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County confirms controlled burn in Tosorontio Tract on April 10https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-confirms-controlled-burn-in-tosorontio-tract-on-April-10.aspx4/9/2021 5:18:48 PMCounty confirms controlled burn in Tosorontio Tract on April 10<p><strong>​Midhurst/April 9, 2021 –</strong> On Saturday, April 10, the County of Simcoe is executing a controlled burn on 40 hectares (100 acres) of County Forests within the Tosorontio Tract in the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio (west of Base Borden and near the western boundary of Simcoe County). </p><p>A highly experienced company has been retained to plan and conduct the burn, and trained personnel will be on site until the fire is completely extinguished. The impact of the smoke will be minimized by burning under specific wind and atmospheric conditions, however there will be times when large amounts of low-lying smoke will be present. At other stages in the operation, a very large smoke column protruding hundreds of metres into the atmosphere may be seen for many kilometres. There is no cause for alarm, as this is all part of normal operations for the type of fuels being burned. The County does not anticipate any road closures or any major impact or disruption to local residents.<br></p><p>While controlled burns differ from wildfires in that they are managed by professionals to control their duration and smoke exposure to the public, concerns can arise regarding the potential health implications. Smoke exposure may pose a risk for more vulnerable individuals such as children, seniors, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your exposure to smoke:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>If you live close to the controlled burn site and have chronic health conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease, you may wish to minimize your exposure by staying indoors during the burn. If you have health concerns, please follow up with your health care provider</li><li>If you have concerns regarding exposure to smoke while outdoors, consider reducing your outdoor activities near the affected area</li><li>To help reduce smoke in your homes and businesses, keep windows and doors closed</li></ul><p>The County has prepared a <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/Controlled%20Burn%20FAQs-%20Spring%202021.pdf">Frequently Asked Question docum​​ent</a> regarding this controlled burn. In addition, public questions and inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. More information about the controlled burn can be found at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=61d9adb1-b179-47f0-97e5-ee43c359add2"><strong>https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fbl</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p><strong>About Simcoe County Forests</strong></p><p>The Simcoe County Forest network dates back to 1922 when it became the first municipal government to opt into the Government of Ontario's Agreement Forest program. The Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally owned forest network in Ontario and among the largest in Canada. It now includes more than 33,000 acres distributed across more than 150 properties throughout the County. Over 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception. The County's team of experienced foresters continues to implement important ecological forestry management techniques, including controlled burns and tree harvesting operations, to maintain and grow our forests, with all profits for lumber sales being reinvested into the Forestry program, including tree planting, education efforts and acquisition and protection of new forest properties.</p><p>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 <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><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p>​Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca <br>
Bi-weekly Leaf and Yard Waste Collection starts April 12 – Spring 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/bi-weekly-leaf-and-yard-waste-collection-starts-april-12-spring-2021.aspx4/9/2021 3:08:16 PMBi-weekly Leaf and Yard Waste Collection starts April 12 – Spring 2021<p><strong>​Midhurst/ April 9, 2021 </strong>– The County of Simcoe's popular curbside Leaf and Yard Waste Collection program is set to start April 12<sup>th</sup> in Zone One, running until the week of May 31<sup>st</sup>. These bi-weekly collections include leaves, grass, branches (sized and bundled appropriately), and other appropri​ately prepared garden waste. Residents are reminded to use kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes, or open-ended rigid containers when placing leaf and yard waste at their regular collection point.</p><p>Materials for collection should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of the collection week for each area. Collection will occur during the week, not necessarily on residents' regular garbage day. To determine your collection zone and collection weeks, please refer to the 2021 Waste Management Calendar, which was mailed to households earlier this winter or it can be found at <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/2021%20WASTE%20COLLECTION%20CALENDAR%20FINAL%20REDUCED%20SIZE.pdf">this link</a>. The schedule is also available on the Simcoe County Collects App, which is free to download from the App Store or Google Play. </p><p>The County expects increased participation this year due to stay-at-home orders, and asks residents to keep the safety of collection workers in mind when setting out materials. </p><p>Spring 2021 leaf and yard waste will be collected throughout the week in each zone as follows: <br></p><p><b>Zone One<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;">April 12, 2021<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">April 26, 2021<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">May 10, 2021<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">May 28, 2021</span></p><p><strong>Zone Two<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">A</span><span style="font-size:1em;">pril 19, 2021<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">May 3, 2021<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">May 17, 2021<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">May 31, 2021</span></p><p><em>This schedule and program does not apply to the cities of Barrie and Orillia. </em></p><p>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 <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch</span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Andrea Walasek​<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<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;">249-535-3511 </span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">) <br>Andrea.Walasek@</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">a</span></p>
County continues to prioritize safety and essential serviceshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-continues-to-prioritize-safety-and-essential-services.aspx4/1/2021 8:04:45 PMCounty continues to prioritize safety and essential services<p></p><p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong> April 1</strong><strong>, 2021 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>Following today's Provincial announcement regarding a provincewide emergency break beginning April 3 for four weeks, the County of Simcoe continues to prioritize and support Public Health efforts, while providing essential services to our residents and communities. </p><p>“This is a critical stage in our recovery as the Province has announced that we have now entered our third wave of COVID-19 and the spread of variants in Ontario is rising," said Warden George Cornell. “News of another emergency break is difficult for many of our residents and businesses. However, as the spring weather arrives and we receive good news about the Canadian vaccination program, by continuing to work together and taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we can all look forward to better times in the near future. Please stay safe this Easter weekend, follow Public Health guidelines and continue to take care of your wellbeing."  <br></p><p><strong>Vaccination Reminder</strong></p><p>The Health Unit continues to roll out vaccinations to more residents and age groups across Simcoe County. For details and to schedule a vaccination as an eligible resident, visit <a href="https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/">https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/</a>. The County echoes Public Health advice that people do not let their guard down over the Easter holidays, regardless of vaccination status. For current SMDHU guidance, go to <a href="http://www.smdhu.org/">www.smdhu.org/</a>.  </p><p><strong>County Services</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe continues to provide our essential services that support almost 500,000 residents and approximately 15,000 businesses.  We continue to provide up-to-date information on our service impacts on our website, <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/covid19">www.simcoe.ca/covid19</a>. A brief summary of our current operations during the emergency break are included below: </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>CLOSED</em></strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em> to the Public</em></strong></span><strong><em>:</em></strong></p><p><strong>County Administration Centre (Midhurst)</strong></p><ul><li>The Administration Centre remains closed to the public (excluding the Midhurst Ontario Works office which has a separate entrance and remains open). Staff will continue to serve residents, clients and partners virtually by appointment only</li><li>The Service Simcoe Contact Centre continues with virtual service only at <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca">service@simcoe.ca</a> or 705-735-6901</li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong></p><ul><li>The facility is closed to the public</li><li>For information on continued virtual programs, visit <a href="file:///C:/Users/agreenwood/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/G2S5C2Z3/museum.simcoe.ca">Museum.Simcoe.ca</a></li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Archives</strong></p><ul><li>Building access remains closed to the public during the pandemic</li><li>Staff will continue to provide remote/virtual services to the public and clients. <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=45666d09-7c4a-4b78-956e-9ff972d5a3ab">Click here</a> for information </li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong><em>CONTINUED</em></strong></span><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> Essential/Critical Services</strong></span><strong>:</strong></p><p><strong>Landfills and Curbside Waste Collection </strong></p><ul><li>Landfills are operating on a modified COVID-19 schedule; they are closed Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5 </li><li>No impact to Curbside Waste Collection, and regular collection schedules will continue during the Easter long weekend </li></ul><p><strong>LINX Transit</strong></p><ul><li>LINX Transit will continue to operate all routes with safety precautions in place</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>LINX Transit is not in operation on Friday, April 2; services resume on Monday, April 5. Please go to <a href="https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/">https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/</a> to check our schedules</li></ul><p><strong>Ontario Works Offices</strong></p><ul><li>All Ontario Works offices remain open including the office at the Administration Centre in Midhurst, with limited operational functions being supported by designated staffing cohorts</li><li>Clients are encouraged to utilize virtual assistance options to further reduce foot traffic </li><li>Easter holiday hours apply</li></ul><p><strong>General Services</strong></p><ul><li>The County will also maintain safe operations in Long-Term Care and Seniors Services facilities, Paramedic Services, Economic Development and Tourism, Library Co-operative, Planning, Simcoe County Forests, Transportation and Engineering, roads and plowing services, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Social Housing, Local Immigration Services, Children and Community Services, Customer Service, Legislative and Government Services (including virtual Council meetings) and administrative/support departments. Staff will be working remotely where possible and public/client assistance will be by appointment for relevant services.</li></ul><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p 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, Services Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">715-7654 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><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><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
County opens 2021 Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-opens-2021-age-friendly-seniors-housing-grant-program.aspx4/1/2021 1:25:25 PMCounty opens 2021 Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program<p><strong>​Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong> April 1</strong><strong>, 2021 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe is providing the regional housing market for <span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ni</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ors</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a boo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t </span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span 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style="font-size:1em;">h</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;">progr</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">su</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">li</span><span style="font-size:1em;">g</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">li</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ati</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">g</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">g</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">fr</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">y</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">h</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">us</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ng.</span></p><p>“The County is committed to enhancing support services and resources that address our aging population and affordable housing needs," said Warden George Cornell. “This grant program aligns with our Age-Friendly strategy to assist our residents in living independently as long as possible, while encouraging property owners to build and retrofit their spaces with age-friendly designs and features." </p><p>The grant program was recommended within the Simcoe County 2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy, which identified a number of recommendations for the County and its municipalities to prepare for the region's aging population. The program will fund projects that incorporate accessible, adaptable and inclusive designs, which allow seniors to continue to live independently in their communities for as long as possible. </p><p>Grants will be awarded under three streams: accessible housing design for seniors; design for individuals with dementia; and the provision of support services for housing that incorporates enhanced aspects of accessibility over and above compliance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and building code standards for residential units.<br></p><p>Applicants eligible for this grant include those completing housing projects located within Simcoe <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;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">x</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">di</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ng</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">iti</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 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nd</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Or</span><span style="font-size:1em;">illi</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a). Applicants who were successful in obtaining an Age-Friendly Seniors Housing grant in the past three years are not eligible to apply in 2021. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">A</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">pli</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">can be</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">h</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</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;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l </span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">es</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">v</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s,</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ho </span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">sh </span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">cess</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e,</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">bl</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d </span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">us</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">v</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e des</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">g</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n </span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ti</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s </span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span style="font-size:1em;">or</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">occ</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">g</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ed</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">60 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">G</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nts</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l</span><span style="font-size:1em;">l be d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ed b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ed on</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</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;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">li</span><span style="font-size:1em;">cat</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ns </span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ec</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ei</span><span style="font-size:1em;">v</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ed a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d ab</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ili</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">y</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o </span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t </span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ng c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">eri</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p><p>An Age-Friendly Grant Selection Sub-Committee will evaluate each grant submission in accordance with established evaluation criteria and make recommendations to the Simcoe County Age-Friendly Advisory Committee for endorsement.</p><p>The deadline for 2021 application submissions is June 30, 2021. For further details, or to apply to the Age-Friendly Housing Seniors Grant program, please visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/LongTermCare/Pages/Age-Friendly-Seniors-Housing-Grant-Program.aspx"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ht</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">t</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">p</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">:</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">/</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">/</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ww</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">w</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">s</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">i</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">m</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">co</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ca/L</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">o</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">n</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">g</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">T</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">rm</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">C</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ar</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">/</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">P</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">a</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">g</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">s</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">/</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">A</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">g</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">-</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Fri</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">n</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">dl</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">y</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">-</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">S</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">e</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">ni</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">or</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">s-</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">H</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">o</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">u</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">s</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">i</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">n</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">g</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">-</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">G</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">r</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">a</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">nt</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">-</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">P</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">r</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">o</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">gra</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">m</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">as</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">p</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">x</span><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></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>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p 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, Services Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">715-7654 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></p>
County of Simcoe to conduct controlled burn in the Tosorontio Tract in Adjala-Tosorontio Townshiphttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-to-conduct-controlled-burn-in-the-tosorontio-tract-in-adjala-tosorontio-township.aspx3/31/2021 5:43:44 PMCounty of Simcoe to conduct controlled burn in the Tosorontio Tract in Adjala-Tosorontio Township<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/March 31, 2021 –</strong> The County of Simcoe will be executing a controlled burn on 40 hectares (100 acres) of County Forests within the Tosorontio Tract in the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio (west of Base Borden and near the western boundary of Simcoe County). The controlled burn will occur as early as conditions allow between mid-April and early May and is anticipated to take 2 days to complete. The exact timing of the burn will be dictated by site and weather conditions and cannot be determined at this time.</p><p>Once the date of the controlled burn has been confirmed, every effort will be made to keep media, stakeholders and the public informed through a variety of communication channels.<br></p><p>A highly experienced company has been retained to plan and conduct the burn and trained and experienced personnel will be on site until it is completely extinguished. Smoke impacts will be minimized by burning under specific wind and atmospheric conditions, however there will be times when large amounts of low-lying smoke will be present. At other stages of the operation, a large smoke column protruding hundreds of metres into the atmosphere may be seen for many kilometres. There is no cause for alarm as this is all part of normal operations for the type of fuels being burned. The County does not anticipate any road closures or any major impact or disruption to local residents.<br></p><p>While controlled burns differ from wildfires in that they are managed by professionals to control their duration and smoke exposure to the public, concerns can arise regarding the potential health implications. Smoke exposure may pose a risk for more vulnerable individuals such as children, seniors, and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions. Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize your exposure to smoke:<br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>If you live close to the controlled burn site and have chronic health conditions such as asthma or chronic lung disease, you may wish to minimize your exposure by staying indoors during the burn. If you have health concerns, please follow up with your health care provider</li><li>If you have concerns regarding exposure to smoke while outdoors, consider reducing your outdoor activities near the affected area</li><li>To help reduce smoke in your homes and businesses, keep windows and doors closed</li></ul><p>County Council approved the Simcoe County Forest Management Plan in 2011 to guide our policies through 2030. The Plan outlines that fire has historically played a primary role by influencing composition, structure and patterns of our forests and will be used as a strategy moving forward. This particular controlled burn is part of a long-term plan to enhance an Oak forest ecosystem.</p><p>Controlled burns are common throughout Ontario and Canada. Controlled burns have been conducted previously within the County Forests with the two most recent burns occurring in 2020 within the Packard Tract in Essa Township and 2018 within the Museum Tract in Springwater Township.<br></p><p>Public questions are addressed in our <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/Controlled%20Burn%20FAQs-%20Spring%202021.pdf">FAQ document</a>. Alternatively, inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. More information about the controlled burn can be found at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=61d9adb1-b179-47f0-97e5-ee43c359add2"><strong>https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fbl</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p><strong>About Simcoe County Forests​<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">The Simcoe County Forest network dates back to 1922 when it became the first municipal government to opt into the Government of Ontario's Agreement Forest program. The Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally owned forest network in Ontario and among the largest in Canada. It now includes more than 33,000 acres distributed across more than 150 properties throughout the County. Over 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception. The County's team of experienced foresters continues to implement important ecological forestry management techniques, including controlled burns and tree harvesting operations, to maintain and grow our forests, with all profits for lumber sales being reinvested into the Forestry program, including tree planting, education efforts and acquisition and protection of new forest properties.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p>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 <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 Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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></p>
Spring Leaf & Yard Waste Collectionhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Spring-.aspx3/30/2021 3:24:05 PMSpring Leaf & Yard Waste Collection<p>Spring leaf and yard waste collection begins April 12 (Zone 1) and April 19 (Zone 2) and runs biweekly until June 4. ​ To determine your yard waste collection schedule, download the free Simcoe County Collects app:</p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3" style="color:#2a9cfe;"><strong><a title="get it on Google play" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#0077d8;text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;border:currentcolor;width:132px;height:39px;max-width:100%;" /></a></strong></span> <a title="Download on the app store " href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;border:currentcolor;width:134px;height:40px;max-width:100%;" /></a></span></p><p>Alternatively, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6"><font color="#0066cc">click here </font></a>to view/print your full, customized collection schedule and sign up for reminders.</p><p>Place material out on the Monday of your collection week. Use Kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes, or open-ended rigid containers. Brush must be bundled and tied. Bundles must be no larger than 30 cm in width and no longer than 2 metres. Individual branches cannot exceed 7 cm in diameter.</p><p>To ensure collection, leaf bags, rigid containers and bundles of brush must be visible and fall within the County's weight limit of 20 kgs per container. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" style="text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" style="text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"></font><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><span lang="EN-US">For more information please contact Customer Service at<span> </span><a style="color:#0077d8;text-decoration:underline;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span> </span>or <br></span>​call 1-800-263-3199.</p>
Ask an Expert Series presents Selling at Local Farmers’ Marketshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/ask-an-expert-series-presents-selling-at-local-farmers’-markets-21-3-26.aspx3/26/2021 1:44:52 PMAsk an Expert Series presents Selling at Local Farmers’ Markets<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/March 26, 2021 </strong>– During COVID-19, residents have continued to shop local, supporting small businesses and artisans. Our communities are anticipating a busy outdoor Farmers' Market season and on April 1<sup>st</sup> from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the County of Simcoe and area partners are hosting another “Ask an Expert virtual session for business owners, focused on Selling at Farmers' Markets. The session will assist the current and next generation of vendors in taking the next step on their business journey, while also providing recommendations and instructions on food handling safety. </p><p>The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and local market managers will provide information regarding:</p><ul><li>The strong network of markets taking place throughout Simcoe County and how vendors can register to take part</li><li>Food safety requirements you need to know before selling at a local farmers' market​<br></li></ul><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:</strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3"> </strong><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">      Ask an Expert: Selling at Local Farmers’ Markets</strong><br></p><strong>Where: </strong>         Virtual – details to be provided upon registration<br><br><strong>​When:  </strong>         <span style="font-size:1em;">Thursday, April 1st ~ 1:30 to 3 p.m.</span><div><br></div><div><strong>Who:         </strong>    Entrepreneurs, artisans, vendors, business owners <br><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><div><div><br></div><strong style="font-size:1em;">Register:</strong>       This is a FREE event, but registration is required. To register, visit                                          <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://askanexpert_localfarmersmarkets.eventbrite.ca/&data=04%7c01%7cJennifer.Straw%40simcoe.ca%7c59bbcc52a17949758dca08d8ee04e023%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637521051990230675%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=iKFyv99TcqbPmK7AEq7Q5WzVlHpnGpWo8oT87q8ExbQ%3D&reserved=0">https://askanexpert_localfarmersmarkets.eventbrite.ca/</a></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;">The </span><span style="font-size:1em;">“Ask </span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nd Expert" webinar series is presented by </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the County of Simcoe, membe</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, the Province of Ontario, the Sandbox Centre, </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Developme</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nt Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development, the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College and Lakehead University.</span></div><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 simcoe.ca. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​- 30 -</strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:​</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><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;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a>​</span></p></div>
County hosts virtual Public Information Centre to engage residents about transportation needshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-hosts-virtual-pic-to-engage-residents-about-transportation-needs-21-3-25.aspx3/25/2021 1:05:49 PMCounty hosts virtual Public Information Centre to engage residents about transportation needs<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/March 25, 2021 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– The County of Simcoe is hosting a virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) to support updates to our regional Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Input received from residents will help provide direction for the planning, coordination and implementation of a multi-municipal road and transit network, active transportation amenities (including bike lanes and trail networks), and commuter facilities for the next 30 years and beyond in Simcoe County.</span></p><p>From March 25 to April 11, 2021, interested parties are invited to visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/tmp">www.simcoe.ca/tmp</a> to view the virtual Public Information Centre, an interactive engagement space containing project display boards, a public opinion survey and an area to submit feedback and comments. </p><p>“The insights from businesses, organizations​ and individuals during previous updates proved invaluable, providing the basis for the County's investments in our transportation infrastructure including funding to support a variety of transportation projects, growth of trail networks and the launch of our successful LINX Transit System,"<strong> </strong>said Warden George Cornell. <strong>“</strong>The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the travel needs of our residents, and we encourage citizens, businesses and partners to provide input and help us make further strategic investments in transportation infrastructure across Simcoe County."  </p><p><strong>Background:</strong></p><p>Based on the findings of the 2014 TMP, the County made the following investments:</p><ul><li>Established the LINX Transit System, a conventional public transit system that links major urban hubs and local transit services across the region. Currently, LINX operates five conventional routes and specialized transit. Route 6, connecting the Town of Midland with the City of Orillia, with stops in Tay, Oro-Medonte and Severn Townships, anticipated to launch in August 2021, with the specialized transit starting in September 2021</li><li>In January 2020, the County also became the majority owner of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA), which is fully serviced by the Canada Border Service Agency and offers a convenient location in close proximity to the Greater Toronto Area and central Ontario</li><li>Significant investments made to enhance the County Road Network, including the expansion of County Road 90 to a four-lane cross section plus a continuous centre turning lane</li><li>The first 'complete street' road design project including an off-road trail linking The Towns of Penetanguishene and Midland is currently under construction</li><li>The Trails Connecting Communities Program (TCCP) was established in 2009 to assist municipalities in the development of active transportation and recreational opportunities, with a focus on enhancing and/or expanding trail networks for non-motorized uses and improve trail accessibility. The TCCP operates through a 50/50 matching structure, whereby County funds are matched with local municipal investment. Since its inception in 2009, the TCCP has provided more than $1.9 million in funding to local municipalities to assist in the completion of more than 80 trail and active transportation projects</li></ul><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​- 30 -​</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><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;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>