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County accepting applications for its 2023 Tourism, Culture and Sport Enhancement Fundhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-accepting-applications-for-its-2023-tourism-culture-and-sport-enhancement-fund.aspx2/6/2023 4:07:10 PMCounty accepting applications for its 2023 Tourism, Culture and Sport Enhancement Fund<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/February 6, 2023 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2023 Tourism, Culture and Sport Enhancement Fund. This year, County Council has allocated $400,000 to help fund projects or experiences that will benefit regional tourism, culture and sport.</p><p>“Tourism is extremely important to our local economy, and this grant is a great way for the County to give a boost to this vital sector," said Warden Basil Clarke. “It's been a tough few years for tourism operators and County Council is proud to continue to invest in our businesses." </p><p>2023 funding streams are: Digital and Social Media Advertising; Marketing; Trails Development; Photo and Video Asset Development; Sports Tourism; Workforce Development; and Signage. The funding allows each applicant organization to apply for a maximum of $10,000, except signage requests, which are eligible for up to $20,000 in funding. These funds will support and enhance tourism, culture and sport in Simcoe County by:</p><ul><li>Investing in initiatives that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of the diverse tourism, culture and sport offerings within the County of Simcoe<br></li><li>Encouraging industry collaboration and partnerships</li><li>Enhancing the visitor experience by supporting innovative and accessible programming</li><li>Building organizational capacity in tourism, culture and sport organizations</li><li>Contributing to the County of Simcoe's overall economic health and sense of place</li></ul><p><strong>Interested applicants are asked to submit their forms by Monday, March 6, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.</strong> </p><p>All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe's Grants Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors, with support from County staff. The funding will be divided among successful applicants based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region. </p><p>Details and application guidelines can be found at <a href="http://www.experience.simcoe.ca/resources">www.experience.simcoe.ca/resources</a>. Potential applicants can contact the County's Tourism staff via email, at <a href="mailto:tourism@simcoe.ca">tourism@simcoe.ca</a> with questions. </p><p><strong>About Tourism Simcoe County </strong><br>The mission of Tourism Simcoe County (TSC) is to promote Simcoe County as a first-class destination by further developing the tourism industry and community partnerships. Through leadership and representation, partnership and collaboration, product development and innovation, marketing and promotion, and research and learning.</p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe</strong><br> 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;"><strong></strong><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 Branch<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;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><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 Branch<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><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Warden Proclaims February as Black History Month in County of Simcoehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden-proclaims-february-as-black-history-month-in-county-of-simcoe-23-02-01.aspx2/1/2023 6:34:14 PMWarden Proclaims February as Black History Month in County of Simcoe<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/February 1, 2023 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– County of Simcoe Warden Basil Clarke has proclaimed February 1 to 28, 2023 as Black History Month across our community and encourages all citizens to participate in educational activities related to and honouring the significant role that Black people, both past and present, have played in shaping Simcoe County and its values.</span><br></p><p>Each year, Black History Month offers an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of so many leaders and pioneers. The Simcoe County Archives has assembled a number of resources entitled <em>Researching Black History in Simcoe County</em>, which can be found on their <a href="/Archives/Pages/Black-History-Resources.aspx">website</a>. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum will also be hosting a virtual lecture series throughout the month, featuring expert guest speakers and local historians. This series will begin on February 6, 2023, at 2 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Afua Cooper entitled <em>The Voice of the Fugitive: Henry Bibb and the Beginning of the Black Press in Canada, </em>with additional presenters​ and topics to include preserving Black history in Ontario, along with​ slavery and emancipation in Canada. Full details, including how to register, can ne found at <a href="http://www.museum.simcoe.ca/">www.museum.simcoe.ca</a>.</p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Museum</strong><br><strong> </strong>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><b>About the County of Simcoe<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;">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 </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.­­­­­­</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Jen Straw<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979(mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager​<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><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County and area partners host Virtual Job Fair to connect local job seekers and employers on February 28https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-and-area-partners-host-virtual-job-fair-to-connect-local-job-seekers-and-employers-23-02-01.aspx2/1/2023 6:12:49 PMCounty and area partners host Virtual Job Fair to connect local job seekers and employers on February 28<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Mi</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">d</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">h</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">u</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">r</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">s</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">t</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">/</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">February 1</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">, 2023 </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">– </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">On February 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., area partners, including the County of Simcoe and the separated cities of Orillia and Barrie are collaborating to deliver a virtual Work in Simcoe County job fair. Job seekers are welcome to sign up to attend this interactive experience to engage with employers and discover why Simcoe County is a premier place to live and work.</span><br></p><p>Data collected from the County of Simcoe's Work in Simcoe County website, <a href="https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/">workinsimcoecounty.ca</a>, shows that in the month of December 2022 there were 9,073 active job openings in our region. The virtual job fair is an opportunity to connect job seekers with local employers. </p><p>Twenty-four employers across a variety of sectors have already signed up to attend, including health care providers, manufacturers, municipalities, restaurants and more. To view a list of registered employers, please visit <a href="https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/virtual-job-fair-february/">workinsimcoecounty.ca/virtual-job-fair-february</a>.</p><p>The event will be hosted on an innovative, user-friendly platform where job seekers and employers can connect through one-on-one text chat, audio and video. There will also be live webinars during the event on important topics such as Employment Ontario services and insights from an employer panel on job search tactics. Three previous Work in Simcoe County job fairs have allowed more than 250 employers to connect with 1,245 people looking for work.</p><p>Job seekers are encouraged to register early to access the platform five days before the event and view the companies and opportunities in advance. If job seekers register early, they can also access 1:1 support from Employment Ontario, including free assistance with resume writing, developing a job search plan, and preparing for the event.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:150.531px;"><strong>EVENT:​</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:473.594px;"><strong>Work in Simcoe County Virtual Job Fair</strong><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:150.531px;"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:473.594px;">Virtual – details to be provided upon registration</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:150.531px;"><strong>When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:473.594px;"><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</span><br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:150.531px;"><strong>Register:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:473.594px;"><p>This is a FREE event, but registration is required. To register, visit <a href="https://askanexpertfinancial.eventbrite.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">https://askanexpertfinancial.eventbrite.ca</a></p><p>This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! </p><ul><li><a href="https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/virtual-job-fair-february/">Job Seeker Registration</a></li><li><a href="https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/virtual-job-fair-february/" style="font-size:1em;">Employer Registration </a><br></li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-size:1em;">This e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">vent is taking part in collaboration with </span><span style="font-size:1em;">member municipalities, </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Employment Ontario, the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Regional Tourism Organization 7 and the Province of Ontario.</span><br></p><p><strong>About </strong><strong>Work in Simcoe County </strong><br>The <em>Work in Simcoe County </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, 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>.</p><p><b>About County of Simcoe<br></b><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 style="font-size:1em;">sed </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span 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style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">es </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;">B</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">rr</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d </span><span style="font-size:1em;">O</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">illi</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Vi</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;"> </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></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p><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</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">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><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager​<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><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Council approves 2023 County of Simcoe Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-approves-2023-county-of-simcoe-budget.aspx1/31/2023 9:54:24 PMCouncil approves 2023 County of Simcoe Budget<p><strong>​Midhurst/January 31, 2023 </strong>– On January 31, 2023, County of Simcoe Council approved a $695-million budget for 2023, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and address significant growth in our communities. The 2023 budget also includes strategic allocations that enable the County to continue to invest in services and assets such as infrastructure, paramedic services, affordable housing, long-term care, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, waste collections, transit, economic development, tourism and enhancements to our road network. </p><p>At the direction and approval of County Council, residents will see a two per cent increase for operating and a one and half percent increase for infrastructure and asset management on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2023. This represents an increase of approximately $9.77 per $100,000 property assessment across the region. <br></p><p>The overall budget expenditures increased from 2022 to 2023 due primarily to inflationary pressures, areas of growth, investment and initiatives directed by Council to enhance service levels while increasing efficiencies. The County is also seeing a significantly increased demand on services, including a 5 per cent increase in Paramedic call volume. The financial impact of the provincial blue box program and the introduction of Bill 23 – Building More Homes Faster Act are not fully known at this time.<br></p><p>Council also directed staff to report back with more information on select staff additions and capital purchase items; however, the staff report does not impact the approved 2023 County budget or tax levy rates. <br></p><p>“County Council recognizes that these are tough times for our residents and businesses, and we worked with staff to ensure that this budget focused on key priorities and only necessary projects for our communities," said Warden Basil Clarke. “This budget addresses continued demands in affordable housing, social services, transportation infrastructure and economic development, while staying well under the rate of inflation. This is our first budget with this new Council, and we're pleased to move forward and to continue to deliver excellent and efficient services and projects." <br></p><p>The County maintains a strong financial position having received 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 2023 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><p><strong>​2023 Budget Highlights include:</strong><br></p><p>​Total County operating and capital expenditures for 2023: <strong>$695 million</strong></p><ul><li>LTC - Homes and Seniors Services <strong>$92 million</strong></li><li>​​Paramedic Services <strong>$67</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li>Children Services <strong>$105 million</strong></li><li>Social Housing <strong>$91</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li>Ontario Works <strong>$70</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Transportation and Engineering </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">$77 million</strong><br></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Solid Waste Management </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">$85</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">million</strong><br></li></ul><p>Attached to this news release is <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/Budget%202023%20Overview.pdf">the 2023 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>.</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 (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</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, </span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Public</span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">  </span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">of </span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Simcoe, Service Simcoe</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">(mobile)</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> <br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​​<br><br></p>
Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail opens to the publichttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/scm-skate-trail-opens-to-the-public-23-01-30.aspx1/30/2023 4:09:47 PMSimcoe County Museum Skate Trail opens to the public<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/January 30, 2023</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> – </span><span style="font-size:1em;">After a successful soft launch this past weekend, the Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail has officially opened for the 2023 season. The Trail, which does not utilize any freezing or cooling systems, spans across more than one kilometre of peaceful solitude through the Simcoe County Museum grounds.</span><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>2023 Hours of Operation</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>The skate trail will be open on the following days, weather permitting:</p><p>Tuesdays:       6:30 to 8:30 p.m.<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Thursdays: </span><span style="font-size:1em;">     </span><span style="font-size:1em;">6:30 to 8:30 p.m.<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Fridays: </span><span style="font-size:1em;">          </span><span style="font-size:1em;">6:30 to 8:30 p.m.<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Saturdays: </span><span style="font-size:1em;">     </span><span style="font-size:1em;">11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Sundays:</span><span style="font-size:1em;">         </span><span style="font-size:1em;">11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.</span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tickets</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>Ticket prices are $10 for adults or $8 for youth and may be purchased online at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca​</strong> ​<span style="text-decoration:underline;">on the same day as the reservation</span>. If you have not booked a ticket before the start of the session, please call 705-728-3721 to check capacity.<a href="https://anc.ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/activity/search/detail/523?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true"> </a>Booking in advance is not available to ensure trail conditions remain optimal throughout the season. </p><p>To create a safe and fun environment, while also maintaining the integrity of the ice, we are limiting skate trail numbers for each session to 300 people. Skaters will also be required to follow a one-way direction and will enjoy access to warming stations and indoor change areas.</p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Museum</strong><br><strong> </strong>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><strong><a href="https://museum.simcoe.ca/Pages/Skate-Trail.aspx">museum.simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong> for further details.</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><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<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><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
#ITSTARTS with Diversity Ambassador Traininghttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/itstarts-with-diversity-ambassador-training-2023.aspx1/27/2023 4:37:28 PM#ITSTARTS with Diversity Ambassador Training<p><strong>Midhurst/January 27, 2023 – </strong>In anticipation of #ITSTARTS month in March, the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (SCLIP) is advancing awareness through Diversity Ambassador Training sessions throughout our region. Sign up for free and take part in virtual or in-person education sessions and receive valuable tools that support with leading diversity awareness in the workplace and throughout our communities. </p><p>In addition to introductory 1.0 Diversity Ambassador Training, this year, SCLIP is pleased to offer 2.0 sessions for community members who have previously attended ambassador trainings and wish to deepen their learning. All our sessions are facilitated by the Simcoe County District School Board. Registration is limited. Click on one of the sessions listed below to sign up today. <br></p><p>Introductory 1.0 training sessions are available online:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Fwww.eventbrite.ca%2a2Fe%2a2F492732144107&data=05%2a7C01%2a7Cstosh%2a40scdsb.on.ca%2a7Cb4d3a254dff74bc6da7908dae9e26ebd%2a7C573d7e64d5434fd8b3da0c64adc4eb35%2a7C1%2a7C0%2a7C638079455976401188%2a7CUnknown%2a7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%2a3D%2a7C3000%2a7C%2a7C%2a7C&sdata=rZg43Zqmyq%2a2BVka601W6uNFudEqWqKH0NghYhqsRC9ZA%2a3D&reserved=0__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21MPCK0opJ%215mZ4XzrI4ZRX9EQdxZ_8veWnXztwE8N0pnLxPj1EQgpAZau29S2GuV0tWhUT8lixq2OnnG-2wISS7ZP1OOSRJA$">Tuesday, January 31: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.</a><br></li><li><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Fwww.eventbrite.ca%2a2Fe%2a2F492739044747&data=05%2a7C01%2a7Cstosh%2a40scdsb.on.ca%2a7Cb4d3a254dff74bc6da7908dae9e26ebd%2a7C573d7e64d5434fd8b3da0c64adc4eb35%2a7C1%2a7C0%2a7C638079455976401188%2a7CUnknown%2a7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%2a3D%2a7C3000%2a7C%2a7C%2a7C&sdata=gsoQU4ZjPK2nnI8xLgGboJyFN2u1gq%2a2BnuSrjcwz5k8E%2a3D&reserved=0__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21MPCK0opJ%215mZ4XzrI4ZRX9EQdxZ_8veWnXztwE8N0pnLxPj1EQgpAZau29S2GuV0tWhUT8lixq2OnnG-2wISS7ZPI-QOq3g$">Friday, February 10: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.</a></li><li><a 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href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Fwww.eventbrite.ca%2a2Fe%2a2F492744781907&data=05%2a7C01%2a7Cstosh%2a40scdsb.on.ca%2a7Cb4d3a254dff74bc6da7908dae9e26ebd%2a7C573d7e64d5434fd8b3da0c64adc4eb35%2a7C1%2a7C0%2a7C638079455976401188%2a7CUnknown%2a7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%2a3D%2a7C3000%2a7C%2a7C%2a7C&sdata=AG7cBOEB5Xh%2a2Fll8aUMf4SOXb1w39M%2a2BW2MIKxlTerHgI%2a3D&reserved=0__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU%21%21MPCK0opJ%215mZ4XzrI4ZRX9EQdxZ_8veWnXztwE8N0pnLxPj1EQgpAZau29S2GuV0tWhUT8lixq2OnnG-2wISS7ZOcfI5cLw$">Thursday, February 23: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.</a></li></ul><p>​Introductory 1.0 in-person sessions are also available:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Fwww.eventbrite.ca%2a2Fe%2a2F492802123417&data=05%2a7C01%2a7Cstosh%2a40scdsb.on.ca%2a7Cb4d3a254dff74bc6da7908dae9e26ebd%2a7C573d7e64d5434fd8b3da0c64adc4eb35%2a7C1%2a7C0%2a7C638079455976401188%2a7CUnknown%2a7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%2a3D%2a7C3000%2a7C%2a7C%2a7C&sdata=RP5EAg%2a2Flr8T%2a2B%2a2BW1r9o6Nrr1KcG8GBZy6vkdAjM1VIKI%2a3D&reserved=0__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUl%21%21MPCK0opJ%215mZ4XzrI4ZRX9EQdxZ_8veWnXztwE8N0pnLxPj1EQgpAZau29S2GuV0tWhUT8lixq2OnnG-2wISS7ZMwTde2fA$" style="font-size:1em;">Monday, January 30: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at County of Simcoe Administration Centre, Midhurst</a></li><li><a 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href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Fwww.eventbrite.ca%2a2Fe%2a2F496364087347&data=05%2a7C01%2a7Cstosh%2a40scdsb.on.ca%2a7Cb4d3a254dff74bc6da7908dae9e26ebd%2a7C573d7e64d5434fd8b3da0c64adc4eb35%2a7C1%2a7C0%2a7C638079455976401188%2a7CUnknown%2a7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%2a3D%2a7C3000%2a7C%2a7C%2a7C&sdata=2N0QZ9xG%2a2Bur9GN%2a2FUo1f%2a2Fb26zD7yZeLSYStP4fNQKtJ4%2a3D&reserved=0__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUl%21%21MPCK0opJ%215mZ4XzrI4ZRX9EQdxZ_8veWnXztwE8N0pnLxPj1EQgpAZau29S2GuV0tWhUT8lixq2OnnG-2wISS7ZNT0ub4cA$">Wednesday, February 8: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Collingwood Ontario Works Office</a></li><li><a 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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 also asked to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @CountyofSimcoe (Instagram) in their messages.<br></p><p>The initiative, in its seventh year, is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Barrie Persian Association, Barrie Police Services, Barrie Public Library, Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, Catulpa Community Services, City of Barrie, CLASS, College Boreal, E3, Ethnic Mosaic Alliance, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Making Change, Ontario Provincial Police, Orillia Public Library, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, South Simcoe Police, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.<br></p><p>#ITSTARTS cards, in multiple languages can be downloaded through <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=218ea9a8-d9ec-4fa1-a349-742041846328">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><strong>About the County of Simcoe</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 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 (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>
Sunset Manor to welcome new residents in a phased and coordinated approachhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/sunset-manor-to-welcome-new-residents-in-a-phased-and-coordinated-approach--26-01-23.aspx1/26/2023 12:42:37 PMSunset Manor to welcome new residents in a phased and coordinated approach<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/January 26, 2023 – </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">The County of Simcoe is pleased to share that effective immediately, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has lifted the suspension of admissions into Sunset Manor, providing the green light to resume admissions of new residents through a phased and coordinated approach with the Ministry and Home and Community Care Support Services. Admissions will begin the week of January 30, 2023.​</span></p><p>The County of Simcoe, in collaboration with UniversalCare Canada Inc. (UCCI),​ has developed a comprehensive admissions plan, approved by the Ministry. This includes the implementation of an admissions team to ensure​ a smooth transition for new and existing residents, along with staff across the home.<br><br>The County's leadership team will continue to address areas of improvement, as identified by the Ministry in their December inspections; however, the Ministry has reviewed the level of care and services provided in the home. Sunset Manor is ready to welcome new residents again and continue being the home of choice in Collingwood and west Simcoe County. </p><p>If looking for admission into Sunset Manor, please contact <a href="https://healthcareathome.ca/home">Home and Community Care Support Services</a>. </p><p><b>Quotes:<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;">“We are extremely thankful that the Ministry has recognized the efforts of our home, staff and leadership team, validating the hard work and excellent care in the home. The time has come to put our admissions plan into action. As excited as we are to welcome new residents back into Sunset Manor, we know that this is truly life-impacting news to individuals and families awaiting placement. It has been a long journey, and there is still work to do; however, on behalf of County Council, I would like to extend a huge thank you to our amazing team at Sunset Manor and UCCI for your dedication and commitment." ~ </span><em style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe Warden Basil Clarke​</em></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">“</span><span style="font-size:1em;">I would like to congratulate the staff at Sunset Manor and our team at UCCI for their tremendous efforts. UCCI endorses the opening of this home once again to the community, and I'm pleased that new residents can begin to receive the care they need at Sunset Manor." ~ </span><em style="font-size:1em;">Joseph Gulizia, President and CEO, UCCI</em></p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="text-align:center;font-size:1em;">- 30 -​</strong><br></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<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><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a>​<span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County of Simcoe and Bradford West Gwillimbury announce upcoming site work and impacts for new affordable housing buildhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-and-Bradford-West-Gwillimbury-announce-upcoming-site-work-and-impacts-for-new-affordable-housing-build.aspx1/23/2023 5:39:12 PMCounty of Simcoe and Bradford West Gwillimbury announce upcoming site work and impacts for new affordable housing build<p><strong>​Midhurst/January 23, 2023 – </strong>The County of Simcoe has begun site work and preparation for the new affordable housing project in Bradford West Gwillimbury and is slated to begin drainage channel realignment and storm pipe installation at the end of the month.</p><p>The upcoming site works will cause pedestrian and vehicular impacts starting January 30, 2023, and are expected to last four weeks.<br></p><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><b><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-and-Bradford-West-Gwillimbury-announce-upcoming-site-work-and-impacts-for-new-affordable-housing-build/151%20Simcoe%20Road%20-%20Lane%20Closure.jpg" alt="151 Simcoe Road - Lane Closure.jpg" style="margin:0px;width:500px;height:287px;" /></b></span> </div><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><b>Pedestrian impacts<br></b></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Pedestrian impacts</span><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">during the works will include the </span><strong style="font-size:1em;"><em>closure of the east sidewalk on Simcoe Road from Marshview Boulevard to Edward Street.</em></strong><em style="font-size:1em;"> </em><span style="font-size:1em;">Pedestrians are advised to use the west sidewalk during this time. Directional signage will also be erected in the affected area, directing pedestrians to the proper route.</span></div><p><strong>Vehicular impacts </strong><br>Vehicular impacts are also expected as the project team commences with the excavation and realignment of the existing channel on Simcoe Road. <strong><em>The east lane of Simcoe Road, from Marshview Boulevard to Edward Street, will also be closed during this time</em></strong>. Motorists travelling in the area should expect some delays during this phase of the project.</p><p><b>Update on work completed to date<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;">Excavation and site work has been ongoing, with the following work completed in November and December 2022:</span></p><ul><li>Tennis courts fencing and ground surface demolition</li><li>Playfield light poles and lights demolition</li><li>Underground site services investigation</li><li>Tree removal and preservation (where possible)</li><li>Topsoil excavation and removal</li><li>Fill excavation and removal<br></li><li>Drainage channel temporary sediment control measures implementation<br></li></ul><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><strong style="font-size:1em;"><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-investing-affordable-housing-in-Bradford-West-Gwillimbury/Rendering%20-%20Bradford%20West%20Gwillimbury.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:500px;height:367px;" /></strong> </div><div><strong style="font-size:1em;">About the Bradford West Gwillimbury Affordable Housing Hub</strong><br style="font-size:1em;"><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">This affordable building with modern amenities is expected to welcome new tenants upon its completion as early as 2024. As part of the County of Simcoe's </span><em style="font-size:1em;">Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em><span style="font-size:1em;">, this new building will add 50 new affordable housing units toward the County's target of creating at least 2,685 new units by the completion of this 10-year strategy in 2024.</span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;">The mixed-use building will include affordable residences for eligible families and seniors, a County of Simcoe Social and Community Services office, and ground-level community space. In addition to creating an attractive streetscape to this central location within Bradford West Gwillimbury, the building will be accessible to adjacent pedestrian walkways and local transit, and is within walking distance of the GO Transit station. </span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;">The four-storey building has been designed to complement the existing urban neighbourhood, with cost effectiveness and energy efficiency in mind. Exterior building features include a high-quality and durable panel system at the residential levels, with masonry features throughout to provide texture and visual interest. More information on this project can be found 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;"><strong>simcoe.ca/bwg-development</strong></a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Application Process and Inquiries</strong><br style="font-size:1em;"><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">The application process to live in this new building is expected to open approximately six months prior to building occupancy being finalized. Interested residents may request updates and information on the application process for this building by e-mailing </span><a href="mailto:BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. Direct requests for housing application(s) may be directed to </span><a href="mailto:cwl@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">cwl@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">  </span><br style="font-size:1em;"><br style="font-size:1em;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">About </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"><em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em></strong><br style="font-size:1em;"><strong style="font-size:1em;"><em> </em></strong><em style="font-size:1em;">Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em><span style="font-size:1em;"> sets out real targets and goals to create more affordable housing within communities across Simcoe County. By December 31, 2021, the County was able to report that 2,531 new units had been created since 2014, 94 per cent of the way to its overall target of creating at least 2,685 new affordable housing units across the region. The County's strategy continues to focus on supporting residents through maximizing funding, achieving targets, and working with area partners to create affordable housing units for residents across the County. Targets were established in 2014, and the county continues to adapt to meet growing needs, including initial collaboration to establish our next long-term strategy. More information can be found </span><span style="font-size:1em;">at</span><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>simcoe.ca/ourahhps</strong></a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><br><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Media Contacts:<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">​Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br>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><p>Victoria Simoes<br>Community Relations Officer<br>Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury<br>289-383-6234 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:vsimoes@townofbwg.com">vsimoes@townofbwg.com</a><br></p></div>
County of Simcoe and area partners showcase local newcomers’ Work in Simcoe County success storieshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-and-area-partners-showcase-local-newcomers-work-in-simcoe-county-success-stories.aspx1/18/2023 5:20:12 PMCounty of Simcoe and area partners showcase local newcomers’ Work in Simcoe County success stories<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/January 18, 2023 – </strong>The County and area partners, including member municipalities, the cities of Barrie and Orillia and several supporting partners, are working together to promote the region as a great place to live and work. This year's <em>Work in</em> <em>Simcoe County</em> campaign is part of a collaborative effort to support recruitment and retention among area businesses. </p><p>“The County continues to work hard to support our businesses, promote our economic opportunities and support job seekers in finding long-term employment in Simcoe County," said County of Simcoe Warden Basil Clarke. “We know from our outreach that recruitment and retention are key areas of focus for our businesses. This year's <em>Work</em> <em>in Simcoe County</em> campaign focuses on these issues and demonstrates the growing diversity of Simcoe County and our workforce."  </p><p>Made in Simcoe County has run annually and features the people who make our businesses so successful and the wide range of products produced locally. This year, the campaign highlights perspectives of newcomers living and working in the region in key sectors such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, entrepreneurship, tourism and agricultural industries. Social media advertising will promote the regions natural beauty and year-round recreation along with local success stories, including international students from Georgian College and Lakehead University. The campaign is featured across a variety of platforms including <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/countyofsimcoe/">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/county-of-simcoe/">LinkedIn</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/countyofsimcoe">YouTube</a> and TikTok. To watch our video, visit <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/countyofsimcoe">youtube.com/CountyofSimcoe​</a>​​</strong>.<br></p><p>The County's Work in Simcoe County site is a great tool for job seekers and businesses to connect and identify opportunities. In December, <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/&data=05%7c01%7cChris.Hedley%40simcoe.ca%7c455a15f14e3b47361e7108daf9780a3a%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c638096591402650465%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=2hS9LavCTvQ8SBx9B6wdLdIYnOOMdVlkBYTB/poPjL0%3D&reserved=0"><strong>www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</strong></a><strong> </strong>hosted 9,073 active job openings in the region in various fields, including sales and service occupations; trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations; business, finance and administration occupations; health occupations and more. This year's Work in Simcoe County campaign will promote our web resources and job fairs on social media and help link job seekers to these vacant positions. </p><p><strong>About Work in Simcoe County</strong><br><strong> </strong>The Work in Simcoe County 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 30 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. The video is featured as one of many stories highlighting that Success is Made in Simcoe County. The 2023 campaign is partially funded by the Government of Ontario. To learn more, visit <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/&data=05%7c01%7cChris.Hedley%40simcoe.ca%7c455a15f14e3b47361e7108daf9780a3a%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c638096591402650465%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c3000%7c%7c%7c&sdata=2hS9LavCTvQ8SBx9B6wdLdIYnOOMdVlkBYTB/poPjL0%3D&reserved=0">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a>.</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="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">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 (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>
Simcoe County Forest celebrates International Day of Forestshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/simcoe-county-forest-celebrates-international-day-of-forests-22-03-16.aspx3/16/2022 6:50:16 PMSimcoe County Forest celebrates International Day of Forests<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​​Midhurst/March 21, 2022 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– In recognition of the County's long-standing record of environmental stewardship and the important role that forests play in our region and across the world, the County of Simcoe joins communities across the globe in celebrating March 21 as the International Day of Forests.</span><br></p><p>“2022 is an important year for the Simcoe County Forest as we celebrate our 100<sup>th</sup> Anniversary," said Warden George Cornell. “Originally established in 1922 to rehabilitate 'wastelands', these forests provide a multitude of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the County including recreation and the provision of clean water and natural habitats. Today and every day we encourage residents and visitors to join us in appreciating our more than 150 properties, and to share your experiences as we celebrate 100 years of the Simcoe County Forest." </p><p>Spanning more than 33,000 acres, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest and one of the most productive municipal forests in Ontario. In September 2021, the County of Simcoe received national honours by being recognized as the Forest Capital of Canada for 2022 by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF), which acknowledges leadership in forestry and environmental stewardship.</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><b>Celebrating our Roots<br></b></span><span style="font-size:1em;">In recognition of the 100</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em;"> anniversary, the County has launched “Celebrating our Roots: 100 years of the Simcoe County Forest"​. Throughout 2022, interested parties are encouraged to visit </span><a href="/Forestry/Pages/FindYourForest.aspx" style="font-size:1em;">findyourforest.simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> to learn more about our vast history and all the forest has to offer. In addition, to coincide with the International Day of Trees, today we are launching a short film detailing the history behind these incredible lands. This video can be viewed on </span><a href="https://youtu.be/-L_qvJ4H_hg" style="font-size:1em;">YouTube</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p><p><strong>About the International Day of Forests</strong><br> The United Nations General Assembly <a href="http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/67/200">proclaimed</a> March 21 the International Day of Forests in 2022 to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. Countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees.</p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe</strong><br>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><span style="font-size:1em;">Jen Straw<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;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></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>