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Update – September 25, 2020​

1) The Town of Midland Thanksgiving Display brings some normalcy during trying times


  • A welcome sight has returned to Midland, as the annual Thanksgiving Display at the corner of Highway 12 and Highway/County Road 93 has been completed!
  • Mary Howitt and Jesse Graham completed the setup on Thursday. Great work!

2) How can YOU stop the spread of COVID-19

  • Before you leave for work each day, ask yourself the COVID-19 Self-Screening questions. (see attached poster as reference) 
    • If you are experiencing more than one of the COVID-19 Symptoms, stay home.
      • Contact your Manager or Supervisor immediately
    • If you think you may or have been exposed to COVID-19 call for an appointment to be tested.
  • Everyday: Wash hands frequently, maintain a physical distance of 2 metres or wear a mask, limit your social circle to that recommended by the health unit. 

3) Flu Clinics

  • With the Premier's announcement this week the Town would like to encourage employees to get the flu shot.
  • Details have not yet been released when in October and where here in Midland the flu shots will be available, however we want to encourage employees to get the flu shot. 
  • The Town has been approached by the local health network about the possibility of using the NSSRC as a mass flu vaccination clinic. Stay tuned for more information.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontari​o's Self-A​ssessme​nt Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

Remember to pre-screen daily when entering any Town building.

Any changes within a department will now be provided to Randy to be included in an update and copied to Clerks@midland.ca for tracking.

We are looking for positive news/stories about Town departments and staff to share both internally and externally. Please email rfee@midland.ca with details so we c​an promote the great work everyone is doing!​

 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

1156 St. Andrews Drive, Midland

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

By appointment only:

Call 705-529-1025 to book appointment, 7 days a week, 8 am - 8 pm 

Assessment centre is open: 

Monday & Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.​

COVID-19 Symptoms

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

Self-Assessment Tool for COVID-19

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

Self-A​​ssessment Tool - COVID-19​

Safety Precautions

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

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

Physical Distancing

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



Click to view larger poster.​

For Returning Travellers: Self-Isolate!!!

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

How to self-isolate

Mental Health Support

Support for Canadians & Businesses

OTF - Resilient Communities Fund

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

Click here​ for more details and to apply.

Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000 
Grant term: up to 1 year
Application Deadlines*: September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. and December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET.

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

CEAP for Small Business & Charities - Applications begin August 31

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

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

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

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

Downtown Midland (BIA) Digital Improvement/Marketing Grant

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

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

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

CEAP for Residential Customers - Applications Begin July 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OCSA COVID-19 ​Community Support Finder​

COVID-19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

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

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

County of Simcoe - COVID-19 Business Resources

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

​COVID-19 Business Resources​

EDCNS Business Support 2020

EDCNS Manufacturing Business Recovery Fund

Stop the Spread Business Information Line

​The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. 

Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.

A complete list of essential services is available on the Government of Ontario's webs​ite.​