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March 2017
Welcome to the Windsor Update.

This e-newsletter is provided by the Corporation of the City of Windsor.  Our hope is to share a selection of stories that Windsorites either need to know, should know, or might just like to know about in our community.

In each issue, we’ll update you about events and schedules, meetings and announcements, and more. We’ll profile plans we’re working on and offer a variety of opportunities to share your own feedback.

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Council Minutes

For a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions from each Council meeting please check out the Council Minutes on our website.
Upcoming City Council Meetings

New Library at Optimist Ahead of Schedule

Construction of the new Windsor Public Library branch at the Optimist Community Centre (1075 Ypres Avenue) is well ahead of schedule and will open before the January 2018 advertised date.

Representatives from the City of Windsor and Windsor Public Library gathered at the Optimist Community Centre on March 8th to ‘break the wall’ between the new library and the community centre, officially joining the two entities.

The new $2.46 million, 6,500 sq. ft. library will be a 21st. century facility with a distinctly automotive theme and connect to the west end of the Optimist Community Centre on Ypres Avenue in South Walkerville.  Designed by Dan Amicone of Architecttura Inc., of Windsor, Ontario, construction began in late 2016 with a Grand Opening scheduled for fall 2017.  The total collection size will be 22,000 volumes comprising print, audio, video and multilingual resources for children, teens, adults and seniors, public computers, WIFI, study space, cutting edge technical resources and the space to house a 4600 volume Automotive Archive.

Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund Deadlines for 2017

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF), approved for continuation by City Council, will distribute grants to individuals and cultural organizations to help stimulate creative and economic growth.

Cathy Masterson, Manager of Cultural Affairs for the City of Windsor says, “the ACHF program assists in supporting exciting and engaging concepts which have a strong potential to help grow and develop audiences and a greater appreciation for arts in Windsor.”

Since 2014, the ACHF program has awarded over $218,000 to 106 exciting projects in Windsor. These projects assist in building a stronger creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an attractive and affordable place to live.

Application Deadlines have been set for two funding rounds in 2017
  • ACHF 2017 Funding Round 1: Applications accepted from Monday, February 20, 2017 to Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:00PM.
  • ACHF 2017 Funding Round 2: Applications accepted from Monday, August 21, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:00PM.

Further details on the program objectives, application process, eligibility requirements, current deadlines, and upcoming information sessions are available online at

For more information on municipal services, call 311 or visit

Front Yard Parking Ban Enforced

The grace period is over and parking enforcement has begun issuing tickets to all vehicles parked on front and/or side yards and those parked on City boulevards. 

Between February 1st and February 28th, parking enforcement officers travelled from one end of the city to the other, twice, issuing 242 “Warning Letters” and 4 tickets to repeat offenders.

In December of 2016, City Council passed the addition, “No Front Yard Parking” to the parking by-law.  The definition of a front yard in the by-law is as follows: a yard extending across the width of a lot between the front lot line and the nearest wall of a main building on such lot in a residential district except on a driveway or as authorized by statute, regulation, by-law, or otherwise by the corporation.

Tickets for vehicles deemed to be in violation of this section of the by-law will cost owners $25.00.

For a photo example and more information, visit Front Yard Parking on the City of Windsor website.  You can also call 311 for information on this or any City of Windsor service.

Grand Opening in South Windsor

A 15,000-square-foot addition and remodelling effort at the South Windsor Recreation Complex is complete and being hailed a big success.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens celebrated a grand opening with students from Monseigneur Jean Noël and many others today and thanked all involved for seeing the project through to such a positive conclusion.

“This is an investment in our health and well being and an effort that further enhances the quality of life in our community,” said Mayor Dilkens. “We’ve taken a wonderful facility and made it even better with eight new programming rooms, a new gymnasium, a new meeting room, a great new front entrance, new parking, and more”.

The 4.6-million-dollar expansion and renovation became needed when Oakwood Public School was sold by the school board, necessitating that the Oakwood Community Centre’s programming find a new home.

It’s anticipated that this complex will be the third busiest recreation facility in Windsor next only to the WFCU Centre and the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and Adventure Bay Presented by WFCU Credit Union.​​

Windsor marks City’s 125th and 150th of Ontario and Canada

2017 is a year to celebrate in our community, and all across the nation. This year marks the City of Windsor’s milestone 125th birthday, alongside commemorations for the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada.

A website – – has been launched to gather, highlight and showcase information on the Signature Events, Community Events, Legacy Projects and National Initiatives that have all been designed to make our city, province and country the place to be in 2017.

Through a partnership with snapd, the new website gives community groups the ability to submit information on any events, activities, projects and initiatives being organized throughout the year to help celebrate Windsor’s 125th birthday, or the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Portrait of Thomas McKee (1771-1814)
Oil on canvas portrait ca. 1790s.  Thomas, part Shawnee, and knowledgeable in many

Native languages, was an official of the Department of Indian Affairs and negotiated the lease of Pelee Island from the Ojibwa and Ottawa Indians for 999 years.  It was also Thomas who arranged the purchase by the Crown of lands on the St. Clair River, in 1795.

He is pictured in the uniform of the 60th Regiment of foot, in which he became a Captain in 1796. 

Gift of Raymond W. McKee, 76.4.1
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