Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games
OPP Downtown Location will be closed on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
To help expedite the contruction work being done at the Downtown Location (250 Second Street, Midland), the OPP will be closing this location completely for the entire day on Tuesday, February 20. It will re-open at 8am on Wednesday, February 21.
For all non-emergency issues, please visit the Host Location (Hwy 12 & Beamish Road, Midland) or call 705-526-3761.
Snow Clearing Update
So far this winter, the Town of Midland (the Town) has received a lot of snow, including significantly more last night/this morning. In response, our snow plow crews have been out working since 12am. Crews have plowed all roads and side streets at least once, and they have started to make second passes in most areas.
Sidewalks have been plowed along major routes and the downtown core at least once, and a few side streets have had their sidewalks cleared. Crews are still out and will continue to try and get through all sidewalks by the end of day today.
Our crews will be plowing all streets again tonight, and the Town will have trucks arriving to haul away snow from the downtown area.
Here is a detailed timeline over the past 12 hours:
Priority Roads: Combination units were plowing since last evening. Town sand/salt trucks were dispatched at 12 a.m. to sand/salt the arterial roads.
Secondary Roads: Town plows were dispatched at midnight to plow residential streets. Town plows sand while plowing and apply sand to hills, curves and intersections etc.
Priority Sidewalks: Priority sidewalk units were dispatched at midnight, and continue to plow and sand. They will continue until the sidewalks are in a good passable state
Secondary Sidewalks: Secondary sidewalk units were dispatched this morning to plow and sand. They will continue until 4:30pm and the crews will start again this evening.
The Town realizes that this weather, as well as the driveway and road conditions it leaves behind, can be frustrating. But we ask that residents take their time and be safe when shovelling, driving and walking, help neighbours who may need assistance, and to please be patient and understand that our crews are working hard to clear all streets/sidewalks as quickly and safely as possible.
Why does the snow plow leave a pile a snow (windrow) at the end of my driveway?
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways with snow. The snow plows have limited control over the amount and direction of snow that comes off the plow. If possible, please try to pile the snow on the right side of your driveway (when standing on your driveway looking towards the street). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed on your driveway when a snow plow passes by.
Does the Town of Midland remove snow/cut down snow banks?
The Town does not remove snow from driveways (windrows) or cut down snow banks, however we do cut snow banks back from the road, so that the roadways are wider and safer.
Why can't I push snow out onto the road?
Depositing snow or ice on the street creates hazardous traffic conditions and this could result in an accident. Make sure your snow removal contractor is aware this practice is unsafe and not permitted.
I live on a corner lot – why do I have more snow in my driveway than my neighbours?
If you live on a corner property and the driveway is close to the corner, you can experience a larger volume of snow in your driveway than your neighbours. This is an unavoidable condition caused by the nature of the snow plow and its ability to maneuver turns.
Why is my lawn sometimes damaged by the sidewalk plow?
While operators try to be careful, some degree of damage is unavoidable. Sidewalk plows have to be large enough to move deep, heavy snow. Deep or drifted snow conditions often hide the sidewalk edge and, unfortunately the plow can cause damage to grass. When sod is frozen damage is minimal however; when sod is not frozen it lifts away very easily. To report sod damage, please call the Town at (705)526-4275 ext. 2400. Staff will inspect the damage and make repairs in the spring.
What is "snow pack"?
Snow pack is hard-packed snow on a roadway. It is the condition that can be expected periodically on residential roads. Snow pack develops quickly as vehicles travel on snow-covered roads and snow plows are not able to scrape it off because it is usually bonded to the pavement.
MEDIA RELEASE: The Town of Midland welcomes the Ontario Provincial Police
(MIDLAND, ON) At 6 p.m. today, Thursday, February 8, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officially becomes the policing service for the Town of Midland.
Even with the changeover of policing service, residents can expect to still see some familiar faces given that many members of the MPS officers/civilian employees will be making the transition to the OPP.
“We would like to sincerely thank the MPS for their dedication and service," added Mayor McKay. “This transition was a bittersweet one, but the Town will embrace the future and looks forward to working with the Detachment Commander and members of the OPP. We are confident that these men and women will continue to meet the policing needs of our residents and businesses."
Residents should note the following phone numbers:
For emergencies call:
For non-emergencies call:
705-526-6558 to reach the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment – Downtown Location
(250 Second Street, Midland)
705-526-3761 to reach the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment – Host Location
(Highway 12 & Beamish Road, Midland)
1-888-310-1122 to reach the OPP Communication Centre
(OPP Headquarters, Orillia)
Please click here for some Frequently Asked Questions.
Sustainable Severn Sound wants you to become a #ClimateChanger!
Climate change is here, but so are possible actions to reduce our contribution and minimize our greenhouse gas emissions. These actions are in the ideas and opinions of the people in our towns and cities, our local businesses, and the First Nations and Métis communities of our region. In collaboration with the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Severn, Oro-Medonte, Georgian Bay, Tiny and Tay – Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) is developing a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP). As part of this process, we are calling on our local community to be #ClimateChangers and become involved in this project that is the first of its kind in this area.
Climate change is a complex issue. But as a problem that people are clearly contributing to, it is also one that we are beginning to help resolve. In order to make informed decisions on future climate change actions, SSS needs a better understanding of the view held by you – OUR community. The #ClimateChanger campaign gives you the opportunity to tell us what actions and projects you want to see taken by SSS and the 7 municipalities we work alongside with. SSS also wants you to tell us your climate change story. Was it heavy rain and flooding, extreme heat, loss of plants or trees, wind events, property or infrastructure damage? We'll bring attention to the local impacts of climate change, and by sharing your story – you get another chance to win some FREE eco-incentives.
Projects undertaken from the LCCAP will aim to reduce overall GHG emissions in the region, while also delivering on municipal energy conservation goals. The participation of our partner organizations and the larger community will ensure a holistic perspective on the development of the LCCAP, with feedback being sought from stakeholders representing the sectors of People and Health, Ecological Assets and Water, Economy and Employment, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture and Local Food, Land Use Planning, and Waste.
Becoming a #ClimateChanger is simple! Complete the quick 10-question survey today to shape your Local Climate Change Action Plan. As part of this project, the public is invited to join SSS and our partner municipalities on Thursday, February 22nd at 2:30pm, at the Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street in Midland. At our first Sustainability Speaker Series of 2018, SSS welcomes the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe for 'A Conversation on Climate Change'. Dr. Saxe and other guests will speak to the state of Ontario's changing climate and solutions for local governments and their citizens.
For more information about Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) or the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) project, please visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca or contact Victoria Ervick at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 705.526.1371 x 111.
MEDIA RELEASE: OCPC Approves Disbandment of Midland Police Services
(MIDLAND, ON) On January 23, 2018, the request by the Town of Midland (the Town) and the Midland Police Services Board to disband the Midland Police Service was approved by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). This allows for the transition to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to take place by February 8, 2018, as planned.
As part of the approval, the OCPC has ordered that any outstanding issues relating to severance pay with any member of the Midland Police Service, including the Chief of Police, be submitted to arbitration for resolution.
“We are pleased that the OCPC has allowed this process to move forward," said Mayor Gord McKay. “This paves the way for us to transition to the OPP, as scheduled, and now allows the OPP to make offers of employment to transitioning officers and civilian staff."
Officers and staff who transition to the OPP will take part in a four week training program. During this time the OPP will provide policing resources for Midland.
“We anticipate that the future policing of Midland under the OPP will be carried out by current Midland Police officers and staff," added Mayor Gord McKay. “It's re-assuring to residents and the Town to know that the local knowledge and goodwill developed by our officers and staff within the community will continue to be preserved as we move forward."
For more information on the OPP Transition, please click here.
Midland Transit Service Operational Review Open House Sessions take place today!
The Town of Midland sought input from all residents about the role of Midland Transit and how to improve the service by making a survey available to residents over the past two months. The survey ended yesterday, and today we are holding two open house sessions to discuss the results of the survey.
The two sessions will take place from 2-4pm and 5-7pm today, Thursday, January 25, at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Please come out and take part in shaping the future of Midland Transit.
To make attendance more accessible for anyone wishing to participate, the Town is offering free Midland Transit service this afternoon, starting with the 1:45pm route leaving Midland Public Library and continuing to the end of service today. Please note: this free service is for Midland Transit users only. Penetanguishene Transit is not part of this promotion.
Click here for more information.
EDCNS seeks applications for a Board Director
The Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS), supported by the County of Simcoe, the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Tay and Tiny, is seeking to maximize the effectiveness of its Board of Directors. To augment our current complement of skills and talents, special attention will be given to applicants with a broad healthcare related background. If you have an interest in Economic Development and a passion to contribute to your community, we want to hear from you.
Volunteer Board position responsibilities and mission, aims and objectives of this dynamic organization are available on the EDCNS website at www.edcns.ca.
Please submit applications in confidence to: Board Selection Committee Chairperson, EDCNS, 105 Fourth Street, PO Box 8, Midland, ON L4R 4K6 or by email to email@example.com.
The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
for more information on the EDCNS.
MEDIA RELEASE: EDCNS to host presentation on building successful communities
(MIDLAND, ON) On February 8, 2018, the four Simcoe North municipalities (Penetanguishene,
Midland, Tay and Tiny) will be holding a joint presentation of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community by
author Doug Griffiths.
The presentation will focus on the factors and roadblocks to building successful communities, using
the author’s vast experience as a former politician, and from talking with municipal and community
leaders throughout North America.
“Our communities are all looking to grow and thrive, and the success of new and existing small
businesses is a major element,” said Roy Ellis, EDCNS Chair. “This presentation discusses ways
that residents and local government can help build these businesses up and the community-wide
successes that result in doing so.”
The presentation will be held from 7-9pm in the Community Room at the North Simcoe Sports and
Recreation Centre located at 522 Len Self Boulevard in Midland. Tickets are free to residents of all
four municipalities, and available through www.eventbrite.ca
. For more information please contact
Ice Safety Reminder
The OPP and the Town of Midland would like to remind everyone that recent cold temperatures have not created as much ice as you might think. Have a plan and communicate with family and friends before venturing out on the ice, and have the following:
- Fully charged cell phone
- Floater suit
- ice picks
- a throw line
- a GPS
No ice is safe ice. Be safe and consider the risks to yourself and others before venturing out on frozen surfaces.
Sawlog Bay Point photo showing poor ice (courtesy of Matt Harnett, January 2, 2018)
OPP Media Release - January 5, 2018
OPP Sled Safe poster
MEDIA RELEASE - Cruise Ship Industry Group receives support to develop Great Lakes cruising in Ontario
(MIDLAND, ON) The Cruise Ship Industry Group (CSIG) received an early Christmas present this week from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in the form of a $250,000 grant. The grant will be used to support Ontario's Great Lakes cruising
industry, including the development of an Ontario Cruise Ship Industry Business Case.
“This is fantastic news for Midland and all of our partner CSIG municipalities." said Mayor Gord McKay. “This grant gives us the ability to fully assess what is happening with the growing cruise ship industry, and to develop a robust business case and strategy to significantly increase cruise ship tourism in our region and throughout the Great Lakes. I am especially pleased that we are partnering with the province and Ontario municipalities around the Great Lakes to make this happen"
These feelings were shared by mayors from the many other Ontario port municipalities.
“As the largest port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Thunder Bay has a rich heritage in shipping and our tourism industry is growing in leaps and bounds. We very much welcome this funding announcement." said Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.
“The City of Windsor is pleased to be a port with the Great Lakes program and we are grateful to see the growth in the number of passenger ships choosing our destination to disembark," said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.
"The funding announcement for the Cruise Ship Industry Business Case Study is great news for my community and the other Great Lakes ports. Now we will be able to assess the economic impact of the industry and develop our infrastructure accordingly," said Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Mayor, Al MacNevin.
“Working with other Ontario ports of call, the province, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and Cruise Ontario, we are excited to be part of the development of a feasibility study and identification of infrastructure needs to continue to grow and support the cruise ship industry," said Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey.
“The Great Lakes offer a tremendous tourism opportunity and Sault Ste. Marie is very excited to be a part of this project. We look forward to working with our fellow Great Lake communities to develop this opportunity and we are confident that it will be a very productive effort," said Christian Provenzano, Sault Ste. Marie Mayor.
“Welcoming cruise ship tourists is an exciting prospect for Kingston and many other communities on the Great Lakes," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “This grant is an important first step in order to understand the potential market opportunity and I'm excited to see what we will learn from this study."
Working closely with the Great Lakes Cruise Coalition (GLCC) and its Canadian arm, Cruise Ontario (CO), CSIG will develop a business case that identifies the current state and future prospects of Ontario's Great Lakes cruise ship industry, create a strategy to guide the development of a successful industry and identify the needed infrastructure improvements to ports and port attractions.
“Our government is pleased to support the development of a business case and strategy that will help to grow the cruise ship industry on the Great Lakes. This is another step we are taking to boost tourism in this province, and I look forward to seeing the results of the study and what the future holds for Midland and our Great Lakes communities." Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
CSIG is made up of representatives from the following Ontario port cities: Kingston; North East Manitoulin (Little Current); Parry Sound; Sault Ste. Marie; Thunder Bay; Toronto; Windsor and Midland.
Nomination Period for the 2018 Municipal Election
The Nomination Period for the 2018 Municipal Election has changed due to recent amendments to the Municipal Elections Act. Nominations will not be accepted until May 1, 2018. The deadline for nominations will be 2 p.m. on July 27, 2018.
Forms and candidate information packages will be available Spring 2018. For additional information, please
contact Karen Desroches at extension 2208, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more election information, click here
Town of Midland awarded grant for Midland Bay Landing Risk Assessment Study
On December 12, the Town of Midland was awarded one of 72 infrastructure grants announced by Infrastructure Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Town was awarded $136,100 from the Green Municipal Fund to use towards the Midland Bay Landing Risk Assessment Study.
The Risk Assessment study will assess the technical and financial feasibility of the risk assessment method of addressing the former industrial use of the Midland Bay Landing Development project.
The Green Municipal Fund is a $550-million program designed to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative solutions or approaches to a municipal environmental issue, and that can generate new lessons and models for municipalities of all sizes and types in all regions of Canada.
For more information on the Midland Bay Landing Development project, click here.
Midland Council Presented Final Consultant Report on Service Delivery Review
Midland Council was presented a final report on the Service Delivery Review at the December 11th Council meeting. The decision was to move forward, directing staff to identify a roadmap for building and improving upon the key recommendations, along with a funding strategy to be considered in the 2018 budget.
To review the full final report, please click here.
MEDIA RELEASE - Council Approves a Municipal Development Corporation for Midland Bay Landing - December 1 2017
Midland Council has approved the creation of a Municipal Services/Development Corporation
for the Midland Bay Landing development. Midland Bay Landing (formerly the Unimin Lands) is
a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property that the Town acquired in July 2014 for a
purchase price of $3.4 million.
One of the final steps in the process leading up to the consideration of the Municipal
Services/Development Corporation was a Public Open House held on October 30, 2017. The
Staff report summarized the feedback received and presented the Business Case for Council’s
final consideration and approval.
The Town will now proceed to incorporate the new entity. Following the creation of the
Company, Council will be asked to approve the shareholder direction along with a process to
identify and populate the Board of Directors. It is anticipated that these matters will be
presented to Council for consideration and approval in the early part of the New Year.
Mayor Gord McKay noted that, “the creation of a Municipal Development/Services Corporation
for the Midland Bay Landing site will support the vision which Council and the community have
created for the site. This initiative supports Council’s Strategic Plan Priority of Economic
Development and Tourism, it is clear that the Midland Bay Landing project holds the potential
to be a significant economic driver for the Town, and is a vital component in support of the
future of the Downtown.”
The work of the Municipal Services/Development Corporation will be guided by the approved
Midland Bay Landing Waterfront Master Plan, which incorporates public waterfront access and
public amenities that will remain a legacy for the community to enjoy well into the future.
The Town of Midland is committed to making information available about the new Corporation
on the municipal website at www.midland.ca as it becomes available
For more information on the Midland Bay Landing Development project, click here.
Midland Housing Resources Notice
Simcoe Community Services will be providing housing resource centre supports at The Guesthouse Shelter & Community Hub, located at 522 Elizabeth Street, in Midland, effective January 1, 2018. To book an appointment, please call 705-739-0485.
The Midland Housing Resource Centre is available to assist those looking for permanent housing, as well as other support. Please click here for more information.
Town of Midland Launches Service Delivery Review Survey
The Town of Midland has taken the next steps in its Service Delivery Review process by launching a public survey in order to obtain insight and feedback from residents and those in the surrounding communities who work, shop, and enjoy recreation in Midland.
"The Town prides itself on providing top-notch services to our residents and businesses." said Midland Mayor Gord McKay. "This process will ensure we can deliver and maintain the types of services our community wants as efficiently as possible."
The survey can be found HERE (direct link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/midlandcomsurvey) and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. For those without computer access, hard copies are available to fill out at the following locations:
+ Town of Midland Municipal Office (575 Dominion Ave.)
+ North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd.)
+ Midland Public Library (320 King St.)
+ Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (175 Yonge St.)
If you require assistance or have questions about the survey, please contact Madelaine Twitchin at 705-526-4275 ext#2243 or email email@example.com
About the Service Delivery Review
The Town's Service Delivery Review process includes community and staff consultations. A Community Advisory Committee was established with six residents and two councillors and is to provide a community lens to Town services and possible alternatives to service provision. This Advisory Committee has developed the survey and will analyze the results with the assistance of the Town's consultant. The Service Delivery Review process also included a survey and interviews with employees of the Town of Midland to gain a better understanding of whether the needs of its residents and customers are served as efficiently and effectively as possible, and identify ways to enhance the Town's services.
Work on the service delivery review will continue throughout the fall and the Town will continue to provide updates as it proceeds.
Town of Midland, Barnstormer No Longer Proceeding with Brewery Development
(MIDLAND, ON) Sale of 526 Bay Street to Barnstormer Brewing and Distilling Co. (“the Brewery”) has been bilaterally withdrawn. Unfortunately, the Town of Midland will need to undertake further environmental study before any future development can take place on the current municipal parking lot in downtown Midland. Soil samples taken as routine preparation for sale have shown low levels of industrial contamination. These levels are well below Provincial guidelines and do not pose any immediate health risks. However, further study is needed to prepare for future development that would allow for commercial or residential occupancy.
Given the timeline for further environmental study, the purchase of 526 Bay Street by the Brewery will no longer proceed. The Brewery remains interested in developing a project in Midland if and when the property is deemed fit for development by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Dustin Norlund, founder and president of the Brewery indicated that “there is still a very strong desire to expand operations into the Town of Midland, and despite this setback we will continue to explore other options in the community.” The need for certainty with respect to the timeline and overall feasibility of the project, are all factors that were taken into serious consideration in making this decision.
The Town of Midland is committed to sustainable environmental stewardship and will be embarking on additional environmental studies to determine the most appropriate strategy to ensure a viable downtown core. Mayor McKay noted that “Council was informed that there were no immediate health threats as a result of the soil samples”.
The Town of Midland is committed to making all of the information available on the municipal website at www.midland.ca as it becomes available.
The Town of Midland & Culture Midland Committee Hire Cultural Development Coordinator
(MIDLAND, ON) The Town of Midland and the Culture Midland Committee are pleased to announce the hiring of Karen Mealing as our new Cultural Development Coordinator. A one-year contract position partially funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed grant, the Cultural Development Coordinator will work to strengthen the Town by fostering and developing its cultural landscape in accordance with the Municipal Culture Plan. Also included in the role will be the management of the Town’s extremely successful and growing Butter Tart Festival.
“This area has such a rich cultural heritage and so many talented people.” said Ron Neumann, Chair of the Culture Midland Committee. “This role will ensure we are effectively supporting and promoting our cultural identity and capitalizing on the many opportunities to create lasting, meaningful experiences while providing economic uplift while we’re at it.”
Ms. Mealing comes to the role with many years of experience working within the arts sector and most recently, as the Director of Quest Art School & Gallery at the Midland Cultural Centre.
“As someone who’s involved in so many area events, I’m very excited to have Ms. Mealing on board,” said Midland Councillor Cody Oschefski. “Now we can continue to support and grow all our amazing initiatives, as well as better support and connect our area’s wonderful cultural assets.”
For more information about Culture Midland and the Culture Midland Committee, please visit www.midland.ca/culture-midland.
Town of Midland Water/Wastewater operator receives 'Professional Operator' certification
[MIDLAND, ON, September 25th, 2017] – Andre Pepin, Town of Midland Water/Wastewater
operator has achieved a Level 4 Professional Operator (PO) designation. This certification is
the water industry’s first internationally-recognized professional designation for water
environment operators. Earning the credential requires passing of an in-depth evaluation of
eligibility, adhering to a code of conduct, and passing a rigorous standardized exam. Fulfilling all
requirements enables use of the “Professional Operator” title and a credential of broader scope
than a traditional State/Provincial mandated license.
The PO certification, administered by the Association of Boards of Certification’s Certification
Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP), is entirely voluntary, meaning that only the
most dedicated water professionals opt to pursue it. Operator Andre Pepin serves an as
example of that caliber of operator: qualified, competent, and committed to continued
development. Having engaged and passionate personnel makes a difference in a utility and is a
key component in providing high quality water services.
“The PO certification program was created to give operators greater recognition, thereby
heightening their confidence and improving their work,” said John Solvie, C2EP Chair. “By
achieving this designation, Mr. Pepin has gone the extra mile to demonstrate his competency –
we hope this endorsement helps to confirm the value he provides to Town of Midland’s utility.”
The Town of Midland's water distribution system spans approximately 97.30km of water mains
and serves approximately 5,400 residential and commercial customers. In addition, there are
approximately 475 fire hydrants located within the municipal boundaries. The Town of Midland's
Water and Wastewater Operations facility leads the provincially licensed Water Department in
providing a variety of services to consumers within the municipal boundaries.
“The Town is very fortunate to have such highly trained and professional staff in our ranks.” said
Mayor Gord McKay. “The PO certification program ensures our staff provide the highest quality
water services to our residents.”
For additional information on the PO program and Town of Midland Water/Wastewater services,
please visit www.professionaloperator.org and www.midland.ca, respectively.
MEDIA RELEASE - Midland Council Accepts OPP Costing Proposal
For all the latest news and media, please be sure to visit our OPP COSTING page.
Following a six month review process and significant community input, Midland Council has voted to accept the OPP Costing Proposal for an integrated policing model through the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment. The OPP Proposal will provide additional policing resources into the Midland community in a cost effective manner. The conclusions of the Town's independent consultant Jon Hambides (Aysmetric Consulting/Pomax Consulting) reported that, "the evidence indicates that if the Town of Midland accepts the OPP proposal for municipal policing, there will be a significant annual financial benefit with no degradation in policing."
At the special meeting of Council on September 6th, 2017, Mayor McKay and Members of Council thanked the members of the Midland Police Service for their high degree of professionalism throughout the costing exercise. In particular, Mayor McKay thanked Chief Mike Osborne for his leadership and his passion for the Midland Community. He also noted, "This decision is not about the past, but is focused on embracing the future and ensuring that the Town can continue to meet the needs of our residents and businesses."
Residents will be encouraged to identify ways to strengthen and improve future community safety and policing priorities by sharing their suggestions as we move forward in this process.
More information will be released from the Town at our website www.midland.ca
Yonge St. "Road Diet" Line Painting Complete
The Town of Midland completed 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 (line painting) from First Street to Eighth Street completed in August 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 was held on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at the NSSRC to present the planned road reconfiguration. A formal presentation from C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd., the Town’s traffic consultants on this project, was also made, followed by a question and answer session.
DOWNLOAD THE C.C. TATHAM "ROAD DIET" PRESENTATION HERE
If you wish to obtain more information, please contact the Operations office at (705) 526-4275 ext. 2217 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Plan Review - Draft For Public Comment
We have now hit this important stage in the development of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland. It is essential that anyone who feels that they have something to contribute on the draft Official Plan during the public consultation process to comment on its provisions. You may DOWNLOAD THE DRAFT OP HERE or visit the Official Plan Review page (via Planning Dep't) for more information and to review the draft OP.
All comments by the public will be considered in detail by the OPR Steering Committee and, if necessary, further drafting will be undertaken. Public comment and input is an important and critical part of the preparation of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland.
Stay tuned this summer for opportunities to:
- Learn about, discuss and comment on the Draft Official Plan.
- Check the website for updates on specific consultation events and to sign up for our email list.
- Join us for a dedicated event addressing Midland’s proposed Natural Heritage System (TBD).
Want to keep in touch about the Official Plan Review?
If you are on our email list we will keep you updated with all the happenings on the OPR including: Newsletters, release of documents (including the Plan), and public notices and invites to upcoming events and meetings. Send an email with your name and address to email@example.com
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.
Town of Midland Toilet Rebate Program 2017
PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain the integrity of this water conservation incentive program we have altered the application to require applicants to supply photos of the both the toilet being replaced as well as the new toilet. The photos must show the old toilet installed prior to replacement, and then the new toilet after it has been installed.
We wish to announce that the Town of Midland’s Toilet Replacement Rebate Program is up and running again for 2017!
Our program is available to Town of Midland residents who are connected to our Municipal Water System and wish to replace older high volume toilets with more efficient models. Our program is available for the first 100 toilet replacements, with a limit of two per household.
Each approved replacement will provide a rebate of $75.00
The application form can be found on this website under Public Notices, or you can download it HERE.
For more information please contact us directly to speak to one of our representatives.
The Corporation of the Town of Midland
Water and Wastewater Services
200 Bay Street
Midland, Ontario L4R 1J5
(705) 526-4268 x 4204
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
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.
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).
“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
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:
- Why doesn't the current formula work for your mid-sized hospital?
- What impact has this had on your hospital, your community?
- 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).
2017 Fire Permits Now Available
2017 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.
+ 2017 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, 2017.
+ 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 email@example.com or call 705-526-4279 ext#2239.
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.
numerous reasons why other sites and locations were not chosen:
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.
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
and inclusiveness are a priority, many clients use both Waypoint and
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Fax: 705 536 9971
File No. OPA-02-15
How many cars will be parked 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?
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.