Town News


August 10, 2017 Town News
GANANOQUE – Mayor Erika Demchuk will join more than 1,900 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's (AMO) 2017 Conference in Ottawa from August 13 to16.
For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.
Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and both opposition leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.
The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries. In partnership with the Eastern Ontario Mayor’s Caucus, Mayor Demchuk will be meeting with Mr. Yvan Baker, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance on Monday August 14, 2017 and the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development & Growth on Tuesday August 15, 2017.
Key session topics include the need for new and modern approaches to funding municipal government, changes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), infrastructure and transit, climate change, new waste legislation and changes to the Blue Box program, marijuana legalization, the digital and sharing economy, affordable housing, police modernization, and much more. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.
Program information is available online at
Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.


August 9, 2017 Town News
The Town of Gananoque is pleased to announce that Steve Tiernan is the Town’s new Fire Chief. Town Council selected Steve after interviews were held with candidates on July 20 & 31, 2017. Steve comes to the Town with extensive fire experience having most recently worked for Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire & Emergency Services where he held the position of District Chief/Training Officer. He was also the Fire Prevention Officer for the Municipality.
Steve holds NFPA Fire Officer IV certification as well as a NFPA Fire Instructor II certification. He will graduate from the Guelph Humber Fire Executive Officer program this fall. He is also completing the Loyalist College Municipal Leadership program. His part time passion is teaching Rope Rescue.
“Coming from the harbour village of Tobermory, Ontario, I see many similarities with the Town of Gananoque. The influx of summer tourists and the direct water access is a major reason I am attracted to this area. I cannot be more pleased to serve a town that has so much going for it. From your relaxing waterfront, amazing restaurants, and exquisite downtown, I truly look forward to meeting everyone.”
“On behalf of Council and staff, I wish to welcome Steve Tiernan to the Town of Gananoque,” expressed Mayor Demchuk. “We are excited to move the Fire Service forward under Steve’s leadership. We would also like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Acting Fire Chief Gary Bullock who has been an integral part of assisting the Town with the Fire Service for the past year.”
Steve will begin his duties with the Town on Tuesday, September 5th 2017.

Honk Launches Online Parking Payment System in Gananoque

June 30, 2017 Town News
HonkMobile, North America’s fastest and most convenient way to find and pay for parking announced today an expansion to the Town of Gananoque. Just in time for summer tourist season, residents and visitors can now pay for municipal and trailer parking with the touch of a button using any internet connected device.
Town officials, along with Honk representative Tyson Sinclair, gathered at Town Hall for the app’s official launch today. The Honk app allows Gananoque residents and visitors to seamlessly search, pay for, and top up parking directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.
Honk’s fast and easy service is available immediately at the municipal lot located at 760 Stone St. (for vehicles only), and at the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque & T.L.T.I Recreation Centre at 600 King St. for vehicles with boat trailers. The Town is planning to implement the app for on street metered parking spaces in the coming weeks.
Fishing and boating enthusiasts using the app can pay for multiple days at a time conveniently through their device. The app conveniently notifies users when their parking session is set to expire, allowing them to buy additional time remotely - a great feature when boating excursions run late.
“Honk’s innovative technology is bringing great results to other municipalities and we’re confident it will also help our community,” said Gananoque Mayor, Erika Demchuk. “The online parking system provides us with an affordable add-on to the traditional parking meters. This technology will make parking faster, easier and safer while saving our town money which can be reinvested in other priorities.”
“Gananoque and the 1000 Islands is a sightseer’s paradise and we want to make visiting even more enjoyable by offering hassle-free parking,” said Honk Founder and CEO Michael Back. “This announcement is a win-win for the municipality and motorists. This convenient app allows users to pay for parking while out on a boat or off site.”
About HonkMobile:
Honk is North America’s leading provider of on-demand mobile payments for parking. Honk’s innovative cloud-based technology streamlines parking by allowing users to search, pay for, and top up parking from their mobile phone, tablet or any internet connected device. Honk is already accepted at over 800 locations and 150,000 parking spaces across Canada and the United States. Using a single account, motorists can pay for parking anywhere Honk is
accepted across North America.
The HonkMobile app can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android at or via the App Store or Google Play.
Mia Brown
Director, Marketing