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The Municipal Office is offering services by-appointment only​​, effective Friday, April 9, 2021

With the announcement of the third emergency declaration in Ontario and the current stay-at-home order, the Town of Midland Municipal Office will be offering services by-appointment only until further notice.​

Please see the lists​ below or contact Customer Service at 705-526-4275, ext. 2255 or email 
service@midland.ca

 By-Appointment Services

Building & Planning Inquiries/Applications/Permits

Applications will be accepted and processed, however new permits will only be issues for construction projects allowed within the restriction orders.

Building Permit applications, including drawings, may be submitted by email to building@midland.ca. Permit applications and cheques may be dropped off at Town Hall in our drop off box at the Third Street entrance. The Town will also accept applications by prior arrangements which are to be made through email at building@midland.ca; you will be provided with a time and location for the drop off.​​​

Building Inspections

​Building Inspectors will continue to provide mandatory construction inspections. While our Inspectors will strive to meet our processing and response times, we are unable to guarantee that normal processing and inspection timelines can be met. Inspections are conducted Monday to Friday during normal business hours.

At the Building Inspectors individual discretion, they may not enter occupied areas of buildings under construction including personal dwellings or occupied areas of industrial, commercial, multi-residential or institutional buildings. Building staff will ask you to answer brief non-intrusive screening questions related to the COVID-19 health risks, and Inspectors will practice social distancing. Please understand this is for the protection and peace of mind of our staff who will be serving you and other members of the public.

​By Appointment Only. Call the Inspections Line at 705-526-4275, ext. 2248​​​​

Commissioner for Taking Oaths & Affidavits - for Midland residents only

​There is a fee of:

  • Midland residents = $30 + HST= $33.90​​​​

The Commissioner may sign documents related to, but not limited to, the following:

  • Constents to Travel
  • Vehicle Transfers
  • Change of Ownership
  • Insurance Claims
  • Pension Plan Documents
  • Government-related forms

By appointment only. Contact:
Catherine Lemesurier, Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca 705-526-4275 ext. 2212

*We do not commission any type of legal/court documents or affidavits related to Divorce, Separation, Wills/Estates, Custody, Real Estate, etc...​

Death Certificates / Burial Permits

​​By Appointment only.

Contact Customer Service –service@midland.ca or 705-526-4275, ext. 2255​​​​

FOI fees

​By Appointment only.

Contact Customer Service –service@midland.ca or 705-526-4275, ext. 2255​​​​

Lottery Licenses

​By appointment only. Contact:

Catherine Lemesurier, Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca 705-526-4275 ext. 2212

Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca 705-526-4275 ext. 2208​

Marriage Licenses - Midland residents only

​By appointment only. Contact:

Catherine Lemesurier, Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca 705-526-4275 ext. 2212

Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca 705-526-4275 ext. 2208​

Mid-Pen Transit Smartcard sales/re-loads

By Appointment only.

Contact Customer Service –service@midland.ca or 705-526-4275, ext. 2255​​​​​

Parking Ticket payments

By Appointment only.

Contact Customer Service –service@midland.ca or 705-526-4275, ext. 2255​​​​​

Tax Certificates / Tax Statements

By Appointment only.

Contact Customer Service –service@midland.ca or 705-526-4275, ext. 2255​​​​​

Tax and Utility Bill Payments

By Appointment only.

Contact Customer Service –service@midland.ca or 705-526-4275, ext. 2255​​​​​

Taxi Cab Driver Licensing

​By appointment only. Contact:

Kelly Lacroix, By-law Officer
klacroix@midland.ca  705-526-4275 ext. 2229​

 Drop Box & Suspended Services

Drop Box services

The following services are available through use of our drop box, located at the Third Street entrance of the Municipal Office:​

Suspended Services

​In an effort to limit the number of customers in the Municipal Office, the following services are suspended until further notice:


Municipalities urge residents to limit use of Mid-Pen Transit to e​ssential trips only during the Stay-at-Home Order​

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland

April 15, 2021 ­– As we are all well aware, the Ontario Government issued a Stay-at-Home order effective Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m. as a continued effort to protect the public's health and safety.

Transportation services are recognized as essential under the Reopening Ontario Act and are permitted to continue in all public health zones. However, it is important that we continue to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland remind passengers to limit public transportation travel for essential purposes only. If you must use public transportation, please remember it is mandatory to wear a mask while on the bus and to sanitize your hands when boarding the bus.

“Vaccines continue to be rolled out to more and more eligible groups, and it's important that we all do what we can to continue to follow all health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Town of Midland. “Now is not the time to drop our guard. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, and please only leave your home for essential trips only."

“This has been a difficult year for all members in our surrounding communities.", said Mayor Doug Leroux, Town of Penetanguish​ene. “Over the next 28 days, please continue to be vigilant and follow the stay-at-home order as well as all other parameters in place to keep our community safe."

The Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates regarding transportation on our websites at Midland.ca/COVID-19 and  

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit their website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.​

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Media Release: Town of Midland Municipal Office reverting to by-appointment only service, effective April 9, 2021

April 8, 2021 – With the province declaring a third provincial emergency and issuing stay-at-home orders for at least the next four weeks, the Town of Midland Municipal Office will be reverting to service by-appointment only, effective Friday, April 9, 2021. This change is being made to allow staff to provide necessary services, control the number of customers in the Municipal Office at a given time, while adhering to the emergency orders from the province.

“The frequent changes in service delivery are challenging, we understand this, however we must do our part to provide the safest environment for our staff and our community," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “With the vaccine rollout entering Phase 2 and more and more residents becoming eligible, these efforts will hopefully result in the tide being turned on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, as we move towards a return to normalcy."

For information on vaccinations and booking appointments please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Vaccine and Immunization web page.​

For a list of municipal services available, and information on how to book an appointment, please visit Midland.ca/COVID-19. When customers with an appointment arrive at the Municipal Office they can:

Signage will also be posted at the Municipal Office advising customers of this process.

Essential community services such as Water and Wastewater, Fire and Policing are not impacted by this change.

“I'm very appreciative of all our staff who continue to adjust on the fly to the ever-changing world we're living in right now. This third emergency declaration and stay-at-home order will be managed with the same focus we have exhibited throughout the pandemic with caring for our staff and serving our customers where and when we can," said David Denault, Chief Administrative Officer. “The understanding and continued support of our residents is appreciated, and we encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the public health guidance."

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on our website at Midland.ca/COVID-19, and we encourage residents to follow our social media channels for updates as well, @MidlandON on Twitter, and @townofmidland on Facebook.​

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit their website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.

Statement from Mayor Stewart Strathearn: With Health Care and Economic Recover​y the focus, Provincial Budget hits the right note for local municipalities

March 31, 2021 – Last week, the provincial government delivered its 2021 budget: Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and our Economy. Having reviewed it over the past week, and having just completed our own 2021 Budget, I can appreciate the hard work that goes into constructing a budget and all factors taken into consideration for a municipality. At the provincial level the factors and considerations are magnified and further reaching, and I congratulate Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy on tabling his first budget as Finance Minister. During these uncertain times, it's encouraging to see priority being given to health care and the economy. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic affect all of us, and the Town of Midland continues to do our part to support the government in the vaccination efforts with the use of our facilities and staff, and to serve our residents and local business.

Our local businesses have had a challenging year, and the continued support of the province through the Small Business Support Grant will provide eligible businesses with up to $20,000 of added support while we can continue to work towards a return to normalcy.

As a tourism destination, the Town of Midland has been impacted greatly by the pandemic, with most, if not all, events being cancelled over the past year and many already cancelled for 2021, including Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival, an annual event that attracts 50,000 plus visitors to our town each year. The introduction of the Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant is welcome news, and I know our eligible local businesses will appreciate this additional support.

We continue to face challenges as a smaller municipality, and we expect a challenging year again with additional costs and lost revenues resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while we continue to provide our essential services. ​​

We look forward to working with the provincial government and thank Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier Christine Elliott, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy and our Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop for their leadership and commitment to our safety and recovery.​


​​Looking for previous news updates or media releases that were​ posted above? Check the sections below for all previous posts.

Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives - January 12, 2021

​Province Issues Stay-at-Home Order and Introduces Enhanced Enforcement Measures to Reduce Mobility

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted  purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings for these purposes, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.

For full details, please read the full media release from the Ontario Government​.​

Town of Midland COVID-19 Media Releases

2021-04-14 - Municipalities urge residents to limit use of Mid-Pen Transit to essential trips only during the Stay-at-Home Order

2021-04-08 - Town of Midland Municipal Office reverting to by-appointment only service effective April 9 2021

2021-03-31 - Statement from Mayor Stewart Strathearn - 2021 Ontario Budget

2021-03-17 - Town of Midland CAO and Simcoe Muskoka colleagues recognized by OMAA for commitment during COVID-19 pandemic

2021-03-04 - Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival cancelled due to pandemic​​

2021-02-26 - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to open Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics beginning March 1 2021

2021-02-25 - Online booking opens for COVID-community clinics

2021-02-19 - Town of Midland Municipal Office to offer restricted walk-in service beginning February 22

2021-02-10 - Town of Midland on the front lines of Wastewater Surveillance during COVID-19 Pandemic

2021-02-02 - Town of Midland further adjusts services to ensure safety of public and staff

2021-01-29 - Municipalities urge snowmobilers to follow COVID-19 guidelines and to remember that No Ice is Safe Ice

2021-01-21 - Town of Midland announces staffing redeployments and temporary la​yoffs during pandemic restrictions​​

2021-01-14 - Town of Midland supports COVID-19 restrictions, details on service impacts

2020-12-17 - Town of Midland Municipal Office to offer services by-appointment only effective December 21 2020​​

2020-11-03 - Town of Midland eligible for $286,000 in funding through the COVID-19 Resilience stream

2020-09-03 - Town of Midland Municipal Office to fully reopen to public on September 14 2020​​​

2020-08-20 - Council extends tax and utility relief measures for residents and small business tenants until October 31, 2020​​

2020-08-18 - Mid-Pen Transit Service to resume regular schedule and collecting fares on August 24​​

2020-08-17 - Ministry of Transportation funding to aid in COVID-19 recovery for Mid-Pen Transit​​

2020-08-13 - Town of Midland to receive Provincial funding from Municipal Affairs and Housing towards COVID-19 recovery​​

2020-07-24 - North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre open for on-ice training, other facilities remain closed

2020-07-23 - During trying times, Operations Staff helping to provide safe access to Town facilities in our community​​

2020-07-22 - Stay inside your circle at Gawley Park Beach

2020-07-17 - Town of Midland Stage 3 update​​

2020-07-10 - Town of Midland fully supports SMDHU mandatory face masks instructions​​​

2020-07-02 - Town of Midland extends closures, changes to transit until July 15​​

2020-06-17 - Beaches and public washrooms to open; Cooling Station; Stage 2 reopening guidance; Event updates​​

2020-06-16 - Virtual Canada Day Celebration taking place in the Heart of Georgian Bay​​

2020-06-04 - Further relief for residents & small business tenants impacted by facility & a​menity closures​​

2020-06-03 - Town of Midland extends closures, changes to transit until June 30, NSSRC camps cancelled​​

2020-05-22 - Mid-Pen Transit operators keeping the towns moving during a difficult time; riders encouraged to wear face coverings​​

2020-05-21 - Town to safely r​eopen some outdoor amenities

2020-05-21 - Public Boat Launches open in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny​​

2020-05-15 - Town to reopen boat launch, other harbour and outdoor amenities to remain closed​​

2020-05-14 - Closure of NSSRC gives staff time to safely give facility a full makeover​​

2020-05-12 - Town of Midland extends facility closures, temporary changes to transit​​

2020-04-27 - Spring Treasure Days event cancelled to limit spread of COVID-19​​

2020-04-21 - COVID-19 Response Action Plan allowing continued delivery of safe, clean drinking water in Midland​​

2020-04-17 - Mid-Pen Transit to temporarily suspend Saturday service​​

2020-04-17 - Seasonal changes for Operations Team during COVID-19​​​

2020-04-14 - Town of Midland facilities to remain closed for extended period​​

2020-04-8 - Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival 2020 Cancelled​​

2020-04-03 - Mid-Pen Transit free through April, reduced hours to continue until April 14​​

2020-04-03 - Town Dock, Marina and Boat Launch closure​​

2020-04-03 - Facility Closures extended​​

2020-04-02 - Council approves Community Relief Measures​​

2020-03-26 - Phase 2 - King Street Rejuvenation Project to begin March 30

2020-03-23 - Town of Midland proposes financial aid plan to Prime Minister Trudeau

2020-03-22 - Town of Midland announces free transit for residents

2020-03-19 - COVID-19 - Town of Midland announces more service level impacts​​

2020-03-18 - COVID-19 - Town of Midland announces closure of municipal office and service impacts​​

2020-03-16 - COVID-19 Update - Town of Midland announces cancellations and changes to services​​​

2020-03-15 - COVID-19 Public Statement from Mayor & CAO

2020-03-13 - Town of Midland COVID-19 Update​​​​​

News Updates

A message from the Fire Chief:

Penetanguishene Fire and Emergency Services and the Midland Fire Department, like all emergency services, are working hard in our communities balancing response to those in need with current COVID-19 protocols.  We appreciate your patience a​nd understanding; all our actions are in aid of keeping your family safe and our firefighters healthy and able to respond.

  • First and foremost, our ability to respond to your 911 calls is unchanged.
  • We follow health protocols; please answer our basic COVID-19 screening questions, wear a mask, social distance from the apparatus and firefighters.
  • We have ceased all public education activities; the office is taking calls if you have fire safety questions. If you require a fire inspection, please contact the department in the Municipality the property is located to book an appointment. Appointments will be booked based on the complaint or request.
  • What can you do to help? Ensure all your smoke detectors and CO alarms are in good working order to reduce false alarms. Ensure cooking is never left unattended, candles are used with caution, and that you have practiced your home escape plan.

Together we can all keep our communities safe and healthy.

Paul Ryan,

Director of Emergency Services / Fire Chief / CEMC
Penetanguishene Fire & Emergency Services  

Director of Fire Service / Fire Chief
Midland Fire Department​​



Until further notice, the Town of Midland will only be issuing Marriage Licences to residents of Midland

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Ontario, and numerous inquiries from Toronto area residents, as of December 11, 2020 the Town of Midland will only be issuing marriage licences to permanent residents of Midland.​

We apologize for any inconvenience, however this temporary change is being made to discourage travel to and from other areas in an effort to protect our community and to ​help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more details, please contact the Clerks Department at 705​​-526-4275 ext. 2208 or clerks@midland.ca​​​​


How to have a safe and happy Halloween

  • Stay home if feeling ill or if you have mild symptoms.
  • Only go out with mem​bers of your direct household.
  • Only trick or treat outside.
  • Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe.
  • Consider building your face covering into your, or your child’s, costume.
  • Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps. Line up two metres (6 feet) apart if waiting.
  • Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects.
  • Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer.
  • Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab.
  • Consider using tongs, or other similar tools to hand out treats.​
For more COVID-19 information and guidance from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, please visit their dedicated COVID-19 web page.​


New Testing Criteria for Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre


Assessment Criteria

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at 1156 St. Andrews Drive, Midland, inside the clinic building in the Georgian Bay General Hospital's parking lot.​​​

Face coverings to be mandatory while in indoor public placed beginning Monday, July 13, 2020

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has announced that persons within publicly accessible indoor locations, including public transit systems, will be required to wear face covergings/non-medical masks beginning on Monday, July 13, 2020.

In a statement, Dr. Charles Gardiner, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer said:

"My rationale for proceeding with this course of action at this time is as follows: As we proceed through the stages of the province’s plan to open the economy there is an increasing risk of resurgence of COVID-19 transmission in our communities. There have been very worrisome examples of resurgence internationally, and we have had some experiences of limited resurgence in Ontario (including in recent weeks in Simcoe Muskoka). 

With the summer upon us, Simcoe Muskoka is experiencing the arrival of a large and increasing number of visitors from parts of the province with a much higher incidence of COVID-19, and with resultant crowding in public spaces. There is emerging evidence, primarily based on ecological studies and modelling, suggesting that COVID-19 transmission rates can be reduced with a high level of population compliance of face covering/non-medical mask use in conjunction with physical distancing, hand sanitation, and self-isolation and testing when ill. Voluntary compliance with mask use in indoor public places appears to be suboptimal at this time in Simcoe Muskoka. 

There has also been a high degree of support expressed from community partners, physicians, hospital leadership, some in the business community, and municipal CAOs and politicians for leadership from SMDHU to require face coverings/non-medical masks in indoor public places.​

It is also important to ensure the availability of alcohol-based hand sanitizer at all entrances and exits for the use of all persons entering or exiting the business or organization.

It is important to know that while we will commence with an educational and supportive approach, as per the EMCPA, those who do not comply with the above noted requirements may be fined. Individuals may be liable for a fine of $750 -$1,000 up to a maximum of $100,000, while corporations may be liable for a fine of up to $10,000,000 for each day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues."

For more details on this announcement please visit:

SMDHU ​​website

2007-07 Businesses & Organizations EMCPA Letter

FAQs - Face Coverings in Indoor Spaces​​​

Consumer Alert: Beware of scams during the COVID-19 emergency

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is aware of increasing efforts by scam artists attempting to take advantage of consumer uncertainty during this COVID-19 emergency. The OEB has taken steps to ensure that the power to your home or low-volume small business cannot be disconnected for non-payment by your utility until July 31, 2020.  If you receive a message, text or phone call from someone posing as a utility representative and threatening to disconnect your power, do not respond to it - contact your utility directly using the telephone number displayed on your bill.  

Consumer Tips:

  • Beware of messages with COVID-19 in the subject line and claiming to be from your utility. There have been several reports of emails, texts and websites sharing fake information about bill relief programs, refunds and alternative payment methods during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Protect your personal information – Do not feel compelled to share your personal information. Your utility bill is private. It contains personal information like your account number and energy usage.
  • Remain vigilant and continue to use safe web browsing and email practices.  Make sure you are accessing a safe and trusted source such as the utility's website or call centre telephone number exactly as displayed on your bill.

Consumers with questions or concerns about any suspicious communications claiming to be from their utility are also encouraged to contact the OEB.

  • Call (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.): 1-877-632-2727 (toll-free within Ontario) or 416-314-2455 (within Greater Toronto Area)
  • Text: 1-844-621-9977 (toll-free within Ontario) or 416-544-5190 (within Greater Toronto Area)
  • Email: consumerrelations@oeb.ca  

Resources:

Transit Update: Mid-Pen Transit to shut down over Easter Weekend

​The Mid-Pen Transit Service will not be running on Good Friday (April 10), Saturday, April 11, Sunday, April 12 (as usual) or on Easter Monday (April 12). Normally the service runs on the Saturday of Easter Weekend, however,​ d​ue to the reduced transit staff available​ the decision has been made to shut down service over the long weekend to give transit operators​​ a much-needed break to spend with their families.

Service will resume on Tuesday, April 14 and will operate on the reduced hour "Saturday" service at least until Monday, May 4, 2020​. Transit will remain free to use, but we ask that riders limit their use of the service to essential trips only.​​​​

Town of Midland closing all outdoor recreation amenities

With the Province announcing the extension of the Declaration of Emergency on March 30 (Ontario extends emergency declaration), all outdoor recreational amenities are to be closed immediately. ​

The Town is complying with this order by:

  • Barricading entrances to sports field parking lots;
  • Barricading entrances/parking lots to parks and picnic shelters;
  • Removing picnic tables from parks;
  • Taping off playground equipment;​
  • Signs will be installed advising that ameni​ties are closed.

Green spaces in parks, trails and ravines will remain open for pass-through access, however visitors must continue to practice physical distancing.

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, there are fines set by the Province for any person who fails to comply and continues using these closed amenities. Enforcement of these closure orders can be carried out at the discretion of the Ontario Provincial Police and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers.​​

The Town of Midland urges all residents to please continue to follow recommendations of public health officials & practice proper physical distancing. It is important that we all do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.​​

Council to consider Community Relief Measures for Taxes and Utility interest.

​Council will receive staff report FIN-2020-05 at its meeting on Wednesday, April 1. This report outlines recommendations for providing community relief in the form of revised due dates for tax bill payments and interest deferrals on utility bills.

View the full report.

The Council meeting will be the Town of Midland's first all-electronic Council meeting, with all members of Council and staff participating using Teams so they can attend remotely. To watch the meeting, tune into RogersTV (cable 53) or watch on the live stream.​

Mid-Pen Transit shifting daily schedule to reduced Saturday hours

Beginning tomorrow (March 31) Mid-Pen Transit will be reducing hours of operation for at least the remainder of this week. The new operating schedule will be the same as the normal Saturday schedule. This means the first run for Midland South will begin at 8:45 a.m., last run at 4:45 p.m., first run of the Penetanguishene route will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the last run will be at 4:30 p.m.

The reason for this change is a combination of lower ridership, and extra caution being taken for an employee at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, resulting in fewer transit operators being available.

An update on how long this reduced schedule will be in effect will be provided later this week​

Joint Media Release: Area partners launch donation campaign for urgently needed PPE and supplies for local health care providers

Midhurst/March 30, 2020 – Municipal and health partners in Simcoe and Muskoka, including the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, are working together to launch a donation campaign for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies that are essential for the provision of safe medical and community care to patients and residents in our region.

Health and emergency services, such as paramedicine, long-term care, home and community care, hospitals and public health, have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and have dramatically increased their use of PPE to protect residents, patients and health care workers. To counteract this rapid increase in demand for medical supplies and equipment, health partners are working collaboratively to implement a donation campaign to leverage strong local business and community ties and utilize all available stock within our community.

Any donations of the following new and unused items would be greatly appreciated:

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Face shields, protective goggles or safety glasses
  • Nitrile gloves (latex-free)
  • Reusable or disposable gowns
  • Medical thermometers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes with a DIN# or with bleach cleaner
  • Hand soap

Any businesses or community members looking to donate items can email EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org. Information about how and where to send donations is available at www.smdhu.org​. All donations received will be collected in central depots in Simcoe and Muskoka and will be issued to local health care providers in order of priority, as determined by the Province of Ontario. We will work with you to arrange pick-up or delivery. Businesses supplying goods for purchase can also reach out to individual partners.

Quotes

“These are unprecedented times and we've already seen and heard about the tremendous generosity and sense of community that our residents and businesses have. While our residents must continue to adhere to Public Health recommendations to stay home, self-isolate and exercise physical distancing, our front-line workers are doing amazing work to continue to care for us, respond to this crisis and help us to recover as quickly as possible. If you can, please donate PPE to keep these amazing people healthy and safe." – County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell

“We are so fortunate to have our dedicated front line workers available to provide essential services to the community during this very challenging time. We are facing a time of unparalleled pressure on our health care system and it is essential our paramedic and long term care services have access to the equipment and materials necessary to continue to provide the excellent services they are recognized for. We are grateful for the community donations of PPE that will help keep our dedicated staff and their families safe and healthy." – District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck

“I want to express my appreciation to the healthcare workers across a number of sectors who are working tirelessly on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. We are calling on our community to help ensure the supply of PPE and medical supplies meets the demand over the coming weeks. Thank you to those businesses and residents who have already come forward to offer donations of these much needed supplies." – SMDHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner

Full media release​​.​​

Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open

​the Ontario government has developed the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. It ensures that public health measures are targeted, incremental and responsive to help limit the spread of COVID-19, while keeping schools and businesses open, maintaining health system capacity and protecting vulnerable people, including those in long-term care.​

To read the full media release, visit: COVID-19 Response Framework​

SMDHU - Mask/face covering requirement in all indoor public spaces

 Town Updates & Services

Status of Facilities/Committees/Amenities

​Status of Facility/Service/Amenity

Midland Municipal Office​

As of Monday, December 21, 2020, the Municipal Office is offering services by-appointment only. See the Municipal Offices Services drop down above for more details on services available and how to book an appointment.

Mid-Pen Transit Service

Operating it's regular schedule, Monday to Friday, and Saturday Service.

Community Reach accessible transit​

Operating - Drivers available to provide rides to stores starting at 7 a.m. and running until 3:30 p.m. If you require emergency food pickup, they are providing that as well. Call 705-528-6999.​

Midland Fire Department​

​​Closed to public tours/educational activities until further notice​​ - all public tours have been cancelled.

North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre​

Ice pads and gym facility are closed to the public. Open for: 

  • Transit Smartcard 
  • Tenants allowed to operate under the restriction orders. ​​

​Town Council Meetings​

Proceeding as scheduled until further notice. Public will not permitted in Council Chambers, but can watch on RogersTV (cable 53) or RogersTV Live Stream​.​

Public, Board & Committee Meetings​

Taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams. Meeting videos are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.​

Newmarket-Tay Power/Midland PUC​

​Offices Closed to public.

Midland Public Library

​Closed until further notice. ​

Askennonia Seniors Centre

Closed until further notice.

Boys & Girls Club of North Simcoe

Closed until further notice.

Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village

Closed until further notice.​

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Closed until further notice.​

Midland Cultural Centre

Closed until until further notice. ​

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

Closed until further notice.

Water & Wastewater Treatment Centre

​Operating, however facility is closed to the public.​

Trails​

Open, though users must continue to practice physical distancing measures.

​Playgrounds​

  • ​​Playground equipment and structures are open, but are not being sanitized. Physical distancing must be practiced.
  • Some structures are fenced off due to the need for repair or removal.

Community Relief Measures for Taxes & Utility Interest

COVID-19 Community Relief Measures for Taxes & Utility Interest

At its August 12 meeting, Midland Town Council approved the extension COVID Relief Measures for Taxes and Utility Interest, designed to help alleviate financial concerns for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following measures are in place:

  • Penalties and interest will not be applied for non-payment of the property tax instalment due June 29, or any subsequent instalments due in 2020 until October 31, 2020;
  • Penalties and interest will not be applied for non-payment of utility accounts until October 31, 2020; and
  • All returned cheque fees on tax and utility payments will be waived until October 31, 2020.​

Community Reach Accessible Transit is operating

Drivers are available to provide rides to stores starting at 7 a.m. If you require emergency food pickup, they are providing that as well. 

Call 705-528-6999​​

Newmarket-Tay Power/Midland PUC FAQs

​Newmarket-Tay Power has published a listing of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Time Of Use rate changes to support Ontarians impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak. Click on the link below to view the questions and responses.

Newmarket-Tay Power FAQs​

​​Provincial Government News

Federal Government News​





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 Vaccination Information

Book your Vaccination

How to book an appointment

  • For adults turning 60 years of age or older (born in 196​​1 or earlier), please book online here​​ or call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-888-999-6488. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Sunday.
  • When booking on the provincial booking system, people must book dose 1 and dose 2 appointments for the booking to be successful. If you only choose an appointment for dose 1 and you exit page, your booking has NOT been completed. With a successful booking you will receive an email confirmation immediately and you will need to bring the confirmation to your appointment.​
  • Eligible groups can pre-register ​through the SMDHU's website at simcoemuskokahealth.​org;
  • Family members, friends, support persons, health care providers or community partners can also book appointments on behalf of eligible individuals;​

Please note – Clinics will not be open to the general public. If you attend a clinic without an appointment, you will be turned away.

Who is currently eligible to pre-register for the vaccine?

Interval for Second Dose extended to 16 weeks

Anyone who received their first COVID-19 immunization prior to March 10 are reminded that their second dose appointment has been cancelled and will be rebooked later.

Second doses are now being given 16 weeks after the first dose as recommended by the National Advisory Committee for Immunization. This allows Ontario to maximize the number of people who can benefit from the strong protection provided by the first dose.

Check back later to see how to book your second dose appointment.​​

If you need assisted transportation to/from your vaccination appointment

If you need assisted transportation to and from your vaccination appointment, please visit one of the websites below: 

Clinics are by appointment only. No drop-ins are allowed.

Please DO NOT arrive for your appointment early. Arrive just on time. Due to COVID public health measures we have limited waiting room space available. Dress for the weather as you may be required to wait outdoors before entering the clinic.

One person can accompany a client to their appointment if they need assistance. Everyone needs to ensure they are following public health measures.

You can get assistance to support your mobility at the clinic, please see the clinic coordinator or screener who will be able to help.

If you are bringing someone who cannot give their own consent and in the case where a substitute decision maker is filling out consent on behalf of someone getting the vaccine please read, fill out and bring this form COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form with you to the appointment. 

AstraZeneca pharmacy rollout (ages 55+)

On Thursday April 1, 2021 the Province announced "Ontario Expanding Pharmacy and Primary Care Locations for COVID-19 Vaccinations"

In some regions AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine appointments could begin as early as April 3, for eligible people ages 55 or older. For up to date information visit the Province's website.​

Frequently Asked Questions

​COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinics Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on community vaccination clinics, the COVID-19 Vaccination plan, and COVID-19 cases in our region please visit simcoemuskokahealt​h.org or call the SMDHU at 705-721-7520 or
1-877-721-7520.​

Vaccination Distribution Notification Alert

Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop has launched a notification service to provide alerts via email or text with links to book your COVID-19 immunization appointment when you are eligible.

For more details and to sign up, visit: Vaccination Distribution Notification Alert Service​​


​Stay up to date on COVID-19 in our region:

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

COVID-19​ ​Monitoring
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COVID-19 Response Framework level: Stay at home order

An important message from the mayors of North Simcoe

 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

1156 St. Andrews Drive, Midland

*New location as of Friday, August 28, 2020*
(Inside the clinic building in the Georgian Bay General Hospital's parking lot)

By appointment only:
Book appointments online by visiting: http://gbgh.on.ca/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-updates/

or​

Call 705-529-1025 to book appointment, 7 days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

COVID-19 Symptoms

​Visit COVID-19 - Stop the Spread​ for an up-to-date listing of recognized symptoms of COVID-19.

Self-Assessment Tool for COVID-19

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help de​termine how to seek further care.​

Self-A​​ssessment Tool - COVID-19​

Safety Precautions

While it is always our priority to maintain safe and healthy facilities, ultimately it is up to each one of us to maintain proper hygiene. Proper hygiene is always important to protect yourself and others from becoming ill. You can help reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often, being sure to use soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • When coughing or sneezing: 
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
    • Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterward.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water): toys, phones, bedside tables, toilets, electronics, door handles, television remotes, desks, tables, etc.
  • Maintain physical distancing; at least 2 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.​​

Physical Distancing

Physical Distancing is one of the most of effective ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and the Town is ensuring our staff follow this guideline. To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that residents practice physical distancing and maintain at least a 2 metre distance from Town staff.​​

For Returning Travellers: Self-Isolate!!!

If you've returned from travel you must self-isolate for 14 days to avoid spreading the virus throughout the community. It does not matter your age or if you do/don't have symptoms. Self-isolate! You can pass the virus along even without showing any symptoms.

How to self-isolate

Mental Health Support

 Support Resources

Support for Canadians & Businesses

Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

​ The Ontario government is providing parents with $980 million in direct support as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit. Under this new round of funding, payments will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for a child with special needs to help offset additional learning costs. This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.

For more details visit the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit website​. ​​

Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs

​Property tax and energy bill rebates as part of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant:

These rebates are offered by the Province of Ontario for businesses that are, or were, required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. Please refer to the website below for details on eligibility and a link to apply:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs. A copy of your bill/invoice is required.

COVID-19 Tourism Response Fund

​The COVID Tourism Response Fund provides $500,000, to be distributed by Regional Tourism Organization 7 in collaboration with Grey County, Simcoe County, City of Barrie and the City of Orillia for tourism-related businesses in the form of a one-time, non-repayable contribution of $2,500 - $20,000.​

For more details and to access application forms, please visit www.RTO7.ca​

Relief Within Reach - Support for Small & Medium Businesses

A collection of financial support links available for businesses and entrepreneurs in North Simcoe.

"​Businesses and entrepreneurs across Simcoe North have made extraordinary sacrifices throughout these unprecedented times. This website was designed specifically to help to easily access all the financial support available. My office is here to help." - Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North.

Relief Within Reach​

One-time tax-free payment for seniors - Federal Government

The payment for seniors provides support through a one-time payment:

  • $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security pension, and
  • an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement

This measure will give a total of $500 to seniors who receive both the Old Age Security pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and will help them cover increased costs caused by COVID-19.​

For full details, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/
publicpensions/notice-covid-19/one-time-payment.html
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Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)

​Helping isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials to stay safe at home during COVID-19​

OCSA COVID-19 ​Community Support Finder​

CEAP for Residential Customers - Applications Begin July 13

The Government of Ontario is making $9 million available to support residential customers struggling to pay their energy bills because of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) provides a one-time, on-bill credit to eligible residential electricity and natural gas customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.

Electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers (USMPs) will begin accepting applications for CEAP on July 13, 2020, delivering the program in accordance with rules laid out by the OEB. CEAP funding is limited, with utilities and USMPs expected to process applications in the order in which they are received. Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee funding. To apply for CEAP funding, customers should contact their utility or USMP directly.​

For more information, including eligibility requirements and on-bill credit amounts, visit: ​https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/covid-19-energy-assistance-program-ceap

OTF - Resilient Communities Fund

​The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario.

More details and to apply.​

Request amount: 

From $5,000 to $150,000 

Grant term: 

up to 1 year

Application Deadlines*: 

September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. and December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.

*Due to the expected high demand and in our efforts to support as many organizations as possible, only one grant per eligible organization will be awarded. Organizations that receive a grant from the September 2nd deadline will not be eligible to apply for the December 2nd deadline.​​

CEAP for Small Business & Charities - Applications begin August 31

​​COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business: Applications Begin August 31

The Government of Ontario is making $8 million available to support small business and registered charities who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.

To apply for CEAP funding, customers should contact their energy provider. Electricity and natural gas utilities and unit sub-meter providers (USMPs) will begin accepting applications for CEAP-SB on August 31, 2020, delivering the program in accordance with rules laid out by the OEB. CEAP-SB funding is limited, with utilities and USMPs expected to process applications in the order in which they are received. Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and on-bill credit amounts, visit oeb.ca/ceap.​​

Downtown Midland (BIA) Digital Improvement/Marketing Grant

​The Downtown Midland Business Improvement Area (BIA) is pleased to introduce the new Digital Improvement/Marketing Grant to assist business owners within the BIA during COVID-19 to create/update online stores, create/update websites, outsource social media management, and run social media advertising campaigns.

The Digital Improvement/Marketing Grant will offer the opportunity for business owners to market themselves online and update/create a website and/or online store during COVID-19. Improvements/marketing requested by a business owner will be considered, and with BIA approval, the business owner will receive a grant. ​

For full details and to apply, visit: https://downtownmidland.ca/ForBIAMembers

COVID-19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

​​COVID-19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)​​

​Local Community Futures offices are available to walk you through the application process. Please visit the County of Simcoe’s Economic Development website for more information on eligibility and the office nearest you. ​

County of Simcoe - COVID-19 Business Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office has a website listing COVID-19 resources to assist Simcoe County businesses​

​COVID-19 Business Resources​

EDCNS Business Support 2020

EDCNS Manufacturing Business Recovery Fund

Stop the Spread Business Information Line

​The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. 

Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.

A complete list of essential services is available on the Government of Ontario's webs​ite.​