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Council & CCW - August 13https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-&-CCW-August-13.aspx8/21/2019 6:57:52 PMCouncil & CCW - August 13<h2>​Simcoe County Forest ‘Packard Tract’ Forest & Habitat Restoration Project</h2><p> In 2018, a 42.5 hectare (105.2 acre) parcel was acquired as an addition to the Simcoe County Forest ‘Packard Tract’ in the Township of Essa. An assessment of the property identified opportunities to substantially enhance planned forest restoration to include habitat creation for the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler.</p><p> County Council received a report on the progress of work on the Packard Tract. Substantial completion is planned for 2022. The project will include the enhancement of previously planted areas, harvesting, site preparation including a potential controlled burn, seeding, and the planting of 35,400 trees.<br><br> This complements and aligns with the Forest and Habitat Restoration Project currently underway in the Museum Tract (Midhurst). </p><h2>Barrie Collingwood Railway Multi-Use Trail </h2><p>In 2017, the County purchased a section of the Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY) approximately 38 kilometers long which extends from the boundary of the Town of Collingwood to Utopia (Essa Township). A 2018 Preliminary Design Report explored the feasibility of creating a multi-use recreation trail, in alignment with the existing Provincial Policy, Ontario Trails Strategy, Ontario’s Cycling Strategy, Ontario’s Cycling Tourism Plan at the provincial level and County of Simcoe Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Trails Strategy at the municipal level.</p><p> Council approved including the required studies and detail design for this project in the 2020 capital budget. Councillors also confirmed that the County should preserve the existing right-of-way as a transportation corridor, but discontinue its use as an active rail corridor, which will require the administration to follow a defined public process under the Canada Transportation Act. If successful, this will facilitate the removal of the rails and road signals. <br><br> This is a tremendous opportunity to connect Collingwood all the way to Essa with an active transportation trail. Further public consultation will occur as this project unfolds. </p><h2>County prioritizes curbside recycling collection</h2><p><span>The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services, primarily blue box pick-ups, and is now taking further steps to get waste materials off the streets. In addition to prioritizing garbage and organics to minimize collection misses of these materials, and limit odour impacts to residents, the County has brought in an additional contractors to support with the collection of recycling to the end of September 2019. </span></p><p><span> As the County’s contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, County Council voted to cancel this year’s curbside collection of electronics, which had been scheduled to occur from September 16 through 27, to allow more resources to focus on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling materials. The cancellation of the curbside electronics collection program for 2019, and these other changes, will not result in any additional costs to taxpayers. <br><br> Residents are reminded that electronics can be dropped off at a County waste management facility free of charge at any time throughout the year during regular operating hours. <br><br> The best way to receive information in real time is through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play free of charge. </span></p> <h2>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Ownership</h2> <font size="4"></font><p>In 2009, the City of Barrie and the Township of Oro-Medonte authorized the creation of a municipal services corporation to manage the strategic and day to day requirements of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport. In 2014, the Airport Agreement was amended to reflect the County of Simcoe's purchase of 20% of the City of Barrie's shares. On June 12, 2018, County Council approved a resolution which received a new Strategic Plan for the LSRA, requiring substantial investment to expand the regional airport in an effort to boost regional economic development, create jobs and grow commercial, passenger and commuter air traffic. </p><p>County Council approved the acquisition of an additional 50 shares from the City of Barrie and 20 shares from the Township of Oro-Medonte, which will see the County of Simcoe become the majority shareholder with 90 shares. The City of Barrie will continue as a key joint owner holding a 10-per-cent stake in the regional airport. The strategic acquisition will allow further development and expansion of the airport to serve regional economic development and job creation objectives. Consultation and engagement with the public regarding the strategic plan will be scheduled in the near future. </p> <h2>Long-Term Care Funding</h2><p>On May 28th and 29th of 2019, the County of Simcoe received a series of notices from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (LTC) regarding: a 2019/20 accommodation fee increase of 2.3 per cent to all LTC residents, an annual inflationary increase of 1.0 per cent to Long-Term Care Homes, Level of Care funding based on the 2017/18 annual Case Mix Index results; supplemental funding for Behavioural Specialized Unit and High Acuity Priority Access beds (0.7% increase), funding formula changes applied to several program areas; and the elimination of two significant supplemental funding envelopes (High Wage Transition Funding and the Structural Compliance Premium).</p><p>As a result of these funding changes to LTC, the County of Simcoe will experience a provincial funding cut of $380,675 in 2019 with an annualized impact of $875,418 in 2020. County Council approved plans to employ an annual funding stabilization fund of $340,000 to offset the 2019 impact, leaving a net shortfall of $40,675 and $535,418 beginning in 2020. New base funding will also be allocated to increase 0.5 FTE of Personal Support Worker hours at Simcoe Manor and an in-depth review of operations will be undertaken to identify potential strategies to reduce costs to address the remaining funding shortfall of $41,000 in 2019.</p><p> </p>
Council - June 28, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-June-28-2019.aspx7/11/2019 4:17:20 PMCouncil - June 28, 2019<span><span><span><span><h2>Trails Connecting Communities Program</h2><p>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. The TCCP operates through a 50/50 matching structure, whereby County funds are matched with local municipal investment. Since its inception, the TCCP has provided over $1,673,608 in funding to local municipalities to assist in the completion of 67 trail and active transportation projects.</p><p>Council reviewed a summary of the trails projects and initiatives completed in 2018, and those proposed to be funded in 2019. The 2019 TCCP budget is $250,000. In the first quarter of 2019, the County received 10 municipal trail applications, all of which were determined to have met the program's eligibility criteria. These projects result in a commitment of approximately $257,500. Council approved that the funding for the proposed 2019 TCCP trails be allocated from the Planning, Economic Development and Transit budget and the remaining $7,500 from Economic and Planning reserve.</p><h2>Building Hope Project, Orillia</h2><p>Building Hope, Orillia, operating under the legal umbrella of the Orillia Christian Centre, is working to create a Community Services Hub, located at 75 Queen Street East, Orillia. The Community Services Hub will include 40 emergency shelter beds for men, women and youth, mental health support beds, medical room and community kitchen, as well as a separate 20-unit Supportive Housing Project for people who have experienced homelessness. </p><p>Approximately $11.3 million is currently available during construction through a combination of government funds and fundraising. However, based on a project budget of $14 million for both the homelessness hub and supportive housing phases, there is a gap of $2.7 million in funds. County Council voted in favour of providing Building Hope with a forgivable loan of $226,000, funded through Home for Good (HFG) Program administration fees, and a $2.5 million interest-free repayable loan during construction, to be repaid within three years of project completion, which will enable the project to proceed.</p><h2>­Security Guard Services - Barrie Ontario Works Office</h2><p>The Ontario Works office, which is located at 136 Bayfield Street, Barrie, and serves a caseload of 3,047 benefit units, is increasingly dealing with challenging behaviours and incidents with individuals entering the office and common area.</p><p>Council voted in favour of the procurement of full-time security guard services on pilot basis for a period of one year, with a report back to Council on the outcome of this initiative. Projected annual costing to contract security guard services will be shared 50/50 with the Province, and further cost shared with the cities of Barrie and Orillia. </p><h2>2019 Long Term Financial Plan and 2020 High Level Budget Assumptions</h2><p>Council approved the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) - a forecast based on previously approved strategic directions along with any new initiatives approved by Council. The LTFP has been developed for both the operating and capital programs based on the forecasted needs for each program and/or service delivery areas. The LTFP is a high-level view, based on known or evidence based assumptions and is updated annually or as significant events occur. </p><p>Council also provided initial direction for the development of the 2020 budget draft, with final approval scheduled to take place in November 2019. Based on the known Provincial funding details, Council approved the 2020 Budget Assumptions and Directions, including a proposed 2.0% tax levy increase. Adjustments will be made as new detailed information from the Province is provided and staff will consider efficiencies and areas to further reduce costs as the budget process continues for 2020. </p><h2>Ontario Health Teams</h2><p>Bill 74: The People's Health Care Act, 2019, received Royal Assent April 18, 2019. The Act contains major changes related to health system transformation including the establishment, mandate and powers of the new superagency, Ontario Health, and the integrated delivery systems the government is proposing called Ontario Health Team (OHTs).</p><p>OHTs will be responsible for providing a co-ordinated continuum of care for all but the most specialized conditions and procedures, such as transplant or neurosurgery.</p><p>County staff have been engaged in the completion of OHT readiness assessments by South Simcoe, Couchiching, Central Simcoe, South Georgian Bay and Central Ontario Regional Specialized Care for Vulnerable Populations. The County is also represented on the North Simcoe Sub-Region Planning Table, which is planning to submit its readiness assessment in fall 2019. It is the County's understanding that it is the government's intention to select five submissions from the initial group of readiness assessments submitted in May 2019, with the plan to have 50 OHTs operating within the province over the next few years.</p></span></span></span></span><p>​</p>
Council June 21, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-June-21-2019.aspx7/11/2019 1:08:43 PMCouncil June 21, 2019<span><span><h2><span></span></h2><h2>Termination of Addiction Services Initiative</h2><p>The County of Simcoe Ontario Works Department is one of thirteen Consolidated Service Managers and four First Nations sites that has been delivering the provincially funded Addiction Services Initiative (ASI). The County of Simcoe implemented the ASI program back in 2010, through a formal service agreement with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Simcoe County Branch, whereby contracted services have been in place in each of the five Ontario Works offices on a full-time basis.</p><p>Councillors received an update on the termination of the Addiction Services Initiative following the April 12 announcement by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services that they were ceasing the delivery of the ASI program. According to Ministry staff, the four First Nations sites will continue to deliver ASI until appropriate consultation has occurred. Formal notification was provided to the Executive Director of CMHA on April 18, that the current contract for the delivery of ASI between the County of Simcoe and CMHA will be terminated effective July 31, 2019. Staff will continue to work together to ensure that all clients in the ASI program are provided with appropriate transitional supports.</p><h2>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Deployment and Response Time Performance Plan Update – 2019</h2><p>The provision of Paramedic Services mandates the strategic use of Paramedic response resources based on geography and historical call data to effectively match resources to workload. Paramedic Services regularly evaluates data compiled through review of internal reporting systems, response times and feedback from field Paramedics, Supervisors and the Georgian Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC). Through the on-going evaluation of this data, Paramedic Services has identified an increased pressure on resources to maintain current performance. Council approved a new deployment plan, developed by County staff, that outlines the direction of the CSPS. Based on a review of the previous deployment plan and with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness, CSPS made several changes for the 2019 Deployment Plan, including deployment changes and the introduction of additional resources.</p><h2>2018 Simcoe County Living Wage</h2><p>In October 2015, the County developed and implemented a community consultation, designed to foster solutions-based thinking around poverty reduction in Simcoe County. As part of the consultation, the Poverty Reduction Task Group, a sub-committee of the Simcoe County Children, Youth and Family Coalition, requested that calculation of a ‘Living Wage’ for the region be undertaken. Council received the 2018 Living Wage Recalculation for Simcoe County report that indicates the living wage in Simcoe County has increased to $18.01 per hour from $17.74 per hour, as established in the first Living Wage Calculation for Simcoe County conducted in 2017. At the May 28 Council meeting, it was recommended that the report be circulated to all Simcoe County member municipalities.</p><h2>Simcoe County Collects App</h2><p>County staff have been working with ReCollect developers who created the current Solid Waste Management website widget to create a customizable waste management mobile app. The mobile app, called Simcoe County Collects, provides a convenient way to receive information on a variety of subjects and services and is available through the App Store and Google Play as a free download. Councillors were updated on the functionality of Simcoe County Collects, which provides users with service alerts when collection impacts are anticipated, access to the Waste Wizard, reminders of waste collection days via text, messaging through the app itself, email, or phone calls, education on various waste related subjects and information on the closest waste management facility to the user, including GPS directions.</p><h2>Potential logistical and financial impacts relating to the suggestion of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury becoming a Separated City</h2><p>On April 23, 2019, Count Council passed a resolution directing that staff undertake high level conceptual analyses to more accurately depict what the logistical and financial impacts would be if the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG) became a Separated City. The County report, which was based on the original analysis by the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, was presented to Councillors. The report showed no net benefit in Bradford West Gwillimbury gaining separated city status and reaffirmed the value of County services and capital investments.</p></span></span>

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Council & CCW - August 13https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-&-CCW-August-13.aspx8/21/2019 6:57:52 PMCouncil & CCW - August 13<h2>​Simcoe County Forest ‘Packard Tract’ Forest & Habitat Restoration Project</h2><p> In 2018, a 42.5 hectare (105.2 acre) parcel was acquired as an addition to the Simcoe County Forest ‘Packard Tract’ in the Township of Essa. An assessment of the property identified opportunities to substantially enhance planned forest restoration to include habitat creation for the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler.</p><p> County Council received a report on the progress of work on the Packard Tract. Substantial completion is planned for 2022. The project will include the enhancement of previously planted areas, harvesting, site preparation including a potential controlled burn, seeding, and the planting of 35,400 trees.<br><br> This complements and aligns with the Forest and Habitat Restoration Project currently underway in the Museum Tract (Midhurst). </p><h2>Barrie Collingwood Railway Multi-Use Trail </h2><p>In 2017, the County purchased a section of the Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY) approximately 38 kilometers long which extends from the boundary of the Town of Collingwood to Utopia (Essa Township). A 2018 Preliminary Design Report explored the feasibility of creating a multi-use recreation trail, in alignment with the existing Provincial Policy, Ontario Trails Strategy, Ontario’s Cycling Strategy, Ontario’s Cycling Tourism Plan at the provincial level and County of Simcoe Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Trails Strategy at the municipal level.</p><p> Council approved including the required studies and detail design for this project in the 2020 capital budget. Councillors also confirmed that the County should preserve the existing right-of-way as a transportation corridor, but discontinue its use as an active rail corridor, which will require the administration to follow a defined public process under the Canada Transportation Act. If successful, this will facilitate the removal of the rails and road signals. <br><br> This is a tremendous opportunity to connect Collingwood all the way to Essa with an active transportation trail. Further public consultation will occur as this project unfolds. </p><h2>County prioritizes curbside recycling collection</h2><p><span>The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services, primarily blue box pick-ups, and is now taking further steps to get waste materials off the streets. In addition to prioritizing garbage and organics to minimize collection misses of these materials, and limit odour impacts to residents, the County has brought in an additional contractors to support with the collection of recycling to the end of September 2019. </span></p><p><span> As the County’s contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, County Council voted to cancel this year’s curbside collection of electronics, which had been scheduled to occur from September 16 through 27, to allow more resources to focus on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling materials. The cancellation of the curbside electronics collection program for 2019, and these other changes, will not result in any additional costs to taxpayers. <br><br> Residents are reminded that electronics can be dropped off at a County waste management facility free of charge at any time throughout the year during regular operating hours. <br><br> The best way to receive information in real time is through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play free of charge. </span></p> <h2>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Ownership</h2> <font size="4"></font><p>In 2009, the City of Barrie and the Township of Oro-Medonte authorized the creation of a municipal services corporation to manage the strategic and day to day requirements of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport. In 2014, the Airport Agreement was amended to reflect the County of Simcoe's purchase of 20% of the City of Barrie's shares. On June 12, 2018, County Council approved a resolution which received a new Strategic Plan for the LSRA, requiring substantial investment to expand the regional airport in an effort to boost regional economic development, create jobs and grow commercial, passenger and commuter air traffic. </p><p>County Council approved the acquisition of an additional 50 shares from the City of Barrie and 20 shares from the Township of Oro-Medonte, which will see the County of Simcoe become the majority shareholder with 90 shares. The City of Barrie will continue as a key joint owner holding a 10-per-cent stake in the regional airport. The strategic acquisition will allow further development and expansion of the airport to serve regional economic development and job creation objectives. Consultation and engagement with the public regarding the strategic plan will be scheduled in the near future. </p> <h2>Long-Term Care Funding</h2><p>On May 28th and 29th of 2019, the County of Simcoe received a series of notices from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (LTC) regarding: a 2019/20 accommodation fee increase of 2.3 per cent to all LTC residents, an annual inflationary increase of 1.0 per cent to Long-Term Care Homes, Level of Care funding based on the 2017/18 annual Case Mix Index results; supplemental funding for Behavioural Specialized Unit and High Acuity Priority Access beds (0.7% increase), funding formula changes applied to several program areas; and the elimination of two significant supplemental funding envelopes (High Wage Transition Funding and the Structural Compliance Premium).</p><p>As a result of these funding changes to LTC, the County of Simcoe will experience a provincial funding cut of $380,675 in 2019 with an annualized impact of $875,418 in 2020. County Council approved plans to employ an annual funding stabilization fund of $340,000 to offset the 2019 impact, leaving a net shortfall of $40,675 and $535,418 beginning in 2020. New base funding will also be allocated to increase 0.5 FTE of Personal Support Worker hours at Simcoe Manor and an in-depth review of operations will be undertaken to identify potential strategies to reduce costs to address the remaining funding shortfall of $41,000 in 2019.</p><p> </p>
Council - June 28, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-June-28-2019.aspx7/11/2019 4:17:20 PMCouncil - June 28, 2019<span><span><span><span><h2>Trails Connecting Communities Program</h2><p>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. The TCCP operates through a 50/50 matching structure, whereby County funds are matched with local municipal investment. Since its inception, the TCCP has provided over $1,673,608 in funding to local municipalities to assist in the completion of 67 trail and active transportation projects.</p><p>Council reviewed a summary of the trails projects and initiatives completed in 2018, and those proposed to be funded in 2019. The 2019 TCCP budget is $250,000. In the first quarter of 2019, the County received 10 municipal trail applications, all of which were determined to have met the program's eligibility criteria. These projects result in a commitment of approximately $257,500. Council approved that the funding for the proposed 2019 TCCP trails be allocated from the Planning, Economic Development and Transit budget and the remaining $7,500 from Economic and Planning reserve.</p><h2>Building Hope Project, Orillia</h2><p>Building Hope, Orillia, operating under the legal umbrella of the Orillia Christian Centre, is working to create a Community Services Hub, located at 75 Queen Street East, Orillia. The Community Services Hub will include 40 emergency shelter beds for men, women and youth, mental health support beds, medical room and community kitchen, as well as a separate 20-unit Supportive Housing Project for people who have experienced homelessness. </p><p>Approximately $11.3 million is currently available during construction through a combination of government funds and fundraising. However, based on a project budget of $14 million for both the homelessness hub and supportive housing phases, there is a gap of $2.7 million in funds. County Council voted in favour of providing Building Hope with a forgivable loan of $226,000, funded through Home for Good (HFG) Program administration fees, and a $2.5 million interest-free repayable loan during construction, to be repaid within three years of project completion, which will enable the project to proceed.</p><h2>­Security Guard Services - Barrie Ontario Works Office</h2><p>The Ontario Works office, which is located at 136 Bayfield Street, Barrie, and serves a caseload of 3,047 benefit units, is increasingly dealing with challenging behaviours and incidents with individuals entering the office and common area.</p><p>Council voted in favour of the procurement of full-time security guard services on pilot basis for a period of one year, with a report back to Council on the outcome of this initiative. Projected annual costing to contract security guard services will be shared 50/50 with the Province, and further cost shared with the cities of Barrie and Orillia. </p><h2>2019 Long Term Financial Plan and 2020 High Level Budget Assumptions</h2><p>Council approved the Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) - a forecast based on previously approved strategic directions along with any new initiatives approved by Council. The LTFP has been developed for both the operating and capital programs based on the forecasted needs for each program and/or service delivery areas. The LTFP is a high-level view, based on known or evidence based assumptions and is updated annually or as significant events occur. </p><p>Council also provided initial direction for the development of the 2020 budget draft, with final approval scheduled to take place in November 2019. Based on the known Provincial funding details, Council approved the 2020 Budget Assumptions and Directions, including a proposed 2.0% tax levy increase. Adjustments will be made as new detailed information from the Province is provided and staff will consider efficiencies and areas to further reduce costs as the budget process continues for 2020. </p><h2>Ontario Health Teams</h2><p>Bill 74: The People's Health Care Act, 2019, received Royal Assent April 18, 2019. The Act contains major changes related to health system transformation including the establishment, mandate and powers of the new superagency, Ontario Health, and the integrated delivery systems the government is proposing called Ontario Health Team (OHTs).</p><p>OHTs will be responsible for providing a co-ordinated continuum of care for all but the most specialized conditions and procedures, such as transplant or neurosurgery.</p><p>County staff have been engaged in the completion of OHT readiness assessments by South Simcoe, Couchiching, Central Simcoe, South Georgian Bay and Central Ontario Regional Specialized Care for Vulnerable Populations. The County is also represented on the North Simcoe Sub-Region Planning Table, which is planning to submit its readiness assessment in fall 2019. It is the County's understanding that it is the government's intention to select five submissions from the initial group of readiness assessments submitted in May 2019, with the plan to have 50 OHTs operating within the province over the next few years.</p></span></span></span></span><p>​</p>
Council June 21, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-June-21-2019.aspx7/11/2019 1:08:43 PMCouncil June 21, 2019<span><span><h2><span></span></h2><h2>Termination of Addiction Services Initiative</h2><p>The County of Simcoe Ontario Works Department is one of thirteen Consolidated Service Managers and four First Nations sites that has been delivering the provincially funded Addiction Services Initiative (ASI). The County of Simcoe implemented the ASI program back in 2010, through a formal service agreement with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Simcoe County Branch, whereby contracted services have been in place in each of the five Ontario Works offices on a full-time basis.</p><p>Councillors received an update on the termination of the Addiction Services Initiative following the April 12 announcement by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services that they were ceasing the delivery of the ASI program. According to Ministry staff, the four First Nations sites will continue to deliver ASI until appropriate consultation has occurred. Formal notification was provided to the Executive Director of CMHA on April 18, that the current contract for the delivery of ASI between the County of Simcoe and CMHA will be terminated effective July 31, 2019. Staff will continue to work together to ensure that all clients in the ASI program are provided with appropriate transitional supports.</p><h2>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Deployment and Response Time Performance Plan Update – 2019</h2><p>The provision of Paramedic Services mandates the strategic use of Paramedic response resources based on geography and historical call data to effectively match resources to workload. Paramedic Services regularly evaluates data compiled through review of internal reporting systems, response times and feedback from field Paramedics, Supervisors and the Georgian Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC). Through the on-going evaluation of this data, Paramedic Services has identified an increased pressure on resources to maintain current performance. Council approved a new deployment plan, developed by County staff, that outlines the direction of the CSPS. Based on a review of the previous deployment plan and with the goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness, CSPS made several changes for the 2019 Deployment Plan, including deployment changes and the introduction of additional resources.</p><h2>2018 Simcoe County Living Wage</h2><p>In October 2015, the County developed and implemented a community consultation, designed to foster solutions-based thinking around poverty reduction in Simcoe County. As part of the consultation, the Poverty Reduction Task Group, a sub-committee of the Simcoe County Children, Youth and Family Coalition, requested that calculation of a ‘Living Wage’ for the region be undertaken. Council received the 2018 Living Wage Recalculation for Simcoe County report that indicates the living wage in Simcoe County has increased to $18.01 per hour from $17.74 per hour, as established in the first Living Wage Calculation for Simcoe County conducted in 2017. At the May 28 Council meeting, it was recommended that the report be circulated to all Simcoe County member municipalities.</p><h2>Simcoe County Collects App</h2><p>County staff have been working with ReCollect developers who created the current Solid Waste Management website widget to create a customizable waste management mobile app. The mobile app, called Simcoe County Collects, provides a convenient way to receive information on a variety of subjects and services and is available through the App Store and Google Play as a free download. Councillors were updated on the functionality of Simcoe County Collects, which provides users with service alerts when collection impacts are anticipated, access to the Waste Wizard, reminders of waste collection days via text, messaging through the app itself, email, or phone calls, education on various waste related subjects and information on the closest waste management facility to the user, including GPS directions.</p><h2>Potential logistical and financial impacts relating to the suggestion of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury becoming a Separated City</h2><p>On April 23, 2019, Count Council passed a resolution directing that staff undertake high level conceptual analyses to more accurately depict what the logistical and financial impacts would be if the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (BWG) became a Separated City. The County report, which was based on the original analysis by the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, was presented to Councillors. The report showed no net benefit in Bradford West Gwillimbury gaining separated city status and reaffirmed the value of County services and capital investments.</p></span></span>
Council June / July 2018https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-June-July-2018.aspx7/11/2019 1:04:25 PMCouncil June / July 2018<span><span><h2>LINX Transit Service begins August 2018​</h2><p>Simcoe County residents will soon have a new public transportation service to connect communities across the region with the first route starting August 2018. County Councillors gathered at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre in Midhurst to unveil the Simcoe County LINX transit service, showcasing the new buses and outlining the first route and five year plan to link Simcoe County residents to key service and labour hubs across the region. <br></p><p>“This is a huge milestone for our County and we’re pleased to offer another crucial service to our residents and communities,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. <br></p><p>“Our region has a large geographical footprint and we have a growing population of seniors, students and residents who need affordable and reliable transportation options to access health services, jobs and education hubs in other communities.”</p><p>Route 1 launches August 7, 2018 and runs from Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie with stops in Wyebridge, Waverley, Elmvale and Midhurst. To introduce the service, the County is offering complimentary fares between August 7-September 4, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. The County is also offering an accessible door to door transit service for individuals with mobility needs called the LINX+. Residents are asked to complete a registration form to access the service by visiting linx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199. </p><p>In 2017, as part of the County’s Transit Implementation Plan, County Council approved a 5-year, $5 million plan to create a regional transit service. Recognizing the need to increase public transit within Simcoe County, the Government of Ontario recently topped up funding with a significant $8.4 million contribution.</p><p>As part of a five year roll out of the LINX Service, the following proposed routes will be considered: Orillia to Barrie (2019), Collingwood to Barrie (2019/2020), Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury and Midland to Orillia (2020/2021). The County will also assume some existing inter-municipal routes currently operating throughout the County. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=74d758bd-e19d-43e9-a374-02ce27d234b3">linx.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more.<br></p><h2>Simcoe County youth educate adults about waste, organics, future</h2><p>Councillors received a first-hand look at the County of Simcoe’s new green bin marketing and events campaign during Council on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. As the County strives to increase its diversion rate and grow participation in its green bin program, it is rolling out a multi-platform campaign to engage, motivate and educate County residents about the benefits of using their green bins, with a heavy emphasis on regional youth educating today’s parents and adults. </p><p>The campaign leads with a call to action: Grow Your Green Bin. Not Your Garbage! It is being promoted through TV ads, online videos, print, billboard and radio ads, social media and a household mailer. There is also a contest running on local radio throughout the summer for a chance to win great prizes. <br></p><p>The campaign features children educating the public about the benefits of using greens bins.</p><p> It also aligns with the County’s Learning and Living Green program where more than 100 local schools participate in waste education and diversion initiatives. Another component of the campaign is a summer festival and event series where the County’s green bin team is touring to all 16 member municipalities to attend events and raise awareness about the use of green bins. The event includes a 9-metre-high inflatable green bin to drive home the message.</p><h2>County publishes annual report card</h2><p>The County of Simcoe has published its fourth annual report card, entitled Housing Our Future: 2017 Annual Report, to measure and evaluate the implementation of recommendations contained in its Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy.</p><p>“As we complete phase one of our 10 year plan, we’re pleased to announce that we have surpassed our 895 unit phase one target by creating more than 1,000 new units since 2014,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We’re making an impact by investing in multiple strategies, such as secondary suites, new apartment buildings, motel conversions, community improvement plans, financial incentive programs and rural builds to help meet the growing need for more affordable housing in our communities.</p><p>”As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for this region, the County of Simcoe is responsible for developing and implementing Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy. The Strategy was approved by County Council in 2014.</p><h2>Paramedic andSeniors’ Services expanding in Elmvale</h2><p>The County of Simcoe is investing in the development of a new facility in the village of Elmvale that will house a Paramedic Services station and the Long Term Care and Seniors’ Services Adult Day Program Centre for the surrounding area. <br></p><p>“With an aging population and rising paramedic call volumes across the region, we continue to make strategic investments which enable us to expand and enhance our services to meet the needs of our residents and communities,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “This new dual use facility will serve residents in Springwater, Wasaga Beach, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay for years to come and we thank our partners at Springwater Township for working with us on this important venture.” <br></p><p>The County has acquired 191 Queen Street West in Elmvale. The facility will consist of a two bay Paramedic Services station, allowing the County to expand services to the area and address increased call volumes. The County has outgrown its current leased space at the Elmvale Fire Hall, which was originally set up for a single paramedic response unit 12-hours per day and is now being used to house a 24-hour, fully staffed paramedic transport unit. This space no longer meets the operational needs of Paramedic Services and is anticipated to be used by Springwater Fire. </p><p>The Adult Day Program Centre will enable the County to expand its current program operating out of leased space at the Manse of St-John’s United Church in Elmvale. The new space will allow for an increase in capacity and reduce the existing waitlists for the program. The County’s Adult Day Program operates in Penetanguishene and Elmvale and provides daytime respite, support, education and activities for families and caregivers. Potential clients for the program are referred through a variety of sources such as Community Care Access Centres, program clientele, physicians, friends and relatives.</p><p>Construction of the facility is anticipated to commence in late 2018, and be completed in mid-2019. The estimated cost of constructing the facility is $3.9 million, inclusive of land acquisition and construction.</p><h2>Getting a charge out of the County</h2><p>Three new electric vehicle charging stations are ready for use across Simcoe County thanks to funding from the provincial government. </p><p>Through the County’s Sustainable Operations program $267,350 was applied for and received to install three “Level 3” supercharger stations that can be found at the following locations:</p><p>• Simcoe County Museum1151 Highway 26, Midhurst</p><p>• Washago Carpool Lotcorner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago</p><p>• Station Park212 Huron Street, Stayner <br></p><p>These superchargers are able to charge a fully electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle and quantity of power required making them ideal for highway travel. This past Canada Day long weekend saw more than 20 electric vehicle owners take advantage of these units, with Washago alone servicing 14.</p><p>“With more than 465,000 residents and 9 million visitors to our region each year, it is vital that we invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and highlight our commitment to being sound environmental stewards,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our residents and visitors.” <br></p><p>The County of Simcoe charges a fee of $0.25 per minute to use the vehicle chargers. A typical fill-up – lasting approximately 30 minutes – would cost the user $7.50. Charging fees create a revenue neutral operation for the County to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.<br></p></span></span>