Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield is satisfied with MoneySense’s recent ranking of Kenora, which listed the city as being the 65th best place to live in Canada. However, Canfield added that it took a bit of a nudge to have the city recognized for the community’s hard work.

“It’s great. We’ve had conversations with MoneySense over the years. We found that their ratings and their reasons were very wrong. I was very clear and quite direct in how they weren’t doing their homework correctly. It looks like they’re doing their homework a little better now and they moved us up the rankings. We’ll take it.” 

Canfield noted that the city worked very hard to properly invest in city infrastructure, culture, and much more to improve the city’s perception.

Kenora was ranked 65th due to high scores in the health accessibility, low taxes, and wealth and economy categories of the study. Last year, Kenora was ranked 230th overall. The study looked at ten categories, including affordability, weather, economy, population growth, taxes, crime, access to health care and more.

He then spoke about a few of the city’s shining achievements, like the new indoor Sportsplex, downtown revitalization efforts, the museum, theatre groups, the Mount Evergreen Ski Club, the Lake of the Woods Speedway, the Kenora Rowing Club, and more.

“There’s so many things that have come to fruition through the efforts of great staff and outstanding volunteers. As you get things like Hockey Day in Canada and the Canada Summer Games, you get a lot of publicity. Mayors from all over the province have said that our work has been unbelievable.”

Kenora was the only community in northwestern Ontario to make it into the study. Thunder Bay was ranked as the 233rd best place to live. Winnipeg is ranked at 271.

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