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The Town of Midland has launched a new online agenda management portal

On Wednesday, November 13, the Town of Midland launched our CivicWeb Portal, the Town's new online agenda management portal. This new portal will increase accessibility to information, while also providing residents/visitors with a user-friendly interface to access meeting calendars/schedules, agendas and minutes for Council. Boards & Committees meetings/agendas/minutes will migrate over to the CivicWeb Portal in the coming weeks as well. 

The CivicWeb portal will also allow residents/visitors to subscribe to meeting updates, which will provide them with notifications via email alerting them when an agenda or meeting minutes package has been published, and provide direct links to them.

When viewing the agendas on the CivicWeb Portal, ​corresponding documents will be one click away, with links to staff reports and other documents appearing in the agenda. 

The CivicWeb Portal can be accessed here or through a link on our Meetings & Agendas page.


Upcoming Changes to Midland Transit: New Smart Cards, New Transit Rates and Route Changes​

On September 18, Council approved a series of transit fare increases. The first, which takes effect on Monday, September 23, 2019, is an increase to the electronic fare cards (i.e. Smart Cards) from $3.00/card to $3.25/card. New cards are now available that have a unique 14-digit card number which allows for more security for the user. In the event a card is lost or stolen, the card number can be used to look up the user's account in our system, and it can then be blocked/cancelled so that the user's pre-paid funds are not being used. Those funds can then be transferred to a new card. 


This fall we also expect to rollout a new online transit portal, which will allow users to register their account, link their card, and reload their card online.

The other increases are as follows, effective January 1, 2020:

  • Cash fares for Adults to $2.50 and for Seniors/Students to $2.25

  • Electronic fares for Adults to $1.50 and for Seniors/Students to $1.25 (Fares can be purchased in groups of 5 rides)

Also effective January 1, 2020 will be small route changes/realignments:

Current Routes


New Routes​




2019

Zoning By-law passed by Council regarding proposed hotel and conference centre

On October 2, Council approved By-law 2019-65 to rezone 16928 Highway 12 to a Industrial Exception M1-3 zone, adding a "Hotel" as an additional permitted use, and increasing the maximum building height to 19 metres, and also removing the Holding symbol on the property.

This permits Phase 1 of the propsed hotel and conference centre development to begin on this property.

For full details you can visit our Public Notices page​ or click the link below:

Any person or agency wishing to file an appeal must do so by November 5, 2019 in order to have their appeal considered by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The appeal must be accompanied by a $300.00 certified cheque, payable to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

For details on how to file an appeal, please read both Notice above. If you have any questions regarding these notices and the appeal process, please contact the Town Clerk, Karen Desroches at kdesroches@midland.ca​.


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, October 19, and Sunday, October 20, 2019. 

Items can be placed curbside starting at 8am on Saturday, October 19. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5pm on Sunday, October 20. Failure to do so could result in fines.

Make room. Find free, cool stuff!​​


Media Release: Town of Midland is hosting a new fall festival!​

(MIDLAND, ON) – Downtown Midland will be alive on Saturday, September 28 with the inaugural Marché de Nuit Midland Night Market. From 1 to 9 p.m., Elizabeth Street, between King and First Streets, will be the site of the new street festival.

Visitors will enjoy performers and buskers on the street and inside a big top tent where the grand finale, including fire jugglers, will take place at 8 p.m. There will be a hula hoop area and face painting for families.

The free, family-friendly event, which takes place on Culture Days weekend, will also feature a variety of artists and artisans, and Indigenous story telling.

The Midland Public Library is hosting an author reading with Elly MacKay, an award-winning author/illustrator at 2 p.m. MacKay will also be leading two free art workshops at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. where all ages and abilities can learn how she makes her illustrations come to life. Pre-registration through the library is required for the workshops.​

Click here​ to view the PDF version of the release.​


Key Links:

Schedule of Ev​​ents

Map of attrac​tions



Bayport Village Development Phase 2 moving forward with rezoning and subdivision plans

The planned Phase 2 of the Bayport Village development is moving closer to having shovels in the ground after Council approved a new zoning by-law for lands at 640 Bayport Boulevard, and a draft plan for the subdivision on August 14.

For full details on both, you can visit our Public Notices page​ or click the links below:

Any person or agency wishing to file an appeal must do so by September 12, 2019 in order to have their appeal considered by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The appeal must be accompanied by a $300.00 certified cheque, payable to the Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario.

For details on how to file an appeal, please read both Notices above. If you have any questions regarding these notices and the appeal process, please contact the Town Clerk, Karen Desroches at kdesroches@midland.ca​.


Media Release: Midland Council directs Administration to pursue legal steps to recover encrypted MPS Records

(Midland, ON) – Staff provided a public report to Council dated August 14, 2019, outlining the details related to the encryption of 3 servers housing data from the Midland Police Service. The encryption of these servers has stalled some of the final transition-related activities following Council's vote to retain the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for municipal police services back in September 2017. The report sheds light on actions taken by former MPS employees to encrypt data, ahead of the transition on February 8, 2018 to the OPP, and handover servers that are inaccessible. There are also concerns regarding two external hard drives that contained back-up operational data that were never handed over during the transition.

Why would the Town need access to these files? The Town requires access to these files, under legislation, for the purpose of matters such as addressing ongoing court proceedings, Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act (FIPPA), Midland Police Service Board records and employee records. The Town is currently dealing with an appeal on a Freedom of Information request regarding the MPS that could not be completed under the Town's legislated duty. Communication from the Provincial Information and Privacy Commissioner has suggested that the Town should pursue all legal steps to effect possession of the decryption keys.

The Town and the OPP reached an agreement in May of this year that would have seen the OPP screen out and retain the sensitive/confidential data on the servers prior to having it released to the Town. However, despite this agreement, the OPP informed the Town on July 18, 2019, that a former MPS employee was not co-operating and still refuses to provide the decryption keys to the OPP. The Town's position is that former MPS employees (including Mr. Gordon, who was a civilian employee of the MPS), and both now private citizens, are not entitled to hold on to this sensitive information.

The continued encryption of the MPS electronic data has triggered the following:

  • Prevented the Town in carrying out its legislated duties under MFIPPA in a timely fashion;

  • Created and continues to cause a financial loss to the Town by compelling administration to expend both a significant amount of time and financial resources in the pursuit of the decryption keys and custody of these records;

  • Caused a perception which brings the municipality and its administration of justice into disrepute;

  • Has opened up the Town to the possibility of punitive financial liability and sanctions under Section 61 of FIPPA or Section 48 of MFIPPA;

  • Has caused the municipality and the Police Services Board to incur legal expenses in an effort to address the withholding of said records.

Administration reminded Council and residents that the Town is not seeking any information that the Town is not entitled to receive under the transition agreement approved by the OCPC.  Further the Administration and the OPP have accepted the terms of an agreement to effect the transfer to the Town and that some individuals are impeding the execution of that agreement. The Town wants to ensure that any documents the OPP believes should be in the OPP's possession are or will be in the OPP's possession.

At the Council Meeting held on Wednesday, August 14, Council directed Town Administration to undertake all necessary legal steps to address the encrypted MPS records and pursue those responsible for the impact this encryption has created.

The full report is included in the agenda for the August 14, 2019 Council meeting. Visit our Meetings & Agenda's webpage at www.midland.ca/pages/meetingagenda.aspx and click the date on the calendar to access it.​

Click here for a PDF of the media release.

Media Release: Town of Midland announces Corporate Reorganization​

(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland will be implementing a corporate reorganization on August 12, 2019, in its ongoing efforts to increase the corporation's ability to address issues and implement several key initiatives. The reorganization will see a shift in responsibilities amongst several department heads to better streamline workforce assignments and service delivery.

“This realignment is really about improving our efficiency and effectiveness," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Regional Government Review may loom large over our region, but the Town of Midland must continue to improve our ability to deal with issues, implement key initiatives that Council has identified, and look for ways to generate new ideas."

The new alignment will see the following changes:

  • Shawn Berriault, currently Director of Operations, will take on a new portfolio as Director of Community Services. This new portfolio will consist of the Town's Asset Management program; Procurement; Facility Management (including NSSRC); Lease Administration; the Town's real estate portfolio; and Transit Services. 

  • Andy Campbell, currently Director of Engineering, Water and Wastewater Services, will take on a new portfolio as Director of Infrastructure. This new portfolio will consist of the Town Capital and Development Engineering; Water & Wastewater; Operations; Parking Lots, Harbour Management; and Storm Water Management.

  • Amanpreet Sidhu, as Director of Corporate Services/Town Solicitor, will add Customer Service and By-law and Parking Enforcement to his portfolio, in addition to the Office of the Clerk; Corporate Communications; Culture and Tourism; IT Services; and Legal and Risk Management.

  • Laura Yourkin, as Director of Human Resources/Health & Safety, will add Benefits, Payroll and Pension Administration oversight to her portfolio, in addition to Compliance (Health and Safety, ESA); Labour Relations; Recruitment/Retention; and Corporate Training. Ms. Yourkin will also champion the Corporation's Lean Six Sigma initiative with support from various departmental champions.

  • Susan Turnbull, as Director of Finance, will continue to focus on Finance/Budget; Audit; Assessment and Taxation; Accounts Receivable and Payable; and Financial Planning and Investments.

  • Responsibilities in Planning and Building Services under the leadership of Director Wes Crown, as well as Fire & Emergency Services under the leadership of Fire Chief Paul Ryan, remain unchanged under this reorganization.

“As the corporation moves forward with the remaining Service Delivery initiatives and the Lean Six Sigma roll-out, we feel these changes will provide some new perspectives to our departments in our quest to become more efficient." said John Skorobohacz, Chief Administrative Officer. “Once we know the outcome of the Regional Governance Review, we will determine what future changes may be required."​

Click here for a PDF of this media release.


Media Release: Town of Midland launches Engaging Midland engagement site

(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland has launched a new engagement website, Engaging Midland (engagingmidland.ca), in an effort to engage residents with more news and information and present them with new opportunities to provide input on projects, ask questions and bring ideas forward.

“Increasing our communications and engagement efforts with residents is an important goal for all of Council and Town Administration," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “With the launch of Engaging Midland, we now have better tools to engage and consult with the community online and increase our level of inclusivity with respect to Town projects and initiatives."

The creation of an engagement site is part of the ongoing Community Engagement Strategy, which was approved in 2018 during the previous term of Council. The launch of Engaging Midland not only completes a key initiative of that strategy, it also makes progress on Council's Strategic Priorities to have Accountable, Responsive & Innovative Governance through the exploration and implementation of new service delivery models and community engagement/partnerships.

“Increasing our communication with residents was also identified in our 2017 Service Delivery Review as an improvement opportunity," said John Skorobohacz, Town of Midland Chief Administrative Officer. “By redesigning our website home page and launching Engaging Midland, we have increased the amount of news and information easily-available to residents and provided added options for engagement, while also paving the way for other elements of the Community Engagement Strategy to be successful."

Engaging Midland was created using the Engagement HQ platform from Bang the Table, a leading online engagement company that specializes in municipal government/community engagement. Engaging Midland will feature projects, news and events and provide registered participants the ability to ask questions, submit ideas, respond to surveys and more.

“Council values your input, and your comments, questions and ideas will help shape the future of our town," added Strathearn. “I encourage everyone to visit EngagingMidland.ca and register today, so you can join the conversation and help us continue to move Midland forward."​

​Click here​ for a PDF version of this media release.




Council Highlights - August 14, 2019


Encrypted Midland Police Service Records

Council received a detailed report outlining what has transpired since Council voted to transition from the Midland Police Service to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) service in September 2017. The report shed light on actions taken by former MPS employees to encrypt data, ahead of the transition on February 8, 2018 just prior to the OPP handover which rendered a number of computer servers inaccessible. There are also concerns regarding two unaccounted exter​nal hard drives that were being maintained by the former Police Chief that were never handed over during the transition.

The report, and accompanying presentation, explained the position the Town is put in by not having access to these documents, such as the failure to fulfill Freedom of Information and  Protection Privacy Act (FIPPA) obligations, , and the time and financial resources spent trying to resolve this situation.

As a result of the Town's failure to meet their responsibilities under Provincial legislation mandating access to information  the Province's Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) suggested that the Town use all legal steps available to gain possession to the encryption key, so that the town can meet its  legislated obligations, along with the requirements of that were   established through the disbandment process and approved by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC), OPP and Midland Police Services Board (MPSB).

Council on a recorded vote (6-2) approved the report recommendations and have directed Administration to take all necessary legal steps to address the encrypted MPS records matter and pursue the recovery of the applicable costs against former MPS Chief Mike Osborne and Mr. Bill Gordon.

Throughout the presentation, Council and Midland residents were reminded by Administration that the Town is not seeking any information that the Town is not entitled to receive under the transition agreement approved by the OCPC. ​Further the Administration and the OPP have accepted the terms of an agreement to effect the transfer to the Town and that some individuals are impeding the execution of that agreement. The Town wants to ensure that any documents the OPP believes should be in the OPP’s possession are or will be in the OPP’s possession. ​

King Street Reconstruction Schedule

An adjustment to the King Street Reconstruction schedule has been made, after Council approved a report that will see some work begin in the fall of 2019 along Bayshore Drive and on King Street from Bayshore Drive to Bay Street (from the Marina entrance to Bay St.). The purpose of moving this work forward ahead of schedule is to help reduce the anticipated transportation disruptions in 2020 during the work along King Street, from Bayshore Drive to Yonge Street.

Phase 2 of Bayport Village

Phase 2 of the Bay Port Village development received draft plan approval by Council.  Phase 2 of Bay Port Village includes two new roads, up to 144 freehold townhouses, 32 condominium townhouses and up to 291 apartment condos in a proposed 12 storey building.  In addition, developer Kaitlin Corporation has included a 0.29 hectare local park and a shared recreation centre for the condo owners.  Draft Plan approval sets out 44 conditions that the developer must satisfy prior to commencing development including the preparation of community design guidelines, park design, landscaping plans, and the full civil engineering design.

New Commercial Plaza at 710 Balm Beach Road

Council approved a site plan application for a new commercial plaza at 710 Balm Beach Road.  Developer Coland Developments Corp has proposed a commercial plaza which will include five (5) buildings with a total GFA of 8027 square metres (86,402 square feet) for office, office/medical, retail and a daycare facility.  Once the site plan agreement is finalized, Coland has indicated they wish to begin construction in fall 2019.



Development Charges By-law and Background Study 2019

Council has directed Hemson Consulting Ltd. To proceed with preparation of the Development Charges Background Study, with a release date scheduled for September 6, 2019, inline with the Provincial timeline for consideration of a future Development Charges (DC) By-law. The Town's current DC By-law is set to expire on November 19, 2019, and a number of elements of this background study are already underway, including:

  • Preparing residential and non-residential development forecasts;

  • Completion of current capital assets inventories for service level analysis; and

  • Preparation of a growth-related capital program.

Public engagement opportunities are already available on Engaging Mi​dland, where visitors can currently ask questions about the study, and a Public Engagement Meeting is scheduled for October 9, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at the Midland Public Library, and a Statutory Public Meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. (as part of that Council Meeting that evening.)

Dissolution of Culture Midland Committee

Council officially dissolved the Culture Midland Committee, effective August 15, as part of it's support of the new joint culture committee, the Culture Alliance in the Heart of Georgian Bay. This Culture Alliance brings together Beausoleil First Nation, Penetanguishene, Tay, Tiny and Midland, in an effort to focus on regional culture activities and programs.

Rainbow Crosswalk for Downtown Midland

Council approved a motion that would see a Rainbow Crosswalk installed in Downtown Midland in support of 2SLGBTQ+ community. Council directed staff to prepare a report detailing the timing and location of the crosswalk, with consideration being given to the King Street reconstruction project taking place in 2020.  ​

Love Your Laneways projects get more support!

Council passed by-law 2019-64 Wednesday night to waive sign permit application fees for new and improved signage in laneway entrances for businesses that are planning for the 2020 Big Dig Project.  By waiving sign fees for 2019 and 2020 Council is hoping to assist downtown business owners improve the laneway accesses into their buildings and provide for clear signage for customers to continue to shop and spend downtown.

The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 7 p.m. ​​


Council Highlights - July 10, 2019​

Public Meeting – Retail Businesses open on all Statutory Holidays

A report was presented at the public meeting that would allow retail businesses to be open on all statutory holidays. Currently businesses are allowed to be open for 7 of the 9 statutory holidays in Ontario, the only exceptions being Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.  Given the commercial that Midland is a commercial hub for the area and recognizing that some neighbouring communities do allow for retail operations to remain open year-round, the matter was put to a vote.   Council opted to stay with the current restrictions.

Seasons on Little Lake

Council approved the subdivision agreement for the first phase of the Seasons on Little Lake development by the Hanson Development Group.  The agreement provides the full financial and legal securities required by the Town of all new residential developments and will permit the developer to finalize the approvals for the first building permits within the development.

Council also lifted the holding symbol on the Phase 1A subdivision to permit the development to proceed to the next stages of approvals.  Phase 1A of the Season's project includes a new roadway north (Hanson Road) of Highway 12 opposite Beamish Road and includes significant land conveyances to the Town including 4.1 hectares of park/open space, 9.6 hectares of Little Lake, and a 3.56 hectare wood lot.

Town agrees to work with Development Group

Council approved the request of Pine Valley Homes to undertake a Secondary Plan study for a new growth area in the Town on the west side of County Road 93. The Town identified the area along the County Road 93 corridor as a priority growth area in 2002 and Pine Valley Homes have agreed to undertake a detailed planning and engineering study to determine the future growth and development patterns for five properties covering approximately 70 hectares of land in the area.  As details of the secondary plan study are resolved, more information will be provided on the Town websites and to the neighbouring property owners.

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2018 Year-End Report on Tax Arrears

Council received a report on the year-end Tax Arrears for 2018. The total outstanding taxes for 2018 represents 9.09% of total taxes billed (up 1.7% from the last year).  The outstanding value of the taxes of $2,911,620 includes not only the Town's portion, but also the amount owing to the County, School Boards as well as accumulated penalty and interest. 

The Province considers “Total Taxes Receivable less Allowance for Uncollectible as a percentage of Total Taxes Levied", one of its key indicators in assessing municipal performance.  A level below 10% is considered a low risk.

The new Property Tax Collection Policy approved by Council in February 2019 has provided for more notice to our taxpayers regarding any arrears.  Despite the notices provided since that approval, in June 2019 twenty (20) properties were eligible for Tax Sale and the process of registering the Tax Arrears Certificates was initiated. No properties were registered in 2018.

Climate Change Action Plan

Council approved the Climate Change Action Plan. Also, approval was given to the recommendation that Midland adopt the 2015 to 2028 Community and Corporate greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 6% and 15%, a commitment be made to review the Climate Change Action Plan every term of Council and update it accordingly.

In the Fall of 2018, Midland joined the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, a five-step milestone performance-based program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) approved as Midland's Associate Member. In January 2019, Midland achieved Milestone 1, by establishing a GHG emission inventory using 2015 as a baseline year. With the adoption of the emission reduction targets and creation of the Climate Change Action Plan, Midland has now achieved Milestone 2 and Milestone 3 of the PCP program.

The next step is to implement the Climate Change Action Plan in 2019 through 2025, to achieve Milestone 4. To achieve Milestone 5, progress must be monitored, and SSS will report the results every two years. 

Delegation of Administrative/Signing Authority

Council adopted a new by-law that consolidates many of the current delegated administrative/signing authority provisions for routine matters.

The consolidated by-law arises from the recent Service Delivery Review which identified opportunities for greater efficiency in service delivery to our customers.  In addition to the existing provisions, Staff reviewed a number of comparable municipal practices and included several additional provisions to streamline our processes.  This delegated signing authority will provide for enhanced public/community service and/or lead to greater efficiency in executing required functions.  

Love Your Laneways Update

Council heard an update from Mr. Burke Penny, leader of the Love Your Laneways Action Committee. The purpose of this project is to create attractive, safe and functional laneways in downtown Midland, and transform Borsa and Bourgeois Lanes into vibrant spaces. This project will help mitigate negative effects of the King Street reconstruction project taking place in 2020, by providing better access to downtown businesses through the improved laneways.

The committee has been hard at work spreading the word about this project and working with businesses to help bring as many onboard as possible. The Love Your Laneways Improvement Handbook is now available for download (will have a link) which will provide guidance for businesses and building owners who are taking on their own projects for improving their respective laneways. It also provides ideas for the Town's own laneway improvement initiatives.

For more information, visit their BlogFacebook and Instagram pages. Like and follow them to receive further updates as the project progresses.

The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at 7 p.m. ​


3-Month Permit Parking Passes available now for only $99!

The Town of Midland has 3-month permit parking passes available for $99 (formerly $110). With the purchase of these permit parking passes, you can choose between four Municipal Lot locations:

  • ​First Street (behind the Midland Public Library)

  • Old Bourgeois Motors site (behind Mink Insurance)

  • Midland Avenue (behind TD Bank)

  • Midland Avenue (between Elizabeth & Yonge)

​​Your permit pass will allow you to park in the lot you have chosen for that 3-month period.

Interested in purchasing one?

Visit the Town Municipal Office at 575 Dominion Avenue to get yours today!​​​​

​Town of Midland launches Traffic Monitoring Study

The Town of Midland Engineering Department has a kicked off a series of traffic studies within the Town, using our new traffic monitoring trailer. The trailer will track vehicle speed and volume along streets within the community.

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The main area of focus for the month of June will be school zones before they let out for summer. Over the course of the summer, the trailer will be deployed at numerous hot zones and areas of interest. The trailer will not only be tracking speed and volume, it will also​ provide speed awareness to drivers and help calm traffic, with the desired results being calmer, safer streets throughout Midland.

If you have any questions/comments on the study, please call 705-526-4275 ext. 2217 or email nmurdock@midland.ca.​

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Hugel Avenue Reconstruction to begin on May 13.

Beginning on Monday, May 13, the Hugel Avenue Reconstruction Project is set to begin. The reconstruction will involve the section of Hugel Avenue stretching from Midland Avenue to George Street, and include:

  • Replacement of approximately 630 metres of mainline sanitary sewer;

  • Replacement of approximately 765 metres of watermain;

  • Installation of approximately 570 metres of storm sewer and associated structures; and

  • Reconstruction of approximately 765 metres of roadway, including installation of a concrete curb and a standard 1.5 metre-wide sidewalk.

Notices were delivered to residents impacted by this project on Monday, May 6​.

During this project, which is expected to be completed in late November 2019, this section of Hugel Avenue will be closed, open only to local traffic and emergency vehicles.

For more information on the project, and potential impacts to residents, please read the Constr​uc​tion Newsletter​ provided by our engineering consultant, Tatham Engineering.

Update - June 6, 2019

Please be advised that beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, the intersection of Hugel Avenue and Midland Avenue will be closed completely to finish​ water main upgrades and road work. The intersection is scheduled to be re-opened to traffic the morning of Friday, June 14.​



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 5-7, 2019! 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!​


Media Release: Town of Midland reaches long-term agreements with various unionized employee groups

(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland has reached a negotiated settlement with two (2) of its major unionized employee groups. Five (5) year deals with both the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 328 (representing the Town's Operations, Water and Wastewater, and Utility Billing employees) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 636 (representing the Town's Administrative and Technical employees). Both agreements provide benefit enhancements and wage increases of 2.5% (2019); 1% (2020); 1.75% (2021); 1.75% (2022) and 1.75% (2023). The Collective Bargaining process modernized elements of the contract language, including a commitment to implement internal / pay equity following the Lean Six Sigma work process improvements, and the legal rights of the employee bargaining units in the event of future amalgamations.

The Town and the Midland Professional Firefighters Association (MPFA) were unable to reach a negotiated settlement following the expiry of the last agreement, December 31, 2016. Following mediation arbitration was held April 10, 2019, whereby both parties provided extensive written submissions. Arbitrator Jules B. Bloch, on June 7, 2019, issued an Arbitration Award for five (5) years granting MPFA minor benefit enhancements consistent with similar agreements across the province and 2.75% increases for each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. For the remaining two years (2020 and 2021) the award means a split increase with 1.5% being awarded in January and 1.25% in July in each year. The Arbitration Board remains seized, and the parties will meet to develop a letter of understanding on drug benefits by August 30, 2019.

The Town's Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety, Laura Yourkin, reported out the results of the negotiations to Council reflecting upon the desire to move the organization forward through the process improvement initiatives (Lean Six Sigma) which were addressed in the newly negotiated agreements. The process review exercise was a recommendation arising from the Service Delivery Review initiative approved by the former council and supported by the new council in their strategic planning exercise.  ​

For the PDF version, click here to visit our Media Releases & Public Notices page.​
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Town of Midland receives Celebrate Ontario Grant

​On Thursday, June 13, on behalf of the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo​, Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop announced that the Town of Midland would be receiving a Celebrate Ontario Grant in the amount of $57,450, in support of this summer's Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Festival on August 9-11 in Midland.

"This funding is a wonderful gesture from the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. "Bringing top-notch festivals and events to the Town of Midland takes a lot of resources, and this funding will help ensure that our Tall Ships Challenge Ontario Festival will be a great success this summer."

Celebrate Ontario was created to support programming improvements at new and existing festivals/events that attract longer-term tourism visitors​​​​​ and support local communities.

 

Town of Midland Corporate Services Director, Amanpreet Sidhu, Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop,
and Mayor Stewart Strathearn at Thursday's Celebrate Ontario Grant announcement.

In addition to Midland, three other Simcoe County communities received funding. Severn Township received $8,222 in support of their Coldwater Steampunk Festival; the Town of Wasaga Beach received $11,000 for their 2019 Stonebridge Wasaga Beach Blues Festival; and the City of Orillia received $100,000 for the Mariposa Folk Festival.



Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation begins on May 14

Starting on Tuesday, May 14, crews will be working on rehabilitating sanitary sewer lines throughout the Town of Midland. The work is expected to ​be completed in June.

Map of Sanitary Sewer Lines Affected

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While work is occuring, residents can expect a temporary shutdown of sanitary services, which will typically affect them for four hour intervals. If and when these shutdowns are to take place, residents affected by it will receive notices alerting them in advance.

If you have any questions/concerns about this project, please call 705-526-4275 ext. 4207 or ext. 4204.


Town of Midland Photo Challenge

We're looking for some great photos to feature on our website and more! 

We are preparing to give our website a makeover. We're giving it a fresh look and tweaking a few things so that we can provide more news and information. In many ways, it will be the same website, just with more to offer on the home page, and a more interesting look. 

That's where you come in. 

We need your photos! Part of this new look will include a background image that will be seen throughout the website, and be changed periodically. We're hoping our residents/visitors will be willing to share some of their snaps of this beautiful area with us to use!

We are looking for photos of Midland, showing the different seasons and the various attractions in the area.

Not only will your photos potentially be used on our website, you could see them used in the newspaper for Town of Midland ads or in other Town promotional material. If your photo is used, we'll be sure to give you credit so you have some bragging rights!

Interested? 

To be considered, photos must be in colour, JPEG, high resolution (preferrably 300 dpi) and ​1920 x 1080 pixels​ (at minimum to work well as a website background). Other sizes may​ be used for promotional material.

If your photos meet these requirements, email them to communications@midland.ca​ today! (Maximum 25mb per email. If your photos are too large in file size, please email saying so and other arrangements can be made. Photos will not be accepted over social media.​)

Thank you in advance to those who submit photos. We may not use all of them, but we appreciate the participation/support!

*Please note that by sending in images you will be granting consent to the Town of Midland to use your photos in any future promotions and materials.*


Council Highlights - June 19, 2019


Union Agreements

On Wednesday, June 19, during a closed session, Council received a report regarding the successful negotiated agreements between and Town and two of its major employee unions, OPSEU Local 328 and IBEW Local 636.

For more details, click here​.


Zoning By-law Review

Council has directed that staff move to the next stage in the review and update to the Town's Zoning By-law, which has not been the subject of a major housekeeping since 2010.  The Staff proposals for refinements and revisions to the Zoning By-law will be presented to the public for review and comment via a community open house and public meeting, both still to be scheduled.  Updates on the Zoning By-law Review and the dates for the upcoming public consultation and engagement process will be posted on the Town's website.

Love Your Laneways CIP

Council approved a new Laneways Community Improvement Plan (CIP) as a vital part of the Love Your Laneways project intended to assist downtown merchants and business owners prepare for the 2020 Big Dig by making improvements to their laneway and alternative accesses to their businesses.  Eligible projects could include rear façade upgrades, improved lighting, new signage, and landscaping.  For more details contact Martin Uhachek at muharchek@midland.ca.


Bayport Village Phase 1C

Council approved the amending agreement for the new Phase 1C cul-de-sac to be developed south of Bayport Boulevard approximately 60 metres east of Harbourview Drive.  Phase 1C contains four townhouse blocks and with a total of 14 freehold townhouses.   Phase 1C is the last part of the first phase of the Bayport Village subdivision.

Community Grant Program – Spring 2019

Nine applications were approved for the 2019 Spring Intake of the Community Grant Program. $52,000 in total was approved through the General Funding Stream, with the following applicants receiving grant money:

  • Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre - $10,000

  • Sistema Huronia Music Academy - $1,000

  • Midland Rotary Music in the Park 2019 - $500

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe - $7,000

  • Brookside Music Association - $3,000

  • Quest Art School + Gallery - $4,500

  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 80 Midland - $10,000

  • Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment - $14,000

  • Midland Pipes and Drums - $2,000.

The Guesthouse Shelter was also approved for $37,692.20 under the Community Safety Funding stream, and the Town Crier and Midland Civitan Santa Claus Parade were classified as core activities and will now be party of the Special Events Operating Budget moving forward.

The Town of Midland thanks all who applied and are welcome to apply for the 2019 Fall Intake. For more details on the Community Grant Program click here

Culture Alliance in the Heart of Georgian Bay

Council agreed to move forward with the Culture Alliance in the Heart of Georgian Bay (Culture Alliance), and alliance between the Town of Midland, Town of Penetanguishene, Township of Tay, Township of Tiny, and the Beausoleil First Nation to form a joint cultural committee for our region. Each partner will also appoint a municipal representative for the Culture Alliance.

As part of the agreement, the Town will contribute $10,000 to the Culture Alliance, matching the contributions of our partners, which will be managed by the Town of Penetanguishene.

In addition, the allocation of $10,000 of the joint funds for the fall Artrepreneur program and $10,000 for the Ontario Musicians Co-operative Inc's Emerging Artist Program this summer was approved.

The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. ​​


Love Your Laneways Project Kicks off with an exhibition on May 8!

What is the Love Your Laneways Project? It's a project aimed at creating attractive, safe and functional laneways in downtown Midland. By doing this it will create improved and inviting rear access to businesses along King Street, and increase access and time spen​t downtown by residents and visitors.

Why focus on laneways? Well, you may have heard that in 2020 the Town will be digging up King Street for vital infrastructure work, so this project is striving to offset the effects that construction project will have on downtown businesses.

The Love Your Laneways Project, which is a partnership effort between the Love Your Laneways Action Committee, the Downtown BIA, and the Town of Midland,​ kicked off in April 2019, and will continue through to August 2020, with most of the work intended to be complete by June 2020.

The exhibition is an opportunity for business owners and residents to receive information and ideas on how to support laneway and adjacent property improvements, provide their feedback on the project, and to help create more awareness and boost interest in the project!

Love Your Laneways Exhibition

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

1 p.m - 8 p.m.

Midland Public Library - Assembly Hall

For more information, and to stay up-to-date on the Love Your Laneways Project you can visit the following links:

Exhibition Facebook Event page​

Website/blog

Facebook page

Instagram page




Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival is almost here!

The Town of Midland's 7th 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 7 until approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8)

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 First Street to Bourgeois Lane

Bayshore Drive - From First Street to Midland Avenue

Click here​ for a map of the road closures that will be in effect.​

Transportation/Transit

Transit will be free on Saturday, June 8, 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.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, there will be a free shuttle service, with pick-ups at Wye Valley Business Park (1000 Wye Valley Road) with stops at the corner of Bayshore Drive and Midland Avenue, and the corner at Midland Avenue and Elizabeth Street.

There will also be shuttle service from Penetanguishene, picking up riders at the Penetanguishene Town Dock and Village Square Mall, and dropping them off at the municipal lot at First Street and Easy Street.

The Midland Drive-In (1299 The Angela Schmidt Foster Road) is a new shuttle parking location and they will drop off riders at the municipal lot at First Street and Easy Street. (same stop as transit and the special event shuttle from Penetanguishene).

Click here​ for a full bus route map showing the locations of the shuttle pick ups/drop offs, and where the downtown regular transit pickups will be made.

Town Dock

Please be advised that there will be no parking available at the Town Dock on Saturday, June 8.

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 Buttertartfestival.ca​.​​​​​


Annual Uni-Directional Flushing program begins on June 3

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.

This year the UDF program will start on Monday, June 3​, 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.​​​


New Self-Help Customer Service Portal “E-Service Midland"

Midland is always looking for ways to improve our customer service…and we are now we've expanded your options by offering to take your requests for service - online! In addition to our traditional methods for requesting service (email, walk-in and telephone), customers can now visit our website and send requests through our new self-help customer service portal, “E-service Midland".

How does E-service Midland work?

The E-service Midland online form has a drop-down list of sample service requests for you to choose from – or - just start typing, and the system will automatically make a suggestion that you can select. All you have to do is provide a summary with some details to ensure we have sufficient information about your concerns. Once you submit your request, it is automatically assigned to the appropriate staff member for action - no more guessing which department to call!  

How do I know you're working on my request?

Immediately, you will receive an email notification (complete with a case-tracking number). We will notify you that your request has been received. Staff may call or email you for further follow up – we want to fully understand and complete your request as quickly as possible. And once the issue has been resolved, you will receive a follow-up email letting you know that your concerns have been taken care of. 

Feedback is always welcome!

The E-service Midland follow-up email will also provide you with an option for a quick survey so you can let us know how we're doing. Your feedback is important to us as it will enable us to find new ways to improve our customer service.​

Please note: E-Service Midland is not monitored 24/7. For after hours service emergencies, including flooding, water main ​or sewer breaks please call 705-527-8274.​

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Council Highlights - May 15, 2019


2019 Budget Approved

Following several special Council meetings over the past several months the 2019 Budget was approved.  The 2019 Municipal Operating Budget represents a total of $27.1 Million with additional capital projects in a number of service areas of $4.3 Million and the Water and Wastewater Operating Budget was approved at $6.7 M with additional capital investments into the​ system of $2.7 M.

Council also took the bold step of starting to address the future infrastructure needs by allocating a 1% capital tax levy that will see $204,140 contributed to a Sustainable Capital Infrastructure Renewal Strategy reserve. Council acknowledged the importance of investing in the Town's infrastructure and have started to make this modest investment in what will be a long-term strategy to ensure the Town is equipped to address our future asset replacement requirements.

The residential taxpayer will see an increase of $21/$100,000 of property assessment on the combined (Midland/County/Education) portions of the tax levy. Effective July 1, 2019, water and wastewater rates will increase to start addressing the needs for maintenance and future replacements of the water and wastewater systems. The approved increase of 5% for water, and 4% for wastewater will impact typical residential consumers in the amount of $18.30 more a year for water, and $17.40 more for wastewater.

The 2019 Tax Rate By-law for all classes of property assessment will be presented to Council on June 5 and will show overall reductions for other categories (industrial, commercial and multi-residential based upon the County Tax Rate policies


Regional Government Review Submission

Council received a verbal report from CAO John Skorobohacz, along with a formal submission the Town of Midland has made to the Ontario Government, regarding the Regio​nal Government Review (RGR) currently taking place. The RGR is anticipated to have some sweeping changes throughout most Regions and the County of Simcoe. Midland is taking a proactive stance expressing a desire to work in collaboration with the Province in shaping the future of North Simcoe. To view the submission, click here

Site Plan Approval for Hampton Inn at 877 King Street

At its meeting last night Council approved the site plan application for a new Hampton Inn hotel proposed for the property at 877 King Street. The approval will permit the construction of a new 4 storey hotel with a building footprint of 1,088 square metres, including 80 guestrooms for a total of 4,794 square metres of gross floor area. Construction is anticipated to start shortly. Council also considered a request to phase the payment of the required development charges and provided direction to staff to prepare a Deferral Agreement for consideration of Council at a future meeting.



Quick Hits

User Fee increase for NSSRC, Parks and Harbour

Council approved a 2% increase in rates for services and activities provided by the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Parks and Harbour facilities.


Heritage Designation for 640 Bayport Boulevard

Council approved a report recommending staff prepare a designation by-law to designate 640 Bayport Boulevard under the Ontario Heritage Act. The building is believed to be the oldest standing industrial building in Midland and is a major link back to the historic lumber mill operation in the 1890s and connections to the Drummond foundry company, Canada Iron Furnace.


2019 Terry Fox Run

Mr.  Don Chapman gave a deputation outlining this year's Terry Fox Run, to be held on Sunday, September 15 starting at Perkinsfield Park.


Transient Slips at Town Dock

Mr. Rick Layzell gave a deputation on the benefit of increasing the number of transient boat slips at Midland Town Dock, highlighting the boost in tourism and tourism dollars transient slips bring to other similar communities.


Approved Community Events

  • Midland's 8th Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day – Free BBQ lunch at noon on May 22, 2019, at the Town Dock.
  • Simcoe Shores Secondary School Community Feast – Final year project meal prepared by students, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Town Dock Pavilion.
  • St. Theresa's Catholic High School Relay for life – A 12-hour walk benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at St. Theresa's.​

​The next Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2019.​


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 25, and Sunday, May 26, 2019. 

Items can be placed curbside starting at 8am on Saturday, May 25. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5pm on Sunday, May 26. Failure to do so could result in fines.

Make room. Find free, cool stuff!​


Huronia Airport wants to hear from you!

As a component of the overall business review for the Huronia Airport it is critical to have input from various stakeholders that foster discussions to determine the economic development priorities and eventually will support the development of a strategic position for the Huronia Airport.  As such, a survey is being conducted across the following stakeholders within the municipalities that Huronia Airport serves:

  • Aviation Community

  • General Public

  • Council Members

  • Tourism and Economic Development Agencies​

Purpose of Survey

The Huronia Airport Steering Committee is looking to engage the local community to ensure that the aviation community and the general public have the opportunity to provide feedback to the municipalities as they explore the economic impact of the Huronia Airport to the region. ​

About the Airport

The Huronia Municipal Airport is owned and operated by the Towns of Midland, Penetanguishene, and the Township of Tiny, the airport serves and area encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene and the Townships of Tiny and Tay, which catchment area that runs from Wasaga Beach to the west, Honey Harbour to the north, Moonstone and Highway 400 to the east and Hillsdale and Phelpston (and highway 400) to the south.

  • The Airport serves the Huronia Region by providing airport facilities for:

  • Business Aircraft

  • Recreational Pilots

  • Aircraft Maintenance

  • Emergency Medical Evacuation Flights

  • Support for Search and Rescue Aircraft

  • Firefighting Training

For questions about the survey or to provide feedback over the phone please contact 705-​775-5022 or email info@loomex.ca​. This survey can be mailed to 550 – 925 Airport Road, Peterborough, ON K9J 0E7.

To access this survey and provide feedback online please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HuroniaAirport ​

For a printable PDF version of the survey click here.

The survey closes on May 24, 2019.​


The Town of Midland is taking part in Pitch-In Week!

April 22-29, 2019 is Pitch-In Week, the largest environmental improvement campaign in Canada. This year the Town of Midland is taking part and looking for residents who are interested in pitching-in to help clean up our community!

Our Pitch-In Day is on Monday, April 22, and any groups/participants interested in participating can pick up free garbage bags and gloves from the Town of Midland a week in advance, on April 15-17.

Where can you 'Pitch-In'?

Groups/participants can clean up any areas they choose, however there are some areas in Midland that can always use some attention, such as:

  • Yonge Street & County Road 93

  • Sundowner Road

  • Vindin Street

  • Along Rotary Trail

How can you get involved?

Easy! Simply email pitchin@midland.ca​ and arrange to pick up your bags and gloves, and also let us know where you plan on cleaning so we can pick up your filled garbage bags at the end of the day!​​ You can also take photos of your crew pitching-in and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PitchInMidland. If we see it, we'll share it!

​Pitching-In Safety Tips


*If you or anyone in your group finds broken glass, needles or any other dangerous items,​ do not touch them. Please email pitchin@midland.ca​ to notify our Operations Department and they will handle safe collection of those items​.*


For more details on Pitch-In Week, visit ​​PITCH-IN Canada​​

Midland's Proposed New Official Plan: Open House and Statutory Public Meeting

In accordance with Section 17 and Section 26 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c.P.13, as amended, you are invited to attend an Open House and Statutory Public Meeting to ask questions and provide comments on Midland’s proposed new Official Plan (February 2019). The proposed new Official Plan articulates Midland’s vision to the planning horizon of 2031 and has been developed through an extended public engagement and consultation process.

Open House

The purpose of the Open House is to provide the public with the opportunity to review and discuss the proposed new Official Plan (February 2019) with representatives from the Town and the Consulting Team. There will be no formal presentation given.

The Town is providing an Open House on:
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
3:30 to 5 p.m. & 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Town Hall, Council Chambers
575 Dominion Avenue


Statutory Public Meeting

The purpose of the Statutory Public Meeting is to provide the public with the opportunity to provide comments to Council on the proposed new Official Plan (February 2019) and for Council to consider the feedback prior to adopting the new Official Plan.

The Statutory Public Meeting will be held on:
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
6:00 p.m.
​North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre Community Hall - 527 Len Self Blvd


Why has a new Official Plan been prepared?

The Official Plan is a statutory document that sets out land use policy to guide growth, land use planning and development approvals in Midland. The Planning Act requires that municipalities revise their Official Plans no less frequently than every five years and every ten years for a new official plan. The Town’s current Official Plan was adopted in 2002. The Town initiated this Official Plan Review project in 2015, which included policy, research, analysis, studies, staff reports and community feedback on a range of topics.

The proposed new Official Plan project was undertaken to clarify Midland’s local vision for the future, as well as to conform to Simcoe County’s Official Plan. The plan directs growth in Midland based on the principles of supporting a vibrant Downtown and waterfront, protecting the natural environment and sensitive features, building a healthy community, increasing travel options, making efficient use of existing and planned infrastructure through targeted intensification, and maintaining and building a strong economy.​

The proposed new Official Plan (February 2019) contains revisions based on feedback received through the Natural Heritage System Review, the Growth Plan 2017 Conformity Review, and through written submissions.

The proposed new Official Plan applies to the entire Town of Midland, and therefore a key map is not provided with this notice.

For more information on the proposed new Official Plan (February 2019), including previous draft (May 2017), past consultation, background studies and related materials, visit the Town’s website at: ​www.midland.ca/official-plan-review​.

Where can I get a copy of the proposed new Official Plan?

The proposed new Official Plan (February 2019) is available:

• Online at: www.midland.ca/official-plan-review​

• For viewing at the Town Hall, 575 Dominion Ave., from Monday to Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• For viewing at the Midland Public Library.

Where and How to submit comments

Please forward your comments on the proposed new Official Plan (February 2019) to the attention of the Planning and Building Services Department, Town of Midland, 575 Dominion Ave, Midland, Ontario, L4R 1R2, or by email to planning@midland.ca by no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12th, 2019, if you want your comments included in the Agenda for the Public Meeting.

The Deadline for submission of comments in order to be considered prior to adoption is Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Speaking at the Public Meeting

Since this is a Statutory Public Meeting, you do not have to register in advance in order to speak. Speakers are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes each and may be streamed online. If you have presentation materials, they must be submitted to Sherri Edgar, Deputy Clerk, at 705-526-4275, ext. 2210 or sedgar@midland.ca by noon the day before the meeting to allow for their distribution and review by all members of the committee. Please note, the content of all submissions is considered to be public and will be posted to the Town’s website.

Notice of Decision

A staff report recommending adoption of the proposed new Official Plan is scheduled for consideration at the June 19th, 2019 Council meeting.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of Midland Council on the proposed new Official Plan, you must make a written request to Sherri Edgar, Deputy Clerk, Town of Midland, 575 Dominion Ave, Midland, Ontario, L4R 1R2.

Please Take Notice

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Midland before the proposed new Official Plan is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of Simcoe County (the approval authority) to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Midland before the proposed new Official Plan is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the LPAT unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.​

To view the full notice on the Open House and Statutory Public Meeting, click here.​


Council Highlights – March 20, 2019

There were three main discussion points during the Council meeting held on Wednesday, March 20:

King Street Rejuvenation is happening in 2020

Council approved a report from Director of Engineering, Andy Campbell, awarding the RFP for the King Street reconstruction/rejuvenation project to Arnott Construction for $12,248,000. The work will commence in 2020, with substantial completion by November 30, 2020, and be fully completed by May 30, 2021.

The report also recommended that staff work with the downtown business improvement association and others along King Street to develop a funding strategy as a contribution toward the project. In addition, staff were encouraged to consider strategies for the improvements of Borsa and Bourgeois Lanes in 2019 to help accommodate the increased usage of these laneways during the 2020 King Street reconstruction. Options for those laneway improvements are expected to form part of the upcoming presentations to Council during the 2019 Budget deliberations.


Bayport Village Phase 2 Public Meeting

A public meeting was held as part of the Council meeting, where Director of Planning, Wes Crown gave a presentation on the proposed Phase 2 of the Bayport Boulevard development.  The meeting also included a presentation by Jamie Robinson, planner and representative for the Kaitlin Corporation, the property developer. The balance of the public meeting was taken up with a variety of public comments from residents of the area who expressed their views respecting the proposed planning/development changes and the likely implications to a wide range of issue.

There were some common themes heard from residents, most of which focussed on the safety of having only one entrance to Bayport Boulevard and the challenges associated with the construction process as well as the timeliness of access by any emergency vehicles; the current challenges associated with traffic and the expectations respecting increased traffic on the roadway as the buildout continues, as well as the capacity of the current intersection at Bayport Boulevard and Harbourview Drive to meet the volumes of traffic.

Staff will now take all the comments and input received and prepare a detailed staff report that will address these concerns while also considering the proposal from the Kaitlin Corporation within the context of the existing Town, County and Provincial Plans and policies.


E-service Midland Customer Service Management System

Council received a report formally launching the Town's new customer​ service management system, E-service Midland. This customer service system allows residents to file a request through our online webform​, and the request will automatically be assigned to the appropriate staff member(s) for actioning. Once completed, the resident will receive follow-up communication informing them that their request has been fulfilled.

E-service Midland will also provide dashboard monitoring so staff can track how many requests are being fulfilled, common trends and hot spot mapping, indicating areas where certain requests are more common (ex. Areas prone to potholes).

In addition to those three items, Council also approved:

  • Proposed street names for the Hanson Development at Highway 12 and Beamish Road;

  • Huronia Pregnancy Resource Centre (HPRC) Charity Motorcycle Ride, to be held at 9 a.m. on August 24, 2019, running from 522 Elizabeth Street to Elmvale;

  • Road closure on King Street from Hannah Street to Colborne Street on May 8, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the Candlelight Tribute Ceremony; and

  • Road closure on King Street from Hannah Street to Ellen Street on May 26, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph by the Ladies Auxillaries of Zone E4.

The next Midland Town Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.​



Call for Nominations for 2019 Heritage Awards

The nomination period is open for the 2019 Heritage Merit Awards and 2019 Heritage Appreciation Awards!

The Heritage Merit Awards, established in 1994, recognizes property owners that have made a valuable ​contribution to conserving and maintaining the Town’s built heritage by restoring and maintaining building or structures in keeping with its original architectural design. The awards are presented in order to honour those who have preserved the Town’s heritage.

The Heritage Appreciation Awards, established in 2009, recognize individuals or organizations that have played a significant role in the promotion or conservation of heritage in the Town of Midland.

Details on the Heritage Merit Awards and the Heritage Appreciation Awards, including submission requirements and evaluation criteria, are available here.

If you have any questions or wish to submit a written nomination, please forward to:

Midland Heritage Committee
575 Dominion Avenue
Midland, ON
L4R 1R2
Attn: Angela Zhao
azhao@midland.ca

Nominations will be received on or before March 12, 2019.

We thank everyone for their nominations, however, only award winners will be contacted.​

Vacant Commercial and Industrial Property Rebate Program ended in Simcoe County

The County of Simcoe, in conjunction with its local area municipalities has opted out of the program that provided property tax rebates for vacant commercial and industrial units and buildings. This change was effective as of January 1, 2018, and officially approved by the Province of Ontario in a notice provided in January 2019, in accordance with Ontario Regulation 325/01 as amended.

The vacant unit rebate program for commercial and industrial properties provided partial property tax rebates for qualifying units and buildings that were unoccupied and unused for a period of at least 90 days within a taxation year. This was an application based program and applied to vacancy periods that ended on or before December 31, 2017.​

The last day for which eligibility could be claimed was December 31, 2017 and the last day on which a valid application could be made was February 28, 2018.​

Over time, municipalities within the County and across the Province found the program to be increasingly difficult to manage, budget for and administer. The application and enforcement of eligibility criteria has become particularly difficult due to loosely defined rules and limited compliance provisions. Further, while conceived as a means of addressing temporary or sporadic conditions, many properties remained eligible for years at a time or indefinitely, thereby receiving ongoing vacancy rebates; often realizing assessment based reductions as well to reflect the persistent vacancy. 

In the fall of 2016, the Minister of Finance provided municipalities with the opportunity to consider the role of this program within their local tax regimes and to make decisions as to what, if any, changes would benefit their municipality and its broader taxpayer base.

During 2017 and 2018, the County and local area municipalities devoted significant resources and time to consider the future of this rebate within the broader context of the local property tax regime. These efforts included, but were not limited to, engaging with local stakeholders, taxpayers and the business community to both inform and consult.

Having considered all available information and input, Simcoe County Council made a formal request to the Minister of Finance that the program be eliminated on the basis that this would best serve the broader tax base and overall health of the local tax system.​

Please be advised, if you have made an application for this rebate, you will receive this letter and backgrounder from the Town.


Council Highlights - February 6, 2019

The first Council Meeting of the month took place on February 6. February is the first month where our new schedule takes effect, with two monthly council meetings occurring on the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Council gathered an hour early for a Council Orientation session on Planning 101, presented by Wes Crown, Director of Planning and Building Services. Although a general orientation was held back in December, Council will continue to have focused workshops addressing very specific areas of responsibilities over the coming weeks.

The February 6 Council meeting began immediately following the workshop. This meeting marked the third meeting held under our new procedural by-law, and Council Members are starting to find their grove with the more streamlined approach.  With the agenda now being available a week in advance, Council Members have more time to delve into issue prior to the meeting and becoming more informed about the topics before them. The key issues that Council chose to delve into for a more in-depth discussion included a Planning report on the proposed street names from Hanson Development Group; and an Engineering report on the King Street Rejuvenation project.

Hanson Development - Street Names

​The Hanson Development Group was seeking approval of five street names for their new housing development, Seasons on Little Lake, located just north of Highway 12 at Beamish Road. While all three of the names to be  selected by the Developer came from the Historic Street Name Inventory, Council denied the motion and has requested the Hanson Development Group return with a new proposal, ensuring all proposed street names are selected from the three different lists in Historic Street Name Inventory, ensuring names are selected from each list in accordance with the policy.​

King Street Rejuvenation

Council considered a report from Director of Engineering Andy Campbell, outlining the results of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for contractors to bid on the King Street Rejuvenation project, which will see major construction undertaken to improve the water/wastewater infrastructure on King Street, from Yonge Street to Bayshore Drive.

The RFP proposed two timing options:

Option 1 - Bayshore Drive to Hugel Avenue completed in 2019; Hugel Avenue to Yonge Street completed in 2020; with beautification elements of the project completed in 2021.

Option 2 - Bayshore Drive to Yonge Street completed in 2019; with beautification elements completed in 2020.

The report recommended that the Town proceed with some further stakeholder consultation on the proposed project timelines. Council also received feedback in the form of a Downtown BIA petition requesting that the project be completed in one year in 2020. Council requested the Town Engineer to consider the feedback and determine what latitude the Town would have through the Town's procurement by-law to determine the cost for a one year project in 2020. Council heard that there were a number of tourism initiatives panned for 2019 which would be impacted and a delayed start would allow the downtown merchants an additional year to make appropriate plans for the potential discuption caused by the construction. 

Council also approved: a request from the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and The Guesthouse Shelter to host the Coldest Night of the Year Walk-a-thon Event on February 23, 2019; and a request from Rainbows to host the Dash of Colour Fun Run on August 17, 2019.

Council will meet again on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.​

Town Financial System down on February 5 & 6 for scheduled upgrade

Please be advised our financial system will be down for the entire day on both Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6, for a scheduled system upgrade. 

Payments for Town services will be accepted (cash/debit/credit/cheque) at the Town Hall office, however, customer inquiries on accounts including tax statements and tax certificates will be not be available.  

Burn permits will still be available for purchase by property owners but unfortunately they cannot be issued to tenants during this time.

Dog tags will still be available for purchase​ as well.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause.​


Rural Ontario Institute selects Chigamik Community Health Centre to help improve community vitality and wellbeing

Midland, Ontario – January 29, 2019 – Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre has been selected by the Rural Ontario Institute as one of only three community demonstration projects across Ontario aimed at better understanding and improving community vitality and wellbeing, as part of their North Simcoe Community Health Link.

“On behalf of all the partners involved with the North Simcoe Community Health Link, we are pleased to be selected to take part in this important community demonstration project, since it attests to the value and mission of what we are trying accomplish in the health care system. This is a great example of what Community Health Centres truly stand for - community collaboration for real change," said David Jeffery, Executive Director, Chigamik Community Health Centre. 

The North Simcoe Community Health Link, which serves the most fragile health care users, has been the first health care agency to pioneer the use of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing as a way to research, identify and combat social isolation in a health care setting. This has resulted in major reductions in emergency room visits (31%) and admission to hospitals (45%) throughout North Simcoe Muskoka.

Through the research, it has been identified that five per cent of people in Ontario use two-thirds of all health care dollars. And, the majority of these people have medical conditions that are either caused or worsened by poverty, malnutrition and social isolation. The goal of this project is to develop non-medical, cost effective interventions that focus on addressing the social determinants of health through such interventions as “social prescribing" – enabling primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical, community services and activities. 

“After reviewing the potential impact this project can have on our community, I believe the social prescribing approach, highlighted in the Health Link research, The Missing Link, can help alleviate pressures not just in our hospitals, but potentially in other human service agencies as well," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Town of Midland. 

Over the next eight months, Chigamik Community Health Centre will be working with the Town of Midland and other community partners to better understand and improve local community wellbeing – moving beyond data collection and reporting to the implementation of strategies and actions to improve community vitality.​

Click here to view the full media release from Chigamik Community Health Centre.​

Restricted Door-to-Door sales activity in Midland

The Town has received reports from residents that sales people are currently going door-to-door in Midland selling water filtration systems, and asking to enter homes to check the pipes and current water systems in place. 

This activity is restricted by the Province of Ontario under the Consumer Protection Act.

Changes to the Consumer Protection Act were made early last year, and under the act, the following products and services are restricted from being sold door-to-door:

  • furnaces

  • air conditioners

  • air cleaners

  • air purifiers

  • water heaters

  • water treatment devices

  • water  purifiers

  • water filters

  • water softeners

  • duct cleaning services

  • any good or service that performs or combines one or more of the above functions​

All restricted activity like this should be reported to the Province through their consumer complaints and enforcement​ website.​

Be aware of your rights under the Consumer Protection Act.

Door-to-Door sales are permitted in Midland if the company/salesperson has a hawker permit and the product is not on the restricted list above.​


Where to go to stay warm during the extreme cold weather

During extreme cold weather, those in need can stay warm during business hours at the:

  • Midland Public Library
    320 King Street​ (click to view hours of operation)

  • Midland Cultural Centre
    333 King Street (click to view hours of operation)

  • Municipal Office
    575 Dominion Avenue (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday)

  • North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
    527 Len Self Boulevard (6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.)

  • The Guesthouse​ 
    522 Elizabeth Street
    Operates as an overnight shelter daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. and may open to the public during the day time.

If you see anyone who might be at risk in this weather, please let them know where they can find warmth.​

Save 50% by purchasing your 2019 Dog Tags before March 1

Have you renewed your dog tag(s) for 2019 yet? If not, purchase them before March 1, 2019, and you can save 50%. Starting March 1, the price will be $30/tag, however right now they're available for only $15/tag.

*2019 Dog Tags have now arrived and can now be picked up! They will be mailed out today (January 8) to those who requested mail delivery.*

Dog tags can be purchased at the Customer Service/Finance desk at the Town Municipal Office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dog owners will need to provide proof of yearly rabies vaccinations in order to purchase a new tag.​

Click here​ for our Dogs By-law (By-law No. 2009-18) for more information on dog tags/licencing in the Town of Midland.​​

Beamish Road closed until Spring 2019

Please be advised that Beamish Road will be closed from Highway 12 to the entrance to the OPP Highway 12 Station until the Spring of 2019.

Residents can use Jones Road to access Prospect Boulevard in the interim.


This closure is taking place so tha​​t water mains and sanitary lines (wastewater) can be tunneled under Highway 12 to accomodate the new Hanson/Seasons on Little Lake development on the north side of the highway.

Once this work has been completed the road will be fully re-opened.

Media Release: Midland Council opts-in to allow Cannabis Retail Stores

Cannabis Retail Stores will be welcome in the Town of Midland after Council voted unanimously to opt-in to Section 42 of the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018. One member of council was excused from the discussion/vote due to a declared pecuniary interest. The Province created a deadline of January 22, 2019, to receive input from municipal decision-makers as to their willingness to allow retail cannabis stores in their communities. 

“I feel the decision to opt-in was made easier by the fact we know Midland won't be eligible for a Cannabis Retail Store in the first round of licensing by the Province," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “At the same time, we need to recognize that Cannabis is now a legal product in Canada and is becoming a new and emerging industry. This decision will allow Midland to leave the door open for that opportunity should the Province extend the retail licensing to communities such as ours."

Under Ontario Regulation #468/18 there will be 25 Cannabis Retail Store authorizations in Ontario by April 1, 2019, with five of those being awarded in our region (East Region). Midland is currently not eligible for a store, in part due to a minimum population requirement of 50,000. There is currently no timeline for revisions to the eligibility criteria p​ermitting retail outlets in municipalities such as Midland.

Council also chose to rely on new rules under the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2018, for regulating smoking in and around public facilities. This amendment to the Act also includes cannabis.

“Although more restrictive rules on smoking cannabis were considered, we determined that Midland-specific rules would simply cause confusion between any rules that would be considered by the County of Simcoe Health Unit and/or Provincial enforcement agencies," added Mayor Strathearn. “Relying solely upon the Smoke Free Ontario Act for purposes of enforcement, will eliminate any confusion, and avoid any potential additional costs related to enforcement."​

Click he​re to view a PDF of the media release.​





Ransomware Incident

Town of Midland Ransomware Incident - Update #2​


September 24, 2018 

The Town of Midland has made substantive progress on restoration efforts and a forensic investigation following a cyber-attack that deployed ransomware on Town systems in the early hours of September 1, 2018. 

Town operations have been restored and are functioning. 

Walk-in Counter and phone inquiries for Residential and Business Accounts

  • We can accept cash, cheque, credit and debit payments as per usual. ​
  • We are now able to access business or residential account information or balances.

Permits and Inspections

  • Permit processing times have returned to normal. 
  • Building inspections and plan reviews were not affected by the incident.

Midland Transit Passes

  • Transit passes and reloading of transit cards at Midland Municipal Office is back to full service.
  • As always, riders can also pay cash to ride the Midland Transit buses, however the exact fare amount is required. Drivers cannot provide change.

The forensic work on the cyber-attack continues by the experts to help improve and strengthen security measures. There has not been any indication that suggests private information was inappropriately accessed or removed from our systems. Cybersecurity experts continue with their forensic work to rule out the possibility.

We appreciate the patience and concerns of residents and will provide a further update on the status of the investigation in the coming days. ​

Ransomware Incident FAQs


September 11, 2018​

The following FAQs provide an overview of the ransomware incident. The intention is to provide you with accurate and current information that addresses key concerns of residents.

What happened?

On Saturday, September 1, at approximately 2 a.m. the Town's network was illegally infected with ransomware designed to encrypt IT systems and files. Although we worked quickly to disable the network, several Town systems were confirmed to be impacted. ​

Vital services were not impacted. Measures were put in place to separate the Town's SCADA system (Water and Wastewater) and the Town's emergency response for Fire and Rescue operates independently from the Town IT system.
  

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware which encrypts information, holding it hostage until a "ransom" is paid.

How did it happen?

We do not know how the ransomware was placed on our system, however a forensic investigation is underway. 

How has the Town responded?  

The Town is currently working with a leading cyber incident response firm to help us respond to and investigate the incident.

The Town of Midland team has been working diligently to ensure that our systems return to normal function as soon as possible. We have made significant progress and we will be providing a full update on the status in the coming days.

Did the Town have adequate IT security measures in place?

Cyber security is an evolving and complicated global threat. In 2017, a Service Delivery Review identified opportunities to strengthen our IT systems. We received budget in early 2018, and in March we began implementing several initiatives to update our systems and security.

At the time of the attack, the Town was in the process of making several improvements to our IT infrastructure. Once systems are fully restored, the Town will continue with existing plans to strengthen security and look for additional opportunities based on the guidance of cyber security experts.

Following the Wasaga Beach ransomware attack in Spring 2018, the Town of Midland moved quickly to secure insurance against a similar threat and commenced a comprehensive vulnerability scan of our infrastructure. We identified additional areas for improvement, and at the time of the attack we were in the end stages of upgrading our firewall. It's important to note that we had a firewall in place at the time of incident.

Once systems are fully restored, the Town of Midland will continue with existing plans to strengthen security and look for additional opportunities based on the guidance of cyber security experts.

Private Information

We understand and appreciate the concern, but ongoing investigations have not found any evidence that suggests information was inappropriately accessed or removed from our systems. Cyber security experts are working diligently to rule out the possibility.

Cost to Taxpayers

The Town of Midland has a cyber insurance policy in place that is intended to cover the costs associated with cybersecurity breaches such as this attack. The Town has initiated the claims process with its insurer.​


Town of Midland Ransomware Incident - Update #1


September 6, 2018 

What Happened

In the early hours of Saturday, September 1, the Town of Midland became the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack in which the Town's network was illegally accessed and infected with ransomware. The malware was able to encrypt several Town systems rendering them unusable. 

Recovery Efforts

Since Saturday, the Town of Midland has been working closely with cyber security experts to restore access to our systems and files, and ensure operations return to normal as quickly as possible.

Significant progress has been made throughout the past two days. In addition to restoring critical email accounts, we have also begun to restore internet access within Town buildings.

Under the guidance of cyber security experts, we have initiated the process to pay the ransom in exchange for the decryption keys. Although not ideal, it is in our best interest to bring the system back online as quickly as possible. The Town had previously secured an insurance policy to cover such circumstances. Decryption efforts are underway.

The Town of Midland understands that residents and businesses are concerned about the potential for privacy breaches with respect to information held by the Town. We understand and appreciate the concern, but ongoing investigations have not found any evidence that suggests information was inappropriately accessed or removed from our systems.

Impact on Resident and Businesses

Vital services, such as fire services and water and wastewater management, were not impacted as these systems are purposely isolated for security reasons. However, we ask residents to please note the following temporary changes to Town operations:

  • Temporary Phone Numbers

    • 24 Hour Emergency line – 705-527-4424*

    • Operations Centre – 705-526-4275 ext. 2243

    • Water/Wastewater – 705-529-1536**

      *Any issues regarding wastewater backup resulting from recent storms should be directed to the temporary Water/Wastewater number indicated above.
      **Please continue to use 911 for emergencies.

  • Residential and Business Accounts

    • We can only accept cash or cheque payments.

    • We are temporarily unable to access business or residential account information or balances.

  • Permits and Inspections

    • Permit processing may take longer than usual. We appreciate your patience.

    • Building inspections and plan reviews are not affected.

  • Midland Transit Passes

    • The Town of Midland Municipal Office is unable to sell passes or reload transit cards at this time, however free passes are being offered to travel to Penetanguishene where cards can be reloaded.

    • Riders can also pay cash to ride the Midland Transit buses, however the exact fare amount is required. Drivers cannot provide change.

  • Marriage Licenses

    • The Town of Midland is currently unable to process marriage applications.

    • Marriage licenses can be obtained at the Township of Tiny Municipal Office, Tay Township Municipal Office, or the Penetanguishene Municipal Office.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience as we work quickly to restore normal operations. ​


Media Release: Town of Midland confirms ransomware incident 


September 4, 2018 ​

(Midland, Ontario) – In the early hours of Saturday, September 1, the Town of Midland became the victim of a sophisticated cyber-attack in which the Town's network was illegally accessed and infected with ransomware. The malware was able to encrypt a number of Town systems rendering them unusable. The Town subsequently received a ransom demand to decrypt the systems.

Town of Midland staff worked quickly to isolate the attack and to activate a cyber incident investigation and response. All necessary steps are being taken to restore access to systems and files, and to ensure operations return to normal as quickly as possible. 

Vital services, such as fire services and water and waste management, were not impacted as these systems are purposely isolated for security reasons. Ongoing investigations have not found any evidence that information was removed from the system or inappropriately accessed, and cyber security experts are working quickly to rule out the possibility.

“Residents can rest assured that we are taking this matter extremely seriously," said Mayor Gord McKay, “We are working closely with cyber security experts that specialize in these types of illegal attacks, and we have reported the incident to law enforcement and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. We thank our residents and businesses for their patience and continued support during this situation."

Based on recommendations outlined in a recent Service Delivery Review and lessons learned from a similar ransomware attack against a neighbouring municipality, the Town had secured an insurance policy for protection in the event of such illegal activities, developed a strategy to address ever-evolving cyber security threats and was in the process of implementing enhanced security measures.

“At the time of the attack the Town was in the process of making several improvements to our IT security," added Town of Midland Chief Administrative Officer John Skorobohacz, “Once systems are fully restored, we will continue with those plans and look for additional opportunities to enhance our security based on the guidance of cyber security experts."

Town administration will provide an update within the next 24-48 hours on the status of the response at www.midland.ca.​

For a PDF version of this media release, please click here​.



2018

Council Highlights – December 2018

Cannabis Retail Stores in Midland

Following its consideration of a staff report proposing a limited public consultation exercise on the issue of retail cannabis opportunities in Midland, Council  for the Town of Midland decided that the matter will be considered at the January 9th 2019 Council meeting.  As decision will be made at that time to either  opt-in or opt-out on allowing cannabis retail stores in Midland  The Province introduced an amendment to the Cannabis Licence Act on December 14, which states that initially the number of retails stores in Ontario will be limited to 25, and only in municipalities with a population over 50,000. The province requires a response from municipalities not later than January 22, 2019.  With such a tight timeline for a decision, the options for public consultation were limited, especially given the holiday season is upon us. Council will be presented a follow up report at the January 9 meeting, at which time they will make the decision on this issue. 

Midland's Drinking Water System

Two reports were presented to Council from our Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations, Chuck Fiddy. One report detailed great news, that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) had given our drinking water system a score of 100% during a focused inspection, which reviewed elements such as: Capacity Assessment; Treatment Process and Monitoring; Security; Water Quality; and Reporting. As a result of this perfect score, no recommendations were made to improve upon the current practices. The second report, in large part, is an initiative which will help us maintain this perfect score moving forward. The MOECP has mandated that the Town implement a Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) and maintain accreditation with a third-party accrediting body. The accreditation is requirement to obtain licences necessary for operating the municipal drinking water system, and the DWQMS is a commitment from the municipality to ensuring residents are provided clean, safe drinking water.

Budget 2019 Guideline

A report was presented by Susan Turnbull, Director of Finance/Treasurer, outlining the guideline for the 2019 Budget exercise. There will be four phases to the exercise:

1.    Initial Planning - Council will be presented with key budget issues and advise on targets and development of the draft budget.

2.    Budget Preparation – Staff develop the budget based on targets/developments directed by Council, and undertake an internal review and research on the entire budget.

3.    Budget Review and Alignment – Public budget meetings to deliberate on draft budget, receive public and stakeholder comments, and provide further direction on proposed changes - these are scheduled to begin March 27th

4.    Approval – Council approves the final budget that will be used to set the tax rate.

The guideline also set out a schedule for when all the public meetings will take place:

Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Town Budget, operating then capital.

Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Town Budget, operating then capital.

Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Town Budget, operating then capital.

Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Public Meeting on Budget – consider public input and impact, with potential to adopt budget at this meeting.

Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
If additional time is necessary – consider any budget changes and adopt budget

Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Tax Levying By-law approved

Council approved the report.


2019 Interim Tax Levy B-law

Council also approved a report from Finance proposing that that the property tax bill due dates be moved to the 20th of the month or the business day immediately following the 20th of the month. The Service Delivery Review in 2017 highlighted a number of bottlenecks that were caused by having tax bills due on the last business day of the month. In order to address the delays and inefficiencies caused by the historic due dates, the recommendation was to adjust the due dates accordingly, so that property tax customers can be served more efficiently. With Council's approval, the first property tax installment due date of 2019 will be Wednesday, February 20, and follow the proposed schedule moving forward.

Council and Town Administration are bringing a flexible approach to this schedule, recognizing that this might be problematic for some customers. If this new schedule poses an issue, customers are encouraged to contact our Finance Department who will work with you to make suitable arrangements.

Appointment of Council Members to Town Boards & Committees and External Committees

A report from the Clerks Department recommended the following Council appointments, which was approved by Council:

Standing Committees

Human Resources
Mayor Stewart Strathearn
Deputy Mayor Mike Ross
Councillor Jonathan Main
Councillor Cher Cunningham

Statutory and Advisory Committees

Business Improvement Area Board of Management
Councillor Jonathan Main

Midland Emergency Management System
Mayor Stewart Strathearn
Deputy Mayor Mike Ross

Midland Police Services Board
Mayor Stewart Strathearn
Deputy Mayor Mike Ross

Active Transportation Advisory Committee
Councillor Jonathan Main

Audit Committee
Councillor Beth Prost
Councillor Bill Gordon

Buttertart Steering Committee
Councillor Cher Cunningham
Councillor Cody Oschefski

Culture Midland Committee
Councillor Beth Prost

Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation
Mayor Stewart Strathearn
Deputy Mayor Mike Ross

Ad Hoc Committees

Midland Penetanguishene Transit
Councillor Carole McGinn

Indigenous Joint Relations
Councillor Cher Cunningham
Councillor Beth Prost

Official Plan Review Steering Committee
Councillor Jonathan Main
Councillor Cher Cunningham
Councillor Beth Prost
Councillor Bill Gordon

External Committees

Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)
Councillor Cher Cunningham

Huronia Airport Commission
Councillor Cody Oschefski

Physician Recruitment
Mayor Stewart Strathearn

Severn Sound Environmental Association
Councillor Carole McGinn

Sustainable Severn Sound and Sustainability Committee
Councillor Carole McGinn

Simcoe County Council
Alternate: Councillor Cher Cunningham​​



Donate an unwrapped toy and receive a 3-hour Free Parking Pass!

As Decem​ber approaches, the Town of Midland will be offering residents the opportunity to park for free for three hours at a time throughout the month with our ​
3-hour Free Parking Passes! 

To get your pass, donate an unwrapped toy at the following locations beginning November 15, 2018:​​

Town of Midland Municipal ​Office
Building & Planning Desk
575 Dominion Avenue

Midland Public Library
320 King Street

Downtown Midland
212 King Street, Unit# 9
​(Upstairs from Fresh by Leanne)

Rules for using the 3-hour Free Parking Passes:

  • The pass grants you free parking at downtown Midland meter spaces for all of December 2018, subject to an enforced 3-hour limit.
  • If your vehicle is left in the same parking spot for more than 3 hours, you could receive a ticket.
  • The passes do​ not qualify you to park in Permit Parking Only spaces. A separate permit is required to utilize those spaces.
  • Overnight/winter parking restrictions will be enforced during this time.​
Unwrapped toys that are collected will be donated to the Salvation Army.





Hugel Avenue Road Reconstruction - Public Information Session

A Public Information Session will be held to present the 90% complete design drawings for the road reconstruction project on Hugel Avenue from Midland Avenue to George Street.

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Midland Public Library - Assembly Room, Downstairs

320 King Street, Midland, ON

Residents of Hugel Avenue, Midland to George:

Residents and business owners are invited to review the design for the reconstruction of Hugel Avenue, between Midland Avenue to George Street. The primary objective of this project is to replace the existing aged infrastructure along this street to improve functionality and public safety, while reducing maintenance costs. In addition, the street will be urbanized and drainage will be improved, including the installation of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk and storm sewer upgrades.

Click here to read the Project Newsletter from C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd., the consulting engineer, and the Town of Midland.​​


Council Highlights – November 2018​


2017 Audited Financial Statements

The Town received the highest standard to be expected - an unqualified or clean audit opinion on our 2017 Financial Statements. The statements fairly represent the financial position of the Town at the end of 2017. ​

Huronia Transition Homes 582 Hugel Ave

Huronia Transition Homes is proposing an expansion to La Maison Rosewood Emergency Shelter for women and children at 582 Hugel Street in Midland.  A vital component of Midland's compassionate community, Rosewood will be expanded through a new 90 square metre 2 story addition on the east side of the building.  Council considered the application at its meeting and took the steps necessary to delegate approvals to staff for the development.​



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Ransomware Attack on the Town's IT Infrastructure

Council received a report on the ransomware attack (“Event") on the Town's IT infrastructure that took place over the Labour Day long weekend. The report provided background as to IT security improvements that were taking place previous to the Event, details on the Event itself, and the response from staff in the aftermath, and the efforts to recover access to servers and files. The costs associated with recovery efforts (through our insurance policy) were outlined, including the ransom payment, and other resources. IT security improvements in the aftermath of the Event were also discussed.


Simcoe County Transit Fare Integration Agreement

Council approved a motion to enter into a fare agreement with Simcoe County that will allow for Midland and Penetanquishene transit passengers to save money when transferring to and from the County's public transit service. In the agreement, passengers transferring from Midland or Penetanguishene transit to the County's public transit service will pay a reduced fair ($1.00 less). Passengers transferring from the County's service to Midland or Penetanguishene transit will be permitted to do so for free.


Recognition of Council 2014-2018

This council meeting was the final meeting for the 2014-2018 Midland Town Council. To recognize them for their service to the community of the past four years, each member of Council was presented with a gift as a token of the Town's appreciation. The new Council will be sworn in at a meeting on Monday, December 3.​


Councillor Jack Contin receives a gift from Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety, Laura Yourkin.

Councillor Pat File receives a gift from Director of Planning & Building Services, Wes Crown.

Councillor George MacDonald receives a gift from Director of Engineering, Water & Wastewater, 
​Andy Campbell

Councillor Jon Main receives a gift from Director of Operations, Parks & Facilities, Shawn Berriault.

Councillor Cody Oschefski receives a gift from Director of Emergency Services & Fire Chief, Paul Ryan.

Councillor Stewart Strathearn receives a gift from Director of Finance/Treasurer, Susan Turnbull.

Deputy Mayor Mike Ross receives a gift from 
Clerk, Karen Desroches.

Mayor Gord McKay receives a gift from Director of Corporate Services/Town Solicitor, Amanpreet Sidhu.​
Absent: Councillor Glen Canning

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Media Release: Announcing the Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation Board of Directors

(MIDLAND, ON)  Following an extensive public recruitment process, the Town of Midland is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors for the Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) has been selected. The seven members of the new board of Directors (five external and two Council members) are:

  • ​Robert Barber
    • ​Robert is the Managing Partner of Den Bosch + Finchley, an award-winning design build development firm operating in the GTA.  He is well acquainted with the region as a seasonal resident and through real estate holdings in the area.

  • ​Zach Douglas L.L.B.
    • ​Zach has led the start-up and ongoing development of the very successful McMaster Innovation Park (Hamilton). He has served in a number of senior roles at the Saskatchewan Development Corporation focused on economic development and investment management.

  • Teena Fazio P.Eng, MBA
    • ​A Fellow in Board Governance, Teena has significant experience serving on private, crown and not-for-profit boards. She is a Professional Engineer with a broad range of experience, especially with international business.

  • ​William (Bill) Kernohan
    • ​Bill is a Midland resident with over 38 years of experience as an architect, developer, project manager and management consultant. He has managed projects across Canada and internationally.

  • ​John Macintyre B.A., C. Dir.
    • ​John brings senior executive leadership with extensive backgrounds in both public and private sectors. He has experience​ in the government, real estate and development sectors. John is also a seasonal resident of North Simcoe.

  • ​Stewart Strathearn – Town of Midland Mayor-Elect
  • Council Member – Yet to be named

“The announcement of the first Board of Directors is a milestone moment for the MBLDC," said Town of Midland Mayor-Elect Stewart Strathearn. “The establishment of the Board allows us to now move forward with the next steps in developing Midland Bay Landing."

First purchased by the Town of Midland in July 2014, Midland Bay Landing (formerly Unimin Lands) is a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property, with almost 1,100 metres of frontage on Midland Bay. Midland Council approved the creation of the MBLDC as an innovative approach to deliver the Town's vision for this site. Recognizing the unique skills required to oversee the development, the Town engaged in an extensive process to recruit the right people with the right mix of Board skills.

“It's clear that the development of this property has the potential to be a significant economic driver for the Town, and a vital part of the future of our Downtown and our tourism industry," added Mayor Gord McKay. “By creating the Board of Directors, we will significantly improve our prospects for delivering on the plan that the people of Midland have developed."

For more information please visit our Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation page.​


Town of Midland Boards & Committees Open House

Are you interested in serving your Community? The Town will be hosting an Open House/Information Session with respect to the various Committees and Boards on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers. Thi​s is your opportunity to find out more about what each board/committee does and how you can get involved!

Applications for the various Boards and Committees are available here or at the Municipal Office. 

The deadline for applying is December 12, 2018.  

Applicants should be prepared to commit to the four (4) year term of Council ending November 30, 2022.​

For a full list of our Boards & Committees click here.


The new Midland Transit Bus has arrived!

On October 24th, Midland Transit welcomed its newest addition to its fleet of buses. Approved in the 2017 budget and ordered last year, the new transit bus was delivered to the Operations Centre just in time for the upcoming winter season. ​

The new bus will provide greater reliability, better fuel consumption to help support the reduction of green house gases, and will assist in future planning for transit route improvements and/or expansion. The bus was partially funded by the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The program provided for short-term funding of $3.4 billion to help accelerate municipal investments to support the rehabilitation of transit systems, new capital projects, and planning and studies for future transit expansion to foster long-term transit plans.​

You should see the new bus on our roadways soon, once it's been branded and our transit operators have been fully trained.



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Community Grant Program Open House

We want your feedback!

The Town of Midland has had a long-standing process of supporting local events and community related services by providing financial assistance through the annual operating budget process to community groups, not-for-profit and volunteer organizations.

In 2017 Council requested that staff develop a municipal grant policy that would establish the framework to build a balanced, collaborative and sustainable approach to community funding.​

In 2018 a report was brought to Council with a draft policy outlining a program that would provide for an application process and include oversight and vetting of applications to ensure that applicants meet certain criteria. The report was deferred for further community input, and a revised policy will be brought to the incoming Council in 2019 to initiate the Community Grant Program.​

This is where we need your help. We want your feedback on this program. What should be the criteria to qualify for a grant? What would be a fair maximum dollar amount available per grant? Who should be eligible? 

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, we will be holding a Community Grant Program Open House, where the audience will hear a presentation on the proposed policy, and then the floor will be open to ask questions and comments on the program.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Community Grant Open House

Wednesday, November 7​, 2018

Session 1: 
1​​:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ​(Presentation begins at 1:15 p.m.)

Session 2: 

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Presentation begins at 5:15 p.m.)​


Bill Thompson Room

North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre

527 Len Self Boulevard, Midland


Pan American Cyclocross Championships coming to Ontario, November 3-4​

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​Photos courtesy of Peter Kraiker​

MIDLAND, Ontario, October 24, 2018 - CykelHaus Race Promotions and The Silver Goose Cyclocross are gearing up to host Pan American Cyclocross Championships, November 3-4, 2018 at Little Lake Park in Midland, Ontario.

The Silver Goose in Midland has quickly gained a reputation as a world-class cyclocross event and venue.  As host of the 2018 Pan American Cyclocross Championships competition will be open to cyclists from 44 nations within the Americas.

This will be an event of many firsts.  It is the first Continental Championship to place the Elite Women's event as the marquee race of the weekend.  The women will be the final competition on Sunday November 4.  It will also be the first ever Pan Am Cyclocross Championships hosted in Canada and the first-ever Pan Am Cyclocross Championships for Masters athletes age 35 and above. All Championship races will also be live-streamed, another first for the host event.

Cyclocross is the fastest growing discipline of bicycle racing in North America.  The sport, dating back to 19th century Europe, consists of riding a type of knobby-tired road bike on a short circuit for multiple laps including varied surfaces of asphalt, grass and sand with obstacles such as stairs, fly-overs, sharp turns, steep hills, off-camber sections and barriers - often requiring competitors to bunny-hop or dismount and run with their bikes.  Cyclocross provides an ideal opportunity for spectators to take-in racing due to the compact nature of the course where hundreds of fans cheer on their favourite riders, friends and teammates while clanging cowbells and creating a social, party-like atmosphere that has made the sport so popular.

Over the weekend race organizer expect over 700 competitors from across the America's to take the start, over two days, with thousands of athletes, support staff, cycling enthusiasts and sports-fans alike expected to spectate at the venue in Simcoe County.  Spectators are welcome free-of-charge and will find plenty to do with a demo area, kid's event, beer garden and more.

“We are extremely excited to be hosting this premiere event in Midland".  Hauser added “this event would not be possible without the generous support of the Government of Ontario Sport Hosting Program.  Through the Sport Hosting Program grant we will bring world class competition to rural Ontario, and hopefully inspire youth and individuals of all ages to aspire to the determination exhibited by the athletes in this competition.

Simcoe North MPP, Jill Dunlop is excited to welcome the event to her riding saying “Thank you to the organizers and volunteers who continue to create a world-class event in beautiful Little Lake Park.  Our entire community will benefit from the tourism boost and we will take great pride in welcoming the athletes to our community.  Good luck to all the competitors!"

The Ontario Sport Hosting Program exists to help applicants deliver national and international amateur sport events in Ontario.  Program funding is awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

The Honourable Sylvia Jones, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, noted “Our government for the people is proud to support the Pan American Cyclocross Championships through Ontario's Sport Hosting Program.  Hosting major amateur sport events provides communities with opportunities to boost tourism, increase visitor spending and attract major sporting events to the province."

For more information on Pan Am Cyclocross Championships visit: www.sil​vergoosecx.ca

Click here for the PDF version of this media release from CykelHaus Race Promotions and The Silver Goose Cyclocross.​

Reminder: The Town of Midland does not conduct leaf vacuuming in the fall

As in previous years, p​​lease do not rake loose leaves to the curbside. All leaves must be bagged or containerized for collection by the County of Simcoe. Bi-weekly collection of leaf, yard and garden waste commences the week of October 8, 2018 and continues to December 4, 2018.​

Residents are encouraged to compost leaves on their property; if space permits.

Residents may also ​take their leaves to the Golf Link Road Transfer Station during their hours of operation at no cost, but starting this year brush is not free. The price to dispose of brush at the transfer station is $75/tonne.

If you have raked the leaves curbside for a private contractor to vacuum, please advise the Town's By-law Officer at 705-526-4275 ext. 2227 or email jreichheld@midland.ca.

Please do not hesitate to contact the County of Simcoe at 705-735-6901 or the Town's Operations Department at 705-526-4275 ext. 2217 should you have any questions regarding leaf collection.

For more information on leaf/yard waste collection, please click he​re.​

The Town of Midland commits to local climate action as a member of FCM's Partners for Climate Protection Program

October 5, 2018 (Midland, ON) – On September 24, the Town of Midland  became the latest municipality in the region to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Pro​tection Program (PCP) – making a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or GHGs. Currently, there are over 350 municipalities across Canada that participate in the PCP program.

Not only is the Town committing to taking local action in response to the climate change challenge, they are doing so as member of Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS), a collaborative sustainability program supported by 7 local municipalities, 3 community organizations and the County of Simcoe, thereby reducing costs through cooperative efforts and by sharing the services of the SSS staff. “By joining the PCP program, the Town will have access to tools that will aid the municipality in integrating climate change into our day-to-day operations," says Councillor Jonathan Main, a representative to SSS's Sustainability Committee on behalf of the Town. Adding that, “the work completed by SSS to establish our first GHG emissions baseline will identify the costs associated with those current emissions, while spurring ideas for action and opening up options for external funding to support innovative carbon reduction projects." 

The Town and SSS will work together to increase awareness of the local impacts of climate change, recognize GHG reduction initiatives by the municipality and the community, and identify new opportunities to reduce GHG emissions to decrease the Town's environmental footprint. Other area municipalities that have joined the PCP program include the Town of Penetanguishene and the Townships of Tiny, Tay, Severn, Georgian Bay and the County of Simcoe. 

Based on a 5-milestone framework, the PCP program will guide the Town in creating a municipal and community-wide GHG inventory, setting realistic GHG reduction targets, developing a local action plan, and implementing said plan using specific, measurable actions. SSS has already completed Milestone 1 on behalf of the Town, and is beginning work on the subsequent Milestones. 

To read more about the Town's GHG emission profile, visit www.sustaina​blesevernsound.ca or contact SSS's Sustainability Coordinator, Tracy Roxborough, via e-mail at tracy@sustainablesevernsound.ca or call 705.526.1371 ext. ​112.

About Sustainable Severn Sound

Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) is a regional sustainability program supported by seven of the municipalities in the Severn Sound area, including the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay. This project also receives in-kind support and Sustainability Committee representation from the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation / Société d'aide au développement des collectivités Simcoe Nord (NSCFDC), the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA), and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).  The SC serves as an advisory committee to SSS by supporting the SSS objectives to (1) Educate municipalities and their communities on sustainable practices and policies and connect them to resources, tools and funding, (2) Advance the adoption of practices/policies within municipal operations to support climate change action, greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable communities, and (3) Advocate for sustainable environmental, social and economic practices and policies at the direction of the partner municipalities​


MEDIA RELEASE: Sale of Midland PUC to Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. Finalized​

(MIDLAND, ON)  The amalgamation of Midland PUC (MPUC) and Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. (NT Power) has now been finalized, with the closing of the sale and transfer of service and properties to NT Power.

“MPUC and its dedicated hard-working staff have provided high quality reliable hydro services to the Town for generations." said Mayor Gord McKay. “Ensuring that every one of those employees would have a job in the new organization was a key component of the sale. I am pleased that we were able to accomplish that."

Council voted to sell MPUC in June of 2016, in large part due to the challenges of delivering innovation in a highly-competitive regulatory environment. The financial capacity to provide research and service innovation within a small utility presents some very real challenges. The Town initiated a Request for Proposals in November 2016 to find a potential buyer, and on April 21, 2017, the Town agreed to sell MPUC to NT Power for the amount of $22 million.

The funds from the sale will be used in the following way:

  • $1,500,000 – A Dividend Replacement Reserve, to end the Town's reliance on the historical MPUC dividend over the next five years.

  • $10,500,000 – A MPUC Legacy Reserve Fund that will be permanently invested (initial capital is never touched) with the interest from those investments being used to benefit the community.

  • $10,000,000 – A Community-Wide Initiatives Reserve Fund, used by Council as an internal bank to invest in specific projects it deems appropriate.

“These investments will provide the financial flexibility to fund key projects and initiatives for years to come," added McKay. “That, combined with ensuring the long-term stability of our power distribution is a major step forward for the Town of Midland."

Click here for a PDF version of the release.​


Chelsea McBride enjoys the first official ride on Midland's new accessible swing with sister Kaylie nearby to lend a push, as Mayor Gord McKay and Norma Johnston from the Midland Civitan Club cut the ribbon officially opening the new accessible swing set.

MEDIA RELEASE: Thanks​ to the Midland Civitan Club for making  Little Lake Park Playground accessible!​ 

(MIDLAND, ON)  Thanks to a generous donation from the Midland Civitan Club, Midland’s Little Lake Park playground now has an accessible swing set. The swing set was unveiled today during a ceremony at the park, and includes one swing bay for children and adults using wheelchairs, and one JennSwing Child Safety Swing Seat for children with special needs. 

“The playground at Little Lake Park is much more inclusive today, thanks to the generosity of the Civitan Club” said Mayor Gord McKay. “We are constantly making efforts to be inclusive in the Town of Midland, and the donation of this accessible swing set helps to advance that cause.” 

After seeing a video showcasing the accessible swing set online, Midland resident Harvey Mann secured a supplier in Toronto, and then approached the Midland Civitan Club with a proposal. 

“Harvey really did all the leg work on this project,” said Mike Tinney, President of the Midland Civitan Club. “The Civitan Club is dedicated to improving the community by helping people with developmental challenges. Following a review of Harvey’s proposal, we were quite excited to put our efforts into supporting this addition in Little Lake Park.”   

In addition to the accessible playground equipment, a new bench for the park was also donated through the combined efforts of the National Bank Financial and Jeff Lilley. Both the accessible swing set and new bench are located adjacent to the parking lot, and right off the main paved path.​

Click here for a PDF version of the release.





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Midland Fire Department is recruiting Volunteer Firefighters

The Midland Fire Department is looking for volunteer firefighters. Interested? Please check out the Joint Firefighter Recruitment Orientation Guide, which includes important information, dates and the required application package.

The application period has now closed.

If you have any questions, please call 705-526-4279 ext. 2239​

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North Simcoe Treasure Days are back for a second weekend​!

For the second time in 2018, Treasure Days will be held in Midland, Penetanguishene and Tay. Here's your last chance this year 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, October 13, 2018, and Sunday, October 14, 2018. 

Items can be placed curbside starting at 8am on Saturday, October 13. All unclaimed items must be removed from your curb by 5pm on Sunday, October 14. Failure to do so could result in fines.

Make room. Find free, cool stuff!


Pre-Authorized Payments for Water/Wastewater Bills delayed

As many residents may have noticed, the September 15 pre-authorized payment for water/wastewater bills were not withdrawn from resident accounts. This was due to our network connection with the bank being shutdown during the recovery efforts from the recent ransomware incident.

Those payments will be withdrawn immediately once our network connection has been restored with the bank. There has been a delay in re-connecting as precautions are being taken to slowly bring all connections back online. This is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Residents are advised to please leave the funds owed in their account so that payments can be withdrawn at that time.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.​​


Council Highlights – September 2018

Local Governments for Sustainability​

Council has agreed to join other municipalities from across Canada in the Partners for Climate Change Program (PCP). This Federation of Canadian Municipalities program requires that the Town set reduction targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions and implement action plans that address climate change.

Sewer Back-ups on Ellen St. residents

Residents from Ellen Street presented persuasive arguments for Council's consideration related to a financial assistance program that would help homeowners who install sanitary sewer back flow prevention devices. The Town has been gradually replacing the numerous combined storm and sanitary sewers over the past several years however with the increased intensity of storms lately there have been instances where these combined systems have overflowed. In August such a storm impacted several homes on Ellen Street. Council directed staff to prepare a policy that would provide financial assistance to homeowners to install sanitary sewer back flow devices with the understanding that the elimination of the combined sewers will take a number of years to replace. All new homes in Midland must have back flow devices but older homes do not have them.

Employee Substance Use Policy

This evening the Town of Midland introduced their "Substance Use Policy" in advance of the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018.  Impairment can adversely affect the health, safety, performance and conduct of employees on the job, and impose hardships on employees, colleagues, families and residents we serve as representatives of the Corporation.

The Substance Use Policy is focused on supporting employees:

  • fostering a safe and healthy workplace, free from the negative effect of substance use,
  • protecting employees and others from unnecessary risks of harm,
  • respecting employees' dignity, self-worth and privacy,
  • ensuring they utilize the services of qualified professionals to properly assess the situation,
  • ensuring they are in appropriate treatments when warranted,
  • allowing the use of  benefits while seeking treatments as defined in the respective collective agreements, or provided by the Municipality,
  • providing support for a workplace accommodation if required.

Bayport Village receives further Development Approvals

In keeping with the rezoning and other development approvals obtained from the Town earlier this year, the Kaitlin Group received additional planning approvals at Council last night respecting the Townhouse component of Phase 1. The final planning approvals from the Town, required to permit the creation of 40 townhouse lots, were approved and which see the development of the units this fall and spring of 2019. A sample of the townhouse product to be built is below.

 

Purchase of new Aerial truck for Midland Fire Department

The aerial project will upgrade the Fire Departments current aerial to provide fire protection to the properties and residents of the Town of Midland. This project replaces the current aerial which is 29 years old. The aerial is a key piece of equipment in the delivery of fire protection services. The approval of the aerial project comes in approximately $100,000 below the approved 2018 budget.

Investment of the MPUC Proceeds

Council received and approved a report on investment of the MPUC sale proceeds. These investments will allow Council to improve the Town's financial sustainability while allowing some flexibility moving forward.  The report recommendations achieve:

  1. Creation of 3 new reserve funds each with a specific purpose.
  2. Established method to wean the Town from annual dividends.
  3. Confirms the existing overarching “Investment Policy" already in place but never used.
  4. Proposes the adoption of a new policy which has been simplified from the initial draft presented last year. The same standards of care, governance and management apply to both the Legacy fund and the Community-wide initiatives fund although each have specific investment guidelines that align with their unique objectives, each outlined in the appendices to the policy

Community Safety Task Force Recommendations

The CSTF began in May 2018 with the Midland Public Library, Downtown Midland BIA, Salvation Army Street Outreach, Guesthouse Shelter, Canadian Mental Health Association, County of Simcoe Social and Community Services, Southern Georgian Bay OPP, Midland Police Services Board, and the Town of Midland all acting as stakeholders. Over the past several months the CSTF surveyed residents in numerous formats, held one-on-one interviews, held a Town Hall meeting and stakeholder workshops. From this the CSTF was able to identify four problem statements and solutions that could be used as part of short-term and long-term strategic planning efforts to address the safety concerns in the downtown area. The recommendations of the Community Safety Task Force were approved by Council unanimously.

MPS/OPP Transition Update

Council received an update report on the Midland Police Service transition to the Ontario Provincial Police. The report noted that there are a number of outstanding matters some of which are outside of the Town's control. These issues include:

  • Final negotiations of the former Police Chief's settlement provisions (between the former Chief and the Police Services Board);
  • Final sale/disposal of MPS assets to take place at a public auction on Saturday October 13th at 10 a.m., located at the site of the former Public Works Yard, 731 Ontario St., Midland;
  • Pension related adjustments for those employees who transitioned to the OPP;
    • This matter is currently with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement  (Pension) System which should be nearing finalization and to be communicated to the employees within the next month. 

The report concludes that the original savings projected for the transition to the OPP should be realized.


Media Release: ​Newmarket-Tay Power purchase of Midland PUC approved by Ontario Energy Board


Acquisition to add value for customers and shareholders in the communities of Newmarket, Tay and Midland​

NEWMARKET, Ontario, August 30, 2018 – Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.'s (NT Power) purchase of Midland Power Utility Corporation (MPUC) has been approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The approval marks the official transfer of MPUC's distribution system and rate order to NT Power. The closing date for the purchase agreement will be set within the next 35 days and the amalgamation of NT Power and MPUC will take place immediately afterwards.

“This amalgamation will make us a more competitive utility, allow us to combine our resources to respond to customer needs, and create cost savings through the realization of efficiencies over time," says Paul Ferguson, NT Power President. “We look forward to finally becoming one team working together to best serve our customers."

For customers, there will be no changes as MPUC customers will continue to contact the local business office they currently do and there will be no impact for Newmarket and Tay customers. No job losses will result from the transaction.

Tay and Midland border each other, presenting a number of strong synergy opportunities between NT Power and MPUC. The two utilities are already working together for after-hours service. While Newmarket is over 100 kilometres away, this also acts as a benefit, as each community can take advantage of geography to deploy critical resources during weather-related emergencies.

About Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution

​Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. is an electricity distributor licensed by the Ontario Energy Board. It provides electricity distribution services in the Town of Newmarket and certain parts of the Township of Tay. The shareholders are the Town of Newmarket and the Township of Tay. Newmarket-Tay Power currently serves approximately 35,000 electricity distribution customers across its two service areas.

About Midland Power Utility Corporation

Midland Power Utility Corporation is currently owned by the Town of Midland, serving over 7,100 customers with a service area of 20 square kilometers within the Town of Midland. ​

For the full media release, please click here​.

For more information on the sale of Midland PUC, please visit PoweringMidland.ca​​​​


The Ontario Energy Board has approved the sale of Midland PUC to Newmar​ket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd.

Please click here to read the full decision made on August 23, 2018, from the Ontario Energy Board.​​​

The sale of Midland PUC to Newmarket-Tay Power is expected to be completed the week of September 3-7, 2018. More details to come once the sale closes.


LINX Transit Free Fare Promotion extended until September 17, 2018!

LINX Transit News - The free fare period for the LINX Transit service has been extended until September 17, 2018! Please keep in mind that when fares do start being charged, your only options to pay will be by using a re-loadable pre-paid LINX Card, or by having exact cash when you get on the bus. LINX Cards will be available soon. They will handed out on the bus, and also available at the Town of Midland Municipal office. 

Please note, the Municipal Office will only accept debit/cash when loading your LINX Card.

*The Midland Public Library will also have LINX Cards available when they reopen on October 1, 2018.*

For more information, check out the LINX Transit Route 1 Ride Guide.


Council Highlights – August 2018

Procedural By-Law

The proposed new Council Procedural By-Law was up once again for discussion during a Public Meeting session.  Council elected to make one minor modification to the proposed by-law before enacting the by-law which will come into effect with the next Council term. These changes will include moving to two Council meetings per month, rather than the one General Committee meeting/one Council meeting per month. By moving to two Council meetings per month, it will allow Council more opportunities to consider various initiatives on a more-timely basis.  In addition these changes will provide enhanced public participation opportunities by granting up to 10 deputation opportunities per month (5 per meeting).  Council hears deputations on variety of issues where residents and organizations can present concerns and matters of interest to Council. The new by-law also includes a change in the Council meetings.  The new procedural by-law schedule will see meetings occurring on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. 

Retirement of Fire Captain Mike Gagnon

Congratulations to Midland Fire Captain Mike Gagnon, who was recognized for his 39+ years of service at tonight's Town Council meeting. Mike is retiring at the end of the month following a distinguished fire services career in Midland.  All the best, Mike...and thank you for your dedicated service!

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Mike Gagnon receives recognition from Deputy Fire Chief Tom Toole, and Midland Mayor Gord McKay

Second Quarter Financial Report

Council was presented with a report on the second quarter financials. The “January 1 - June 30, 2018" variance report was presented to Council.  Council was pleased with the trending financial data which suggests that the Town should be in a favourable year-end financial position.

Purchasing Card Program policy

A new Purchasing Card Program was approved by Council. This program addresses a recommendation arising from the 2017 Service Delivery Review, which recommended improvements to a number of Town policies, procedures and processes. This new program will supplement the new and recently adopted Procurement By-law.  The new program will reduce administrative costs while adding stronger controls and overall efficiency while also reducing Town costs.

Community Engagement Strategy

Council approved a new Community Engagement Strategy.  One element of the new strategy includes the redevelopment of the Town website. Future website changes will create a new user-friendly site, with an improved look and feel, and feature the addition of online engagement tools that will allow residents to have multiple avenues to communicate with staff and Council. The strategy also outlines a three year plan to roll out initiatives and actions designed to improve engagement with residents in various ways and increase the feeling of ownership, and that they have an impact on the decision-making process.​​


Deferral - Yonge Street Road Diet Special Council Meeting

With the Road Diet project only partially completed, Mayor Gord McKay has elected to defer the meeting scheduled for August 27 until sufficient data has been collected on the intended outcomes.

Town administration will continue to gather traffic volume and bike lane statistics over the course of this calendar year (including the critical school year start-up this fall).  Having concrete data will enable future decisions to be made based upon factual evidence.  The additional time will also ensure the community has an informed understanding of the full impact of the King St to County Road 93 project.

In the meantime please continue to keep your Council apprised of your thoughts as we progress through the project. The public meeting will be rescheduled for later this fall, allowing residents to speak to the incoming Council. Comments on the Road Diet can also be sent to Madelaine Twitchin at mtwitchin@midland.ca.​

For more information about the Yonge Street Road Diet project, click here​.

Route 1 of the new Simcoe County LINX Transit Service launched August 7!​

 

​Get Your Brass on the Bus! There's a new transit service that runs north and south from Midland/Penetanguishene to Barrie, and until September 4​ it's free to ride!

“We’re officially in the transit business and we’re pleased to offer another crucial public service to our residents and communities,” said Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall. “Route 1 is just the first stop on an ambitious plan to link our municipalities across the region and connect residents to health services, jobs, education centres and retail hubs in other communities.”​

Regular fare rates will start after Labour Day, with exact cash fares only being accepted, or payment using LINX reloadable cards, which will be available to purchase in late August.

Click here to read the full media release from the County of Simcoe.

For more information on the LINX Transit Service click here.


Automatic Doors a big success at Askennonia Senior Centre

Last fall, new automatic doors were installed at the Askennonia Senior Centre at the NSSRC, making the entrance to the centre, and the dressing rooms, much more accessible​.

"Many of our 1250 members have commented on how much more accessible the entrance is with these automatic doors," said Judy Contin, Askennonia Senior Centre Executive Director. "Many of our members come into the facility using canes or a walker, or their hands are full of equipment for wood carving, water colour lessons or pickle ball. The automation is extremely useful to many, allowing them to be more independant."

Automatic doors

​​The purchase and installation of the automatic doors for the entrance, and the automatic door openers for the dressing rooms were made possible thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation ​in 2017.​​​​


Council Highlights – July 2018: Butter Tarts, Internet and more!

North Simcoe Broadband Gap Analysis Project

Council heard a report from the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, regarding this project. The project's purpose is to analyze the current level of internet service available in this region, identify gaps in the service, and to develop a business case for improving service in North Simcoe.

The project discovered that:

  • Approximately 20-33% of properties (depending on the type of property) have less than 5Mbps download capability, the service standard set by the CRTC in 2011, and to be in place by the end of 2015.
  • Approximately 70-94% of properties (depending on the type of property) have less than the 50Mbps download capability service standard set by the CRTC in 2016. By the end of 2021, 90% of the population should have 50Mbps download/10Mbps upload capability.

The North Simcoe Region partners rain in the bottom 25th percentile when compared to other regions/cities with available data. Council would like to participate in a workshop setting later this fall to gain a better understanding of how Midland might become more active in supporting this initiative.

2018 Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival Highlights

The sixth annual Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival took place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The estimated attendance for this year is 65,000 to 70,000 visitors, an increase of 30% from 2017. 

The festival had an economic impact of $3.8 million on the County of Simcoe (based on the Ontario Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model). Visitors to the festival purchased a little more than 150,000 butter tarts.

Ninety-three different butter tarts were entered into the contest with Doo Doo's Bakery in Bailieboro taking top prize. The festival included 174 vendors and food trucks selling everything from butter tarts, other baked goods, other foods, clothing, jewellery, home décor items, and much more.

This year, the inaugural two-day tART Music and Art Festival allowed for Saturday evening entertainment and activities for those who were in town on Sunday. The festival's success relies on the support and involvement of sponsors, volunteers, Town of Midland staff, and community partners. 

See you on June 8, 2019!

OPR Update

Council received and approved a report from the Official Plan Review Steering Committee from the Public Information Meeting held on June 21, 2018, regarding the Town's Official Plan Review Project. The meeting was an opportunity for residents to hear more about the 2017 Provincial Growth Plan, how it will impact the Town's new Official Plan, and what changes and refinements to the new Plan are required. A report summarizing the meeting, titled “What we Heard", is now available on the To​wn's website, and at Town Hall and the Midland Public Library.  Further information about the Official Plan Review is available on the Town's website at https://www.midland.ca/official-plan-review.​

Simcoe County Hazardous Response

Council was presented a report from Director of Fire Service/Fire Chief Paul Ryan regarding the memorandum of understanding with the Simcoe County Hazardous Material Response Team.  This is an agreement the Town is a member of, and the new agreement updates the requirements for the Team to be called out and deployed to any Hazardous Material occurrences in the Municipality.​

Downtown Subsurface Investigation

The Town undertook a Contamination Overview Study in late 2017 to better understand the possibility of historical industrial hazardous waste use in the downtown area, through the review of written historical records and aerial photographs. The consultant, Stantec Consulting Ltd., has recommended additional testing around 526 Bay Street, King Street and Dominion Avenue.

Soil and groundwater samples will be taken and analyzed to determine if volatile organic compounds or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are present. The Town is aware of contamination at 526 Bay Street and this study will help clarify the nature and extend of any remedial actions that need to be taken. The work will be completed this fall.  ​

Governance Review Procedural By-law

The second phase of the governance review is nearing completion with the introduction of an updated procedural by-law.  The new by-law consolidated a number of changes imposed by the province when it updated the Municipal Act. The proposed changes in the Town's updated by-law call for 2 regular Council meetings per month, release of the Council agenda a week prior to the meeting, utilization of a consent agenda, 5 delegations per council meeting, and other legislative provisions to ensure Midland is compliant with provincial requirements (conflict of interest, transparency and accountability measures). Council will host a public meeting in August to invite public comments prior to enacting the new by-law. 

Revised Tax Installment Due Dates

Council approved a recommendation from Finance that installment due dates for Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential tax bill payments be changed to September 28, 2018, and November 15, 2018. Preparation of these tax bills was delayed, and as a result notice deadline was missed.

Installment due dates for Residential tax bills were not affected by this delay, and they remain July 31, 2018, and September 28, 2018.​


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.

Ontario senior of the year award.
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.
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

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.

several dignitaries witnessing the event 

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.

​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.

​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.

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.

be a climate changer.

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​​



2017

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

Ontario Trillium Logo 

(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

2016

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). ​

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