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August 2019

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

Open Streets Windsor 2019 – Be Part of Something Amazing!

Open Streets Windsor returns this September to connect our diverse neighbourhoods and people across our community on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 10am to 2pm.
As thousands have witnessed over the past three years, this free community event will see an (updated) eight-kilometre route along Sandwich Street, Riverside Drive West (new this year!), University Avenue West, Wyandotte Street East and Drouillard Road temporarily opened to people but closed to cars.

The newly added River Rest hub stretches along Riverside Drive West and offers an opportunity to relax, take in the view and take the perfect selfie!

Once again, event organizers are looking for volunteers, as well as individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute ideas and activities at hubs along the massive event route.

  • Our valued volunteers are a major part of our success each year, and we are again looking for individuals who are fun, friendly and excited about making a difference!  Volunteer duties include greeting, safety monitoring and supervision of roadway barricades.
Community Partners
  • In addition to providing a space for people to walk, cycle, roller blade, etc. along the route, hubs are designated for community partners, including individuals, businesses and organizations to carry out activities that promote health, physical activity, arts and culture—and that’s where you come in! Activities must be free and encourage the greatest possible participation from people of all ages and abilities.  
If you would like to become a volunteer or a supporting activity partner, or if you’d just like to learn more about the event, visit or our Open Streets Windsor 2019 Facebook event page

Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund Seeks Applications for 2019’s Second Funding Round and 2020 Jury

The City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) will once again distribute grants to individuals and cultural organizations to help stimulate creative and economic growth through its second round of funding for 2019.

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

Since launching in 2014, the ACHF program has awarded $479,600 in grant funding to 201 projects in the City of Windsor, helping to build a stronger creative community that contributes to a prosperous, creative economy and to making Windsor an attractive and affordable place to live.

ACHF 2019 Round 2 Application Deadline

Online applications will be accepted from Monday, August 19, 2019 through to Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

A total of $43,600 will be awarded in this funding round. In order to be considered, applicants must consult with Cultural Affairs staff prior to submitting a project for funding and before the application deadline. Consultations are conducted via phone or email and help ensure applicants and projects meet program eligibility requirements.

Call for ACHF 2020 Jurors

The City of Windsor is also currently seeking applications from those interested in serving on the ACHF Jury for the upcoming 2020 funding rounds. Jurors review applications submitted to the program and make recommendations for funding. ACHF Jury members must possess a brain for business, an eye for art and a heart for a creative community. Those who believe they have the qualifications needed to help select ACHF recipients are invited to apply today. The application is available online.

The deadline to apply to serve on the ACHF 2020 Jury is Friday, October 18, 2019. This is a terrific opportunity to spend a small amount of time to make a big difference in the community.

Further details on the ACHF program objectives, application process, eligibility requirements, consultations and current deadlines (including for the ACHF 2020 Jury) are available online at

To learn more about culture and heritage services at the City of Windsor, visit or call 311.

Fall Activity Guide Now Available

The latest edition of the Windsor Activity Guide, featuring hundreds of programs and activities for the young and young at heart is now available.

You’ll find activities, athletic programs, venues and more, both online and in hard copy magazines, available in community centres across the city.

Registering for programs has never been easier. Simply type in your web address bar then browse or search for what interests you. And, for those new to, creating an account is easy and painless.

Not sure what new and exciting activities and opportunities are out there and interested in browsing our entire Activity Guide? Then use our page-by-page turning option, which is linked to the City of Windsor Activity Guide page. The online guide allows for zooming for easy reading and clicking on email addresses, business web pages and much more.  Access has never been easier.

Registration opens today, August 12, 2019.

For more information on recreation and parks in Windsor call 311 or visit

Funding Program for Affordable Housing Opens to Proposals

The City of Windsor has issued a Request for Proposals for the 2019 Rental Housing Component of the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI), which is open to eligible proponents looking to create new affordable housing in Windsor and Essex County.

OPHI provides flexible funding to address local priorities in housing supply and affordability, including construction of new affordable rental housing, community housing repair, rental assistance, tenant supports and affordable homeownership.

Eligible proponents include partnerships between private sector companies and a supportive agency in the form of non-profit and charitable organizations; non-profit housing providers; co-operative housing providers; social support agencies; and service clubs or organizations. Eligible proponents are invited to apply for this limited funding opportunity, which is provided by the federal and provincial governments. 

The OPHI program may fund up to 75% of the total pro-rated share of capital costs of the affordable units on a 20-year forgivable loan basis. The 2019-20 Windsor Essex allocation for this program component is approximately $2.8M with funding allocations available up to 2021-22. 

Interested proponents may pick up the Request for Proposal documents from the City of Windsor’s Purchasing Department or through

Submission deadline to the City’s Purchasing Department is 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Photograph showing students in a classroom in General Brock school in Sandwich, c. 1928. 

In 1808, a school was erected on the corner of Bedford and Huron streets (now Sandwich and Brock).  The stone building was used as a barracks during the War of 1812 and the Rebellions of 1837-1838.  When it was not being used as a barracks, it continued to be used as a school.  As the population of Sandwich grew, it was decided that a new and larger school was needed.  General Brock School officially opened on September 1, 1915.  A third building for the school was built in 1999.
P17553-Photo Courtesy of Laurel Beechy
The City of Windsor conducts surveys as a means of soliciting ideas and opinions from residents so we can better serve the community as a whole.  Check back often to see if a new survey is ready for your input.

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Check out the latest Activity Guide online at or visit one of our many Customer Care Centres to pick up a copy. Register for adult, parent & tot, pre-school, and youth classes today!
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