April 2019

Town dedicates significant funding to infrastructure upgrades & customer service enhancements

At the Monday, March 25 Council meeting, Town of Collingwood Council approved the 2019 Operating & Capital budgets. Council and Staff thank all residents and stakeholders who participated in public meetings and provided feedback through the budget review process.

The 2019 budget is comprised of $60.1 million in operating expenses, which accounts for the costs required to provide services (such as transit, recreation and roads), as well as staffing and administrative costs.

Total capital expenditures approved for 2019 come in at $32.9 million. Capital expenditures relate to projects and expenses where the benefits can be seen over many years, including facilities, vehicles, and parks. New infrastructure in Roads, Public Transit, and Parks and Recreation are significant capital expenditures for 2019.

For the average residential property assessment of $314,595, the municipal portion of taxes will increase 1.12% or approximately $25.

Mayor Brian Saunderson commented, “As our municipality grows, this budget is putting the needs of our residents first. The Town continues to dedicate significant funding to infrastructure upgrades and customer service enhancements. I would like to thank our staff for their hard work on this budget and for moving us forward on a fiscally responsible path.”

Marjory Leonard, Treasurer for the Town of Collingwood, said, “We are taking advantage of competitive pricing to accomplish important capital work, while still keeping the tax burden to a minimum.”

Some highlights of the 2019 budget include:

  • Lockhart & Hurontario Street Intersection Turning Lanes $1.1M
  • Transit Bus Replacement $560,000
  • Stewart Road Reservoir $4.3M
  • Black Ash Pumping Station Upgrade $3.6M
  • Sunset Point Enviropark Replacement (design phase with opportunity for public input) $200,000
  • Harbourview Park Splash Pad (design phase) $320,000
  • Town Hall Refurbishment $250,000
Thursday, April 11 event will feature guest speaker from Coyote Watch Canada

The Town of Collingwood will be hosting a Coyote Awareness Session on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Collingwood Public Library in Community Rooms B & C. 

Guest speaker Lesley Sampson, founding executive director of Coyote Watch Canada, will speak about:

  • coyote behaviour in an urban environment,
  • the ecological role coyotes play in the community,
  • and how to prevent human-coyote conflict.

This is a great learning opportunity for the residents of Collingwood who seek more information on coyotes in our region.

The awareness session is free to attend and does not require registration.

A series of fun activities is planned throughout April

The Town of Collingwood is celebrating National Poetry Month this April with a series of creative and fun activities.

“It’s great that there’s a month to celebrate the joys of poetry,” says Day Merrill, Collingwood’s Poet Laureate, “Just as April sees new life springing forth, this is a time for words to do the same.”

Join in the celebration by taking part in Collingwood’s Poetry Month activities:
  • Collingwood StoryWalk® will feature a book called Poetree by Canadian author Caroline Pignat. The StoryWalk is located along the Train Trail starting at the Station Museum, 45 St. Paul Street. Follow the Train Trail and read the pages of Poetree, displayed along the path under plexiglass. The StoryWalk is a collaboration between PRC and the Collingwood Public Library.
  • “Poetry Kits” have been placed at the Collingwood Museum and Centennial Aquatic Centre. Each kit is loaded with ideas and tools for anyone to build their own poem.
  • Poetry Month Display is showcased in one of the newly installed display cases at Central Park Arena. There are poems by Canadian and international authors featured, as well as a “spontaneous poetry wall” for anyone wanting to share their prose and musings.
  • “Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 18 encourages you to select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others to brighten their day,” says Tanya Mazza, Coordinator of Arts & Culture, “and if you recite your poem to staff at the Collingwood Museum or Centennial Pool you’ll receive a pass for a free swim or skate”. Collingwood’s Poet Laureate, Day Merrill, will also be out and about on the streets of Collingwood with poems in her pocket, so if you see her, share your poem, and Day will pay any outstanding library fines!
  • Pints & Poems will be held on April 23. “Much like beer, poetry is an acquired taste.” Come to our first Pints & Poems evening and sample both! Hosted by Side Launch Brewing Company, and emceed by our Poet Laureate, this 19+ event is a chance to try your hand at creating a poem, reading some of your original poetry or sharing a favourite published poem while sampling some of the area’s finest brews.
“Poetry can be simple and straightforward,” says Day Merrill, “there’s an African proverb that says if you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance. As a poetry advocate, I believe if you can write, you can write poetry.”

Email your poems to Day Merrill at, she’d love to read them, and they may be posted on our website

April was established as National Poetry Month in Canada in 1998 to encourage everyone to fit more poetry into their everyday lives and celebrate its place in Canada’s culture. Collingwood’s celebration comes at a time when poetry’s popularity is at an all-time high. Last year, two of the Top 10 bestselling Canadian titles were milk & honey and The Sun and Her Flowers by Indo-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur, and the final book of poems by Leonard Cohen became a best-seller when it was published posthumously in October.
Survey is available for public feedback until Monday, April 15

The Collingwood Museum is seeking input from the public to help guide the creation of strategic initiatives that will ensure the museum continues to meet the needs and expectations of its various communities.

Museum Patrons and Collingwood Residents are encouraged to provide feedback by Monday, April 15 via a survey, which can be found at or

Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the Collingwood Museum and at Collingwood Town Hall.

Thank you in advance to all who participate in this survey. Your feedback is invaluable to Museum Management and the future services and programming of the Collingwood Museum.

The Museum’s collection includes diverse objects relating to Collingwood’s social and business histories, shipbuilding and transportation legacies, as well as the region’s First Nations people. The museum also houses an archival collection that is accessed by researchers from around the world. Photographs of Great Lakes vessels, Collingwood’s historic homes, downtown, and early industries are amongst the most popular items.
Get involved, and help keep Collingwood clean, by taking part in the 6th annual Collingwood Community Clean-Up Day on Wednesday, April 17. 

Gather friends, family, neighbours, teams, or schoolmates for a community wide cleaning of Collingwood’s neighbourhood parks, trails, roads, schools, and public places. Assemble a clean-up crew, identify an area that needs a quick tidy, and register your site at to receive supplies and garbage removal support.

If you don’t have a site in mind for your group, you can join members of Council and Town staff at Harbourview Park (behind McDonald’s) at 1:00 p.m. to help clean up the park. If you can’t make it out on April 17, clean-up initiatives are encouraged throughout Earth Week, and municipal staff will provide garbage removal services for all registered clean-ups.

Whatever public space you choose to tidy, join the #TrashTag challenge. Take a before and after photo of your site and post it using #TrashTag.

Collingwood Community Clean-Up Day is proudly presented by The Town of Collingwood, Collingwood Youth Centre, Environment Network, and Enbridge.
The Town of Collingwood advises residents that there is a new 4-way Stop at the intersection of Cedar Street & 2nd Street effective 8:00 AM on Tuesday, April 2.
One-time payment intended to help modernize service delivery & reduce future costs

The Town of Collingwood will be receiving a one-time payment of $595,703.00 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This payment is intended to support Collingwood’s efforts in continuing to be efficient, modern, and customer focused.

This investment is unconditional, but the province has stated intentions for this payment to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, and capital investments.

“We are excited to have the province recognize the key role Collingwood plays in service delivery,” says Mayor Brian Saunderson, “Council and Town Staff will review opportunities as we receive more details on this provincial funding.”

This allocation to Collingwood was based on a formula that took into consideration the number of households in Collingwood. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing acknowledged Collingwood’s commitment to demonstrating value for money and delivering many services that Ontario residents rely on.

Town of Collingwood has received $16.355million after closing adjustments

The Town of Collingwood has received net proceeds in the amount of $16.355million after closing adjustments from the sale of the final 50 percent of Collingwood Powerstream Utility Services to EPCOR Utilities Inc..

Town Council will seek the public’s input on how these proceeds will be spent. Town Staff will roll out public engagement opportunities in 2019 that will allow the residents of Collingwood to share feedback on how Council and Staff can best make use of these proceeds for the Town moving forward.

Council looks forward to this economic driver reaching full potential under new ownership.

On Friday, March 22, the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport to Winterland Developments Ltd. officially closed. Town Council approved the sale at the Thursday, February 28, 2019 Council Meeting.

“We look forward to the investment and growth that Winterland Developments Ltd. will implement at the Collingwood Regional Airport,” said Mayor Brian Saunderson, “A flourishing Airport will have a positive impact on our region.”

Formally known as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, Visit South Georgian Bay, the region’s most experienced tourism organization, is reinventing how it does business to better reflect visitor needs in a booming tourism economy.

In the fall of 2018, it announced a bold re-branding to South Georgian Bay Tourism, based on a new platform and industry first focus, becoming a Destination Education Organization (DEO).

It now announces the next phase of its evolution… the creation of new Visitor Information Centres. Driven by the insight that digital has become the leading source of information for tourists planning to visit any destination, these new Information Centres will provide ‘last mile’ education to tourists about all the great things to do in South Georgian Bay. The new Information Centres will be located in hotels, restaurants, attractions, as well as other businesses and organizations that meet a specific set of criteria. Starting April 1, 2019, there will be locations in each of South Georgian Bay’s participating municipalities which include Town of Meaford, Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood and Township of Clearview.

The new Visitor Information Centres will also be highlighted on the 2019 Visitor Map and on the website at The website will include new enhanced portals for each of the participating municipalities’ towns and villages, reinforcing one of the region’s unique attributes as a ‘collection of communities.’

With the tourism organization staff focus shifting to keeping these new Visitor Information Centres educated about all the great things happening in South Georgian Bay every season, the organization will be moving out of the Collingwood Museum which has served as a central office for many years. In exchange for space at the Collingwood Museum, the association provided welcoming services for Museum visitors.

“The information office at the Museum has been a mutually beneficial arrangement but our organization needs to evolve based on our new strategic focus and the emergence of the ‘digital tourist’,” commented Mylisa Henderson, a Board Member for South Georgian Bay Tourism and Co-Owner of Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.
As of the start of September, the tourism association will vacate the Collingwood Museum.

Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Collingwood oversees the Collingwood Museum, recognizes this as mutually beneficial decision. “Tourism is definitely evolving, and the static Information Centre model is being replaced by new technology and other opportunities. We are grateful for the partnership with the tourism association over the past several years, but we are excited for the progressive direction that South Georgian Bay Tourism is taking with this new model and we are fully supportive of the change.”

About South Georgian Bay Tourism
The Destination Education Organization (DEO) helps enhance the visitor experience through seamless connections between visitors and the region’s highly unique products and experiences, educating both tourists and businesses on South Georgian Bay and why it is Ontario’s Four-Season Playground. It provides visitors with specific in-market themed and activity-based itineraries of what to do, best of guides and content curation to encourage extended length of stay and increased spending at tourism businesses. South Georgian Bay is the regional seal of quality as the destination information authority for visitors. It is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, with public and private sector representation from the regional tourism industry.

Its The Law!

Please leash your pet and stoop-n-scoop after your pet in the Town of Collingwood.


  • $240min for Dog At Large
  • $240min for leaving excrement

(Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law 2012-016).


The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • Betty Donaher, Chair of the Heritage Committee, gave a presentation about 2019 Heritage Week.
  • Mayor Saunderson noted that the Heritage Committee Award was presented to the County of Simcoe at the Paramedic Station Grand Opening Ceremony.
Public Meetings:
Council heard Staff and Developer presentations, as a well as public comments, on a proposed zoning by-law amendment at the Harbourfront Collection. Staff addressed various questions from Council. This  Zoning By-law Amendment will come before Council on a future date.

  • Leah Denbok presented her photography works and background from her book that raises awareness of homelessness.
  • South Georgian Bay Chapter Co-Chair Fiona Proctor addressed Council and provided an overview of SCATEH (Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness) and advised of current initiatives and support offered within the County and Town of Collingwood. Gail Michelenko, Project Manager, provided further background on the developing Out of the Cold program including volunteer recruitment and training needed in order to establish a successful program within the Town of Collingwood.
Staff Reports:
  • Council awarded tenancy to the Collingwood Colts and directed staff to finalize and execute a tenancy agreement with the team.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
  • Council approved proposed organizational realignments and deferred the financial considerations to the 2019 budget deliberations.
  • Council passed a "recording of in-camera meetings" by-law which includes: the recordings being stored on an encrypted electronic device separate from the Town servers, located in the Town vault with the official Council minutes, in a locked box, restricted and controlled access by the Clerk or Deputy Clerk ensures that only those privileged to view or listen to the in-camera meeting recordings is able to do so, and that the audio/video recordings be retained until the recommendations from the Judicial Inquiry have been received, after which time it will be further evaluated.
  • Council approved new policy on Council-Staff Relations and Council Parental Leave.
  • Council approved the execution of the term sheet on the Water Supply Agreement between the Town of Collingwood and the Town of New Tecumseth. Staff and the Town Solicitor are directed to work with the Corporation of the Town of New Tecumseth to negotiate and prepare the formal agreement for the upgrade and expansion of the water treatment plant. The term sheet will ensure that the agreement addresses capacity only and not the treatment plant or the physical assets, and will also include: that no water be resold by New Tecumseth outside of the watershed boundaries (and watershed boundaries be defined with a map), that it is not the intention of the Town to sell to a non municipal entity, such as bulk water, and that any water resold by New Tecumseth shall be at a price based on cost recovery.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council received the Collingwood Heritage Committee minutes and are made aware of a recommendation that a full time equivalent, dedicated staff resource be hired or contracted.
  • Council approved the 2018 Annual Water Compliance Report.
  • Council approved the addition of an all-way stop control at the intersection of Second Street and Cedar Street, and requested staff undergo a further count for the intersection of Cedar and Third Street at peak time.
  • A Proposed Radio-communication Tower at 153 Eleventh Line was deferred by applicant for further review.
  • Council passed an authorization by-law to execute a Development Agreement for the property addressed as 270 Minnesota Street.
  • Council defeated subdivision, zoning bylaw amendment, and rezoning at 580 – 590 Sixth Street
  • Council directs Staff to provide notice of public meeting regarding the proposed changes to Building permit fess and adjustments.
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee:
  • Council receives an update on the final costs of the Gathering Circle.
  • Council receives a report on the Parks, Recreation, & Culture Master Plan.
  • Council receives the Georgian Trail Annual Operations Report
Staff Reports:
  • Council receives a report on the Asset Sale Proceeds, and directs Staff to begin the public consultation process on the use of these proceeds.
Other Business:
  • Deputy Mayor Hull discussed a recent government review workshop.
  • Director MacDonald addressed further studies of Third Street and traffic calming Town-wide.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • There will be booths set up around Collingwood for the Canadian Cancer Society's Daffodil Campaign.
  • YMCA "Move To Give" fundraising event is on April 6. Activities may include cycling and aquafit.
  • The sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport has closed. 
Public Meetings:
  • Council heard Staff, Developer, and public comment on Proposed Zoning By-law Amendments relating to Bridgewater on Georgian Bay. This amendment will be given future consideration.
  • Council heard Staff, Developer, and public comment on Proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment relating to Pretty River Estates. These amendments will be given future consideration.
  • Trevor Henson presented on the recently launched Anti-Bullying Campaign and Club.
  • Various groups presented on the Living Waters Site Plan.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement for property municipally addressed as 201 Raglan Street between Jasper Group Inc., Bay Haven Nursing Home Incorporated and the Town of Collingwood.
  • Council granted a permit with amendment for tree-cutting on vacant lands prior to site plan approval for the Sunbelt Rentals development.
  • Council approved an Encroachment Agreement for 33 Ste. Marie Street.
  • Council approved a Development Agreement for 25 Katherine Street.
  • Council authorizes an amending Site Plan Agreement for Living Waters - Phase 4.
  • Council approves the 2018 Annual Wastewater Compliance Report and the Clearview Wastewater Management Agreement.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
  • Council receives the Town's Strategic Financial Plan.
  • Council approves changes to Council Renumeration.
  • Council authorizes the pre-budget procurement of Capital budget items as outlined.
Staff Reports:
  • Council receives a report on 2018 Statement of Renumeration Paid to Council and Appointed Board Members.
  • Council receives a report on expenses excluded from the 2019 budget.
Council approves the 2019 Operating & Capital Budget

Other Business:
Councillor Jeffrey reports on key items from the FCM, which include a one-time doubling of gas tax money, $950mil for green access, rural broadband expansion, and federal/municipal relationship strengthening.

Council appoints new members to the Trails Advisory Committee and the Museum Advisory Committee.

Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Monday, April 1 - Community & Corporate Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, April 8 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, April 15 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, April 29 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall

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