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County launches 2019 Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-launches-2019-af-seniors-housing-grant-program-19-2-19.aspx2/19/2019 7:04:34 PMCounty launches 2019 Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program<p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong> February 1</strong><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:line-through;"><strong>9</strong></span><strong>, 2019 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe is providing the regional housing market for Seniors a boost with the 2019 Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program.</p><p>County Council approved $500,000 in annual funding towards this program to support eligible applicants in creating age-friendly housing through renovation or new housing development.</p><p>“The County continues to take action with strategies to enhance regional support services and resources that address our aging population and affordable housing needs," said Warden George Cornell. “This grant program is an important initiative that aligns with our Age-Friendly strategy and provides an incentive for residents to help us create greater housing capacity so more seniors can live independently in their communities longer." </p><p>The grant program was recommended within the Simcoe County 2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy, which identified a number of recommendations for the County and its municipalities to prepare for the region's aging population. The program will fund projects that incorporate accessible, adaptable and inclusive designs, which allow seniors to continue to live independently in their communities for as long as possible. </p><p>Grants will be awarded under three streams: accessible housing design for seniors; design for individuals with dementia; and the provision of support services for housing that incorporates enhanced aspects of accessibility over and above compliance with building code standards for residential units.</p><p>Applicants eligible for this grant include those completing housing projects located within Simcoe</p><p>County (excluding the cities of Barrie and Orillia). Applicants can be homeowners of principal residences or developers, who wish to include accessible, adaptable and inclusive design modifications for occupants aged 60 or older. Grant amounts will be distributed based on the number of applications received and ability to meet funding criteria.</p><p>An Age-Friendly Grant Selection Sub-Committee will evaluate each grant submission in accordance with established evaluation criteria and make recommendations to the Simcoe County Age-Friendly Advisory Committee for endorsement.</p><p>The deadline for 2019 application submissions is May 15, 2019. 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Visit our website at <strong>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong><br><br>Collin Matanowitsch<br> Manager, Public Relations<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br> 705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br> Communications Co-ordinator<br> County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br> 705-790-5979 (mobile)<br> Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</p>
Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-a-life-19-2-13.aspx2/13/2019 1:58:25 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst / February 14, 2019</strong> –<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> <span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;">In celebration of Heart Month, </span>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training course on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Bradford Community Centre.</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"></p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"></span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session (space is limited):</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0" style="height:297px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:  <br></strong></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​<span><span><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Save-A-Life CPR Training</strong></span></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Where: </strong>  <br></span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Bradford Community Centre</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">125 Simcoe Road</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Bradford, Ontario</span></span></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>When:  <br></strong></span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Saturday, February 23, 2019</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">9 a.m. to noon</span></span></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Cost:  <br></strong></span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Free</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Registration:</strong> </span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</span></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><div><br></div><div> <span lang="EN-US">Participants will receive instruction in a Level A course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank.</span></div><div><br></div><div>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>.</div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">- 30 -</strong></div><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowtisch@simcoe.ca<br><br></span><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br></td></tr></tbody></table>
County provides cultural ambassador training to prepare for #ITSTARTS awareness month in Marchhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-provides-cultural-ambassador-training-to-prepare-for-ITSTARTS-awareness-month-in-March.aspx2/11/2019 3:42:40 PMCounty provides cultural ambassador training to prepare for #ITSTARTS awareness month in March<p><strong>Midhurst/February 11, 2019 –</strong> In anticipation of #ITSTARTS month in March, the County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership is hosting Cultural Ambassador Training Sessions to provide education and tools to support participants in leading diversity awareness in their workplace and communities. The sessions also provide an overview of the #ITSTARTS social media campaign running throughout March. </p><p>#ITSTARTS aims to raise awareness about multiculturalism and reduce racism and discrimination in our communities. The social movement encourages Simcoe County residents to complete an #ITSTARTS card and share a photo or video through social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTS. Residents are asked to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @ExperienceSimcoeCounty (Instagram) in their messages. </p><p>“The ambassador training program and our #ITSTARTS campaign are important and impactful initiatives that help demonstrate just how open and welcoming our communities are," said Warden George Cornell. “We have a growing immigrant population, exceeding 61,000 newcomers, and we encourage residents to embrace immigrants who enrich our communities."  </p><p>Remaining Ambassador Training sessions are occurring at the following dates and locations:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Tuesday, February 12 – Collingwood Public Library – 2-4 p.m.  </li><li>Thursday, February 14 – Simcoe County Administration Centre – 9:30-11:30 a.m.</li><li>Tuesday, February 19 – Orillia Public Library – 9:30-11:30 a.m. </li><li>Thursday, February 21 – Barrie Public Library (Painswick Branch) – 6:30-8:30 p.m.  </li></ul><p>Online <a href="https://events.eventzilla.net/e/it-starts-ambassador-training-2138734144">registration</a> is available, however space is limited.</p><p>During County Council on Tuesday, February 12, Councillors and attendees will receive an overview of the #ITSTARTS campaign where staff will launch a unique cultural cooking component: #ITSTARTS… with a meal.  </p><p>#ITSTARTS cards, available in both English and French, are available through local libraries. It can also be downloaded through <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts">www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts</a> which hosts resources, tips, and tools on taking safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. Videos and photos throughout the month will be shared and promoted through the County's website and social media channels.                                                                                                                                       </p><p>The initiative, in its third year, is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including Barrie Public Library, City of Barrie, Georgian College, the Ethnic Mosaic Alliance, Lakehead University, OPP, Simcoe County District School Board, South Simcoe Police, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services (mobile unit), YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.</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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></p><p style="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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><span lang="EN-US">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span> </span></p><p style="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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
Family Day fun at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/family-Day-fun-at-the-scm-2-7-2019.aspx2/7/2019 7:44:09 PMFamily Day fun at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/ February 7, 2019 </strong><strong>–</strong> Experience old-fashioned Family Day fun at the Simcoe County Museum.  Fill your Family Day with skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and so much more. Glide through the Museum grounds on our beautiful Skating Trail. Snowshoe through our forested trails or sled down our toboggan hill. Cap off a great day by exploring the Museum's indoor galleries. It's a holiday, so enjoy all these activities and more at your own pace and schedule. </p><p>All activities are included with your event admission for the day. Bring your own skates, helmets and toboggans – snowshoes are available free of charge. </p><p>Event rates apply for Family Day activities: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Youth and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information please call 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p><span><strong>EVENT:   Family Day at the Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong><br>Where:   </strong>Simcoe County Museum<br>                1151 Highway 26<br>                Minesing, Ontario<br><br><strong>When:</strong>    February 18, 2019<br>               10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</span><br></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;">Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>for further details.<br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><span><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer, <strong>Simcoe County Museum<br><strong><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong>, Service Simcoe Branch<br><strong>705-728-3721<br><strong><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Forrest Patenaude, <br>Supervisor, <strong>Education & Visitor Engagement, <br><strong>Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch <br><strong>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><strong><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p></span>
The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Skate and Sweetshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/the-friends-of-the-scm-present-skate-and-sweets-19-1-24.aspx1/24/2019 9:12:23 PMThe Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Skate and Sweets<p><strong>Minesing/January 24, 2019 </strong>– The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum invite residents to enjoy a romantic evening under the stars on February 12, 2019. Take a turn around our lamp-lit skate trail, then indulge in delicious treats. Tickets are $18 per person if purchased prior to the event, or $20 at the door. </p><p>To purchase tickets in advance or for more information on the Simcoe County Museum, visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> or call the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p><strong>EVENT:   Skate and Sweets at the Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong><br>Where:   </strong>Simcoe County Museum<br>                1151 Highway 26<br>                Minesing, Ontario<br><br><strong>When:</strong>    Tuesday, February 12, 2019<br>                6:30 to 9 p.m.<br><br>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer, <strong>Simcoe County Museum<br><strong><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong>, Service Simcoe Branch<br><strong>705-728-3721<br><strong><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Forrest Patenaude, <br>Supervisor, <strong>Education & Visitor Engagement, <br><strong>Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch <br><strong>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><strong><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p>
County accepting applications for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-accepting-applications-for-its-2019-Arts,-Culture-and-Heritage-(Built,-Natural-and-Environmental)-Grant-program.aspx1/23/2019 7:15:36 PMCounty accepting applications for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant program<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 23, 2019 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is now accepting application for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2019 grant program was approved by County Council as part of the 2019 Budget. </p><p>In 2018, the grant supported more than 40 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2019 commitment aligns with the County's goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors.  </p><p>“As we shape our strategic direction for the next four years, this Council has made it clear that investing in tourism and initiatives that support our economy is a key priority," said Warden George Cornell. “We are pleased to give a boost to our arts and culture businesses and look forward to supporting creative projects that help enhance our communities." </p><p>The vision of this grant program is to support and enhance the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Simcoe County through:</p><ul><li>Building organizational capability and sustainability in existing and new local cultural organizations </li><li>Investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of arts and heritage </li><li>Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships </li></ul><p>Interested applicants are asked to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) by February 1, 2019 with the application due date on March 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted for three category streams: Capacity Building; Project; and Sustainability. </p><p>All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe's Grant Program Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors with support from County staff. The grant program will provide up to $200,000 in annual funding which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region. </p><p>Further details, application guidelines and templates can be found at <a title="link to grants page" href="http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants" target="_blank">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants</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 style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></p><p style="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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><span lang="EN-US">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span> </span></p><p style="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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
Council approves 2019 County of Simcoe Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-approves-2019-county-budget-19-1-220122-9671.aspx1/22/2019 3:13:08 PMCouncil approves 2019 County of Simcoe Budget<p><strong>M</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>dhu</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>st</strong><strong> </strong><strong>/</strong><strong> </strong><strong>January 22, 2019</strong><strong> </strong>– Simcoe County Council today approved a $548 million budget for 2019, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels in the region, while continuing to invest in infrastructure, Transit, Paramedic Services, Solid Waste Management, and Social Housing.</p><p>Residents will see an overall 2.00 per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2019, an impact of approximately $5.70 per $100,000 of property assessment across the region.</p><p>The County maintains a strong financial position, having received for the fourth year in a row a AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2018 from S&P Global Ratings, an independent credit company. The 2019 budget ensures the County continues along this path of long-term fiscal stability and contains items that address areas of growth, as well as initiatives directed by Council to enhance service levels for the region, support infrastructure, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future.</p><p>“Simcoe County's progression as a vibrant, growing and thriving region brings tremendous opportunity, as well as increased need and demand for regional services, supports and infrastructure," said Warden George Cornell. “Our Council understands the significant role and impact of our services to our residents and communities and has approved a fiscally responsible budget that upholds our commitment to manage tax payers' dollars efficiently, while providing flexibility to continue to invest in economic growth, tourism, municipal services, social and health programs, and regional infrastructure."</p><p><strong>2019</strong><strong> </strong><strong>B</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>dget</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Hi</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>hlig</strong><strong>ht</strong><strong>s</strong><strong> </strong><strong>i</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>clu</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>e:</strong><strong>                                                                                         </strong></p><p>Total County Expenditures for 2019: <strong>$548</strong><strong> </strong><strong>millio</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>:</strong></p><ul><li>Long Term Care and Seniors Services <strong>$60</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li>Paramedic Services <strong>$73</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>ill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Social Housing <strong>$88</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>ill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Ontario Works <strong>$73</strong><strong> </strong><strong>mill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Transportation and Engineering <strong>$69</strong><strong> </strong><strong>mill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Solid Waste Management <strong>$46</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>llion</strong></li><li>Children and Community Services <strong>$62</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>ill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li></ul><p>Attached to this news release is the 2019 County of Simcoe Budget Overview.</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</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- </strong><strong>3</strong><strong>0</strong><strong> -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br> Manager, Public Relations<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br> 705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Jennifer Straw<br> Communications Co-ordinator<br> County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br> 705-790-5979 (mobile)<br> Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span> <br></p>
Blades hit the ice at the Simcoe County Museum Skate Trailhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/blades-hit-the-ice-at-the-scm-skate-trail-19-1-14.aspx1/14/2019 2:42:03 PMBlades hit the ice at the Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>M</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>dhu</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>st</strong><strong> </strong><strong>/</strong><strong> </strong><strong>January 14, 2019</strong><strong> </strong>– The scenic Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail is now open. Spanning more than one kilometre in length, the Skate Trail travels through the Museum's heritage buildings, historic equipment displays, and forest pathways.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Skating Trail is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (<em>weather permitting</em>).  </p><p>Please visit the Museum website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest updates on Skate Trail operations. Rates can be found on the website and include admission to the Museum. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><ul><li>Facebook: @SimcoeCountyMuseum</li><li>Twitter: @SimcoeCountyMUS</li><li>Website: museum.simcoe.ca</li><li>Telephone: (705) 728-3721</li></ul><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 –</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Shaughna Crew </span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> Events Programmer </span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> 705-728-3721</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> </span><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</span></a></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">Forrest Patenaude</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> 705-728-3721 ext. 1320 </span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"> <a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
Paramedics wrap up another successful Toy Drivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/paramedics-wrap-up-another-successful-toy-drive-18-12-24.aspx12/24/2018 4:45:05 PMParamedics wrap up another successful Toy Drive<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 24, 2018</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services wrapped up its 16<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive having collected 5,627 toys, 6,968 lbs of food, and $13,879.36 in cash and gift cards.</p><p>“The generosity of our residents was once again on full display during this year's Paramedic Services Toy Drive," said Warden George Cornell. “Thank you to all our contributors and to the many paramedics who volunteered their time to help bring joy to families and children in need throughout Simcoe County."</p><p>With this year's totals, the Toy Drive has collected 78,459 toys, 31,404 lbs of food, and approximately $158,905 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 16 years.</p><p>“Each year I am amazed by our County of Simcoe Paramedics, their families and friends, and the students from the Paramedic programs at Georgian College and CTS Canadian Career College, who have volunteered more than 1,000 hours towards this incredible program," said Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “Their efforts will help make this a Christmas to remember for so many."</p><p>All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with Simcoe County Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Collingwood Salvation Army, Wasaga Beach Kinettes, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, Barrie Christmas Cheer, a number of local food banks and Innisfil Community Church.</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><span><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 - <br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong></strong></p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Collin Matanowitsch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> Public Relations Manager</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-734-8386 (mobile)</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer Straw</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Communications Co-ordinator</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-726-9300 ext. 1036</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-790-5979 (mobile)</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span></span>
S&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit ratinghttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/S&P-Global-Ratings-affirms-the-County-of-Simcoe’s-“AA”-credit-rating-.aspx12/17/2018 2:14:02 PMS&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit rating<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ December 17, 2018</strong> – S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the County of Simcoe's very strong AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2018.</p><p>This is the fourth year the rating agency has affirmed a AA rating along with a stable outlook for the County of Simcoe based on its healthy liquidity, minimal debt burden, and sound budgetary results. S&P Global Ratings also stated that the County's prudent financial management continues to underpin the rating. </p><p>“As we enter a new Council term, it's reassuring that a global auditing agency has confirmed that we're starting from a sound financial position," said Warden George Cornell. “The County has strong operating and budgetary oversight. Due to the prudent management of tax payers dollars, this new Council can continue to make responsible investments in our services to strengthen our municipalities and contribute to the well-being of our residents." </p><p>The rating affirmation reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectations that, throughout the two-year forecast horizon, the County will maintain robust liquidity, its after-capital deficit will not surpass 5 per cent of total revenues, and tax-supported debt will remain well below 30 per cent of operating revenues.</p><p>The stable outlook reflects S&P's expectations that the County will generate healthy operating surpluses, although large capital requirements will keep after-capital results in deficit. S&P stated that they expect the County to keep managing its capital program prudently, with a strong reliance on pay-as-you-go financing, and avoid the need to issue new debt over the next two years. As a result, S&P expects the County's tax-supported debt ratio will decrease slowly to about 8 per cent of operating revenues in fiscal 2020. S&P also notes that the County has exceptional liquidity. By its calculations, the County's average free cash and liquid assets will total about $50 million in the next 12 months and represent more than 14x the estimated debt service. S&P expects this ratio to remain well above 100 per cent during the forecasted outlook.</p><p><strong>About S&P Global Ratings</strong><br><strong> </strong>With 26 offices around the world and a history that dates back more than 150 years, S&P Global Ratings provides high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, research, and thought leadership.</p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>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;">  <strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><span lang="EN-US">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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></span></p><div style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Jennifer Straw</div><div style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Communications Co-ordinator</div><div style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch</div><div style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">705-726-9300 ext. 1036</div><div style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">705-790-5979 (mobile)</div><div style="text-align:left;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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></div><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong> </p>