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Media Release: Phase 2 of King Street Rejuvenation Project to begin March 30

March 26, 2020 – With the early arrival of spring weather, The Town of Midland is pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the King Street Rejuvenation Project will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. Continuing where Phase 1 left off in 2019, Phase 2 will see continued work along King Street to replace underground infrastructure, sidewalks, trees and lighting.

"We understand many downtown businesses are impacted by COVID​-19," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn “Moving forward with this project now, as planned, we expect to complete the project this year avoiding any carryover and added disruption in 2021."

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Arnott Construction Ltd., the contractor on the project, is taking all reasonable precautions necessary in order to follow the most up to date industry best practices in order to fight the spread of the virus. Changes have been made to Health & Safety procedures and protocols, as well contingency plans have been put into place. The situation will continue to be monitored and changes will be implemented where necessary.

“In discussions with both Arnott Construction Ltd. and Tatham Engineering, a plan was developed permitting Phase 2 to continue as scheduled, with extra precautions in place given these ever-changing times," said Andy Campbell, Executive Director of Environment & Infrastructure for the Town of Midland. “We encourage the community to continue to support all of the downtown businesses during construction once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted."​

Phase 2 will be done in one-block increments, with the first block of work being done from Bayshore Drive to Dominion Avenue. The project will continue south, with Elizabeth Street to Yonge Street being the final block. A work schedule and traffic control plan have been posted on Engaging Midland, and more updates will be provided throughout Phase 2. Visit EngagingMidland.ca/King-Street-Rejuvenation for more details.

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.

For a PDF version of this media release click h​ere.

 Updates & Services

Town Updates

Media Release: Town of Midland proposes financial aid plan to Prime Minist​er Trudeau

March 23, 2020 – In an effort to provide timely relief to Canadian homeowners and the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Midland has sent a letter (see Attachment 1) to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proposing a financial aid plan that would see the Government of Canada pay a significant amount of property taxes on behalf of municipal tax-payers during the 2020 tax year.

The proposal to the Federal Government has three elements:

Residential Properties (primary residence only)

  1. Waive 100% of the 2020 property taxes for all residential properties currently assessed at or below $ 500,000.00 by each governing provincial property assessment body; and

  2. Waive 50% of the 2020 property taxes for all residential properties currently assessed below $1,000,000.00; and

  3. Waive 25% of the 2020 property taxes for all residential properties currently assessed above $1,000,000,00. 

Industrial, Commercial and Farm Properties

  1. Waive 100% of the 2020 property taxes for all; industrial, commercial and farm properties currently assessed at under $ 10,000,000.00; and

  2. Waive 50% of the property taxes for the year 2020 for all industrial, commercial and farm properties currently assessed between $10,000,000.00 and $ 50,000,000.00; and

  3. Waive 25% of the property taxes for the year 2020 for all industrial, commercial and farm properties assessed above $50,000,000.00. 

Federal Transfer Payment to Canadian Municipalities

  1. In lieu of the annual municipal property taxes, the Federal Government transfers funds to municipalities across Canada, as a one-time grant.

“The Town, like every other municipality, wants to alleviate the stress and financial concern of our residents and business community as much as possible during this pandemic," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “What we are proposing is a simple but effective solution to provide financial and psychological relief to Canadians."​​

The Town believes there are many advantages of this proposal:

  1. Quick and timely relief;
  2. Direct relief to all Canadian homeowners and the business community;
  3. Directly protects Canadians who although may be solvent, are unable to easily meet the financial pressures beyond their personal capacity due to COVID-19;
  4. No additional resources required to assess individual need and delivery of the relief;
  5. Negligible overhead costs for the disbursement of the relief. In fact, it may cut-down on some of the work for municipal staff; and
  6. The financial stimulus received from the federal government will come into circulation immediately and will stay in the community.​

“Canadians enter this time of crisis with a high amount of house-hold debt, and many in our region are no different," said CAO Amanpreet Sidhu. “This simple step we are proposing should alleviate some of this financial pressure and allow for residents and businesses to focus on more important matters during this time. We hope that the Prime Minister and the Federal Government will agree with us."​

The Town of Midland will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates on the Town of Midland website at Midland.ca, 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.

Attachment 1 - Letter to the Prime Minister​​


Media Release: Town of Midland announces free transit for residents

March 22, 2020 – The Town of Midland has announced that beginning on Monday, March 23, the Mid-Pen Transit Service will be free for all riders until further notice.

“With Town Hall closed and our services reduced, we want to ensure that our residents can still use our transit service without the worry of not having rides left on their transit cards or having the exact money for the fare," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “During this trying time, this is one way we can hopefully alleviate some of the stress our residents are feeling."

Not all Mid-Pen Transit Service buses have two doors, but riders are asked to please board and de-board using the rear entrance of the transit buses, when it's an option. This will help ensure more social distancing with our transit drivers. Riders with disabilities may still use the front door if needed.

The Town would also like to stress the importance that all residents who have returned from travelling follow the self-isolation protocol for 14 days. Whether you are a snowbird or a spring breaker, regardless of your age you must follow this protocol to ensure that the virus doesn't spread throughout our community. Even if you have no symptoms, you can still pass the virus along to someone. If you've arrived home from travel and need groceries, call a friend or family member to drop some things off. We are in this together and we all need to work as a team! ​

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

The Town also strongly encourages residents to not spread rumours and information on social media that hasn't been 100% confirmed by the organization in question, or by various government agencies. Spreading information before it's been confirmed causes added stress and panic, which many people are already feeling during this pandemic. Let's look out for each other. We are in this together!

For more information on the state of COVID-19 in our area, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website at simcoemuskokahealth.org.​​


Media Release: Town of Midland announces more service level impacts

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Midland has announced more impacts and changes to service levels.

Mid-Pen Transit Service

The Mid-Pen Transit Service shut down has been extended through the weekend out of extreme precaution. An employee working out of our Operations Centre reported that they have been in contact with someone (not a Town employee) who was directed to self-isolate on Thursday, March 18, though it's important to note that neither person has tested positive for COVID-19. Since the buses are stored at the Operations Centre, steps are being taken to disinfect them over the next several days and Operations staff will not be reporting to the Ops Centre until Monday as further precaution. Transit is expected to resume on Monday morning as scheduled. Residents are encouraged to watch the Town's social media feeds for updates if this changes.

Parking Enforcement

Effective immediately, all time-limited, parking meter and overnight enforcement will be suspended until May 29, 2020. However, all Fire routes, hydrants, intersections, snow removal and safety-related infractions will continue to be enforced.

Water & Wastewater Services

The Water & Wastewater Treatment Centre (WWTC) has implemented Level 1 of the Water Wastewater Services COVID-19 Response Action Plan. This means that the WWTC is suspending activities that lead to face-to-face interaction with the public:

  • No visitors to 200 Bay St., or to remote water/wastewater facilities.
  • Any necessary face-to-face interaction with the public must be done wearing nitrile gloves, eye protection and N95 masks/respirators.
  • Gates to be closed.
  • No new water meter installations.  Arrangements can be made for home builders and faulty water meters.
  • Water leaks or wastewater collection issues causing health concerns or property damage will be responded to.
  • Septage receiving will continue. Driver are not entering buildings.
  • No signatures for parcel drop offs.

These changes will not impact the treatment/disinfection of the Town's water supply. Our disinfection measures meets/exceeds the requirements from the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks as well as the World Health Organization's Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management – COVID-19 Technical Briefing document.

“As this situation continues to evolve, the Town needs to prioritize our staffing efforts," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “By suspending aspects of our parking enforcement and reducing public interaction/contact by our Water/Wastewater staff, we're not only keeping the health and safety of our staff and residents in mind, we're also practicing social distancing. Something we all need to embrace and practice."

Council has also advised staff to report back at the next Council meeting on April 1 with updates and recommendations on adjusting tax and utility payment due dates base on the financial and economic conditions existing at that time, both locally and more broadly as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

The Town strongly encourages residents to not spread rumours and information on social media that hasn't been 100% confirmed by the organization in question, or by various government agencies. Spreading information before it's been confirmed causes added stress and panic, which many people are already feeling during this pandemic. Let's look out for each other. We are in this together!

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 announces closure of municipal office and service impacts

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – In continuing to keep the health and safety of our residents and staff in mind, while ensuring a continuation of services, the Town of Midland is announcing that as of 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, the Town Municipal Office will be closed to the public.

“We are continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and considering the wellbeing of our residents and staff with every decision we make," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “By taking the step to close our Town Hall to the public, we are giving residents one-less reason to have to leave the house or challenge their social distancing efforts."

Town Hall will move forward with reduced staff working at the facility to provide social distancing within the workplace, with staff working from home when not in the office. Residents are encouraged to use the drop box located at the Third Street entrance for making payments for tax bills, water/wastewater bills and parking tickets, or via electronic fund transfer through their bank. Essential services provided at Town Hall, as previously mentioned, will be available by appointment only.

Essential community services such as Water and Wastewater, Fire and Policing are still being provided, however the Fire Hall is closed to public and the OPP ask that residents not enter their buildings without an appointment. Should you need to report a crime, they encourage residents to use their online reporting tool at opp.ca/reporting.

The Town of Midland will still proceed with the Council meeting on March 18 as scheduled, however the public will not be permitted to attend in Council Chambers. Instead, residents are encouraged to watch the Council meeting on RogersTV (cable 53) or on RogersTV live stream.

“We understand that this will be an inconvenience to some residents, but even though our Town Hall is closed, our staff will still be reachable through email and telephone," added Mayor Strathearn. “The reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving everyday, and we all have to evolve with it in order to help reduce the rate of spread."

Building Permits and Required Inspections

Building Inspectors continue to provide the mandatory construction inspections. While our Inspectors will strive to meet our processing and response times, we are unable to guarantee that normal processing and inspection timelines can be met. As of Monday March 23rd, the Town may not provide same day inspections and may require a minimum of 48 hours notice when booking an inspection for your site. Inspections are conducted Monday to Friday during normal business hours. 

At the Building Inspectors individual discretion, they may not enter occupied areas of buildings under construction including personal dwellings or occupied areas of industrial, commercial, multi - residential or institutional buildings. Building staff will ask you to answer brief non-intrusive screening questions related to the COVID-19 health risks, and Inspectors will practice social distancing. Please understand this is for the protection and peace of mind of our staff who will be serving you and other members of the public. 

Building inspections are to be booked through the Town's inspection booking phone line (705-526-4275, ext. 2248). Building Permit applications, including drawings, may be​ submitted by email to  building@midland.ca.  Permit applications and cheques may be dropped off at Town Hall in our drop off box at the Third Street entrance. The Town will also accept applications by prior arrangements which are to be made through email at building@midland.ca; you will be provided with a time and location for the drop off.  

The Guesthouse Shelter

The shelter itself is only open to their registered guests, and they are currently fully-registered. They can't allow more access by the public because they're trying to instill social distancing efforts as we all should be. They are providing a first-come/first-serve brown bag lunch to the public from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., while their supplies last. Residents looking to help make their supplies last longer can make financial donations or food donations:

  • Financial donations can be made electronically through their website.
  • Food donations are accepted as well:
    • ​Packaged breads and meats (grocery store packaged)
    • Canned goods
    • Fresh produce

Please note that no premade food/meals will be accepted at the Guesthouse Shelter.To donate food residents can either call ahead to arrange delivery by calling 705-527-4111 or ring the doorbell at their main entrance. The shelter is staffed 24/7 so someone will be available at any time.

The Town strongly encourages residents to not spread rumours and information on social media that hasn't been 100% confirmed by the organization in question, or by various government agencies. Spreading information before it's been confirmed as causes added stress and panic, which many people are already feeling during this pandemic. Let's look out for each other. We are in this together!

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 announces cancellations and changes to services

Monday, March 16, 2020 – In an effort to reduce the rate of spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Town of Midland has cancelled all Public, Board and Committee meetings until at least Monday, April 6, 2020.

The meetings affected by this announcement are as follows:

  • Staff Technical Review Committee – Tuesday, March 17
  • Mayor's Housing Working Group – Thursday, March 19
  • Active Transportation Advisory Committee – Thursday, March 19
  • Seniors Council – Thursday, March 19
  • Audit Committee – Tuesday, March 24
  • Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation Board of Directors – Friday, March 27
  • Midland Accessibility Advisory Committee – Monday, April 6

An update on the status of Public, Board and Committee meetings scheduled for after April 6 will be provided closer to that date.

The Town of Midland has two Council Meetings scheduled during this three-week period, Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 1. At this time, the Council meeting on March 18 will proceed as scheduled, however the public will not be permitted to attend in Council Chambers. Instead, residents are encouraged to watch the Council meeting on RogersTV (cable 53) or on RogersTV live stream.

The following items have been removed from the March 18 agenda and deferred to a later Council meeting:

  • Parking Payment Solutions Report (ML-2020-03);
  • Award of Merit;
  • Staff Recognition; and
  • Deputation – Drinking Water Source Protection 101​ and Update.

An updated agenda will be posted on Tuesday, March 17. A decision on the Council Meeting scheduled for April 1 will be made next week, based on the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town is also making changes to the services and operation at Town Hall.

Effective Tuesday, March 17:

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be setup at the Dominion Avenue & Third Street entrances;
  • A hand washing station will be set up at the Third Street entrance;
  • Following warnings from the County on virus transmission via cash, the Town will no longer be accepting cash transactions, only electronic payment via debit or credit card;
  • One Customer Service window will be open and only essential services will be offered at Town Hall, these include (by appointment only, please call related department to book):
    • Building & Planning applications
    • Marriage Licenses
    • Lottery Licenses
    • Taxi Cab Drivers Licenses​
    • Meter Bags
    • Freedom of Information Requests
    • Encroachment Agreements (by phone or email)
    • Tax Certificates
    • ​Transit card reloading

  • The following non-essential services will not be offered until further notice:
    • Dog Tags;
    • Fire permits
    • Hawker/Peddler/Refreshment vehicle license;
    • Seasonal boat slip permits
    • Curb Cuts for driveways;
      (If residents are unsure if a service is available, they can call 705-526-2221 to confirm.)

  • Transit will continue taking extra measures to ensure the transit buses are sanitized during the day. All riders are required to self-screen and shall use hand sanitizer before boarding the bus.
The Town strongly urges residents to please make use of the drop box located at the Third Street entrance for making payments for tax bills, water/wastewater bills and parking tickets, or via electronic fund transfer via their bank.

“We understand that these changes may be an inconvenience to some residents," said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “Ultimately we want to keep the health of our staff and residents in mind, and by making these changes we're still able to keep Town Hall open, while continuing to help reduce the rate of spread of the COVID-19 virus."​​​


Update: COVID-19 Public Statement from Mayor & CAO - Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020 – The health and safety of our residents and our employees is always a top priority. In spite of the best efforts of the authorities, we now have 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe County and things have and continue to change quickly. Amid the uncertainty, anxiety and stress associated with the spread of COVID-19, it is important to note that we are working with the most up-to-date information from our Global, Federal, Provincial and County health partners.

“We are in the early days of this pandemic and in particular in this part of the world, in Canada, in Ontario, in Barrie and Simcoe-Muskoka we've only just had our first cases this week. I fully expect there will be community transmission in the near future. For that reason, we are advising people to take the protective measures they have been hearing about," said Dr. Charles Gardner, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit medical officer of health, at a media conference held on Sunday.

Please continue to follow the directions of public heath authorities and: 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water;
  • Cough/sneeze into your sleeve or tissue. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands;
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
  • Say home when sick; and
  • If you have symptoms, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007 or contact your Simcoe Muskoka District Health U​nit (705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7750 or http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/).

Information can be found at Ontario.ca/coronavirus and on our website.

It important to bear in mind that efforts being put in place are geared to reducing the rate of spread of COVID-19; not eliminating the spread. Reducing the rate of spread will ensure that our medical facilities and staff are not overwhelmed. We are treating this as a marathon, not as a sprint where resources and people are exhausted before the start line. Also remember that greater than 80% of people contracting COVID-19 experience mild-to-moderate flu-like or cold-like symptoms. 

Steps already in place:

  1. Essential services such as Water/Wastewater, Fire and Police remain fully operational;
  2. Corporate Communication – COVID-19 – Update 1 was sent to staff and Council on March 12. It provided information with respect to the status of COVID-19 (at that time), proactive corporate measure, coming to work options (quarantine, self-isolation) etc…;
  3. A media release was distributed and posted online on March 13, outlining closures and further actions by the municipality to help reduce the rate of spread of COVID-19;
  4. The North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre is closed for three weeks and all programming therein is cancelled;
  5. The Library is closed until further notice;
  6. Communications are open with Waypoint to offer an alternate assessment site for Midland and neighbouring municipalities;
  7. Information with respect to Employee Assistance Plans has been shared with employees and Council;
  8. A Pandemic Plan has been drafted and will be presented to Council for approval; and
  9. We continue to have ongoing communication with other municipalities in North Simcoe and across Simcoe County.

Next steps:

  1. Municipal offices remain open, albeit with curtailed services and access restricted to only those with urgent matters;
  2. Decisions with respect to procedure for holding Council meetings and around access by the residents to the next Council meeting (scheduled for March 18, 2020) will be made on Monday, March 16 after considering the latest information from Public Health authorities;
  3. Plans are being put in place to assist employees that must work from home due to post exposure, two-week self-isolation requirements. Internal Corporate Communication – COVID-19 – Update 2 will follow shortly;
  4. Council will consider deferring property tax due date to May 29th to reduce financial hardships to residents who may not be able to work as a result of COVID-19;
  5. Convene a weekly meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG); and
  6. Council and corporate leadership will continue to meet regularly, in person and through electronic means. 

The steps above are being taken out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to reduce risk. We want to do our part in the fight against COVID-19 in Midland, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada and indeed the World.

We know these decisions will cause some disruption, and we apologize for that.

To our employees and employees at Public Health and GBGH who have been working long hours to ensure we are prepared to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community – thank you!  Your care for this community is extraordinary.

To the residents – regardless of the unknown, and the angst and anxiety inherent in these circumstances, we know that our community will rise to the occasion looking out for each other's best interests.  Remember that war time saying recently made popular again:  Keep Calm and Carry On.


Stewart Strathearn, Mayor

Amanpreet Singh Sidhu, CAO (Interim)​


Media Release - Town of Midland COVID-19 Update - Friday, March 13, 2020

(MIDLAND, ON) – The Town of Midland is taking precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents and employees. Following numerous meetings and discussion, the Town has made the decision to implement the following actions:

  • The North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre will be closed effective at midnight on Friday, March 13 for three weeks. An update will be provided prior to Monday, April 6. Full refunds will be provided once the facility fully reopens.
  • Midland-Penetanguishene Transit Service will remain in service and will follow the lead of the County of Simcoe's LINX Transit Service. An update will be provided if there is a change in service.
  • Midland Town Hall will remain open, as of now, however we strongly urge residents who have recently travelled or been exposed to someone showing symptoms, and/or exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms themselves to not visit Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to use the drop box at our Third Street entrance for tax and water bill payments or use online payments through their bank.
  • The King Street Rejuvenation Phase 2 Pre-Construction Open House scheduled for Thursday, March 19 has been postponed until further notice.

Essential services such as Policing, Fire Services and Water/Wastewater Services will not be interrupted.

In addition, the following facilities and services have closed down for the next few weeks:

  • Midland Public Library is closed as of 6 p.m. on Friday, March 13 until at least April 6.
  • Askennonia Seniors Centre is closed until at least April 6.
  • Boys & Girls Club of North Simcoe is closed from March 14th until at least April 3, with all March Break Camps cancelled next week.

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 simcoemusko​kahealth.org.​​

This is a fluid situation and the Town will continue to communicate with our residents regarding COVID-19. This web page will be updated as required.​


Town Services Available

​Services currently being offered at Town Hall:

*Please note, before being allowed entry into Town Hall you will be screened with the following steps:

  1. Do you have a fever and acute respiratory illness, or pneumonia?
  2. Have you traveled outside of Canada and returned on or after March 3, 2020?
  3. Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?
  4. Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been outside of Canada within the past 14 days?

If your answer to any of these questions is 'Yes' you will not be allowed to enter and you will be advised to contact your Healthcare provider, Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 or the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-526-9324.

*Reminder - tax bill, utility bill, parking tickets payments can be made using our drop-box at the Third Street entrance to Town Hall, by mail, or through your bank.

​​Building & Planning applications

Ideally these will be done remotely through video calls, teleconferencing and electronic submission of applications.

Fees can be submitted by cheque and mailed and/or dropped off in our drop box at the Third Street entrance of Town Hall.​

Contact: 
planning@midland.ca​ or
building@midland.ca

​Marriage Licenses
​By appointment only.
Contact:
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Catherine Lemesurier,
Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2212
​Death Certificates
​​By appointment only​.
Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Sherri Edgar, Deputy Clerk, Committee Coordinator
sedgar@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2210

Catherine Lemesurier,
Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2212
​Lottery Licenses
​​​By appointment only. Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Catherine Lemesurier,
Executive Assistant
clemesurier@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2212
​Freedom of Information Requests
​​​By appointment only​.
Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208

Sherri Edgar, Deputy Clerk, Committee Coordinator
sedgar@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2210
​Encroachment Agreements
​​​​By appointment only​.
Contact: 
Karen Desroches, Clerk
kdesroches@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext.​ 2208
​Taxi Cab Drivers Licenses
​​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Meter Bags
​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Hawker & Peddler License
​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Refreshement Vehicle/Food Vendor

​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jim Reichheld, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer
jreichheld@midland.ca​
705-526-4275 ext. 2227
​Tax Certificates

​By appointment only.
Contact:
Jennifer Gaerttner, Financial Clerk
jgaerttner@midland.ca​​
705-526-4275 ext. 2226



Status of Facilities/Services (open/closed)

​Facility/Service/Event

​Status

​Midland Town Hall
Closed - essential services available by appointment.​
​Mid-Pen Transit Service
Closed for cleaning. Service resuming on Monday, March 23.

​Community Reach accessible transit
​​Operating - Drivers available to provide rides to stores starting at 7 a.m. If you require emergency food pickup, they are providing that as well. Call 705-528-6999
​Midland Fire Department
​​Open - however all public tours have been cancelled.
​​North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre
​Closed until at least April 6 - refunds will be processed once fully reopened.
​Town Council Meetings
​Proceeding as scheduled until further notice. Public will not permitted in Council Chambers, but can watch on RogersTV (cable 53) or RogersTV Live Stream​.
​Public, Board & Committee Meetings
Cancelled until at least April 6.
​Newmarket-Tay Power/Midland PUC
​Offices Closed to public.
Midland Public Library
​Closed until at least April 6.
Askennonia Seniors Centre
​​Closed until at least April 6.
​Boys & Girls Club of North Simcoe
​Closed until at least April 3 - all March Break Camps cancelled.
Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village
​Closed until further notice.
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
​​Closed until further notice
​Midland Cultural Centre
Closed - all events cancelled until at least ​​Aprl 4.​
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
​Closed until at least April 6.
​WENDAT Community Programs


​Locations & Programs are closed, however workers are still available if you require service. Call 705-526-1305.
​Town Parks/Playgrounds
​​Open, however the playground equipment is not sanitized. Use at your own risk.
​Water & Wastewater Treatmentn Centre

​​Operating, however facility is closed to the public.
​Tax bills, Utility Bills & Parking Tickets
​Payments can still be made via the drop box at the Town Hall Third Street entrance, or online through your bank.


Newmarket-Tay Power/Midland PUC FAQs

​Newmarket-Tay Power has published a listing of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Time Of Use rate changes to support Ontarians impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak. Click on the link below to view the questions and responses.

Newmarket-Tay Power FAQs​

Town of Midland suspends Fire Permits

Town of Midland suspends Fire Permits

The requirement to obtain a fire permit is suspended until further notice, however the following regulations shall apply if you choose to have an open-air fire:

  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire to burn when the wind speed exceeds twenty-found (24) kilometers per hour.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire when the Ministry of the Environment has issued a “smog alert" or Humidex advisory for South-Central Ontario.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire to burn when rain or fog is present.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire to burn other than between the hours of 4:00 pm through 12 midnight, unless otherwise permitted by the Officer.
  • No person shall burn any material other than clean dry wood which is free and clear from any finishes, preservatives or other material that may be affixed to the wood in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that is creating a nuisance or has an adverse effect on a neighbouring property(s) or property owners.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire in a manner that creates excessive smoke.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that contains more that 0.6 cubic metre of material burning at any one time and exceeds 0.6 metres in diameter.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire that is within 3 metres of any structure, hedge, fence, vehicular roadway, property line or overhead wire or obstruction of any kind of nature whatsoever.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire without fire ensuring a person is able to supervise suck fire and who is equipped with adequate tools and/or water to extinguish it promptly in the event of danger of the spread of such fire and is in constant immediate attendance at the specific place where the fire is burning.
  • No person shall leave the specific place where the fire is burning without first ensuring such fire is completely extinguished.
  • No person shall set a fire or permit a fire when a fire ban is in effect.
  • No person shall set or maintain a fire in a chiminea/outdoor fireplace unless it is located on a non-combustible surface extending beyond the unit to a dimension equal to the height of the unit

 ​Click here​ for a PDF of this notice.

​Safety warning: Use playgrounds at your own risk

​Safety warning

Playground equipment is not sanitized

The Town of Midland reminds you to:

  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid touching surfaces.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.

Use playground at your own risk.​


Community Reach Accessible Transit is operating

Drivers are available to provide rides to stores starting at 7 a.m. If you require emergency food pickup, they are providing that as well. 

Call 705-528-6999​​


Grocery & Pharmaceutical Delivery Options

Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, if you are in need of groceries, pharmaceutical supplies or other services, please phone 211 or go visit 211ontario.c​a​.

211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service, as well as programs and services in your community that may be helpful to you during these trying times.

211 exists to connect people to urgent needs and essential services. 211 is multilingual and operates 24/7, so please call or email if you are unable to access needed supplies or services.​

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival on June 13, 2020

Our festival and COVID-19

March 17, 2020 – We are monitoring the situation and will follow all guidelines established by public health authorities. Any decision will be made with the safety and health of our community, vendors, visitors and volunteers foremost in our mind.​


 COVID-19 Department Updates

Midland Fire Department

Building Permits & Required Inspections

Building Permits and Required Inspections (Updated March 23, 2020)

By Order in Council #73/20 passed on March 20, 2020 the Provincial government has suspend all legislated timelines.  With respect to construction and building activities, this means the following timelines are suspended until further notice by the Province: 

  • All time periods established in table 1.3.1.3. of the Code respecting a decision to issue a permit or refuse a permit
  • The prescribed inspection timelines to conduct a permit inspection found in Div. C, s.1.3.5.3.
  • Limitation period to proceed to with a Building Code Act/Reg. Charge – OBCA s.36 (8) – Limitation period
  • Limitation period to proceed with POA charges for bylaw matters related to - zoning/fence/pool – Provincial Offenses Act- Part V, s.76(1) – Limitation period

Notwithstanding the above, the Town is committed to ensuring that as best as possible permit applications will be received and issued, and all mandatory construction inspections will occur save and except for occupied dwellings.    

While our Inspectors will strive to meet our processing and response times, we are unable to guarantee that normal processing and inspection timelines can be met. As of Monday March 23rd, the Town may not provide same day inspections and may require a minimum of 48 hours notice when booking an inspection for your site. In keeping with the Provincial Order, there may be some inspections that we cannot conduct even within 48 hours and we will work with the owner/contractor to schedule those as soon as practical.  Work on the construction project shall not progress until the inspection occurs and passes. Inspections are conducted Monday to Friday during normal business hours.

Building Inspectors will not enter occupied residential dwellings to conduct a mandatory inspection.  These inspections will have to be arranged to a later date.  At this time and subject to a Building Inspectors individual discretion, they may not enter occupied areas of buildings under construction including industrial, commercial, or institutional buildings. Building staff will ask you to answer brief non-intrusive screening questions related to the COVID-19 health risks, and Inspectors will practice social distancing. Please understand this is for the protection and peace of mind of our staff who will be serving you and other members of the public.

Building inspections are to be booked through the Town's inspection booking phone line (705-526-4275, ext. 2248).

Building Permit applications, including drawings, may be submitted by email to  building@midland.ca.  Permit applications and cheques may be dropped off at Town Hall in our drop off box at the Third Street entrance. The Town will also accept applications by prior arrangements which are to be made through email at building@midland.ca; you will be provided with a time and location for the drop off.  ​


Planning Applications

Planning Applications (March 23, 2020 Update)

The Province of Ontario declared a state of emergency on March 17, 2020.  The Town has suspended scheduling of Public Meetings and Hearings in order to keep residents and staff safe and to follow the directives of the Provincial declaration.  On March 20th and pursuant to the emergency order, the Province has also declared that any provisions of any statue, regulation, rule, by-law or order of the Government of Ontario establishing any period of time within which any step must be taken in any proceeding in Ontario and any limitation period shall be suspended for the duration of the emergency, and the suspension shall be retroactive to Monday, March 16, 2020.

For applications under the Planning Act, this would mean the following:

  • Planning applications may continue to be received and processed, however the requirements for Council to render a decision within the required timeline under the Planning Act has been suspended.
  • The timelines under the Planning Act to schedule and hold a public meeting or hearing have been suspended.
  • Appeal deadlines for decisions made, or by-laws passed, by Council under the Planning Act have been suspended. Planning Act appeals may be received by the Town electronically, but staff are not required to file those appeals with the LPAT within the timeframe required by the Act.

Given the above, the Town will continue to process Planning applications as much as possible and in keeping with the emergency order. The Town will continue to monitor, evaluate and respond to this situation as it evolves.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the Planning Department at planning@midland.ca.​​


Water & Wastewater

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​​​Message from Mayor Strathearn

​March 27, 2020

Support for Canadians & Businesses

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.​

EDCNS Business Support 2020

EDCNS Manufacturing Business Recovery Fund

 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Chigamik Community Health Centre

845 King Street, Unit #3 - Cedar Room

By appointment only:
Monday & Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p..m
Wednesday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

There are three (3) ways to access an appointment with the Assessment Centre. Please note a screening tool will always be used to determine if you should be seen at the centre:

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include:

    • fever 
    • cough 
    • difficulty breathing

        Your risk of severe diseases may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for: 

          • Older people 
          • People with chronic diseases (for example: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, liver or chronic lung disease).

            Complications from the COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death. There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against it. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses, including COVID-19, will recover on their own.

            If you have mild symptoms you should: 

              • drink plenty of fluids 
              • get rest and sleep as much as possible 
              • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough.

                  If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.​

                  (Source: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus#304cbd58-75c6-4053-a3f6-4ad6b41d69c3​)​​

                  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.​​

                  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

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