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Media Release: Mid-Pen Transit operators keeping the towns moving during a difficult time; riders encouraged to wear face coverings

May 22, 2020 – Over the past two months there have been numerous facilities, businesses and services throughout our community shut down to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, throughout these challenging times, Mid-Pen Transit operators have been there to ensure residents have a way to make essential trips throughout the pandemic.

“Our operators have gone above and beyond to ensure the Mid-Pen Transit Service has continued to run," said Shawn Berriault, Director of Community Service. “Not only have they put themselves at risk, they have had to adjust to several adjustments in daily routines, service schedules and staffing. Through it all, they continue to keep Midland and Penetanguishene moving."

With the Ontario Government recommending anyone travelling on public transit use a face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene are encouraging all Mid-Pen Transit riders to wear a face covering on the bus. All transit users will be required to sanitize their hands when entering the bus. In addition to these steps, transit operators have been sanitizing the buses throughout the day, ensuring all touch points are cleaned regularly.

“These added precautions not only help ensure the safety of transit riders, it will help protect our transit operators," added Berriault. “Our operators just want to work, and the more we can do to protect them, the more we can ensure the Mid-Pen Transit service continues to operate effectively."​

Mid-Pen Transit Service will remain free for riders, and continue to operate Monday to Friday, using the “Saturday" schedule, until further notice. Riders are asked to board and deboard using the rear doors when it is an option, to maintain physical distance from transit operators. Riders with disabilities may still use the front door if needed. For more details on the schedule, please visit: www.midland.ca/Pages/transit.aspx

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on the Town of Midland 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 visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.

​Media Release: Town to safely reopen some outdoor amenities​

May 21, 2020 – With the first stage of the Ontario Government's reopening framework being implemented earlier this week, the Town of Midland is announcing that some outdoor amenities will be reopened for public use as of ​6 p.m. on Friday, May 22.​

“Our residents have done a great job in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we're pleased that we've come to the point where we can safely reopen some of our outdoor amenities," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “However, the work is not done. These amenities may be open and available, however users must remain vigilant and practice physical distancing, and limiting gatherings so we avoid a rise of COVID-19 cases in our community."

The following outdoor amenities will be opened as of 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22:

  • Park barricades will be removed;
  • Sports fields (baseball, soccer);
  • Basketball court;
  • Tennis courts at Tiffin Park (Little Lake Park court to remain closed while undergoing repairs);
  • Pickleball courts;
  • Off-leash dog park, Skateboard Park, and Frisbee Golf course in Little Lake Park;
  • Park benches and shelter (picnic tables will not be installed at this time); and
  • Midland Rowing Club.

Any person using these outdoor amenities must adhere to the following government regulations:

  • Practice physical distancing of two metres from other users;
  • Team sports are not to be played or practiced on the fields/courts; and
  • Any sports or games that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other are not allowed.

Signage will be posted at these amenities advising users of this and the potential fines they face for not complying with the Provincial regulations (O. Reg. 223/20, Schedule 3). Clubs operating using outdoor amenities will be required to have protocols in place that adhere to all safety guidelines established under these regulations.

Beaches, playground structures and equipment, public washrooms and the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre will remain closed until further notice.

“We understand that residents are eager to get out and enjoy the warm weather in parks, as they would normally," said Mayor Strathearn. “The Town will be taking a cautious approach to reopening our facilities and amenities, taking our st​affing resources, our ability to enforce the Provincial regulations, and first and foremost the health and safety of staff and residents into consideration, through every stage of the reopening framework."

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on the Town of Midland 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.


Joint Media Release: Public Boat Launches open in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny

May 21, 2020 – With the start of stage 1 of the framework for reopening the province, the Town of Midland, Town of Penetanguishene, Township of Tay and Township of Tiny are all re-opening their boat launches for public use.  Midland and Tay's boat launches are open now.  Penetanguishene and Tiny's boat launches will open the afternoon of Friday, May 22.

Municipal staff will not be available to assist with the launching of watercraft.  All launching must be completed by the crew of the watercraft.​

Boat launch washroom facilities, where present, are in the process of being prepared and are not yet open.  For the current status of municipal boat launches, washrooms and other facilities visit your local municipality's website, linked to below.  The current status of boat launch amenities is listed below.

Residents and other boat launch users are reminded to adhere to physical distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all boat launch users and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Boat launch users are also reminded to observe and adhere to all parking regulations around boat launches.

The Town of Midland, Town of Penetanguishene, Township of Tay and Township of Tiny continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are providing updates via their websites.


 

Town of Midland

Town of Penetanguishene

Township of Tay

Township of Tiny

Open / Available

  • Boat Launch
  • Town Dock for Seasonal Boaters

  • Boat Launch
    Open Friday Afternoon

  • Waste Disposal Bins

  • Boat Launch
    (Albert St Park)

  • Waste Disposal Bins

  • ​Boat Launch
    (Jackson Park)
    Open Friday Afternoon

  • Waste Disposal Bins

Closed / Not Available

  • Marina Services

  • Washrooms & Showers

  • Visitor Info Centre

  • Waste Disposal Bins

  • Dock Slips

  • Wharf

  • Washrooms & Showers

  • Tourist Info Centre

  • Washrooms

  • Washrooms

Website

www.midland.ca

www.penetanguishene.ca

www.tay.ca

www.tiny.ca

Social Media

Twitter:

@MidlandON

Facebook: @townofmidland

Twitter: @penetanguishene

Facebook: @Penetanguishene

Twitter: @TayTownship

Twitter:

@TinyTownship

Facebook: @TownshipofTiny


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.

For more information, please contact:

Town of Midland: Jim Reichheld, MLEO | 705-526-4275 ext. 2227 | jreichheld@midland.ca

Town of Penetanguishene: Jillian Forbes, MLEO | 705-549-7453 ext. 220 | jforbes@pentanguishene.ca

Township of Tay: Rob Kennedy, MLEO | 705-534-7248 ext. 237 | rkennedy@tay.ca

Township of Tiny: Steve Harvey, Chief MLEO | 705-526-4136 | sharvey@tiny.ca​​


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


 Town Updates & Services

Town Updates

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:


Garage Sales prohibited during pandemic

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all yard/garage sales within the Town of Midland will not be permitted until further notice.

It is important for the public to understand there are consequences for individuals and businesses who choose to defy the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) while emergency orders are in force. The Provincial Offences Act of Ont​ario has been recently updated to include three offences which may be enforced by police for each offence, contrary to the EMCPA at the following set fines:

  • Fail to comply with an order made during an emergency = Fine of $750
  • Obstruction of Person exercising a power in accordance with an emergency order = Fine of $1,000
  • Obstruction of Person performing a duty in accordance with an emergency order = Fine of $1,000

How to Report

Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only. For all other police matters, contact the Southern Georgian Bay OPP through the non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122 or use the Online Reporting feature on the OPP website. Allegations of non-compliance with the EMCPA can be made by calling the OPP non-emergency line only. The OPP will endeavour to respond to these types of calls in a timely manner. However, our primary focus will continue to be emergency calls for service in the community.

You may also call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 to confirm whether a specific situation is non-compliant. Assistance is available Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information please visit ontario.ca/stopthespread ​​


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.

To view the full report please click here​.

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. Below is the new schedule starting March 31:


(Click to view larger image)

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/donations. 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

To read the full media release, click here​.​

Town Media Releases

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​​​​

Town Services Available

Midland Town Hall is closed to the public, with most staff working remotely. However, essential services are still being offered:

*Reminder - tax bill, utility bill, parking tickets payments can be made using our drop-box at the Third Street entrance to Town Hall, by mail, or through your bank.

​​Building & Planning applications

Ideally these will be done remotely through video calls, teleconferencing and electronic submission of applications.

Fees can be submitted by cheque and mailed and/or dropped off in our drop box at the Third Street entrance of Town Hall.​

Contact: 
planning@midland.ca​ or
building@midland.ca

​Marriage Licenses
​By appointment only.
Contact:
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Catherine Lemesurier,
Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2212
​Death Certificates
​​By appointment only​.
Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Sherri Edgar, Deputy Clerk, Committee Coordinator
sedgar@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2210

Catherine Lemesurier,
Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2212
​Lottery Licenses
​​​By appointment only. Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Catherine Lemesurier,
Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2212
​Freedom of Information Requests
​​​By appointment only​.
Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Sherri Edgar, Deputy Clerk, Committee Coordinator
sedgar@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2210
​Encroachment Agreements
​​​​By appointment only​.
Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208
​Taxi Cab Drivers Licenses
​​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Meter Bags
​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Hawker & Peddler License
​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Refreshment Vehicle/Food Vendor

​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Tax Certificates

​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jennifer Gaerttner, Financial Clerk
jgaerttner@midland.ca​​
705-526-4275 ext. 2226



Status of Facilities/Services (open/closed)

​Facility/Service/Event

​Status

​Midland Town Hall
Closed until at least May 12 - essential services available by appointment.​
​Mid-Pen Transit Service
Operating on reduced Saturday schedule​.
Transit service is free for all riders. Buses are being cleaned through the day and and fully sanitized each evening.
​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 at least May 12 - all public tours have been cancelled.
​​North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
Closed until at least June 7 - refunds will be processed once fully reopened.
​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 to public, however they are open for business virtually via www.midlandlibrary.com.

Book drop for return of materials will be open starting May 19, with plans being made for curbside pickup service being available in the coming weeks.​

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 at least early May. (Rolling week-to-week closure.)
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
Closed until further notice.
​WENDAT Community Programs


​Locations & Programs are closed, however workers are still available if you require service. Call 705-526-1305.
​Town Parks/Playgrounds
​​Closed until further notice.
​Water & Wastewater Treatment Centre

​​Operating, however facility is closed to the public.
​Tax bills, Utility Bills & Parking Tickets
​Payments can still be made via the drop box at the Town Hall Third Street entrance, or online through your bank.
​All recreational amenities (parks, playgrounds, sports fields, beaches)
​​Closed until further notice.

​Trails

​​Still open, though users must continue to practice physical distancing measures.
​Town Dock, Marina & Boat Launch
​​Boat launch open as of Saturday, May 16. Seasonal boaters may use Town Dock.

Marina and harbour services remain closed until further notice.

Community Relief Measures for Taxes & Utility Interest

COVID-19 Community Relief Measures for Taxes & Utility Interest

​Council unanimously approved recommendations from Staff that will see the following:

  • ​​The April 20, 2020 interim tax instalment will be deferred to June 29, 2020;
  • Interest be waived on all utility accounts until June 30, 2020 after which interest will be applied; and
  • All returned cheque fees on tax and utility payments will be waived until June 30, 2020.

If you are on the monthly pre-authorized payment plan (10 payments), the payments will be processed as usual unless the resident contacts the Town to be removed from the plan. Contact Jennifer at jgaerttner@midland.ca or 705-526-4275 ext. 2226 to discuss deferral or cancellation. Please note if you choose to defer both April and May's instalment will be withdrawn automatically on June 29, 2020.

If you are on the Due Date/4 payment pre-authorized payment plan, your next withdrawal has automatically been rescheduled for June 29, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions on Community Relief Measures​

Town of Midland suspends Fire Permits

Town of Midland suspends Fire Permits

The requirement to obtain a fire permit is suspended until further notice, however the following regulations shall apply if you choose to have an open-air fire:

  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire to burn when the wind speed exceeds twenty-found (24) kilometers per hour.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire when the Ministry of the Environment has issued a “smog alert" or Humidex advisory for South-Central Ontario.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire to burn when rain or fog is present.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire to burn other than between the hours of 4:00 pm through 12 midnight, unless otherwise permitted by the Officer.
  • No person shall burn any material other than clean dry wood which is free and clear from any finishes, preservatives or other material that may be affixed to the wood in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that is creating a nuisance or has an adverse effect on a neighbouring property(s) or property owners.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire in a manner that creates excessive smoke.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that contains more that 0.6 cubic metre of material burning at any one time and exceeds 0.6 metres in diameter.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that is within 3 metres of any structure, hedge, fence, vehicular roadway, property line or overhead wire or obstruction of any kind of nature whatsoever.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire without fire ensuring a person is able to supervise suck fire and who is equipped with adequate tools and/or water to extinguish it promptly in the event of danger of the spread of such fire and is in constant immediate attendance at the specific place where the fire is burning.
  • No person shall leave the specific place where the fire is burning without first ensuring such fire is completely extinguished.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire when a fire ban is in effect.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire in a chiminea/outdoor fireplace unless it is located on a non-combustible surface extending beyond the unit to a dimension equal to the height of the unit

 ​Click here​ for a PDF of this notice.

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​

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival on June 13, 2020

Our festival and COVID-19

March 17, 2020 – We are monitoring the situation and will follow all guidelines established by public health authorities. Any decision will be made with the safety and health of our community, vendors, visitors and volunteers foremost in our mind.​


 COVID-19 Department Updates

Midland Fire Department

Building Permits & Required Inspections

Planning Applications

Planning Applications (March 23, 2020 Update)

The Province of Ontario declared a state of emergency on March 17, 2020.  The Town has suspended scheduling of Public Meetings and Hearings in order to keep residents and staff safe and to follow the directives of the Provincial declaration.  On March 20th and pursuant to the emergency order, the Province has also declared that any provisions of any statue, regulation, rule, by-law or order of the Government of Ontario establishing any period of time within which any step must be taken in any proceeding in Ontario and any limitation period shall be suspended for the duration of the emergency, and the suspension shall be retroactive to Monday, March 16, 2020.

For applications under the Planning Act, this would mean the following:

  • Planning applications may continue to be received and processed, however the requirements for Council to render a decision within the required timeline under the Planning Act has been suspended.
  • The timelines under the Planning Act to schedule and hold a public meeting or hearing have been suspended.
  • Appeal deadlines for decisions made, or by-laws passed, by Council under the Planning Act have been suspended. Planning Act appeals may be received by the Town electronically, but staff are not required to file those appeals with the LPAT within the timeframe required by the Act.

Given the above, the Town will continue to process Planning applications as much as possible and in keeping with the emergency order. The Town will continue to monitor, evaluate and respond to this situation as it evolves.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the Planning Department at planning@midland.ca.​​


Water & Wastewater

 Provincial Government News

Ontario Extending Emergency Orders During COVID-19 Outbreak - May 27, 2020

The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters.​

​To read the full media release, visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extending-emergency-orders-during-covid-19-outbreak.html

As Ontario Reopens, People Urged to Continue Following Public Health Advice - May 20, 2020

Face coverings now recommended when physical distancing is a challenge​

As the Ontario government carefully and gradually reopens the province, those taking public transit, returning to work or going out shopping are being urged to continue to adhere to public health advice as the best line of defence against COVID-19. To assist the public, the Ministry of Health today released specific recommendations on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings used in public where physical distancing is not possible, along with additional safety measures for provincial transit agencies.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has advised people to wash their hands often, stay at home if feeling ill, and practise physical distancing by staying at least two metres apart from anyone outside their household. Now that the province is reopening, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts are recommending that individuals wear a face covering where physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transit or in a small grocery store or pharmacy. In order to assist people and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health released the following face covering recommendations:​

  • Wear your face covering safely and snugly to cover your nose and mouth, without any gaps. Ensure your face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape;
  • Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care, first responders and individuals who are ill and must leave their home for essential reasons such as seeking medical care, picking up medication or groceries;
  • Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two; anyone who has trouble breathing; and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.

To view the full media release, visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/as-ontario-reopens-people-urged-to-continue-following-basic-public-health-measures.html

Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed - May 19, 2020

​The Ontario government is protecting the health and safety of students during the COVID-19 outbreak by keeping schools closed for the rest of this school year. This decision was made after consulting with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health experts on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at The Hospital for Sick Children. At the same time, the government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.

All students who were on track to graduate from secondary school before the initial school closure order was made in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards.

Later this summer, the government will announce a plan to strengthen learning and safety protocols to enable students and staff to return to in-class instruction for the 2020-21 school year. That plan will be bolstered by an enhanced province-wide virtual learning program that will allow all students to learn, regardless of the challenges that may transpire in the coming months.​

To view the full media release, visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/health-and-safety-top-priority-as-schools-remain-closed.html

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Keep People Safe - May 19, 2020

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020. That includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings.

Today, the province officially enters the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. As part of this initial stage, the government is permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas, effective as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the province’s reopening plan.​

To view the full media release, visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-to-keep-people-safe.html

Ontario Provides $3.3 Billion More to Increase Health Care Capacity - March 26, 2020

​The Ontario government is providing an additional $3.3 billion to support frontline health care workers and increase health care capacity in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding will allow the province to take immediate action to increase the number of assessment centres, add more acute care and critical care beds, improve testing and provide more protective equipment for frontline workers.

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19 includes $2.1 billion in new and urgent funding to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19, as well as $1.2 billion to continue the government's long-term plan to build a health care system that is there for patients when and where they need it.

For more details please visit: 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-provides-33-billion-more-to-increase-health-care-capacity.html

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 - March 25, 2020

​Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update).

The government's action plan is a first step in its response to COVID-19 and includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It also will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

This $17 billion response is a critical first step to ensure our health care system, communities and economy are positioned to weather the challenges ahead. The plan includes historic levels of prudence, including a dedicated $1 billion COVID-19 contingency fund, as part of the additional health care investments, as well as an unprecedented $2.5 billion reserve and an increased contingency fund of $1.3 billion to provide continued flexibility to respond to changing global circumstances.

The plan includes $3.3 billion in additional health care resources to protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario.​

For full details, please visit:

https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/03/ontarios-action-plan-responding-to-covid-19.html

Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen - May 14, 2020

​Today, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.

The government also announced additional seasonal services and activities will be permitted to open as early as Saturday May 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, as key public health indicators continue to show progress.

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:

  • Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
  • Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.

The government's responsible and measured approach to reopening will allow business owners and service provider's time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public. Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, Ontario's first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will include:

  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
  • Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
  • Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
  • Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
  • Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
  • Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children's Treatment Centres from virtual to in-person.​

To view the full media release, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-announces-additional-workplaces-that-can-reopen.html

Declaration of Emergency Extended While Ontario Gradually Reopens the Economy - May 12, 2020

New legislation will allow for more virtual or remote transactions during COVID-19​

The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This additional time will ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities safely.

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario Legislature today, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until June 2. The declaration will allow Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as restricting retirement and long-term care home employees from working in more than one facility and prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people. Since the emergency was first declared on March 17, the government has taken over 150 actions to help protect individuals, families, and businesses from the impacts of COVID-19.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.​​

To read the full media release, visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/declaration-of-emergency-extended-while-ontario-gradually-reopens-the-economy.html

Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19 - May 6, 2020

​The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners.

As early as Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies. Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases as soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. On Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.

In addition to easing restrictions on retail, the government is also expanding essential construction to allow below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue. This will help clear the way for the housing and jobs our economy will need to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.​

For full details, please read the media release here: https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-further-eases-restrictions-on-retail-stores-and-essential-construction-during-covid-19.html

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders and Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19 - May 6, 2020

​The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is intended to be in place for an additional 24 days.​

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is also extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 19, 2020.

​For full details on ​the emergency orders, visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-extends-electricity-rate-relief-during-covid-19.html

Ontario Government: Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines - May 1

Steady Decrease in COVID-19 Cases Required Before Beginning Next Stage of Reopening​

The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.​

By following the proper health and safety guidelines these businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only;
  • Lawn care and landscaping;
  • Additional essential construction projects that include:
    • shipping and logistics;
    • broadband, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure;
    • any other project that supports the improved delivery of goods and services;
    • municipal projects;
    • colleges and universities;
    • child care centres;
    • schools; and
    • site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development;
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes;
  • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only;
  • Golf courses may prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not open to the public; and
  • Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.​

To read the full media release from the Province, visit:
https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/certain-businesses-allowed-to-reopen-under-strict-safety-guidelines.html

For an up-to-date list of essential workplaces and businesses permitted to operate, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, read the frequently aske​d questions or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.​​

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province - April 27, 2020

​Today, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The framework also provides details of an outreach strategy, led by the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, to help inform the restart of the provincial economy.​

The government is planning a stage-by-stage approach to reopening the economy to ensure there are appropriate measures in place so workplaces can open safely. Public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two to four weeks, as they assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain public health:

  • Stage 1: For businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, opening select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance. Opening some outdoor spaces like parks and allowing for a greater number of individuals to attend some events. Hospitals would also begin to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services.
  • Stage 2: Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries and additional office and retail workplaces. Some larger public gatherings would be allowed, and more outdoor spaces would open.
  • Stage 3: Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings.​

To read the full media release, visit: https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-unveils-guiding-principles-to-reopen-the-province.html

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 - April 23, 2020

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 6, 2020. This extension will help protect the health and well-being of people across the province and stop the spread of COVID-19.

This Emergency Order extension includes the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and limiting staff from working in more than one retirement home or long-term care home.​

Full details on all orders extended: 
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/4/ontario-extends-emergency-orders-t​o-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency to Continue the Fight Against COVID-19 - April 14, 2020

​On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with the approval of the Ontario legislature, the Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. This will allow the government to continue to use every tool at its disposal to protect the health and safety of the people of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario legislature and with the full cooperation of all parties, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until May 12. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price-gouging. A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.​

To read the full release visit: https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-extends-declaration-of-emergency-to-continue-the-fight-against-covid-19.html

Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus

The Ontario Government has $50 million to support submissions that can be actioned quickly.​ The Ontario Together Fund will help companies retool, build capacity or adopt the technological changes needed to produce supplies and equipment for hospitals, long-term care homes and other critical public services.​

Ontario Together​

Ontario Joins Forces with the Private Sector to Fight COVID-19

​New $50 million Ontario Together Fund will support the development of essential equipment and supplies​

To stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe, the Ontario government is launching a new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators. This new Fund will support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal.​

Ontario Helping Indigenous Communities Stop the Spread of COVID-19

​Over $37 million committed to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation

​As part of Ontario's Action Plan: Response to COVID-19, the Ontario government is investing over $37 million to support outbreak planning, prevention and mitigation efforts to ensure the health and well-being of Indigenous people and communities — particularly those in remote and far-northern regions.​

​For full details, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/mirr/en/2020/04/ontario-helping-indigenous-communities-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This temporary power was approved by the Ontario government today through an emergency order to better protect people during this COVID-19 outbreak.

"It is essential that measures are in place to allow provincial offences officers to lawfully require an individual to disclose their correct name, date of birth and address in order to protect our communities," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "By providing provincial offences officers with this temporary power to obtain identifying information under the EMCPA, they will be able to enforce emergency orders during these extraordinary times."

Emergency orders currently in place to address the COVID-19 outbreak include the closure of non-essential businesses, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people and stopping price gouging on necessary goods such as disinfectant products. Failing to comply with any of these emergency orders is an offence under the EMCPA and so is the failure to identify oneself accurately.

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.​

For full details on the Provincial media release, visit:

https://news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2020/03/public-required-to-identify-themselves-if-charged-with-breaching-an-emergency-order-during-the-covid.html​​

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19 - March 31, 2020

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff. This extension is being made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Today's announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

To ensure continuity of learning, the government is launching the second phase of Learn at Home. Developed in conjunction with education partners, the government is establishing clarity for parents, enhancing education supports, and creating opportunities for teachers and educators to connect with students.​

For more details visit:

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures​​​

​​Learn at Home

Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 - March 30, 2020

​In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, benches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren't otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.

For the full media release visit: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-emergency-declaration-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

Full order from Province

Province prohibits gatherings of more than 5 people - March 28, 2020

​The Province has announced that gatherings of more than five people are prohibited in Ontario. This includes organized public events such as parades, events including weddings, social gatherings and communal services within places of worship. 

This order would not apply to private households with five people or more. It would also not apply to 
operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people. Funerals would be permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.​

For more details please visit:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-prohibits-gatherings-of-five-people-or-more-with-strict-exceptions.html

Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging - March 28, 2020

Ontario has announced new penalties to combat price gouging and hold offenders accountable for raising prices significantly on the necessary goods Ontarians need to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.

Effective immediately, the government has issued an emergency order that retail businesses and individuals in Ontario cannot charge unfair prices for necessary goods.

Individual offenders can face a ticket of $750, or, if summoned to court and convicted, could face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and one year in jail. If convicted, a company director or officer could face a fine of up to $500,000 and up to a year in jail, and a corporation could face a fine of up to $10 million.

Necessary goods include:

  • Masks and gloves used as personal protective equipment in relation to infections.
  • Non-prescription medications for the treatment of the symptoms of the coronavirus.
  • Disinfecting agents intended for cleaning and disinfecting objects or humans.
  • Personal hygiene products, including soap products and paper products.​

For more details please visit:

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/3/ontario-protecting-consumers-from-price-gouging.html

 Enforcement of Essential Workplaces, Gatherings

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

​People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This temporary power was approved by the Ontario government today through an emergency order to better protect people during this COVID-19 outbreak.

"It is essential that measures are in place to allow provincial offences officers to lawfully require an individual to disclose their correct name, date of birth and address in order to protect our communities," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "By providing provincial offences officers with this temporary power to obtain identifying information under the EMCPA, they will be able to enforce emergency orders during these extraordinary times."

Emergency orders currently in place to address the COVID-19 outbreak include the closure of non-essential businesses, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people and stopping price gouging on necessary goods such as disinfectant products. Failing to comply with any of these emergency orders is an offence under the EMCPA and so is the failure to identify oneself accurately.

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.​

For full details on the Provincial media release, visit:

https://news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2020/03/public-required-to-identify-themselves-if-charged-with-breaching-an-emergency-order-during-the-covid.html

OPP - Request for Community Compliance During COVID-19 Crisis

On March 17, 2020 the Government of Ontario declared a State of Emergency which has prompted some members of the public to contact the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit (SMDHU) and area municipal offices to request individuals and businesses/institutions be investigated for non-compliance under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

On March 25, 2020 the Government of Canada invoked the Quarantine Act. This requires all travellers returning to Canada - with the exception of what the federal government is calling "essential workers" - enter a mandatory 14-day period of isolation, regardless of whether any symptoms of COVID-19 are present. On March 28, 2020, the Government of Ontario further decreased the number of people who can gather in one place from 50 to five.

While we strive to educate and promote calmness in the community, it is important for the public to understand there are consequences for individuals and businesses who choose to defy the EMCPA while emergency orders are in force. The Provincial Offences Act of Ontario has been recently updated to include three offences which may be enforced by police for each offence, contrary to the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) at the following set fines:

  • Fail to comply with an order made during an emergency = Fine of $750
  • Obstruction of Person exercising a power in accordance with an emergency order = Fine of $1,000
  • Obstruction of Person performing a duty in accordance with an emergency order = Fine of $1,000

HOW TO REPORT

Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies only. For all other police matters, contact the Southern Georgian Bay OPP through the non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122 or use the Online Reporting feature on the OPP websiteAllegations of non-compliance with the EMCPA can be made by calling the OPP non-emergency line only. The OPP will endeavour to respond to these types of calls in a timely manner. However, our primary focus will continue to be emergency calls for service in the community.

You may also call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 to confirm whether a specific situation is non-compliant. Assistance is available Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information please visit ontario.ca/stopthespread 

Click here​ to view the full OPP media release.​

List of Essential Workplaces

​To view the Ontario Government's list of essential workplaces in response to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) please visit this link:

Ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.​

Concerns about non-essential businesses being open?

If you have concerns about a non-essential business still being open, please contact:

OPP non-emergency number: 1-888-310-1122

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Mayor Strathearn on INFO Simcoe

May 22, 2020​

Rural Travelers Guidelines


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 Resident & Business Support

Support for Canadians & Businesses

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

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​

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​

COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2.0 - on until May 8

​As a follow-up to Phase I of Simcoe County Economic Development​ survey, and in an effort to continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 on local businesses, Simcoe County, in partnership with our member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia and regional partners are seeking information on the changing conditions and your business needs. We will continue to use this information to put in place supports where possible and advocate various levels of government on your behalf. Your input is valuable and we appreciate your time in completing this survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVSYPZ2​

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.​

 Hydro/OEB News

Time-of-Use Pricing Infographic

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Ontario Energy Board Update - Time-of-Use Pricing

​The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the off-peak price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. The Government has indicated that it intends to keep the 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing in place for 45 days.

The 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing applies automatically – no customer action is required. Some customers may receive a bill before their utility or unit sub-meter provider is able to implement the price change, in which case they will receive a credit on the following bill.

For more information, read the Government's news release at https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-providing-electricity-relief-to-families-small-businesses-and-farms-during-covid-19.html

Also visit https://.oeb.ca/newsroom/2020/oeb-covid-19-update, for the latest updates from the Ontario Energy Board on measures its taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.​

OEB extends winter ban on electricity disconnections

​Ontario Energy Board Update: Electricity disconnection ban extended, residential & small business

On March 19, 2020, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) extended the winter ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for residential customers to July 31, 2020. Low-volume, small business customers (those who pay time-of-use or tiered electricity prices) will now also be protected by the ban during this period.

There is currently a great deal of uncertainty as to the severity and duration of the current COVID-19 pandemic. There has already been a significant amount of disruption in the lives and livelihoods of residential and small business electricity customers in Ontario, and the OEB believes that the risk of loss of electricity service on account of arrears should not be an added source of uncertainty at this time.

A number of electricity distributors have taken additional steps to support their customers by waiving certain charges and making special payment arrangements during this difficult time. Contact or visit your distributors website for more information about programs it may have put in place.

Visit oeb.ca for the latest updates from the Ontario Energy Board on measures it's taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.​

​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:

 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Chigamik Community Health Centre

845 King Street, Unit #3 - Cedar Room

By appointment only:
Monday & Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p..m
Wednesday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

There are three (3) ways to access an appointment with the Assessment Centre. Please note a screening tool will always be used to determine if you should be seen at the centre:

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include:

    • fever 
    • cough 
    • difficulty breathing

        Your risk of severe diseases may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for: 

          • Older people 
          • People with chronic diseases (for example: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, liver or chronic lung disease).

            Complications from the COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death. There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against it. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses, including COVID-19, will recover on their own.

            If you have mild symptoms you should: 

              • drink plenty of fluids 
              • get rest and sleep as much as possible 
              • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough.

                  If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.​

                  (Source: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus#304cbd58-75c6-4053-a3f6-4ad6b41d69c3​)​​

                  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 determine 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.​



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                  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


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