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Council - May 12, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-May-12-2020.aspx5/15/2020 7:14:16 PMCouncil - May 12, 2020<h2>​​Flat L​evy for Recovering Waste Management Costs</h2><p>The County of Simcoe is responsible for the delivery of solid waste management services to all of its member municipalities, including the provision of curbside collection of the various waste and recyclable streams. In 2021, a new contract for curbside collection will be awarded.</p><p>This week, in an effort to ensure a uniform service across Simcoe County by the fairest means of recovering the cost of the curbside collection system, County Council directed staff to move towards a flat levy cost per serviced unit, rather than an assessment based charge for curbside waste collections, effective January 1, 2021, and that staff report back on operational details, a financial analysis and associated costs, moving forward.</p><h2>County Development Charge Rebate Requests for Secondary Suites Program</h2><p>Since 2008, the County has offered a rebate of its development charges as a financial incentive for the creation of affordable housing. County Council approved $200,000 in the 2020 budget to offset the County development charges paid by developers of affordable housing projects, including County-funded secondary units.</p><p>On June 6, 2019, Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act received Royal Assent. This Bill includes extensive amendments to legislation as outlined in the Ontario Housing Supply Action Plan, including proposed amendments to the Development Charges Act. Under the proposed amendments, the Development Charges Act would provide that the creation of one second dwelling unit in prescribed classes of new residential buildings would be exempt from development charges.</p><p>As Bill 108 has yet to become law, this week, Council voted once again to give staff the authority to approve County Development Charge Rebate program requests for eligible Secondary Suites Program applicants.</p><h2>Ontario’s Draft Forest Sector Strategy</h2><p>On December 4, 2019, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) posted a Draft Forest Sector Strategy on the Environmental Registry for public comment. The goal of the proposed strategy is “to sustainably grow the forest sector, create opportunity for Ontario families, support industry and encourage innovation and new investment, while ensuring the sustainability of forests.”</p><p>This week, Council endorsed a response to MNRF on behalf of the County in regards to this wide ranging and positive document which recognizes the robust, sustainable forest management practices in Ontario and seeks to enhance the many potential benefits from growing the forest industry, highlighting significant opportunities in south and central Ontario that remain overlooked and underutilized.</p><h2>Solid Waste Management Facilities COVID-19 Update</h2><p>From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has taken decisive steps to flatten the curve and slow community transmission to protect residents’ social, physical and financial well-being and ensure a speedy economic recovery post-COVID. In alignment with health guidelines to physical distance and protect staff, the County initially closed landfill and transfer stations to the public. On March 26, to support our small businesses and our residents’ urgent/essential waste disposal needs, the County reopened four landfills and transfer stations after initiating additional health protocols and necessary precautions.</p><p>This week, Council received a report on a second phase of reopenings scheduled to commence Monday, May 25, allowing two weeks to recuperate staff levels, implement additional safety measures, and provide adequate notice to site staff and the public on the site schedule changes. Several landfills and transfer stations will reopen and hours of operation will increase to 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to provide greater critical disposal options to County residents and businesses and reduce wait times at the four currently operating sites. For more details, go to simcoe.ca/covid19.</p><h2>Correction Notice: Oro-Medonte McLean Park Initiative - Request for County Support for MZO</h2><p>The May 5 issue of County Council highlights stated that Council voted to support the Oro-Medonte McLean Park initiative’s request for a Ministerial Zoning Order. On April 28, Council voted to defer back to ​staff for more information before making their decision on whether to approve the application for an MZO. This item was included on the May 12 agenda and was further deferred by County Council to the May 26 session.<br>​<br></p>
Council - April 28, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-April-28,-2020.aspx5/5/2020 5:20:26 PMCouncil - April 28, 2020<h2>​​2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant<br></h2><div><br></div><div>In January, the County launched its 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant to cultivate collaborations to develop tourism, culture and sport programs and initiatives. Ninety-nine applications were received, totalling a subscription of $1,089,446 for the $300,000 envelope. Due to the unforeseen COVID-19 crisis, well over half of the recommended recipients will no longer be able to carry out their intended projects.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Council approved an amended recommendation that the 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant be suspended and that the budgeted $300,000 from 2020 be transferred to the Tourism Simcoe County Reserve.<br></div><div><br></div><h2>2019 Year End Report<br></h2><div><br></div><div><div>The 2019 Year End Report provides the County’s statement of operations with a comparison to the 2019 budget, in addition to the balances for both reserves and financing requirements. Key Performance Indicators supplement year-end reporting to allow the measuring, reporting and monitoring of progress in order to manage, maintain and improve business performance.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Council received the 2019 Year End Report showing that the overall 2019 year-end surplus for operating and capital is $1.1M (0.21%) of the County of Simcoe’s $548M budget. This surplus is primarily due to savings in Social and Community Services, Health and Emergency Services and General Municipal costs. The surplus will be placed in reserves and considered for potential use to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.<br></div><br></div><h2>County of Simcoe Official Plan Amendment - Big Bay Point Golf Club<br></h2><div><br></div><div>On August 9, 2018, the County of Simcoe received an application for an amendment to the County Official Plan (‘SCOPA’) for properties on Big Bay Point Road in the Town of Innisfil. The purpose and effect of the requested amendment was to redesignate the lands in order to include a golf course as a permitted use on the properties. Simcoe County Committee of the Whole considered the staff report on November 26, 2019. The report has since been deferred twice in order to allow Town of Innisfil Council to consider and make a decision on the related applications to amend the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law. Due to COVID-19, the report was also further delayed.</div><div><br></div><div>In November 2019, planning staff’s initial recommendation was for County Council to refuse the subject SCOPA. While the proposal met a number of Provincial and County policies including promoting tourism and economic development outside of Settlement Areas, due to the conformity issues with Provincial and County policy discussed, in particular as it relates to the protection and retention of significant natural heritage features present on the site, County planning staff could not support the SCOPA to permit the proposed golf course for these lands.<br></div><div><br></div><div>While planning staff agreed that a revised site plan did represent an improvement, Council supported staff’s view that the same policy conformity challenges existed, and ultimately voted to refuse the SCOPA.<br></div><div><br></div><h2>Temporary Road Closure – CR 17<br></h2><div>​</div><div>Construction for the rehabilitation of three bridges: Upper Big Chute Bridge, Durnford Bridge, and Lovering Bridge on County Road <span style="font-size:1em;">17, is anticipated to commence in May 2020. During the course of construction for this project, it is recommended that County Road </span><span style="font-size:1em;">17 be temporarily closed to through traffic at alternating locations of Durnford Bridge and Lovering bridge for a total duration of </span><span style="font-size:1em;">approximately 30 weeks. A single lane of two-way traffic will be maintained at Upper Big Chute Bridge utilizing temporary traffic signals </span><span style="font-size:1em;">throughout the duration of construction.</span></div><div><br></div><div>Council received a report on the temporary closure, which is anticipated between May and November 2020, with further confirmations <span style="font-size:1em;">to be provided once the project commences.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><div><br></div><h2>Simcoe County Hospital Alliance Funding Allocation</h2><div><br><div>In June 2017, County Council approved the extension of the 2017-2026 Simcoe County Hospital Alliance Funding Policy, allocating $3 <span style="font-size:1em;">million annually to the Hospital Alliance for a 15-year period extending from 2017 to 2031. The County is not mandated to provide funding </span><span style="font-size:1em;">to area hospitals as it is a provincial jurisdiction but does so to support the local healthcare system. Between 1994-2031 the County has </span><span style="font-size:1em;">committed $107 million towards area hospitals. To incentivize emergency departments to receive patients in a prompt manner in order to </span><span style="font-size:1em;">allow Paramedics to be able to respond to the next call, transfer time performance is now measured for each hospital and the value of lost </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Paramedic time is deducted from the individual hospital’s capital payment by the County for that given year.</span></div><div><br></div><div>Council approved 2019 hospital allocations in the amount of $2,976,994 to reflect $23,006 of adjustments for failure to receive 90 per cent <span style="font-size:1em;">of transfers within 30 minutes.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></div><h2>Oro-Medonte McLean Park Initiative - Request for County Support for MZO​</h2><div><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></div><div>The McLean Family is requesting support from the County of Simcoe in its request for a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO). Their goal for <span style="font-size:1em;">the Oro-Medonte McLean Park initiative is to create a healthy and vibrant community which will enhance the quality of life for residents </span><span style="font-size:1em;">of all ages and incomes. This project will exceed current standards with regards to preservation of agricultural land, parks, recreation</span></div><div>and gathering spaces.</div><div><br></div><div>Council voted to support the Oro-Medonte McLean Park initiative’s request for an MZO to speed up the project, which aims to create <span style="font-size:1em;">approximately 430 new and permanent jobs and integrate seniors housing, long-term care, innovative community uses, low and </span><span style="font-size:1em;">medium density housing options and new agricultural technologies.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><p><br></p></div>
Council - February 11, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-February-11.aspx2/14/2020 8:49:31 PMCouncil - February 11, 2020<h2>​​Homelessness Prevention System Funding</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County of Simcoe continues to work closely with local community stakeholders to develop diverse, responsive, and innovative homelessness prevention supports and services. The Housing Our Future: Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy specifically outlines creating an integrated service model for housing and supports as a key priority.</p><p>This week, Council approved $1.2 million of funding in 2020-21 to assist more than 30 service providers to deliver of a wide array of homelessness prevention supports and services through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), including Supportive Housing, Emergency Shelters and Supportive Transitional Housing.<br></p><h2>​Youth Transitional Housing Initiative</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County of Simcoe was recently approached by Youth Haven regarding a proposed Youth Transitional Housing Program, to be located at 46 Toronto Street, Barrie. The current property owner, Morton House, will be closing at the end February 2020, and its Board of Directors has offered the building to Youth Haven on a lease-free basis, to be used for Youth Transitional Housing purposes. This 10-12 bed facility would serve as a temporary bridge to the Youth Transitional Housing Program, included by YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka in its new build design.</p><p>Council approved $200,000 in funding to support Youth Haven with the estimated $300,000 operating costs of a one-year period from 2019-20 to help address homelessness prevention pressures across the local system.</p><h2>Transfer Facility Design Requirement for Bi-weekly Collection</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In February 2020, the County joined the majority of municipalities in Ontario and adopted a bi-weekly collections schedule to grow the County's green bin program, restore predictability to collections and help lower emissions by reducing the number of trucks on the road each day. This bi-weekly collection schedule will continue with the next collections contract, starting in late 2021. </p><p>With collections on alternate weeks, one curbside collection truck now serves each household every week, rather than two in the previous system. Our trucks will therefore reach capacity quicker, thereby needing to empty at a transfer station and then return to the route to complete collections more frequently. Providing locations to empty collection trucks closer to the route is essential to minimize off-route time, make collections more efficient and be cost effective. This week, Council approved staff to proceed with the transfer station building design and site design for new transfer facilities sited at existing landfills and transfer centres and the proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC), in anticipation for construction in 2021. Additional reports, including costing, will be presented for Council's review at future meetings.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>#ITSTARTS Public Education and Social Media Campaign</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), in collaboration with the Cultural Competency Working Group, will lead the fourth annual #ITSTARTS campaign throughout March 2020. The 2019 campaign reached almost 3 million users, who were encouraged to take part in the movement.</p><p>To support the development of welcoming communities in Simcoe County and the #ITSTARTS campaign, LIP is running Cultural Ambassador Training across our member municipalities and separated cities. These training sessions help to reduce discrimination and racism and encourage cultural competency. Last year, 83 ambassadors were trained at information sessions organized by the County.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>Agreement for the Delivery of Personal Support Services at Georgian Village</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) plans, integrates and funds local health care. In December 2013, the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), now referred to as LHIN Home and Community Care, approached the County of Simcoe to deliver Personal Support Services to Georgian Village residents affected by the CCAC's contracted service provider's labour disruption. When the labour disruption ended and CCAC's contracted service provider resumed the personal support services at Georgian Village, residents approached Georgian Village Management with concerns of constant late or missed visits, as well as inconsistency of worker by the contracted service provider. County Seniors Services Management met several times with the CCAC to discuss these concerns. </p><p>In January 2020, the LHIN  accepted the County's request to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the County for the provision of personal support services to LHIN clients residing in Georgian Village to improve the client experience through enhanced continuity of care, timely visits, and efficiencies through a centralized staffing model.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>Specialized Transit Ridership Growth</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The Simcoe County LINX Plus transit service began operation in September 2018. The service generally operates within approximately 400 metres of the County's fixed transit routes, providing a combination of door-to-door and transfer services to and from fixed routes. Specialized transit is a requirement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). </p><p>Council approved a one-year pilot project to utilize existing capacity and expand the service area so that more county residents have access to specialized transit. The pilot project will enhance the specialized service for customers in the rural areas beyond the mandated 400 metres of the conventional fixed based routes. Operating within a few kilometres of a fixed route on rural concession roads is anticipated to have limited impact on the existing service and will improve service to residents with disabilities.<br></p>

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Council - May 12, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-May-12-2020.aspx5/15/2020 7:14:16 PMCouncil - May 12, 2020<h2>​​Flat L​evy for Recovering Waste Management Costs</h2><p>The County of Simcoe is responsible for the delivery of solid waste management services to all of its member municipalities, including the provision of curbside collection of the various waste and recyclable streams. In 2021, a new contract for curbside collection will be awarded.</p><p>This week, in an effort to ensure a uniform service across Simcoe County by the fairest means of recovering the cost of the curbside collection system, County Council directed staff to move towards a flat levy cost per serviced unit, rather than an assessment based charge for curbside waste collections, effective January 1, 2021, and that staff report back on operational details, a financial analysis and associated costs, moving forward.</p><h2>County Development Charge Rebate Requests for Secondary Suites Program</h2><p>Since 2008, the County has offered a rebate of its development charges as a financial incentive for the creation of affordable housing. County Council approved $200,000 in the 2020 budget to offset the County development charges paid by developers of affordable housing projects, including County-funded secondary units.</p><p>On June 6, 2019, Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act received Royal Assent. This Bill includes extensive amendments to legislation as outlined in the Ontario Housing Supply Action Plan, including proposed amendments to the Development Charges Act. Under the proposed amendments, the Development Charges Act would provide that the creation of one second dwelling unit in prescribed classes of new residential buildings would be exempt from development charges.</p><p>As Bill 108 has yet to become law, this week, Council voted once again to give staff the authority to approve County Development Charge Rebate program requests for eligible Secondary Suites Program applicants.</p><h2>Ontario’s Draft Forest Sector Strategy</h2><p>On December 4, 2019, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) posted a Draft Forest Sector Strategy on the Environmental Registry for public comment. The goal of the proposed strategy is “to sustainably grow the forest sector, create opportunity for Ontario families, support industry and encourage innovation and new investment, while ensuring the sustainability of forests.”</p><p>This week, Council endorsed a response to MNRF on behalf of the County in regards to this wide ranging and positive document which recognizes the robust, sustainable forest management practices in Ontario and seeks to enhance the many potential benefits from growing the forest industry, highlighting significant opportunities in south and central Ontario that remain overlooked and underutilized.</p><h2>Solid Waste Management Facilities COVID-19 Update</h2><p>From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has taken decisive steps to flatten the curve and slow community transmission to protect residents’ social, physical and financial well-being and ensure a speedy economic recovery post-COVID. In alignment with health guidelines to physical distance and protect staff, the County initially closed landfill and transfer stations to the public. On March 26, to support our small businesses and our residents’ urgent/essential waste disposal needs, the County reopened four landfills and transfer stations after initiating additional health protocols and necessary precautions.</p><p>This week, Council received a report on a second phase of reopenings scheduled to commence Monday, May 25, allowing two weeks to recuperate staff levels, implement additional safety measures, and provide adequate notice to site staff and the public on the site schedule changes. Several landfills and transfer stations will reopen and hours of operation will increase to 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to provide greater critical disposal options to County residents and businesses and reduce wait times at the four currently operating sites. For more details, go to simcoe.ca/covid19.</p><h2>Correction Notice: Oro-Medonte McLean Park Initiative - Request for County Support for MZO</h2><p>The May 5 issue of County Council highlights stated that Council voted to support the Oro-Medonte McLean Park initiative’s request for a Ministerial Zoning Order. On April 28, Council voted to defer back to ​staff for more information before making their decision on whether to approve the application for an MZO. This item was included on the May 12 agenda and was further deferred by County Council to the May 26 session.<br>​<br></p>
Council - April 28, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-April-28,-2020.aspx5/5/2020 5:20:26 PMCouncil - April 28, 2020<h2>​​2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant<br></h2><div><br></div><div>In January, the County launched its 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant to cultivate collaborations to develop tourism, culture and sport programs and initiatives. Ninety-nine applications were received, totalling a subscription of $1,089,446 for the $300,000 envelope. Due to the unforeseen COVID-19 crisis, well over half of the recommended recipients will no longer be able to carry out their intended projects.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Council approved an amended recommendation that the 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant be suspended and that the budgeted $300,000 from 2020 be transferred to the Tourism Simcoe County Reserve.<br></div><div><br></div><h2>2019 Year End Report<br></h2><div><br></div><div><div>The 2019 Year End Report provides the County’s statement of operations with a comparison to the 2019 budget, in addition to the balances for both reserves and financing requirements. Key Performance Indicators supplement year-end reporting to allow the measuring, reporting and monitoring of progress in order to manage, maintain and improve business performance.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Council received the 2019 Year End Report showing that the overall 2019 year-end surplus for operating and capital is $1.1M (0.21%) of the County of Simcoe’s $548M budget. This surplus is primarily due to savings in Social and Community Services, Health and Emergency Services and General Municipal costs. The surplus will be placed in reserves and considered for potential use to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.<br></div><br></div><h2>County of Simcoe Official Plan Amendment - Big Bay Point Golf Club<br></h2><div><br></div><div>On August 9, 2018, the County of Simcoe received an application for an amendment to the County Official Plan (‘SCOPA’) for properties on Big Bay Point Road in the Town of Innisfil. The purpose and effect of the requested amendment was to redesignate the lands in order to include a golf course as a permitted use on the properties. Simcoe County Committee of the Whole considered the staff report on November 26, 2019. The report has since been deferred twice in order to allow Town of Innisfil Council to consider and make a decision on the related applications to amend the Town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law. Due to COVID-19, the report was also further delayed.</div><div><br></div><div>In November 2019, planning staff’s initial recommendation was for County Council to refuse the subject SCOPA. While the proposal met a number of Provincial and County policies including promoting tourism and economic development outside of Settlement Areas, due to the conformity issues with Provincial and County policy discussed, in particular as it relates to the protection and retention of significant natural heritage features present on the site, County planning staff could not support the SCOPA to permit the proposed golf course for these lands.<br></div><div><br></div><div>While planning staff agreed that a revised site plan did represent an improvement, Council supported staff’s view that the same policy conformity challenges existed, and ultimately voted to refuse the SCOPA.<br></div><div><br></div><h2>Temporary Road Closure – CR 17<br></h2><div>​</div><div>Construction for the rehabilitation of three bridges: Upper Big Chute Bridge, Durnford Bridge, and Lovering Bridge on County Road <span style="font-size:1em;">17, is anticipated to commence in May 2020. During the course of construction for this project, it is recommended that County Road </span><span style="font-size:1em;">17 be temporarily closed to through traffic at alternating locations of Durnford Bridge and Lovering bridge for a total duration of </span><span style="font-size:1em;">approximately 30 weeks. A single lane of two-way traffic will be maintained at Upper Big Chute Bridge utilizing temporary traffic signals </span><span style="font-size:1em;">throughout the duration of construction.</span></div><div><br></div><div>Council received a report on the temporary closure, which is anticipated between May and November 2020, with further confirmations <span style="font-size:1em;">to be provided once the project commences.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><div><br></div><h2>Simcoe County Hospital Alliance Funding Allocation</h2><div><br><div>In June 2017, County Council approved the extension of the 2017-2026 Simcoe County Hospital Alliance Funding Policy, allocating $3 <span style="font-size:1em;">million annually to the Hospital Alliance for a 15-year period extending from 2017 to 2031. The County is not mandated to provide funding </span><span style="font-size:1em;">to area hospitals as it is a provincial jurisdiction but does so to support the local healthcare system. Between 1994-2031 the County has </span><span style="font-size:1em;">committed $107 million towards area hospitals. To incentivize emergency departments to receive patients in a prompt manner in order to </span><span style="font-size:1em;">allow Paramedics to be able to respond to the next call, transfer time performance is now measured for each hospital and the value of lost </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Paramedic time is deducted from the individual hospital’s capital payment by the County for that given year.</span></div><div><br></div><div>Council approved 2019 hospital allocations in the amount of $2,976,994 to reflect $23,006 of adjustments for failure to receive 90 per cent <span style="font-size:1em;">of transfers within 30 minutes.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></div><h2>Oro-Medonte McLean Park Initiative - Request for County Support for MZO​</h2><div><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></div><div>The McLean Family is requesting support from the County of Simcoe in its request for a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO). Their goal for <span style="font-size:1em;">the Oro-Medonte McLean Park initiative is to create a healthy and vibrant community which will enhance the quality of life for residents </span><span style="font-size:1em;">of all ages and incomes. This project will exceed current standards with regards to preservation of agricultural land, parks, recreation</span></div><div>and gathering spaces.</div><div><br></div><div>Council voted to support the Oro-Medonte McLean Park initiative’s request for an MZO to speed up the project, which aims to create <span style="font-size:1em;">approximately 430 new and permanent jobs and integrate seniors housing, long-term care, innovative community uses, low and </span><span style="font-size:1em;">medium density housing options and new agricultural technologies.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div><p><br></p></div>
Council - February 11, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-February-11.aspx2/14/2020 8:49:31 PMCouncil - February 11, 2020<h2>​​Homelessness Prevention System Funding</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County of Simcoe continues to work closely with local community stakeholders to develop diverse, responsive, and innovative homelessness prevention supports and services. The Housing Our Future: Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy specifically outlines creating an integrated service model for housing and supports as a key priority.</p><p>This week, Council approved $1.2 million of funding in 2020-21 to assist more than 30 service providers to deliver of a wide array of homelessness prevention supports and services through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), including Supportive Housing, Emergency Shelters and Supportive Transitional Housing.<br></p><h2>​Youth Transitional Housing Initiative</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County of Simcoe was recently approached by Youth Haven regarding a proposed Youth Transitional Housing Program, to be located at 46 Toronto Street, Barrie. The current property owner, Morton House, will be closing at the end February 2020, and its Board of Directors has offered the building to Youth Haven on a lease-free basis, to be used for Youth Transitional Housing purposes. This 10-12 bed facility would serve as a temporary bridge to the Youth Transitional Housing Program, included by YMCA Simcoe-Muskoka in its new build design.</p><p>Council approved $200,000 in funding to support Youth Haven with the estimated $300,000 operating costs of a one-year period from 2019-20 to help address homelessness prevention pressures across the local system.</p><h2>Transfer Facility Design Requirement for Bi-weekly Collection</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In February 2020, the County joined the majority of municipalities in Ontario and adopted a bi-weekly collections schedule to grow the County's green bin program, restore predictability to collections and help lower emissions by reducing the number of trucks on the road each day. This bi-weekly collection schedule will continue with the next collections contract, starting in late 2021. </p><p>With collections on alternate weeks, one curbside collection truck now serves each household every week, rather than two in the previous system. Our trucks will therefore reach capacity quicker, thereby needing to empty at a transfer station and then return to the route to complete collections more frequently. Providing locations to empty collection trucks closer to the route is essential to minimize off-route time, make collections more efficient and be cost effective. This week, Council approved staff to proceed with the transfer station building design and site design for new transfer facilities sited at existing landfills and transfer centres and the proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC), in anticipation for construction in 2021. Additional reports, including costing, will be presented for Council's review at future meetings.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>#ITSTARTS Public Education and Social Media Campaign</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), in collaboration with the Cultural Competency Working Group, will lead the fourth annual #ITSTARTS campaign throughout March 2020. The 2019 campaign reached almost 3 million users, who were encouraged to take part in the movement.</p><p>To support the development of welcoming communities in Simcoe County and the #ITSTARTS campaign, LIP is running Cultural Ambassador Training across our member municipalities and separated cities. These training sessions help to reduce discrimination and racism and encourage cultural competency. Last year, 83 ambassadors were trained at information sessions organized by the County.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>Agreement for the Delivery of Personal Support Services at Georgian Village</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) plans, integrates and funds local health care. In December 2013, the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), now referred to as LHIN Home and Community Care, approached the County of Simcoe to deliver Personal Support Services to Georgian Village residents affected by the CCAC's contracted service provider's labour disruption. When the labour disruption ended and CCAC's contracted service provider resumed the personal support services at Georgian Village, residents approached Georgian Village Management with concerns of constant late or missed visits, as well as inconsistency of worker by the contracted service provider. County Seniors Services Management met several times with the CCAC to discuss these concerns. </p><p>In January 2020, the LHIN  accepted the County's request to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the County for the provision of personal support services to LHIN clients residing in Georgian Village to improve the client experience through enhanced continuity of care, timely visits, and efficiencies through a centralized staffing model.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>Specialized Transit Ridership Growth</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The Simcoe County LINX Plus transit service began operation in September 2018. The service generally operates within approximately 400 metres of the County's fixed transit routes, providing a combination of door-to-door and transfer services to and from fixed routes. Specialized transit is a requirement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). </p><p>Council approved a one-year pilot project to utilize existing capacity and expand the service area so that more county residents have access to specialized transit. The pilot project will enhance the specialized service for customers in the rural areas beyond the mandated 400 metres of the conventional fixed based routes. Operating within a few kilometres of a fixed route on rural concession roads is anticipated to have limited impact on the existing service and will improve service to residents with disabilities.<br></p>
Council - January 28, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council.aspx1/30/2020 8:48:05 PMCouncil - January 28, 2020<h2>​​​​Next steps for County of Simcoe Hub in Orillia</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Council received an update on the vision that has emerged from the consultation process regarding the development of a community hub on the former Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute (ODCVI) property in Orillia undertaken in spring/summer 2019. Based on input from 678 community members and organizations, the vision is one of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive regional hub which provides affordable housing options for seniors and other mixed income households, helps to alleviate the barriers to accessing essential community and social services for residents, and creates a sense of inclusion.</p><p>​A two-phased approach was recommended to Council, with a multi-building campus design, including affordable housing and community services as well as County corporate and other business services. Council approved extending a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural design firms, in accordance with the County's procurement guidelines. In early 2020, the contract will be awarded for a feasibility study, site plan and conceptual design seeking input from staff and stakeholders, including the City of Orillia. Additional studies are required throughout the process.</p><h2>​Donation to Paramedic Services<br></h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In 2019, the Director and Chief of Paramedic Services was contacted by a past user of County Paramedic Services who wished to provide a sizable donation to support the mental health challenges faced by some first responders.<br> <br>Council approved the establishment of an Interest-bearing Reserve Fund specific to this $100,000 donation from the anonymous benefactor to support Paramedic Services staff's psychological well-being. Council and staff are incredibly grateful for this generous gift, and staff are working on a long-term plan to utilize this compassionate donation.<br> </p><h2>Simcoe County Hospice Alliance – 2019 Funding Request</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In March 2017, County Council endorsed the Simcoe County Hospice Funding Policy and approved the allocation of $500,000 annually for a three-year period extending from 2017 to 2019. The funding was allocated in the amount of $60,000 per hospice bed over the three-year period as a method of distributing the funds across our area hospices.<br> <br>This month, County Council approved the 2019 Simcoe County Hospice Alliance's funding request in the amounts specified by the Alliance's Chair. This funding will support our communities through the delivery of sustainable palliative services at Hospice Georgian Triangle, Hospice Huronia, Mariposa House Hospice and Matthews House Hospice.<br> </p><h2>Regional Government Review - Service Delivery Task Force</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County has always looked for opportunities to provide efficiencies and good value for tax dollars. The Province was clear in the fall that they wanted to see municipalities continue to identify innovative opportunities that meet the needs of our growing communities. On March 26, 2019 Council formed its own Regional Government Review Task Force to consider and make recommendations regarding service delivery models to the Province. Earlier this month, Council ratified the recommendations from the December 16, 2019 meeting of the County's Regional Government Review – Service Delivery Task Force. </p><p>These recommendations included asking Council to approve engaging a third-party consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of Fire Services, Land Use Planning and Library Services. The Service Delivery Task Force also recommended a collaborative municipal staff review of Water and Wastewater, Storm Water Management, Transit and Legal Services. Council voted that costs incurred through the third-party reviews will be drawn from Municipal Modernization and Efficiencies funding provided by the Province. Further collaborative discussions and reviews will occur throughout 2020. <br></p><h2>Timber Sales Results – Fall 2019</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Simcoe County has long recognized the many benefits of our 33,000 acres of municipally managed forests. Operating the largest municipally owned forest in Ontario is very significant for the long-term well-being of our environment, our communities and our economy. The management of our working forests through sustainable practices, such as thinning to promote new growth and forest regeneration, is critical not only to balance competing uses in the short term but to ensure that the many benefits of our forests are available for generations to come. Good long-term planning, promotion and education are key to ensuring continued growth and success, which is anchored by the <a href="/Forestry/Documents/SCF%20final%20report.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Simcoe County Forest 20-year Forest Management Plan (2011-2030)</span>.​</a> </p><p>Timber sales revenue for 2019 is $2,294,000, a historically hi​gh total. This is primarily due to the aging red pine growing stock planted during the first few decades after the establishment of the County Forest. As detailed in the 2011 – 2030 management plan, an increasing percentage of these highly valuable stands of timber are nearing the end of their rotation age. As the final harvests are occurring and conversion to mixed natural forest increases, a reduction in timber volume and associated revenue will occur within the next 10 to 20 years.<br></p><p><br></p>
Council - November 12, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-november-12.aspx11/15/2019 8:25:53 PMCouncil - November 12, 2019<h2>​​​Georgian College Funding Event</h2><p>On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Warden George Cornell, Councillors and Economic Development staff members joined Georgian College's students and faculty in celebration as the County presented Georgian College president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes with a cheque for $500,000 – the County's latest installment on a $5-million commitment to help develop the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre. Over the past 10 years, the County has invested more than $9 million in Georgian College to help students develop the skills our County needs to grow the local economy, boost employment figures and support successful Simcoe County enterprises.</p><h2>Remembrance Day </h2><p>On November 11, 2019, County of Simcoe staff and local residents joined CAO Mark Aitken, Payroll Supervisor and 5-year Royal Canadian Navy veteran Monique Laporte, Lieutentant Commander Nic St. Louis of CFB Borden, 2LT Patrick Michalski from the Grey-Simcoe Foresters and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Honour Guard to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have fought or who currently fight for our freedom. This year marked the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of D-Day (Battle of Normandy) and in recognition of the milestone, the County created a special memorial to recognize the 26 soldiers with connections to Simcoe County who died on or shortly after the D-Day Landings. The County's Remembrance Day ceremony took place outdoors at the Simcoe County Museums' WWI trench. </p><h2>Waste Collection RFP</h2><p>In March, County Council directed staff to seek qualified vendors for the provision of curbside collection services for garbage and organics through one service contract and for the provision of curbside collection of recycling through another contract, both based on a four day collection week (which would allow for an extra day to address any collection delays or impacts among other benefits). A number of service providers have expressed interest in providing garbage/organics for the whole County as one contract and recycling collection for the whole County as a separate contract. </p><p>County Council approved staff to seek proposals on the garbage/organics and recycling contracts, and has allowed staff to explore the value of splitting the County into two sections, so that there could be potentially two contracts for garbage/organics and two contracts for recycling. This decision is to allow smaller collection contractors to compete, who might otherwise have been unable to accommodate a whole-County contract, while aiming to enhance consistent collection services. A decision on the new contractor(s) will be made by March 2020. Based on current contractual timelines, the new contract would commence on November 1, 2021.</p><h2>Funding Application for Multicultural Centre</h2><p>As Simcoe County's immigrant population continues to increase and account for a growing percentage of our diverse communities, the County was presented with an opportunity to partner with the Ethnic Mosaic Alliance (EMA) to develop and build a multicultural centre. The EMA is a not-for-profit organization that incorporated in March 2019 with the help of the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership. The Alliance envisions establishing a multicultural centre that is safe and welcoming to all who wish to embrace the growing diversity in Simcoe County.</p><p>County Council approved direction for staff to submit a funding application to the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure as the lead applicant, in partnership with the EMA. This decision is in alignment with the County of Simcoe's Community Settlement Strategy, which first recommended the creation of a multicultural centre in 2012. </p><h2>Next Generation 911 (NG 911)</h2><p>Following two inquests held in the fall of 2018 that identified several shortcomings in the current 911 system, new Ontario legislation has been introduced to support the implementation of common standards of 911 service across the province. As Ontario is only one of two provinces that does not currently have 911 legislation, moving forward with a standardized approach will ultimately improve the 911 system and enhance public safety.</p><p>Council received a report on upcoming changes to the Emergency 911 system that is utilized in Ontario and across Canada. After more than 30 years, the current 911 system has reached end of life. It cannot keep up with evolving technologies or public expectations of a modern 911 system. Next Generation 911 (NG 911) is a replacement of the current Enhanced 911 infrastructure and systems. NG 911 is not just about new technology. This Internet Protocol (IP) based network provides updated infrastructure and operational procedures to capitalize on new capabilities to meet the evolving expectations of citizens and emergency responders. For example, these enhancements will enable texting with 911, improved wireless cell phone tracking, and the transference of images and video during emergencies.</p><h2>Regional Government Review (RGR)</h2><p>In October, the Government of Ontario announced the results of a review into 82 municipalities including Simcoe County that sought to ensure efficient and effective government at the municipal level. Throughout the review process, the Province heard from a variety of stakeholders including many residents, who indicated that local communities should decide what is best for them in terms of governance, decision-making and service delivery. The Province agreed with municipal and public feedback, but asked municipalities to continue to seek local efficiencies.</p><p>Following this announcement, County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell issued a statement on the decision. The County remains committed to delivering high quality, affordable and sustainable services, and working with the Province to find efficiencies wherever possible. Council voted to schedule further Governance Committee and Regional Government Review Task Force meetings to continue discussions related to the recommendations brought forward by the two Committees earlier this year regarding governance and service rationalization. </p>
Council - October 22, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-October-22-2019.aspx10/25/2019 6:59:29 PMCouncil - October 22, 2019<h2>​​Child Care Workers and ECE Appreciation Day</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Thursday, October 24, 2019, was proclaimed Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community. To mark the occasion, education projects were on display in the Atrium of the County Administration Centre in Midhurst from October 21 to October 25, featuring graphic representations of discussions and ideas from the 2019 We Are Stronger Together Early Years Conference.</p><h2>Seniors Community Grant </h2><p>On Thursday, October 17, Attorney General and local MPP, Doug Downey, held an event, hosted by the County at the Administration Centre in Midhurst, to announce funding under the Seniors Community Grant Program. The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility is providing the County of Simcoe with more than $13,000. This funding will support with the execution of Simcoe County Seniors Safety and Security Symposiums, as part of our Age-friendly Initiatives, on elder abuse, fraud and cyberscam awareness, fire safety and prevention and personal emergency preparedness.</p><h2>Paramedic Services Response Time Performance</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Prior to the downloading of land ambulance services to the upper tier municipalities there were no legislated response time standards in place. Now, the Ambulance Act mandates that response time performance targets for a given calendar year be reported to the Ministry of Health no later than October 31 of each year.</p><p>County Council received a report that confirmed 2018 response time performance targets were reached or exceeded. Review of mid-year 2019 performance suggests that response time targets will continue to be met. Council also learned how Paramedic Services across the Province continue to advocate for enhancing the accuracy in the prioritization of calls through improvement in dispatch practices to reduce response time performance for more urgent patients.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>Trillium Gift of Life Network</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is the Government of Ontario agency responsible for delivering and coordinating organ and tissue donation and transplantation services across the province. The TGLN is seeking to increase its number of tissue donor referrals by exploring alternative methods of receiving tissue donor referrals from its community-based partners. As Ontario Paramedics often attend 9-1-1 calls that result in pronouncement of death in the home, TGLN has begun partnering with Ontario Paramedic Services to assist in achieving their goal.</p><p>County Council voted to implement the Paramedic Service Community-based Death Referral Program in Simcoe County. The program will go live following the final continuing education session for our Paramedics in December 2019. Paramedics will collect next of kin information and call the TGLN, where co-ordinators receive the patient's personal health information provided by the Paramedics and screen the patient for donation eligibility.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy Update</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Under the Housing Services Act, 2011, Service Managers, including the County, are required to review their Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plans at least once every five years. Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy was approved by Council in 2014. The 2019 update is in alignment with current provincial policy direction, confirms the continuing validity of the original comprehensive strategy, and affirms the County's commitment to the vision of adequate, appropriate and affordable housing for Simcoe County residents.</p><p>Council received a report on the 2019 update, which highlights continued need for an increased supply of affordable housing in Simcoe County, particularly the need for rental housing. The target of 2,685 units by 2024 remains a minimum target towards meeting the needs across the County, and to-date since 2014, the County has created approximately 1,500 new units.<strong><em> </em></strong></p><h2>County Road 90 / County Road 27 - Speed Reduction Request</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In establishing County speed limits, it is important that the posted speed limit meet with driver expectations. Studies show that speed limits should be set to reflect a speed the majority of drivers consider safe and reasonable under favourable conditions. To determine appropriate speed limits along County roadways, the Transportation and Engineering Department uses the Transportation Association of Canada's Canadian (TAC) manual. Many risk factors are taken into account, including lane width, pedestrian and cyclist exposure, and number of private access driveways.</p><p>In response to concerns regarding the school bus stops along a section of County Road 90, a speed survey was undertaken on this section of the road from May 6 to May 10, 2019. Approximately 76,000 vehicles surveyed. Based on this information, Council voted that a speed limit of 60 km/h on County Road 90 / Mill St from Turnbull easterly to Don Ross Drive be implemented and that the limits of the 50 km/h speed zone on County Road 27 be extended further north of Thornton to the Thornton Cemetery.</p>
Council - October 8, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-October-8-2019.aspx10/11/2019 4:21:52 PMCouncil - October 8, 2019<h2>​Warden's Gala and National Seniors Day</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>The County of Simcoe hosted the 13th annual Warden's Gala at The Club at Bond Head on October 3, 2019. Thanks to the sponsorship of numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, the event raised $55,000 in support of United Way Simcoe Muskoka. Over the past 60 years, United Way Simcoe Muskoka has provided supports to our residents in need and helped equip partners with resources to implement life-changing programs. The Warden's Gala has raised more than $755,000 over 13 years towards the United Way Simcoe Muskoka. </p><p>The County of Simcoe celebrated National Seniors Day on October 1. Each year, this date acknowledges the life-long contributions seniors have made and continue to make to their families, communities and society. The County's Long-Term Care and Seniors Services Department provides supports to approximately 1,300 seniors through a variety of programs. Celebrations were held at each of the County's four long-term care homes to mark this important day. The County also issued a news release and social media to raise awareness about the vital contributions of our seniors.</p><h2>Funding to support the YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>At Committee of the Whole on September 24, Rob Armstrong, CEO of YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka led a presentation to County Councillors about the new YMCA Regional Hub in Barrie, which will support other YMCA centres throughout Simcoe County. Working in partnership with Youth Haven, the new YMCA will be home to Simcoe County's first standalone transitional housing unit for youth. In addition to the transitional housing component, the building will also include an expanded youth/senior centre, aquatic centre, YMCA Youth Services (addressing employment, life-skills, entrepreneurship, youth at risk), support for new Canadians through YMCA Immigrant Services, traditional health & fitness programming, community meeting spaces, and a public café. </p><p>This week, County Council voted to provide $2.5 million donation capital funding to the Barrie YMCA across four years to be dedicated to Youth Haven Transitional housing and child care services, conditional on the HUB capital project proceeding.</p><h2>Provincial Blue Box Special Advisor's Report and Minister's Blue Box Transition Direction</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>On May 14, Council received a Provincial Discussion Paper – Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities, which described a number of key areas for provincial action including making producers responsible for their waste. Producer responsibility will reduce the collective financial burden on Ontario municipalities by approximately $130 million annually. This is something that the County has been advocating for over the past several years. </p><p>Council received an update on the special advisor's report on the provincial blue box program transition. The provincial blue box program is on course to transition to producer responsibility through a phased approach between 2023 and 2025. The County's 2018 blue box program costs were $7,137,916, partially offset by producer funding received in 2018 of $3,140,984 for a net cost of $3,996,932. Theoretically, upon transition to producer responsibility, this cost would be removed. </p><h2>Paramedic Services Facility Plan Update</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>In 2007, further to Council direction, staff engaged with consultants to assist in the development of a Paramedic Services facility model. In September 2008, a new model was introduced, including a hybrid facility model of both station-based and hub/post Paramedic Services facilities. Paramedics report into hubs for duty, check their vehicles and equipment, restock supplies, and undertake other activities as needed. Once fully equipped, staff are directed to appropriate posts in the community to optimize coverage and response across the area. Posts are located in high demand areas within the larger geography to ensure timely coverage. They typically have a smaller footprint with one vehicle bay, washroom, kitchenette and computer workstation. </p><p>Council received an update to the Paramedic Services Facility Plan including the status of current facilities, ongoing projects and potential future implications over a 10-year planning horizon. Both the Barrie hub and Elmvale station projects are proceeding as per schedule. Hub occupancy is planned for 2020, and Elmvale station is planned for completion in the fall of 2019. </p><h2>Update on County of Simcoe Official Plan Amendment No. 2 (ERRC)</h2><p><strong><em> </em></strong>Council received an overview of the status of the on-going land use approvals process, additional studies being undertaken and next steps in the development of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC), including the County's reforestation/restoration of 11 hectares of land at a 2:1 ratio to mitigate the environmental impacts of the ERRC, planting more than 21,000 trees. </p><p>The report included an update on the appeal proceedings, and noted that on August 29, 2019 the <em>Places to Grow Act, 2005 </em>was modified in response to a number of specific planning matters, including County Official Plan Amendment No.2. This eliminates one issue and confirms the position previously taken by the Ministry and County.</p>
Council - September 24https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-September-24.aspx9/27/2019 6:09:10 PMCouncil - September 24<h2>​Ambulance Donation and Grand Opening of The Red Pine House</h2><p>Shortly before Council commenced on Tuesday, September 24, the Warden, County Councillors and staff gathered for a small ceremony to commemorate the County's donation of a 6-year old ambulance and surplus Stryker stretcher to The Living Wish Foundation. Representatives from the non profit organization, which provides transportation and medical supervision for local patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses who wish to visit places of sentimental importance one last time, were pleased to receive the gift of a decommissioned County vehicle. This ambulance will serve as the organization's sole patient transportation vehicle and enhance the lives of many local residents and families.  </p><p>In celebration of National Forestry Week, the County also held a Grand Opening event for the new Forestry Education Centre – The Red Pine House. The Red Pine House is located at the Simcoe County Museum, overlooking the Kirtland's Warbler Forest and Habitat Restoration site. The building features an interactive learning area for children and youth, artifacts and history on Simcoe County Forests. In keeping with our Simcoe County Forests' #GreenandGrowing self-sustaining operations, the education centre is a 100 per cent solar-powered timber structure that pays tribute to the forests' deep-rooted history.</p><h2>Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative Year 2 Funding for Social Housing Repairs</h2><p>In June 25, 2019, it was recommended to Council that Year 2 Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative (OPHI) funding in the amount of $1,357,820 be directed to the rental housing component, with the potential for another report to be introduced at a later date for Council's consideration, regarding the use of the funding for rental development or social housing repair. </p><p>This week, Council approved that the $1,357,820 be directed towards the capital repair needs of social housing stock to offset some of the capital repair costs. With the use of OPHI Year 2 Rental Housing funding, the draft 2020 budget amount for capital repair loans will be reduced from $4.01 million to $2.63 million. </p><h2>Applications to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada</h2><p>In 2011, the County of Simcoe entered into an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to establish a Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) in Simcoe County. The Simcoe County LIP Settlement strategies inform community-based planning to support the attraction, recruitment, integration, and retention of immigrants. In order to develop welcoming communities, strategic direction is critical in addressing newcomer needs and their barriers to integration. </p><p>This week, Council received a report that detailed the recently approved (in principal) federal funding application for the Simcoe County LIP. The recent application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expected to provide the County of Simcoe with a new five-year funding agreement, beginning April 1, 2020, and ending March 31, 2025. The federal submission requested $1,893,241 over five years, including salary expenses for three full-time staff. Staff anticipate that confirmation of federal funding associated with the LIP submission will not be received until later this fall.</p><h2>Surplus of County owned lands</h2><p>As part of any road widening project it is necessary for the County to acquire land from private properties along the frontage of the road to be widened. In some cases, the impact of the widening and the construction will interfere significantly with the owner's ability to continue to use and enjoy their property, which results in the County purchasing the entire property as opposed to a portion along the frontage. With the County Road 90 project this scenario occurred at several locations, namely 5493 County Road 90, 5499 County Road 90 and 400 Mill Street.</p><p>This week, now that construction is almost complete, Council approved staff's recommendation that the properties be declared surplus and sold in accordance with PFP Real Estate Acquisition and Disposition Policy. Staff's recommendation that the subject property be sold by listing with a real estate firm or broker on the MLS system was also accepted by Council, as this method will reach the broadest area for potentially interested parties and will likely result in the greatest return on value for the properties.<strong> </strong></p><h2>Timber Sales Results – Summer 2019</h2><p>Simcoe County has long recognized that forests and their many benefits and resources are essential to the long-term well-being of our environment, communities and economy. Commercial timber harvesting is just one of the treatments utilized to achieve the environmental, social and economic objectives identified in the Forest Management Plan. Approximately 1,000 hectares of Simcoe County Forests are inventoried annually. If harvesting is prescribed, trees are marked and tallied according to the prescription, and volume is estimated in order to provide detailed information to prospective buyers. The standing timber is then sold to the highest bidder as per County policy. </p><p>This week, Council received a report on annual timber sales, which encompass approximately 600 to 700 hectares, generally divided into 25 to 40 individual sales. The competitive bidding process resulted in excellent prices for all sales. Revenues result in a net operating balance surplus which is applied to the Forestry Reserve to be reinvested into forestry operations and the acquisition of additional forest lands.</p><p>​</p>
Council - August 13, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-&-CCW-August-13.aspx8/21/2019 6:57:52 PMCouncil - August 13, 2019<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>