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Waste Collection Impacts - Week of October 21https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Week-of-October-21.aspx10/21/2019 6:10:36 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Week of October 21<p>​Daily updates on waste collection impacts (for the week of October 21) will be posted below.  We are working to obtain additional resources to return Friday, October 25 or Saturday, October 26 to collect missed locations.  Residents should have recycling out by 7 am on Friday. Collection will occur either Friday or Saturday as time and resources are available. Please watch for updates.<br><br>To receive notifications directly, residents can download the free Simcoe County Collects app through <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a> or the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a>. Residents can also subscribe for waste collection alerts at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=d3964858-da10-45a7-9daa-2b41192fd291"><font color="#0066cc">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a>.  </p><p>The County's waste collection service provider has reported that they are unable to complete recycling collections in the following areas:</p><p><strong>Monday, October 21</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Oro-Medonte:</span></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span>Ridge Rd. West to the water between Penetanguishene Rd. and Line 7 South </li></ul>
Get in the spirit at the Simcoe County Museum’s An Evening of Halloweenhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/get-in-the-spirit-at-the-simcoe-county-museums-an-evening-of-halloween.aspx10/18/2019 6:46:48 PMGet in the spirit at the Simcoe County Museum’s An Evening of Halloween<p>​<strong>Minesing/</strong><strong>October 18,</strong><strong> 2019 </strong>– Sneak out to your favourite haunt, the Simcoe County Museum, for <em>An Evening of Halloween - </em>perfect for all ages. Join us to celebrate Halloween, as ghosts, goblins and ghouls come alive from Monday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 30, between 6 and 8:30 p.m. </p><p>Games, activities and treats for everyone to enjoy. Get up close and personal with live creepy, crawly and slithery animals from Zootek, or play a round of Halloween Trivia<strong> </strong>before you venture outside. For braver souls, join us on the Terror Trail<em> </em>for an experience that is sure to raise the hair on the back of your neck. If you're too cute to spook, take a run around the Straw Bale Maze or walk along the Pumpkin Trail to enjoy some hot chocolate. Our Boo Barn<em> </em>is perfect for younger trick-or-treaters, or those not quite as brave. Be sure to dress for the weather and enjoy some great Halloween fun!</p><p>Museum Event Rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Students and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. Group bookings are available and pre-registration is required for groups of 10 or more. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, please visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.<br> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p><strong>An Evening of Halloween at the <br><strong>Simcoe County Museum </strong></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>October 28, 29 and 30, 2019 <br>6 to 8:30 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year-round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1304<br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br> <a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Collection of Missed Recycling - Saturday, October 19https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Collection-of-Missed-Recycling---Saturday,-October-19.aspx10/18/2019 4:53:33 PMCollection of Missed Recycling - Saturday, October 19<p>​​Additional crews will be returning <strong>Saturday, October 19</strong><sup><strong>th</strong></sup> to collect this week's missed recycling as time and resources allow. Please have material out Saturday by 7 am if you are located in one of the impacted areas listed below:</p><p><strong>Missed collection areas from Tuesday, October 15:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Midland/Tiny</span></p><p>​-Ontario street, south to Cranston Cres / Albert street between Penetanguishene Road and Midland town limit.  </p><p>​-North end of Champlain Road, south to Peek-A-Boo Trail between Andrew Dr / <span style="font-size:1em;">Military Road and the water.</span></p><p>-Bayport Blvd, Drummond Drive, Harbourview Drive, Frontenanc Ave, Bayfield Ave, Hallen Place, north side of Vinden Street, Hwy 93 from Vindin Street to Balm Beach Road.</p><p>-Balm Beach Road, south to Concession 6 between County Road 6 and Brebeuf / Old Penetanguishene Road.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ramara</span></p><p>-Coopers Falls Road, south to County Road 46 between County Road 169 and Rama Dalton Boundary Road / Kirkfield Road.</p><p><strong>Missed collection areas from Wednesday, October 16:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Oro-Medonte</span></p><p>-Horseshoe Valley road West, south to Old Barrie Road West between Hwy 400 and Line 4 North​</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-decoration:underline;">Severn</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">-Upper Big Chute Road / Kitchen Sideroad, north to the Big Chute between Fell Line and White Pines Road​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">New Tecumseth</span></span></p><p>​-Shephard Ave, south to Victoria Street West between King street North and Church Street North​<br><span><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​Essa</span><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br style="text-decoration:underline;">​​-Brentwood Road/County Road 90, south to Willoughby Road between Sunnidale - Tosorontio Townline and 5th Line (including CFB Borden)​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​-Co</span><span style="font-size:1em;">unty Road 90, south to County Road 21 between County Road 56 and County Road 27 (excluding in town Thornton)​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Missed collection areas from Thursday, October 17:</strong></span></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;">Innisfil</p><p>-County Road 4 to the water From Belle Aire Beach Road South to the 3<sup>rd</sup> Line to the 20<sup>th</sup> Sideroad North of Killarney Beach Road</p><p>-Highway 400 to the water North of Highway 89 to the 5<sup>th</sup> Line excluding Lefroy </p><p>-Highway 89 south to Line 13 between County Rd. 27 (including Cookstown south of 89) to the water</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Missed collection areas from Friday, October 18:</strong></span></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Springwater</span> </p><p>-County Road 27 to Highway 93 Soth from Flos Road 7 to County Road 22</p><p>-Crossland Road  to Highway 26 to  County Road 27 South from Rainbow Valley Road West to Highway 26 </p><p>-County Road 27 to Glengarry Landing Road N South of Flos Road 6 to Rainbow Valley Road West </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clearview</span>  </p><p>-Centre Line Rd east to County Rd. 10, between Highway 26 and Concession 6 Sunnidale including County Rd. 9</p><p>-From County Rd. 42 to Mowatt St. North from the 27/28 Sideroad Nottawasaga south to Highway 26</p><p>To receive waste collection notifications directly, download the free Simcoe County Collects app through <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a> or the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a>. Residents can also subscribe for waste collection alerts at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder"><font color="#0066cc">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a>.  </p>
Waste Collection Impacts - Week of October 14, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Week-of-October-14,-2019.aspx10/15/2019 6:17:19 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Week of October 14, 2019<p>​​​​Daily updates on waste collection impacts (for the week of October 14) will be posted here.  We are working to obtain additional resources to return to missed locations on Saturday October 19.  Please watch for updates.<br><br>To receive notifications directly, residents can download the free Simcoe County Collects app through <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a> or the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a>. Residents can also subscribe for waste collection alerts at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=d3964858-da10-45a7-9daa-2b41192fd291"><font color="#0066cc">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a>.  </p><p>The County's waste collection service provider has reported that they are unable to complete recycling collections in the following areas:</p><p><strong>Friday, October 18:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Springwater</span> </p><p>-County Road 27 to Highway 93 Soth from Flos Road 7 to County Road 22</p><p>-Crossland Road  to Highway 26 to  County Road 27 South from Rainbow Valley Road West to Highway 26 </p><p>-County Road 27 to Glengarry Landing Road N South of Flos Road 6 to Rainbow Valley Road West </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Clearview</span>  </p><p>-Centre Line Rd east to County Rd. 10, between Highway 26 and Concession 6 Sunnidale including County Rd. 9</p><p>-From County Rd. 42 to Mowatt St. North from the 27/28 Sideroad Nottawasaga south to Highway 26</p><p><strong>Thursday, October 17:</strong></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;">Innisfil</p><p>-County Road 4 to the water From Belle Aire Beach Road South to the 3<sup>rd</sup> Line to the 20<sup>th</sup> Sideroad North of Killarney Beach Road</p><p>Highway 400 to the water North of Highway 89 to the 5<sup>th</sup> Line excluding Lefroy </p><p>Highway 89 south to Line 13 between County Rd. 27 (including Cookstown south of 89) to the water</p><p><strong>Wednesday, October 16:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Oro-Medonte</span></p><p>Horseshoe Valley road West, south to Old Barrie Road West between Hwy 400 and Line 4 North​</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-decoration:underline;">Severn</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Upper Big Chute Road / Kitchen Sideroad, north to the Big Chute between Fell Line and White Pines Road​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">New Tecumseth</span></span></p><p>​Shephard Ave, south to Victoria Street West between King street North and Church Street North​<br><span><span><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​Essa</span><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">​​</span>Brentwood Road/County Road 90, south to Willoughby Road between Sunnidale - Tosorontio Townline and 5th Line (including CFB Borden)​</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​Co</span><span style="font-size:1em;">unty Road 90, south to County Road 21 between County Road 56 and County Road 27 (excluding in town Thornton)​</span></p><p><strong>Tuesday, October 15:</strong></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Midland/Tiny</span></p><p>​Ontario street, south to Cranston Cres / Albert street between Penetanguishene Road and Midland town limit.  </p><p>​North end of Champlain Road, south to Peek-A-Boo Trail between Andrew Dr / <span style="font-size:1em;">Military Road and the water.</span></p><p>Bayport Blvd, Drummond Drive, Harbourview Drive, Frontenanc Ave, Bayfield Ave, Hallen Place, north side of Vinden Street, Hwy 93 from Vindin Street to Balm Beach Road.</p><p>Balm Beach Road, south to Concession 6 between County Road 6 and Brebeuf / Old Penetanguishene Road.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ramara</span></p><p>Coopers Falls Road, south to County Road 46 between County Road 169 and Rama Dalton Boundary Road / Kirkfield Road.</p><p> <br></p><p> </p><p>​ </p>
County of Simcoe hosts 2019 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-hosts-2019-newcomer-recognition-awards.aspx10/15/2019 6:07:46 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts 2019 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p>​<strong>Midhurst/October 15, 2019 –</strong> Media are invited to attend the seventh annual Newcomer Recognition Awards on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Thornton.  </p><p>The Newcomer Recognition Awards ceremony was created by the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership to recognize community leaders and champions who take decisive action to enhance the lives of newcomers in Simcoe County. At this year's event, the County of Simcoe will also highlight the successful integration of many newcomers to Simcoe County, and celebrate our diversity and its positive impacts on our communities.   </p><p>Award recipients are nominated by their peers through an open nomination process. This year, the County received 44 total submissions, which were reviewed by a committee of community stakeholders, reflective of the award categories. Awards will be handed out for the following categories: Immigrant Youth; Immigrant Mentor; Immigrant Artist; Immigrant Entrepreneur; Culturally Diverse Workforce; Welcoming Work Environment; Marketing and Outreach; Multiculturalism through Education; Service Excellence Award; Youth Community Champion; Community Champion.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><strong>County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awards</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club<br>4730 Sideroad #25 <br>Thornton, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Thursday, October 24, 2019<br>6 p.m. to 10 p.m.<br><em>Note: Media are asked to contact County of Simcoe Communications and Events Department to confirm attendance.</em></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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> </p>
Council - October 8, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-October-8-2019.aspx10/11/2019 4:21:52 PMCouncil - October 8, 2019<h2>​Warden's Gala and National Seniors Day</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County of Simcoe hosted the 13th annual Warden's Gala at The Club at Bond Head on October 3, 2019. Thanks to the sponsorship of numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, the event raised $55,000 in support of United Way Simcoe Muskoka. Over the past 60 years, United Way Simcoe Muskoka has provided supports to our residents in need and helped equip partners with resources to implement life-changing programs. The Warden's Gala has raised more than $755,000 over 13 years towards the United Way Simcoe Muskoka. </p><p>The County of Simcoe celebrated National Seniors Day on October 1. Each year, this date acknowledges the life-long contributions seniors have made and continue to make to their families, communities and society. The County's Long-Term Care and Seniors Services Department provides supports to approximately 1,300 seniors through a variety of programs. Celebrations were held at each of the County's four long-term care homes to mark this important day. The County also issued a news release and social media to raise awareness about the vital contributions of our seniors.</p><h2>Funding to support the YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>At Committee of the Whole on September 24, Rob Armstrong, CEO of YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka led a presentation to County Councillors about the new YMCA Regional Hub in Barrie, which will support other YMCA centres throughout Simcoe County. Working in partnership with Youth Haven, the new YMCA will be home to Simcoe County's first standalone transitional housing unit for youth. In addition to the transitional housing component, the building will also include an expanded youth/senior centre, aquatic centre, YMCA Youth Services (addressing employment, life-skills, entrepreneurship, youth at risk), support for new Canadians through YMCA Immigrant Services, traditional health & fitness programming, community meeting spaces, and a public café. </p><p>This week, County Council voted to provide $2.5 million donation capital funding to the Barrie YMCA across four years to be dedicated to Youth Haven Transitional housing and child care services, conditional on the HUB capital project proceeding.</p><h2>Provincial Blue Box Special Advisor's Report and Minister's Blue Box Transition Direction</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>On May 14, Council received a Provincial Discussion Paper – Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities, which described a number of key areas for provincial action including making producers responsible for their waste. Producer responsibility will reduce the collective financial burden on Ontario municipalities by approximately $130 million annually. This is something that the County has been advocating for over the past several years. </p><p>Council received an update on the special advisor's report on the provincial blue box program transition. The provincial blue box program is on course to transition to producer responsibility through a phased approach between 2023 and 2025. The County's 2018 blue box program costs were $7,137,916, partially offset by producer funding received in 2018 of $3,140,984 for a net cost of $3,996,932. Theoretically, upon transition to producer responsibility, this cost would be removed. </p><h2>Paramedic Services Facility Plan Update</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In 2007, further to Council direction, staff engaged with consultants to assist in the development of a Paramedic Services facility model. In September 2008, a new model was introduced, including a hybrid facility model of both station-based and hub/post Paramedic Services facilities. Paramedics report into hubs for duty, check their vehicles and equipment, restock supplies, and undertake other activities as needed. Once fully equipped, staff are directed to appropriate posts in the community to optimize coverage and response across the area. Posts are located in high demand areas within the larger geography to ensure timely coverage. They typically have a smaller footprint with one vehicle bay, washroom, kitchenette and computer workstation. </p><p>Council received an update to the Paramedic Services Facility Plan including the status of current facilities, ongoing projects and potential future implications over a 10-year planning horizon. Both the Barrie hub and Elmvale station projects are proceeding as per schedule. Hub occupancy is planned for 2020, and Elmvale station is planned for completion in the fall of 2019. </p><h2>Update on County of Simcoe Official Plan Amendment No. 2 (ERRC)</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Council received an overview of the status of the on-going land use approvals process, additional studies being undertaken and next steps in the development of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC), including the County's reforestation/restoration of 11 hectares of land at a 2:1 ratio to mitigate the environmental impacts of the ERRC, planting more than 21,000 trees. </p><p>The report included an update on the appeal proceedings, and noted that on August 29, 2019 the <em>Places to Grow Act, 2005 </em>was modified in response to a number of specific planning matters, including County Official Plan Amendment No.2. This eliminates one issue and confirms the position previously taken by the Ministry and County.</p>
Last Blast at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/last-blast-at-the-simcoe-county-museum-19-10-10.aspx10/10/2019 8:20:34 PMLast Blast at the Simcoe County Museum<p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Minesing/October 10, 2019</strong> – The Simcoe County Museum and the Historical Construction Equipment Association (H.C.E.A) of Canada present <strong>Last Blast</strong> on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the Museum's most popular events, Last Blast brings to life vintage construction equipment, tractors, classic trucks, steam-powered rollers, shovels, road-building equipment, and much more with demonstrations for visitors of all ages. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">In addition to machinery displays and demonstrations, visitors can stroll the Museum grounds, take in the permanent displays, and visit the indoor vendor area along with the Mecanno® display and hands-on Mecanno® area.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Stay for the day and purchase lunch at the concession stand, or pack your own lunch to enjoy at one of our covered picnic areas. If you missed Wheels and Tracks in the spring, Last Blast will be your last chance to catch the area's antique machines in action before the snow flies. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Event rates apply for Last Blast: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Youth and Seniors $6; and Children are $5.<br> <br>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum's website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>EVENT:    </strong><strong>Last Blast</strong></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Where: </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">      Simcoe County Museum<br>                   1151 Highway 26</span>, <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Minesing, Ontario</span></span></p><div><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">When:        October 19, 2019</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">                     10 a.m. – 4 p.m.</span></span></div><div><br>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>for further details.</div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">- 30 –</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Contacts:<br></strong></p><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><p class="Default" style="text-align:left;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Shaughna Crew, <br> Events Programmer</span><br><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Museum</span><br><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-728-3721 ext. 1304</span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:blue;"><br>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</span></span></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span></p><p class="Default" style="text-align:left;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement</span><br><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Museum<br><span style="color:windowtext;">705-728-3721 ext. 1320</span></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br>forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</span></a></span></p>
Community partners open Lucy’s Placehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/community-partners-open-lucys-place.aspx10/10/2019 5:22:44 PMCommunity partners open Lucy’s Place<p>​<strong>Midhurst/October 10, 2019 </strong>– The County of Simcoe today, in partnership with Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre and the City of Barrie, celebrated the grand opening of Lucy’s Place, an innovative approach to addressing affordable housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness. </p><p> Lucy’s Place is an 18-unit supportive housing complex located in Barrie, Ontario. Two properties consisting of an old motel and adjacent home, were purchased by the County of Simcoe in 2017, with funding support from the Government of Ontario, and converted into Lucy’s Place through a unique, innovative and collaborative partnership between the County, Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre and the City of Barrie. </p><p> In 2018, the County entered into a 25-year ground lease agreement with Redwood Park Communities, a non-profit organization with a mandate to build safe, affordable, and hopeful housing in a supportive environment. Redwood Park Communities oversaw the conversion, and the David Busby Centre is providing case management and 24/7 supports to the residents of the project through their Housing First philosophy and program. </p><p>In an effort to identify creative solutions to reach its 10-Year Affordable Housing targets, of creating 2,685 new affordable housing units and preventing homelessness in our communities between 2014-2024, the County hosted an Affordable Housing Innovations Forum in February 2017. The Forum brought together stakeholders from across the social housing system to learn about innovative new approaches to tackling affordable housing shortages in Simcoe County. The input received at this Forum served as the impetus for Simcoe County Council’s approval of the purchase of the properties for conversion. To-date, the County, in collaboration with area partners, has created more than 1,500 new affordable housing units, inclusive of the 18 units at Lucy’s Place. <br><br> <strong>Fast Facts: </strong><br><br> <em>Funding: </em></p> <ul><li><p>The project was made possible due to the generosity of a number of levels of government, local businesses, organizations and individuals </p></li><li><p>The County of Simcoe purchased the properties in 2017 for $1,563,750 (including land transfer tax). The project was funded with a combination of Government of Ontario and County funds </p></li><ul><li><p>The Government of Ontario approved up to $1,812,829 in capital funds for the project under the Home for Good program (HFG). HFG capital funds are provided as quarterly payments over twenty years </p></li><li><p>$853,000 was approved from the County of Simcoe’s Social Housing Reserve of which $248,000 will be reimbursed by the Home for Good (HFG) capital funds, leaving a net County of Simcoe investment of $605,000 </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font face="Courier New,Courier New PSMT" size="3"><font face="Courier New,Courier New PSMT" size="3"></font></font><li><p>The Government of Ontario is also providing HFG operating funds of $184,000 per year for support services, and approximately $140,000 in annual rent subsidies </p></li></ul><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>The City of Barrie is contributing $152,115 to the project as a redevelopment grant from its 2018 Community Improvement Plan funds </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>Five of the units in the home are also funded through HFG and County funds with an additional sixth unit being made possible by a private donation </p></li></ul><p> <em>Services: </em> </p><ul><li><p>Lucy’s Place consists of a converted motel which now has 12 self-contained bachelor units, a common area, communal kitchen, and office/programming space. The adjacent home provides six additional units in a congregate style living arrangement where residents have their own bedroom and share kitchen and bathroom facilities </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>Clients residing at Lucy's Place have been experiencing extreme chronic homelessness </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>Redwood Park Communities and David Busby Centre collaborate to create a supportive community, with on-site supports provided 24/7 </p></li></ul><p> <strong>Quotes: </strong><br><br> "Lucy’s Place is made possible due to opportunities created through community partnerships. Together we’re making an impact in our communities, and Lucy’s Place is a shining example of how collaborative efforts can lead to life-changing solutions. Thank you to Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre, the Government of Ontario and the City of Barrie for working with us and making Lucy’s Place a reality." <br><br> ~ Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe <br><br> "Lucy's Place represents hope. It is a perfect example of what we can achieve when government and community work together. This is the type of innovation and collaboration that is needed to help address the complex social challenges we are facing." <br><br> ~ Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie <br><br> "It has been an absolute honour to be part of this housing project, and we couldn't have done it without our donors, volunteers, and the trades, many of whom donated their skills or materials. It took us almost 18 months to build Lucy's Place, and the residents made it into a community within a matter of days - a true testament to the impact of safe, affordable, hopeful housing." <br><br> ~ Tim Kent, Executive Director, Redwood Park Communities <br><br> "Busby Centre is honoured and proud to be a partner in this very important project. We believe that ending chronic homelessness in our community is possible and this project is a significant step toward our community effort to do so. Every person we meet has value and has a right to a safe and affordable home." <br><br> ~ Sara Peddle, Executive Director, David Busby Centre <br><br> <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 simcoe.ca. </p><p><strong>About Redwood Park Communities</strong><br> Redwood Park Communities is building safe, affordable, hopeful housing in a supportive community. To learn more visit <strong>https://www.redwoodparkcommunities.com. </strong></p><p><strong>About David Busby Centre </strong><br>The David Busby Centre is one of the lead organizations participating in actively bringing those solutions based and housing first best practices to our community. Visit <strong>https://www.busbycentre.ca. </strong></p><p><strong>About City of Barrie </strong><br>Barrie is an exciting, caring and progressive community that 147,000 people call home. Situated 90 km north of the Greater Toronto Area on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie offers an excellent life style and multitude of recreational opportunities. We are committed to the growth of prosperity of Central Ontario’s leading City and most dynamic waterfront community. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 - </strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-734-8386 (mobile) <br><span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> <br><br>Jennifer van Gennip <br>Director of Communications <br>Redwood Park Communities <br>705-881-1890 <br><a href="mailto:jennifer@redwoodparkcommunities.com">jennifer@redwoodparkcommunities.com</a>  </span></span></p>