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Municipal Office is offering restricted walk-in service​​

The Town of Midland Municipal Office is currently offering restricted walk-in service. Please see the lists​ below or contact Customer Service at 705-526-4275, ext. 2255 or email ​service@midland.ca

 Walk-In Services

Walk-in Service Available

The following services are available with no appointment necessary:

  • ​​Tax and Utility Bill Payments
  • Mid-Pen Transit Smartcard sales/re-loads
  • Tax Certificates / Tax Statements
  • Prior-year tax bill stamps​​​
  • Death Certificates / Burial Permits
  • Garbage tags
  • Parking ticket payment
  • FOI fees
  • Planning & Building Inquiries / Applications
  • Pick-up of Building Permits
  • Curb Cuts for driveways
  • Open Air Burning Permits*

*Open Air Burning Permits

The requirement for Open Air Burning Permits was reinstated effective June 30. Residents may purchase their permits at the Municipal Office​. If you are a tenant and wish to obtain a permit you must bring in a completed “Property Owner's Permission to Burn Form" signed by the property owner when purchasing your permit.​​

Please be advised, there is a limit of 10 customers permitted in the main customer service lobby.

 By-Appointment Services

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​​​

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​​​

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​​​

Taxi Cab Driver Licensing

By appointment only. Contact:

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

Dog Tags (drop-off completed applications/payments)

​By Appointment only.

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

Commissioner for Taking Oaths and 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:

  • Consents 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...​​

Hawker/Peddler/Refreshment Vehicle Licences

By appointment only. Contact:

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

Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca 705-526-4275 ext. 2227

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Media Release: Town of Midland announces COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for employees

October 8, 2021 – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Midland has been committed to providing a safe environment for Town employees and members of the public, and finding ways to safely offer all the services permitted during the various restriction stages. That commitment continues today with the announcement of the Town of Midland COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for employees.

Under this new procedure, which was presented to staff on October 7, employees are required to disclose their vaccination status by October 15, 2021. Employees who are fully or partially vaccinated, must provide proof of vaccination or documented bona fide medical and human rights exemptions by November 1, 2021. Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who choose not to disclose their vaccination status, must complete an Educational Program approved by the Town of Midland by November 15, 2021, to ensure they are adequately informed about the COVID-19 vaccines and the risks associated with not being immunized.

“The Town of Midland strongly encourages all employees who can to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a measure to protect their health and the health of their coworkers and the public," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town is committed to providing safe work environments for our staff, and for the visiting public, and implementing this new procedure will help ensure that is possible."​

Starting November 1, 2021, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated employees will be required to provide a valid current negative COVID-19 test result (antigen screening test or equivalent) prior to attending any work location. This test result must no older than 72 hours. This testing will be done on the employees' own time and at their own expense.

“Our staff have done an outstanding job of adapting to continuous change throughout the past 18 months," said CAO David Denault. “This procedure is another change, but I am confident that our employees will adapt and work together to ensure we continue to offer the services our residents expect, while keeping our coworkers and visitors safe."

The Town of Midland COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure was created through consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, legal experts, municipal partners, as well as recommendations from the Human Rights Commission, and an internal employee survey.

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.

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

Town of Midland COVID-19 Media Releases

2021-10-08 - Town of Midland announces COVID-19 Vaccination Procedure for employees

2021-09-21 - Proof of Vaccination required at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre

2021-08-31 - Surveillance initiative showing low levels of COVID-19 in Midland wastewater

2021-07-16 - Town of Midland enters Step Three of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

2021-06-30 - Town of Midland enters Step Two of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

2021-06-11 - Town of Midland enters Step 1 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

2021-06-03 - Town of Midland Municipal Office to resume restricted walk-in service beginning June 4

2021-05-21 - Town to reopen outdoor amenities with restrictions lifted by province

2021-04-21 - Town Outdoor Recreational Amenity changes during extended Emergency Order

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

Public Washrooms to reopen

Following the lifting of restrictions on outdoor amenities, the Town of Midland will be reopening public washrooms as follows:

Friday, May 28, 2021:

All park washrooms will be open for use from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021:

Harbour washrooms will be open for use from 8 a.m. to 6:30 ​p.m., seven days a week. 

All washrooms will be cleaned twice daily.

A sign that says "Open". 


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 coverings/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​​​

Community Reach Accessible Transit is operating

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

Call 705-528-6999​

​​Provincial Government News

Federal Government News​

Updates from the Federal Government​.


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 Vaccination Information

Getting your Vaccination

To get vaccinated, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Getting your COVID-19 Vaccination page​​.​

Download Proof of Vaccination

To download copies of your COVID-19 Vaccination receipts, please visit: covid19.ontariohealth.ca

Transportation assistance to and from a clinic

If you or someone you know needs assisted transportation to and from your vaccination appointment, please visit the website below:

​North Simcoe: Community Outreach

Key things to know about COVID-19 Vaccines

Making an informed choice about getting a vaccine is a very personal decision. Right now, we know that there is a lot of information in the news, on social media and on the internet about COVID-19 vaccines. A lot of this information is true and a lot of this information is false (but could have a little truth that has been twisted). It is so hard to keep up, stay focused and to understand all the information. We know COVID-19 vaccine information can be confusing and sometimes conflicting. 

The key to staying informed is to choose trustworthy and correct information, which is sometimes easier said than done. So, we have compiled just the key things you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines. ​

For more details, visit the SMDHU's ​Key things to know about COVID-19 Vaccines web page​​.​​

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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Open for Step 3​​​

 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

1156 St. Andrews Drive, Midland

(Inside the clinic building in the Georgian Bay General Hospital's parking lot)​

By appointment only:
Book appointments online

or​

Call 705-529-1025 to book appointment, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Assessment Centre is open:

  • ​Monday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 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​​

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​

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.​