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Media Release:  Town Hits "Reset" Button on Midland Bay Landing Development

Download full media release here:  MR-TownHitsResetButtonOnMBL-April27-2017.pdf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MIDLAND, ON)  Midland Council and the Mountain Ridge Estates Development Inc. (an affiliate of Consar Building Corporation) have agreed to terminate their agreement respecting the Midland Bay Landing development.  The two-year old Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which laid out a timetable for various initiatives has been mutually terminated by the parties. 

Although the business arrangement has come to an end, the Town still retains ownership and control of this prime waterfront asset.  While the project did not unfold as anticipated, the Town notes that there have been a number of positive outcomes over the course of this arrangement.  

The Town retains a $250,000 security deposit specific for future site remediation and environmental clean-up.  

• The Town’s internal carrying costs over the 2-year period of the agreement were paid by the developer.  

• An Official Plan Amendment as well as various aspects of the Waterfront Master Plan has been adopted, allowing the conversion of the industrial waterfront site into a vibrant mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood.

• Then Town has developed a draft Community Improvement Plan (CIP) which contemplates financial incentives for future development of this site.

• The lands have now been converted into Absolute Titles (Land Titles), providing future ownership the security and knowledge that ownership is certified.   

• The Town has also developed a streamlined planning and approval process for this site that will include further consultation with the community. 

• The Midland Bay Landing development opportunity continues to appreciate in value given it is Midland’s prime waterfront real estate.  An asset that is a jewel in Midland’s real estate portfolio.

Midland Mayor Gord McKay indicated that “this opportunity to hit the re-set button allows the Town to take full advantage of the changing dynamics of the real estate market and to re-engage the development industry with this exciting opportunity.”  

Please CLICK HERE for more information about the Midland Bay Landing project. 

Yonge St. "Road Diet" Public Information Session - May 15th, 2017

The Town of Midland is moving forward with the implementation of a ‘road diet’ on Yonge Street between King Street and County Road 93.  The ‘road diet’ will occur in two phases, with Phase I from First Street to Eighth Street being undertaken in 2017.  The second phase will occur from Eighth Street to County Road 93 and be considered in a future budget cycle.  The program calls for the reconfiguration of the existing 4 lane road (2 lanes per direction) to a 2 lane road (1 lane per direction) with a centre turn lane and bicycle lanes in each direction.  There will be no change to the overall road width or curb lines, therefore, no property access impacts.

A Public Information Centre will be held to present the planned road reconfiguration.

Monday, May 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
Community Hall - Upstairs
527 Len Self Boulevard
Midland, ON
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A formal presentation from C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd., the Town’s traffic consultants on this project, will be made commencing at 6:00 p.m.  That presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.  Afterward, Town staff would be pleased to discuss the functional plans and general information arising from the presentation.

If you are unable to attend and wish to obtain more information, please contact the Operations office at (705) 526-4275 ext. 2217 or email: operations@midland.ca

Budget 2017 - Notice of Intent to Adopt 2017 Municipal Budget

Download a copy of the full notice HERE

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Midland will consider for final adoption the 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets at its Regular Meeting of Council scheduled for Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Council Chambers. 

The 2017 Tax Rate By-Law will come forward to the Regular Meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  No further notice will be issued in this regard.

The proposed 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets are currently available for public viewing on the Town's Website (DIRECT LINK).  Questions should be directed to the undersigned at 705.526.4275 extension 2203 or sturnbull@midland.ca.

Susan Turnbull, BSc, CPA, CGA
Director of Finance/Treasurer

PUBLIC BUDGET 2017 MEETING  

NOTE:  Did you miss a 2017 budget meeting?  Each meeting was video recorded and live streamed for public viewing, and now you can catch up on the full video archive on our YouTube channel HERE.

A special Council meeting was held on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to receive input from the public on Budget 2017.

Members of the public that had registered with the Clerk were allowed 10 minutes to provide their thoughts and suggestions to Council regarding Budget 2017.  Those unable to attend this meeting were invited to send a written submission to Town of Midland Director of Finance/Treasurer to have their input heard.

The agenda for the March 30th Public Input Meeting can be viewed HERE.

Midland Council Approves Sale of Municipal Lot for Microbrewery Development

Download full media release: MR-MunicipalLot7Sale-ToMBarnstomer

(MIDLAND, ON)  Good things are soon to be brewing in downtown Midland, as Midland Council voted unanimously to proceed with the sale of land (526 Bay Street – Municipal Parking Lot #7) as the future site of a microbrewery facility and restaurant. 

At Monday, February 27th, 2017 Council meeting, Council officially agreed to terms with Barnstormer Brewing & Spirits Co. to purchase the property and begin their expansion plans into the community.  At its January General Committee Meeting, Council unanimously agreed to declare the land surplus for the purpose of pursuing the economic development opportunity and enter into negotiations to sell the land to the prospective buyer.

Today more than ever, Municipalities play a larger role to help attract and guide investments in their communities.  In this case the opportunity to take an existing municipal asset (parking lot) in order to harness the type of private sector investment necessary to grow the local economy, spark downtown revitalization, increase the local job base, attract tourism, and broaden the tax base is an investment opportunity that simply could not be ignored. 

As a result of the sale of the municipal parking lot, the Town will be undertaking a comprehensive parking strategy in concert with the downtown stakeholders to develop a sustainable downtown parking program.

"We are thrilled that Barnstormer Brewing & Distilling Co. has chosen Midland to launch their flagship microbrewery." said Midland Mayor Gord McKay.  "Their three million dollar investment in our downtown will spur our local economy, provide jobs and serve as a new attraction for our area's tourism industry. I wish Barnstormer every success with their line of quality beverages, while helping to make Midland a household name throughout Ontario."

About Barnstormer Brewing & Distilling Co.

Barnstormer Brewing & Distilling Co. is an award-winning brewery and restaurant nestled in Barrie, ON.  The brewery produces all-natural craft beer with a much-anticipated line of craft spirits set to be released early in 2017.  All products may be found in the LCBO, The Beer Store, or the brewery's retail store and restaurant.

The Midland Project is slated to begin after applicable engineering related issues are completed.  The original location in Barrie will continue to operate as it does today with minimal changes, other than a more pronounced focus on smaller batch and seasonal beers.  For more information about Barnstormer Brewing & Distilling Co., please visit www.barnstormerbrewing.com.

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View THIS ADVERTISEMENT by the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)
and VISIT THEIR WEBSITE to find out more and apply.  Do what you love.  Love where you live.  

Working Together To Prevent Illegal Building

Tarion, along with the Midland-Penetanguishene Building Department wants new home buyers and owners to recognize the dangers of illegal building.

"Illegal building puts new home buyers and owners at risk.  It's a problem in every community in Ontario including right here in Midland." said Siloni Waraich, Tarion's VP Stakeholder Engagement.  Since 2012, Tarion's enforcement team has opened investigations involving 180 homes in Simcoe County.  Fifty-six of those homes were located in Midland alone.  During the same time frame, Tarion laid 53 charges and obtained 42 convictions in Simcoe County.

Under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act anyone in Ontario who plans to build and/or sell a new home must be registered with Tarion.  Being registered with Tarion is not optional, it's the law.  Before being granted registration, all prospective home builders must demonstrate that they have core technical and business competencies and the financial ability to build.

"When a builder fails to register or enroll a home with Tarion, home buyers can suffer. They are often unaware of their rights and responsibilities under the new home warranty, and when problems arise, sometimes it's too late," said Waraich. "We've seen illegal builders take a family's life savings and leave them with nothing but the frame of a house." added Waraich.   

Since July 1, 2015, Tarion, has partnered with the Ontario Home Builders' Association and the Ontario Building Officials Association to pilot an illegal building prevention initiative.  Under the pilot program, Tarion assumes responsibility for providing municipal building departments with confirmation that a proposed builder is either registered or a bona fide owner-builder. Midland and Penetanguishene are two of the 15 municipalities across the province participating in the initiative.

"We are very proud to be a part of the pilot and of the added protection it gives to Midland and Penetanguishene residents.  Our job is to make sure new homes are safe, livable, and built according to the Ontario Building Code.  We want to make sure that local home buyers are buying from a legitimate, licensed builder," said Terry Paquette, Midland-Penetanguishene's Chief Building Official.

RED FLAGS
New home buyers should be suspicious if their builders suggest:

  • You don't need a warranty for a custom home.

  • You don't need a Tarion warranty because they offer their own.

  • Enrolling the new home in the warranty program will cost thousands of dollars, when in fact new home enrolment fees range from $385 to a maximum of $1500.

  • They built the home for themselves but decided to sell it instead.

  • You don't need a warranty if you put your name on the building permit as the builder.

About Tarion
For more than 40 years, Tarion has been building confidence in the new home- buying experience. Tarion is a private, not-for-profit corporation that administers the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act, and backstops the warranty coverage. We set the standards for builder licensing and after sales service and step in when your builder cannot or will not fulfill their warranty obligations. Since 1976, Ontario's new home warranty program has registered more than two million homes and paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in warranty claims. Our mandate is to serve the public interest, and is what guides us every day. 

Pickleball Heating Up The Heart of Georgian Bay

Midland and the Heart of Georgian Bay is on fire with the growth of Pickleball for residents interested in healthy, active living.  The area has become a pickleball destination attracting visitors and new residents. The Askennonia Senior Centre, the YMCA and the Midland Area Pickleball Club each offer pickleball three times a week. The dedicated outdoor courts at Tiffin Park have received rave reviews.  For information on places to play in Midland visit:  www.midlandareapickleballclub.ca 

Also of interest is this fantastic video of how pickleball has evolved to co-exist with tennis.  Moreover, it shows how pickleball is good for the entire family (i.e. all-ages and builds).  Check out this video on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/XN1LPyeRk1s

Winterfest 2017 - February 3-4, 2017!

It's Winterfest 2017, our popular annual winter carnival with so many fun activites it will have the whole family shouting, "there's no day like a snow day!".  CLICK HERE for the full schedule of activities.  CLICK HERE to watch our hilarious rap spoof video "No Day Like A Snow Day".  Please share with your friends and family, and we'll se you at Winterfest 2017!

If you're interested in competing in our Cardboard Toboggan races on Satuday, here are the Cardboard Toboggan Races Rules and please sign and submit the Cardboard Toboggan Races Waiver

Simcoe County Winter Waste Collection Impact

As a follow-up to the Tuesday missed waste service for most of Midland, Simcoe County advises that residents should bring their waste back in from the curb. The County will provide residents with a "double-up" day next Tuesday, January 24th.

The County will also try to schedule a pick-up for this Saturday January 21. This pick-up is not confirmed. Please check http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm/notices before putting garbage out for Saturday to confirm the collection will occur in Midland. 

We also recommend signing up to the County's Waste Schedule Alerts program.

King Street Redesign Public Information Session held Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

UPDATE:  King St Redesign Presentation - Tatham (.PDF, 14MB)

What does your ideal downtown look like?  On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 we held a Public Information Session regarding the pending redesign of King Street.  Some preliminary concepts were shown, along with a presentation from the design firm Envision/Tatham (available to download HERE), and a chance to provide us with your feedback.  This is the future of our beautiful downtown, don't miss your chance to have your input heard!

King Street Redesign Public Information Session
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Midland Cultural Centre
6pm-8pm

Town of Midland to Commence Recruitment Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Midland, ON)

The Town of Midland bids farewell to two key members of its Senior Management Team.  Andrea Fay, Director of Corporate Services/Clerk/Deputy CAO, and Jamie Galloway, Town Engineer have both left their positions with the Town to pursue new opportunities.   Andrea Fay will be joining the Town of Wasaga Beach as their new Clerk and Jamie Galloway will be returning to the private land development sector.    

"Losing staff at any time presents a challenge and these departures will certainly set us back for a short time, however, we will launch into a recruitment process with the intention of ensuring we build a stronger more resilient organization." said Midland CAO John Skorobohacz.  "We extend our sincerest thanks to both Ms. Fay and Mr. Galloway for their hard work and dedication to the Town.   We wish them well in their new endeavours.

In the interim the current Deputy Clerk, Karen Desroches will assume the role of Acting Clerk, and the Town welcomes Ms. Laura S. Lee who will support the organization as Acting Deputy Clerk.  Ms. Lee joins the Town effective January 10th, 2017.  

The Town will commence with recruitments in the near future to support its "Midland Forward" initiative.  For your reference, you can view the the "Midland Forward" report HERE.     

MEDIA RELEASE:  Town of Midland commences competetive process for potential sale of Midland PUC

DOWNLOAD FULL PRESS RELEASE: MR-RFPProcessforMPUC-November29-2016

Following Town Council’s decision made earlier this fall to pursue a potential 100% sale of Midland PUC, the regulated electricity distributor serving Midland, the Town has commenced a competitive Request for Proposals process to solicit offers from a wide range of possible purchasers.  The RFP process requires potential buyers to make specific proposals on a range of issues important to Town Council including local employment guarantees, future distribution rates, service quality, customer service and purchase price for 100% of the Town’s interest in its electricity distribution company.

Mayor McKay said “Council strongly believes that Midland taxpayers and ratepayers are best served through a competitive bid process where multiple bidders must compete to deliver the best value for the Town and our residents”.   It is anticipated that Council will receive proposals by the spring, 2017.  Town Council would then need to consider and make a final decision whether or not to sell Midland’s electric utility.  If Council makes the decision to sell Midland PUC the transaction would first need to be reviewed and approved by the Ontario Energy Board through a public hearing process.  

Ontario has seen significant consolidation of electricity distributors over the past several years. In the late 1990s Ontario had more than 300 local distribution utilities, today approximately 60 remain.  Recent reports on industry consolidation recommend that Ontario would be better served at lower cost by approximately 8 to 12 large regionally-based electricity distributors.

For more information about the RFP process please contact legal counsel for the Town of Midland:

J. Mark Rodger, Partner

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

mrodger@blg.com

416-367-6190

MORE INFORMATION ON MPUC PROJECT:

Midland PUC Backgrounder Information Sheet - Town Of Midland
LINK:  Renewing Ontario's Energy Distriubution Sector: Putting The Consumer First

FREE 3-Hour "Holiday" parking initiative in downtown Midland

The Town of Midland and Downtown Midland BIA have launched a free holiday parking initiative for the entire month of December.   The program, which offers THREE hours of free parking at downtown metered spaces, hopes to encourage people to think about doing their holiday shopping at locally-owned businesses and restaurants in the downtown area. 

In order to ensure fairness and a constant turnover of vehicles, the three-hour limit will be enforced by the Town’s By-law officers.  A similar program has been in effect for several years, however this is the first year the three-hour limit has been enforced.  Look for the Town’s festive “Free 3-hour Parking” tags on downtown meters now. 

MEDIA RELEASE:  Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene to stage mock "table-top" disaster; strengthen emergency repsonse


In an ongoing effort to ensure preparedness in the event of a natural disaster, the Town of Midland and the Town of Penetanguishene will participate in a joint mock "table-top" disaster emergency simulation exercise on Tuesday, November 29th. Mayors, Municipal staff, police, fire, and key players from shared Simcoe County Emergency Management Department will take part in the exercise.

"The purpose is to test our emergency response team and our Emergency Plan so that in the event of a real-life disaster, we’ll be ready." said Joint Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “This exercise will definitely strengthen our team’s ability to effectively manage large scale emergencies.”

A debriefing session will follow the exercise to review the performance of the team and the Emergency Plan to identify areas that were of strength, and those needing improvement. The joint Emergency Plan aims to make provisions for any unusual municipal response that may be required to protect and provide for residents, businesses, and visitors in the Midland-Penetanguishene area.

NOTICE:  Winter Parking Restrictions Now In Effect

Vehicle owners are reminded that By-law 2010-76 prohibits parking on Town of Midland Streets and Municipal Parking Lots between 12:01pm midnight and 7:00am from NOVEMBER 14TH to APRIL 1ST.  Offenders may be ticketed and/or towed.  We request the co-operation of all vehicle owners in assisting the Operations Maintenance Department with the snow clearing and removal work by adhering to the restrictions set out in this by-law and refraining from parking on roadways or in municipal parking lots overnight throughout the winter months.

Former Midland Council Member Nancy Keefe Passes Away

The Town of Midland would like to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Keefe, who passed away in her 92nd year.  Nancy served on Council for 23 years beginning in 1977.  Over those years she held roles as Councillor, Deputy Reeve, Reeve, Deputy Mayor, and also served a stint as Warden.  The Town flags have been lowered to honour her contributions to our community. 

As per her request, a cremation has already taken place.  If so desired, memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

Toilet Rebate Program Complete For 2016

The Town of Midland Toilet Replacement Rebate Program is now complete for the year 2016.

100 rebates were awarded to Town of Midland residents who are connected to our Municipal Water System, and who successfully replaced older (high volume) toilets with more efficient models.

Each approved replacement provided a rebate of $75.00

Information on whether the Town of Midland will be offering this program in the year 2017 will be available Spring 2017.  For any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact us or visit our office.

Media Release: Town of Midland Selects New Chief Administrative Officer

MIDLAND (August 11, 2016) Town of Midland’s Council is pleased to announce that John Skorobohacz has been appointed as their new Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Skorobohacz is a seasoned executive who brings exemplary credentials and over 35 years of extensive municipal experience leading a variety of public sector organizations. 

John is no stranger to the role, having served as City Manager in Windsor (2004-2009), and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Innisfil (2010-2015).  Previously John also held various roles for the cities of Burlington and Stoney Creek (now Hamilton) and has served on several Municipal Boards and Agencies; Local Hydro Company (LDC), Water/Wastewater Municipal Services Corporation, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Regional Airport and an Economic Development Commission.  

Mr. Skorobohacz has a strong network within Simcoe County, and extensive network at the Provincial level. He recently joined the Board of Directors for the United Way for greater Simcoe County.  John is a graduate of McMaster University (BA), in addition he also is a Charter Director (C. Dir) having completed the Directors College program through McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.  John is also a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Public Administration Program (DPA). 

QUOTES: 

John Skorobohacz will be a great addition to our organization and to our community. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading high performing teams and he has a strong commitment to public service. This is an important leadership role within the municipality and we are delighted to have attracted broad interest from top candidates across the country.  John Skorobohacz was selected for his municipal leadership experience, his extensive insight in delivering effective and efficient municipal services and for his proven leadership in citizen-based processes.  We are excited to have John on board and we look forward to him leading our organization.” - Mayor Gord McKay, Town of Midland

 “I am excited to be joining Town of Midland as Chief Administrative Officer. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to deliver on the priorities and achieving the vision that the Mayor and Council have set for the Town.  Together, we will work toward meeting the needs and exceeding expectations of our community.” – John Skorobohacz, Incoming Chief Administrative Officer

Mayor McKay and the four members of the Recruitment Committee participated in the search process with support from Organization Consulting Limited and received over 60 applications from candidates across Canada. Skorobohacz joins the Town of Midland on September 6, 2016.

For more information, contact:​

Mayor Gord McKay, Town of Midland

Phone: (705) 526-4275 

e-mail: gmckay@midland.ca

Area Mayors Collaborate on Hospital Funding Formula

The North Simcoe Mayors have launched an initiative to help resolve the funding challenges facing Ontario's mid-sized hospitals. The mayors first addressed the matter with the local hospital, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH), in 2014. As a result the Mayors, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and GBGH signed a shared commitment to "ensuring the long-term sustainability of the hospital".  Key to sustainability is having proper provincial funding.

Funding problems exist in many mid-sized Ontario hospitals. The Mayors have reached out to mayors from across the province to develop a common approach to the funding situation. Part of the problem stems from provincial funding restraints that have led many hospitals to reduce services, usually transferring the service responsibility to a neighboring community. Additionally the funding formula does not properly address the unique status of rural hospitals in providing core healthcare services to a population that has limited options to go to a hospital in a neighboring community.  "While the mayors fully support service efficiency, the formula must also address the healthcare reality of mid-sized hospitals serving rural communities." said Midland mayor Gord McKay.

The initial discussions have focused on developing a comprehensive understanding of the issue. Specifically, the Mayors have asked their respective hospitals for help in answering the following three questions:

  1. Why doesn't the current formula work for your mid-sized hospital?
  2. What impact has this had on your hospital, your community?
  3. What changes need to be made to ensure a sustainable mid-sized hospital?

The province is aware of the problem and is looking at funding changes for mid-sized hospitals. The mayors look to work with the province, especially in coordinating public input to the discussion.  "It is our hope to collaborate with the hospitals, the LHIN"s and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and resolve this funding problem once and for all" said Tay Township mayor Scott Warnock.

Over the next few months the hospitals and mayors of communities across Ontario will be working together in developing solutions. They will then provide these to the MoHLTC to assist their efforts in making needed changes to the formula.

For further information please contact: Mayor Gord McKay (Town of Midland); Mayor Gerry Marshall (Town of Penetanguishene); Mayor Scott Warnock (Township of Tay); Mayor George Cornell (Township of Tiny). ​

2016 Fire Permits Now Available

2016 Fire Permits are now available! Check out these 'Did You Know' facts from Midland Fire Department

+ A Fire Permit is required for ALL open air burning within the Town of Midland.
+ 2016 Permits are available to purchase at the Town of Midland offices for the cost of $25.00.  The permit is valid from the date of purchase until December 31st, 2016.
If you reside in a rental unit, written permission must be obtained by the legal property owner.  You can download the form RIGHT HERE.

We also urge you to take and moment to ensure you understand Open Air Burning By-Law 2015-52, which you can view RIGHT HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact fire@midland.ca or call 705-526-4279 ext#2239.

Ontario Helping Orillia, Midland and Collingwood Expand Cycling And Improve Safety

Province Investing $475,000 In Local Cycling Infrastructure

Thanks to the Ministry of Transportation grant, we are able to take a significant step in making Midland an “active transportation” community. These bike lanes will provide a healthy alternative for bringing people into our vibrant downtown.

Gord McKay, Mayor of Midland

View the full press release here: 

Cycling - Orillia-Midland-Collingwood-FinalENG.DOC

2016 Property Assessment Update Toolkit

Click here to access the 2016 Assessment Update Toolkit from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC):  2016 Assessment Update Toolkit Town of Midland

NEW HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE PAGE

Born from the concern of potential loss of local ophthalmologic and colonoscopy/endoscopy services, and the tremendous community response, the Mayors of North Simcoe asked for a small task force to set up a Citizens Steering Committee.  You can learn more about the CHSC and get the latest information, meeting announcements and news items at the new Health Care page HERE.

NEWS FROM THE TOWN - MAYOR'S BLOG

Did you know Mayor Gord McKay has a weekly blog? Check out NEWS FROM THE TOWN for the Mayor's comments and insights about happenings in Midland, ON.  You can also subscribe with your email address to receive the weekly updates via email. (Please note: opinions expressed in the blog do not represent the official positions of the Town of Midland or its Council.)


Downtown Health Centre


On Monday, September 28th, 2015 Midland Council voted 6-3 in favour of supporting the proposed development of a new Downtown Health Centre Hub.  Here you will find a list of the frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.) related to this project.  An announcement from Waypoint Centre & Chigamik is expected in the coming days. 

 Downtown Health Centre

Why not an existing building or another location?

Thank you to those of you who provided ideas for other locations to consider.  Many building sites have been reviewed (such as the old LCBO location, the IGA on Yonge St, the former St. Theresa's location, and more), but after careful review these do not fit the requirements for the health centre.

There are numerous reasons why other sites and locations were not chosen:

+ Both Chigamik and Waypoint require a downtown Midland location. Waypoint was located in the downtown core for 25 years prior to 2012 and recognizes this is the appropriate location for these community services.  From its initial planning the Chigamik board has identified downtown Midland as the required location.

+ Older buildings have concerns such as heating, cooling, environmental issues etc. with high costs for bringing a property up to today’s health care and building code requirements.

+ Many of the proposed buildings do not have enough natural light required for a health care environment.

+ Accessibility and inclusiveness are a priority, many clients use both Waypoint and Chigamik services.

+ Parking availability.

+ Proximity to other services, the downtown core and business community for supporting people including seniors who are living and working in our community are a priority.


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The Ministry of Health does not provide funding to purchase land.  Historically, hospitals and other publicly funded health care facilities have had the land donated or may partner with Municipalities.

Where does the money come from (grant)? What are the conditions? How do the conditions affect midland?

+ Chigamik has an approved capital grant of $3.38 million from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, for lease hold improvements. There is a specific stipulation/condition in the grant letter from the Minister that the funds are to be used on a site in Midland. There are no other conditions that affect Midland.

+ Waypoint is seeking approval and a capital grant from the Ministry of Health for its share of the building cost.  If additional funds were needed they could potentially come from existing hospital capital reserves.

+ This is the typical capital planning and funding process for health care/hospital building and redevelopment projects.

If Council does not approve this, what repurcussions will this cause? And at who's cost?

Chigamik and Waypoint have been searching for years for a viable, permanent location  to meet our health care requirements as outlined above

Chigamik will still need to find a site to relocate to continue to provide services for up to 2800 rostered patients, and 4000-7500 community members in group programs.

There are numerous benefits to co-locating Waypoint’s two community programs along with Chigamik. If this project cannot proceed we are not aware of any other viable option that would provide an ideal location and co-location. Waypoint may need to consider alternate separate locations which would be more inefficient to the taxpayer and lose the benefits for access, collaboration and improved outcomes for our clients.


Waypoint has approximately 500 to 600 patients registered in the community programs at its two Midland locations and would need to begin a new search for an appropriate health care location.  A Midland location in the downtown area remains a priority to support both the people using the services and the community.

If this is not approved, some costs associated with the planning would be lost.  Delaying while we search for another alternative will only increase the cost of the project, for example inflation.

Will Waypoint/Chigamik be the owners of the building OR will they pay rent to a third party?

Waypoint and/or Chigamik will be the owners of the building and will not be paying rent to a third party.  A long term land lease is planned with the Town of Midland similar to other partnerships the town has, for example with the YMCA and Cultural Centre.

What enhancements will be made to the park?

The intent is to make the property and building “green” to minimize the impact on the local environment (landscaping, trees) of the specified 2.7 acres of land where the new health centre will be located. 

8.5 acres of Huronia Park will remain fully accessible to the community.

The Town of Midland’s Official plan for around Edgehill includes the addition of sidewalks and altered parking on Bayshore.

With the development of Midland Bay Landing, additional park land is planned for the waterfront side of Bayshore.

Who Uses These Services?

More than just health care.

Our community needs programs and services to provide the community with preventative health care for all ages and all types of healing. CHIGAMIK is designed to serve all populations who face barriers to accessing primary health care. Waypoint's Outpatient Services and the HERO rehabilitation staff support people who have a mental illness who are receiving mental health services in the community. These services have been located in downtown Midland for many years, almost a quarter of a century.  The new health centre also provides services helping to address social issues that negatively affect health with a focus on:

* Seniors - difficulties getting around; chronic diseases; live alone
* General Population – no physician or nurse practitioner
* Individuals and families  who self identify as Francophone, First nations, Inuit Aboriginal and /or Métis
* Those experiencing mental health problems

Has council decided already? There are survey stakes on the property.

​No decision has been made by Council. We have only approved, in principle, the concept of entering into a long-term lease with CHIGAMIK and Waypoint to facilitate a Health Hub on a portion of municipally owned lands located at 287 Bayshore Drive; AND further that staff are directed to proceed with the preparation of the related draft long-term lease and all associated development and Planning Act applications.   We are currently seeing this process through as it has potential impact to the Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the site.


The next Public Information Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 7 p.m. at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd).   

Why develop on parkland?

A beautiful space promotes healing.

It is important to keep in mind that this proposed development would only use a small portion of the existing park.  The building and property will utilize the natural light and general surroundings to maintain a natural setting, enhancing the park area it will be situated in.  Services delivered are culturally sensitive to the needs of our population, and opportunities to include gardens and trails will be included.  Architects are encouraged to develop LEED buildings which are environmentally friendly - a recent development includes a grass roof top which could be incorporated into this new development.

Why Now?

It is time for us to come together as a community to create a nurturing and safe place where everyone matters.
 
Outpatient Services and HERO Centre services are currently both in leased facilities and Waypoint is looking for a long term sustainable solution that co-locates these two programs. We also require larger premises to meet the needs of our clients. Co-location of these two services provides enhanced client and community access and potential efficiencies in terms of equipment and space.
 

CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre has been seeking a location in the downtown core since its early inception however no appropriate sites have been available; the success of the CHC highlights the need for this community resource to find a permanent location which is easily accessible for people.

Chigamik Client Success Story – James Bunyan

CLICK HERE to read an inspiring success story from James Bunyan, a Chigamik client and Midland resident. 

Why was this location chosen?

Waypoint Outpatient Services and CHIGAMIK have spent much time previously exploring potential locations in Midland.  No building has been available that meets the standards required today to deliver health care, or the building/land itself is not large enough to accommodate the proposed facility. Building a purpose built centre will provide a long term opportunity for town residents to receive health care in their home community. 

Will you have a methadone clinic?

​There will be no methadone clinic within this building.

What are the benefits to the community?

Accessible to ALL members of the community ("Care closer to home") and strengthening our community.

Shared premises promote collaboration amongst publicly funded health care organizations, and increases access to services and opportunities to share resources.  

A modern, new health care centre in Midland helps attracts health care professionals including physicians to communities. CHIGAMIK is also helping to decrease the number of people in our communities who don't have a family doctor.

The proximity to downtown is an asset for business – clients and their family members, and members of the public using the health care centre will be close to shopping, restaurants and other services. The vision includes the health benefits of a park-like setting, complementing the area and including green space and new assets such as trails and healing gardens.

Being downtown makes health care services more accessible, especially for those who walk or take the bus.

Where do I get more information?

The next Public Information Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 7 p.m. at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd).

Formal Public Meetings will be scheduled and advertised on the Town’s website, on the Town’s Notice Board in Town Hall, in the newspaper, and through mail delivery to adjacent property owners as per the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, and Section 8 of the Town’s Official Plan regarding Public Involvement and Consultation.​

Background

Council

Council passed the following motion regarding the Downtown Health Center on January 26th 2015:

That council approves, in principle, the concept of entering into a long-term lease with the CHIFMIK Community Health Centre and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health to facilitate a Health Hub on a portion of municipally owned lands located at 287 Bayshore Drive;

AND further that staff are directed to proceed with the preparation of the related draft long-term lease and all associated development and Planning Act applications.​

Required Amendments​

To permit the proposed Downtown Health Center facility, amendments to the Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the site are required.

The proposed is designated "OPEN SPACE" in the Town's Official Plan, and zoned "OS-OPEN SPACE" and "R3 - RESIDENTIAL" in the Town's Zoning By-law.

The purpose of the proposed amendments are to redesignate the 1.1 hectares to "EMPLOYMENT AREA" in the Official Plan, and to rezone the lands to s site-specific "I-INSTITUTIONAL" zone in the Zoning By-law.

Participate

​​Get on the mailing list
Fill out a comment form and provide your email address and send you updates and notices as the amendments are considered by Council.

Participate in meetings
This Open House is the first formal meeting in the Town Planning process. A formal Public Meeting will also be held, under the Planning Act R.S.O 1990. Come to the meeting and express your position!

Submit your comments
Submit your comments and suggestions on the proposed land use changes to the Town of Midland through fax, mail email, or dropping them off at:
Town of Midland
Planning and Building Services
575 Dominion Ave
Midland, ON
Fax: 705 536 9971
Email: planning@midland.ca
File No. OPA-02-15

How many cars will be parked there?

There will be approximately 70 staff working within the building, plus clients who have their own transportation, so parking will be required. This location is on the bus route and is also in walking distance for many neighbourhoods. The Town has a full traffic study underway.

Will there be people sleeping overnight in the building?

No, the Guest House is a separate service and there are no beds attached to either Chigamik or Waypoint Community Programs.

To view and/or dowload the August 12, 2015 meeting agenda, please Click here.

 

​​For more information, check out the new Proposed Downtown Health Centre panels​.