October 2019


The Town of Collingwood has started working on its next Economic Development Action Plan. This plan, which was recently presented to Council, will define the areas of focus for the Town, complementing the broader Community Based Strategic Plan. A strategic economic plan is an important part of supporting the Town of Collingwood’s vision of offering a healthy, affordable, four-season lifestyle to all residents, businesses, and visitors in a community where people want to live and work. 

The Town will be proceeding with a framework that engages local business leaders and the broader community. One part of this framework is the creation of the Mayor’s Advisory Team on Economic Development. Applications are now being accepted for this Advisory Team, which will bring a diverse perspective from experienced business leaders who are connected to Collingwood. Successful candidates will bring expertise in marketing, investment attraction, operations, finance, or economic development with experience in at least one of the following areas:

  • Established successful ‘large’ business in Town
  • High growth, newer and ‘smaller’ business in Town
  • Recognized business leader with experience on large scale growth project(s)
  • Entrepreneurial, established business leader considering investing in Collingwood’s emerging tech hub
  • Private or public sector expert in attracting companies to invest and grow in smaller communities

“This is a unique opportunity for business leaders who have a passion for Collingwood’s economic and business growth to guide the next 5 year Economic Development Action Plan” commented Mayor Brian Saunderson, “This plan will help established businesses grow, attract investors, employers, as well as entrepreneurs, and ensure the right conditions exist for the new wave of businesses coming to, and growing in, Collingwood.”

About Collingwood
Advanced technology firms are increasingly establishing operations in Collingwood diversifying the economy by adding 21st century technology and manufacturing success stories to a local market well known as a four-season playground. Over the last few years Collingwood has been recognized for its energy, creativity, and natural beauty by being ranked Ontario #1 entrepreneurship community in Canada by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses in 2019, recognized as a top 25 town to live in by Maclean’s Magazine, and ranked top outdoor region in Eastern Canada by Get Out There Magazine.

Discover more information on the Economic Development Action Plan and apply for the Mayor’s Advisory Team on Economic Development.

The deadline for applications is midnight, October 8, 2019

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

If there is a fire in your home, you may have as little as one to two minutes to safely escape. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.

Watch a video on Home Fire Escape Planning 
The 2019 Collingwood Art Crawl on Saturday, September 21 was nothing short of amazing! A big thank you goes out to everyone who made it the best Collingwood Art Crawl yet!  Thank you Collingwood street team, organizers, sponsors, talented musicians & artists, and everyone who came out to celebrate art in our community! 

Large crowds filled the sidewalks of Downtown Collingwood for this free, self-guided art walk, that featured over 40 artists and 40 musicians at more than 40 venues, with live music and incredible art. 

Visit for more information.
Order of Collingwood & Companion of the Order
The Order of Collingwood is an annual time-honoured tradition recognizing exemplary volunteerism within the community by people who improve social, well-being, natural or cultural environment, or recreational character of the Town of Collingwood. This awards program recognizes the vital role of volunteers whose contributions strengthen the Community Based Strategic Plan through fostering the community’s goals, making Collingwood an enviable place to live, work, and play.

Nomination Criteria:
1) Order of Collingwood
  • Must volunteer in the Town of Collingwood, to the primary benefit of the Collingwood community, and have received no remuneration or financial benefit from the volunteer participation or service;
  • Nominees do not need to be a resident of the Town of Collingwood, as long as the volunteer contributions benefit the community and residents of the Town of Collingwood;
  • Volunteer contributions of a nominee must have been made on a continuous basis over a period of time not less than two years with the exception of youth volunteerism;
  • Must not be a member of the current Municipal Council;
  • Awards may be awarded/presented posthumously.
2) Companion of the Order 
  • Same as above, however, only awarded to former Order of Collingwood recipients, who through their continued volunteer efforts improve the overall character in Collingwood for a period not less than five years. 
Nomination Process:
  • Nominations are to be submitted utilizing the Order of Collingwood Nomination form, available at the Townhall or on our website.
  • Late submissions will not be considered.
  • Nominations may be submitted by an individual, a business or an organization.
Deadline for Nominations: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

Send nominations to:
Town of Collingwood
Attn: Order of Collingwood Review Committee
97 Hurontario Street, Box 157, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 3Z5

Learn more at
Elementary school students from across Collingwood are being encouraged to find an active way to travel to school on Wednesday, October 2 as part of International Walk to School Day.

Regardless of whether you choose to walk or wheel, there are multiple benefits to active school travel. An active start to the day helps reduce vehicular traffic around schools, improving air quality and creating safer school zones. A walk or wheel to school also supports student learning, as well as physical and mental health.

Collingwood is one of 10 municipalities across the region participating in “On the Move”, an Active School Travel Project lead by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and funded by the Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) fund, a program of Green Communities Canada (GCC).

The official launch of the Active School Travel Project will take place as part of International Walk to School Day and will run throughout the school year. The Project directly involves four Collingwood elementary schools, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Town of Collingwood – Parks, Recreation, & Culture Department, and the Environment Network.

A local committee including SMDHU, the Environment Network, and Parks, Recreation & Culture will work with the school community to explore active transportation barriers and in turn opportunities to support active school travel. Activities will include events like IWalk Day or Bike to School Week, as well as promotional or educational resources such as videos, wayfinding, and other investments.

Great things happen when we move more. Add a walk or wheel to your day!

Learn more about the Town of Collingwood's Health & Well-Being Programs

The Town Of Collingwood is an amazing place to live, work, and especially PLAY. In our effort to be a high-performing 21st Century organization that supports a healthy, strong, and vibrant community, the Town has launched a new online recreation registration system, that will allow residents to search, register, and pay for recreation programs from the comfort of their own home - any device, any day, any time!

This launch is part of the Town’s ongoing pursuit of innovative and efficient ways to provide consistent, convenient, and responsive customer service opportunities across the organization. 

Families are encouraged to create their new account and profile, which will make it easier to register for programming when registration windows open. It's easy to do and takes less than 2 minutes. 

Parks, Recreation, and Culture staff will not be migrating past account information over to the new system. All new and returning members/clients are encouraged to create a new account prior to registration.

Information about the new registration system, and how to create an account, can be found on the Town Website at

The new registration system meets the industry standard for encryption and security measures to protect people’s personal information. The Town strongly encourages users to choose a strong password and also be diligent in protecting personal information and account details.

Customer Service is a key business delivery priority for the Town of Collingwood. With this priority in mind, the new registration system will be expanded in the near future to allow residents to register for museum programs, sailing school, harbour activities, and facility rentals. Stay tuned for future registration announcements.

NOTICE - Temporary Aquatic Centre Closure
The Centennial Aquatic Centre was closed for annual building maintenance for 3 weeks from September 1 to September 23. During this maintenance, a drainage issue was discovered that requires an immediate fix. This added construction will keep the Centennial Aquatic Centre closed for an additional 3 weeks. Thank you to all residents for your patience and understanding as we resolve this drainage issue. Fall Swim Program Registration opened on Tuesday, September 24.
Experience Collingwood!

The Fall & Winter Community Activity Guide is now available online!

Skiing, Hockey, Snowmobiling, Ice-fishing, Recreation & Well-being, Vibrant Seasonal Festivals & Entertainment. Enjoy the fun of a thrilling Fall & Winter in Collingwood.

Hard-copies of the Community Activity Guide are also available at Town Hall and the Centennial Aquatic Centre.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) was recently updated and expanded to include e-cigarette vaping and cannabis. The Act regulates the sale, supply, display and promotion of tobacco and vapour products. As well, it regulates where smoking of tobacco or cannabis and vaping of any substance is prohibited.

The SFOA states:

  • Vaping and smoking tobacco and cannabis are prohibited inside workplaces and public places, including work vehicles.
  • Vaping and smoking tobacco and cannabis are prohibited on playgrounds and sporting areas, and within 20 metres of those locations.
  • Vaping and smoking tobacco and cannabis are prohibited inside a car with anyone under 16 years of age (cannabis use is banned at all times in a vehicle or boat being driven by or under someone's care or control).
  • Vaping and smoking tobacco and cannabis are prohibited on hospital property and within nine metres of a hospital entrance.
  • Vaping and smoking tobacco and cannabis are prohibited on the outdoor grounds of a community recreational facility, and within 20 metres of the grounds.
  • Vaping and smoking tobacco and cannabis are prohibited on the outdoor grounds of a school, and within 20 metres of the grounds.
  • Employers and business owners must post provincial No Vaping and No Smoking signage at their premises. These signs are available from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

In the community, the health unit's tobacco enforcement officers are responsible for enforcing compliance of all indoor and outdoor places designated 100% smoke and vape free under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. They are also responsible for the inspection and enforcement of all tobacco and e-cigarette retailers for compliance with the laws governing the sale, display and promotion of tobacco and e-cigarette (vape) products.

To register a complaint about a business or workplace not in compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, or a store that is selling to youth under 19 years of age, call or e-mail Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and a tobacco enforcement officer will follow up.

The Town of Collingwood's Bylaw Enforcement Department would like to remind residents and visitors that motorized vehicles are not permitted to be operated in any park, beach, or other municipal lands, including on Town trails.

There have been complaints recently of motorized vehicles on the Hamilton Drain Trail and Train Trail.

Exceptions do exist for electric scooters that support an individual's accessibility and mobility needs. Gas-powered motorbikes, dirtbikes, and quads do not qualify.

Thank you for keeping the public spaces in the Town of Collingwood safe and peaceful.

Complaints can be directed to Bylaw Enforcement at 705-445-1030 Ext 3256 or

Please take notice that new all-way stop signs have been installed at the intersection of North Pine Street and Side Launch Way. 

Temporary warning signs will be installed that a new all-way stop intersection is ahead, for each leg of the intersection. The roads are still un-assumed at this time, under the Shipyards Subdivision development. Caution should always be used when travelling on un-assumed roads still under construction.

Thank you for taking notice of, and obeying traffic rules at, these new all-way stop signs.

As the Town of Collingwood continues with its Water Meter improvements, letters of final notification are being sent to properties that still require water meter replacement. Internal access is required to service and/or replace the existing water meter at notified properties.

Notified properties must arrange an appointment with our contractor, WAMCO, by calling 1-833-926-2626, or by booking online at

Access into the premises to complete this work is a mandatory requirement, in accordance with the Town’s Water By-law.

There is no cost associated with this service; however, failure to comply may result in a shut-off of your water supply, so contact WAMCO immediately to book an appointment if you have been notified. Also, be advised that water consumption will be estimated on your monthly bill until an appointment can be made.

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

Thank you in advance. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in helping move our Town's water system forward.

Please take notice that there will be a temporary walkway closure at the east-west walkway north of 127 Hurontario Street (Blue Mountain Music) from Monday, September 23 to Monday, October 7 due to building repairs on adjacent properties.

This closure is needed for pedestrian safety and equipment access.

Signage and barricades will be in place. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


In an effort to promote diversity in the fire services, and to show young people career and volunteer opportunities within their community, the Town of Collingwood Fire Services hosted Grade 11 CCI high school students on Wednesday, September 25.

This all-girls class got a hands-on feel for firefighting at the Collingwood Fire Station under the training leadership of the “C” platoon, Deputy Chief Thurman, and Training Officer Bull.
British Home Child Day flag raising took place on Monday, September 23 at the Collingwood Public Library. Thank you all who joined us for the ceremony.

The actual British Home Child Day was held on Saturday, September 28, where "Beacons of Light" were shone onto the flag to pay tribute to British Home Children and child migrants.
In recognition of Orange Shirt Day, the Town of Collingwood - Parks, Recreation & Culture Department, in collaboration with SCDSB Indigenous Education, invited Grade 7 & 8 classes to visit the Awen' Gathering Place for Indigenous teachings and reflection on the morning of Monday, September 30, 2019.

The event objectives were:
  • To build awareness of residential school system and the impact on Indigenous communities
  • To teach the importance of creating caring, respectful, fair and safe environments 
  • To engage students in meaningful reconciliation learning about Canada’s history 
  • To share Indigenous teachings with students
  • To come together as a community of schools in recognition of Orange Shirt Day and the harm done by the Residential School system
Get active and enjoy a variety of drop-in programs offered at one of our ice rinks. 

Visit the Central Park Arena for P.A. Day Skating (regular admission charges are $3.00 per person or $8.00 per family) or enjoy the new Adult Indoor Shinny program ($5.00 per person).

The Central Park Outdoor Rink is expected to open mid-to-late December, weather dependent.

Contact a Recreation Service Advisor at 705-444-2500 Ext. 3382 or to check out the available ice rental times for your club or private function.

Learn more about Skating Programs in the Town of Collingwood at 

The Fisher Field Open House is set for Wednesday, October 3 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Collingwood Public Library in Community Rooms B & C on the third floor.

Come out for a discussion on the clubhouse concept, which will include changerooms, washrooms, and meeting space.

Fall Hydrant Flushing is underway in Collingwood. 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.

If tap water is used during flushing, it could be discoloured or contain sediment. If you encounter discoloured 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 discolouration for a few hours. This discolouration 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

The Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT) has chosen Collingwood as the CACPT Municipal Employer of the year for 2019.

CACPT recognizes employers who show support for CACPT, certification, membership, professional development, volunteerism, and/or promotion of Planning Technicians within their organization and felt that the Town of Collingwood was deserving of the Award this year.

Photo L to R: Kandas Bondarchuk (former Certified Planning Technician (CPT) now Community Planner for the Town of Collingwood), Robin Shugan (active CPT Planning Technician – Secretary Treasurer for Committee of Adjustment and Risk Management Official for Source Water Protection), Lindsay Gosnell (former CPT now GIS Specialist), Becky Dahl (former CPT now Deputy Clerk).

What's The Risk?

  • Homes today burn up to 8x faster than 50 years ago.
  • You may have less than 60 seconds to escape a fire in your home.
  • There was no smoke alarm warning in 1 out of 3 fatal home fires.

What Can Smoke Alarms Do?

  • Only working smoke alarms give you the early warning you need to safely escape a fire.
  • Smoke alarms can increase your chances of surviving a fire by up to 50%.

How Do I Protect My Family?

  • Install smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
  • For best protection, install smoke alarms in every bedroom.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Save Lives
What's The Risk?

  • Over 65% of all carbon monoxide (CO) deaths and injuries in Ontario occur in homes.
  • Many homes in Ontario have on average 4 to 6 fuel-burning appliances that produce CO: fireplace, stove, gas dryer, water heater, furnace, portable fuel heater.

What Can Alarms Do?

  • Only working CO alarms give you the warning of the presence of CO you need to keep your family safe.
  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms.
  • If your CO alarm sounds and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Call 9-1-1 or your emergency number from outside the building.

How Do I Protect My Family?

  • Ensure all fuel-burning appliances and vents are inspected annually. Find a registered contractor at
  • Install CO alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace, or attached garage.
  • For best protection, install CO alarms on every storey of the home.
  • Test CO alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Replace alarms according to manufacturers' recommendations.

Take notice that amendments to the Town of Collingwood Procedural By-law No. 2019-006 intend to be brought forward to Standing Committee and Council for consideration. The earliest date the proposed revisions to the Procedural By-law will be considered is during the Corporate and Community Services Standing Committee meeting scheduled for October 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM in Council Chambers, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. Agendas and minutes for the above noted meetings can be found on the Town’s website at .
Should you have any questions, please contact Clerk Services at

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

Community Announcements:
  • Council give congratulations to the Collingwood Canadians U16 Girls Soccer Team on their amazing international tournament win in Agropoli, Italy!
  • Members of Council promoted the ag fair, the back to school dance at The Legion, Fisher Field Open House, crossing guard efforts, artist submissions, the Collingwood Colts, the Farmers Market, regional arts & culture, the Collingwood Art Crawl, and the Special Olympics banquet.
Consent Agenda:
  • Council approves proclamations for British Home Child Day, Pink Week, and National Breastfeeding Week.
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved meeting minutes from the Accessibility Advisory Committee, Collingwood Downtown BIA Board of Management, Museum Advisory Committee, and the Trails Advisory Committee.
  • Council directs Staff to apply for the Simcoe County 2019 Economic Development Funding program, and if successful, to develop an implementation plan for a Business Accelerator program.
Staff Reports:
  • Council approves with amendments the additional expenditure of $32,500 to add drains to the floor of the Centennial Aquatics Centre change rooms.
  • Council requests Staff to provide an unstructured street play report within the previously requested traffic calming report. Mayor Saunderson added that this will be an interesting opportunity and that the Town currently has no prohibition on street play.
  • Council appoints a new member to the Collingwood Heritage Committee (Kelly Nesbitt)
Notice of Motion:
  • Mayor Saunderson gives notice of motion regarding the proceeds from the 2019 Mayor's Golf Tournament.
Other Business:
  • Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development, presents on the next Economic Development Action Plan.
  • Council went in-camera to discuss a personnel matter.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • Members of Council promoted the Care Gala, students at WeDay, Climate Strike March, Order of Collingwood Nominations, Art Crawl successes, trail rules (no motorized vehicles permitted and cycling speeds), Rosh Hoshanah, the new Kinsmen Club, National Breastfeeding Week, Pink Week and Run For The Cure, International Walk to School Day, regional arts strategy, and a potential regional performing arts centre.
Public Meeting:
  • The public had an opportunity to review and provide comments on the proposed Official Plan Amendment for Balmoral Village, which would increase the maximum number of residential dwelling units for the whole of Balmoral Village from 300 units to 313 units, and on Blocks 2, 3, and 4 from 210 units to 217 units.
Consent Agenda:
  • Council approved giving proclamation for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
  • Council carried supporting a Mississippi Mills resolution on reducing waste and litter in our communities.
  • Rogers TV will not be livestreaming the Oct 21 Committee Meeting due to Federal Election coverage.
  • Council carries that Ho Ho Holiday 5K designated as a Municipally Significant Event for the purposes of a Special Occasion Permit.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council extended draft approval for the proposed Trails of Collingwood Plan of Subdivision for a further year.
  • Council decided to not authorize the installation of all-way stop control at Third Street and Cedar Street as the intersection does not meet the requirements of the Town's stop sign policy.
  • Council approved a Subdivision Agreement for the development referred to as Summit View.
  • Council approved a Site Plan Control Agreement for Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc.'s National Headquarters and directed Staff to proceed with a non-standard procurement process for the Town's storm sewer infrastructure works in conjunction with the Site Plan Control Agreement.
  • Council approved proceeds from the 2019 Mayor's Golf Tournament be allocated as follows: 50% to Special Olympics and 50% to Home Horizons Youth Reconciliation and Placement Programs.
Notice of Motion:
  • Councillor Berman gave Notice of Motion proposing the Town of Collingwood officially declare a Climate Crisis based on the UN Climate Report.
Other Business:
  • Councillor Jeffery provided an FCM Update.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Monday, October 7 - Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Wednesday, October 16 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, October 21 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall (subject to change due to Federal Election, stay tuned for an update on
  • Monday, October 28 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, November 4 - Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
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