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County of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Affordable Housing Development in Bradford West Gwillimburyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-hosts-public-information-sessions-on-Affordable-Housing-Development-in-BWG.aspx11/26/2021 3:05:01 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Affordable Housing Development in Bradford West Gwillimbury<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 26, 2021 –</strong> The County of Simcoe is hosting two virtual public information sessions on Monday, December 6, 2021 from 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. to gather resident feedback on the design and layout of the County's proposed 50-unit affordable housing development in the Bradford settlement area.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>The project addresses urgent needs for affordable housing for seniors, families and residents. The proposed new low-rise building will create an additional 50 units in the area and include office and program space for community and social service agencies, allowing more people to have stable and affordable housing and services where they can continue to contribute to their community for themselves and future generations.<br></p><p>The virtual public information sessions will begin with a presentation followed by a moderated question and answer session.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>EVE​NT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Public Meeting on SCHC Bradford West Gwillimbury Affordable Housing development</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Virtual – <em>details provided upon registration</em></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Monday, December 6, 2021 ~ 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>Register</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Please R.S.V.P. your interest in attending the virtual public meeting by e-mailing <a href="mailto:%20BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca">BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca​</a> by December 2, 2021</p></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size:1em;">More information regarding this County of Simcoe Social and Community Services and Housing Development project is available at </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=bdf4bf59-3fe1-40e0-8174-17b9deee46dc" style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca/bwg-development</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><p><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">unty 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 </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.­­­­­­</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p><p><strong>CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">An</span><span style="font-size:1em;">drea Walase</span><span style="font-size:1em;">k<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Threehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-toy-drive-update-week-three-21-11-26.aspx11/25/2021 9:13:56 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Three<p>​<br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 26, 2021 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 19<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 12, 2021, so far collecting more than 650 lbs of food and more than $900 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations, along with new, unwrapped toys and food will be accepted at various locations across Simcoe County. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=c6fd367c-e4a3-4679-8ae3-fbb2c8292716">simcoe.ca/toydrive</a> to learn more.</p><p>Paramedics continue to encourage residents to consider donating virtually by visiting <a href="https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/">https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/</a>.</p><p>Over the next week, Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations (<em>following all safety guidelines and protocols</em>): </p><p><strong>​November 27, 2021</strong><br><strong> </strong>Coldwater Foodland – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Wasaga Beach Walmart – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br> Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade – 5 to 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>November 28, 2021</strong><br><strong> </strong>Innisfil Santa Claus Parade – 5 to 7 p.m.<br> Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade – 1 to 3 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 2, 2021</strong><br> Stayner Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5 to 7 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be also made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic Services stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).<br></p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway </li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus</strong> - 110 Fairview Drive</li><li><strong>Barrie North - </strong>667 Bayfield Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin - </strong>113 Tiffin Street</li><li><strong>Beeton - </strong>51 Main Street East</li><li><strong>Bradford - </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7</li><li><strong>Coldwater - </strong>1 Firehall Lane</li><li><strong>Collingwood - </strong>169 St. Paul Street</li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Craighurst - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Elmvale - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">17 Allenwood Road</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midland - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">395 Cranston Crescent</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Orillia - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">68 West Street</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Penetanguishene - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">10 Robert Street West</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Stayner - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">6993 Highway 26</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Stroud - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">2394 Victoria Street West</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Wasaga Beach - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">23 Oxbow Park Road</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Washago - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">401 Anchor Drive, Severn</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></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 style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">790-5979 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a​</span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County and area partners connect hundreds of local job seekers and employers through second Virtual Job Fairhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-and-area-partners-connect-hundreds-of-local-job-seekers-and-employers-through-second-virtual-job-fair.aspx11/25/2021 8:05:15 PMCounty and area partners connect hundreds of local job seekers and employers through second Virtual Job Fair<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>November 25</strong><strong>, 2021 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>On November 9, the County and area partners, including member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Employment Ontario and the Province of Ontario, collaborated on another successful Work in Simcoe County job fair. </p><p>“County Council is focused on the local labour needs of our residents and businesses, and we continue to work with our partners to assist job seekers and help grow our local economy," said Warden George Cornell. “We have expanding businesses and high-quality job opportunities across all sectors. Building on the success of our first Virtual Job Fair this past June, our second session generated more than 1,000 conversations between local employers and active job seekers."</p><p>Data collected from the County of Simcoe's <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a> website shows that in the month of October there were 9,684 active job openings in our region. The most in-demand skills were in sales and services, business, finance, administration, education, law, social, community and government services, and trades, transport and equipment operations. </p><p>The County Job Fair hosted 400 job seekers and 87 employers in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, agriculture and food processing, hospitality and tourism, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare and social assistance, construction and the trades, education and training and more. This virtual event helped to increase awareness of local programs and services, including immigrant specific employment programs, career pathways such as apprenticeships and Employment Ontario programs available to both job seekers and employers.  </p><p><strong>Testimonials<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">“The Work in Simcoe County Virtual Job Fair was a fantastic opportunity to connect with local talent, engage with potential candidates and highlight what Friday Harbour has to offer as an employer of choice. The platform was very user friendly and staff were excellent to work with! Our team had a lot of fun participating in the event and we can't wait to be a part of the next one!" – </span><em style="font-size:1em;">Friday Harbour, Town of Innisfil</em><strong><br></strong></p><p>In addition to promoting current job vacancies, the County is also promoting the benefits of living and working in Simcoe County. The workinsimcoecounty.ca page highlights real life stories of local workers, who have taken advantage of the unique opportunities offered in our region, including an outstanding work life balance and careers for innovators and problem solvers in key sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and tourism. A new video released by the County features perspectives of local champions from area companies, including Greenland, Crozier, Magna Techform and Friday Harbour speaking to their experiences living and working in the region. Check out the video at <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a>.   </p><p><strong>About </strong><strong>Work in Simcoe County </strong><br>The Work in Simcoe County<em> </em>site includes local resources and job opportunities, as well as vital information to empower and inspire residents. Using an automated fetching tool to aggregate job listings from over 20 popular job boards and career sites and new user-friendly features, the portal provides services for job seekers, students, parents and local government and helps to link residents with local opportunities. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a>. A list of local Employment Ontario service providers in Simcoe County is available at <a href="https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/hiring-help/">https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/hiring-help/</a>.</p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nty</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Si</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">coe</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span 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style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r </span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e at</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">s</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">i</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">mco</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">e</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">.</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Celebrate Christmas at the County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/celebrate-christmas-at-the-county-museum.aspx11/24/2021 3:12:36 PMCelebrate Christmas at the County Museum<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 24, 2021</strong> –This December, the County Museum presents a Simcoe County Christmas. Share the holidays with friends and family at the Simcoe County Museum, and join us between December 3 and 17 to take part in various Christmas-themed activities that are fun for everyone.</p><p><strong>A Simcoe County Christmas<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">A Simcoe County Christmas is an in-person guided tour celebrating some of the different ways Christmas has been celebrated throughout Simcoe County's history. Travelling through the decorated museum galleries, heritage buildings and grounds by lamplight, costumed interpreters will share stories from Christmases past.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">  </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Victorian customs, early settler treats, Sinterklaas and our own recent Christmas traditions are featured in this program. Participants will be offered light refreshments outdoors by the fire, as well as a Christmas gift of treats, crafts and activities to enjoy at home.</span><strong><br></strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;">Simcoe County Museum - 1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Every 20 minutes between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Every Friday between December 3 and December 17, 2021</span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Register</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Please book in advance <a href="https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search">online</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">Admission is $8 per person<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Paramedic Toy Drive</span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Christmas Workshops<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Christmas is officially here, which means it's time to break out the eggnog and a few beloved holiday decorations. Back in the 1970s, tabletop ceramic Christmas trees became all the rage. These tiny tabletop decorations were likely handmade in a nearby ceramics class. Now it's your turn to create some custom retro Christmas decorations of your own. Light up your tabletop this season with your very own ceramic Christmas tree, Victorian Glass ornaments and Christmas crackers in our Christmas Workshop. Now you can impress your family and friends with your very own unique handcrafted Christmas gifts.</span><strong><br></strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;">Simcoe County Museum - 1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Morning (9 a.m. – noon) and Evening (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) sessions available Saturday, December 4, 2021<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Register</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Please book in advance <a href="https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search">online</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">$125.00 per person for the 3-hour workshop (this workshop is geared to adults)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Cost includes one 14" Ceramic Christmas Tree and instruction, two glass ornaments, take home kit for four Christmas Crackers, light refreshments (eggnog, apple cider, tea, coffee, cookies)</span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>COVID-19 Safety Precautions<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Effective Saturday, November 6, 2021, all Museum visitors aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter the Museum. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes an Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate, or paper copy of proof of vaccination status, and official government issued identification. Physical distancing and masking measures are still in effect.</span><strong><br></strong></p><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>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="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris H​edley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
County of Simcoe recognizes community leaders at ninth annual Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-recognizes-community-leaders-at-ninth-annual-newcomer-recognition-awards-21-11-23.aspx11/23/2021 2:49:09 PMCounty of Simcoe recognizes community leaders at ninth annual Newcomer Recognition Awards<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 23, 2021 –</strong> On November 22, 2021, the County of Simcoe virtually launched the ninth annual Newcomer Recognition Awards. Seven individuals and two organizations were recognized for their contributions to developing welcoming communities across Simcoe County.</p><p>The award winners were joined by local immigration partners, elected officials and guest speaker Dr. Krishana Sankar, an award-winning science communicator and medical researcher.</p><p>“Over the past 10 years, our Local Immigration Partnership has continued to collaborate with regional partners to support and celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our newcomers", said Warden George Cornell. “The wealth of experience, ideas and diversity that newcomers bring to our communities helps to broaden our perspectives and strengthen our economies. These award recipients are great examples of community champions and it's my honour to thank them for the roles they play in helping Simcoe County thrive. I am also grateful to our staff, partners and residents who continue to support newcomer residents."</p><p>​This year's Newcomer Recognition Award Winners are:</p><ul><li>Community Champion – Wazeer Rahman</li><li>Youth Community Champion – Ishaan Sachdeva</li><li>Ethno Cultural Group – Barrie Persian Association</li><li>Immigrant Entrepreneur – Cecilia Doucette</li><li>Multiculturalism in Education – Educator – Amy Hsaio</li><li>Service Excellence – Isabel Oliveira</li><li>Immigrant Youth - Ishaan Sachdeva</li><li>Immigrant Mentor – Gretel Montenegro</li><li>Immigrant Artist - Gurpartap Singh, Bhangra Crew Ontario </li><li>Marketing & Outreach – Barrie Indian Association</li></ul><p>Submissions were received from across Simcoe County and reviewed in an open nomination process. Recipients were chosen by the Newcomer Recognition Selection Committee. </p><p>The virtual ceremony remains available for viewing on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyZQ82zJoU">YouTube</a>.</p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership hosts this event to recognize outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations who are champions within their local communities. Thank you to our sponsors, including Georgian College, Innovative Automation, and the Barrie Public Library, for their support of this initiative. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0222310f-378d-4908-b350-41ab2859f34f">our website</a> for details on the Newcomer Recognition Awards.<strong> </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 style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">790-5979 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a​</span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​<br></p>
Council approves 2022 County of Simcoe Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-approves-2022-County-of-Simcoe-Budget.aspx11/23/2021 2:00:26 PMCouncil approves 2022 County of Simcoe Budget<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/November 23, 2021 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– On November 23, 2021, County of Simcoe Council approved a $638 million budget for 2022, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services, support our continued recovery from the pandemic and address significant growth in our communities. The budget also includes strategic allocations that enable the County to continue to invest in services and assets such as Infrastructure, Long-Term Care, Paramedic Services, Affordable Housing, the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Waste Collections, Transit, Economic Development, Tourism and enhancements to our Road network.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>At the direction and approval of County Council, residents will see a two per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2022. This represents an increase of approximately $5.47 per $100,000 property assessment across the region. To maintain a two per cent increase on municipal property taxes, the County will be utilizing some reserves.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>The overall budget expenditures increased from 2021 to 2022 due to COVID-19 pressures, areas of growth, investment and initiatives directed by Council to enhance service levels while increasing efficiencies. <br></p><p>“County Council knows that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and local businesses have faced challenges," said Warden George Cornell. “In 2021, the first budget of the pandemic, County Council committed to not raising taxes and approved a zero per cent increase on the County's portion of municipal taxes in order to help residents, families and businesses. This 2022 budget is a responsible budget, addressing rising costs to complete vital infrastructure and capital projects and enabling us to invest in our essential services and programs as growth continues. At the County, we employ long-term care nurses, PSWs, paramedics and staff working in employment assistance and affordable housing sectors. These essential services will continue to see increased demand in 2022 and beyond. Efficiencies in our operations, combined with the County's prudent fiscal management, ensure that we can keep supporting our residents and communities while keeping our 2022 tax rate below inflation."<br></p><p>The County maintains a strong financial position having received, for the eighth year  in a row, an AA long-term issuer credit  rating  from S&P Global  Ratings, a provider of  high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings and research. The 2022 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 and maintain service levels for the region, support infrastructure, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future of our region.<br></p><h2>2022 Budget Highlights include:​<br></h2><p>Total County Expenditures for 2022: <strong>$638 million:</strong></p><ul><li>LTC - Homes and Seniors Services <strong>$104 million</strong></li><li>​​Paramedic Services <strong>$64</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Children Services </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">$46</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">million</strong><br></li><li>Social Housing <strong>$102</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li>Ontario Works <strong>$88</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Transportation and Engineering </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">$57</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">million</strong><br></li><li>Solid Waste Management <strong>$77</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li></ul><p></p><p>Attached to this news release is the <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/County%20of%20Simcoe%202022%20Budget%20Overview.pdf">2022 County of Simcoe Budget Overview</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>.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>​CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">An</span><span style="font-size:1em;">drea Walase</span><span style="font-size:1em;">k<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe hosts Ninth Annual Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-hosts-ninth-annual-newcomer-recognition-awards-21-11-17.aspx11/17/2021 8:01:42 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts Ninth Annual Newcomer Recognition Awards<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/November 17, 2021 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> The 2021 Newcomer Recognition Awards have once again moved online due to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ninth annual award ceremony launching on November 22 at 6 p.m. via </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyZQ82zJoU" style="font-size:1em;">YouTube</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><br></p><p>Showcasing the accomplishments of leaders and champions who have taken action to enhance the lives of newcomers across the County, the event will also feature a keynote address from award-winning science communicator and medical researcher Dr. Krishana Sankar.​ Sankar, who recently received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Toronto, currently serves as the co-founder for the Women of Colour in STEAMM Canada (WoCScan), and was a co-founder of the U of T Diabetes Canada Chapter, where she works to spread awareness and inform the public on diabetes research. </p><p>Award recipients are nominated by their peers through an open nomination process. Awards will be handed out for the following categories: Immigrant Entrepreneur; Ethno-Cultural Group; Multiculturalism through Education; Service Excellence Award; Immigrant Youth; Immigrant Mentor; Immigrant Artist; Marketing and Outreach; Youth Community Champion; and Community Champion.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default"><strong>2021 Newcomer Recognition Awards Virtual </strong><br><strong> Event Launch</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:150.5px;"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:473.513px;">Virtual – <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyZQ82zJoU">County of Simcoe YouTube Stream​</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default"><strong>When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:473.513px;">Monday, November 22, 2021 ~ 6 p.m. <br><br><em>This event will also be available on the County’s YouTube page once initial airing is complete</em><br></td></tr></tbody></table><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 style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">790-5979 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a​</span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br><br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Twohttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-toy-drive-update-week-two-21-11-19.aspx11/19/2021 2:17:04 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Two<p><strong>Midhurst/November 19, 2021 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 19<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 12, 2021, benefitting local children and families during the holiday season. Virtual donations, along with new, unwrapped toys and food will be accepted at various locations across Simcoe County until December 22, 2021. Visit <a href="http://simcoe.ca/toydrive">simcoe.ca/toydrive</a> to learn more.</p><p>This weekend, Paramedics will be collecting donations on Saturday, November 20<sup>th</sup> at the following locations:</p><ul><li>Alliston Santa Claus Parade, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.</li><li>Elmvale Foodland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</li><li>Collingwood Santa Claus Parade, 5 to 6 p.m.</li></ul><p>Please note, enhanced safety protocols will be followed at each event.</p><p>A reminder that Paramedics are encouraging residents to consider donating virtually by visiting <a href="https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/">https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/</a>.</p><p>Donations can also be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic Services stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).</p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong><br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway </li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus</strong> - 110 Fairview Drive</li><li><strong>Barrie North – </strong>667 Bayfield Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin – </strong>113 Tiffin Street</li><li><strong>Beeton – </strong>51 Main Street East</li><li><strong>Bradford – </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7</li><li><strong>Coldwater – </strong>1 Firehall Lane</li><li><strong>Collingwood </strong>– 169 St. Paul Street</li><li><strong>Craighurst – </strong>2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale – </strong>17 Allenwood Road</li><li><strong>Midland – </strong>395 Cranston Crescent</li><li><strong>Orillia – </strong>68 West Street</li><li><strong>Penetanguishene </strong>-<strong> </strong>10 Robert Street West</li><li><strong>Stayner – </strong>6993 Highway 26</li><li><strong>Stroud – </strong>2394 Victoria Street West</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach – </strong>23 Oxbow Park Road</li><li><strong>Washago – </strong>401 Anchor Drive, Severn<br></li></ul><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></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">790-5979 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a​</span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​<br></p>
S&P Global Ratings reaffirms the County of Simcoe’s AA credit ratinghttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/S&P-Global-Ratings-reaffirms-the-County-of-Simcoe’s-AA-credit-rating.aspx11/17/2021 3:07:20 PMS&P Global Ratings reaffirms the County of Simcoe’s AA credit rating<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/November 17, 2021</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> – S&P Global Ratings has reaffirmed the County of Simcoe's strong AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2021.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>For the eighth consecutive year, the rating agency has affirmed an AA rating along with a stable outlook for the County of Simcoe based on its prudent financial management and supportive institutional framework. S&P Global Ratings also notes the County's stable economy will support the local recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They indicated that the County of Simcoe's prudent financial management will continue to fund its capital plans largely internally with minimal reliance on debt, even as it implements significant infrastructure, housing and long-term care developments in coming years.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>“The County's commitment to managing taxpayers' money wisely and efficiently has earned us eight straight years of an AA rating," said Warden George Cornell. “When it comes to our communities and the people we serve, the County ensures that we are able to support those who need us the most with investments in programs, services, funding initiatives and infrastructure, while maintaining responsible tax levels for our residents."<br></p><p>The stable outlook reflects S&P's expectations that the County's strong budgetary performance and very strong liquidity will keep reliance on debt minimal. S&P stated that prudent financial management practices underpin the sustainability of Simcoe's budgetary performances and debt burden, and modest after-capital deficits will minimize the need for new debt issuance. S&P also notes that the County's liquidity remains strong, continuing to backstop its creditworthiness. S&P expects that the County's relationship with the province of Ontario will remain well balanced and supportive.<br></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 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>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>​CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">An</span><span style="font-size:1em;">drea Walase</span><span style="font-size:1em;">k<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe breaks ground on County Orillia Campus Projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-breaks-ground-on-county-orillia-campus-project.aspx11/15/2021 2:49:51 PMCounty of Simcoe breaks ground on County Orillia Campus Project<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 15, 2021 – </strong>The County of Simcoe has officially broken ground on the County Orillia Campus Project, marking the start of construction for this important affordable housing and community hub infrastructure intended to service the Orillia area. The multi-generational hub development is designed to include 130 mixed affordable residential units which will house seniors, families and individuals. It will also include a number of community services, primarily on the ground level with resources and supports including Ontario Works, Children Services, Social Housing offices, and community agency stakeholders.<strong> </strong></p><span style="font-size:1em;">The affordable housing component of this site will provide increased access to affordable housing for households from across the area with the maximum rents capped at 80 per cent of average market rates as determined by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This innovative hub model, implemented successfully at other County affordable housing developments, will help to alleviate barriers to accessing essential community and social services, with a variety of support programs on site for residents and those living in the broader community. The design also incorporates elements that pay tribute to the site's heritage, including a memorial arboretum featuring a cupola from the original ODCVI building, kindly donated to the project by Orillia Councillor Ralph Cipolla. </span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><p>In line with the existing funding formula, the County of Simcoe will provide $55M towards the project. The City of Orillia's contribution is estimated at $4.15M, with additional funding from other partners. <br></p><p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p><p>“County Council has been proud to support this project, which will ensure that 130 seniors, families, and individuals have a comfortable place to live. The County Orillia Campus Project is one that we know the community will be able to look to as a sign of hope and pride in what we are able to accomplish when we all work together for the greater good. As we work to surpass our 10-year housing targets, we're proud to invest in affordable housing across the County, with multiple impactful projects in the north, south, east and west completed, underway or planned in the years to come." </p><p><em>– George Cornell, County of Simcoe Warden</em></p><p>"Orillia is experiencing a remarkable increase in demand for affordable housing and Council has been looking forward to seeing this important project come to fruition. The multi-generational hub located on the former ODCVI property will increase the number of affordable housing units in our area, which we are in critical need of, and will provide access to important services our community relies on. As a key partner in this project and throughout the development approval process, Orillia is proud to work with the County to address the need for affordable housing, especially amidst rising house and rent prices."  </p><p><em>– Steve Clarke, City of Orillia Mayor</em></p><p><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></span></p><p><strong>Anticipated Timeline:</strong></p><ul><li>Groundbreaking – fall 2021</li><li>Construction begins – early spring 2022<br></li><li>Anticipated completion date – late 2023<br></li></ul><p><strong>Impact on Housing Targets:</strong></p><ul><li>In 2014, the County set a target to create 2,685 new units of affordable housing across the County of Simcoe including: </li><ul><li>164 units in Orillia</li><li>392 units combined throughout Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Ramara, and Severn</li></ul><li>As of June 30, 2021, 2,443 new affordable housing units have been created across the County of Simcoe</li><li>Despite the target already being achieved in the City of Orillia, the County recognizes the need for affordable housing remains and that urban settings such as Orillia are still a “draw" for households in nearby municipalities who need housing in close proximity to employment, community services and public transit</li></ul><p><strong>Development Construction – highlights of our drive towards 2,685 new units:</strong></p><ul><li>2015: </li><ul><li>38 affordable rental units (Barrie)</li></ul><li>2016: </li><ul><li>75 affordable rental units (54 in Barrie, 21 in Penetanguishene)</li></ul><li>2017: </li><ul><li>5 affordable rental units (Barrie)</li></ul><li>2018: </li><ul><li>4 affordable rental units (Wyevale)</li></ul><li>2019: </li><ul><li>80 affordable rental units (20 in Alliston, 55 in Innisfil, 5 in Barrie)</li><li>117 affordable rental/mixed use units, plus 30 replacement Rent-Geared-to-Income units (Collingwood)</li><li>23 supportive housing units (18 in Barrie, 5 in Midland)</li></ul><li>2020: </li><ul><li>140 affordable rental units (99 in Wasaga Beach, 41 in Tay)</li></ul><li>2021: </li><ul><li>20 supportive housing units in Orillia</li></ul></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>In process:</em></span></p><ul><li>2023:</li><ul><li>127 net new affordable rental/mixed use units in Orillia, plus 3 replacement Rent-Geared-to-Income units</li><li>50 affordable rental/mixed use units in Bradford West Gwillimbury</li></ul><li>2024:</li><ul><li>150 new affordable rental units in Barrie</li></ul></ul><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>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>​CONTACTS</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Andrea Walasek<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>