoors

read full story

Diversity Ad Hoc Committee

Diversity Ad Hoc Committee

The Town of Renfrew invites residents to apply for a position on the Diversity Ad Hoc Committee.

A letter of interest and/or resume can be submitted by mail to 127 Raglan Street South Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1P8 or by email to Jo-anne Caldwell at

The deadline to apply is March 8, 2021.

read full story

Notice of Open House & Public Meeting - Zoning By-Law Review

In the matter of Section 26(9) of the Planning Act, the Corporation of the Town of Renfrew hereby gives notice of the following:
An Open House and Public Meeting regarding the Town’s Review of Zoning By-law 46-2010.

Subject Land By-law 46-2010 applies to all lands within the Town of Renfrew

Open House Electronic Drop-In Session (ZOOM), March 15, 2021, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Staff Presentation at 6:00 PM.

Public Meeting During the regularly scheduled Planning Advisory Committee meeting (ZOOM), April 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon as possible following the regularly scheduled Committee of Adjustment Meeting.


read full story


For More COVID-19 Information & Resources:

COVID-19 Provincial Self Assessment Web Tool  -

Federal Updates

Provincial Updates

Public Health Ontario

Renfrew County Virtual Triage Centre:

Renfrew County Virtual Triage Centre - "How It Works"

Renfrew County & District Health Unit

COVID-19 Business Information Line

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

Twitter: @TownRenfrew

read full story

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!

read full story

No Wipes in the Pipes!!

Important Notice

read full story

Want to get notified about new information posted on this page? Click here to subscribe and you will receive an email notification each time an update is posted.