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Labour Day Waste Collectionhttp://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Labour-Day-Waste-Collection.aspx8/15/2017 6:46:37 PMLabour Day Waste Collection<p>​There will be <strong>no change</strong> to your garbage, organics, and recycling collection day. Have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular day to ensure collection.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES HOURS</strong></span><br>All County waste management facilities will be CLOSED Monday, September 4 except Site 8 (Matchedash).</p><p>Does not apply to residents of Barrie and Orillia.</p><p> </p>
County seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy updatehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-seeking-public-and-stakeholder-input-on-forest-recreation-policy-update-17-8-8.aspx8/8/2017 5:32:58 PMCounty seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy update<p><strong>Midhurst/August 8, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is encouraging anyone who spends time in our Simcoe County Forest to complete a brief survey to provide input into a review being undertaken of the Recreation Policy. </p><p>The Recreation Policy governs the public use of the Simcoe County Forest. The Policy was approved by County Council in 2006 to ensure the continued enjoyment of the Forest by all responsible users, to minimize environmental impacts and to reduce conflicts. </p><p>Assumptions which have governed the existing Policy and Forest Management Plan, and will continue to guide decision making include: </p><ul><li>The County Forest is considered to be a 'working forest' and is not parkland, preserve or for single-use. </li><li>Recreational pursuits in the Forest are a privilege, not a right. </li><li>Forest health, management and associated operations take precedence over recreational activities. </li><li>The County Forest is owned by the Corporation of the County of Simcoe, is not crown land, and as such the County is ultimately responsible for management decisions. </li></ul><p>A review of the Recreation Policy is being undertaken to assess where it is working well and to identify what changes or modifications may be needed to better address public use and improve the experience of Forest users. The outcome of the review and public feedback may include recommendations for minor amendments, clarifications and possible other changes to better achieve Policy objectives. </p><p>"We take great pride in being a municipal leader in forest stewardship and Forests Ontario recently recognized our efforts by naming us Ontario's Green Leaf Challenge award winner among large organizations for planting more than 81,000 trees so far this season," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Our forests are a treasure and asset to all our residents and visitors. Please take our brief survey and have your say in how we experience and share the Simcoe County Forest in a responsible way." </p><p>The survey is available online at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6e897b69-910b-45c6-bc22-a187ce268c38">www.simcoe.ca/recsurvey</a>. The survey can also be taken over the phone by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Forest <br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada with over 150 properties ranging in size from 13 to over 3,500 acres. The County of Simcoe is one of the few municipalities in Ontario that continues to invest in additional lands to ensure that the substantial environmental, social and economic benefits continue into the future. Within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Our forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational pursuits. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p>County of Simcoe Forestry received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) re-certification by the Rainforest Alliance<sup>TM</sup> in 2015 (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards. The County first achieved FSC certification in July 2010. Learn more about the FSC certification program at <a href="https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm">https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm</a> </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
Notice of Meetings for County Council for the Month of August, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Notice-of-Meetings-for-County-Council-for-the-Month-of-August,-2017.aspx7/25/2017 6:32:11 PMNotice of Meetings for County Council for the Month of August, 2017<p>​<strong>PLEASE NOTE THE COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2017 HAVE BEEN MOVED TO WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017</strong></p><p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will hold the following regular meetings of County Council during the month of August, 2017: </p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 9 – Council Chamber</span></p><ul><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 9 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Economic Development Sub-Committee 11:00 a.m., or immediately following Committee of the Whole</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, August 9 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Governance Committee 12:00 noon, or immediately following Economic Development Sub-Committee</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Thursday, August 17 – Oro-Medonte Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee 10:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Friday, August 18 – Oro-Medonte Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 9:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Thursday, August 31 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Agricultural Liaison Committee 9:00 a.m.</li></ul><p>Unless otherwise specified, the meetings will be held in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.  Meetings are subject to change and interested parties should confirm the status of the meeting through the published agenda, or contacting the County Clerk's Office at Ext. 1246 or clerks@simcoe.ca<br> <br>The agendas for these meetings may be viewed approximately seven days prior by clicking on the following link: <br> <br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=667d19f3-1f2f-431c-9980-c9d053e3ad07">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr</a><br>  <br> Any person may attend the meetings.</p><p>Meeting dates and times are subject to change.</p><p>DATED at the County of Simcoe this 28th day of July, 2017.</p><p>John Daly<br> County Clerk<br> County of Simcoe<br> 1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6</p>
Celebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/simcoe-day-2017-07-26.aspx7/26/2017 2:28:32 PMCelebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 26, 2017 –</strong> Join Warden Gerry Marshall and fellow County Councillors to celebrate Simcoe Day (Civic Holiday) with a free community event at the Simcoe County Museum. The event runs Monday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a free BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Simcoe County Museum, a range of picnic-themed activities and of course a BBQ with homemade hand churned ice cream as a special treat. </p><p>"I'm looking forward to a great day as we give back to our residents, enjoy the mid-summer holiday, fill up on some BBQ and showcase the Simcoe County Museum," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This is a small token of our Council's appreciation to all our residents and I'll be joined by a number of Councillors throughout the day as we meet and mingle with Simcoe County families."</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:17%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:58%;"><strong>Simcoe Day Celebration </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:17%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:58%;"><p>Simcoe County Museum                                                                    <br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:17%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:58%;"><p>Monday, August 7, 2017<br>10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Museum and activities open to the public<br>11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: BBQ  </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The BBQ is being sponsored by the County of Simcoe and our partners from Enbridge Gas Distribution Community Event Services are helping cook and hand out hot dogs, sausages and a vegetarian option. A donation to the local Food Bank is encouraged. </p><p>Did you know that the Civic Holiday is also celebrated as Simcoe Day in honour of Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe (1752 –1806)? Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe served as the first <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Upper_Canada">Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada</a> and was a founding figure in Canadian history. Throughout Simcoe County and Ontario, Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe is recognized for his efforts.  </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
Celebrating local food from field to tablehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Celebrating-local-food-from-field-to-table.aspx7/25/2017 3:21:04 PMCelebrating local food from field to table<p><strong>Midhurst/July 25, 2017 — </strong>Now in its fifth year, the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter Champion Awards has celebrated over 150 different individuals, organizations, and businesses working to create a strong and vibrant food system in Simcoe County.<br> <br>On August 19, 2017, 13 residents from across the County will take the stage at the Farm Fresh Food Fest event, being hosted in Tiny Township, to accept awards honouring their work in the areas of agriculture, food security, food-skills development, environmental responsibility, agri-business, and increasing the profile of farming in Simcoe County.  </p><p>"The Charter Champion Awards were created to celebrate local food and agriculture while promoting all the tremendous products, services, activities and programs available across our region," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Our agri-food sector is booming and beyond feeding much of Canada, we strongly encourage our own residents to shop our local farm gates, local-food retailers, community gardens, and the many programs and events that promote skills-building and civic engagement around local food."</p><p>Launched in 2013, the Charter Champion Awards was a means to entrench the newly developed Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter in the community. Since the development of the Charter, the FPA says it has observed an increase in community gardens, local food and culinary events, retailers and restaurants supporting local food, and local volunteer groups dedicated to food security.</p><p>"The Charter is a document developed by community members for community members and is a guide for making decisions intended to improve the local food system," said John Hemsted, Chair of the Food Partners Alliance (FPA), which oversees Charter-related work. "The Charter provided some food for thought, in that it created an exchange of ideas around food, and that dialogue has turned into action." </p><p>Although there are a select number of award recipients each year, the FPA recognizes anyone supporting the local food system, from field to fork, as a champion of the principles outlined in the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter.</p><p><strong>About the Farm Fresh Event:<br></strong>The event will not only showcase and celebrate local producers, food entrepreneurs, artists and craftspeople, but it will immerse consumers in farm culture through interactive experiences and informative programing about the food they eat and how it's grown. This year's Charter Champions will be paired with the 100 Mile Dinner event as part of Farm Fresh Food Fest.</p><p>The 100 Mile Dinner will showcase a vast variety of locally grown food and the culinary talent of the Ciboulette et Cie team. Dinner will be served family style along a stretch of harvest style tables to foster a sense of community.  Guests will be treated to the musical talent of the Desotos, while they eat and celebrate alongside our community's local food champions.  </p><p>Tickets to the dinner and Awards program are available for purchase online at <a href="http://www.farmfreshfoodfest.ca/"><strong>www.farmfreshfoodfest.ca</strong></a></p><p>The Food Partners Alliance of Simcoe County is a multi-sector organization whose primary purpose is to work together and provide leadership to build a sustainable and equitable food system, from research to field, to table. The FPA works to support the implementation of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.fpa.simcoe.ca/"><strong>www.fpa.simcoe.ca</strong></a></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p><strong>The 2017 Charter Champion Award recipients include</strong>: </p><p><strong>Best Agricultural Club or Association</strong><br><strong> </strong>Women's Institute</p><p><strong>Best Community Garden</strong><br><strong> </strong>Midland Community Garden</p><p><strong>Best Community-Based Food-Skills Development Program</strong><br><strong> </strong>Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Town of Collingwood</p><p><strong>Best Environmental Champion—Business or Organization</strong><br><strong> </strong>Ripe Juicery Inc.</p><p><strong>Best Event Celebrating Culture and Local Food</strong><br><strong> </strong>Farms Feed Families<br> Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture</p><p><strong>Best Local Food Restaurant/Caterer</strong><br><strong> </strong>Valley Farm Market</p><p><strong>Best Local Food Retailer</strong><br><strong> </strong>Hewitt's Farm Market and Bakery</p><p><strong>Best School Program</strong><br><strong> </strong>Bear Creek Secondary School (SCDSB), Hospitality Program<br> Sarah Prentice</p><p><strong>Buy Local Champion</strong><br><strong> </strong>Nicholyn Farms</p><p><strong>Community Appreciation Award for Work Improving Equal Access</strong><br><strong> </strong>Georgian Food Locker <br>Georgian College Students' Association (GCSA), Barrie Campus</p><p><strong>Community Appreciation Award—Thank your Friendly Local Farmer</strong><br><strong> </strong>The Harris Family, Harris Farms</p><p><strong>Youth Farmer Award(s)</strong><br><strong> </strong>Kylie Van Casteren<br> Owen Van Casteren</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Federal Gas Tax supports local road and capital projectshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/gas-tax-fund-2017-07-10.aspx7/10/2017 7:19:03 PMFederal Gas Tax supports local road and capital projects<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 10, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is pleased to announce that it will receive $8.4 million from the Government of Canada through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to support vital community projects in 2017.</p><p>Approximately $5.5 million of the GTF contributions will be applied to enhance nine road rehabilitation projects throughout the County, while $2.9 million will support two significant roads and transportation capital projects including the Wye River North Bridge Rehabilitation project and the reconstruction of County Road 17 from Severn Falls north to the Big Chute.  </p><p>Since 2005, the County has received $76.6 million through the federal GTF to support the completion of numerous road and capital projects. </p><p>"Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in Ontario, and across Canada, to make strategic investments that support their specific needs," said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "The funding provided to the County of Simcoe will go towards projects like the rehabilitation of local roads and a bridge, making a difference in residents' day to day lives and supporting a better quality of life throughout the county now and in the future." </p><p>"We thank the Government of Canada for continuing to invest in our municipalities and support vital projects that benefit our residents," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Flow through funds play such an important role in the level of services we can provide to our communities and supports our capacity to grow, develop and maintain our existing infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations."</p><p><strong>About the Federal Gas Tax Fund<br></strong>As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity. Each year, the federal GTF assists municipalities by providing funding for local infrastructure projects. From coast to coast to coast, the federal GTF is making a difference in all communities across Canada. Every year, municipalities benefit from the financial support and flexibility of the federal GTF. To date, $19 billion has been invested in municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund and more than $2 billion will continue to flow each year. </p><p>In Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) delivers the Fund to 443 municipal governments on a per capita basis. In 2016 AMO administered $628 million from the Fund to invest in local infrastructure. In total, Ontario's municipalities will receive $3.8 billion between 2014 and 2018.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Georgian Village Adult Day Program receives boost from Provincehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Adult-Day-2017-07-07.aspx7/7/2017 7:06:10 PMGeorgian Village Adult Day Program receives boost from Province<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ July 7, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is pleased to announce that its Georgian Village Adult Day Program has received a Seniors Community Grant of $2,952.80 from the Government of Ontario to support seniors within the community to stay connected through social inclusion and community engagement. </p><p>The Adult Day Program features community events that engage seniors within the Program and the local rural community with fellowship, families and social interaction through social events including barbeques, entertainment and activities. The Adult Day Program also provides adult daytime respite care to families in need. </p><p>"Support through the Seniors Community Grant program has helped thousands of seniors by helping them to stay active and involved in their communities, find volunteer opportunities and engage in continuous learning," said Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs. </p><p>"We thank the Government of Ontario for supporting our Adult Day Program and helping us connect seniors in our communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We take great pride in our continued leadership in providing innovative programs and services for our older residents as we strive to enhance the age-friendliness of Simcoe County." </p><p>Event Dates:</p><ul><li>Monday, July 10</li><li>Tuesday, July 25</li><li>Wednesday August 9</li><li>Thursday, August 31</li></ul><p>Time: Events run from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and include lunch, refreshments and entertainment</p><p>Location: Georgian Village, 101 Thompsons Road, Penetanguishene</p><p>For more information on these events contact Georgian Village Adult Day Program at 705-549-6277 </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
County publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/housing-strategy-2017-06-28.aspx6/28/2017 6:32:40 PMCounty publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ June 28, 2017 –</strong> The County of Simcoe published its third annual report card, entitled <em>Housing Our Future: 2016 Annual Report</em>, to measure and evaluate achievements during the third year of implementing recommendations contained in <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. </p><p>"Since 2014, we've created 544 new affordable housing units in Simcoe County," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "While we still have work to do to achieve our target of 2,685 units by 2024, including finding creative funding and build opportunities, together with our partners at the province, our municipalities, the private and not-for-profit sectors, we're making an impact through a shared commitment to putting a roof over the heads of all our residents." </p><p>The report card was submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Housing and uses a Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework to evaluate population level and performance level outcomes required to achieve community well-being and policy/program effectiveness towards achievement of the Strategy's five key themes and 31 priority actions. </p><p>Key achievements from year three are outlined below. The full report card is available at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=8748af2f-ecb5-4b6e-9b3d-829924e62e65">www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps</a>. </p><p><strong>Strategic Theme 1: Strong Governance and Leadership </strong></p><ul><li>Successfully launched new County-funded Secondary Suites and Rent Subsidy programs</li><li>Issued a 2016 Call for Proposals to solicit municipal interest in affordable housing development in partnership with Simcoe County Housing Corporation, resulting in 11 offered sites for affordable housing development, in six different municipalities</li><li>Completed an affordable housing project in Barrie (Brooks Street) that featured an expansion of 54 one-bedroom units designed for seniors, which included accessibility features and energy efficient heating and lighting</li><li>Approved increase in annual budget from $100K to $200K annually for the provision of development charge rebates, beginning 2017</li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 2: Achieve Affordable Housing Targets</strong></p><ul><li>544 new units created since the Strategy was approved</li><li>75 affordable rental units were completed in 2016</li><li>15 new secondary suites completed with County/Provincial funding during 2016</li><li>124 secondary suites were created without government funding in 2016</li><li>103 additional rent supplement units were created in 2016</li><li>20 households assisted with down-payments through the Homeownership program during 2016</li><li>More than 300 units of affordable rental development are in various stages of the construction process in six different communities across the County </li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 3: Protect Existing Public Assets</strong></p><ul><li>$7.9 million invested in maintaining social housing assets in County owned and non-profit housing in 2016</li><li>In 2016, $1.6 million was issued through provider loans to assist mandated social housing providers with urgent capital repairs. Additionally, Federal-Provincial funding was utilized to support capital repairs for four providers</li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 4: Plan for the Public Good</strong></p><ul><li>County continues to provide development charges and property tax incentives for affordable housing development</li><li>A Municipal Housing Tools and Incentives Best Practices Information Sheet was developed to provide information to support municipal levels of government within the County to partner with the private and non-for-profit sectors in the creation of new affordable rental housing </li><li>Developed new tracking mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on the development of privately created Secondary Suites</li></ul><p><strong>Strategic Theme 5: Create an Integrated Service Model for Housing and Supports</strong></p><ul><li>707 households were successful in retaining their housing at six-month follow-up</li><li>2,637 households assisted with funding for housing retention for rent and utility arrears</li><li>168 households have received assistance with home repairs and accessibility modifications since 2014, including 59 households in 2015</li><li>119 households assisted with transitional housing</li></ul><p>As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for this region, the County of Simcoe is responsible for developing and implementing the <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. The <em>Strategy</em> was approved by County Council in 2014. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p style="text-align:center;"><strong></strong> </p>