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​Council Highlights – June 2018: ​Ontario Senior of the Year, New Procurement By-law, Blood Donor Clinic, and more!​

Mayor & Council

It's in you to give

Midland Mayor Gord McKay and Council are adopting the Midland Blood Donor clinic on August 4, ​2018, and want to help bring awareness to the need for blood around long weekends. We will be working together to help Canadian Blood Services reach their 60 blood donation goal.

Please book an appointment to donate blood on August 4 by visiting www.bl​ood.ca. If a group of 3 or more want to donate together, please email tara.gutscher@blood.ca.

Midland Blood Donor Clinic – North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
Saturday, August 4, 2018
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ontario Senior of the Year Award

Tom Barber is an inspiring volunteer who has contributed to the Town of Midland in many different ways, and through many organizations throughout his business career and into his retirement. If we could give out gold stars to those seniors who bring a high level of commitment, selflessness, cheerfulness, leadership and dedication to volunteerism and humanitarian activities - Mr. Barber would definitely receive one.

As a former operator of a family business (Barker and Haskell appliances) he has been a long time community contributor in the Town. His service to the community includes service on the Business Improvement Area Board of Management, Cub Leader 9Scouts of Canada for St. Pauls' 4th scout troop for over 20 years, volunteer for the past 5 years with Out of the Cold as well as participating as an organizer with the Civitan Club and the delivery of the Santa Claus parade along with other club activities.

He has a love of regional heritage issues and has been on the Board of Directors for the Huronia Museum in the Town of Midland. He recently helped with restoration efforts for the Coldwater Mill in a neighbouring community, after joining the board in 2012, which included making it fully accessible as one of the Canada 150 projects. Mr.Barber is also active in his church, St. Paul's United Church in downtown Midland, having been on the property committee for 20 years and also a Trustee for the Church for 10 years.


Tom Barber receives his award from Mayor Gord McKay

Deputations

Midland Public Library Update

Crystal Witzke, CEO of the Midland Public Library, presented an update on the Library's new branding initiative along with the array of ongoing programming.  Council was exposed to the Ozobots, and the Library's foray into Virtual Reality. From the Green Screen station to their Maker Space, the Midland Public Library has something for all ages. This is the place!

The Guesthouse Shelter

Steve Pelletier, CEO of The Guesthouse Shelter, gave a presentation about the services The Guesthouse Shelter provides, and the fundraising efforts undertaken to address the Shelters construction costs. He also requested that Council consider the Guest House loan be forgiven by the Town of Midland. Council has approved in principle the waiver of the capital loan of $25k provided to the Guest House in 2017 for completion of the new facility. The final determination will be made upon the receipt of a staff report from Town Administration in the coming months. ​

Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe

The Chair of the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe Board of Directors, Roy Ellis, provided an update on the Corporation's efforts over the past year with specific emphasis on the EDCNS prosperity summit held June 22, 2018. The event showcased the area's manufacturing and health care hubs and the innovative work in these fields. The summit was a huge success and demonstrated efforts of the Power of Four (Tiny, Tay, Midland and Penetanguishene) and the dedicated efforts of the Board of Directors.  George Cornell, a member of the EDCNS Board of the Directors, and Mayor of the Township of Tiny, made a request that the Town of Midland have staff undertake a review of the potential of the adoption of a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to help support tourism in our region, and further that Council endorse that staff incorporate consideration of an increase to the funding to the EDCNS by .25% for 2019.

 

Finance

New Procurement By-law

Midland Town Council approved a new Procurement By-law this evening. This new by-law will reduce the Town's liability risk and align policy with current provincial and federal trade agreements.

The new by-law also positions the Town with provincial procurement directives that ensure procurement processes across the broader public sector are consistent, fair and transparent.  This helps ensure the Town is following current best practices across the procurement spectrum.

Comprehensive training for all staff involved in procurement activities as well as our valued suppliers/vendors will occur over the next couple of months.


New Operations Centre

Council authorized the Town's Treasurer to borrow $5.78 Million to complete the funding of the New Operations Centre, estimated to cost $8.8 Million including the land purchase. Roads and Parks staff moved into the building in late fall of 2017. Some minor construction remains outstanding but will be completed later this year.

 

Planning

PL-2018-54 Ontario Trillium Foundation Application – Penetanguishene Road Signage Collaboration Agreement

Midland Council approved a Collaboration Agreement with the Town of Penetanguishene as part of its proposed Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Application for the Penetanguishene Road Signage Project.

The Towns are cooperating on a joint application to the OTF to complete the heritage signage project for the historic Penetanguishene Road started in 2015.  The Penetanguishene Road Signage project is intended to celebrate and raise awareness of the historic road connecting Kempenfelt Bay in the south of Simcoe County to the naval and military establishments in Penetanguishene.

By-law 2018-46 - A by-law to amend Zoning By-law 2004-90, as amended, respecting 786 William Street

Council approved the rezoning application for the property at 786 William Street to a Residential Apartment zone, to permit the development of 80 rental apartment units in 2 five-storey apartment buildings.  The developer, The Gonneau Building Group, is hoping to advance Site Plan and building permit applications later this year with a projected construction commencement in the spring of 2019.  The passing of the zoning by-law amendment is still subject to a 20 day appeal period before it comes into full force and effect.


Rendering of how the 2 five-storey buildings may look when completed

CAO/Administration

Council 'Lame Duck' Provisions

After Nomination Day (July 27, 2018), if less than 75% of current Members of Council are potentially returning to  the new Council, By-law 2018-53 – 'Lame Duck' Provisions will come into effect, delegating the following authorities to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) during the period of July 27, 2018, to December 3, 2018:

  • Authority for approving expenses exceeding $50,000;

  • Authority to execute purchase or sale of municipal property with a value exceeding $50,000; and

  • Authority to appoint or remove any employee of the Town of Midland.

This by-law is in compliance with Section 275 of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.25 ​.


 

Water Meter Maintenance begins July 2, 2018

Residents should be advised that Neptune Technology Group will be performing maintenance on water meters in Midland beginning on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Not every home will be contacted by Neptune Technology Group technicians, only homes that have faulty meters in need of repair.

Please note that these technicians will have Neptune identification badges, and they have police-issued background checks.

The maintenance will take approximately three weeks to complete. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact our Waste & Wastewater Services department at 705-526-4275 ext. 4207 or 2253,​​ or waterbilling@midland.ca

 

The Town of Midland's Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend is back!

The Town of Midland's Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend is back from July 6-8, 2018! Garage Sale Permits are normally required to have a garage sale in Midland and cost $10.00. But on Permit-Free Garage Sale Weekend you can skip the permit, SAVE $10, and just get selling! Consider joining forces with your neighbours and have a community-wide garage sale!​

 

Tay, Tiny, Severn, Midland and SSEA win Wege Award for forward-looking sustainability projects

At the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax this week, the multi-municipality partnership of the Township of Tay, Township of Tiny, Township of Severn, Town of Midland and the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) was awarded the annual Wege Award​.

Here's an excerpt from the conference media release:

At the conference, the annual Wege Award, in recognition of forward-looking sustainability projects in smaller municipalities, was given to the Township of Tay in conjunction with the Townships of Tiny and Severn, the Town of Midland, and the Severn Sound Environmental Association for their multi-municipality invasive species project to address environmental and socio-economic impacts of invasive species.

Township of Tay Mayor Scott Warnock accepted the award​ on behalf of the partnership.

“Since invasive species are not restricted by municipal borders, cross-municipal collaboration is critical," said Scott Warnock, mayor of Tay Township and Cities Initiative board member. “This partnership with the Townships of Tiny and Severn, Town of Midland, and SSEA will improve environmental integrity and water quality, strengthen the natural resource and tourism-based economy, and foster community well-being by promoting connectivity with nature and improving accessibility of natural areas in these Great Lakes Communities."

To read the full media release about the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference, click here​.

MEDIA RELEASE: Midland Community Safety Task Force wants your feedback

(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland's newly-formed Community Safety Task Force is bringing the community together to identify and address the safety issues facing our downtown.

“We are asking residents to provide their feedback on safety in the downtown, and what issues they've encountered," said Mayor Gord McKay. “We are using a multi-pronged approach. We have launched an online survey that residents can participate in, and we are also holding a public Town Hall meeting that residents are invited to attend."

The results of the survey and feedback from the T​own Hall meeting will be used to develop a Downtown Community Safety Plan that will be presented to Council by August 31, 2018.

The Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20, at St. Paul's United Church, located at 308 King Street, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Please use the Easy Street entrance.

The survey is now closed.

“We take community safety very seriously and encourage residents to get involved so that we can ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable community for us all." added Mayor McKay.​

For the full version of the media release, please click here​.​

For more information about the Community Safety Task Force, click here​.

 

Town of Midland seeks website/telecommunication 

integration solutions


 
The Town of Midland is extending an invitation to industry experts and suppliers to present ideas for a solution that brings together our website, telephone system, e-commerce platform, communication applications for internal and external customers, etc... The proposed solution should speak to the future and to the art of possibilities.

The Town’s vision is to increase community engagement by providing the residents with a solution that offers the following:
  • A redesigned, modern website that offers:
      • A search-centric interface, to allow users to easily find what they’re looking for;
      • Self-service features for financial transactions (pay taxes, bills, tickets, buy dog tags,
         permits, etc... etc... etc...);
      • Online engagement tools that allow users to communicate with us in a variety of ways, and us with them;
      • Streamlined, easy-to-use features/functionality;
      • Latest trends/tools in website/e-platform industry;
      • Linked phone numbers that allow you to click-to-call on your mobile device
  • A mobile platform that interfaces with our website, offering the same tools.
  • A telecommunications system that links to the website (preferably they have synced functionalities) 
    eg. click-to-call services, etc...) and provides residents/staff with:
      • Reliable, easy-to-use menus;
      • Integrates with work calendars/availability, with forwarding to cell phones;
  • You tell us! We want solutions that open our eyes to what’s available.

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the Town will be hosting one (1) hour individual vendor presentations for suppliers to present and showcase their solutions.

 

Suppliers wishing to participate must register via Biddingo​ by Wednesday, June 20, 2018.


 
Once registration is confirmed a presentation time slot will be provided.

 
Disclaimer: This event is not to be considered as a commitment to issue a subsequent solicitation or award contract(s). The vendor presentations are not a bid solicitation; a contract will not be awarded as a result of the
presentations or its contents. All communications, feedback, and recommendations related to this notice,
the presentations, and its contents will be used solely for information and planning purposes.


 

Council Highlights - May 2018: A 1.2% reduction of residential taxes per $100,000 assessment, and more!

The 2018 Tax Rate By-law were approved by Council. Council worked hard during budget deliberations to bring the 2018 Tax Rate By-law was approved by Council. Council worked hard during budget deliberations to bring the Town tax levy increase in at 2.25% and the resulting effort, combined with changes with tax policy made by other levels of government, will result in the Town portion of taxes for the residential and commercial classes of assessment increased by only 0.2% each on $100,000 of assessment. Multi-Residential Property Taxes, due to the reduction in tax ratio, will drop by 9.5% on each $100,000 of multi-residential assessment, and Industrial Property Taxes will drop by 6.1% on $100,000 of industrial assessment for the same reason.

Final Property Tax Bills will be mailed by the end of June.

There were several other items on the agenda at this month's Town Council Meeting. Here are more highlights from the meeting:

Terry Fox Run

Council heard a deputation from Mr. Don Chapman in regards to the Midland Terry Fox Run. Last year saw the event grow once again, with more money raised and more participants, and they're hoping to continue that trend on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Council once again approved the closure of Balm Beach Road and use of our accessible bus and driver.

Ontario Municipal Leadership Institute (OMLI)

Council received correspondence from Town of Midland CAO, John Skorobohacz, informing them that he is looking forward to meeting with the new Council following the upcoming municipal election to determine their interest and desire to have him continue in the current role as the Town's CAO.  Mr. Skorobohacz/OMLI is under contract with the Town for the provision of this key leadership role.  

However there is a recognition that with each municipal election there are often Council changes and at times a different focus and desire for a new direction.  Skorobohacz will meet with the new Council following the election to determine if there continues to be a fit with the new Council's vision for Midland.  

In the meantime it will be business as usual pursuing Council's Strategic Priorities and the implementation of the results of the recently completed Service Delivery Review. By providing this letter, Mr. Skorobohacz has opened a six-month window that allows the new Council the freedom to make a change once they're in office, should they see fit, or continue with his agreement.

Human Resources

Two reports from Director of Human Resources, Laura Yourkin, were received. Council approved a request to provide a cost of living adjustment to management and non-union employees of 1.5%, retroactive to January 1, 2018.

Council also approved the adoption of a new Code of Conduct policy, and a Respectful Workplace policy, in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Planning

Council voted to approve the site plan for Phase 1 of the new Jarlette Seniors Campus development at 658 King Street. The plan includes a 128-bed, long-term care home, and a 2715 square metre corporate office for Jarlette Health Services. This facility will have a 'Seniors Hub' that will offer health and social services, and a 'Centre for Excellence' for academic studies regarding local senior health-related issues.

Phase 2 of the development has plans for a five-storey retirement lodge with up to 140 units, and the Phase 3 plan includes up to three seniors rental apartments with a total of 90 units.

Youth Committee

A report from Town Clerk, Karen Desroches, was presented that outlined Midland Youth Committee's development of a new logo to help brand the committee. Council approved the logo and supported the purchase of t-shirts with the logo predominantly displayed to help increase visibility and promote the committee.​

Midland Transit Service Survey!

Over the past six months, the Town of Midland has engaged residents in an operations review of our transit system, through a series of open house consultations.

Those consultations have been helpful, but we want residents to provide more feedback to help us create a new transit strategy to move forward with.

Please take a few minutes to fill our our five-question Midland Transit Survey​. You'll be asked to select which proposed strategy you prefer, your thoughts on transit fare increases, ​and be able to provide your general comments/concerns/opinions.

To view the presentation from the last open house held on May 16, 2018, please click here​.

Take this opportunity to have your say and make your voice​​ heard! 


 

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival is almost here!

The Town of Midland's 6th Annual Butter Tart Festival is this weekend! Soon our downtown will be flooded with sweet treats, vendors and amazing entertainment for the whole family!

This event will also attract thousands of people, so to ensure everyone's safety there will be road closures setup. Here are the details to keep in mind:

Road Closures (from 6 p.m. on Friday, June 8 until approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9)

King Street - From Yonge Street to Bayshore Drive​

Dominion Avenue - From Borsa Lane to Bourgeois Lane

Hugel Avenue - From Borsa Lane to Bourgeois Lane

Elizabeth Street - From Borsa Lane to Bourgeois Lane

Bayshore Drive - From First Street to Midland Avenue

Transportation/Transit

Transit will be free on Saturday, June 9, but will not be travelling on King Street. Transit buses will be diverted to First Street with a stop at First Street and Easy Street. Click here​ for a map of where the Penetanguishene and Midland buses will stop.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, there will be a free shuttle service, with pick-ups at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and Wye Valley Business Park (north lot), with stops at Hugel Avenue and Midland Avenue. The last shuttle will leave Downtown Midland at 5:30 p.m.

Town Dock

Please be advised that there will be no parking available at the Town Dock on Saturday, June 9.

For a look at the full event map, including​ vendor locations, click here​.

For more information about Ontario's Butter Tart Festival, including ​a schedule of events, please visit Butter​tartfestival.ca​.

 

Town of Midland and Beausoleil First Nation officially sign Protocol Agreement


Photo courtesy of Andrew Mendler/Midland Mirror

A historic day in Midland on Tuesday, May 22, when Mayor Gord McKay and Chief Mary McCue-King signed the new Protocol Agreement between the Town and Beausoleil First Nation. Several dignitaries were on hand to witness the event, and to celebrate this committment.


 

View the CTV Barrie news report​ on the Protocol Agreement.

To read the full media release about the Protocol Agreement, please click here.

'Pay it Forward' on Midland's 7th Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, the Rotary Club of Midland will be holding their yearly Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAKD), a day where we hope people are inspired to do random acts of kindness to help their fellow residents, in an effort to make our community an even better place to live.

The Rotary Club is organizing a free lunch from 12-1 pm at the Midland Town Dock.​

You can also take part in the online conversation by posting photos​ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram​ using the hashtag #RandomKindnessMidland​

Remember, kindness inspires kindness.

For more information on the Rotary Club's RAKD, visit their Facebook page here​.

View the full event poster here.


MEDIA RELEASE: New Protocol Agreement between the Beausoleil First Nation and the Town of Midland

(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland and Beausoleil First Nation have established a new relationship through the signing of the new Protocol Agreement. The Town of Midland, which lies within the Traditional and Treaty Territory of the Beausoleil First Nation, is committed to ensuring that the rights and interests of the local First Nation community are recognized and protected, as with all other Indigenous groups which call Midland home.

“The Town of Midland recognizes the deep history that Indigenous peoples have with the area where Midland is now located," said Mayor Gord McKay. “We look forward to strengthening our historical ties with Beausoleil First Nation, and this agreement shows our joint strong commitment towards achieving that."

The purpose of the new Protocol Agreement is to ensure there is transparent, open dialogue and engagement with regards to municipal and indigenous matters, specifically relating to project and planning matters and shared efforts to advance each community's development.

As part of this agreement a new Joint Indigenous Relations Group will be established, focusing on the following priorities:

  • Economic Development

  • Heritage Sharing and Planning

  • Land Use Planning

  • Potential Communications with other levels of government which seek to advance the collective interests of both governments.

“The signing of this Protocol Agreement represents two elements to us," said Beausoleil First Nation Chief Mary McCue-King. “First, it is a good first step in the National Reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of the area. Second, the agreement is the first flower bloom of the historical deep rooted ties BFN has with the Town of Midland and we look forward to the future growth of those ties."

The official signing of the new Protocol Agreement is scheduled for 2:00 pm on May 22, 2018, at Neezhoday Park on King Street, between the Midland Public Library and St. Paul's United Church.​

To view this and previous media releases, please click here​.​

MEDIA RELEASE: Midland Fire Department Launches SAFE Home Program

(MIDLAND, ON) – Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home? Do they work? The Midland Fire Department wants to ensure all homes are properly protected which is why on May 15, 2018, they're launching the SAFE Home program.

Smoke Alarms For Every (SAFE) Home is a home survey program that will focus on fire and CO safety, in the spirit of education and prevention. Fire crews will be assigned to designated neighborhoods in Midland and helping residents ensure their families and homes are safe and protected.

“Having properly installed and working smoke and CO alarms, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan are the most important steps a person can take to protect their family," said Midland Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “Smoke and CO alarms wear out and must be replaced approximately every 10 years, so we encourage residents to take advantage of this voluntary program to ensure their homes are properly protected."

Quick facts:

  • According to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, 35% of residential fires (excluding arson fires) where a fatality occurred, there was no smoke alarm warning.

  • In 17% there were no smoke alarms, and in 18% the smoke alarms did not work.

  • One working smoke alarm is required on every floor of a home.

  • If your home can produce CO, a CO alarm must be outside of every sleeping area.

The SAFE Home program will run until October 31, 2018, however residents can request a home survey any time of the year by calling 705-526-4279 ext. 2239.​

To view this and previous media releases, please click here​.


Midland Transit Operational Review Open House!

 

The Town of Midland, in cooperation with Dillon Consulting, is currently conducting an operational review of Midland Transit. A public open house will be held at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

The public is invited to come and review the Consultant’s preliminary transit service improvements/changes and share their transit thoughts and suggestions with the study team.

Transit will be free to all during these times.​

For more information, please contact the Town of Midland offices at 705-526-4275 ext. 2217.​


 

Simcoe County is seeking public input on Vacant Unit Rebate Program reform

​​The County of Simcoe and its member municipalities will be hosting a public information centre to discuss the reform of the property tax rebate program currently in place for vacant commercial and industrial buildings. The goal is to provide background information to those interested, and seek feedback on the proposed changes.

The public information centre takes place:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5:30pm - 7pm

Simcoe County Museum

​You can also provide feedback by taking their survey, which is available here​.

For more details on the Public Information Centre, please click here.


North Simcoe Treasure Days are back!

Once again, Treasure Days will be held in Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay this year. Here's your chance to snap up some unwanted items and vintage finds from fellow residents for free, or find new homes for your unwanted household items!

Treasure Days will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and Sunday, May 13, 2018. 

Items can be placed curbside starting at 8am on Saturday, May 12. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5pm on Sunday, May 13. Failure to do so could result in fines.

Make room. Find free, cool stuff!

Reminder - The OPP Downtown Station is open and available to assist residents

Since the OPP Southern Georgian Bay Detachment took over policing Midland in early February, they have seen a significant increase in walk-in traffic at the Highway Station. However, walk-in traffic at the Downtown Station has dropped considerably.

The OPP would like to remind residents that the Downtown Station is completely open for business, and can assist them with everything the Highway Station can.

“We want residents to realize that they don't have to go all the way out to the Highway Station for assistance," said Detachment Commander Andrew Ferguson. “The Downtown Station is situated where it is so that it's convenient for residents to make use of, and we hope they do."

OPP locations

Downtown Station (former MPS Headquarters)
250 Second Street, Midland
705-526-6558

Highway Station
Highway 12 & Beamish Road, Midland
705-526-3761

OPP Communication Centre
OPP Headquarters, Orillia
1-888-310-1122

Call 9-1-1 for all emergency situations. ​

Ontario Alert Ready System Test

On Monday, May 7 at 1:55pm, the Province of Ontario will be testing the Alert Ready System on TV, radio and cellphones. These alert messages, sent through the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre, are just a test of the system's functionality.

The Alert Ready System will be used to alert the public of emergency situations, so that everyone can be better prepared if/when emergency situations arise.

For more information on the test and the Alert Ready system, please visit ​www.ontario.ca/alertready​.

 

Town of Midland to begin annual Uni-Directional Flushing program

Each year, the Town of Midland Water Wastewater Services conducts a Uni-directional Flushing (UDF) program. This process is one of the best ways to preserve high water quality and maintain the reliability of the water distribution system.

The UDF program will start on May 7​, 2018, and run until completion of the entire distribution system.

The UDF method cleans the water mains through a network of flushing sequences with the water being discharged from a fire hydrant. A UDF program involves closing valves in a specific sequence to create water movement in one direction while opening specific hydrants at the end of that sequence. This technique allows higher water flow velocities by isolating certain sections of water mains. The higher water velocity allows for better scouring of the pipes and will use 30-40% less water in the flushing process than conventional flushing methods. Flushing pipes at higher velocities will dislodge and remove mineral deposits, biofilm and sediment that accumulate in the water mains.

In most cases, customers will not notice any changes to their water delivery during the UDF process. However, in some instances, homes may experience a temporary slight drop in water pressure and/or discolouration in cold water. There should be no disruption in service.

Due to varying rates and directions of flow in the water distribution system, our customers may experience a slight discolouration in their water, which at times is unavoidable. Under most circumstances, you can run your faucets for a short time after the testing is completed and the water should clear at your residence. Discoloured water in itself does not pose a health hazard, however if the water does not clear up after running your tap for a few minutes please contact Water Wastewater Services at 705-526-4268 ext. 4207.​

​Town of Midland Parks & Trails Master Plan Survey

We are interested in surveying Midland residents on their household's use of and opinions regarding, municipally-owned parks and outdoor recreation facilities, as well as the community trail network.

Your input is important to ensuring that the Master Plan provides direction on specific projects that will meet the needs of the community.

The survey​ is now closed.

For more information about our Parks & Trails Master Plan, please visit the project page here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Council approves creation of Community Safety Task Force

(MIDLAND, ON)  Midland Town Council takes proactive steps to develop a Community Safety Plan.

Council has approved the creation of a Community Safety Task Force which will include representation from several community stakeholders, including: the Canadian Mental Health Association, County of Simcoe Health and Social Services, Downtown Midland BIA, The Guesthouse, Midland Police Services Board, Midland Public Library, the OPP, and the Salvation Army/Street Outreach.

“Community safety is of paramount importance for our Town, our businesses and our residents" said Mayor Gord McKay. “This Task Force brings our community together in an effort that will ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable community for us all."

The Task Force is charged with developing a Community Safety Plan by August 2018. The 2018 approved budget includes an allocation of $50,000 towards the creation of the Plan with guidance and assistance from a wide range of stakeholders. The consultation process will ensure that all voices in the community are heard, meeting the needs of the community and the requirements of the Safe Ontario Act (Bill 175).

“A request for proposals (RFP) has recently been issued to secure the expert resource and support for the Community Safety Task Force," added Mayor McKay. “This Task Force is ready to hit the gro​und running, and Council looks forward to seeing their safety plan report later this summer."

For a PDF version of this release, please visit our Media Release page here.​​

Public Meeting: Town of Midland Accessibility Plan

As a conventional and specialized transportation service provider, and pursuant to section 41(2) of Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation 191/11, the Town of Midland will be holding a public meeting on:

Monday, May 7, 2018
2:00 pm
Municipal Office Council Chambers

This public meeting is to give those with disabilities an opportunity to participate in a review of the Town’s Accessibility Plan and provide feedback.

Any person who wishes to speak may provide verbal and written comments at the Public Meeting. Any written comments to be included on the agenda must be submitted to the Deputy Clerk by 12:00 noon on April 25, 2018.

Midland Public Library and Sustainable Severn Sound invite the community to a free public screening of 'Just Eat It' in recognition of Earth Day

 

An enlightening documentary, Just Eat It, is coming to our community on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Midland Public Library, 320 King Street in Midland. This event is part of Sustainable Severn Sound's Earth Week Film Series, which involves multiple screenings of environmental films throughout the area. This event will include a screening of Just Eat It, and a 'Climate Talk' following the film. The Climate Talk is a community conversation on climate action led by Tracy Roxborough and Victoria Ervick from Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS). SSS is working with our municipal partners to provide the community with a venue to talk about the Local Climate Change Action Plan. “The Climate Talks have been organized to create new relationships and partnerships within the community, share information and ideas, and provide the foundation needed to take meaningful steps in response to climate change," noted Tracy Roxborough, SSS's Sustainability Coordinator.

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? In Just Eat It, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

This event is free, and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees will also be entered to win a free rainbarrel, and everyone will be offered free native tree and wildflower seeds for planting.

For more information about SSS or to receive updates, please contact Tracy via e-mail at tracy@sustainablesevernsound.ca or call 705.526.1371 x.112.​

Click here to view full film series lineup.

About Sustainable Severn Sound

Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) works to support municipalities and their residents in planning, developing and implementing sustainable, environmental programs and projects. We are currently working on the region's first Local Climate Change Action Plan. SSS is supported by seven of the municipalities in the south-eastern Georgian Bay area (Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay). This project also receives in-kind support from the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC), the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).


 

The Town of Midland Rain Barrel Giveaway is back for 2018!

Once again, the Town of Midland's Water Department is giving away rain barrels! How do you get yours? Easy!

Visit the 2018 Midland Spring Home Show on April 20th & 21st, and visit the Water Department's booth! They will be giving away 75 rain barrels each day, from 1-9pm on Friday, April 20, and 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 21. 

To get your rain barrel you will need:

  • Your Midland water bill
  • ID that matches the address on the bill

*Rain barrels will be given out on a first come, first serve basis, so don't miss your chance!*

For more information about the 2018 Midland Spring Home Show www.midlandhomeshow.ca​

King Street Rejuvenation Project Public Information Session held March 19th, 2018.

What does your ideal downtown look like?  On Monday, March 19, 2018, we held a Public Information Session regarding the King Street Rejuvenation project. A report was given by C.C. Tatham & Associates outlining their plans for the rejuvenation, highlighting the objectives, and overviews/images of the proposed changes.

​To view the full report, click here.

MEDIA RELEASE: Midland Police Service Interest Arbitration Award

(MIDLAND, ON)  March 26, 2018 - Following a Conciliation and Interest Arbitration Hearing held on March 15, 2018 in Toronto, the Arbitration Award has been released, which will have an impact on the former employees of the Midland Police Service.

The award provides for a 1.9% salary increase to both the civilian and uniform employees of the former Midland Police Service, and finalizes the Arbitration Award provisions:

  • Uniform Members hired by OPP:
    • No severance or salary & benefits continuation.
    • Top-up for uniform members hired by OPP at a lower rate for a period of 18 months.

  • Civilian Members hired by OPP:
    • Severance at a rate of 2 weeks per year of service, pro-rated for partial years; (The payment is inclusive of Employment Standards Act (ESA) entitlements).
    • No option for severance as salary & benefits continuation.
    • Top-up for civilian members hired by OPP at a lower rate for a period of 18 months. 

  • All other former Midland Police Service Members not hired by OPP:
    • Employment Letter to each member confirming that disbandment of the service is the only reason for termination of employment.
    • Education, upgrading or retraining up to $5,000 within 18 months will be reimbursed upon receipt of legitimate receipts or invoices.
    • Option of either:
      • Lump Sum equal to 5 weeks per year of service, prorated for partial years; OR
      • Salary continuation to 4.25 weeks per year of service, prorated for partial years, with:
        • Benefit continuation until the end of the salary continuation or until one year from the last day of employment.
        • Members who retire during their salary continuation will be entitled to retiree benefits.

“Efforts to reach a negotiated settlement had stalled following the decision by Council to disband the Midland Police Service, and the parties agreed to a conciliation and interest arbitration exercise," said Police Services Board Chair George Dixon. “This Arbitration Award will help provide closure to the former Midland Police Service employees, and this outcome, stemming from a difficult situation, is a fair one for them as well as the community."​

Mayor Gord McKay expressed his appreciation to all sides for bringing the matter to a favourable and quick resolution. “This will allow the Town of Midland to move forward with the next chapter of providing policing services to the community."​

For a PDF version of this release, please visit our Media Release page here.​

Town of Midland is hosting three events for the Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games!

The Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games kick off today, March 1, 2018, at 6:30pm in Orillia, with the opening ceremonies at Couchiching Beach Park. Over 3,000 athletes will compete in 25 sports over the 5 days. While some events have already started, Midland will play host to three sports that begin on Friday, March 2:


Boxing

North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
​Schedule:
March 2: 3:45pm to 5:30pm - Session 1
March 3: 1pm to 4pm - Session 2
March 3: 7pm to 10pm - Session 3 Finals
March 3: 10pm - Medal Ceremony
March 4: 12pm to 3pm - Session 4 Finals
March 4: 3pm - Medal Ceremony

Judo

St. Theresa's Catholic High School
​Schedule (all on Friday, March 2):
​10am - Opening Ceremony​
10:15am - Preliminaries
                Women:-48kg, -52kg & -63kg
                Men: -50kg, -55kg & -60kg
1:15pm - Preliminaries
                Women: -57kg & +70kg
                Men: -66kg, -73kg, -81kg & 90kg
3:45pm - Medal Ceremony

Kickboxing

North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre
​Schedule:
March 2: 1pm to 3:45pm - Session 1
March 2: 7pm to 10pm - Session 2
March 3: 10am - 1pm - Session 3
March 3: 4pm to 5:30pm - Session 4
March 4: 3pm to 5pm - Session 5
March 4: 5pm - Medal Ceremony

If you're using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, be sure to use and follow: #Orillia2018 #YourTimeToShine and #OntarioWinterGames so you can share/check out all the photos and news from the Games!

 
Good luck to all the athletes!

 

 
Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games 

OPP Downtown Location will be closed on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

To help expedite the contruction work being done at the Downtown Location (250 Second Street, Midland), the OPP will be closing this location completely for the entire day on Tuesday, February 20. It will re-open at 8am on Wednesday, February 21. 

For all non-emergency issues, please visit the Host Location (Hwy 12 & Beamish Road, Midland) or call 705-526-3761.

Snow Clearing Update

So far this winter, the Town of Midland (the Town) has received a lot of snow, including significantly more last night/this morning. In response, our snow plow crews have been out working since 12am. Crews have plowed all roads and side streets at least once, and they have started to make second passes in most areas.

Sidewalks have been plowed along major routes and the downtown core at least once, and a few side streets have had their sidewalks cleared. Crews are still out and will continue to try and get through all sidewalks by the end of day today.

Our crews will be plowing all streets again tonight, and the Town will have trucks arriving to haul away snow from the downtown area.

Here is a detailed timeline over the past 12 hours:

Priority Roads: Combination units were plowing since last evening. Town sand/salt trucks were dispatched at 12 a.m. to sand/salt the arterial roads.

Secondary Roads: Town plows were dispatched at midnight to plow residential streets. Town plows sand while plowing and apply sand to hills, curves and intersections etc.

Priority Sidewalks: Priority sidewalk units were dispatched at midnight, and continue to plow and sand. They will continue until the sidewalks are in a good passable state

Secondary Sidewalks: Secondary sidewalk units were dispatched this morning to plow and sand. They will continue until 4:30pm and the crews will start again this evening.

The Town realizes that this weather, as well as the driveway and road conditions it leaves behind, can be frustrating. But we ask that residents take their time and be safe when shovelling, driving and walking, help neighbours who may need assistance, and to please be patient and understand that our crews are working hard to clear all streets/sidewalks as quickly and safely as possible.​

FAQs

Why does the snow plow leave a pile a snow (windrow) at the end of my driveway?
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways with snow. The snow plows have limited control over the amount and direction of snow that comes off the plow. If possible, please try to pile the snow on the right side of your driveway (when standing on your driveway looking towards the street). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed on your driveway when a snow plow passes by.

Does the Town of Midland remove snow/cut down snow banks?
The Town does not remove snow from driveways (windrows) or cut down snow banks, however we do cut snow banks back from the road, so that the roadways are wider and safer.

Why can't I push snow out onto the road?
Depositing snow or ice on the street creates hazardous traffic conditions and this could result in an accident.  Make sure your snow removal contractor is aware this practice is unsafe and not permitted.

I live on a corner lot – why do I have more snow in my driveway than my neighbours?
If you live on a corner property and the driveway is close to the corner, you can experience a larger volume of snow in your driveway than your neighbours. This is an unavoidable condition caused by the nature of the snow plow and its ability to maneuver turns.

Why is my lawn sometimes damaged by the sidewalk plow?
While operators try to be careful, some degree of damage is unavoidable. Sidewalk plows have to be large enough to move deep, heavy snow. Deep or drifted snow conditions often hide the sidewalk edge and, unfortunately the plow can cause damage to grass. When sod is frozen damage is minimal however; when sod is not frozen it lifts away very easily. To report sod damage, please call the Town at (705)526-4275 ext. 2400. Staff will inspect the damage and make repairs in the spring.

What is "snow pack"?
Snow pack is hard-packed snow on a roadway. It is the condition that can be expected periodically on residential roads. Snow pack develops quickly as vehicles travel on snow-covered roads and snow plows are not able to scrape it off because it is usually bonded to the pavement.

MEDIA RELEASE: The Town of Midland welcomes the Ontario Provincial Police

 

(MIDLAND, ON)  At 6 p.m. today, Thursday, February 8, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officially becomes the policing service for the Town of Midland.

Even with the changeover of policing service, residents can expect to still see some familiar faces given that many members of the MPS officers/civilian employees will be making the transition to the OPP.

“We would like to sincerely thank the MPS for their dedication and service," added Mayor McKay. “This transition was a bittersweet one, but the Town will embrace the future and looks forward to working with the Detachment Commander and members of the OPP. We are confident that these men and women will continue to meet the policing needs of our residents and businesses."

Residents should note the following phone numbers:

For emergencies call:

9-1-1

For non-emergencies call:

705-526-6558 to reach the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment – Downtown Location

(250 Second Street, Midland)

705-526-3761 to reach the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment – Host Location

(Highway 12 & Beamish Road, Midland)

1-888-310-1122 to reach the OPP Communication Centre

(OPP Headquarters, Orillia)


Please click here for some Frequently Asked Questions.


Sustainable Severn Sound wants you to become a #ClimateChanger!

Climate change is here, but so are possible actions to reduce our contribution and minimize our greenhouse gas emissions. These actions are in the ideas and opinions of the people in our towns and cities, our local businesses, and the First Nations and Métis communities of our region. In collaboration with the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Severn, Oro-Medonte, Georgian Bay, Tiny and Tay – Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) is developing a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP). As part of this process, we are calling on our local community to be #ClimateChangers and become involved in this project that is the first of its kind in this area.

Climate change is a complex issue. But as a problem that people are clearly contributing to, it is also one that we are beginning to help resolve. In order to make informed decisions on future climate change actions, SSS needs a better understanding of the view held by you – OUR community. The #ClimateChanger campaign gives you the opportunity to tell us what actions and projects you want to see taken by SSS and the 7 municipalities we work alongside with. SSS also wants you to tell us your climate change story. Was it heavy rain and flooding, extreme heat, loss of plants or trees, wind events, property or infrastructure damage? We'll bring attention to the local impacts of climate change, and by sharing your story – you get another chance to win some FREE eco-incentives.

Projects undertaken from the LCCAP will aim to reduce overall GHG emissions in the region, while also delivering on municipal energy conservation goals. The participation of our partner organizations and the larger community will ensure a holistic perspective on the development of the LCCAP, with feedback being sought from stakeholders representing the sectors of People and Health, Ecological Assets and Water, Economy and Employment, Transportation, Energy, Agriculture and Local Food, Land Use Planning, and Waste.

Becoming a #ClimateChanger is simple! Complete the quick 10-question survey today to shape your Local Climate Change Action Plan. As part of this project, the public is invited to join SSS and our partner municipalities on Thursday, February 22nd at 2:30pm, at the Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street in Midland.  At our first Sustainability Speaker Series of 2018, SSS welcomes the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe for 'A Conversation on Climate Change'.  Dr. Saxe and other guests will speak to the state of Ontario's changing climate and solutions for local governments and their citizens.

For more information about Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) or the Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) project, please visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca or contact Victoria Ervick at victoria@sustainablesevernsound.ca or by phone at 705.526.1371 x 111.​

MEDIA RELEASE: OCPC Approves Disbandment of Midland Police Services

(MIDLAND, ON) On January 23, 2018, the request by the Town of Midland (the Town) and the Midland Police Services Board to disband the Midland Police Service was approved by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). This allows for the transition to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to take place by February 8, 2018, as planned.

As part of the approval, the OCPC has ordered that any outstanding issues relating to severance pay with any member of the Midland Police Service, including the Chief of Police, be submitted to arbitration for resolution.

“We are pleased that the OCPC has allowed this process to move forward," said Mayor Gord McKay. “This paves the way for us to transition to the OPP, as scheduled, and now allows the OPP to make offers of employment to transitioning officers and civilian staff."

Officers and staff who transition to the OPP will take part in a four week training program.  During this time the OPP will provide policing resources for Midland.

“We anticipate that the future policing of Midland under the OPP will be carried out by current Midland Police officers and staff," added Mayor Gord McKay. “It's re-assuring to residents and the Town to know that the local knowledge and goodwill developed by our officers and staff within the community will continue to be preserved as we move forward."

For more information on the OPP Transition, please click here​.


 

Midland Transit Service Operational Review Open House Sessions take place today!

The Town of Midland sought input from all residents about the role of Midland Transit and how to improve the service by making a survey available to residents over the past two months. The survey ended yesterday, and today we are holding two open house sessions to discuss the results of the survey.

The two sessions will take place from 2-4pm and 5-7pm today, Thursday, January 25, at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Please come out and take part in shaping the future of Midland Transit.

To make attendance more accessible for anyone wishing to participate, the Town is offering free Midland Transit service this afternoon, starting with the 1:45pm route leaving Midland Public Library and continuing to the end of service today. Please note: this free service is for Midland Transit users only. Penetanguishene Transit is not part of this promotion.

Click here​ for more information.​

 

​EDCNS s​eeks applications for a Board Director

The Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS), supported by the County of Simcoe, the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Tay and Tiny, is seeking to maximize the effectiveness of its Board of Directors. To augment our current complement of skills and talents, special attention will be given to applicants with a broad healthcare related background. If you have an interest in Economic Development and a passion to contribute to your community, we want to hear from you.

Volunteer Board position responsibilities and mission, aims and objectives of thidynamic organization are available on the EDCNS website at www.edcns.ca.

Please submit applications in confidence to: Board Selection Committee Chairperson, EDCNS, 105 Fourth Street, PO Box 8, Midland, ON L4R 4K6 or by email to careers@edcns.ca.

The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

 
Click here for more information on the EDCNS.

MEDIA RELEASE: EDCNS to host presentation on building successful communities​


 
(MIDLAND, ON) On February 8, 2018, the four Simcoe North municipalities (Penetanguishene,
Midland, Tay and Tiny) will be holding a joint presentation of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community by
author Doug Griffiths.

 
The presentation will focus on the factors and roadblocks to building successful communities, using
the author’s vast experience as a former politician, and from talking with municipal and community
leaders throughout North America.

 
“Our communities are all looking to grow and thrive, and the success of new and existing small
businesses is a major element,” said Roy Ellis, EDCNS Chair. “This presentation discusses ways
that residents and local government can help build these businesses up and the community-wide
successes that result in doing so.”

 
The presentation will be held from 7-9pm in the Community Room at the North Simcoe Sports and
Recreation Centre located at 522 Len Self Boulevard in Midland. Tickets are free to residents of all
four municipalities, and available through www.eventbrite.ca​. For more information please contact
Véronique Puderecki at 705-526-1371, x116, email 13ways@edcns.ca or visit www.edcns.ca,


 

Ice Safety Reminder

​The OPP and the Town of Midland would like to remind everyone that recent cold temperatures have not created as much ice as you might think. Have a plan and communicate with family and friends before venturing out on the ice, and have the following:

- Fully charged cell phone
- Floater suit
- ice picks
- a throw line
- a GPS

No ice is safe ice. Be safe and consider the risks to yourself and others before venturing out on frozen surfaces.​

Sawlog Bay Point photo showing poor ice (courtesy of Matt Harnett, January 2, 2018)

OPP Media Release - January 5, 2018

OPP Sled Safe poster​​

MEDIA RELEASE - Cruise Ship Industry Group receives support to develop Great Lakes cruising in Ontario

(MIDLAND, ON)  The Cruise Ship Industry Group (CSIG) received an early Christmas present this week from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in the form of a $250,000 grant. The grant will be used to support Ontario's Great Lakes cruising
industry, including the development of an Ontario Cruise Ship Industry Business Case.

“This is fantastic news for Midland and all of our partner CSIG municipalities." said Mayor Gord McKay. “This grant gives us the ability to fully assess what is happening with the growing cruise ship industry, and to develop a robust business case and strategy to significantly increase cruise ship tourism in our region and throughout the Great Lakes. I am especially pleased that we are partnering with the province and Ontario municipalities around the Great Lakes to make this happen"

These feelings were shared by mayors from the many other Ontario port municipalities.

“As the largest port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Thunder Bay has a rich heritage in shipping and our tourism industry is growing in leaps and bounds. We very much welcome this funding announcement." said Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.

“The City of Windsor is pleased to be a port with the Great Lakes program and we are grateful to see the growth in the number of passenger ships choosing our destination to disembark," said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

"The funding announcement for the Cruise Ship Industry Business Case Study is great news for my community and the other Great Lakes ports. Now we will be able to assess the economic impact of the industry and develop our infrastructure accordingly," said Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Mayor, Al MacNevin.

“Working with other Ontario ports of call, the province, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition and Cruise Ontario, we are excited to be part of the development of a feasibility study and identification of infrastructure needs to continue to grow and support the cruise ship industry," said Parry Sound Mayor Jamie McGarvey.

“The Great Lakes offer a tremendous tourism opportunity and Sault Ste. Marie is very excited to be a part of this project.  We look forward to working with our fellow Great Lake communities to develop this opportunity and we are confident that it will be a very productive effort," said Christian Provenzano, Sault Ste. Marie Mayor.

“Welcoming cruise ship tourists is an exciting prospect for Kingston and many other communities on the Great Lakes," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. “This grant is an important first step in order to understand the potential market opportunity and I'm excited to see what we will learn from this study."

Working closely with the Great Lakes Cruise Coalition (GLCC) and its Canadian arm, Cruise Ontario (CO), CSIG will develop a business case that identifies the current state and future prospects of Ontario's Great Lakes cruise ship industry, create a strategy to guide the development of a successful industry and identify the needed infrastructure improvements to ports and port attractions.

“Our government is pleased to support the development of a business case and strategy that will help to grow the cruise ship industry on the Great Lakes. This is another step we are taking to boost tourism in this province, and I look forward to seeing the results of the study and what the future holds for Midland and our Great Lakes communities." Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

CSIG is made up of representatives from the following Ontario port cities: Kingston; North East Manitoulin (Little Current); Parry Sound; Sault Ste. Marie; Thunder Bay; Toronto; Windsor and Midland.


Nomination Period for the 2018 Municipal Election

The Nomination Period for the 2018 Municipal Election has changed due to recent amendments to the Municipal Elections Act.  Nominations will not be accepted until May 1, 2018.  The deadline for nominations will be 2 p.m. on July 27, 2018.

Forms and candidate information packages will be available Spring 2018. For additional information, please
contact 
Karen Desroches at extension 2208, or email at clerks@midland.ca

For more election information, click here.

Town of Midland awarded grant for Midland Bay Landing Risk Assessment Study

On December 12, the Town of Midland was awarded one of 72 infrastructure grants announced by Infrastructure Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Town was awarded $136,100 from the Green Municipal Fund to use towards the Midland Bay Landing Risk Assessment Study.

The Risk Assessment study will assess the technical and financial feasibility of the risk assessment method of addressing the former industrial use of the Midland Bay Landing Development project.

The Green Municipal Fund is a $550-million program designed to support initiatives that demonstrate innovative solutions or approaches to a municipal environmental issue, and that can generate new lessons and models for municipalities of all sizes and types in all regions of Canada.

For more information on the Midland Bay Landing Development project, click here.

Midland Council Presented Final Consultant Report on Service Delivery Review

Midland Council was presented a final report on the Service Delivery Review at the December 11th Council meeting. The decision was to move forward, directing staff to identify a roadmap for building and improving upon the key recommendations, along with a funding strategy to be considered in the 2018 budget.

To review the full final report, please click here.

MEDIA RELEASE - Council Approves a Municipal Development Corporation for Midland Bay Landing - December 1 2017​

(MIDLAND, ON) Midland Council has approved the creation of a Municipal Services/Development Corporation for the Midland Bay Landing development. Midland Bay Landing (formerly the Unimin Lands) is a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property that the Town acquired in July 2014 for a purchase price of $3.4 million. 

One of the final steps in the process leading up to the consideration of the Municipal Services/Development Corporation was a Public Open House held on October 30, 2017. The Staff report summarized the feedback received and presented the Business Case for Council’s final consideration and approval. 

The Town will now proceed to incorporate the new entity. Following the creation of the Company, Council will be asked to approve the shareholder direction along with a process to identify and populate the Board of Directors. It is anticipated that these matters will be presented to Council for consideration and approval in the early part of the New Year. 

Mayor Gord McKay noted that, “the creation of a Municipal Development/Services Corporation for the Midland Bay Landing site will support the vision which Council and the community have created for the site. This initiative supports Council’s Strategic Plan Priority of Economic Development and Tourism, it is clear that the Midland Bay Landing project holds the potential to be a significant economic driver for the Town, and is a vital component in support of the future of the Downtown.” 

The work of the Municipal Services/Development Corporation will be guided by the approved Midland Bay Landing Waterfront Master Plan, which incorporates public waterfront access and public amenities that will remain a legacy for the community to enjoy well into the future. 

The Town of Midland is committed to making information available about the new Corporation on the municipal website at www.midland.ca as it becomes available

For more information on the Midland Bay Landing Development project, click here.

Midland Housing Resources Notice

Simcoe Community Services will be providing housing resource centre supports at The Guesthouse Shelter & Community Hub, located at 522 Elizabeth Street, in Midland, effective January 1, 2018. To book an appointment, please call 705-739-0485.

The Midland Housing Resource Centre is available to assist those looking for permanent housing, as well as other support. Please click here for more information.

​Town of Midland Launches Service Delivery Review Survey

The Town of Midland has taken the next steps in its Service Delivery Review process by launching a public survey in order to obtain insight and feedback from residents and those in the surrounding communities who work, shop, and enjoy recreation in Midland.

"The Town prides itself on providing top-notch services to our residents and businesses." said Midland Mayor Gord McKay.  "This process will ensure we can deliver and maintain the types of services our community wants as efficiently as possible."

The survey can be found HERE (direct link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/midlandcomsurvey) and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  ​For those without computer access, hard copies are available to fill out at the following locations:

+ Town of Midland Municipal Office (575 Dominion Ave.)
+ North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd.)
+ Midland Public Library (320 King St.)​
+ Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre (175 Yonge St.)

If you require assistance or have questions about the survey, please contact Madelaine Twitchin at 705-526-4275 ext#2243 or email mtwitchin@midland.ca​  

About the Service Delivery Review
​The Town's Service Delivery Review process includes community and staff consultations.  A Community Advisory Committee was established with six residents and two councillors and is to provide a community lens to Town services and possible alternatives to service provision.   This Advisory Committee has developed the survey and will analyze the results with the assistance of the Town's consultant.  The Service Delivery Review process also included a survey and interviews with employees of the Town of Midland to gain a better understanding of whether the needs of its residents and customers are served as efficiently and effectively as possible, and identify ways to enhance the Town's services. 

Work on the service delivery review will continue throughout the fall and the Town will continue to provide updates as it proceeds.​

Town of Midland, Barnstormer No Longer Proceeding with Brewery Development 

(MIDLAND, ON) Sale of 526 Bay Street to Barnstormer Brewing and Distilling Co. (“the Brewery”) has been bilaterally withdrawn. Unfortunately, the Town of Midland will need to undertake further environmental study before any future development can take place on the current municipal parking lot in downtown Midland. Soil samples taken as routine preparation for sale have shown low levels of industrial contamination. These levels are well below Provincial guidelines and do not pose any immediate health risks. However, further study is needed to prepare for future development that would allow for commercial or residential occupancy. 

Given the timeline for further environmental study, the purchase of 526 Bay Street by the Brewery will no longer proceed. The Brewery remains interested in developing a project in Midland if and when the property is deemed fit for development by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Dustin Norlund, founder and president of the Brewery indicated that “there is still a very strong desire to expand operations into the Town of Midland, and despite this setback we will continue to explore other options in the community.” The need for certainty with respect to the timeline and overall feasibility of the project, are all factors that were taken into serious consideration in making this decision.

The Town of Midland is committed to sustainable environmental stewardship and will be embarking on additional environmental studies to determine the most appropriate strategy to ensure a viable downtown core. Mayor McKay noted that “Council was informed that there were no immediate health threats as a result of the soil samples”.

The Town of Midland is committed to making all of the information available on the municipal website at www.midland.ca as it becomes available.

​​

The Town of Midland & Culture Midland Committee Hire Cultural Development Coordinator

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(MIDLAND, ON)  The Town of Midland and the Culture Midland Committee are pleased to announce the hiring of Karen Mealing as our new Cultural Development Coordinator.  A one-year contract position partially funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed grant, the Cultural Development Coordinator will work to strengthen the Town by fostering and developing its cultural landscape in accordance with the Municipal Culture Plan.  Also included in the role will be the management of the Town’s extremely successful and growing Butter Tart Festival. 

“This area has such a rich cultural heritage and so many talented people.” said Ron Neumann, Chair of the Culture Midland Committee.  “This role will ensure we are effectively supporting and promoting our cultural identity and capitalizing on the many opportunities to create lasting, meaningful experiences while providing economic uplift while we’re at it.” 

Ms. Mealing comes to the role with many years of experience working within the arts sector and most recently, as the Director of Quest Art School & Gallery at the Midland Cultural Centre.  

“As someone who’s involved in so many area events, I’m very excited to have Ms. Mealing on board,” said Midland Councillor Cody Oschefski.  “Now we can continue to support and grow all our amazing initiatives, as well as better support and connect our area’s wonderful cultural assets.”

For more information about Culture Midland and the Culture Midland Committee, please visit www.midland.ca/culture-midland.

Town of Midland Water/Wastewater operator receives 'Professional Operator' certification 

[MIDLAND, ON, September 25th, 2017] – Andre Pepin, Town of Midland Water/Wastewater operator has achieved a Level 4 Professional Operator (PO) designation. This certification is the water industry’s first internationally-recognized professional designation for water environment operators. Earning the credential requires passing of an in-depth evaluation of eligibility, adhering to a code of conduct, and passing a rigorous standardized exam. Fulfilling all requirements enables use of the “Professional Operator” title and a credential of broader scope than a traditional State/Provincial mandated license.

The PO certification, administered by the Association of Boards of Certification’s Certification Commission for Environmental Professionals (C2EP), is entirely voluntary, meaning that only the most dedicated water professionals opt to pursue it. Operator Andre Pepin serves an as example of that caliber of operator: qualified, competent, and committed to continued development. Having engaged and passionate personnel makes a difference in a utility and is a key component in providing high quality water services.

“The PO certification program was created to give operators greater recognition, thereby heightening their confidence and improving their work,” said John Solvie, C2EP Chair. “By achieving this designation, Mr. Pepin has gone the extra mile to demonstrate his competency – we hope this endorsement helps to confirm the value he provides to Town of Midland’s utility.”

The Town of Midland's water distribution system spans approximately 97.30km of water mains and serves approximately 5,400 residential and commercial customers. In addition, there are approximately 475 fire hydrants located within the municipal boundaries. The Town of Midland's Water and Wastewater Operations facility leads the provincially licensed Water Department in providing a variety of services to consumers within the municipal boundaries.


“The Town is very fortunate to have such highly trained and professional staff in our ranks.” said Mayor Gord McKay. “The PO certification program ensures our staff provide the highest quality water services to our residents.”

For additional information on the PO program and Town of Midland Water/Wastewater services, please visit www.professionaloperator.org and www.midland.ca, respectively. 

MEDIA RELEASE - Midland Council Accepts OPP Costing Proposal 

For all the latest news and media, please be sure to visit our OPP COSTING page.

(MIDLAND, ON)
Following a six month review process and significant community input, Midland Council has voted to accept the OPP Costing Proposal for an integrated policing model through the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment.    The OPP Proposal will provide additional policing resources into the Midland community in a cost effective manner.   The conclusions of the Town's independent consultant Jon Hambides (Aysmetric Consulting/Pomax Consulting) reported that, "the evidence indicates that if the Town of Midland accepts the OPP proposal for municipal policing, there will be a significant annual financial benefit with no degradation in policing."

At the special meeting of Council on September 6th, 2017, Mayor McKay and Members of Council thanked the members of the Midland Police Service for their high degree of professionalism throughout the costing exercise.  In particular, Mayor McKay thanked Chief Mike Osborne for his leadership and his passion for the Midland Community.   He also noted, "This decision is not about the past, but is focused on embracing the future and ensuring that the Town can continue to meet the needs of our residents and businesses." 

Residents will be encouraged to identify ways to strengthen and improve future community safety and policing priorities by sharing their suggestions as we move forward in this process.

More information will be released from the Town at our website www.midland.ca    

Yonge St. "Road Diet" Line Painting Complete

The Town of Midland completed the implementation of a ‘road diet’ on Yonge Street between King Street and County Road 93.  The ‘road diet’ will occur in two phases, with Phase I (line painting) from First Street to Eighth Street completed in August 2017.  The second phase will occur from Eighth Street to County Road 93 and be considered in a future budget cycle.  The program calls for the reconfiguration of the existing 4 lane road (2 lanes per direction) to a 2 lane road (1 lane per direction) with a centre turn lane and bicycle lanes in each direction.  There will be no change to the overall road width or curb lines, therefore, no property access impacts.

A Public Information Centre was held on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at the NSSRC to present the planned road reconfiguration.  A formal presentation from C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd., the Town’s traffic consultants on this project, was also made, followed by a question and answer session.

DOWNLOAD THE C.C. TATHAM "ROAD DIET" PRESENTATION HERE

If you wish to obtain more information, please contact the Operations office at (705) 526-4275 ext. 2217 or email: operations@midland.ca

Official Plan Review - Draft For Public Comment

We have now hit this important stage in the development of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland. It is essential that anyone who feels that they have something to contribute on the draft Official Plan during the public consultation process to comment on its provisions.  You may DOWNLOAD THE DRAFT OP HERE or visit the Official Plan Review page (via Planning Dep't) for more information and to review the draft OP. 

 

All comments by the public will be considered in detail by the OPR Steering Committee and, if necessary, further drafting will be undertaken. Public comment and input is an important and critical part of the preparation of the new Official Plan for the Town of Midland.  

Stay tuned this summer for opportunities to: 

  • Learn about, discuss and comment on the Draft Official Plan.
  • Check the website for updates on specific consultation events and to sign up for our email list.
  • Join us for a dedicated event addressing Midland’s proposed Natural Heritage System (TBD).
 

Want to keep in touch about the Official Plan Review? 

If you are on our email list we will keep you updated with all the happenings on the OPR including: Newsletters, release of documents (including the Plan), and public notices and invites to upcoming events and meetings.  Send an email with your name and address to planning@midland.ca

Media Release:  Town Hits "Reset" Button on Midland Bay Landing Development

Download full media release here:  MR-TownHitsResetButtonOnMBL-April27-2017.pdf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(MIDLAND, ON)  Midland Council and the Mountain Ridge Estates Development Inc. (an affiliate of Consar Building Corporation) have agreed to terminate their agreement respecting the Midland Bay Landing development.  The two-year old Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which laid out a timetable for various initiatives has been mutually terminated by the parties. 

Although the business arrangement has come to an end, the Town still retains ownership and control of this prime waterfront asset.  While the project did not unfold as anticipated, the Town notes that there have been a number of positive outcomes over the course of this arrangement.  

The Town retains a $250,000 security deposit specific for future site remediation and environmental clean-up.  

• The Town’s internal carrying costs over the 2-year period of the agreement were paid by the developer.  

• An Official Plan Amendment as well as various aspects of the Waterfront Master Plan has been adopted, allowing the conversion of the industrial waterfront site into a vibrant mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood.

• Then Town has developed a draft Community Improvement Plan (CIP) which contemplates financial incentives for future development of this site.

• The lands have now been converted into Absolute Titles (Land Titles), providing future ownership the security and knowledge that ownership is certified.   

• The Town has also developed a streamlined planning and approval process for this site that will include further consultation with the community. 

• The Midland Bay Landing development opportunity continues to appreciate in value given it is Midland’s prime waterfront real estate.  An asset that is a jewel in Midland’s real estate portfolio.

Midland Mayor Gord McKay indicated that “this opportunity to hit the re-set button allows the Town to take full advantage of the changing dynamics of the real estate market and to re-engage the development industry with this exciting opportunity.”  

Please CLICK HERE for more information about the Midland Bay Landing project. 

Town of Midland Toilet Rebate Program 2017

PLEASE NOTE:  In order to maintain the integrity of this water conservation incentive program we have altered the application to require applicants to supply photos of the both the toilet being replaced as well as the new toilet. The photos must show the old toilet installed prior to replacement, and then the new toilet after it has been installed.

We wish to announce that the Town of Midland’s Toilet Replacement Rebate Program is up and running again for 2017!

Our program is available to Town of Midland residents who are connected to our Municipal Water System and wish to replace older high volume toilets with more efficient models. Our program is available for the first 100 toilet replacements, with a limit of two per household.

Each approved replacement will provide a rebate of $75.00

The application form can be found on this website under Public Notices, or you can download it HERE.

For more information please contact us directly to speak to one of our representatives.

The Corporation of the Town of Midland
Water and Wastewater Services
200 Bay Street
Midland, Ontario L4R 1J5
(705) 526-4268 x 4204
www.midland.ca

Budget 2017 - Notice of Intent to Adopt 2017 Municipal Budget

Download a copy of the full notice HERE

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of Midland will consider for final adoption the 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets at its Regular Meeting of Council scheduled for Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Council Chambers. 

The 2017 Tax Rate By-Law will come forward to the Regular Meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  No further notice will be issued in this regard.

The proposed 2017 Operating and Capital Budgets are currently available for public viewing on the Town's Website (DIRECT LINK).  Questions should be directed to the undersigned at 705.526.4275 extension 2203 or sturnbull@midland.ca.

Susan Turnbull, BSc, CPA, CGA
Director of Finance/Treasurer

PUBLIC BUDGET 2017 MEETING  

NOTE:  Did you miss a 2017 budget meeting?  Each meeting was video recorded and live streamed for public viewing, and now you can catch up on the full video archive on our YouTube channel HERE.

A special Council meeting was held on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to receive input from the public on Budget 2017.

Members of the public that had registered with the Clerk were allowed 10 minutes to provide their thoughts and suggestions to Council regarding Budget 2017.  Those unable to attend this meeting were invited to send a written submission to Town of Midland Director of Finance/Treasurer to have their input heard.

The agenda for the March 30th Public Input Meeting can be viewed HERE.​

Pickleball Heating Up The Heart of Georgian Bay

Midland and the Heart of Georgian Bay is on fire with the growth of Pickleball for residents interested in healthy, active living.  The area has become a pickleball destination attracting visitors and new residents. The Askennonia Senior Centre, the YMCA and the Midland Area Pickleball Club each offer pickleball three times a week. The dedicated outdoor courts at Tiffin Park have received rave reviews.  For information on places to play in Midland visit:  www.midlandareapickleballclub.ca 

Also of interest is this fantastic video of how pickleball has evolved to co-exist with tennis.  Moreover, it shows how pickleball is good for the entire family (i.e. all-ages and builds).  Check out this video on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/XN1LPyeRk1s

King Street Redesign Public Information Session held Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

UPDATE:  King St Redesign Presentation - Tatham (.PDF, 14MB)

What does your ideal downtown look like?  On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 we held a Public Information Session regarding the pending redesign of King Street.  Some preliminary concepts were shown, along with a presentation from the design firm Envision/Tatham (available to download HERE), and a chance to provide us with your feedback.  This is the future of our beautiful downtown, don't miss your chance to have your input heard!

King Street Redesign Public Information Session
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Midland Cultural Centre
6pm-8pm

MEDIA RELEASE:  Town of Midland and Town of Penetanguishene to stage mock "table-top" disaster; strengthen emergency repsonse


In an ongoing effort to ensure preparedness in the event of a natural disaster, the Town of Midland and the Town of Penetanguishene will participate in a joint mock "table-top" disaster emergency simulation exercise on Tuesday, November 29th. Mayors, Municipal staff, police, fire, and key players from shared Simcoe County Emergency Management Department will take part in the exercise.

"The purpose is to test our emergency response team and our Emergency Plan so that in the event of a real-life disaster, we’ll be ready." said Joint Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “This exercise will definitely strengthen our team’s ability to effectively manage large scale emergencies.”

A debriefing session will follow the exercise to review the performance of the team and the Emergency Plan to identify areas that were of strength, and those needing improvement. The joint Emergency Plan aims to make provisions for any unusual municipal response that may be required to protect and provide for residents, businesses, and visitors in the Midland-Penetanguishene area.

Media Release: Town of Midland Selects New Chief Administrative Officer

MIDLAND (August 11, 2016) Town of Midland’s Council is pleased to announce that John Skorobohacz has been appointed as their new Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Skorobohacz is a seasoned executive who brings exemplary credentials and over 35 years of extensive municipal experience leading a variety of public sector organizations. 

John is no stranger to the role, having served as City Manager in Windsor (2004-2009), and Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Innisfil (2010-2015).  Previously John also held various roles for the cities of Burlington and Stoney Creek (now Hamilton) and has served on several Municipal Boards and Agencies; Local Hydro Company (LDC), Water/Wastewater Municipal Services Corporation, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Regional Airport and an Economic Development Commission.  

Mr. Skorobohacz has a strong network within Simcoe County, and extensive network at the Provincial level. He recently joined the Board of Directors for the United Way for greater Simcoe County.  John is a graduate of McMaster University (BA), in addition he also is a Charter Director (C. Dir) having completed the Directors College program through McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.  John is also a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Public Administration Program (DPA). 

QUOTES: 

John Skorobohacz will be a great addition to our organization and to our community. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in leading high performing teams and he has a strong commitment to public service. This is an important leadership role within the municipality and we are delighted to have attracted broad interest from top candidates across the country.  John Skorobohacz was selected for his municipal leadership experience, his extensive insight in delivering effective and efficient municipal services and for his proven leadership in citizen-based processes.  We are excited to have John on board and we look forward to him leading our organization.” - Mayor Gord McKay, Town of Midland

 “I am excited to be joining Town of Midland as Chief Administrative Officer. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to deliver on the priorities and achieving the vision that the Mayor and Council have set for the Town.  Together, we will work toward meeting the needs and exceeding expectations of our community.” – John Skorobohacz, Incoming Chief Administrative Officer

Mayor McKay and the four members of the Recruitment Committee participated in the search process with support from Organization Consulting Limited and received over 60 applications from candidates across Canada. Skorobohacz joins the Town of Midland on September 6, 2016.

For more information, contact:​

Mayor Gord McKay, Town of Midland

Phone: (705) 526-4275 

e-mail: gmckay@midland.ca

Area Mayors Collaborate on Hospital Funding Formula

The North Simcoe Mayors have launched an initiative to help resolve the funding challenges facing Ontario's mid-sized hospitals. The mayors first addressed the matter with the local hospital, Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH), in 2014. As a result the Mayors, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and GBGH signed a shared commitment to "ensuring the long-term sustainability of the hospital".  Key to sustainability is having proper provincial funding.

Funding problems exist in many mid-sized Ontario hospitals. The Mayors have reached out to mayors from across the province to develop a common approach to the funding situation. Part of the problem stems from provincial funding restraints that have led many hospitals to reduce services, usually transferring the service responsibility to a neighboring community. Additionally the funding formula does not properly address the unique status of rural hospitals in providing core healthcare services to a population that has limited options to go to a hospital in a neighboring community.  "While the mayors fully support service efficiency, the formula must also address the healthcare reality of mid-sized hospitals serving rural communities." said Midland mayor Gord McKay.

The initial discussions have focused on developing a comprehensive understanding of the issue. Specifically, the Mayors have asked their respective hospitals for help in answering the following three questions:

  1. Why doesn't the current formula work for your mid-sized hospital?
  2. What impact has this had on your hospital, your community?
  3. What changes need to be made to ensure a sustainable mid-sized hospital?

The province is aware of the problem and is looking at funding changes for mid-sized hospitals. The mayors look to work with the province, especially in coordinating public input to the discussion.  "It is our hope to collaborate with the hospitals, the LHIN"s and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and resolve this funding problem once and for all" said Tay Township mayor Scott Warnock.

Over the next few months the hospitals and mayors of communities across Ontario will be working together in developing solutions. They will then provide these to the MoHLTC to assist their efforts in making needed changes to the formula.

For further information please contact: Mayor Gord McKay (Town of Midland); Mayor Gerry Marshall (Town of Penetanguishene); Mayor Scott Warnock (Township of Tay); Mayor George Cornell (Township of Tiny). ​

2017 Fire Permits Now Available

2017 Fire Permits are now available! Check out these 'Did You Know' facts from Midland Fire Department

+ A Fire Permit is required for ALL open air burning within the Town of Midland.
+ 2017 Permits are available to purchase at the Town of Midland offices for the cost of $25.00.  The permit is valid from the date of purchase until December 31st, 2017.
If you reside in a rental unit, written permission must be obtained by the legal property owner.  You can download the form RIGHT HERE.

We also urge you to take and moment to ensure you understand Open Air Burning By-Law 2015-52, which you can view RIGHT HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact fire@midland.ca or call 705-526-4279 ext#2239.

NEW HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE PAGE

Born from the concern of potential loss of local ophthalmologic and colonoscopy/endoscopy services, and the tremendous community response, the Mayors of North Simcoe asked for a small task force to set up a Citizens Steering Committee.  You can learn more about the CHSC and get the latest information, meeting announcements and news items at the new Health Care page HERE.

NEWS FROM THE TOWN - MAYOR'S BLOG

Did you know Mayor Gord McKay has a weekly blog? Check out NEWS FROM THE TOWN for the Mayor's comments and insights about happenings in Midland, ON.  You can also subscribe with your email address to receive the weekly updates via email. (Please note: opinions expressed in the blog do not represent the official positions of the Town of Midland or its Council.)


Downtown Health Centre


On Monday, September 28th, 2015 Midland Council voted 6-3 in favour of supporting the proposed development of a new Downtown Health Centre Hub.  Here you will find a list of the frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.) related to this project.  An announcement from Waypoint Centre & Chigamik is expected in the coming days. 

 Downtown Health Centre

Why not an existing building or another location?

Thank you to those of you who provided ideas for other locations to consider.  Many building sites have been reviewed (such as the old LCBO location, the IGA on Yonge St, the former St. Theresa's location, and more), but after careful review these do not fit the requirements for the health centre.

There are numerous reasons why other sites and locations were not chosen:

+ Both Chigamik and Waypoint require a downtown Midland location. Waypoint was located in the downtown core for 25 years prior to 2012 and recognizes this is the appropriate location for these community services.  From its initial planning the Chigamik board has identified downtown Midland as the required location.

+ Older buildings have concerns such as heating, cooling, environmental issues etc. with high costs for bringing a property up to today’s health care and building code requirements.

+ Many of the proposed buildings do not have enough natural light required for a health care environment.

+ Accessibility and inclusiveness are a priority, many clients use both Waypoint and Chigamik services.

+ Parking availability.

+ Proximity to other services, the downtown core and business community for supporting people including seniors who are living and working in our community are a priority.


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The Ministry of Health does not provide funding to purchase land.  Historically, hospitals and other publicly funded health care facilities have had the land donated or may partner with Municipalities.

Where does the money come from (grant)? What are the conditions? How do the conditions affect midland?

+ Chigamik has an approved capital grant of $3.38 million from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, for lease hold improvements. There is a specific stipulation/condition in the grant letter from the Minister that the funds are to be used on a site in Midland. There are no other conditions that affect Midland.

+ Waypoint is seeking approval and a capital grant from the Ministry of Health for its share of the building cost.  If additional funds were needed they could potentially come from existing hospital capital reserves.

+ This is the typical capital planning and funding process for health care/hospital building and redevelopment projects.

If Council does not approve this, what repurcussions will this cause? And at who's cost?

Chigamik and Waypoint have been searching for years for a viable, permanent location  to meet our health care requirements as outlined above

Chigamik will still need to find a site to relocate to continue to provide services for up to 2800 rostered patients, and 4000-7500 community members in group programs.

There are numerous benefits to co-locating Waypoint’s two community programs along with Chigamik. If this project cannot proceed we are not aware of any other viable option that would provide an ideal location and co-location. Waypoint may need to consider alternate separate locations which would be more inefficient to the taxpayer and lose the benefits for access, collaboration and improved outcomes for our clients.


Waypoint has approximately 500 to 600 patients registered in the community programs at its two Midland locations and would need to begin a new search for an appropriate health care location.  A Midland location in the downtown area remains a priority to support both the people using the services and the community.

If this is not approved, some costs associated with the planning would be lost.  Delaying while we search for another alternative will only increase the cost of the project, for example inflation.

Will Waypoint/Chigamik be the owners of the building OR will they pay rent to a third party?

Waypoint and/or Chigamik will be the owners of the building and will not be paying rent to a third party.  A long term land lease is planned with the Town of Midland similar to other partnerships the town has, for example with the YMCA and Cultural Centre.

What enhancements will be made to the park?

The intent is to make the property and building “green” to minimize the impact on the local environment (landscaping, trees) of the specified 2.7 acres of land where the new health centre will be located. 

8.5 acres of Huronia Park will remain fully accessible to the community.

The Town of Midland’s Official plan for around Edgehill includes the addition of sidewalks and altered parking on Bayshore.

With the development of Midland Bay Landing, additional park land is planned for the waterfront side of Bayshore.

Who Uses These Services?

More than just health care.

Our community needs programs and services to provide the community with preventative health care for all ages and all types of healing. CHIGAMIK is designed to serve all populations who face barriers to accessing primary health care. Waypoint's Outpatient Services and the HERO rehabilitation staff support people who have a mental illness who are receiving mental health services in the community. These services have been located in downtown Midland for many years, almost a quarter of a century.  The new health centre also provides services helping to address social issues that negatively affect health with a focus on:

* Seniors - difficulties getting around; chronic diseases; live alone
* General Population – no physician or nurse practitioner
* Individuals and families  who self identify as Francophone, First nations, Inuit Aboriginal and /or Métis
* Those experiencing mental health problems

Has council decided already? There are survey stakes on the property.

​No decision has been made by Council. We have only approved, in principle, the concept of entering into a long-term lease with CHIGAMIK and Waypoint to facilitate a Health Hub on a portion of municipally owned lands located at 287 Bayshore Drive; AND further that staff are directed to proceed with the preparation of the related draft long-term lease and all associated development and Planning Act applications.   We are currently seeing this process through as it has potential impact to the Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the site.


The next Public Information Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 7 p.m. at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd).   

Why develop on parkland?

A beautiful space promotes healing.

It is important to keep in mind that this proposed development would only use a small portion of the existing park.  The building and property will utilize the natural light and general surroundings to maintain a natural setting, enhancing the park area it will be situated in.  Services delivered are culturally sensitive to the needs of our population, and opportunities to include gardens and trails will be included.  Architects are encouraged to develop LEED buildings which are environmentally friendly - a recent development includes a grass roof top which could be incorporated into this new development.

Why Now?

It is time for us to come together as a community to create a nurturing and safe place where everyone matters.
 
Outpatient Services and HERO Centre services are currently both in leased facilities and Waypoint is looking for a long term sustainable solution that co-locates these two programs. We also require larger premises to meet the needs of our clients. Co-location of these two services provides enhanced client and community access and potential efficiencies in terms of equipment and space.
 

CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre has been seeking a location in the downtown core since its early inception however no appropriate sites have been available; the success of the CHC highlights the need for this community resource to find a permanent location which is easily accessible for people.

Chigamik Client Success Story – James Bunyan

CLICK HERE to read an inspiring success story from James Bunyan, a Chigamik client and Midland resident. 

Why was this location chosen?

Waypoint Outpatient Services and CHIGAMIK have spent much time previously exploring potential locations in Midland.  No building has been available that meets the standards required today to deliver health care, or the building/land itself is not large enough to accommodate the proposed facility. Building a purpose built centre will provide a long term opportunity for town residents to receive health care in their home community. 

Will you have a methadone clinic?

​There will be no methadone clinic within this building.

What are the benefits to the community?

Accessible to ALL members of the community ("Care closer to home") and strengthening our community.

Shared premises promote collaboration amongst publicly funded health care organizations, and increases access to services and opportunities to share resources.  

A modern, new health care centre in Midland helps attracts health care professionals including physicians to communities. CHIGAMIK is also helping to decrease the number of people in our communities who don't have a family doctor.

The proximity to downtown is an asset for business – clients and their family members, and members of the public using the health care centre will be close to shopping, restaurants and other services. The vision includes the health benefits of a park-like setting, complementing the area and including green space and new assets such as trails and healing gardens.

Being downtown makes health care services more accessible, especially for those who walk or take the bus.

Where do I get more information?

The next Public Information Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, 7 p.m. at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (527 Len Self Blvd).

Formal Public Meetings will be scheduled and advertised on the Town’s website, on the Town’s Notice Board in Town Hall, in the newspaper, and through mail delivery to adjacent property owners as per the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, and Section 8 of the Town’s Official Plan regarding Public Involvement and Consultation.​

Background

Council

Council passed the following motion regarding the Downtown Health Center on January 26th 2015:

That council approves, in principle, the concept of entering into a long-term lease with the CHIFMIK Community Health Centre and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health to facilitate a Health Hub on a portion of municipally owned lands located at 287 Bayshore Drive;

AND further that staff are directed to proceed with the preparation of the related draft long-term lease and all associated development and Planning Act applications.​

Required Amendments​

To permit the proposed Downtown Health Center facility, amendments to the Town's Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the site are required.

The proposed is designated "OPEN SPACE" in the Town's Official Plan, and zoned "OS-OPEN SPACE" and "R3 - RESIDENTIAL" in the Town's Zoning By-law.

The purpose of the proposed amendments are to redesignate the 1.1 hectares to "EMPLOYMENT AREA" in the Official Plan, and to rezone the lands to s site-specific "I-INSTITUTIONAL" zone in the Zoning By-law.

Participate

​​Get on the mailing list
Fill out a comment form and provide your email address and send you updates and notices as the amendments are considered by Council.

Participate in meetings
This Open House is the first formal meeting in the Town Planning process. A formal Public Meeting will also be held, under the Planning Act R.S.O 1990. Come to the meeting and express your position!

Submit your comments
Submit your comments and suggestions on the proposed land use changes to the Town of Midland through fax, mail email, or dropping them off at:
Town of Midland
Planning and Building Services
575 Dominion Ave
Midland, ON
Fax: 705 536 9971
Email: planning@midland.ca
File No. OPA-02-15

How many cars will be parked there?

There will be approximately 70 staff working within the building, plus clients who have their own transportation, so parking will be required. This location is on the bus route and is also in walking distance for many neighbourhoods. The Town has a full traffic study underway.

Will there be people sleeping overnight in the building?

No, the Guest House is a separate service and there are no beds attached to either Chigamik or Waypoint Community Programs.

To view and/or dowload the August 12, 2015 meeting agenda, please Click here.

 

​​For more information, check out the new Proposed Downtown Health Centre panels​.

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