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Welcome to Frontenac Islands

Island SunsetFrontenac Islands was formed in 1998 by the amalgamation of two of Ontario's oldest rural municipalities: Howe Island and Wolfe Island. Both islands can trace their European roots back to New France, but it was only in the years after the War of 1812 that settlement took place in any numbers.

The islands are named after two of Britain's generals from the time period of the Seven Year's War: James Wolfe (d. Sept 13, 1759) and William Howe (d. 1814), a subordinate of Wolfe's at the Plains Of Abraham and later Commander-in-Chief of British troops in North America during the American Revolution. The islands' current names first appeared on a map in 1818 when Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen of the Royal Navy conducted a naval survey of the 1,000 Islands.

Today, the islands have a mixture of agricultural and rural lifestyles with a growing proportion of residents working off the islands in Kingston or elsewhere in Frontenac County.

The islands, situated as they are at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River, provide a unique location to live and work. Access to the mainland is by boat: both islands are serviced by ferries year-round with the addition of a seasonal ferry to the USA from Wolfe Island from May to November.

Council Meeting April 13

The Township of Frontenac Islands will hold a regular meeting of Council on Monday, April 13, 2015 6:30 p.m. at the Howe Island Municipal Office.

Darlene Plumley, CAO/Clerk

Agenda Part 1
Agenda Part 2

Waste Site Transition Committee Meeting

A Wolfe Island Waste Site Transition Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday March 24th, 2015 at 3:30pm at the Wolfe Island Municipal Office.

Job Opportunities


Public Works Manager


The Township of Frontenac Islands is seeking an experienced individual to assume the management of the Public Works Department. This is a full-time non-union position that will oversee the daily activities of staff and equipment within the Public Works Department and report to the CAO/Clerk.

Frontenac Islands has a population of 1,900 residents and situated at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The municipal road network is made up of approximately 185km of road distributed over Wolfe Island, Howe Island and Simcoe Island and includes two ferry connections.

This position is responsible for directing the planning, operation, and maintenance of all Township infrastructure including, roads, storm sewers, drainage, parks, building facilities, operation and management of landfill sites and transfer stations, purchase of goods and services, fleet management/maintenance including the Simcoe Island ferry and the Howe Island foot ferry, replacement of municipal vehicles and equipment and budget preparation for capital replacement, and annual operating budget. Duties also include receiving, investigating and resolving concerns of the public and winter maintenance.

Qualifications include;

  • 5-10 years progressive experience in municipal public works including a minimum of 3 years in a managerial role, with a strong technical background.
  • Excellent communication skills to effectively communicate and liaise with staff, council, contractors, and outside agencies.
  • Designation as a Certified Road Supervisor (CRS)
  • Valid DZ Ontario Driver’s License in good standing.
  • Post-secondary education/training in a related field would be an asset

The successful candidate will have strong leadership ability. Proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office and CAD software will be considered an asset.

Salary range is $50,000 to $80,000 plus benefits.

All applicants are thanked for their interest. Only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Information collected will be used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purpose of candidate selection.

Applications will be received until 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 2nd, 2015.