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Media Release: Local children enjoy “Camp Ignite Your Potential" with Midland Fire Department, OPP, Simcoe County Paramedics and Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe.

​(August 10, 2022 - Midland, ON) – Ten Simcoe area children aged 11-14 years experienced a fun-filled time at “Camp Ignite Your Potential" at the Midland Fire Station during the week of August 2nd to 5th.  The camp was hosted by the Midland Fire Department in conjunction with Southern Georgian Bay Ontario Provincial Police, Simcoe County Paramedic Services, and in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe. The enthusiastic and happy campers ended their action-packed week with a graduation ceremony on the last day.​​

“The Midland Fire Department was very pleased to once again host this event after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic," said Midland Fire Chief Paul Ryan.  “We, along with OPP and Simcoe County EMS, were honoured to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe and provide this opportunity for children and youth in North Simcoe to participate in hands-on activities to realize their potential while also learning about what we do as first responders in the community."

This 4-day camp was specifically designed to provide participants with certain challenges to help them succeed - reinforcing a positive attitude, team building, motivation and leadership skills. Throughout the week campers interacted with Fire, Police and Paramedic personnel and took part in events such as real fire fighter training and learned about:

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Search and Rescue
  • Vehicle Rescue
  • CPR
  • OPP Unit Sections
  • Simcoe County Paramedics Sections
  • Displays and Presentations

“Camp Ignite Your Potential was first introduced in 2019 and we are grateful for the community support through a grant from the Midland Rotary Club, as well as assistance from Midland Fire Department as our host, OPP and Simcoe County Paramedic Services," said LeeAnne Addley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe Mentoring Coordinator. 

Some of our Littles attending the camp this year are matched with a big brother or sister, and others attending are on our waitlist to be matched.  This camp provides our Littles the opportunity to gain new skills, ask questions, engage with others, see potential career opportunities, and of course, have fun!"

About Big Brothers Big Sisters:

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Canada is a federation comprised of over 100 agencies in over 1100 communities across Canada providing life changing mentoring experiences through volunteer mentors for young Canadians facing challenges. Supported by the BBBS Canada national federation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe helped over 200 local children to realize their potential in 2021/2022. For information about BBBS North Simcoe please visit their website at https://northsimcoe.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

 


Media Release: Launch of new app Transit improves rider experience with real-time bus tracking, trip planning and more

(July 21, 2022)—A new app, called Transit, is making the Midland and Penetanguishene public transit user experience better. The free mobility app provides riders with real-time information about their bus – including arrival times, exact location and information about delays or changes.

 Transit also helps riders with trip planning, so they know when and where to get the right bus to their destination. Transit is available to download for iPhone and Android at www.transitapp.com or visiting the Transit page at either https://www.midland.ca/Pages/transit.aspx or https://www.penetanguishene.ca/en/residents/Transit.asp .

 ​“With the launch of Transit, we're able to provide our customers with convenient, real-time information about their bus rides and routes," says Stewart Strathearn, Mayor of Town of Midland. “Transit gives our riders the information they need, when they need it. It's a 'Win-Win' - an innovative solution that is free for users and for the municipalities."

Mid-Pen Transit Service looks for innovative ways to improve the rider experience. While researching, they found a Canadian company offering Transit, the leading transport app in North America. A few months later, they had set up the vehicle tracking and mapping readying the app for Mid-Pen Transit users. Over the coming months, even more helpful features may be added.

“If you've ever waited and wondered when your bus would arrive or if it was running late, you'll understand why we are so excited about launching Transit," says Jim Reichheld, Supervisor of Fleet, Facilities & Asset Management. The app provides the opportunity for us to make real-time insights available to our transit users. No more waiting and wondering. Just use the app and you'll know."

 “The Transit App will be a game changer for the Mid-Pen Transit ridership experience that will enhance the connectivity between our system and those throughout Simcoe County," says Bryan Murray, Director of Public Works.

“We are thrilled to introduce a digital app that our transit community can utilize and are confident that this new technology integration will enable riders to travel more conveniently than ever before" said Mayor Doug Leroux, Town of Penetanguishene.

Upon launching the app, Mid-Pen Transit riders will see nearby options and departure times in big text and bright colours. Users can easily navigate the region, aided by accurate real-time bus Expected Times of Arrival or ETAs, trip planning, step-by-step navigation, and crowdsourced real-time information with Transit's GO feature.

By endorsing Transit as its official app, Mid-Pen Transit Service joins hundreds of other public transit agencies across North America that have partnered with the app. Transit counts millions of active users in more than 200 cities worldwide, and is now available for Mid-Pen Transit Service riders.

For additional information and an instructional video, users may visit the Transit page at either https://www.midland.ca/Pages/transit.aspx or https://www.penetanguishene.ca/en/residents/Transit.asp . ​


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Media Release: Mini Murals Installed – Loving our Laneways!

(July 19, 2022 - Midland, ON)– The laneway mini murals have been installed in Midland's Downtown!  As part of the Love Your Laneways project fifty-two mini murals commissioned by the Town and painted by Simcoe County artists were installed in two downtown walkways.  Additional murals will be installed at the Harbour.

“It's great to see the fabulous reinvention of these once-neglected spaces into a bright, inviting entryway to our beautiful downtown," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “This project has been in the works since 2020.  We are excited to see it come together with the artwork now installed and look forward to seeing additional enhancements to complete this transformation."

Work completed as part of the Love Your Laneways project includes:

  • Naming of the two downtown walkways with community input.
  • Installation of fifty-two 2'x2' mini murals.
  • Vinyl wrapping of the seven meter boxes on the light posts and the five traffic light pedestal cabinets on King Street featuring artwork created by local elementary and secondary school students.
  • Installation of planters, benches, and bike racks.
  • Installation of additional lighting.
  • Installation of bollards along the laneways is in progress.

In 2020, the Town of Midland commissioned a series of 2'x2' mini murals to create an outdoor art gallery on the King Street Rejuvenation construction fencing and to welcome shoppers to the downtown during the first summer of the COVID-19 pandemic. While originally meant to be a temporary art project, it was decided that these paintings would be permanently installed within the Town. Additional 2'x2' mini murals were commissioned in fall of 2021 to add to the existing collection.

“Our downtown is already special for so many reasons, including the many historical murals that we have. We hope that residents and visitors enjoy the new public art when they shop and dine downtown," said Karen Mealing, Manager of Culture and Community.

The Love Your Laneways project was funded in part with a grant totalling over $39,000 from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.  ​

Media Release: Midland Council approves “lots" of free parking and moves to convert terminals to pay and display 

(Midland, ON – July 15, 2022)– Town Council unanimously voted Wednesday July 13th to make sweeping changes to the Town's Downtown Parking Program. The current pause on paid parking will end September 15, 2022, when updates will be implemented.

The new program provides parking revenues to generate moderate tax relief while providing a majority of the spaces for free and affordable parking rates in the paid areas. The following changes were approved:

  • Free Parking seven days per week in all downtown parking lots, excluding the Harbour

  • Free Parking in December.

  • Free Resident Parking at Pete Pettersen Boat Launch (non-resident fee). 

  • Paid On-street parking six days per week at the current rate of $1.00 per hour.

  • Increase the Harbour rate to $1.50 per hour.

  • Expand Paid Parking to Bayshore Drive.

  • Seasonal Boat Slip Parking Passes at Harbour, $99.00 per season effective 2023.

  • Conversion of all paid parking machines to Pay and Display.

“We've been listening and responding to the challenges our parking users have shared with us. We are confident these changes will strike a balance between the Town's need to offset our costs and the concerns expressed by residents and downtown merchants," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Free parking in the downtown lots will hopefully encourage people to support the downtown and the conversion to 'Pay and Display' paid parking will provide our residents with a more familiar concept and easier way to pay for parking."

There are many options to pay for parking, including the convenient Hotspot App, Tap with debit or credit cards, or coin.  Credit cards can also be used in the card reader slot. The machines will be updated with clear directions both on-screen and on the sides of the machines.

​Town staff met with local business groups to develop a plan that could be embraced by the Town, the community, and downtown merchants.  “The Downtown Midland BIA and Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce are enthusiastic that discussions we had with Town staff helped direct the parking option that was approved by Council," said outgoing BIA President, Scott Campbell. “With over 500 free parking spots and easier options to pay, we predict locals and visitors will show renewed confidence in shopping local.  As business owners we can understand the escalating costs of running a municipality and would like to thank the BIA and Chamber members for their input, Town staff for their engagement and Council for approving a system of free and paid parking that supports both the community and businesses located in our picturesque downtown."

​Implementation of the new changes occurs September 15th when the current pause on Paid parking ends. Over the coming weeks Town staff will work with the supplier to implement the technology updates and terminal relocation and install new signage, update the Town's website, and communicate the changes to the public. 


Media Release: Volunteers Needed! Improve the Health of Little Lake Park by helping to Remove Invasive Plants

For Immediate Release

(July 13, 2022 - Midland, ON)– Calling all volunteers!  The Town of Midland and Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) are seeking volunteer workers to help with invasive plant removal in one of the Town's "no-mow" zones at Little Lake Park on Thursday July 21, 2022, from 10am to 12pm. No experience required but this is a hands-on event where invasive plants such as periwinkle and European lily-of-the-valley will be removed manually – so “bee" ready to get your hands dirty!

“As one of 63 Bee Cities in Canada, the Town of Midland is excited to work with SSEA on this project", said Mayor Stewart Strathearn.  “Invasive plant species pulls promote native biodiversity and support native pollinator species by providing food and habitat.  This will also help preserve the health and recreational use of Little Lake Park."

The Town became a Bee City in 2021 and developed seven (7) no-mow and reduced-mow zones as part of its commitment to providing pollinator habitat in the Town. In the fall of 2021, the Operations Department along with members of the SSEA first engaged in invasive species removal at our Gawley Park no-mow zone. The area was then tilled, graded and hydro-seeded with a native wildflower mix. Staff continue to monitor the site and our next site is one of the four no-mow zones in Little Lake Park.

Director of Operations Dylan Flannery said, “Town staff and SSEA staff look forward to working alongside our community volunteers to help preserve the health of Little Lake Park by tackling this invasive plant pull". “This is an event where volunteers can have fun and learn all about commonly found invasive plant species while helping with this important biodiversity project."

For anyone wishing to volunteer, no pre-registration is required. Please park at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre (NSSRC) or the Little Lake Park designated parking areas and go to the Little Lake Park Tennis Courts. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and hats. Bring your gardening gloves if you have them but if not, they will be made available. All necessary tools, bottled water and snacks will be provided.​

Media Release: Midland Council Approves Developer For Midland Bay Landing Redevelopment

Midland, Ontario (Tuesday, July 5, 2022) Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) and the Town of Midland are very excited to announce that Town Council has approved a developer for the Midland Bay Landing waterfront redevelopment.

Council selected the developer at a Special Meeting of Council on July 4 following evaluation of proposals submitted by 3 short-listed developers and oversight by an independent Fairness Monitor who was engaged throughout the whole RFPQ/RFP process.

The selected developer is Georgian Communities Inc., headquartered in Barrie who have successful developments in their final phases in the Simcoe area including Braestone Estates in Horseshoe Valley, Mountain House at Blue, and Windfall at Blue in Collingwood. Working in tandem with Georgian is architecture firm, IBI Group, who bring extensive experience in waterfront redevelopment projects across North America.

Georgian Communities' concept for Midland Bay Landing creatively builds on and enriches the current Master Plan which was developed through extensive public engagement with residents. The vision depicted in their concept drawings will act as a starting point for further refinement of the design with additional public consultation as the design evolves over time.

The Town and MBLDC will execute a Letter of Intent with Georgian that will start a 120- day Exclusivity Period when the developer, the Town, and MBLDC will collaborate on refining the design concept for the Phase 1 lands at the east side of the property which is planned for public realm space and low-rise townhomes. Then, the developer will purchase the Phase 1 lands from the Town, excluding the retained Town-owned public realm property.

Financially, Georgian's proposal pays the Town a purchase price in Phase 1 that exceeds the original acquisition cost of the Unimin property. In addition, Georgian will construct the promenade and park space in Phase 1, a signature feature of the redevelopment, at no cost to the Town, further enhancing the Town's return on investment.

Tax revenue from the townhomes in Phase 1 will expand the current tax base for the Town, act as a catalyst for rejuvenating and rehabilitating Midland, and generate market ​interest in the further development of Phase 2 that will include shops, live-work spaces, and more new promenade, parks, and public plaza.

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, Georgian will have an Option to Purchase the Phase 2 lands for redevelopment further increasing the Town's return on its investment on its original purchase combined with providing more new public realm space, at no cost to the Town.

Council's approval of the redevelopment of the Midland Bay Landing site will transform the Town's waterfront from former industrial uses into a vibrant mixed-use community which is an enormous step towards creating a bright and prosperous future for the Town of Midland and the surrounding region.

Chair Kernohan said that “The Board of MBLDC is very pleased with the results of the fair and transparent selection process that was conducted by N. Barry Lyon Consultants. We would like to thank them for their expertise and advice throughout the RFP process. Now we look forward to working collaboratively with the Town of Midland and the selected developer during the next stages of this exciting transformation project."

“It took many years of work and public engagement by multiple Town Councils to get the project to this stage," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We are pleased that this proposal provides so many important benefits to our entire community, and we look forward to working with Georgian and our residents to bring this exciting project to Midland."

Media Inquiries & Press Opportunities

Bill Kernohan
Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation
bkernohan@mbldc.ca

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Time Capsules discovered during demolition of former Penetanguishene and Midland Secondary Schools

Joint Media Release - Town of Penetanguishene, Town of Midland and Simcoe County District School Board​

May 4, 2022 - Two historic time capsules have been discovered in the walls of former local high schools, Penetanguishene Secondary School (PSS) and Midland Secondary School (MSS).

The discovery of the PSS time capsule, located behind the school's cornerstone at the former school site, occurred during the building's demolition completed by the Town of Penetanguishene in late March, just three years after the demolition of MSS and the opening of the new Georgian Bay District Secondary School (GBDSS).

Since its placement in 1955 behind the facility cornerstone, the time capsule remained untouched as dozens of graduating classes walked unknowingly past it through the school's front doors over the years.

When, the Simcoe Country District School Board learned that a time capsule had been found during the PSS demolition, it was shared that a similar container was found at MSS and was in safe keeping at GBDSS.

An unveiling of both time capsules will be held at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives in celebration of International Museum Day on May 18th.

The contents of each container will be displayed at the Museum for a month until a more permanent location is secured, based on what is found.  Community Members and past graduates are encouraged to attend the historic unveiling through live stream or are invited to attend in-person.

Time Capsule Unveiling

Date: May 18, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives, 13 Burke Street

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“A time capsule's purpose is to preserve documents and objects from a certain moment in time for the future. When these objects are revealed, they tell a story of the community and what they felt was important to preserve for the future. Museums are a place that conserves these objects for future generations as well. To host a time capsule event at a museum is a perfect combination of preserving, conserving and celebrating our past, present and future" said Nicole Jackson, Curator of the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives.

“The opening of the time capsules from two schools that have since amalgamated is a very special and exciting way for our communities to celebrate Museum Month.  Museums are integral to sharing and preserving our culture and history and as a PSS grad, I'm looking forward to the glimpse into the past that both capsules hold" said Karen Mealing, Town of Midland, Manager of Culture and Community.

“Time capsules provide an interesting glimpse into the history of our schools," says John Dance, Director of Education for the Simcoe County District School Board. “We are excited to reveal the contents of the time capsules from the former Penetanguishene Secondary School and Midland Secondary School with members of the Penetanguishene and Midland communities." ​


Media Release: The award-winning Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival, the original and largest butter tart festival in Canada, set to return to Midland on June 11

April 29, 2022 – It has been more than two years since butter tart lovers have converged on the Town of Midland to savour thousands of butter tarts and the town is looking forward to welcoming everyone back on June 11.

The first festival was held in June 2013, and 2022 would have been the festival's 10th anniversary had the COVID-19 pandemic not caused it to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Regardless of those cancellations, the Town marked the event with the sale of fundraising T-Shirts in support of the Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation in 2020 and the creation of the Butter Tart Trail in 2021 in partnership with Cycle Simcoe.

“We are thrilled for the return of Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival in Midland this June. Summers haven't felt the same these past two years not kicking them off with this sweet event," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Welcome back to Midland! Some things have changed since the last festival. King Street has been redesigned to be more pedestrian-friendly and its flexible configuration now makes it even more suitable for hosting large events such as this. I hope all attendees enjoy our new downtown main street and the sweet and savoury treats the festival has to offer!"

The award-winning festival is the original and largest butter tart festival in Canada and pre-pandemic was drawing 60,000 visitors for the one-day event.

“Ontarians love their butter tarts," said Karen Mealing, Manager of Culture and Community with the Town of Midland. “And whether you like your butter tarts plain or with raisins, with a runny or firm filling, or vegan, gluten-free or nut-free, everyone will be able to find a favourite at our festival."

This year's festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes all of downtown Midland from Yonge St. to Bayshore Dr., and both David Onley and Harbourside Parks. Admission is free to all.

A highlight of the festival is the contest where both professional and amateur/home bakers vie for the title of Best Butter Tart in Ontario. 

“The categories this year include traditional butter tarts which are plain, raisin, pecan or walnut butter tarts," said Mealing. “And the second category this year is Wild Style, which is a butter tart with a non-traditional ingredient or two."

While the judging takes place, festival visitors can sample the contest butter tarts. Judges cut off a small piece to taste and the rest of the butter tart is cut into smaller pieces to be circulated among the audience by festival volunteers.

There is no charge to watch the judging and those wishing to take home full, intact contest tarts can visit Scotiabank on the day of the festival and purchase a mixed package of 6 for $10. 

Festival attendees can also visit the many downtown merchants who expand their businesses onto sidewalks in front of their stores and the more than 200 vendors selling everything from butter tarts to clothing, jewellery, home décor, personal care products, and hand-crafted items. There will also be food trucks for those who aren't just making butter tarts their sole food source for the day.

There will be a variety of live music in Harbourside Park all day, including Francophone and
Indigenous musicians.

While there are no COVID-19 public health mandates in place at the moment, festival organizers encourage visitors to wear a mask as the festival attracts a lot of people and they want everyone to have a safe and healthy experience.

Those interested in burning off a few calories can participate in the Butter Tart Trot, which is the yummiest race in Ontario and includes butter tarts en route. To register visit www.buttertartrot.ca​. All proceeds from the Trot support youth programs.

Visitors looking for more information, including free shuttles and accessible parking, should visit www.buttertartfestival.ca and follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.​

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Festival quick facts

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Downtown Midland, plus David Onley Park and Harbourside Park

Vendor Marketplace: Downtown businesses and festival vendors will be selling everything from butter tarts to clothing to jewellery to handmade items.  Food trucks will also be onsite selling other yummy delicacies.

Contest: Categories include Traditional and Wild Style, open to both professional bakers and amateur/home bakers. Traditional category will be judged from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wild Style will be judges from 1 to 3 p.m. Best in show is judged at 3:15 p.m. and all winners are announced at 3:30 p.m. Judging takes place in Rotary Hall at the Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street.

Entertainment: Visitors can enjoy buskers and other performers, as well as free live entertainment during the day. 

Awards: Top 100 Festival and Event in Ontario by Festival and Events Ontario, February 2019; People's Choice Award for Favourite Regional Festival by the Simcoe County Region Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association, April 2019 and April 2018.

Facebook: @BestButterTartFestival
Instagram: @ButterTartFestival
Twitter: @ButterTartFstvl

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​​Media Release: Town of Midland receives over $2.6 million in government funding towards drinking water system upgrades

 April 29, 2022 – Recently, the Federal and Provincial governments announced funding for 144 community water infrastructure projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The Town of Midland will receive combined funding of over $2,677,966 for upgrades to two of our water booster pump stations located at Everton Road and Lescaut Road.

Through the Green Infrastructure Stream, the Town will receive $1,460,775.50 from the federal government, covering 40% of the project costs, and $1,217,191.19 from the Ontario Government, covering 33.33% of the project costs. The Town will contribute $973,972 toward the project.

“The Town of Midland takes pride in providing safe, clean drinking water to our community, and this funding will help replace aging booster pumps that help deliver water to homes and businesses throughout town," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “I would like to thank Simcoe North MP Adam Chambers and the Federal Government, and Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop and the Ontario Government for their continued support of municipal infrastructure projects."

The Everton and Lescaut Booster Pump Stations Upgrades will include upgrades to three booster pumps at the Everton Station on Everton Road, and upgrades to three booster pumps at the Lescaut Station on Lescaut Road.

“The Town of Midland Drinking Water System is unique as the water in the pipes must travel through many elevation changes throughout the Town. This drastically changes water pressures and limits the ability to move water across the system," said André Pepin, Manager of Water and Wastewater Services. “Booster pumps are an integral piece of infrastructure used to maintain these objectives. This grant will help replace end of life booster pumping equipment and ensure adequate water flows are available when needed for fire emergencies."

"Investments in infrastructure are investments in strong and healthy communities, and safe and accessible water is essential. This investment will provide residents of Midland with peace of mind knowing that their drinking water is clean and safe. Investing in important local projects like these ensures that families, residents, and businesses here in Midland, and across Ontario, have the infrastructure they need to grow and thrive." – Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North.

“I welcome these investments that will extend the useful life of Midland's infrastructure and ensure access to clean drinking water. Water is essential to maintaining healthy and vibrant communities." – Adam Chambers, MP ​Simcoe North.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a cost-sharing program through joint agreements with Infrastructure Canada and each of the provinces and territories to deliver over $33 billion in funding for infrastructure projects. The Green Infrastructure Stream will support green infrastructure projects across three crucial areas: Climate Change Mitigation; Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation; and Environmental Quality.​


Media Release: Town of Midland launches two new projects to rehabilitate old infrastructure and add new servicing

April 28, 2022 – The Town of Midland is launching two new road construction projects on May 2, 2022. The Seventh Street Reconstruction project and Balm Beach Road Servicing project continue the Town's commitment to replacing or upgrading the underground infrastructure throughout the municipality.

“The Town of Midland has shown over the past few years that we are dedicated to taking on these extensive projects to proactively replace aging underground infrastructure, and install new service infrastructure, so that residents continue to receive quality service and enhance future development and growth," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Over the past three years the Town has completed similar projects on Hugel Avenue, Hannah Street, and of course King Street, which was completed on time and under budget, during the pandemic. We look forward to more success with Seventh Street and Balm Beach Road."

Seventh Street Reconstruction Project

Due to the aging and deteriorating underground infrastructure along Seventh Street, the Town will be doing a full reconstruction on this street, between Yonge Street and Hugel Avenue. Working with Tatham Engineering and Arnott Construction, this project will include:

  • Replacement of sanitary sewer, including individual sewer lateral pipes to the property line;
  • Replacement of watermain including individual water lateral pipes to the property line;
  • Reconstruction of approximately 380m of roadway, including the installation of concrete curbs and concrete sidewalks on the west side; and
  • The work will also include restoration of areas disrupted by the construction, including driveway entrances and other sections within the boulevard.

Balm Beach Road Servicing Project

To promote development in Midland, the Town is adding new infrastructure along Balm Beach Road, from Sundowner Road East to Sundowner Road West. Working with WSP Engineering and B&J Contracting, this project will include:

  • Placing approximately 900m of sanitary sewer main and service lateral pipes to the property line;
  • Placing approximately 900m of watermain and water service lateral pipes to property line;
  • Adding approximately 820m of sidewalk along the north side of Balm Beach Road to Highway 93; and
  • The work will also include restoration of areas disrupted by the construction, including driveway entrances and other sections within the boulevard.

More information on the Seventh Street Reconstruction project and Balm Beach Road Servicing project can be found on Engaging Midland, where updates throughout each project will be provided.​


Pete Pettersen Park install rendering

Renderings of the new playground structure that will be installed at Pete Pettersen Park in 2022.

Media Release: Playground installations set to begin this Spring and more to come!

April 20, 2022 – April showers bring May flowers…and in 2022, new playground installations in at least three Midland parks! Thanks to the resident feedback we received last year, playground equipment was chosen, and the vendors are scheduled to begin work this spring and summer to install new modern safe playground features in Pete Pettersen Park, Bayview Park and Little Lake Park.

As of now, weather permitting, the installation of the new playgrounds will begin on the following dates:

  • Pete Pettersen Park – last week of May (dependent on the level of ground saturation);
  • Bayview Park – July 4th; and
  • Little Lake Park – July 18th.

There is a chance the installations will take place earlier for Bayview Park and Little Lake Park, however due to unpredictable supply chain delays, we're expecting it won't begin before the dates above.

In addition, we have also issued an RFP to identify vendors to install new playground equipment in Mac McAllen Park, Edgehill Park and Tiffin Park. The RFP closes soon and depending on supply and availability, there is the potential for installs to take place in one or more of these parks in 2022 as well.

“In 2021, the Town of Midland Operations Department launched the Playground Replacements & Restorations project on Engaging Midland, seeking input from residents on the themes and features for playground replacement equipment in three Town parks," said Dylan Flannery, Director of Operations. “Thanks to the incredible feedback received, not only will we see new playground equipment installed in at least three parks this year, but the feedback aided us in issuing the RFP for the next three parks significantly earlier this year."

“While it was disappointing when the old unsafe equipment was removed, I want to thank our staff for the extra efforts to procure the project and communicate with our residents," said Deputy Mayor Mike Ross. “Thank you as well to my fellow councillors for supporting the fiscally responsible recommendation made during the budget to support more playground upgrades. Great teamwork! “

For more information on the Playground Replacements & Restorations project, please visit: EngagingMidland.ca/Playground-Replacements-Restorations.​

Edgehill Park install location

This is the location where the new playground installation for Edgehill Park will take place. The previous location in this park will not be used. For more information on upcoming installs, visit EngagingMidland.ca/Playground-Replacements-Restorations.

Media Release: Town of Midland Receives a $287,100 Community Building Fund Capital Grant

March 24, 2022 – The Town of Midland has received a $287,100 Community Building Fund grant from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant focuses on assisting municipalities, Indigenous communities, and non-profit organizations in the community sport and recreation sectors by supporting repairs, renovations, and/or retrofitting of existing sport and recreation facilities. The Town's grant will be used to resurface tennis courts at Little Lake Park and the basketball court in Bayview Park.

“Investments in community and recreational infrastructure are essential in supporting community development, socialization, and connection," said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “Through this
fund, the Province supports the Town of Midland in revitalizing recreation platforms that will provide residents with upgraded and more accessible courts, building on healthy outdoor activity options for people of all ages."

The resurfacing of the tennis courts in Little Lake Park and the basketball court in Bayview Park will be completed in the spring/summer of 2022. For Bayview Park, this will be a year of significant upgrades, as that park is also set to have a new playground installed in the spring.

“As a small municipality, all funding that Midland receives goes a long way to help us complete important projects, and this grant will help e​nsure some vital outdoor park amenities are improved and available for use by our residents and visitors this year," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “On behalf of Council, Staff, and residents I would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Government for their continued support of municipalities in improving and maintaining existing facilities and infrastructure."

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario's non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario's economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.​

Little Lake Park Tennis Court
Little Lake Park Tennis Court
Bayview Park Basketball Court 1
Bayview Park Basketball Court 2 
Bayview Park Basketball Court



Media Release: Healthy Communities Initiative funding to contribute to Midland's “Love Your Laneways"

March 4, 2022 – The Love Your Lan​eways project launched in 2019 with the goal of transforming Borsa Lane, Bourgeois Lane, and the walkways that connect them to King Street into safe, functional and vibrant spaces. On Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Town of Midland received $39,850 in funding through the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative to assist in the completion of this project, helping to create a pedestrian-friendly area, support downtown businesses and help the downtown area thrive.

“We have a busy year ahead with many improvement projects and this funding is welcomed as spring approaches and the continued work of the Love Your Laneways project gets set to resume," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “I would like to thank our Simcoe North MP, Adam Chambers, the Canada Health Communities Initiative and Government of Canada for their continued support in helping municipalities transform their public spaces."

This funding will be used towards the purchase and installation of paint, benches, planters, bollards, lighting, and small murals, resulting in colourful, well-lit, relaxing, and purposeful areas for the public to enjoy.

“Our downtown is both a gathering space and a driver for local economic development. It's where we host and gather for festivals and community events, it's where we dine and visit with friends, and it's where we access services from the library to social service agencies," added Mayor Strathearn. “We have many thriving businesses who have had to close their doors due to the pandemic. This project will create vibrant public-use spaces for enjoyment today in line with public health guidelines, and for use for years to come."

“As we emerge from some of the restrictions of the pandemic, it is time to get back to doing some of the things we love." Said Simcoe North MP Adam Chambers​. “Now is a perfect time to rejuvenate our downtown core as we welcome people back to our community. I am proud to support this initiative that will make our public use spaces more attractive for residents and visitors alike. I look forward to seeing the results."

The Canada Health Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. The initiative provides funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities, and non-profits, for projects, programming and services that help communities create safe and vibrant public spaces; improve mobility options; and provide innovative digital solutions.​

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 News Archive

2022

Public Opening of Tax Sale Tenders

Public opening of the tenders for the Sale of Land by Public Tender on February 24, 2022, held at the Town of Midland Municipal Office parking lot.

Municipal Tax Sale - Sale of Land by Public Tender

The public opening of Tender for Tax Sale was completed shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022. The results are of the tenders are as follows:

Roll #
AddressSold? (Yes/No)
43 74 010 012 36500 0000936 Yonge Street, Midland ONYes
43 74 020 013 05270 0000
Pillsbury Dr. Midland ONYes
43 74 020 013 01330 0000725 Aberdeen Blvd. Unit 44, Midland ON
Yes
43 74 020 013 01331 0000725 Aberdeen Blvd. Unit 45, Midland ONYes

Successful tenders will be notified by mail regarding next steps (if email/phone is provided, we will send email and/or call as well).

Unsuccessful tenders and deposits can be picked up at the Municipal office starting Monday, February 28 until end-of-day Friday, March 4, 2022.  After that, unsuccessful tenders and deposits will be returned by registered mail. 

If you are picking up an unsuccessful tender, you will be required to present photo ID matching the tenderer.  If you are sending a representative, they will be required to produce a letter authorizing the release of the tender and deposit signed by the tenderer.​

Related: Public Notice - Municipal Tax Sale - Sale of Land by Public Tender - January 14, 2022

Media Release: Midland Town Council approves 2022 Budget

January 28, 2022 – On Friday, January 28, 2022, after three full days of budget deliberations, Midland Town Council approved the 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets. The 2022 Capital Budget addresses infrastructure improvements, replacing park playground equipment, and maintaining and replacing capital assets. The 2022 Budget also continues efforts to maintain and build upon services offered to residents, investing toward future infrastructure needs, while working to leverage user-fee opportunities to help offset the overall tax levy impact on all residents and property owners.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all areas of our community, Council and staff looked for ways through this budget to provide the services our residents expect and support our community partners while also limiting the tax levy impact," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Midland doesn't have the same revenue and funding streams that our neighbours do, yet our facilities and services are used by far-reaching visitors and those in the surrounding region to one extent or another. We heard from many residents and groups and this significant engagement helped reinforce the importance of our services and the circumstances faced by all residents."

In 2022, with the County and Education rates being factored in, residents will see a blended rate increase of 2.85% for operations, plus a sustainable capital levy of 0.75% for a total tax rate increase of approximately 3.6%. This equates to an approximate increase of $53 per $100,000 of property assessment. A portion of this blended tax rate increase is allocated to the Town's Agencies, Boards and Commissions. The final Tax Rate By-law will be approved by Council in May.

Council continued to invest in infrastructure reserves through this budget, both with the 0.75% sustainable capital levy and through increases to water and wastewater user rates of 5% and 4%, respectively. For the typical user, the impact will result in a $0.41/week increase on water bills, and $0.38/week increase on wastewater bills.

“We are pleased with the continued improvement and streamlining of our annual budget process, thanks in large part to the leadership of our CFO and the Finance team. Approval of our 2022 Budget in January is an improvement over last year allowing us to make our plans earlier to meet the budget commitments," said David Denault, Chief Administrative Officer. “Staff from across the organization have been engaged throughout this process, resulting in a fulsome review of our municipal operations and the challenges we face, and the input from our Agencies, Boards and Commissions completed the overview of all areas."

“This transparent, comprehensive budget continues the course down the path of sustainability so that we can continue to serve our community," said Michael Jermey, CFO.  

For more details on the 2022 Budget, please visit www.midland.ca/Budget.​​


Media Release: The Town of Midland wants residents to Name Your Walkways

January 24, 2022 – The Town of Midland is inviting the community to suggest names for the East and West Walkways in the downtown core.​

Informally known as the walkways or alleys, the East Walkway is located between TD Canada Trust and Bell, and the West Walkway is located between Arcade & Jory Guardian Pharmacy and Creative Cut. The Town is looking to beautify these spaces through the Love Your Laneways project, and the Town would like residents to provide them with an identity.

“The walkways are the connectors for those parking in the municipal lots to access the businesses on King Street. In their current state they aren't very welcoming, nor do they provide a great first impression of our amazing downtown," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn.  “The Love Your Laneways project will transform them into safe, welcoming and visually appealing environments, and we're asking residents to suggest names for these walkways to complement these improvements."

Beginning on January 24 until February 11, 2022, the community is invited to submit their suggestions for names, along with a brief description of why they think this should be the selected name, at EngagingMidland.ca/Name-Your-Walkways.

There is no limit to how many names one individual can suggest.

The list of suggested names will be narrowed down to a Top 10 list and the community will have the opportunity to vote on their top two names the week of February 21-25. 

Town staff will tabulate the votes and present a report to Council in March 2022, with the final naming decisions being made by Council.


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Media Release: Temporary outdoor skating rink to open at North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre

January 12, 2022 – With the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (NSSRC) currently closed for all sports activity due to the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario, the Town of Midland considered some staff ideas to provide residents an option for outdoor activity while still following the current restrictions and guidance from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). The result: a new temporary outdoor rink will be open and available for use at the NSSRC as of Thursday, January 13, 2022.

“With skating not currently possible inside the NSSRC, the next-best alternative was to offer an option outside, where residents can have easy access to skate and enjoy some outdoor exercise," said Dylan Flannery, Director of Operations. “Minimal staffing is required to maintain the outdoor rink, and we hope this small gesture helps reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 and presents a safer outdoor option for residents to get out and enjoy the winter weather. Our NSSRC staff are focussed on a number or activities including maintenance and supporting the vaccination clinic and also assisting where possible with staffing absenteeism at this time. Provided there are no issues with COVID compliance we will maintain this rink for as long as the weather and staffing conditions allow us to do so."

The temporary outdoor rink is located in the NSSRC parking lot, just south of the Frederick Street entrance into the lot, and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with safety rules in place, including:

  • A maximum of 50 skaters on the ice surface at one time;
  • A recommendation that all skaters wear CSA approved helmets;
  • All participants must wear skates while on the ice surface. Those without skates are not permitted on the ice surface;
  • Chairs, sleds, strollers, and other obstructions are not permitted on the ice surface; and
  • The use of hockey sticks is not permitted.

For a full list of rules, please visit Midland.ca/NSSRC and read the NSSRC Outdoor Rink Rules & Assumption of Risk, and Protocols for Outdoor Ice Rink documents. Signage will be posted around the outdoor rink to ensure users are aware of the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines that must be followed.

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on our website at Midland.ca/COVID-19, and we encourage residents to follow our social media channels for updates as well, @MidlandON on Twitter, and @townofmidland on Facebook.​

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit their website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.



Media Release: Midland Fire wants your feedback!

January 7, 2022 – The Town of Midland Fire Department (MFD) is creating a Fire Master Plan to guide operational improvements and ensure the optimization of services to our community, and to help develop this master plan, MFD have launched a survey looking for input from our valued residents.

“With our community expected to grow over the coming years, we want to ensure we are delivering the services our residents expect while also planning effectively for the future," said Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “It's important that residents get involved and help us identify areas of focus as we develop this new Fire Master Plan."

MFD is working with Emergency Management & Training (EM&T), a consulting firm that has helped many fire departments develop master plans, assess their stations and review their services.

To ensure MFD continue to meet the needs of our growing community, all residents are encouraged to participate and have your say today!

To take the survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JB6QXJ.

The survey is open from January 7 to January 31, 2022.​




2021

Town of MIdland Bee City mural #2

Town of Midland’s Bee City mural #2 on display in the lobby at the Municipal Office. 
This mural will be installed in Little Lake Park in Spring 2022.

Media Release: Midland adds a second Bee City mural to its collection

December 17, 2021 – Combining its status as a Bee City and reputation as a mural community, the Town commissioned two Bee City murals to highlight its commitment to protecting pollinators and pollinator-friendly habitats.

The first mural, which included public participation, was installed in David Onley Park in the fall and the second mural, completed by area seniors and students, will be installed in Little Lake Park in the spring.

“This mural is an exceptional intergenerational project that beautifully reflects the community's appreciation of pollinators and recognition of our need to protect them," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We truly have some talented artists in our area."

Melissa Ives, Activationist at the Georgian Manor, and Alison Oldfield, the Executive Director of King Place, led the project.

Residents from the Georgian Manor and King Place who participated include Lloyd Weaver, Marion Taylor, Lyndsey Stacey, Helga Eidner, Marilyn Bumstead, Betty Gillham, Joyce Templeton, Anne Leblanc, Mary Graham, Heather Graham, and Norma Turner.

The high school and elementary school students who contributed to the mural include Bella Visco, Keiryn Ives, Liam Ives, Raine Oldfield-Traviss, Asher Totman, and Violet Ives

While the mural won't be installed outdoors until spring, it will spend the winter on display in the lobby at the Town of Midland Municipal Office for visitors to enjoy.

For more information about Midland's Bee City initiative, please visit Midland.ca/Midland-is-a-Bee-City, and Midland.ca/Bee​​CityMurals for more on our Bee City Murals.

The Town recognizes financial support received by the County of Simcoe to assist with some of the costs associate with this project.​​


2022 Tree Seedling Distribution Program​

Severn Sound Environmental Association and the Town of Midland are working together to provide residents with reasonably priced, native tree and shrub seedlings for planting in early spring 2022.

Tree seedlings must be pre-ordered. The deadline for ordering is Friday, January 14th, 2022.

Program details are available at the municipal office and online at:
www.severnsound.ca/Pages/tree-seedling-distribution.aspx  ​

Tree Seedling

Media Release: Midland and other North Simcoe municipalities to receive over $3.6 million combined in provincial infrastructure funding

December 14, 2021 – The Town of Midland will gratefully receive $935,354 in infrastructure funding toward Town infrastructure initiatives in 2022 from the annual Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF). This is an increase of 105% from funding received in both 2020 and 2021. The OCIF is a provincial program that provides support for local infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000. For the 4 North Simcoe municipalities this much-needed funding results in over $3.6 million for Midland, Tiny, Tay and Penetanguishene.

“I met with the Minister of Infrastructure this Fall, along with our senior staff, to ensure that they appreciate the needs of Midland as well as the opportunities. We certainly agree with the Premier that smaller municipalities will be at the forefront of building Ontario's future," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Midland always has been and will continue to be an important hub for North Simcoe, but we require assistance to keep pace with aging infrastructure and to invest in new projects for recovery, growth and sustainability. For quite some time our residents have funded most of this work through our local taxes and it is refreshing to see more funds come our way and a commitment to revisiting the funding formula."

Over $14 million in funding will be allocated in our Simcoe North riding, including $5,289,462 to the County of Simcoe, and $3,268,167 to the City of Orillia. Closer to home, $3.6 million in funding will be allocated in North Simcoe, with Tay Township receiving $1,061,297, Midland receiving $935,354, Penetanguishene receiving $837,563, and Tiny Township receiving $783,094.

“Thank you to the Government of Ontario, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma, and Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop, for your continued support of our local community infrastructure improvement efforts," added Mayor Strathearn.

In 2021, approximately $200 million in OCIF funding was allocated to 424 small, rural and northern communities. Funding allocations are based on a formula that recognizes different economic conditions and community needs in Ontario.​


Media Release: Draft 2022 Budget presented to Council

December 9, 2021 – On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the Draft 2022 Budget was presented to Midland Town Council at its final Council meeting of 2021. The budget process was accelerated this year so that the Draft 2022 Budget could be presented to Council in December, two months earlier than the previous budget.

“Each year staff put months of work into creating the draft budget to present to Council, and now its Council's job to review this impressive document and prepare for the deliberation exercise near the end of January," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Council and staff will work to make adjustments to the draft budget so that the budget that is ultimately approved will minimize the tax levy impact on residents while continuing to build upon the services we offer."

Highlights of the Draft 2022 Budget:

  • Estimated Tax Rate increase of 3.53% ($37 increase/per $100,000 of property assessment) to support Town Services (before: Council/Committee Requests, Agencies/Boards/Commissions, and Sustainable Capital Levy)
    • ​Estimated 2.85% blended tax rate increase ($42 increase per $100,000 or property assessment)
  • 5% increase in Water rates = $21.16 increase/year for a typical user ($0.41/week)
  • 4% increase in Wastewater rates = $19.58 increase/year for typical user ($0.38/week)

“I want to thank all of our staff for working so diligently to get this Draft 2022 Budget done two months earlier than last year, while still managing to continue their day-to-day tasks. This really sets the stage for Council and staff to hit the ground running in January," said CAO David Denault.

CFO Michael Jermey indicated “There are many options presented in the Draft 2022 Budget for Council to consider, and I know the public will have many questions. We look forward to continuing the budget process in January and working towards an approval near the end of that month."

The 2022 Budget process will continue in January with the following schedule:

  • January 13, 2022 – Agencies, Boards & Commissions Presentations
  • January 19, 2022 – 2022 Budget Public Meeting
  • January 26-28, 2022 – Budget Deliberations/Approval

The Draft 2022 Budget and Draft 2022 Budget Presentation are both available at Midland.ca/Budget.​


Media Release: We're building a new website and want your input!

Town of Midland launches “Midland.ca Makeover" Survey

December 1, 2021 – The Town of Midland has launched a new “Midland.ca" Makeover Survey, looking for feedback from the community on their thoughts about the current Town website, www.Midland.ca, and what they would like to see in a new site.

“The current Town website has been in existence since early 2014, and although it went through an extensive template redesign a few years ago to update the look of the site and provide easier access to information, it is still the same website," said Deputy Mayor Mike Ross. “A new, modernized website is long overdue, and we're excited to get started on this project and hope the community will get involved and help us determine what this new site will offer."

The “Midland.ca" Makeover Survey is the first step in the Town's new website project, a project mainly funded by the Municipal Modernization Program, and will ask participants to provide details on what browsers and devices they currently use; their opinions on the current Midland.ca site; what experiences they've had with current site features; elements they would like in a new site; and examples of any other municipal sites they'd recommend Midland take a look at.

The “Midland.ca" Makeover Survey is open from December 1, 2021 to January 14, 2022, and the community can participate in the survey by visiting EngagingMidland.ca/Project-Website-Makeover

Funding for the Town of Midland's Municipal Modernization Program Project is provided in part by the Province of Ontario. The views expressed in this publication are the views of the Town and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province.​

Media Release: Town of Midland to launch Cloudpermit system

November 22, 2021 – The Town of Midland continues to modernize our services and offer more convenient ways to support our residents and businesses safely and efficiently.

The Town's Building Department is excited to announce the soft launch of e-permitting software on November 30, 2021, with full launch on January 1, 2022. The new Cloudpermit system will allow homeowners and industry professionals the ability to submit building permit applications online at Midland.ca/Building.

The switch to a digital permitting system is very exciting for both staff and the community. It provides a more efficient and sustainable approach to our operations, bringing valuable new tools to our community. In March of 2021 the Town of Penetanguishene launched Cloudpermit and the Township of Tiny is also implementing Cloudpermit in 2022.

As of January 1, all applicants are encouraged to use the new e-permitting system online. If residents have a paper-based application, they can still come to the Municipal Office for assistance with the online application.

“The cloud-based permit software is a one-stop shop for professionals or homeowners looking to build in Midland," said Terry Paquette, Chief Building Officer for the Town of Midland. “It provides each user their own portal for application submissions, inspections, and approvals, as well as integration with Building Department staff, scheduling, and online billing."

For staff, the ability to use the mobile tool to conduct site inspections, upload images and reviews to the project remotely, further provides efficiencies within the entire application process.

Building Department staff are excited to conduct community training sessions in the new year. Interested individuals are encouraged to follow the Town of Midland on social media (@TownofMidland on Facebook, @MidlandON on Twitter) for future announcements of specific training dates, or connect with building@midland.ca to be added to an email list.​​

Media Release: Significant​ Weather Event Update

​December 9, 2021 – The Significant Weather Event declared the morning of Tuesday, December 7, 2021, has come to an end. With the additional snowfall last night, Operations crews have continued working to keep the roads and sidewalks clear and safe.

With current resource levels, the Town will have all roads and sidewalks cleared by 5 p.m. today and is confident in its ability to meet the Minimum Maintenance Standards. Overnight crews will remain focussed on snow removal on busier roads as well as plowing all sidewalks to clean up any remaining snow.

“The amount of snow that fell in Midland varied depending on the area you live, however all areas received significant levels, some reaching nearly 40cm," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Our Operations team has been working around the clock to clear the roads and remove snow, and also working to clear all sidewalks while facing equipment challenges, and I thank them for their hard work and dedication."

Declaring a Significant Weather Event as it relates to Ontario's Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways means an approaching or occurring weather hazard has the potential to pose a significant danger to drivers and pedestrians. When a Significant Weather Event is in effect, municipal roads and sidewalks are considered to be in a state of repair until the event has ended. During such times, the traveling public are encouraged to use caution and only venture out if absolutely necessary.​

Related

Media Release: Midland continues to deal with Significant Weather Event - December 8, 2021​​​

​Media Release: Town of Midland declares Significant Weather Event - December 7, 2021​




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Media Release: Midland unveils new Bee City mural

October 21, 2021 – Midland has added to its mural collection.

Combining its status as a Bee City with its reputation as a mural community, the Town commissioned two Bee City murals to highlight its commitment to protecting pollinators and pollinator-friendly habitats.

The first mural, led by artist Shandelle McCurdie with members of the community invited to help paint the mural, was unveiled in David Onley Park this morning. Shandelle's design concept allowed for community members of all ages and all artistic levels to participate in this project.

“We are proud to be a Bee City and to feature our community's commitment to protecting pollinators through these beautiful new murals," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Midland is known as a mural community, and it's wonderful to unveil this new mural that the community helped create."

The second Bee City mural is an intergenerational endeavour with residents of Georgian Village, King Place and local high school students working together to complete the painting. It will be installed in Little Lake Park in spring 2022.

The Town recognizes financial support received by the County of Simcoe to assist with some of the costs associated with this project.​​


Media Release: See you in 50 years! Midland buries time capsule linking our history, present and future

October 21, 2021 – Today, the Town of Midland buried a time capsule to commemorate the completion of the King Street Rejuvenation Project as well as Midland's history and current time we live in. It will be unearthed by residents in 2071.

The community was invited to provide suggestions for what to include in the time capsule and items were selected based on their relevance to the history and future of Midland, size, and archival stability.

Among the items included in the time capsule:

  • A letter from Council speaking to current-day events including:
    • King Street Rejuvenation Project;
    • The COVID-19 pandemic, and
    • Plans for future projects and developments.
  • A 3D-printed butter tart;
  • Items from Beausoleil First Nation and Georgian Bay Metis Council;
  • Items recognizing milestone anniversaries, and more!

“When future Midlanders unearth the time capsule, they will gain a small glimpse into this eventful time in Midland's history," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “And it is our hope that Midland in 2071 is still as great a place to live as it is in 2021."

The time capsule is buried at the intersection of King Street and Bayshore Drive, connecting it to the King Street Rejuvenation Project and the Harbour. A large rock (seen beside the time capsule in the attached photos) has been placed on top of the time capsule burial location, and a plaque will be installed on the rock in the coming weeks.​​


Unveiling of Fire Safety Station

Friends of Brian Williams, along with Mayor Stewart Strathearn (far left) and Fire Prevention Officer Ken Corriveau (far right) help unveil the Brian Williams Fire Safety Station.

Media Release: Midland Fire Department unveils new Safety Station honouring one of their biggest fans

October 8, 2021 – Midland resident Brian Williams was a big fan of the Midland Fire Department. Brian would occasionally stop by the fire hall and have a Diet Coke and a chat with the firefighters and was thrilled to hear about what was new with the department. Unfortunately, in 2019 Brian was diagnosed with a terminal illness.

“Brian Williams was a super-fan of all emergency services, and especially Midland Fire. When he was first diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2019, he and his CLH direct support staff made a bucket list of “experiences of a lifetime"," said Deb Duval, Senior Manager Adult Services with CLH Developmental Support Services. “Midland Fire Prevention Officer Ken Corriveau learned of this, and he and the entire Midland Fire team created a fire hall visit to remember for Brian. This meant the world to him! In appreciation for their kindness and for the vital work they do for the community, Brian left a bequest to Midland Fire."

Using that bequest from Brian, this week the Midland Fire Department unveiled the Brian Williams Safety Station, a new fire safety station that will be used on public education sessions for children and visitors of all ages for years to come, thanks to his donation and love of the fire department.

“Brian touched the hearts of the firefighters he met," said Midland Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “The donation and the new fire safety station named in his honour will continue an appreciation Brian had towards Midland Fire and will allow the fire department to continue to provide public education to the residents and visitors to the Town of Midland. We are grateful to Brian and CLH Developmental Support Services for this wonderful donation and example of community spirit."

“The entire CLH Developmental Support Services community is beyond thrilled that Brian is being honoured through the new Fire Safety Education Station," added Duval.

To watch a video of Brian's last visit with the Midland Fire Department please visit: https://youtu.be/EDOYBV6Xmmk

Cutting the cake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on our website at Midland.ca/COVID-19, and we encourage residents to follow our social media channels for updates as well, @MidlandON on Twitter, and @townofmidland on Facebook.​

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or visit their website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.



Media Release: Town of Midland unveils new Rainbow Crosswalk

October 6, 2021 – There are over 30 rainbow crosswalks in Ontario, and today the Town of Midland proudly added to that growing list by unveiling the Town's first ever rainbow crosswalk at an event held at the intersection of Bay Street and First Street.

"Fierté Simcoe Pride suggested the intersection in front of Grounded Coffee as a potential location for a pride crosswalk due to our history with the business," said Colin Nelthorpe, President of Fierté Simcoe Pride. “Grounded Coffee was one of the first businesses to put up a rainbow flag in the Town of Midland shortly after Fierté Simcoe Pride was founded. Since the beginning, they have reached out to offer support to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and provided members of the community with a safe space to gather."

Rainbow Crosswalk Colours

Given the evolving nature and spirit of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and society, the modern pride flag was chosen for the crosswalk as it integrates many of the pride flags into one. The colours each represent an idea that resonates with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community: Red for life, Orange for healing, Yellow for sunlight, Green for nature, Blue for peace, and Purple for spirit. The black and brown stripes represent people who are living with or who have died from HIV/AIDs, LGBTQ indigenous and people of colour. The crosswalk also incorporates baby blue, pink and white stripes to represent the transgender community. The arrow in the crosswalk design symbolizes the forward movement and the progress that still needs to be made.

“This is a great day for the Town of Midland," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Thank you to Colin Nelthorpe and Amy Miller, a member of Midland's 2SLGBTQIA+ community, for participating in the event to unveil our new rainbow crosswalk which is a symbol of Midland's proud commitment to embracing diversity, equality, and inclusion."​

Cutting of the ceremonial ribbon

Members of Midland Town Council along with Colin Nelthorpe, President of Fierte Simcoe Pride, hold the ceremonial ribbon, while Amy Miller, a member of Midland’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community, cuts it.

From left to right: Councillor Jonathan Main, Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Colin Nelthorpe, Councillor Carole McGinn, Amy Miller, Councillor Bill Gordon, Councillor Cody Oschefski, and Deputy Mayor Mike Ross.



Media Release: Town of Midland launches 2022 Budget Survey

October 1, 2021 – The Town of Midland wants your feedback! Today the Town launched its 2022 Budget Survey, seeking input from the public on financial matters to help identify key priorities for Council and Staff to consider during the 2022 Budget exercise.

“This is the third year we have a run a budget survey and given the pressures municipalities face to ensure they balance their budget, it's important that the public gets involved in this process," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “I encourage all residents, business owners and visitors to our town to take the survey and help ensure your views are considered before the 2022 Budget is approved in January."

The 2022 Budget Survey gives participants the opportunity to rank what services/programs they feel should receive higher portions of funding, rank the most important local issues/service gaps, their level of satisfaction with various services, and more.

“We want to hear from as many residents as possible. This is your time to weigh in on the upcoming 2022 Budget before it goes to Council," said CFO Michael Jermey. “We know many residents have views on where the Town raises revenues, supports the community and how we spend the budget. This survey is another opportunity to ensure those perspectives are shared. There will be a public budget meeting in January, but it's important to take advantage of all opportunities to have your voice heard."

To participate in the survey, please visit: Surveymonkey.com/r/2022_Budget_Survey

For more details on the 2022 Budget please visit EngagingMidland.ca/2022-Budget

The 2022 Budget Survey is open until end-of-day on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Results from the 2022 Budget Survey will be used in preparation of the 2022 Draft Operating and Capital Budgets, both of which will be presented to Council at the December Council meeting. The 2022 Budget review exercise will continue through January with budget request presentations by Town-supported Agencies, Boards and Commissions; the public budget meeting; and debate, leading to the 2022 Budget finally being ratified in late January.​​

Media Release: Town of Midland observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 – This morning the Town of Midland observed the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, by lowering the Every Child Matters flag to half-mast at the Town Municipal Office.

“The Town of Midland recognizes and seeks to raise awareness about residential and day schools in Canada," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We all join together in the spirit of reconciliation to honour the victims, the survivors and the lived experience of Indigenous Peoples".

All staff and Council were encouraged to wear an orange shirt as flags at all Town facilities were lowered to half-mast, and a moment of silence was held to honour the survivors, the many children who never made it home, and all who continue to be impacted by former Indian Residential and Day schools.

All flags will be raised to full-mast on October 1st, and the Every Child Matters Flag will continue to fly at the Municipal Office until October 22, 2021.

All residents are encouraged to visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website (www.nctr.ca) for further learning and education and to continue truth and reconciliation efforts.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day, held annually on September 30, is an Indigenous-led commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation. When arriving for her first day of school wearing a new orange shirt, the shirt was taken away from her, and is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.​​​


Municipal Fire Departments advise residents of situation training planned throughout September and October​​

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Fire Department

The Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Fire Departments will be conducting s​imulation training activities utilizing the empty building at 51 Dunlop Street, the former Penetanguishene Secondary School.

This training will consist of wall breaches, smoke movement and ventilation utilizing theatrical smoke, and search and rescue stimulations to practice victim extraction and forcible entry through walls and doors.

“This is a great opportunity for the two fire departments to train and work together to hone their skills to better serve the residents of both municipalities. Midland and Penetanguishene fire departments work closely together under the County Fire Mutual Aid agreement," says Fire Chief Paul Ryan. “This type of situation training is important for our crews to practice when provided the opportunity, making our response and continued cooperation that much better."

Training will spread out over the next few weeks. The Town of Penetanguishene and Midland Fire Departments advise residents that this is not an emergency, and there is no concern to the public during these stimulations.

For questions or concerns regarding the training, please contact:

Paul Ryan, Fire Chief
Midland and Penetanguishene Fire Departments
705-549-7453. ext. 706
pryan@penetanguishene.ca

Media Release: “Bee" part of the Buzz!

September 16, 2021 – A new Bee City mural is being created and the community is invited to “bee" part of the fun!

Community members, including individuals and households, can pre-register for one-hour time slots to work with mural artist Shandelle McCurdie to help paint one of Midland's newest murals.

The community painting day will take place on September 22 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre (NSSRC). Participants will be pre-screened, required to provide their contact tracing information, and wear a mask. In addition, participants must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 along with photo ID to enter the NSSRC, following the provincial requirements that come into effect on that date. The only exemptions permitted for this activity are for unvaccinated people with medical exemptions and people under 12 years old. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted to participate with a doctor's note until the medical exemption can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate.

McCurdie has designed the concept for the mural and will have paint and brushes ready for those who are scheduled to help paint the mural's bees, pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants and flowers.

“We are a mural community and what better way to celebrate our status as a Bee City than by creating vibrant, colourful new murals," said Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator. “These murals will be installed around Midland so residents and visitors can enjoy them for years to come."

No special painting skills are required, and all ages are welcome.

To register for a spot, contact Karen Mealing, Cultural Development Coordinator, at kmealing@midland.ca or 705-526-4275 ext. 2200.  Registrations will be accepted until 4 p.m. on September 21, unless all available slots are filled before this date.

The Town recognizes financial support received by the County of Simcoe to assist with some of the costs associated with completing this project.​

Public Notice: Road closure and temporary transit route detour for Midland Avenue resurfacing

September 9, 2021 – Beginning on Monday, September 13, 2021, Midland Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Yonge Street to Hugel Avenue so that this portion of road can be resurfaced. The roadway is expected to be closed until end-of-day on Thursday, September 16, weather permitting.

Sidewalks and municipal parking lots will still be open, and all businesses will be accessible. Residents and business owners will have access to enter their properties, however there may be some delays and we ask that patrons to avoid this area.

Transit Route Detour

Due to this road closure the Mid-Pen Transit stop that is currently located on Midland Avenue, halfway between Elizabeth Street and Yonge Street, will be temporarily relocated to the northwest corner of the Midland Avenue and Elizabeth Street intersection.

The Mid-Pen Transit bus will pick riders up there and continue west to King Street, then proceed south on King Street to Yonge Street, to meet back up with the usual routes.

This temporary detour will be in place until the resurfacing of Midland Avenue is completed and the road closure is lifted.

Transit Stop map

For more information, please contact:

Quinton Kenney, C. Tech.
Operations Technician
1099 MacDonald Road, Midland, ON L4R 0G3
705-526-4275 ext.2407
qkenney@midland.ca 

Group photo from Transit Announcement

From left to right: Councillor Jonathan Main, Seniors Council member Bryde Desroches, Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton, Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Councillor Carole McGinn, Transit Operator Gary Wencher.​​

Media Release: Transit improvements continue with addition of new transit bus and a pilot project offering free transit for seniors in Midl​and

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August 16, 2021 – The Town of Midland is pleased to announce improvements to the Mid-Pen Transit Service that will provide a more reliable and more accessible service for residents in Midland. The Town purchased a new transit bus that is already in service and is launching the new Seniors on the Move pilot project that will provide free transit service to seniors in Midland.

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton was on hand in Midland today for these improvement announcements.​

New Midland Transit Bus

The new transit bus was funded, in part, by the federal and provincial governments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Over the past two years, the Town received $604,939 in federal and provincial funding through ICIP, that has been used towards the purchase of two new accessible transit vans in 2020, now operated by Community Reach, and a new Midland transit bus in 2021. This investment has upgraded the Town's fleet of transit vehicles to provide a more reliable service for all residents.

“Ensuring that our transit service runs smoothly and reliable is a continuous challenge for a small municipality," said Shawn Berriault, Director of Community Services. “This funding goes a long way in helping ensure our fleet doesn't age out, and that we can continue to meet the challenge of getting our residents where they need to be. We thank both the federal and provincial governments for their continued commitment to fund transit improvements for municipalities."

Seniors on the Move Pilot Project

Seniors in Midland will enjoy free transit rides over the next several months thanks to funding received in part from the Government of Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

 

The $25,000 grant provides complimentary transportation on our buses to those ages 65 and older, including 'Free Ride Days', ride passes and reloadable transit SmartCards through the Seniors on the Move project. The pilot project will run until March 31, 2022.

“We thank the Government of Canada for their support, and our Midland Seniors Council for their dedication in creating this pilot project, which will allow our senior residents to reach their medical appointments, shop, visit family and friends, volunteer in the community, and more without incurring transit costs," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town has implemented many public safety measures to our transit system during the pandemic and we want seniors to feel comfortable and safe accessing services and programs in the community."

“Facilitating intergenerational initiatives is part of Council's Strategic Plan for a Safe, Sustainable, Healthy Community," added Strathearn. “We are proud to launch this new pilot project to help seniors have easier access to our community."

The Seniors on the Move pilot project launches on Monday, August 16, with two options for seniors in Midland to participate:

  • Free Transit Packages containing 6 free transit passes are available for pickup at the Municipal Office, Midland Public Library, North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (NSSRC), Chigamik Community Health Centre and the North Simcoe Family Health Team. Subsequent passes can be picked up at these locations; or
  • Free SmartCards preloaded with 6 free transit rides can be picked up at the Municipal Office, Midland Public Library, and NSSRC. SmartCards can be reloaded at these locations.

In addition, a series of Free Ride Days for Midland Seniors (no passes/SmartCards required) will be held between now and March 31, 2022, kicking off with a week of Free Ride Days for Midland seniors from August 23-28, 2021. Visit www.midland.ca/transit for Tra details.

Those receiving the Free Transit Packages or preloaded SmartCards will be asked to provide their name and contact information to allow members of the Midland Seniors Council to follow up with participants to evaluate the pilot project.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a federal-provincial cost-sharing program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10 years. Ontario's share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that provides funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities.

A video of today's announcement is available on our YouTub​e channel.​​

Media Release: Town launches Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program

July 28, 2021 – In an effort to improve safety in neighbourhoods and on roads in the municipality, the Town of Midland has launched a new Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program. This program will see a combination of calming measures, engineering, educational and enforcement tools used to address identified issues in areas around Midland.

“Over the past two years, the Town has been gathering data and information on traffic issues in Midland, both through our Traffic Monitoring Trailer and feedback from residents," said Mitch Sobil, Manager of Engineering. “From this we have developed a Draft Traffic Calming Policy to address identified issues. There are advantages and disadvantages to these traffic calming initiatives, and we invite residents to participate in our upcoming Public Information Session to provide their feedback."

Advantages from traffic calming measures can include:

  • Reduced vehicle speeds;
  • Reduced traffic volumes; and
  • Reduced number of cut through vehicles.

Disadvantages could include:

  • Potential increase in emergency vehicle response times;
  • More difficulty getting in and out of your neighbourhood each day; and
  • Traffic could be shifted/diverted onto neighbouring roadways.

“We have read and heard the feedback and reviewed the data collected, and residents should be confident that the traffic calming measures the Town employs will improve the safety of our roadways," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The King Street Reconstruction Project is a great example of how traffic calming measures, such as traffic lights, curb bump outs at corners, and crosswalks, can make our roads safer and more accessible for all forms of transportation, and the Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program will ensure we can all enjoy safer roadways throughout Midland."

The Public Information Session is scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 7 p.m. The location/format for this meeting will be determined by August 13. The COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time will determine whether this session takes place in person or virtually on Zoom. Updates will be provided on the Town's website, EngagingMidland.ca and on social media.

For more details on the Traffic Calming and Monitoring Program, residents can visit EngagingMidland.ca/Traffic-Monitoring-Program to view the Draft Traffic Calming Policy, Draft Traffic Calming Guide, Traffic Reports from 2019-2021, and more. Residents can also suggest locations where our Traffic Monitoring Trailer should be stationed throughout town.​​

Media Release -​ New Public Art Installation to pay homage to Midland's history

July 27, 2021 – The corner of King Street and Bayshore Drive will soon be the home to a new public art installation.

“Sown," an artwork conceived by local artists Holly Archer and Camille Myles, will be placed in its new home in downtown Midland this summer. The piece is being fabricated by Lafontaine Iron Werks with Toque Innovations of Midland as the technical designer. The inspiration behind “Sown" is the rich industrial history of Midland, with elements of the design representing the five fingers that built this community (logging, shipping, the railway, agriculture and manufacturing) as well as the five bays from the foundational Indigenous legend of Kitchikewana.

“Developing vibrant public spaces and promoting a beautiful Midland is one of Council's current strategic priorities," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “This installation will complete the work on King Street, and we thank the Rural Economic Development program for their grant to assist with this project's streetscaping, including the commissioning of this new work of art. I also want to thank the local artist and fabricators for crafting this piece to pay homage to the unnamed, unsung community members who have been instrumental in building Midland to where it is today."

The artist team responded to a call for proposals that the Town issued in early 2021. “Sown" was selected based on the Town of Midland's Public Art Policy, criteria outlined in the request for proposals, and the installation site.

“The Town of Midland recognizes that art and culture have been and will always be integral parts of our community," said David Denault, Midland's Chief Administrative Officer. “We are very proud of our town and our beautiful new main street and are excited to showcase all that we have to offer to both residents and visitors."

The artwork is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, through the Rural Economic Development program, and the public can learn more about this artwork as it's being created. Visit EngagingMidland.ca/Sown-Public-Art-Installation for artistic descriptions of the artwork, concept boards and details on the elements of design.​


We wanted your feedback, and we got it! Successful Consultation leads to Request for Proposals for new playground equipment

In Spring of this year, the Town of Midland sought feedback from residents to help staff determine priorities in location, design styles and features/themes for new playground equipment. Thanks to the tremendous amount of feedback received, a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been created and issued, which aligns with the comments received from our residents.

The RFP closes on July 21, 2021, and the contract (which includes the design, site preparation, supply and installation of equipment and safety surfacing) is expected to be awarded by mid-August, with construction work to begin in mid/late September of this year. This phase of the playground replacement project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2022.

Based on the input received from residents and keeping in line with the budget available for 2021, new playground equipment geared towards both the 18 months – 5 year old age group, and 5-12 year old age group will be installed in Little Lake Park, Pete Pettersen Park, and Bayview Park.

Thanks to the feedback of residents, we can also determine what locations will be considered for future budgets as we move forward on a program that ensures our playground equipment remain safe and relevant in all our Midland parks.

The online consultation was held on Engaging Midland and more information and updates are available on the Playground Replacement & Restoration Project page.

Media Release: One month of rain in one day puts Midland sewer system and staff to the test

June 29, 2021 – Last year, the Town of Midland received approximately 89 millimetres (mm) of rain for the entire month of June. This past weekend, the Town received almost that much in one day as a ’25-year storm’ passed through our municipality. On Saturday, June 26, 2021, the Town saw 79mm of rain fall over 24 hours, including 57.8mm between 5 and 7 p.m. 

“The level of intensity we saw during this storm, and the amount of rainfall within that two-hour window pushes this closer to a ’100-year storm’ based on the Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) curve in our region,” said Mitch Sobil, Manager of Engineering. “Several sewer mains connect at King Street and Bayshore Drive, so it’s not surprising we saw a large surcharge there. However, the work conducted during the King St. project installed additional storm mains which gave us much more capacity to deal with the situation.  With 2 inches of rain falling during a two-hour window and an inch alone falling between 6:00-6:15 p.m. we’re pleased the system performed very well as it was designed to do. The Town also reported a sewer discharge event which occurred as a result of the overwhelming amount of water overflowing from one chamber.”

 Bar Chart - Precipitation in Millimetres - June 26, 2021

Click to view larger image

Sewer systems are designed to contain up to a 5-year storm level of rainfall. In a two-hour window this would equal approximately 34mm of rain. Anything above that could result in a surcharge overland, which is what occurred on Saturday. However, the amount of surcharge was mitigated considerably thanks to the King Street Rejuvenation project.

Town Operations crews were out putting down sandbags during the storm to divert water and limit washouts in neighbourhoods and have since repaired most damage incurred along roadways. Crews are further investigating some problematic areas to help avoid flooding during future storms.

“This truly was a significant rainstorm, and the improvements to our sewer system helped prevent worse damage being done,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The King Street Rejuvenation was a giant improvement in our ability to deal with events like this. As we continue similar work throughout Midland and the continued removal of combined sewer systems, our infrastructure should be even more prepared for the next 25-year level storm. I’d like to thank our staff in Operations, our Water and Wastewater team, and our first responders who managed the situation and events professionally and expediently.”


Bee City-Pollinator Week display at Highway 12 and County Road 93 in Midland

The Town of Midland Operations Team created a Bee City-Pollinator Week display
at the corner of Highway 12 and County Road 93 in Midland

Media Release: The Town of Midland and SSEA are all about the Buzz

June 21, 2021 – This June, the buzz is about the bees, butterflies, bugs, and birds pollinating plants and what we can do to help protect them. To recognize the important services provided by pollinators, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) and the Town of Midland are bringing awareness to National Pollinator Week, happening June 21-27. To kick-off Pollinator Week, Mayor Stewart Strathearn has proclaimed the Town's support for this important celebration, and Midland staff designed and built a display at Highway 93 and 12 to commemorate this!

“The Town of Midland is proud to celebrate our first Pollinator Week as an official Bee City," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We have established “no-mow" zones throughout the town where mowing will no longer take place to provide suitable areas for pollinator habitat to be created, and I encourage all residents to get involved and learn more about what we can all do to help ensure pollinator populations thrive in our region."

Pollinator populations have been declining at an alarming rate due to habitat loss, misuse of pesticides, and climate change There are nearly 1,000 different pollinators in Canada alone, and not only do pollinators provide us with the food we eat but they also help sustain our ecosystems by helping our native plants reproduce. In turn, these healthy ecosystems can absorb greenhouse gases, prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and offer habitat for many important plants and animals.

The Town has made a commitment to helping and supporting pollinators as a designated Bee City municipality and our Municipal Climate Change Action Plan. As a Bee City, Midland is taking on-the-ground action, including piloting a strategic mowing project, planting new pollinator habitat, and working with SSEA to plant native trees and combat invasive species. Visit Town staff at the Midland Summer Market, 526 Bay Street, Midland on Sunday, June 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to pick up free wildflower seeds and learn more about how you can protect pollinators.

Here are some simple things everyone can do in their back yard to help bees, butterflies, and other pollinators:

  1. Plant native flowers or trees. Our native pollinators have evolved along side our native plants, so they are better matched as food sources for them than cultivated or non-native species of plants.
  2. Pledge to not use chemicals in your garden. Rather than chemical herbicides, planting mint, thyme and marigolds attract beneficial insects that will prey on typical garden pests. 
  3. Education is the best tool in a gardener's pocket! Check out Pollinator Partnership Canada's website at www.pollinatorpartnership.ca and follow SSEA's Sustainability and Climate Action Project Team on social media for more tips to be 'bee-friendly'! 
  4. Read more about Bee City Canada or take the 'Pollinator Pledge'. Visit www.beecitycanada.org.

Follow the SSEA's Sustainability and Climate Action Project Team on Facebook: @sustainablesevernsound or Twitter: @sustainsevsound, or learn more about the programs led by Team SSEA at @ssea_ssrap and Instagram @severnsoundea.

Full details on the Town of Midland's Bee City initiative, including maps identifying “no-mow" zones in the municipality, can found at: Midland.ca/Midland-is-a-Bee-City.

Learn how you can get involved in Pollinator Week, visit: https://pollinatorpartnership.ca/en/pollinator-week-canada

To find out more about the Bee City Canada Program, and to access pollinator information and resources, visit: https://beecitycanada.org/ ​​

Media Release: New Pay-by-Plate parking system to launch on July 1, 2021, residents can provide feedback on Engaging Midland

June 16, 2021 – On July 1, 2021, the Town of Midland will be launching its new paid parking system for parking spaces downtown and in all municipal parking lots, including Midland Harbour. The new “Pay-by-Plate" system will allow drivers to simply pay at the new meters, enter their licence plate number, and continue on their way. There is no need to display tickets on the vehicle dashboard.

“Our new pay-by-plate parking system is really the finishing touch to our King Street Rejuvenation project," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Not only do we have a fresh, beautiful looking downtown main street, we now have a modernized parking system. Replacing the 350 old meter machines with 70 of these modern pay-by-plate meters not only provides more convenient payment options for drivers, but it will also allow us to maintain our accessible and flexible streetscape."

Highlights of the system that will be in place on July 1:

*Update - June 17,2021*

  • The Town of Midland will be applying a graduated enforcement education program until August 1, 2021

Complimentary Times

  • 15 minutes of parking will be complimentary for all street parking; or
  • 1 hour of parking will be complimentary for all municipal parking lots.

Complimentary p​arking may be used once per day (either street parking or lot parking, not both), per licence plate. Drivers will still be required to register at the parking meters.​​


Parking Rates

  • 25 cents/15 minutes.
  • $1/hour.​

Hours of Operation

Paid parking will be in effect using the following schedule:

  • Downtown streets & Municipal Lots: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Harbour Lot: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Overnight parking remains free from April 1 to November 15.

Payment Options

The new machines offer convenient options for payment. Coins, debit/credit card, Apply Pay and Google Pay will all be accepted.​

ParkedinTM Mobile App

Using the mobile app customers enjoy:

  • Paying by simply scanning a QR code with their phone at the parking meter, or at parking signs throughout municipal lots.
  • Receipt email upon successful payment.
  • Email alerts at 10 minutes left on your session.
  • A link in the receipt and email alert to extend/top up the parking session.​

Full details on the app can be found at ParkingSupport.ca/Precise-ParkLink-Parkedin.

Permit Parking through IPASS

Parking permits can now be obtained using the Interactive Parking Access Subscriber System (IPASS). The IPASS system allows users to register for permits on a monthly or annual basis, $30/month or $99/year.

Through IPASS, customers can register, pay and manage their accounts at any time – no need to visit the Municipal Office to acquire permits. For full details on IPASS, please visit: ParkingSupport.ca/Precise-Parklink-IPASS-Monthly-Parking-Support.

Customized Event and Holiday Parking

The new parking system will allow for the Town to create custom parking options around events and holidays, taking advantage of the new flexible streetscape along King Street, while still providing parking options for drivers.

Updated Parking Web Page Coming Soon

In the coming weeks, an updated parking web page with customer support/FAQs will be added to Midland.ca, with an instructional video on how to use the new Pay-by-Plate parking meters.

Have Your Say – Online Engagement

Make suggestions on how we can customize the parking system to best suit residents, businesses and their staff at Engaging Midland. The online engagement is available now and will continue through July. Residents are encouraged to submit their feedback and help shape the parking system as we move forward. To participate, please visit: EngagingMidland.ca/Midlands-New-Parking-System.​


Changes to Mid-Pen Transit: New Transit Rates

Joint Release – Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland​

May 28, 2021 –Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Council members approved changes to the current fare rates for the Mid-Pen Transit Service​​. As of June 14, 2021, the fare rates for all riders will increase to the following amounts:

Adult:

Cash Fares – $3.00/ride

Reloadable Smart Card – $45.00/20 rides

Senior (65 years and over) & Students (ages 7-17):

Cash Fares – $2.50/ride

Reloadable Smart Card – $40.00/20 rides

Child (ages 6 and under​):

Free for all services

These fare increases also apply to the Accessible Transit service in Midland.​

Mid-Pen Transit riders are reminded that they can reload their transit SmartCards online using the Mid-Pen Transit Service Online Portal, or by appointment at the Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland Municipal Offices​.

Access to the portal can be found here: midland.usetransit.com.

The Town of Penetanguishene and Town of Midland remind passengers to limit public transportation travel for essential purposes only. If you must use public transportation, please remember it is mandatory to wear a mask while on the bus and to sanitize your hands when boarding the bus.

For more information regarding the Mid-Pen Transit system, please visit the Town of Penetanguishene Transit Webpage or the Town of Midland Transit Webpage.​

Media Release: Midland tunes up its pipes! Water & Wastewater Services Team using innovative acoustic technology to inspect sewers

May 14, 2021 – Throughout the Town of Midland, there are over 90 kilometers of sewer pipe infrastructure, helping deliver wastewater from homes and businesses to our Wastewater Treatment Centre on William Street. Clearly, it is important to ensure that this infrastructure is in proper working order and maintained to not only provide the services residents expect, but to also reduce the potential for sanitary sewer overflows.

Until recently, the inspection of sewer infrastructure was a time-consuming process, not to mention the health and safety risks involved with sending staff down into the sewers. Thanks to innovations in technology, our Water & Wastewater Services department can avoid those risks, and inspect sewers safely and more efficiently from above ground, using the Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT®).

The SL-RAT® is an acoustic pipe inspector that uses acoustic inspection technology to determine if there is clear flow through each section of sewer pipe or if there are blockages/obstructions. By measuring the sound energy through the airspace between the wall of the sewer pipe and the flow of sewage, a blockage assessment can be made up to 20x faster than using CCTV, at a fraction of the cost.

“This technology is allowing our team to inspect our sewer infrastructure so much more efficiently than in previous years. Assessments for each section of sewer pipe (maintenance hole to maintenance hole) can be made in three minutes or less. In past years this would be costly work, requiring specialized cleaning and camera (CCTV) equipment to determine potential problems within the pipe," said André Pepin, Acting Manger of Water & Wastewater Services. “Not only is this innovative technology helping to save an immense amount of time, it's also saving a considerable amount of resources, allowing us to shift those to other projects."

In over 230 municipalities, including the City of Toronto, City of Vancouver and City of Victoria, the SL-RAT® technology has provided more than one hundred million feet of sewer line assessment. We can soon add another 296,000 feet to that impressive total!​

Midland staff member showing how the SL-RAT technology is easily operated at a maintenance hole.

A Town of Midland Water & Wastewater Services team member shows the ease of use and efficiency involved with using the SL-RAT® technology. Another team member would be located at the next maintenance hole, and combined the units inspect that section of sewer using acoustic inspection technology. The units are lightweight, can be operated by one team member per unit, and results of the acoustic inspection are available within three minutes, and they can move on to the next section of sewer.​

Media Release: Town of Midland announces new Executive Director of Planning, Building and By-Law

May 13, 2021 – Adam Farr joins Town of Midland as the Executive Director of Planning, Building and By-Law effective June 21, 2021.

Adam joins the Town with a wide range of experience as a professional planner, in Alberta and Ontario. Adam has managed a number of diverse portfolios including but not limited to downtown revitalization; community engagement; Official Plans; heritage area zone design standards; advisor to First Nations Chief and Council on land management and economic development issues; performance based approaches to Industrial Land Planning; customer service; and continuous improvement projects for building and planning services.  

Adam is a Registered Professional Planner with a Master's in Environmental Studies, Environmental Planning and Management from York University and​ Honours Bachelor of Arts in Policy Analysis from Western University.

The last two (2) years Adam has played a key role with the Town of Collingwood, as Director of Planning, Building, By-Law and Economic Development. Previously Adam held positions of: Manager of Development Review for City of Brampton and Town of Halton; Principal planner, City of Edmonton and Land and Resources Management Coordinator for Woodland Cree First Nation, Alberta.


Media Release: Town of Midland ranked one of the Top 100 best communities in Canada

May 4, 2021 –According to Maclean's Magazine's most recent assessment of 415 communities in Canada, Midland is ranked #98 - making the Top 100. This is a significant improvement from the 2019 assessment where we were ranked #247.

The MacLean's Best Communities list considers several different categories, determining scores based on how each community compares to its peers. Midland had a number of top features highlighted including “Community involvement".

“It's fantastic news to see our community ranked among the Top 100 Best Communities in Canada," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “As people and businesses continue to re-evaluate what is important to them through this pandemic, we are finding much more interest in communities like ours. To be highly ranked in the country reinforces the hard work the entire community has embraced to make this a special place. We live our motto of Persequi qualitatem vitae, meaning "in pursuit of quality of life" and welcome this recognition."

To visit MacLean's bi-annual Best Communities list visit Macleans.ca for the full ranking list and details on the methodology used to rank the 415 communities.​


Media Release: Town of Midland launches Public Consultation on Affordable Housing

April 19, 2021 – Midland Council's Task Force on Affordable Housing has launched its public consultation project. Engaging Midland, the Town's engagement website, is hosting the online consultation, providing a virtual forum for all residents to participate in understanding Midland's need for more affordable housing. In addition, the site provides information on the housing situation in Midland along with updates on measures being taken to build additional housing.

Council's Task Force on Affordable Housing is looking for opportunities to increase the number of affordable housing units available in Midland. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) reports that over the period from 2015 to 2019 the vacancy rate for rental row-housing and apartment units declined from 3.3% to 2.0%. The Task Force wants to see this trend reversed.

Launched in June 2020, Council's Task Force was directed to seek options for addressing Midland's affordable housing needs. Its objectives include encouraging new accessible and affordable housing.  This mandate reflects Council's recognition that the lack of such housing presents challenges to the wellbeing of our residents and economy.

The County of Simcoe has legislative responsibility for housing and manages many programs targeting social housing. Accordingly, the Task Force will focus on the segment of the affordable housing market known as “attainable housing" – housing not eligible for government social supports. This segment of the market is often referred to as the 'missing middle". The Task Force will coordinate its work with the County of Simcoe.

The Task Force's initial work involved reviewing municipalities across Canada to understand how they addressed their housing challenges. All municipalities stressed the importance of active participation from residents. The launch of the public consultation on Engaging Midland starts this outreach process. In addition to information on the housing situation in Midland, links to resources that Council's Task Force is using and updates on housing activities will be provided, and residents are encouraged to submit questions. The public consultation project will also include housing surveys and Town Hall meetings in the near future.​

For full details please visit EngagingMidland​.ca/Councils-Task-Force-on-Affordable-Housing

For media enquiries, please contact:

Gord McKay
Chair, Council's Task Force on Affordable Housing
gordonmckay@rogers.com

Randy Fee
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Town of Midland
rfee@midland.ca​​

Annual Street Cleaning ahead of schedule in 2021

Town of Midland Operations staff have had an early jump on the spring sand clean up. Look out for the sand clean up crews as they work through cleaning up every Town street no matter the size. Main and high trafficked streets are nearly completed and crews will soon turn their focus to side streets and subdivisions. 

Once all main streets have been completed, to ensure equal servicing for all residents, clean ups are scheduled in varying orders of sequence from year to year so look for the crews coming by your neighbourhood soon!​

A street clearner clearing sand from the road/curb.A street clearner clearing sand from the road/curb.

A front loader with sand in it's scoopMobile directional sign to direct traffic around the street cleaning work​​
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Media Release: What playground structures should we install? Take our survey and let us know!

Operations Department launches Park Playground Replacement Project

March 30, 2021 – With the 2021 Budget approved we are anxious to get our new playground equipment on order so we can all enjoy them this year, but we need your help.

During the summer of 2020, several playground structures in Town parks were cordoned off following an extensive inspection that identified several pieces of equipment needing repairs and/or removal. A frustrating time for residents looking to enjoy the outdoors just as COVID-19 restrictions were being relaxed.

Today, the Town of Midland's Operations Department is launching the Park Playground Replacement Project, a project that will see new playground structures installed at up to four popular parks in Midland.

What will be installed? That's a decision we invite residents to play a part in!

“We want the public to help us decide what kind of playground features we install this year," said Dylan Flannery, Manager of Operations. “To do that we have launched a project on Engaging Midland, where residents can review structure options and themes for all four proposed parks, then complete a survey to help us narrow down the choices."

The four playgrounds recommended by staff for replacement are:

  • Little Lake Park East Playground;
  • Pete Pettersen Park Playground;
  • Bayview Park Playground; and
  • Tiffin Park Playground.

There are a variety of options available in different themes and styles, structures for ages 18 months old to 5 years of age, 5 to 12 years of age, and potentially some outdoor workout equipment.

“There are a lot of options out there and we want to maximize our approved budget for the project," said Flannery. “We also want to ensure these playgrounds are inclusive for people of all abilities, and offer physical and sensory play, including visual, tactile and auditory elements. We want all children to be able to enjoy these new structures."

Once the survey is completed Town staff will review the results and issue a request for proposals for equipment/structure installation.

The Park Playground Replacement Survey is open until Friday, April 16, 2021. To participate, visit EngagingMidland.ca/Park-Playground-Replacements-Restorations and browse the style and theme proposals for each park, then take the survey to help ensure we are building inclusive playgrounds for everyone to enjoy for years to come. ​​


Media Release: Town of Midland CAO and Simcoe Muskoka colleagues recognized by OMAA for commitment during COVID-19 pandemic

March 17, 2021 – When David Denault joined the Town of Midland as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Town, like much of the country, was in the middle of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Municipal Office was closed to walk-in service, offering only by-appointment services, with many staff working remotely. A challenging way to start ​a new position, to say the least. Despite all of this, David hit the ground running and has not only led Town staff through a challenging time of change, but he has also stepped in and helped make an impact in our region.

During this time, CAOs in Simcoe Muskoka formed a partnership that began having weekly meetings with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) for guidance and advice on facing the challenges posed by the public health crisis. This partnership has not only helped ensure Simcoe Muskoka municipalities are working from the same playbook on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has also opened regular lines of communication between CAOs, greatly assisting in these efforts and other initiatives.

On February 25, 2021, David and the team of CAOs were recognized for their efforts at the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association (OMAA) Awards Event with a special OMAA achievement award for their commitment to this partnership and to the SMDHU in responding to the challenges our region has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“David, along with his Simcoe Muskoka team members, was nominated by a fellow CAO colleague and recognized in front of members of the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association at a recent online Award event. The Association considers it a real honour for one member to take the time to nominate their peers," said OMAA President Gayle Jackson, CAO for the City of Orillia. “During the time of the pandemic, CAOs have demonstrated leadership in their communities and shown through professional management how they, their staff and colleagues are able to develop innovative approaches to new challenges while sustaining municipal service delivery."

The OMAA works to enhance good government by promoting professional management in local government and leadership for Ontario municipalities. This year awards celebrated milestones, innovation, professionalism, and exemplary leadership by CAO members.

“It's been a pleasure to work with David over the past year as his experience and leadership has helped guide both staff and Council through this challenging time," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “It's a difficult task to step in and not only lead an organization through a pandemic, but also the day-to-day operations of a municipality, primarily through virtual means. David's management style is focussed on the power of a team effort. This award is a great example of what that can accomplish."

“We're proud to share this news and congratulations to David and the team of Simcoe Muskoka CAOs, from Council and staff!"​


Media Release: Town of Midland joins the Bee City Canada program; No-Mow Zones in low-use park lands will create pollinator habitat, reduce costs and GHGs

March 8, 2021 – The Town of Midland has committed to protecting pollinators as a designated Bee City. A Bee City municipality commits to provide pollinator habitat within the municipalities' boundaries.

As part of this commitment, the Town is starting a pilot project to test the outcomes of No-Mow and Reduced-Mow Zones. These Zones are areas of Town land that will either no longer be mown or will be mown less. This is being done to save resources, reduce pollution and create pollinator habitat. As the watershed's leading environmental agency, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) will support the Town in this initiative.

By allowing these areas to grow, the Town is creating sustainable landscapes, saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and limiting noise from mowers. No-Mow Zones reduce storm-water runoff, protect water quality are a safe place for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

As a member of the Sustainability Committee which prepared the Town's Climate Plan, Midland Councillor Jonathan Main was keen to have the Town join the Bee City Canada program. “Municipalities influence up to half of Canada's GHGs, making local action key to the success of the climate fight. This effort helps to mitigate the Town's carbon emissions by developing green and vibrant public spaces that protect and expand our pollinator habit and biodiversity," said Councillor Main. According to data from the Government of Canada, a gasoline powered lawn mower emits about 48 kilograms (106 lbs) of GHGs in one season. Gas-powered lawn mowers are inefficient and produce a lot of air pollution.

In 2019 the Town invited residents to have their say on the future of the municipalities' management of their 26 plus parks and trails. The updated Parks and Trails Master Plan includes comments from stakeholders that the Town's program was not cost effective, and that staff needed to find ways to reduce those costs. Recommendations included limited mowing and naturalization of some park areas to realize environmental benefits and reduce costs, as unnecessary mowing uses staff time, equipment and fuel. The Town will continue to mow most areas with only select areas designated as No-Mow or Reduced-Mow Zones. The sites will not interfere in any way with the enjoyment of the Town's parks and trails.

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Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Town of Midland:

“The Town of Midland is committed to applying a 'sustainability' and 'climate-lens' to our corporate decision-making process. The No-Mow and Reduced-Mow Pilot Project will allow our team to assess the opportunities in our parks and public spaces to develop aesthetically pleasing pollinator habitat which will also provides valuable environmental services, not only for pollinators, but for the ecosystem as a whole. The decline in pollinator populations requires action, and as a member of the SSEA Services Board, the Town is responding in an efficient and fiscally-responsible manner while utilizing the knowledge and science-based services of the SSEA Team."


Andy Campbell, Executive Director of Environment and Infrastructure, Town of Midland:

“The Town's decision to commit to the Bee City Canada program has given our staff a platform to investigate alternatives to traditional turf-management through learning and sharing of best-practices for pollinators among the other Ontario and Canadian Bee City municipal program members. The resources available through the Bee City program combined with the valuable services of the SSEA will ensure our actions are effective and that the results are evaluated to justify the Town's efforts."

Julie Cayley, Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association:

“By supporting the Town of Midland in their membership to the Bee City Canada program, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is supporting the health of our important pollinator species. Our collaborative efforts will contribute to a healthy and resilient environment, and establish long-term, pollinator habitat. We thank the Town for this demonstration of their commitment to sustainable land management and to the implementation of their municipal Climate Change Action Plan."

To find out more about the Bee City Canada Program, and to access pollinator information and resources, visit: https://beecitycanada.org/

To learn more about the actions and recommendations in the Town of Midland's Climate Change Action Plan, visit www.sustainablesevernsound.ca.

To view the Midland's Parks and Trails Master Plan, visit https://www.midland.ca/Pages/Parks-and-Trails-Master-Plan.aspx. ​

You can also check out the Town of Midland's Bee City Canada Designation web page.


Media Release: Onta​rio's Best Butter Tart Festival cancelled due to pandemic

March 4, 2021 – June 12th won't mark the sweetest day of the year for 2021.

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival has been cancelled again this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sadly, this year we will once again not be able to hold our renowned butter tart festival in downtown Midland. Even though vaccinations are being delivered as supply increases, this serves as another reminder that we are not out of the woods yet with COVID-19," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “In order to provide fair notice to all involved with the festival, the decision has been made to announce the cancellation of the Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival now. That does not prevent you from enjoying butter tarts while staying home, staying safe, and saving lives."

Pending public health guidelines, Ontario's Best Butter Tart Contest may take place so bakers watch for details.

This would have been the 9th year for the award-winning festival which was slated to take place on our newly renovated main street.

The festival website will host a list of confirmed vendors, with links to their websites to encourage would-be festival visitors to reach out to downtown Midland merchants and festival vendors for online ordering and curb-side pick-up options.

Town of Midland will miss welcoming butter tart lovers in June and we encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe so we can hopefully enjoy butter tarts together on June 11, 2022!​


Media Release: Midland Town Council approves Budget for 2021

February 24, 2021 – After three full days of budget deliberations beginning February 22, 2021, Council approved the Town's 2021 Operating and Capital Budgets today, on the final day of deliberations. Highlights in the 2021 Capital Budget include addressing current and future infrastructure needs; while replacing playgrounds in some local parks, aged-out capital assets; and building upon the services offered to residents.

With County and Education rates being factored in, residents will see an increase to their municipal property taxes in 2021 at a blended rate increase of 2.5%. This equates to an approximate increase of $36 per $100,000 of property assessment. The blended tax rate includes the portion allocated to the Town's Agencies, Boards and Commissions. The final Tax Rate By-law will be approved by Council in May.

Council has also approved increases to the water and wastewater user rates of 5% and 4%, respectively. This approval continues Council's dedicated effort to build infrastructure reserves to replace aging water and wastewater infrastructure in the future. For a typical user, the impact will result in a $0.35/week increase on both water bills and wastewater bills.

“Each year Council and staff work to approve a budget that will continue to enhance our community's way of life and build upon the services we offer, while also trying to minimize the tax levy impact on our residents," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We faced a new challenge this year in the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has impacted us all. With that in mind Council tasked staff with developing a budget with a 2.5% tax increase or less, and I'm pleased to say we have achieved this goal while preserving our services and the additional community support contained within."

“The 2021 Budget not only delivers value for the taxpayers, it also continues the course correction efforts of this Council to build our community through growth and improvement of our services and those provided by our Agencies, Boards and Commissions."

“2020 has been a challenge for everyone, with COVID-19 forcing all of us to change the way we live and work. With many changes internally, staff took a new approach to the 2021 Budget, led by our Chief Financial Officer, Michael Jermey," said David Denault, Chief Administrative Officer. “This was our first budget under his guidance and through his hard work and the hard work of all staff, we managed to prepare a comprehensive and transparent draft budget and meet Council's goal of a 2.5% tax increase."

2021 Budget Highlights include:

  • Gross Operating Expenditures of $31,585,011, including:
    • ​$29,385,598 for Municipal Operations,
    • $2,099,413 for Agencies, Boards, and Commissions, and
    • $100,000 for Council request in support of Affordable Housing.
  • 2021 Capital Budget of $9,218,680; and
  • Water & Wastewater Operating Budget of $7,050,911.

For more details on the 2021 Budget, please visit www.midland.ca/Budget.​​​

We want to hear from you: North Simcoe Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Survey

The Town of Midland, in partnership with the Town of Penetanguishene, Township of Tay, and Township of Tiny, are joining together to develop a North Simcoe Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan.

Throughout the County of Simcoe, eight (8) community safety and well-being priority areas (areas of risk) have been identified. After a comprehensive prioritization process that was informed by current data, the North Simcoe CSWB Plan will focus on the following three (3) areas of risk:

  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Attainable Housing
  • Education (with a focus on skilled trade)

We are looking for your assistance in advising us on what you believe, or have experienced to be, any challenges, obstacles or gaps in addressing the above issues.

We welcome your thoughts or ideas on how best to create solutions to the above areas of risk.

To take the survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/northsimcoeGMG


Clearing snow from roadways and cutting back snow banks, an ongoing process for Town of Midland Operations Team

Due to recent significant weather events, that included heavy snowfalls, the Town has seen a rise in high snow banks Town-wide. The Operations Department is well aware of this and is performing snow removal duties beginning in high priority areas and locations such as school zones, collector roads, and high traffic intersections. 

Once priority areas have been addressed, and if there is no additional snowfall, the Operations Team can begin removal in other less priority areas.​ This includes road and sidewalk clearing as well as cutting back/down snow banks along roadways and on corners to ensure safe travel for residents.

For more information on this and other winter operations, including some FAQs, please visit our Winter Operations & Snow Removal web page​.

Check out the photos below for a glimpse at how our snow removal operation works:

Snow Dump" located behind the Operations Centre.

A front loader snow blower blowing snow

A front loader snow blower blowing snow with a large mountain of snow in the background
As the snow is delivered/dumped at the "Snow Dump", a front loader snow blower blows the snow onto an already substantial ​mountain of snow that has already been cleared from Midland roadways this winter.


Media Release: Town of Midland receives $250,000 grant towards King Street beautification​

January 12, 2021 – The Town of Midland has successfully secured a grant in the amount of $250,000 through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream. The funds will be used to assist with streetscaping costs for the King Street Rejuvenation Project and will include items such as street furnishings, trees and plantings, and a public art installation to reinvigorate Midland's distinctive and memorable downtown.

The RED program, which is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), provides cost-share funding that supports activities that create strong rural communities in Ontario, and helps increase rural economic development.

“The construction phase of the King Street Rejuvenation Project was completed in 2020, on-time and on-budget through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing Midland with a modern, fully-accessible main street. This funding will help ensure that the remaining beautification work to be completed in the spring will result in a beautifully enhanced and vibrant downtown, where residents will want to shop, live, work, be entertained and more," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “The Town of Midland has a rich history and as a focal point, King Street plays a large role in this. This rejuvenation project will help maintain this history and solidify Midland as a leader in Simcoe County and a top tourist destination."

“Supporting local jobs and removing barriers to investment and economic growth in rural communities is more important than ever," said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “Investments in the Rural Economic Development program will have a very real impact for communities like Midland and across rural Ontario."

Community consultations during the development of the 2015 Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan identified a desire to make King Street more pedestrian-friendly. By improving the greenery and street furniture and adding public art, the Town will enhance the pedestrian experience within the downtown and create a liveable space enjoyed by residents and visitors. The beautification improvements will enhance existing events and provide a backdrop for year-round visitors and cruise ship passengers who visit Midland each summer, contributing to our thriving tourism economy.

A call for public art proposals will be announced later this year.

“Thank you to the Government of Ontario, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, and Simcoe North MPP Jill Dunlop, for your continued support of community improvement efforts," added Mayor Strathearn.

The $14 million King Street Rejuvenation Project saw Midland's main street dug up from Yonge Street north to Bayshore Drive, to replace century-old underground infrastructure (storm/sanitary systems, and watermains), create a new road alignment that allows for a flexible configuration along the street for parking and events, and to make the roadway completely accessible with mountable curbs and upgraded traffic signals.​







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