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The Municipal Office is offering restricted walk-in service​​, effective Friday, June 4, 2021

With the expiry of the provincial Stay-at-Home orders​, the Town of Midland Municipal Office will resume offering restricted walk-in service on Friday, June 4, 2021. ​​

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

 Walk-In Services

Restricted Walk-in Service Available

Beginning on Friday, June 4, 2021, 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
  • Death Certificates / Burial Permits
  • Garbage tags
  • Parking ticket payment
  • FOI fees
  • Planning & Building Inquiries / Applications
  • Pick-up of Building Permits
  • Open Air Burning Permits* (available for purchase starting Monday, June 7)​

*Open Air Burning Permits

The requirement for Open Air Burning Permits is being reinstated effective June 30. Residents may purchase their permits at the Municipal Office starting Monday, June 7. 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 5 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:

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

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

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

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

Suspended Services

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

  • Meter Bags;
  • Curb Cuts for driveway; and
  • Prior-year tax bill stamps​​.

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Media Release: Town of Midland enters Step 1 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

June 11, 2021 – As the Town moves into Step 1 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen today, it is important to keep in mind the guidelines and restrictions of this important first step to a fully reopened province.

“Moving into Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen is great news for all residents, especially our local businesses that were unable to operate during the Stay-at-Home order," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “It will be a welcome sight to see more activity in downtown Midland and more people enjoying our new King Street as some of our local businesses begin to operate under these new guidelines."

Step 1 - Retail/Shopping

Restrictions on the selling of non-essential goods have been lifted and new guidelines are in place, including:

  • Essential retail businesses may operate at 25% capacity, and discount/big box stores can sell all goods;
  • Non-essential retail businesses may operate at 15% capacity and can sell all goods; and
  • Retails stores in malls without street facing entrances will remain closed.​

Step 1 - Outdoor Activities:

More outdoor activities with smaller crowds may now resume, including:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table. Indoor dining is not permitted;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies (including weddings and funerals) are permitted with limited capacity to allow for physical distancing. These services can take place indoors as well, at 15% capacity of the room;
  • Outdoor historic sites, landmarks and more can operate with 15% capacity; and
  • Outdoor camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks.

Please note that while outdoor recreational amenities are open and available for use, team sports are not permitted to practice or play games.​

For full details on Step 1:

“As exciting as it is to now be allowed to have small outdoor gatherings and begin taking part in many of the activities we enjoy this time of year, it's important to recognize what Step 1 represents. It's a first step towards fully reopening the province, with much work left to do. We are not out of the woods yet," added Strathearn. “Please continue to practice physical distancing, wear your masks, and wash your hands. We have all worked hard and made sacrifices by staying at home and helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it's beginning to show with the considerable drop in cases recently and in the accelerating rise in vaccination numbers. Let's keep up the good work!"​


June 3, 2021 – With the expiry of the provincial Stay-at-Home orders, the Municipal Office will begin offering restricted walk-in service on Friday, June 4, 2021. The restricted walk-in service will offer some services with no appointment needed, while some services will require an appointment, and other services will remain suspended at this time to limit the number of people inside the building.​

To adhere with the current restrictions and with the health and safety of customers and staff in mind, there will be a limit of 5 customers in the customer service lobby. Staff will monitor the situation carefully and welcome feedback from our residents. Should the situation require changes we will react accordingly and update the public.

“With the significant drop in COVID-19 cases and the acceleration in vaccine delivery, we're all cautiously encouraged by the progress we are all contributing to," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Resuming restricted walk-in service is an adjustment we wanted to offer at the Municipal office knowing our staff and customers can safely interact. It will be a welcome site to see more residents visiting the office with less restrictions in place."

Customers will be able to enter the Municipal Office through the Third Street entrance only, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be closed between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily for cleaning. Signage and traffic flow guides are in place to fully illustrate the rules/protocols when entering the building.

Service Status Effective Friday, June 4:

Walk-in, no appointment necessary:

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

By-Appointment only:

  • Building Inspections
  • Marriage Licenses (Midland residents only)
  • Lottery Licenses
  • Taxi-Cab Driver Licensing
  • Dog tags (drop-off of completed applications/payment)
  • Commissioner for Taking Oaths and Affidavits (Midland residents only)
  • Hawker/Peddler/Refreshment vehicle licenses

Suspended Services:

  • Meter Bags
  • Curb Cuts for driveway
  • Tax bill stamps​

*Open Air Burning Permits

The requirement for Open Air Burning Permits is being reinstated effective June 30. Residents may purchase their permits at the Municipal Office starting Monday, June 7. 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. This form can be found on the Applications & Forms page at Midland.ca.

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.


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".




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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

2021-06-11 - 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

A message from the Fire Chief:

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

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

Together we can all keep our communities safe and healthy.

Paul Ryan,

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to have a safe and happy Halloween

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

New Testing Criteria for Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Assessment Criteria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more details on this announcement please visit:

SMDHU ​​website

2007-07 Businesses & Organizations EMCPA Letter

FAQs - Face Coverings in Indoor Spaces​​​

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

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

Consumer Tips:

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

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

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

Resources:

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

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

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

Town of Midland closing all outdoor recreation amenities

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

The Town is complying with this order by:

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the full report.

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

Mid-Pen Transit shifting daily schedule to reduced Saturday hours

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

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

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

Status of Facilities/Committees/Amenities

Midland Municipal Office​

On April 8, 2021 the Municipal Office reverted to​ offering services by-appointment only. See the Municipal Offices Services drop down above for more details on services available and how to book an appointment.

Mid-Pen Transit Service

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

Community Reach accessible transit​

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

Midland Fire Department​

​​Operating, but closed to public tours/educational activities until further notice​​ - all public tours have been cancelled.

North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre​

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

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

​Town Council Meetings​

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

Public, Board & Committee Meetings​

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

Water & Wastewater Treatment Centre

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

Trails​

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

​Playgrounds​

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

Outdoor Amenities Closed Until Further Notice:

  • All outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including:
    • Baseball diamonds;
    • Soccer fields;
    • Frisbee golf locations;
    • Tennis and pickleball courts;
    • Basketball courts; and
    • Skate parks.
  • All picnic sites and picnic tables in park and recreation areas.
  • Park bathroom facilities will remain closed.

Outdoor Amenities Open During Provincial Order:

  • Off-leash dog park;
  • Park benches; and
  • Playgrounds
    • Please note park benches and playground equipment are not sanitized.

Harbour Services: (Regulations continue to be reviewed and any changes will be made accordingly)

  • Recreational boating is not permitted.
  • Boaters may launch their boats using the Pete Pettersen Boat Launch if they are only going to another property owned by them or securing at a marina or our harbour
  • Boats belonging to seasonal boaters must remain secured at their harbour slips unless they are travelling to another property owned by them; and
  • Transient boaters/boats will not be permitted to dock.​
  • Pavillions and picnic tables, both at the Centre and Rotary Piers, are not open to the public.

Please Note - Regulations continue to be reviewed and any changes will be made accordingly

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

Book your Vaccination

For information on who is currently eligible to book vaccinations and more, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Vaccination & Immunization page​.​

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

Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines

​​Vaccines help your immune system protect you against disease. The approved COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death.

Protecting yourself from illness means you can be there for your loved ones, and by getting vaccinated you also help protect your community. When many individuals in a population become immune to a disease, the spread of the virus is slowed down and overall risk is reduced. We call this herd immunity. The safest and most rapid way of achieving herd immunity is through large-scale vaccination. Herd immunity protects those who cannot get vaccinated. In the case of COVID-19 this currently includes babies and children under 16, among others.

For more details, visit the SMDHU's ​Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines web page​.​​

Interval for Second Dose extended to 16 weeks

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

Community clinic second dose appointments:

The provincial booking system will soon be available for those who need to book their second dose appointment only (for those who have received their first dose but had a second dose appointment cancelled or were not provided with a dose two appointment at the time of booking their first).

In the meantime, the SMHDU is contacting and booking appointments for those who have received their first dose and are now becoming due for their second dose. The SMDHU will continue to work through these groups (as they become due) until the provincial system is updated to allow people to book their own second dose appointments.

Pharmacy or health care provider second dose appointments:

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine through a pharmacy or health care provider they will contact you for your second dose appointment. This program rollout is separate of the community clinics and cannot be booked on the provincial site.​

If you need assisted transportation to/from your vaccination appointment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Province​wide Emergency Brake measures/restrictions remain in place until we move in​to Step 1 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen.​

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 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

1156 St. Andrews Drive, Midland

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

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

or​

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

COVID-19 Symptoms

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

Self-Assessment Tool for COVID-19

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

Self-A​​ssessment Tool - COVID-19​

Safety Precautions

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

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

Physical Distancing

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

For Returning Travellers: Self-Isolate!!!

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

How to self-isolate

Mental Health Support

 Support Resources

Support for Canadians & Businesses

Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit

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

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

Businesses: Get help with COVID-19 costs

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

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

COVID-19 Tourism Response Fund

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

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

Relief Within Reach - Support for Small & Medium Businesses

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

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

Relief Within Reach​

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCSA COVID-19 ​Community Support Finder​

CEAP for Residential Customers - Applications Begin July 13

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

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

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

OTF - Resilient Communities Fund

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

More details and to apply.​

Request amount: 

From $5,000 to $150,000 

Grant term: 

up to 1 year

Application Deadlines*: 

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

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

CEAP for Small Business & Charities - Applications begin August 31

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

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

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

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

Downtown Midland (BIA) Digital Improvement/Marketing Grant

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

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

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

COVID-19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

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

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

County of Simcoe - COVID-19 Business Resources

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

​COVID-19 Business Resources​

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.​