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June 2016
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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The Windsor Update will be a monthly publication to start, but with room to grow.

Thanks for your interest in our community, and please feel free to let us know what you think of our newsletter!

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

Ride the Bus for Free to See the Ford Fireworks

[Photo, left to right: Debbie Desjardins (Unemployed Help Centre), John Hindi (Zehrs), Pat Delmore (Transit Windsor) and Mayor Drew Dilkens]
Thanks to the friendly team at Zehrs Markets, Windsor residents will be able to ride city buses (tunnel bus excluded) for free, between 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 27, until the end of the service day to view the Ford Fireworks on the Detroit River.

“Each year the fireworks night attracts thousands of residents to our beautiful riverfront,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “And year after year it’s thanks to Zehrs and their sponsorship of Transit Windsor that getting there is so smooth and hassle free for everyone.”

For the eighth consecutive year, the team at Zehrs Markets has stepped up to the plate to make sure that Windsor residents can ride the bus at no cost to enjoy the fireworks. Windsor has three local Zehrs Markets stores located at Parkway Mall, St. Clair Beach and Malden Road.

“We take pride in supporting the communities in which we operate and are committed to providing the best customer service that we can,” says Derrick Pittman, vice-president, Zehrs Markets.  “This event is important to the Windsor community and therefore important to us.”

Zehrs Markets also sponsors a free Park n’ Ride shuttle service from Devonshire Mall to the downtown area between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The return service begins immediately after the fireworks and continues until approximately 12:15 a.m., or until all passengers in line have boarded the bus to return to their car.

Zehrs Markets, in partnership with President’s Choice® Children’s Charity, has helped 19 families in Windsor with grants of $308,295 since 2006. President’s Choice® Children’s Charity also supports 25 school nutrition programs in Windsor serving almost 7,000 students with 1,104,720 meals in the 2013/2014 school year through Breakfast for Learning.

Please visit the President’s Choice® Children’s Charity online for more information.
Media sponsors include radio stations AM800, 93.9 The River, 89X, AM580; snapd Windsor and Devonshire Mall.

Discover Open Streets Windsor

Discover Open Streets Windsor
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Meet our "Man on the Open Streets," Matt Senechal from Motor City Credit Union in this fun video. He will be providing regular updates on all things Open Streets as we approach the main events (Sunday, July 17 and Sunday, September 18). For more information, join our “Open Streets Windsor 2016” event page on Facebook or join the conversation on Twitter, #OSWindsor. Email, Website,

Windsor Celebrates World Refugee Day With App

The City of Windsor has a long history of welcoming newcomers to our area and helping them to get settled with needed resources and information.  As a case in point, since January, Windsor has welcomed and assisted more than 700 refugees. 

Today, to help celebrate World Refugee Day (June 20), the City is launching a new app.  MyNewCity is designed to help “Newcomers” to the Windsor-Essex region search for services and agencies to help them with their transition. Entries can be searched by agency or service address, agency name, type, street name, city or town or keyword.   The app is easy to use.  For instance, an individual could type in the word “clothes.”  A number of results appear, all of which point to a location on the map; the name of the agency(s); address; type of clothing; phone numbers; website link; photo of the building for easy recognition; and even driving, walking or Transit directions via Google Maps.

MyNewCity will help newcomers to Windsor navigate their way through services on their own, or with the help of agency staff. The internationally recognizable symbols used on the map make it easy to find a service regardless of the user’s primary language, and with just a few steps they can even print a map to guide their way across town.

The MyNewCity – Newcomer Services “app” is an initiative of the Geomatics Division of the Engineering – Infrastructure and Geomatics Department at the City of Windsor, in collaboration with the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership (WELIP) and the Orientation Advisory Committee (membership includes Windsor and Essex County Agencies funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to provide Orientation, Settlement and Language services). The app can be accessed on any computer or device, anytime, and anywhere, using the internet directly or via WiFi.

Check out all of our apps at

WFCU Centre Community Pool Complete Under Budget and Ahead of Schedule

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, members of council and several east end residents were on hand today as the ribbon was cut to officially mark the completion of construction on the new 25-metre indoor community pool located at the WFCU Centre.

The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

“As of Monday, July 4th, residents and visitors of all ages and abilities will fill this incredible space as we begin to offer programming nearly a full two months ahead of schedule, thanks to the efforts of our construction team,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This beautiful community pool will be here for the benefit and enjoyment of Windsor residents for years to come.”

Mayor Dilkens acknowledged DeAngelis Construction, as well as Project Manager Stacey McGuire and Project Consultant Don Sadler for completing the project so quickly and efficiently.

The $6.4-million pool features a splash pad, therapy pool and multi-lane competitive pool, as well as a built-in wheelchair ramp to access both pools.

Some of the most popular programs, like shallow and deep water aqua fit classes, adult fitness lane swimming, family swims and a Friday night teen swim will be offered to the public at the new facility.

The pool will also serve as a warm-up facility for the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships, which will be staged in a larger temporary pool inside the WFCU’s main bowl next December 7th to the 11th.

Employment & Training Services Is Here For You

Are you looking for work? We can help.

Job Seekers can access self-serve resources at our ETS Centre and for extra help, assisted services are available through one on one Employment Counselling.

We offer:
  • Workshops on resume preparation, job search techniques and interview skills
  • Access to Employment Ontario programs such as Second
  • Career, targeted initiative for older workers, Ontario Job
  • Creation Partnership and Youth Job Link
  • Job matching and placement incentives
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • and more ...
Contact us today!

400 City Hall Square East, Suite 101
Windsor, ON N9A 7K6
Tel. 519-977-6444
TTY 519-977-6802

New City Hall Ground Breaking

New City Hall Ground Breaking
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Watch as City of Windsor Staff along with Mayor Drew Dilkens, City Councillors, and partners take part in the official ground breaking was held for construction of the new city hall.

Museum Windsor - What is this?

Women and Children in Hops Field ca 1894.

Hops were an important part of the brewing process and were grown in abundance in Essex County before 1900. Hiram Walker employed about 600 people for four weeks at the end of each summer and yielded about 1000 pounds of hops per acre on his extensive farm near Walkerville.
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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