May 2019

Photo by Dave West Photography

Festival’s 25th Anniversary to feature more pro Elvis Tribute Artists than ever before

Collingwood’s Elvis Festival returns on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2019, in what will be a thrilling ‘Homecoming’ event. Limited tickets are available at, and they are going fast.

Celebrating the festival’s 25th anniversary in 2019, the theme ‘Homecoming’ was chosen to recognize and reminisce with fans, friends, and family.

VIP Tickets ($70) & Premium Tickets ($50) are still available for the thrilling Saturday Semi Finals, where the Top 30 Elvis Tribute Artists compete before a panel of experienced judges. This show also features a special guest appearance by International Ultimate Champions Gordon Hendricks, direct from the UK, and Jay Dupuis, from the US.

Limited Premium Tickets ($50) are available for the Saturday Night Signature Show and Sunday Grand Finals, which will feature some of the best Tributes from around the globe!

Fans can save 10% with a 3-Pack General Admission Arena Show Tickets Package! Get in on the savings!

Join in all the fun! Elvis tributes, signatures shows, and back by popular demand, the Classic Car Parade on Saturday Morning. Stay tuned for more amazing event features at

2019 Collingwood Elvis Festival


  • Online at
  • By phone toll-free to Theatre Collingwood at 1-866-382-2200 or locally at 705-445-2200
  • Hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


  • VIP Reserved $70.00 + tax & fees = First 5 rows, on floor, from stage
  • VIP Tickets for Saturday Night Signature Show and Sunday Grand Finals are SOLD OUT
  • Premium Reserved $50.00++ = Next 10 rows, on floor, from stage
  • General Admission $30.00++ = Last 15 rows on floor & all bleacher seats
  • General Admission Package deal for all 3 Shows saves 10% = $81.00++

Shows (at the Eddie Bush Arena):

  • Saturday Semi-Finals – Showtime is 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Night Signature Show “Homecoming” – 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM
  • Sunday Grand Finals – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Once again, Collingwood has been recognized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) as the top community in all of Ontario for Entrepreneurs, and #6 in the entire country! Collingwood features and encourages a booming tech sector and successful startups!
The Town of Collingwood is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Accessible Change Room at the Centennial Aquatic Centre. This new addition features a lift and other assistance opportunities that help swimmers who are in wheelchairs, or need changing assistance, to access opportunities at the Aquatic Centre.

This Accessible Change Room project began through an accessibility barrier concern submitted through the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee program. Staff had already started considering an enhanced accessibility change room, with inspiration from Mary McCain and her son Darcy. This kick-started the drive to find funding sources. The Town was unsuccessful in a grant application process, however, with a modified plan and private donors, the Accessible Change Room became a reality. Maria Andrews generously donated a lifting device, in memory of Ashley Fillion, and also helped Town Staff to understand the broader impact that this project would have on the community.

“On behalf of the Town and community, thank you to the Accessibility Advisory Committee for all of the great work they do, including the support of this service enhancement at the Pool” said Mayor Brian Saunderson at the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration that took place on Thursday, April 4 at the Centennial Aquatic Centre.
Are you ready?
It is important for individuals and families to be prepared for emergencies before they happen.
Build an Emergency Survival Kit! Your emergency survival kit should have everything you and your family would need to be safe and take care of yourselves for at least three days immediately following an emergency.

If you are asked to evacuate your home or to temporarily shelter in place inside your home for a period of time, having some essential supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare an emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plastic trash can and store it in an easily accessible location, such as a closet shelf on the main floor.

What to put in your Survival Kit:


  • Food (non-perishable and easy-to-prepare items, enough for 3 days) and a manual can opener
  • Bottled water (4 litres per person for each day)
  • Medication(s)
  • Flashlight
  • Radio (crank or battery-run)
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Hand sanitizer or moist towelettes
  • Important papers (identification, contact lists, copies of prescriptions, etc.)
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Zip-lock bag (to keep things dry)
  • Garbage bags

Special Considerations

  • Items for babies and small children—diapers, formula, bottles, baby food, comfort items
  • Prescription medication
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Any other items specific to your family’s needs

Extra Supplies for Evacuation

  • Clothes, shoes
  • Sleeping bags or blankets
  • Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, other toiletries)
  • Playing cards, travel games, other activities for children
Learn more about Emergency Preparedness at

Wamco Municipal Products has now completed the “mass deployment” portion of the transmitter project which encompassed WAMCO employees to enter onto properties and install a transmitter over the existing water reading hardware.

If you did not receive a transmitter, it is likely because the meter reading equipment is incompatible with the new technology. Should this be the case, contractors from Wamco Municipal Products will contact you to set-up an appointment to replace your existing water meter and install a transmitter.

Appointments can be booked by phone or online. It is important that you schedule your appointment within one week of receiving notification, so that the installation program can proceed on time. Notification will be in the form of hand delivered letters and site visits.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Water Department at 705-445-1581.

Thank you for your continued cooperation during this upgrade.

Thank you to all the Collingwood residents who got involved in the 6th Annual Collingwood Community Clean-Up Day on Wednesday, April 17. 

Over 50 people joined members of Council and Town staff to participate in the Harbourview Park Clean-up. 21 additional community clean-up projects were registered to clean Collingwood’s neighbourhood parks, trails, roads, schools, and public places. Participants also joined the #TrashTag challenge, sharing photos on social media using #TrashTag.

  • The Collingwood Clippers Swim Team had over 60 swimmers, along with coaching staff and many parent volunteers, collect over 25 bags of garbage and construction debris near baseball fields and the pool.
  • The crew at Ainley Group, the crew at CrossFit Mozomo, and Town Staff  also participated in Community Clean-Up Day.
Town Staff and The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) raised the Dig Safe flag on Wednesday, April 24 in support of Dig Safe Month in Ontario. The month was dedicated to raising awareness of safe digging practices across the province to improve safety and reduce damages to underground infrastructure.

Dig Safe Month is designed to coincide with the unofficial start of spring digging season and to serve as a reminder to homeowners and contractors that they need to call or click before they start digging.

Ensuring the safety of those who work or live in the vicinity of underground facilities and protecting vital services is everyone’s responsibility.

If you are planning a home improvement project, planting a tree, or installing a fence, learn how to dig with care. Learn more at

You can learn more about the Judicial Inquiry at

This Judicial Inquiry was requested by the Town of Collingwood by Resolution 042-2018, and is looking into the 50% share sale of Collingwood Utility Services Corporation to PowerStream Inc.

The Town of Collingwood continues to participate fully with the Judicial Inquiry process.

Judicial Inquiries are a way for governments to examine issues outside the regular legislative process. The Town of Collingwood looks forward to policy recommendations that the Judicial Inquiry makes to ensure accessible and transparent government.
Photo: Collingwood residents took advantage of a great learning opportunity at the Thursday, April 11 Coyote Awareness Session at the Collingwood Public Library.

Tips on how to prevent wild animals from feeding in and around your property
By the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 

Threats to wildlife
  • animals can become dependent on artificial food sources
  • animals can lose their natural fear of humans and pets, becoming more prone to conflict
  • artificial feed is not healthy for wildlife
  • wild animals may gather in large numbers when they are being fed — this concentration of animals in one area can spread parasites and disease and cause destruction of natural habitat
  • feeding animals near roads increases their risk of being hit by vehicles
Threats to people 
  • feeding wildlife may attract "unwanted" animals to your property
  • animals will learn to associate humans with food, and can become a problem to neighbours
  • habituated animals can become aggressive
  • feeding animals near roads increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents, resulting in property damage, injury, or death
Household dos and don’ts
  • appreciate wildlife from a distance
  • keep household waste, compost and pet food out-of-reach from wild animals
  • attract wildlife to your property by improving natural habitat
  • work together with your neighbours to help keep wild animals wild
  • put out food to attract wildlife
  • try to approach or touch wild animals
  • feed pets outdoors or allow pets to roam free
  • put garbage out until the morning of collection
How to make your property uninviting
  • use flashing lights, motion sensors and noise makers
  • put up two-metre high fence that extends at least 20 centimetres underground
  • install a roller system to the top of your fence so animals can’t gain a foothold
How to prevent conflicts with dogs
  • keep dogs inside at night
  • clean up after your dog — coyotes are attracted to dog feces
  • spay and neuter your dogs — coyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered

Add your voice, join the conversation and get loud about what mental health really is. Write a positive message, words of kindness or an image on Collingwood’s Chalk’n Talk sidewalks.

May 6 to May 12 is Mental Health Week supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The focus of Mental Health Week is to reduce the stigma of mental illness and promote good mental health for all Canadians.

We all benefit from celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role of good mental health. Mental health is something we all have.

Guided by research from around the world, the CMHA highlights six features of good mental health as part of this year’s theme, ‘Get loud about what Mental Health really is.’ These common features include a sense of self, a sense of purpose, of belonging, contribution, enjoyment and resilience.

“Collingwood’s Chalk’n Talk invites the community to be actively involved in Mental Health Week and to share words or images of what mental health looks like for them” said Jennifer Parker from Collingwood Parks, Recreation and Culture.

Chalk’n Talk will be happening at Town recreation facilities, Collingwood library, community organizations and schools across Collingwood. To get involved in the community Chalk’n Talk, visit the sidewalk in front of Town Hall on Tuesday, May 7 starting at 10:00 a.m.


The Town of Collingwood Water Department completes hydrant flushing as an important preventative maintenance activity. The process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to deliver the highest quality of water to our customers.

The Town’s distribution network consists of watermain ranging in size from 100mm – 600 mm diameter. Sediment and deposits naturally occur over time and if not removed can cause water quality deterioration, including discolouration, taste and odour problems. We flush watermains annually, and all dead end hydrants as required to remove these deposits – ensuring high water quality and adequate disinfection residuals are maintained. Chlorine residuals and flowing pressure readings are taken at each hydrant while flushing is taking place.

Spring maintenance also includes checking and lubricating the hydrant ports, painting, removing hydrant markers, replacing or making repairs to hydrants and any other work related to keeping the hydrants operational all year long. 

If tap water is used during flushing, it could be discoloured or contain sediment. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait for approximately 1 hour. After waiting, check for clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. We recommend using a tub or outside faucet to clear the line. In some cases, you may experience slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.

If you have any other concerns, call the Water Department at 705-445-1581 Ext. 3320

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:
  • Council thanked and acknowledged all the volunteers in Collingwood in celebration of Volunteer Week.
  • Mayor Saunderson introduced the new Director of Planning and Building Services Mr. Adam Farr and welcomed him to the Town of Collingwood.
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved the discontinuation of the Collingwood Elvis Festival as a municipally-managed event following the 2019 edition.
  • Council approved the reallocation of resources, currently allocated to the Collingwood Elvis Festival, to initiatives that support the Community Based Strategic Plan objective of “supporting and expanding the diversity of community events and festivals” for consideration in the 2020 budget deliberations
  • Council requested the process to transition the festival to a private operator be referred to staff for further information on the process including consideration or requirement of a competitive proposal process.
  • Council directed staff, through the special event permitting process, to support the transition to a private operator for the purpose of maintaining the Festival’s quality standards and brand reputation.
  • Council approved the removal of the existing Heading Dockside mural and the commission of a new mural at the same location.
  • Council received the report on the allocation of the 2019 Community Recreation and Culture Grant Program.
  • Council approved the by-law to authorize the execution of the Clearview Wastewater Management Agreement.
Other Business:
  • Council heard a preliminary presentation on the Development Charges Study.
  • Councillor Jeffery provided an overview from her recent participation at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meetings regarding current FCM initiatives, advocacy work, and changes to their vision, mission statement, and strategic plan.
  • Councillor Doherty provided a review of the recent Bike Summit Event that she attended in Toronto, and requested clarification on the use of Federal Gas Tax Funds on installation/implementation of separated bike lanes on various streets throughout Town.
  • Council requested a Staff Report for information on the inventory of developments currently in the books, and if possible, those that have been applied for that have not received approval, to determine how it compares with the current population forecasts in the Official Plan as established through the Provincial Growth Plan for 2031.
  • Council requested a Staff Report including an update on the budget, money spent to date, money in reserves, timeline, and specified user groups that will benefit from or have contributed to the construction of the field house at Fisher Fields.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • Council encouraged the new Anti-bullying Club which recently held their first meeting at the Collingwood Public Library.
  • Council commented on the public engagement that was experienced at a recent Urban Forest Management Plan Open House.
  • Council encouraged the community to visit to learn about the upcoming Mayor's golf tournament.
Public Meetings:
  • Council heard Staff and public comment on Proposed Building By-law and Fees to be enacted under Section 7 of the Building Code Act. This new by-law will be given future consideration.
  • Council heard Staff, Developer, and public comment on Proposed Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, and Plan of Subdivision relating to Panorama North. These amendments will be given future consideration.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council received the Collingwood Heritage Committee minutes from April 3, 2019.
  • Council approved a zoning by-law amendment for proposed towhnhouse development located within the Shipyards Side Launch 2 development.
  • Council appointed Ms. Robin Shugan as the Risk Management Official and Inspector for the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Water Protection Plan for the Town of Collingwood in accordance with Part IV of the Clean Water Act 2006 
  • Council adopted the Official Plan Amendment to the Wellhead Protection Areas and Contaminated Site sections within the Town of Collingwood Official Plan
  • Council supported the new route and changes to the County of Simcoe LINX transit system.
  • Council appointed Meckenzie D. Wright and Helena J. Beck as Municipal Law Enforcement Officers for the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood.
  • Council appoints new members to the Collingwood Heritage Committee.

Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Monday, May 6 - Community & Corporate Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, May 13 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Wednesday, May 22 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, May 27 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall

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