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County of Simcoe launches new website to help address the current opioid crisis in Simcoe Muskokahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/prevent-od-2018-04-20.aspx4/20/2018 7:46:16 PMCounty of Simcoe launches new website to help address the current opioid crisis in Simcoe Muskoka<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 20, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe, as part of the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) partnership, has launched a new online resource called <a title="link to site" href="http://www.preventod.ca/" target="_blank">www.preventOD.ca</a> to help those struggling with addiction, their family and friends, primary care practitioners, emergency managers, and other residents who want to know more about what they can do to prevent the opioid crisis from worsening. The site provides helpful information about safe opioid use, area harm reduction services, and local treatment and support services. It also offers an area for professionals to access tools related to the treatment and management of pain and addictions.</p><p>The site also features an anonymous area to report bad drugs. The Report Bad Drugs form allows a person who has consumed street drugs, or someone who supports them, to report a bad or unexpected reaction to a street drug to help others know about bad drugs that may be circulating in our communities. This Report Bad Drugs form is completely anonymous and no interaction with law enforcement will result. Once a Report Bad Drugs form is completed, it will immediately be available for others to view. The form can be accessed directly through <a title="link to site" href="http://www.reportbaddrugssimcoe.ca/" target="_blank">www.reportbaddrugssimcoe.ca</a> or <a title="Link to site" href="http://www.reportbaddrugsmuskoka.ca/" target="_blank">www.reportbaddrugsmuskoka.ca</a>. </p><p>Since 2016, the rates of opioid addiction and misuse have been rising rapidly across the country.  Simcoe Muskoka is not immune to this crisis.  SMOS is a multi-sector collaboration formed to address the opioid crisis in Simcoe and Muskoka, and the harms it is causing to individuals, families and communities.</p><p><strong>Local stats*</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Year</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Emergency Department Visits</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Hospitalizations</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Deaths</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2008</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">121</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">86</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">19</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2016</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">271</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">126</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">46</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jan-Sept 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">346</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">87</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">36</td></tr></tbody></table><p>“The crisis related to opioid overdose and addiction is sweeping across Canada and we know our region is seeing a significant spike in reported cases with the impacts being felt by growing demand on our paramedics, emergency departments and community programs," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services. “Together, with area partners, we are building a local strategy and are hopeful that this new website and anonymous reporting tool will support with greater safety and awareness in our communities."</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><em class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><br>*Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Interactive Opioid Tool. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2018. Available from: </em><a href="http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/DataAndAnalytics/Opioids/Opioids.aspx"><em class="ms-rteFontSize-1">http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/DataAndAnalytics/Opioids/Opioids.aspx</em></a></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
2018 Compost and Mulch Free Giveawayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/2018-Compost-and-Mulch-Free-Giveaway.aspx4/20/2018 4:09:14 PM2018 Compost and Mulch Free Giveaway<h2>​WHEN</h2><p><strong>May 10 & 11<br></strong>10 a.m. to 7 p.m.<br> and</p><p><strong>May 12<br></strong>8 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br> <br> Back by popular demand, the County of Simcoe is pleased to be hosting its fourth “DIRT CHEAP” compost and mulch giveaway event May 10-12. The giveaway will be held at 1257 Anne Street North, Minesing, between Snow Valley Road and Highway 26.<br><br> Compost and garden mulch will be available free to residents of Simcoe County<br>(excluding the cities of Barrie and Orillia).<br><br> “We encourage Simcoe County residents to come out to the event to continue discovering the natural benefits compost and mulch can add to your gardens.” said Rob McCullough, Director of Solid Waste Management.<br><br> Residential trucks and trailers may be loaded. Cars and vans to be self-loaded, bring your own shovel. Please note that this FREE compost and mulch giveaway is being held ONLY at 1257 Anne Street North and not at County Waste Management Facilities.<br></p><p> County Waste Management Facilities will have compost available for sale May 7, while quantities last. Mulch - Free of charge and Compost - $5 per car load/ $20 per pick-up or small trailer load.</p>
#ITSTARTS campaign kicks off for a second year April 23 to May 4https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/itstarts-campaign-kicks-off-april-23-to-may-4-2018-4-18.aspx4/18/2018 1:24:24 PM#ITSTARTS campaign kicks off for a second year April 23 to May 4<p>​<strong>Midhurst/April 18, 2018 –</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership kicks off its second year of the #ITSTARTS campaign to raise awareness about multiculturalism and reduce racism and discrimination in our communities. The campaign runs for two weeks April 23 to May 4.</p><p>The #ITSTARTS initiative is an educational campaign and a social movement where participants are asked to complete an #ITSTARTS card and share a photo or video through social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTS. Residents are encouraged to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @ExperienceSimcoeCounty (Instagram) in their messages. </p><p>“With a growing immigrant population in Simcoe County of more than 61,600 newcomers making up 13 per cent of our population, this is a great initiative to demonstrate just how open and welcoming our communities are," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “I encourage our residents to join the movement and share their support of multiculturalism and acceptance as we continue to promote our welcoming communities." </p><p>#ITSTARTS cards, available in both English and French, are available through local libraries. It can also be downloaded through <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts">www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts</a> which hosts resources, tips, and tools on taking safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. Videos and photos throughout the month will be shared and promoted through the County's website and social media channels. </p><p>The 2017 campaign was the first year running the initiative in Simcoe County and residents embraced the movement with 8,000 pledge cards distributed and a reported social media reach of 1.5 million. The initiative is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including Barrie Public Library, City of Barrie, Georgian College, the Ethnic Mosaic Partnership, Lakehead University, OPP, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, South Simcoe County, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services (mobile unit), YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.   </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County of Simcoe ranks second in province in residential waste diversionhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/second-in-province-2018-04-17.aspx4/17/2018 7:22:54 PMCounty of Simcoe ranks second in province in residential waste diversion<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 17, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe continues to be among the very best in the province when it comes to residential waste diversion. The County received second place out of all Ontario municipalities in the annual Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority Datacall (Ontario's standardized waste reporting and calculation process) with a 60.7 per cent residential diversion rate for 2016. The County also placed first for diversion in the Urban Regional category.</p><p>"Our residents deserve credit for their continued participation in our diversion programs," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "It's clear that our entire region is becoming better at separating their waste and utilizing our existing County diversion programs both at curbside and at our Waste Management Facilities. We always have room for improvement, and greater use of our green bins will help us achieve even stronger results moving forward."</p><p>The diversion rate of 60.7 per cent is the County's highest in 10 years of recording. The County has also seen great success in its annual curbside collection of batteries and at its waste drop-off facilities, where innovative programs for over 20 different materials, including asphalt shingles and window glass, have diverted more than 70 per cent of drop-off materials.</p><p>The County continues to demonstrate leadership in waste diversion practices, including recommendations to add additional material to its green bin program later this year, introduce new curbside collections during designated weeks for textiles in June and electronics in September, as well as ongoing work on the development of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre. Due to changes in contracted recycling services, the County expects to see fluctuations in its 2017 Datacall result.</p><p>The full report is available at <a title="Link to report" href="https://rpra.ca/datacall/" target="_blank">https://rpra.ca/datacall/</a>. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County celebrates local immigrant employment success stories through recognition eventhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-celebrates-local-immigrant-employment-success-stories-through-recognition-event-.aspx4/16/2018 4:39:41 PMCounty celebrates local immigrant employment success stories through recognition event<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 16, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe, with funding from the Government of Ontario and administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is hosting an Immigrant Recognition Event in Alliston at the Gibson Centre, on April 17 at 4 p.m. Media and guests attending the event will hear two immigrant employment success stories, including their employment training journey, that resulted from The Poverty to Employment project. </p><p>The event is being held in conjunction with the Community Connections fair occurring at the Gibson Centre on Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. where immigrant residents will have an opportunity to connect with area employment and community support services. </p><p> </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:69%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:277px;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:55%;"><strong>Poverty to Employment Project Recognition Event</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:277px;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:55%;"><p>The Gibson Centre<br> 63 Tupper St West<br> Alliston, ON</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:277px;"><p><strong>When</strong></p><p><strong>Who</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:55%;"><p>Tuesday, April 17, 2018<br> 4 p.m.</p><p>Media and guests will hear from Warden Gerry Marshall, representatives from Black Bear Flooring, Focus Employment Services and have an opportunity to speak with two newcomers about the impact of the project on their employment journey</p></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>
Waste Collection Impacts - Monday, April 16https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts-Monday-April-16,-2018-All-Curbside-Waste-Collections-Cancelled.aspx4/16/2018 12:39:24 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Monday, April 16<p><strong>Monday</strong><strong> April 16, 2018:</strong> All waste collections are cancelled today due to dangerous conditions. Double collection limits apply on the next scheduled collection day (Monday, April 23rd).  <br></p><p>Please bring materials in as soon as possible to not impede with snow removal crews.  Residents may deliver up to 1 bag of household waste to County waste management facilities for free until end of business on Saturday, April 21st.  Blue box recycling and household green bin organics are free at all times. </p><p>We thank you for your appreciation of the challenges faced by collection crews. ​<br>​<br><br></p>
11th Annual Simcoe County Tri-Service Public Safety Communications Awards honour Public Safety Communicatorshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/11th-sc-tri-service-public-safety-communications-awards-honour-public-safety-communicators-2018-04-10.aspx4/10/2018 6:06:28 PM11th Annual Simcoe County Tri-Service Public Safety Communications Awards honour Public Safety Communicators<p><strong>Midhurst/April 10, 2018 </strong>– The Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Communicator of the Year and Team Award winners will be recognized at the 11<sup>th</sup> annual ceremony on April 12, 2018.</p><p>This ceremony will recognize the exceptional work of the unsung but essential call-takers, dispatchers, and supervisors in our emergency response system. These are the men and women who provide a vital link to callers in distress and provide a communications safety net to emergency responders on scene. Since its inception, seven Communicators-of-the-Year, 281 individual and team communicators, and nine brave youth have been recognized. </p><p>“For more than a decade, we have had the honour of recognizing this group of committed individuals for their exemplary work under challenging, and sometimes traumatic conditions," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “On behalf of Simcoe County's more than 460,000 residents and nine million annual visitors who all depend on you, it is my honour to say thank you for your commitment to serve and your strength to persevere."</p><p>Mystyslaw Litwin, representing Georgian Central Ambulance Communication Centre (CACC), is the recipient of the <strong>2017 Simcoe County Public Safety Communicator-of-the-Year Award</strong>.  With more than seven years of service, Litwin is regarded by both his supervisors and his peers who note that he is “credible, trusted, respected, empathetic and authentic". Known for his support and encouragement of others, he acts as a Peer Supporter, providing emotional support to colleagues experiencing compassion fatigue and occupational stress. Technically proficient, with a fine attention to detail and thriving on challenge, he generously mentors others and willingly takes on acting supervisory roles.   </p><p>The <strong>2017 Simcoe County Public Safety Communications Joint Team Award</strong> is being presented Barrie Fire & Emergency Service and Georgian CACC for their response to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 400 on Halloween. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a fully loaded tanker truck exploded in an accident on Highway 400 in the northbound lanes. Both communication centres were short staff, when calls unlike any that the communicators had heard before began to come in.  The scene was described by frantic callers as absolute devastation, with screams and explosions heard in the background. Ten fire services were engaged from both Simcoe County and York Region, along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS), Toronto Emergency Medical Services and York Regional Police Services. There two multiple fatalities, and critical injuries, along with a diesel spill, which all led to the highway remaining closed in both directions for hours. On a call that lasted for six hours, while other calls continued to come in, these communicators remained steadfast and never wavered.</p><p>Seven teams are also being recognized in the Team Recognition category:</p><ul><li>Barrie Fire & Emergency Service and Georgian CACC for their response to a fallen rock climber in Clearview Township on October 8, 2017</li><li>Barrie Police Service for their response to multiple calls reporting a suicidal male</li><li>South Simcoe Police for their work in reuniting a toddler with their family after the child had left their home in the middle of the night</li><li>South Simcoe Police for coordinating multiple fire services, hydro, transit, public works and police along with an evacuation in response to a call reporting a massive fire involving multiple homes</li><li>South Simcoe Police in coordinating four police services in response to a police pursuit on Highway 400 with an active shooter</li><li>South Simcoe Police for their work in locating an overturned kayaker on Lake Simcoe</li></ul><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>11th Annual Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Awards</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26<br>Minesing, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Thursday, April 12, 2018<br>2 p.m.  Ceremony and interviews with recipients</p></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;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</p></span>
County helps connect newcomers through Community Connections fairshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-helps-connect-newcomers-through-Community-Connections-fairs.aspx4/4/2018 1:08:00 PMCounty helps connect newcomers through Community Connections fairs<p>​<strong>Midhurst/April 4, 2018 –</strong> County of Simcoe, with funding from the Government of Ontario and administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is hosting three Community Connections fairs in Barrie, New Tecumseth (Alliston), and Bradford West Gwillimbury this spring to help connect immigrant residents with community supports and services.  </p><p>The fairs will focus on connecting newcomers with Employment Ontario agencies which assist immigrants in finding work in local communities and support area businesses to attract skilled labour. The events will also provide information about various community services including libraries, municipal programs, English language training, settlement supports, and other human and social resources.  </p><p>Admission is free of charge and the fairs are being held in the following communities:</p><p><strong>Barrie<br></strong>Southshore Community Centre<br>205 Lakeshore Drive<br>Wednesday, April 11, 2018<br>4 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p><strong>New Tecumseth (Alliston)<br></strong>Gibson Centre<br>63 Tupper Street West<br>Tuesday, April 17, 2018<br>4 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p><strong>Bradford West Gwillimbury<br></strong>Bradford Leisure Centre<strong> </strong>(Multipurpose Room, West) <br>471 West Park Avenue<br>Tuesday, May 1, 2018<br>4 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p>Simcoe County's population is growing and diversifying. In 2016, Statistics Canada reported 61,605 foreign born residents living in Simcoe County, representing approximately 13 per cent of the regional population (480,000). Individuals reporting a non-official mother tongue increased by more than 24 per cent since 2011.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p><br> </p>