February 2020
In a special Council Workshop held on Tuesday, January 7, Councillors were asked for their thoughts and ideas as the Official Plan Update project gets underway. Staff and project consultants, recently retained by the Town, walked members of Council through the work program. The project will unfold through 2020 including several phases:
  • Developing our community land use and development vision,
  • issues identification, and
  • directions for planning policy

before a draft plan Official Plan is completed and a final plan is submitted for Council approval. 

During an interactive discussion session members of Council shared their ideas and expectations about the Official Plan. “Collingwood has experienced rapid change in recent years and an updated Official Plan will help ensure that we are equipped with a land use vision and plan to guide us as we move forward,” said Mayor Saunderson who added, “I was impressed with the comments provided around the table and I’m looking forward to hearing what people in the community think.”

Council approved a terms of reference for the project last year and has since retained The Planning Partnership, a consulting firm with extensive experience in municipal planning, to help lead the project. The work program sets out many opportunities for public involvement.

The Official Plan guides land use planning in the community and addresses a wide range of issues such as where and how growth occurs, what neighbourhoods and buildings look like, where and how we work, shop and play and how we get around Town. 

A number of factors are driving the need to update the plan:

  • The Town has unique characteristics and needs to update its land use plan and vision for the future to help guide development.
  • The Town has approved many new plans in a wide range of areas and related content from those plans needs to be contained in the Official Plan to help shape how the community grows;  
  • There were many changes to the Province of Ontario land use planning framework over the last year including to the Planning Act and a number of related pieces of legislation, the Provincial Policy Statement and the Growth Plan 2019. In Ontario, municipalities are required to conform to the land use planning framework set by the Province. 

For more information and to monitor project activities please visit the project webpage at:

Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will make an official visit to the Town of Collingwood on Tuesday, February 4, where she will meet with His Worship Mayor Brian Saunderson and participate in a roundtable discussion on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This will be Her Honour’s 85th official visit during her term.

Collingwood, Ontario
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

15h00 – Tour of Agnora
16h00 – Visit of Out of the Cold Collingwood Emergency Shelter
17h00 – Meeting with the Mayor
17h30 – Roundtable Discussion on UN SDG 11
18h30  – Flag Raising (Collingwood Public Library flag pole, 55 Ste. Marie Street)
18h40 – Public Reception (Collingwood Public Library Atrium, 55 Ste. Marie Street)

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A festival that gives Collingwood's outstanding chefs the chance to share their sweet and savoury creations, inspired by Collingwood Whisky.
  • February 21-22 - Personalized whisky bottle engravings
  • February 23 - Whisky Walk in Downtown Collingwood
  • February 26 - Bartender Competition - Cheer on our region’s talented bartenders at the 4th Annual Collingwood Whiskylicious Bartender Competition on Feb 26 at the Georgian Bay Hotel. Tickets are going fast and seating is limited (pre-registration required). A $5 minimum donation will be collected at the door in support of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society.
The photos of this year's Collingwood Whiskylicious signature dishes are just mouth-watering! Our awesome local chefs have been finalizing their Collingwood Whisky inspired dishes. Get ready to celebrate the great tastes of Collingwood on February 22-29. Make your reservations well in advance!

Check out all the participating restaurants and full event schedules at
On February 17, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, visit Central Park Arena and try sledge hockey. Join the Parks, Recreation, & Culture Department, All Sport All People, and the Children’s Treatment Network for an hour of sledge fun. This is a free event and no experience is required! All abilities are welcome. Brad Bowden, five-time Paralympic medalist and past member of the Canadian Para Hockey Team, will also be on site to answer any questions you might have. All participants are required to wear a CSA approved helmet with face cage, protective gloves, long pants, and closed-toed footwear. Sledges and sticks will be provided and some helmets may be available to borrow at no cost. For more information contact Jennifer Phillips or Jennifer Parker
Are you looking for some different ways to stay active this winter? Join the Collingwood Public Library and Parks, Recreation, & Culture Department for Nordic Pole Walking and Chair Yoga. These are free programs being offered at Central Park Arena, perfect for older adults.
  • Nordic Pole Walking – Tuesdays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Central Park Arena. Nordic poles are available to borrow if you do not have a pair.
  • Chair Yoga – Thursdays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Central Park Arena (2nd floor). Suitable shoes, comfortable clothing and a water bottle are recommended.
Join the movement! On February 12, add a winter walk to your day. Whether it is to school, work, or play, a winter walk is a great way to add movement to your day and get outside. Research has shown that regular winter outdoor activity if good for your mental and physical health. On Winter Walk Day local elementary schools will be encouraging students who can walk safely to school, to wrap up warm, leave the car at home and travel to school on foot. School bus students are also being encouraged to travel by bus and add a walk to the bus stop.

Starting as a Family Literacy Day initiative, the Family Literacy Story Map identifies areas and activities in the Collingwood community where you can engage in literacy.

Literacy skills are an essential building block for school readiness and future success, but it is about more than just reading. We are engaging in literacy when we grocery shop, when we use electronic devices, when we play – literacy is truly everywhere.

Children who participate in early literacy programs and activities hear 30 million more words before they start kindergarten than their peers who do not participate. Early literacy skills are comprised of reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. We engage in these activities every day, and so the opportunity for literacy building is all around us.

The Family Literacy Story Map is designed to identify areas in Collingwood where children and family can find literacy, engage in play, and talk, write or sing about what they are experiencing. Literacy is everywhere, let’s embrace it!

Explore the Family Literacy Story Map

Please take notice that Winter Parking Restrictions began on Sunday, December 1, and will be in place until March 31. Parking is prohibited on municipal streets and municipal parking lots from 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

We need your help as we work to keep our roadways, sidewalks, and sewers clear throughout winter. Please remember that parked vehicles are prohibited from interfering with snow removal operations (as outlined in our Parking By-law). Residents are asked to make sure that vehicles parked in driveways do not hang over sidewalks or roadways in even the smallest amount. Keeping vehicles off roadways and sidewalks is critical for our crews to complete snow clearing operations under difficult winter conditions. Vehicles obstructing winter operations may be subject to the full penalties outlined in the by-law.

Please also refrain from placing snow and ice from your property onto the roadways and sidewalks.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Ontario. Please take notice that the Town of Collingwood and the Ministry of Transportation have rules and regulations for snowmobiling in Town. Please also remember that there are risks to consider every time you head out. Knowing how to prepare and operate your vehicle safely will help make sure you have a safe and fun ride.

In the Town of Collingwood, snowmobiles are permitted on specific identified trails expressly for the purpose of accessing Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails out of town under Bylaw 2015-095.

  • Trails not identified for snowmobile use under the Bylaw are prohibited from use by snowmobile drivers.
  • The speed limit on these designated Town trails is 20km/h max.
  • Snowmobiles are required to defer to pedestrian traffic on trails at all times.

The OPP will enforce the Town Bylaw with substantial fines for offenders.

Also in the Town of Collingwood:

  • Snowmobiles are not permitted on Town sidewalks (except when crossing over a sidewalk).
  • Snowmobiles cannot be operated in Town between 12:00 AM and 7:00 AM.
  • Snowmobiles cannot be operated along any highway or part of any highway (except when crossing over a highway).
  • Snowmobiles cannot be operated on any pedestrian walkway, open space area, municipal park, or trail within the Town (except as recognized and posted as a permitted snowmobile trail).
  • Noise enforcement can occur for any activity that creates noise likely to disturb the inhabitants of the Town. Please respect your neighbourhood.

Please use extreme caution when snowmobiling near waterways and Georgian Bay. Drivers and passengers must always wear a snowmobile helmet that meets Ministry of Transportation standards.

The Ministry of Transportation has further driver and licensing requirements and provides information on where to ride and the rules of the road.

Town of Collingwood By-law
MTO Requirement & Safety Information
OFSC Safety Information

The OPP have a Reporting Tool that helps them be more effective in effecting a “zero-tolerance” policy with respect to snowmobiles speeding and/or trespassing. 

Snow and ice buildup can lead to dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in homes

The Collingwood Fire Department reminds all residents to clear the snow and ice from vents and natural gas meters.

“A blocked furnace or water heater exhaust vent prevents exhaust from escaping your house, and can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide inside your home,” said Fire Chief Ross Parr. “With this recent snowfall and cold weather, we are asking all residents to check every few days to ensure their vents and natural gas meters are clear of snow and ice.”

Chief Parr also reminds residents that all homes with gas-fired appliances, fireplaces, or attached garages are now required by law to have CO detectors installed adjacent to each sleeping area. Residents should make sure that their CO detectors have fresh batteries, which should be changed twice a year along with smoke alarm batteries. Smoke alarm and CO detectors do have an expiry date, and should be replaced after 10 years.

Residents are encouraged to check the vents and natural gas meters of neighbours who may not be able to clear the snowy buildup.

The Town of Collingwood would like to remind its residents to help keep hydrants clear of ice and snow.

In case of an emergency, every second matters and you can help by keeping the area around hydrants clear and easy to access (about a 1 metre radius around the hydrant).

Keep in mind that the Town of Collingwood has received a substantial amount of snow recently and while the Town makes every effort to keep the hydrants clear, it’s important that residents that occupy property near a hydrant help to keep them clear as well.

Thank you for your help in this matter and please consider helping out your neighbour if they need assistance to keep their fire hydrant clear. 

Please contact Environmental Services 705-445-1581 or email us at if you have any questions.

The Town of Collingwood is undergoing a review of its water and wastewater user rates. The purpose is to evaluate and gather the appropriate data to provide an updated rate structure that will support the needs of the community. Water and wastewater are self-funded utilities, meaning that they are non-tax supported operations. While it seems freshwater is plentiful in our municipality, we still must be financially and environmentally responsible water users and not take our freshwater asset (The Georgian Bay) for granted.

Our goal of this study is to assess opportunities in our current rate structure to better serve our residents and our growing population, with these key items being considered:

  • Fair costs across customer groups including residential, commercial and industrial
  • Financial sustainability- the costs of the system fully support the needs of the system
  • Water conservation incentives for residents
  • Maintaining and replacing current infrastructure

The key points below provides some general background facts regarding the current status of the Town’s water and wastewater system:

  • Nearly 75% of total rate revenue is generated from the fixed charge
  • Ensures revenue security and stable cash flow, although, the high ratio limits what the end-user can save from water conservation efforts.
  • Strong fiscal standing to start 2019 in regards to water and wastewater reserves
  • Advancement of the asset management program and developed a 10-year capital plan

Discover more about the Rate Structure Review and Proposed Adjustments on Engage Collingwood.

The Town of Collingwood is inviting artists and artist collectives to submit their application for the design and execution of a site-specific, outdoor mural for the east facing wall of the Shipyards Medical Building at 28 Huron Street. A volunteer Public Art Committee of Collingwood residents established the process and concept for the artwork based on the Town’s public art policies and procedures. They are looking for the artwork to create excitement and interest in the community, enhance the space, and reflect a contemporary aesthetic of a vibrant and dynamic Collingwood.

There was a mural previously on the wall called Heading Dockside and it was removed after a remarkable 19 years at the site. The artist, Beverley Smith is one of the committee members seeking new art for the wall along with Joanne Weisbrod, one of the building owners, Lisa Kang’ethe, Lenore Burton, and Patricia Andrew. The artwork will be completed remotely using aluminum composite panels and the installation is planned for September.

The search process will take place in two stages. For this first stage, the committee is looking for artists to submit their application including their credentials and examples of current and past work. The committee will then select 2-3 artists to provide more details including their design for the mural. The deadline for this first stage is February 11, 2020, at 4:00 PM. Complete details are available at

The County of Simcoe is changing curbside waste collections to bring consistency and predictability back to pick-up schedules and support the growth of the County’s green bin program. Starting February 3, 2020, garbage and recycling collection will occur on alternating weeks, while green bin collection will continue every week. 

During the week of February 3 to 7, residents will receive garbage and green bin collection only. The following week (February 10 to 14), residents will receive recycling and green bin collection only. Collections will alternate on this schedule moving forward. Collection days are not changing; however, collection times will be adjusted. Residents are reminded to have materials out to their curb by 7:00 AM on their regular collection day. 

“Resolving the impacts to waste collections and restoring consistency and predictability to pick-up schedules are top priorities for County Council and our staff,” said Warden George Cornell. “We sincerely apologize for the delays that our residents have experienced for the last few months and these changes will assist our contractor with their staffing challenges by reducing the number of drivers required each day. This transition will also mitigate the need to increase our costs for alternate solutions, benefit the environment and help restore confidence that your waste materials will be collected on schedule.” 

What this means starting February 3, 2020: 

  • No change to your regular collection day. Collection times will change, so have your materials out by 7:00 AM on your collection day
  • Green bin collection will continue to occur every week
  • Garbage and recycling collection will alternate every other week (one week garbage the next week recycling)
  • Residents can set out two bags/containers of garbage every other week (weight and size restrictions still apply)
  • Recycling no longer needs to be separated into different bins. Materials will be sorted later in the process
  • Excess recyclables can be placed in bins, cardboard boxes or see-through plastic bags  

In addition to restoring predictability to curbside waste collections, this change will help lead to longterm environmental benefits, encourage residents to positively adjust their waste habits, and control costs, since it: 

  • Encourages use of green bins and promotes increased diversion (40 per cent of the average garbage bag consists of items that should go in the green bin)
  • Helps keep organic materials out of landfills and thereby extends the lifespan of landfills
  • Encourages reduction of single-use plastics, cans and containers  
  • Lowers greenhouse gas emissions produced by collection vehicles by reducing the number of trucks on the road each day 
  • Helps control contractual costs  

While many Ontario municipalities have already transitioned successfully to bi-weekly collection services, the County recognizes that this is a significant change for residents. To support this change, a voucher for a FREE Blue Bin will be mailed to County residents to help store recyclables. One voucher per household can be redeemed at County Waste Management Facilities until February 28, 2020, while quantities last. Broad marketing and communication to residents will occur, including the annual waste calendar, which will be mailed to households in January. The best way to track your collection week is through the Simcoe County Collects App. You can also call 1-800-263-3199 to sign up for weekly phone reminders and alerts. 

For full details about this change to curbside waste collections and why it is happening now, please visit

These changes do not apply to the cities of Barrie and Orillia. 

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit


The Town of Collingwood will celebrate International Women’s Day with two special events:

  • A public flag raising on Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • A Panel Discussion & Networking Social on Sunday, March 8, 2020

Does your business or organization wish to recognize and honour women alongside us?
Consider sponsoring one of our events. Sponsorship packages range from $250 to $600. Event proceeds support My Friend’s House and we’d love your support in this endeavor.

Visit to check out the sponsorship opportunities.

For more information contact 705-444-2500 Ext. 3711

The Town of Collingwood has begun its recruitment process for summer, seasonal, and student staff. There are opportunities available at the Collingwood Museum, the Collingwood Public Library, in our Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department, Fire Department, Public Works, and more.

See the job postings and descriptions at

Photo by Doug Burlock

Grain Terminals White Paper on Engage Collingwood details 3 Process Options for consideration & feedback

The Town of Collingwood is moving forward with determining the future of the Grain Terminals facility, located in Collingwood’s active harbour. In doing so, the Town seeks to support a healthy, strong, and vibrant community that recognizes the value of its history and heritage, while responsibly managing for a solid fiscal future.

Town Council is deeply interested in the Community’s input on the Grain terminals, and wishes to consider local beliefs and desires for the Terminals’ future and the future of the Collingwood Waterfront.

Council has stated that a decision on the future of the Collingwood Grain Terminals must be made in the near term to keep all end states viable for implementation.

On Engage Collingwood, the Town is currently seeking input on three process options, or a hybridization of them, that will move the Town toward a Council decision on the optimal physical end state and type(s) of use.

The three process options are as follows:

  • The Town can “Seek Funded Proposals for Evaluation and Decision”. This option will, via a formal Expressions of Interest process, seek development partners or buyers who can bring assets to the table that will enhance the outcomes for the Town, including for the people who live, work, and play here.
  • The Town can carry out “Environmental Remediation of the Marine Tower, with Steering Committee review of Additional Investigation of Unknowns and Opportunities”. This option will see the Town move forward with $2M marine tower work immediately, while also creating the Terms of Reference for and selection of a steering committee, and further consulting on the community’s and potential partners’ needs and ideas.
  • The Town can “Seek Business Opportunities for the East End (Sailing School) Building, Top Floor above Silos and Towers”. This option would see the Town seek about $800,000 in annual income from commercial venture(s) in the east end building, the two towers, the top floor above the silos, or even the space around the terminals. This would support needs such as the initial preservation investment, bringing utilities to the site and raising the roadway, and saving for the next renovation cycle.

While information gathering and decision-making processes are underway, the Town is committed to maintaining the minimum maintenance and operations of the Terminals to ensure the Health and Safety of staff, contractors, and the limited building users.

Council and Staff had great conversations with the public at a Tuesday, December 10 Open House event. The community is encouraged to visit Engage Collingwood to view the Collingwood Grain Terminals White Paper, learn more about the next step Process Options, and provide feedback.

Photo by Dave West Photography

Get updates and learn more about the Novel Coronavirus from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit:

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) continues to actively monitor the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation and will continue to provide weekly updates as needed as a means to support your information needs, planning, communications, and access to resources. The weekly updates will be based on the best available information at the time, acknowledging that the novel nature of 2019-nCoV means it will continue to be monitored closely (locally, provincially, nationally, and worldwide) and analyzed to ensure that recommendations and actions are based on the best available knowledge.

Current Situation (as of 08:00 January 30, 2020)
  • World - There are over 7800 cases of 2019-nCoV worldwide. The vast majority of these cases are being reported from China where over 7700 2019-nCoV cases have been confirmed, with 170 resulting in death. No deaths from 2019-nCoV have been reported outside of China. Human infections of 2019-nCoV have also been confirmed in 19 other countries outside of China, including in other parts of Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. For up-to-date information see the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website.  
  • Canada - There are 3 confirmed cases in Canada – two in Ontario, one in British Columbia. 
  • Ontario - There are two confirmed cases of 2019-nCov in Ontario. For up-to-date information on cases being investigated in Ontario see the Ontario Ministry of Health. 
  • Simcoe Muskoka - There are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in the County of Simcoe or District of Muskoka.
Risk Assessment - The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with 2019-nCoV as low for Canada and for Canadian travelers. The risk of the spread of 2019-nCoV within Ontario remains low at this time. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

New Acknowledgement Statement:
  • "Today we acknowledge that this event is taking place on the traditional territory of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island, including the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, and Ojibwe peoples, and on lands connected with the Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga Treaty of 1818. This is the home of a diverse range of Indigenous peoples whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors of our society."
Community Announcements:
  • The proceeds from the Mayor's Golf Challenge Cup 2019 were presented to Home Horizon and Special Olympics, two great community organizations.
  • Members of Council commented on the Out of the Cold Storybook event, Hockey for Hope, Coldest Night of the Year event, Downtown snow removal, Hockey Day in Collingwood, Investors Community event, plowing and parking in winter conditions, and encouraged no blowing snow onto roadways.
Corporate and Community Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved recommendations on:
    • OMERS Group Changes of NRA Fire Management
    • the appointment of a Closed Meeting Investigator
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
  • Council approved the Council Workshop on the Town of Collingwood Official Plan Update.
Staff Reports:
  • Council approved the implementation of the Lobbyist Registry Program.
  • Council approved the Conservation Authorities - Background Context.
County Report:
  • Deputy Mayor Hull reported on:
    • bi-weekly waste collection beginning February 3 and diverting more into weekly Green Bins
    • the skating trail at the County Museum in Midhurst
    • three Collingwood businesses were recognized for their seniors programs.
Other Business:
  • Council approved continued support for the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
  • Councillor Jeffery reported that the first check of $16,000 has arrived from the Community Safety & Policing Grant.
  • Councillor Berman gave a Notice of Motion to designate Councillor Jeffery as the FCM representative.
  • Mayor Saunderson provided an update on meetings he had with the Province about the Great Lakes.
  • Council went in-camera to discuss Accessibility Advisory Committee applications and a BIA Board of Management vacancy.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • EPCOR announced donation to Sunset Point Park Playground project.
  • Members of Council commented on Art of Winter Festival success, Hockey for Hope Bake Table success, Family Literacy Day, Local Yogi event fundraising for the Hospital, update from an EPCOR Meeting, Councillor McLeod as new Vice Chair at NVCA, BMFA Award Opportunity, United Way Women United funding available, the Red Shoe campaign, 75th Anniversary of Auschwitz, and Elvis Fest reviewing management proponents.
Development and Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved recommendations on:
    • consideration for advertising on the back of parking receipts.
    • Part Lot Control Exemption at Eden Oak Indigo Estates Subdivision
    • adding evaluation process for landowner requests for re-designation to the Official Plan Update project.
    • Master Servicing Plan for Water and Sanitary Sewer Systems
    • Provincial Discussion Paper on Transforming and Modernizing the Delivery of Ontario's Building Code Services.
  • Council approved the motion to endorse Councillor Jeffery in the election for the FCM Nation Board of Directors.
  • Council approved By-laws on:
    • appointing a member to the Accessibility Advisory Committee
    • Part Lot Control Exemption at Eden Oak Indigo Estates Subdivision
Other Business:
  • Mayor Saunderson provided an update on the UN Habitat Economic Project, which held a procedural meeting on Monday, January 27.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Monday, February 3 - Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Wednesday, February 5 - Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, February 10 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Tuesday, February 18 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, February 24 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
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