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Source Protection

The increased emphasis on protecting drinking water was a direct result of the Walkerton Inquiry following the contamination of the municipality's drinking water supply.  In response to the Walkerton Inquiry, the Clean Water Act (2006) was developed and introduced a new level of protection for Ontario's drinking water sources. 

Under the Clean Water Act, municipalities are obligated to undertake activities to identify threats to drinking water resources and to establish policies, education and outreach programs to protect drinking water from source to tap. 

Within the Province of Ontario, there are a total of 24 Source Protection Regions and in these regions, Source Protection Plans have been developed by key stakeholders on Source Protection Committees.  The South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Plan (SGBLS SPP) is the Source Protection document that applies to the County of Simcoe and identifies drinking water resources (municipal wells and intake areas), infiltration areas/travel times, potential contamination threats and policies to evaluate and address such threats.

The SGBLS SPP was recently approved by the Province and will take effect on July 1, 2015.

Municipalities in Ontario are required to conform to the SGBLS SPP within five years of the Plan's July 1, 2015 in-effect date. The County has retained MHBC Planning to assist in the development and implementation of source protection policies for incorporation into the County Official Plan. For more information regarding the development and implementation of source protection policies, please visit our Source Protection webpage.  

Trails in Simcoe County

The Simcoe County area has a long tradition of blazing trails. Our First Nations peoples used trail routes to travel between villages and to conduct trade. Later on, colonial settlement established roads and railways, many of which followed original First Nations routes. Today, Simcoe County’s municipalities, its residents and various volunteer organizations remain committed to trails for their health, environmental, active transportation and cultural benefits to area communities.

Trails in the Simcoe area come in a variety of forms and functions. Some trails are managed by volunteer groups and are established with the consent of landowners along the route. These include the Bruce Trail and the Ganaraska Trail. However, most trails are owned by municipalities and other public bodies. They are either community trails (neighbourhoods, parks, etc.) or inter-municipal trails (rail trails, along major roads, etc.). With an area of approximately 4,800 km2 that includes 16 local municipalities, 2 separated cities, a Canadian Forces Base, First Nations lands, several provincial parks, and conservation areas, there are many stakeholders who have an interest in building trails.

Please visit the Trails in Simcoe County webpage for more information about trials, the Simcoe County Trails Strategy, and the Trails Connecting Communities Program.

​Transportation Master Plan Update

Transporation Master Plan Update 

Transportation Master Plan Update
"Moving Forward: A Multi-Modal Future"
Study Purpose: To update the County of Simcoe’s Transportation Master Plan to ensure that growth, land use, and infrastructure planning is integrated and is based on valued input from the public, private sector, government agencies, and municipalities. The updated Master Plan establishes a transportation strategy that includes transit, cyclists, pedestrians, cars, and trucks. This study was conducted in accordance with the requirements of Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.

In consultation with MMM Group, the County has endeavoured to update the 2008 Transportation Master Plan taking into consideration a multi-modal forward thinking approach.   

Due to the size of the original document, the Final Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is available for review in four parts. Each part contains several chapters of the report.

Part 1 of the TMP includes the following chapters:

  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 3.0 - What is Guiding the Development of the Master Plan 
  • Chapter 4.0 - Transportation Vision for Simcoe County
Part 2 of the TMP includes the following chapters:
  • Chapter 5.0 - Roads
  • Chapter 6.0 - Context-Sensitive Road Design
  • Chapter 7.0 - Roundabout Feasibility Guidelines
  • Chapter 8.0 - The Future of Transit
  • Chapter 9.0 - Active Transportation
  • Chapter 10.0 - Other Multi-Modal Transportation Options
  • Chapter 11.0 - Transportation Demand Management
Part 3 of the TMP includes the following chapters:
  • Chapter 12.0 - Staged Implementation Plan
  • Chapter 13.0 - Supporting Policies and Actions
  • Chapter 14.0 - Monitoring Plan
  • Chapter 15.0 - Transportation Input to the Development Charges By-law
  • Chapter 16.0 - Public Information Centre Round 2

Part 4 of the TMP contains the Appendix.

2008 Transportation Master Plan 

The full 2008 Transportation Master Plan is also available. The appendices of the report are available below:

Studies and Statistics

Population and Employment Growth: County of Simcoe 2014 Land Budget Update

The County is expected to continue to experience population and employment growth over the next twenty years. Wise growth management practices will assist municipalities in balancing growth in a sustainable and coordinated manner. The County Official Plan, is in part the County’s growth management strategy which is closely linked with its strategies for conservation, natural, and cultural resources, and economic development.

For more information, please visit the Growth Information webpage

Water and Wastewater Visioning Strategy

County of Simcoe Water and Wastewater Visioning Strategy Final Draft - February 2012 

Intergovernmental Action Plan (IGAP) Findings, Demographic and Residential Market Analysis: