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July 2020
SLOW DOWN IN COLLINGWOOD
Drivers are reminded to slow down, respect the speed limit, and stay alert. 
Now, more than ever, cyclists, pedestrians, and kids at play are finding opportunities to get outside and get active while practicing physical distancing.


With the warmer weather, Collingwood trails, sidewalks, and roads have become busy places filled with families, young children, and older adults venturing outside.

As the community re-opens and adjusts to new guidelines, residents are looking to new ways of adding activity to their day with outdoor recreation and active transportation. The pandemic has further changed the habits and routines of drivers, sometimes making it tempting to drive more quickly if the roads have less vehicles. With this new normal, we all need to be more aware and conscious of others using the road.

In slowing down and staying alert, we are able to respond quickly to the unexpected such as a child chasing a ball into road or an adult who needs to take more time to cross.

Collingwood trails are another shared space. For cyclists, this means watching your speed and sounding your bell as you pass others. For pedestrians, it is important to keep to one side of the trail and ensure your pet is on a leash for the safety of others.

Our community is active and vibrant. Trails offer a network of routes, inter-connecting with green spaces and weaving along the waterfront.

As we stand together in the wake of the pandemic, stay alert and keep an eye out for others on the roads, trails, and sidewalks.

Please Slow Down in Collingwood!

Report speed concerns to the OPP online: opp.ca/reporting
Learn about Collingwood Trails
Learn about Activity & Well-Being in Collingwood
COLLINGWOOD SHINES ON CANADA DAY
The Town of Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village, and the Town of the Blue Mountains got together to bring the region a new Canada Day experience. Canada Day from Peak to Shore was a safe, pandemic-defying, life-affirming celebration, and tribute to our essential workers and everyday heroes.

With support from BruceGreySimcoe and the Province of Ontario, a live-show was hosted by The Peak FM’s John Eaton & Melanie Case and featured awesome music from fan favourites. The show was livestreamed across the region so residents could enjoy from the comforts of their homes and front porches!

Collingwood residents decked out their decks and balconies for Porch Parties, cracked open their favourite local beverages, enjoyed some great food, and supported our incredible local retailers, restaurants, and producers through www.CollingwoodCommons.com.

While celebrating July 1 is important every year, it took on increased significance in 2020. As Mel Milanovic, Acting Director Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Collingwood said, “It was important for us to come together as a community to celebrate Canada Day, support each other, and pay tribute to our front-line workers and everyday heroes.”

Re-watch the show at www.collingwood.ca/canadaday and check out great Porch Party photos on Experience Collingwood.

UPDATE ON INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES
As Provincial restrictions have begun to lift in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to a growing number of questions regarding Town services, an update has been prepared to help stakeholders understand the current status and outlook for the various Parks, Recreation, and Culture opportunities that would normally be a part of life in Collingwood.


It should be noted that Town Staff are adhering to at least the minimum Provincial and Health Unit guidelines, completing complex risk assessments that include consultation with industry organizations and regulating bodies, and are aggressively developing strategies for safely re-opening municipal services and facilities for public use.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Photo by Doug Burlock

Indoor Recreation & Culture Facilities
The Centennial Aquatic Centre will remain closed until September at the earliest. The Town must consider such factors as extensive and frequent sanitation, operating with zero access to changing rooms, strict limits on numbers of swimmers in the pool and on deck, limited program offerings due to capacity constraints and lifeguard availability, and significantly changed and enhanced lifeguarding requirements and training, and an analysis of the cost-benefit of reopening to ensure that the impact on all Town taxpayers is understood.

The Arenas remain closed under the Town’s interpretation of Provincial orders. To save costs and reduce the financial impacts of COVID-19, all ice surfaces have been removed. Replacing the ice is a lengthy process that will begin to be triggered by the lifting of Provincial restrictions, and the careful development of protocols for use of the facility by the public, as well as a cost-benefit analysis.

Similarly, the Simcoe Street Theatre will remain closed until the Province further lifts restrictions, and guidelines are developed as to how it will be possible to operate the venue.

Collingwood Museum
The Collingwood Museum remains closed at this time but continues to respond to information and photograph reproduction requests and is actively offering virtual programs online. Staff members are also working to install a new exhibit for when re-opening is possible. As with all indoor venues, staff are continuously working with industry advisors and a corporate Recovery Team on requirement to safely welcome the public back into the facility.

Outdoor Recreation
The Town of Collingwood has re-opened municipal dog parks, soccer fields, baseball fields, pickleball courts (for club use), tennis courts, volleyball courts, the skatepark, and basketball courts for recreational use by stakeholders. Signage at each facility reminds stakeholders of the need to maintain physical distance and, in some case, where capacities have been restricted.

Parks & Greenspaces
Collingwood Parks are open with benches and picnic tables are now available for use. Sunset Point Park recently had shoreline remediation work completed, so please stay clear of freshly seeded grass areas. Millennium Park and Sunset Point Park now feature circles on the ground that encourage physical distancing.

Public Washrooms
The Public Washroom at the Transit Terminal, located at Second Street and Pine Street, is available for use and is being sanitized on a routine basis. The Public Washrooms at Sunset Point will be open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and port-a-potties will be in place at the Harbour.

Other Public Washrooms in Collingwood’s parks, waterfront, and municipal facilities remain closed until further notice due to health guidelines and resource limitations. Please plan ahead when visiting these areas.

Playgrounds
In adherence with Provincial Orders, please note that Playgrounds remain closed until further notice.


Camps & Sailing School
The Museum Camps and Sailing School have been cancelled for the duration of this summer but the Town hopes to see all the campers and sailing enthusiasts back in 2021.


Harbour & Waterfront
The Boat Launch at Heritage Drive is open. Port-a-potties are available at the Harbour.


New accessible docks and accessible boat launch have been installed at Harbourview Park, west of the Birch Street parking lot.

Trails
Collingwood’s incredible trails have been open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the significant increase in traffic volumes on our Trails, it is imperative that all stakeholders practice trail etiquette – stay to the right; use bell or voice before passing; do not block the trail; cyclists yield to pedestrians; dogs must be on leash and dog waste must be collected by dog owners and properly disposed of.


RallyPoint – Virtual Parks, Recreation, and Culture
With the onset of the pandemic crisis, the Town’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture department launched a virtual means of staying active and socially connected. This online hub, called RallyPoint, links you to virtual classes, workshops, and experiences that support physical activity, well-being, education, culture, music, and much more. Stay tuned for new summer programming at www.collingwood.ca/rallypoint


Collingwood Public Library
The Collingwood Public Library is offering curbside pickup and is working hard towards re-opening. Enjoy no late fees in 2020! Discover a number of virtual opportunities for children, teens, and adults at www.facebook.com/collingwoodpubliclibrary


Please follow health guidelines and continue to exercise physical distancing.

RELIEF MEASURES FOR RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES
At the Monday, June 15 Council Meeting, Town of Collingwood Council extended COVID-19 Relief Measures that will continue to support residents and businesses as the Province and Health Units phase in re-openings.

Relief Measures Include:
  • Waiving municipal tax penalty and interest charges, on current year’s taxes only, has now been extended until August 31, 2020.
    • Just a reminder that it takes 2 to 3 business days for the Town to receive online payments. If you are planning to make an online payment, and wait until August 31, 2020, you will incur penalty if received on September 1, 2020 and beyond.
  • All taxpayers have the option to continue to pay if desired.
  • For pre-authorized payment plans, you have the option to opt out of your current plan by contacting taxrelief@collingwood.ca or 705-445-1030 (press 1 then 2 to reach the tax department).
  • If you decided to be removed from a pre-authorized plan, once ready, you can choose to be re-enrolled within 2020 and have the remaining amounts re-calculated into a monthly payment plan by contacting the Tax Department.
  • Waiving water and wastewater penalty and interest charges until July 31, 2020. Charges will continue to be calculated each month and customers will still receive a bill, however there will be no penalty for non-payment until July 31, 2020. Account holders will be able to make payment arrangements with EPCOR on an individual basis at 705-443-1800 or www.epcor.com
    • Starting June 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario has introduced a new fixed electricity price of 12.8 ¢/kWh for customers that are on time-of-use (TOU) prices. This price applies to electricity used at all hours of the day, seven days a week.

“We are excited to see Collingwood businesses start to re-open while following Provincial and Health guidelines. The Taxpayers of Collingwood will not need to worry about upcoming penalties, fees, and interest charges,” says Mayor Brian Saunderson, “Council and Staff will continue to explore opportunities for further municipal relief and we are eager to hear the community’s ideas and feedback. Let’s continue to work together to overcome adversity and care for our neighbours and those at risk. Together, we can do this!”

Additional Relief Measures in Place:

  • Council has approved action items proposed by the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force to support local business and promote continued investment in the Collingwood economy. Learn more about Business Recovery Resources at www.collingwood.ca/recovery
  • Supporting local business through Collingwood Commons, a new online shopping marketplace (www.collingwoodcommons.com) and “Collingwood Take-out & Delivery” on Facebook.
  • Transit continues with the policy of rear door entry and exit, increased bus sanitation, and until further notice cash fares and transit pass taps are not required.
  • The Town has collaborated with Community Connection 211 to promote and enhance social support resources to the area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help is just a phone call away. Please call 211 if you are in need of help. The 2-1-1 Helpline is available 24/7 in 150 languages.
  • There is currently no cost to park at metered parking locations or in municipal parking lots.
  • Enjoy no late fees at the Collingwood Public Library in 2020!
  • $500 each to the Collingwood Collegiate and Our Lady of the Bay grocery programs.
  • $100,000 to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital generator program.
  • $21,250 to the Digital Service Squad.
  • $7,000 to South Georgian Bay Tourism.
  • $5,589 to the BIA Farmers’ Market.
  • $40,000 for patio expansions.
  • $161,100 in Penalty and Interest relief.

The Town of Collingwood will continue to explore additional relief options and accelerated opportunities to support local businesses as the Province instigates phased-in re-openings.

Please visit the Town of Collingwood’s COVID-19 Information Portal at www.collingwood.ca/covid.

STOP THE SPREAD
Always:
  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth 
  • avoid contact with people who are sick 
  • stay home if you are sick 
Practise physical distancing to reduce exposure to other people — this means staying at least two metres away from anyone outside your household.

Wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible, such as in a grocery store, pharmacy or taking public transit. Make sure it fits. Learn how to wear it properly and follow the do’s and don’ts Self-isolate if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, have a chronic medical condition, or are over 65.

Learn more at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org 
PARKING ENFORCEMENT RESUMES
Starting Monday, June 29, the Town resumed the enforcement of all parking regulations, excluding paid parking in the downtown, but will respond to complaints about vehicles parking longer than the 3 hour maximum. Anyone needing to be parked longer than 3 hours in the downtown is encouraged to use the Municipal Parking Lots.

Parking enforcement ensures safety, traffic flow, emergency vehicle access, and parking space availability as services begin to reopen and normal traffic patterns resume.

Visit www.collingwood.ca/parking for information on parking in Collingwood or email parking@collingwood.ca

Interactive Parking Map
PROPOSED PARKING BY-LAW AMENDMENTS
Please take notice that due to resident complaints several amendments to Schedule “A” of the Parking Control By-law will be presented to Development and Operations Services Standing Committee on July 13, 2020 for Council approval on July 27, 2020. The following streets will be considered for parking restrictions:
STREET BETWEEN SIDE PERIOD
CALLARY CRESCENT NORTHERLY INTERSECTION OF ST. PAUL ST & CALLARY CRES TO THE SOUTHERLY INTERSECTION OF ST. PAUL ST & CALLARY CRES

WEST

(INSIDE LOOP)

ANYTIME
CAMERON ST HURONTARIO ST & MAPLE ST BOTH ANYTIME
FIFTH ST HURONTARIO ST TO A POINT 30 METRES WEST SOUTH ANYTIME

NIAGARA ST

ST. LAWRENCE ST TO A POINT 30 METRES SOUTH EAST ANYTIME
NIAGARA ST HURON ST & ST. LAWRENCE ST WEST ANYTIME
NIAGARA ST ERIE STREET &  HOSPITAL PARKING LOT ENTRANCE BOTH ANYTIME
NORTH MAPLE ST SIDELAUNCH WAY & WHEELHOUSE CRES EAST

ANYTIME

NORTH PINE ST SIDELAUNCH WAY & WHEELHOUSE CRES WEST ANYTIME
OLIVER CRES ENTRANCE TO 503 ONTARIO ST & ENTRANCE OF 3 OLIVER CRES NORTH ANYTIME
ROBINSON ST HUME ST & HAMILTON ST EAST ANYTIME
SIDE LAUNCH WAY HERITAGE DR & NORTH MAPLE ST NORTH ANYTIME
ST. LAWRENCE ST NIAGARA ST & HURON ST SOUTH ANYTIME
ST. LAWRENCE ST RAGLAN ST & RUSSELL ST SOUTH ANYTIME
ST. LAWRENCE ST RUSSELL ST TO NIAGARA ST NORTH ANYTIME
WHEELHOUSE CRES NORTH MAPLE ST & NORTH PINE ST BOTH ANYTIME

** The amendments italicized are previously identified as “No Parking” this is included as an administrative update
** The amendments bolded do not currently have parking restrictions

If you wish to comment on the proposed amendment, please submit your comments on or before July 8, 2020 to the By-law Division, Town of Collingwood, P.O. Box 157, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 2L9 or by email at parking@collingwood.ca.

HAVE A NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCERN?
Reach out to Collingwood's By-Law Enforcement Officers to report By-Law violations like noise, property issues, parking, and animal control.

DRAINS ARE NOT DUMPS!
This is a reminder that drains (e.g. sinks and toilets) are not dumping grounds for garbage. Garbage often found in the Town’s sanitary system includes single-use wipes, paper towels, cleaning products, rubber gloves, diapers, feminine hygiene products, hazardous materials and food. These materials don’t break down like toilet paper and can cause damage to our wastewater infrastructure by clogging pipes and sewer mains, damaging pumps, and most importantly it puts operators at risk when they have to clean out and repair the damaged equipment.

Single-Use Wipes
Single-use wipes are often marketed as personal hygiene and household cleaning products. Many of these wipes are labeled as “flushable,” yet there is no standardized criteria or testing performed to demonstrate that they will not clog pipes or damage wastewater equipment. In fact, these single-use wipes have become particularly problematic for wastewater operations as their fibres get tangled in pumps, requiring hours of additional maintenance and cleaning. Just because these products are labeled flushable does not mean they should be flushed!

In addition to the wastewater operational challenges, single-use wipes are also increasing the amount of garbage being sent to landfills. When shopping for your personal hygiene and household cleaning products, please also consider the more environmentally friendly products available on the market.

Food Waste: Fats, Oils and Grease
When fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are poured or flushed down the drain they stick to pipes in the sewer system and create blockages that build-up and harden until they completely plug the pipes. These blockages result in sewage back-ups, basements flooding and many other unpleasant events that are hazardous and costly to fix.

Where do fats, oils, and grease come from?
The most common sources of household fats, oils, and grease are:
  • meats and other food scraps (including baked goods)
  • sauces, gravies, and salad dressings
  • dairy products (milk, cream, yogurt, kefir, cheese)
  • fats, lards, cooking oil, shortening, butter, and margarine
Please dispose of FOG compounds properly by putting them in your compost or garbage. Keeping a compostable container on your counter or in your fridge makes it easy to store and dispose of them.

Simply washing garbage down the drain does not make it go away. If you don’t know where something goes, please contact our waste management provider, Simcoe County at 705-726-9300 or visit the Simcoe County Waste Management website for more information: https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm
2020 WATER & WASTEWATER RATES
The Town of Collingwood will be implementing the 2020 water and wastewater rates beginning on July 1, 2020. An extensive rate-study was conducted by Hemson Consulting Ltd. 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 fresh water 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 new rate structure is designed 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
Below is a comparison of the rates for 2019 and 2020.
 
Existing 2019 Monthly Water and Wastewater Rates and Structure
All Accounts Water Wastewater
Fixed Charge: $/Month    
Up to 1 1/4 inch $22.46 $52.78
1 1/4 inch $28.38 $66.86
1 1/2 inch $43.07 $100.28
2 inch $63.35 $147.78
3 inch $94.74 $221.67
4 inch $143.59 $334.27
6 inch $215.82 $503.13
8 inch $287.15 $670.27
10 inch $431.62 $1,008.04
Consumption Charge: $/m3
Residential (non-summer and summer <40 m3/month) $0.67 $0.79
>40 m3 May to September $1.21 $0.79
General (ICI) $0.67 $0.79
 
2020 Monthly Water and Wastewater Rates and Structure
All Accounts Water Wastewater
Fixed Charge: $/Month    
Up to 1 1/4 inch $17.97 $34.31
1 1/4 inch $22.70 $43.46
1 1/2 inch $34.46 $65.18
2 inch $50.68 $96.06
3 inch $75.79 $144.09
4 inch $114.87 $217.28
6 inch $172.66 $327.03
8 inch $229.72 $435.68
10 inch $345.30 $655.23
Consumption Charge: $/m3
Tier 1: 0 – 8m3 /month $0.932 $0.934
Tier 2: 8 – 15m3 /month $0.979 $0.981
Tier 3: 15 – 150m3 /month $1.07 $1.07
Tier 4: >150 m3 /month $0.79 $0.79

Below is a comparison for the new rate structure and where Collingwood's rates would rank within our geographical area:
 
For additional information please contact the Town of Collingwood Water Department at 705-445-1581 or email us at water@collingwood.ca
OUTDOOR WATER RESTRICTIONS
Watering lawns and gardens can account for as much as 50% of drinking water usage. Fresh water is a valuable finite resource, so in 2016 the Town of Collingwood updated its Water Use By-Law to restrict outdoor water usage year-round. The intent of this By-Law requirement is to promote water conservation, but it is particularly important to limit outdoor water use during the summer months to ensure peak water demands in Town can be met with the existing capacity of the Town’s drinking water treatment plant. Reducing outdoor water usage helps ensure water is available for essential purposes and emergencies, such as firefighting.
 
The Town’s Water Use By-Law requires properties with odd-numbered house addresses to limit their outdoor water usage to odd-numbered calendar days, and properties with even-numbered house addresses are required to limit their outdoor water usage to even-numbered calendar days. 
 
Residents are also encouraged to water their lawns between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
 
Common Questions
 
Do I have to wait to water my lawn during the recommended times?
We’d prefer that you did. The Town’s water storage reservoirs are replenished overnight, so the preference is to keep water use lower during that period. This will ensure the water storage reservoirs are filled for the next day. Watering during the cooler times of day also limits the amount of water evaporation and allows for better soil absorption. However, you must stick to the appropriate odd or even-numbered days.
 
But water levels are high in Georgian Bay.  Why must we conserve water?
Whether or not the water levels of the Georgian Bay are high, the Town’s water supply availability is limited by the capacity of the water plant to treat water. This is why the Town is in the process of a Water Treatment Plant Expansion, the information for which can be viewed HERE

What classifies outdoor water use?
Outdoor water use is defined as any activity that requires the use of a hose. This would include lawn watering, power washers, filling pools, sprinklers, etc. Gardens can be watered using a watering can.
 
Can I water my newly planted sod or seed if water restrictions are in place?
Yes, newly laid sod (less than 28 days) is exempt.
 
How does the Town of Collingwood enforce outdoor water use restrictions?
The Town’s goal is to encourage compliance with the Water Use-By-Law through education and issuing warnings, but the Town reserves the right to issue fines and penalties.
SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE - SUNDAY, JULY 5
Hydro One has advised EPCOR that a planned power outage has been scheduled between the hours of 6:00 AM and 12:00 PM on Sunday July 5, 2020 to facilitate safe work on their Brock’s Beach D.S circuit. This circuit supplies power to a portion of Collingwood and will affect a number of EPCOR customers in the eastern portion of the Town of Collingwood.

Should the weather be inclement the outage will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the same time indicated above.

Note: This outage will only involve specific EPCOR customers located in the East End of Collingwood.

EPCOR regrets any inconvenience this interruption may cause; however, should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ted Burrell at 705-445-1800 x 2286 or Mr. Rob Brown 705-445-1800 x 2259
BID OPPORTUNITY
This Request for Proposals is issued by the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood, for the provision of Legal Services for a period of three (3) years in each of the following practice areas whom the Town can retain on a case-by-case basis:
  1. General Municipal Law
  2. Planning and Development Law
  3. Environmental Law
  4. Construction and Infrastructure Law
  5. Real Estate Law
  6. Labour and Employment Law
Closing: July 22, 2020 at 3:30 PM ET

See the full opportunity description HERE
COLLINGWOOD CLEAN & BEAUTIFUL - KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY LITTER-FREE
With the arrival of Summer in Collingwood, Town Staff continue to work hard on essential services including keeping neighbourhoods, parks, waterways, and our historic downtown clean and free of litter and waste. 

Keeping Collingwood clean and green is everyone’s responsibility. While the Town does its part to keep the community litter-free, we need your help too! 


How can you get involved?
  • Follow health guidelines and exercise physical distancing.
  • Pickup litter around Town when you go out for walks to reconnect with nature and get fresh air.
  • Report litter and waste that has been rudely dumped in our community, so that Town Staff can respond.
  • Divert waste: recycling or composting materials when and where possible to divert waste away from landfills. For example, by using your blue and green bins.
  • Reduce waste: giving old products new life instead of throwing them away. For example, using old containers for storage
  • Prevent waste: stopping waste before its created. For example, by choosing to buy goods with less packaging.
  • Share thanks to our neighbourhood waste collection and sanitation workers for keeping our community clean and safe during COVID-19. 

Report Litter
Collingwood prides itself on being a clean, green, litter-free Town that acts as an environmental steward for our beautiful waterfront, green spaces, parks, and recreation trails. Like most communities, litter is an ongoing concern. Is litter a problem in your area? Report it to the Town of Collingwood:

Learn More
BACK TO BUSINESS - 7 STEP CHECKLIST
On June 15, Town of Collingwood Council approved the recommendation developed by the 14-person Collingwood Economic Support & Recovery Taskforce. This Task Force of private and public sector leaders worked tirelessly with Town Staff to develop 6 Item Action Plan within 8 weeks.

The Action Plan encompasses six key strategic areas of focus with specific, measurable objectives attached to each to monitor their impact on Collingwood’s economic recovery:
  1. Economic Impact Metrics
  2. Business Support & Recovery Services
  3. Business & Tourism Relaunch Marketing
  4. Relaunch Events
  5. Shop Local Incentive
  6. Support Social Services

Each Action Item has specific initiatives associated with it, totaling 35 across the entire plan. All of them were either approved by Council or received endorsement for Staff to work more specific recommendations.

Get Ready for Back to Business
Action Item #2, focused on Business Support & Recovery Services, had as one of its main initiatives the promotion of recovery resources available to business through the Business Development Centre in downtown Collingwood. In response, the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative launched this week, providing businesses with an easy to use 7 Step Checklist as they either get ready to open or ramp up their operations if they are already allowed to operate. 

  1. Start by Creating a Plan with the BDC Experts
  2. Review Sector Specific Re-Opening Resources
  3. Prepare Appropriate Safety Measures
  4. Become Aware of Symptom Monitoring and Testing Protocols
  5. Implement Store Specific Safety Practices
  6. Promote ‘Shop Safely’ Principles
  7. Seek Financial Advice and Support

“This 7 Step Checklist is a streamlined set of resources and sector-specific toolkits that business leaders can quickly reference as they feel overwhelmed by all the different information they are receiving,” said Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Town of Collingwood, “And we’ve got the team here at the Business Development Centre ready to answer questions and provide advice as quickly as possible”

Other elements of the Get Ready for Back to Business initiative include:

  • “Shop Safely” poster to put in stores and restaurants that highlights the personal responsibility code adopted by the members of the South Georgian Bay Tourism Association
  • an outreach to businesses to find out more about what their greatest recovery needs are, and inform them of all the resources and advice available at the Business Development Centre
  • an expanded Digital Service Squad to help any Collingwood businesses create online stores for free, provide social media advertising guidance and advice on search marketing

“We are truly grateful to each member of the Task Force for volunteering their time and expertise to help us develop Collingwood’s economic support and recovery plan,” commented Mayor Saunderson. “We are putting this plan into action immediately, with the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative, and will continue to implement action items in a timely way to support the needs of our businesses as the Province opens up”.

The 7 Step Checklist is available at www.Collingwood.ca/recovery. For more details on the Economic Support and Recovery Plan developed by the Task Force and approved by Council, visit www.Collingwood.ca/TaskForce

DETAILS ON PATIOS & OTHER BUSINESSES OPENING
On Monday, June 8, the Government announced restrictions are being eased in communities where it is safe to do so. Included in the list of public health units allowed to move into Stage 2 are Simcoe Muskoka and Grey Bruce. More than 10 different sectors have been permitted to open or expand operations in Collingwood, and limits on social gatherings have been increased from five to 10 people. Full details on Stage 2 are available here.

While the Town of Collingwood continues to make every effort to accommodate patios, and other business sectors re-opening in Stage 2, there are some by-laws and regulations that need to be reviewed. In the meantime, we are able to provide the following:

Health Guidance for Re-Opening a Food Premise for Outdoor Dining
Please review Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit information in the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Re-Opening a Food Premise for Outdoor Dining. This includes Patios, Curbside, Parking Lots, & adjacent premises.


Patios within the Downtown BIA District located on a public sidewalk:
Applications submitted with a valid insurance certificate where the patio was existing in 2019 and its layout has not changed from 2019 may be able to proceed with installations starting Friday, June 12, 2020. Those businesses who have submitted a renewal application will be contacted by the Clerk’s office to make arrangements for the required inspections prior to being open to the public.


If you are thinking about expanding your patio, please submit your proposals to the Clerk’s Department by email at rdahl@collingwood.ca.

Patios located outside the Downtown BIA District located on private property:
Existing patios located on private property are also permitted to open as of Friday, June 12, 2020. If you are wanting to expand your patio, please submit your proposals to rdahl@collingwood.ca. The Town hopes to be able to accommodate any requests for patio expansions as best we can in the very near future.


Retail establishment within the Downtown BIA District wishing to use the public sidewalk for display of merchandise:
Retail stores within the Downtown will be permitted to display items on the public sidewalk within the two (2) foot area immediately outside of their business. Please ensure that hand sanitization is available for anyone wanting to browse your merchandise, and you are abiding by all Provincial and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit COVID-19 requirements.   


Tourism & Hospitality Business Support
Many of the sectors that were permitted to open starting Friday, June 12, 2020 are associated with Tourism and Hospitality. The South Georgian Bay Tourism Association is working closely with the regional municipalities to provide safety protocols and can provide advice and resources on best practices. More specifics available here.


Other Resources

COVID-19 Business Recovery Resources

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON COLLINGWOOD'S FUTURE!
What do you think about sustainable development? Have ideas about the future of the Downtown and waterfront? Would you like to see smaller housing units for more affordable options in Collingwood? Do you support mixed communities where people can work, shop, live, and play? How should Collingwood improve the pedestrian network? 

Take the quick survey to share your thoughts on what Collingwood should look like in 20 years. Your input will help us understand what opportunities matter to you. CollingwoodOfficialPlan.metroquest.ca

If your organization/group would like to receive a presentation on the Official Plan Update, staff would be happy to set one up with you. Please let us know – we can meet virtually with your group. Contact:
Justin Teakle, Community Planner via email at: officialplanupdate@collingwood.ca

Thank you for your continued interest in the Official Plan Update.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Concerning a Proposed Plan of Subdivision and Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment: 50 Saunders St. Collingwood, ON

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 27 at 5:00 PM virtually by ZOOM webinar to hear the planning merits and gather public input regarding a proposed Plan of Subdivision under Section 51 and a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P. 13, as amended. These applications had been deemed to be complete submissions under Sections 51(19.1) and 34(10.4) of the Planning Act, on April 23, 2020. 

This public meeting will take place during the regular meeting of Council, a link to the webinar will be included on the July 27, 2020 Council agenda. 

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LOCATION of the Plan of Subdivision and Zoning 
By-law Amendment (Town File No. D1201120 and D14120) applications filed by the applicant, Lotco II Ltd., pertain to:

  • a 4.028 hectare parcel of land legally described as comprising of Lots R1, R2 and R3 of Registered Plan 446 (former Township of Nottawasaga), Town of Collingwood, County of Simcoe and municipally addressed as 50 Saunders Street. 
  • The subject property is located north of Poplar Sideroad, east of Mountaincroft Subdivision, west of Saunders Street and south of St. Mary’s Catholic School.  

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment applications proposed by the applicant is to subdivide the subject property for residential purposes for the construction of: 

  • sixty four (64) single detached dwelling units; and
  • a dry stormwater pond and adjacent park;  

which requires that portions of the subject lands be rezoned through an amendment to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw as follows;

  1. To rezone a portion of lands where the proposed Storm Water Management Pond is to be located from a Holding Six Residential Second Density (H6-R2) zone to an Environmental Protection (EP) zone; and 
  2. To rezone a portion of lands where the proposed public park is to be located from a Holding Six Residential Second Density (H6-R2) zone to a Recreation (REC) zone; and 
  3. To rezone the remaining entirety of the subject lands from a Holding Six Residential Second Density (H6-R2) zone to a Holding Six Residential Third Density (H6-R3) zone in order to permit reduced lot frontages from 15 metres to 12.2 metres. 

EXISTING DESIGNATIONS: 
The current Holding Six Residential Second Density Zone sets out permissions that would allow single detached dwellings on a 15 m wide frontage lot and requires both an acceptable plan of subdivision and confirmation of servicing.

The property is currently designated in the Town’s Official Plan as Low Density Residential which permits a maximum of 20 units/hectare.


APPLICATION DETAILS
All of the information associated with these applications can be found at:
https://www.collingwood.ca/building-business/proposed-developments/50-sa...


ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment.  

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, if one is held, or make written submissions to the Town of Collingwood in respect of the proposed plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Town of Collingwood to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, if one is held, or make written submissions to the Town of Collingwood in respect of the proposed plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment before the approval authority gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, or to inspect additional information and materials related to the proposed plan of subdivision, you may contact Planning Services staff via email at: kbondarchuk@collingwood.ca

For application details visit the website here: https://www.collingwood.ca/building-business/proposed-developments/50-sa...


If you wish to be notified of the decision of The Town of Collingwood in respect of the proposed Plan of Subdivision, you must make a written request to Ms. Sara Almas, Town of Collingwood, P.O. Box 157, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 3Z5. Email: salmas@collingwood.ca

SUMMER ROAD CLOSURE
Please take notice that there will be a temporary road closure on Campbell Street from Maple Street to Hurontario Street and on Lockhart Road from Hurontario Street to Bryan Drive from Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM to Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM due to lane widening and water main replacement.

Roads will be available for local traffic only. A detour will be in place. Please respect and observe signage and barricades that will be in place.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make these needed infrastructure improvements this summer.

FIRE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL OUTDOOR FIRES IN COLLINGWOOD
As we head into the Summer season, the desire to enjoy a campfire or burn yard waste is becoming increasingly popular. Please take notice of the Town of Collingwood’s fire safety rules and regulations, and the message from Health Officials about this crucial time of limiting the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Open Air Burning Permits ARE REQUIRED for ALL outdoor fires within the Town of Collingwood.
  • Do not burn your yard waste. 
  • You must exercise physical distancing and avoid gathering in groups. 
  • Please make safe and healthy decisions when deciding to have a campfire. 
  • Stay tuned for regional fire ban updates from the Province. Collingwood does not currently have a fire ban in place.

Fire Permits
Fire Services is extending existing 2019 fire permits until regular services resume and then you can come in to get your 2020 permits. New permits will require screening. For 2020 screening, call the Fire Department at 705-445-3920 Ext. 7503 or email rmadigan@collingwood.ca

Burning guidelines in Collingwood have not changed and are available here: www.collingwood.ca/town-services/fire-emergency-services 

Fire Pits
“Fire Pit” means a pit not more than 1 meter (3 feet) in diameter, requiring not less than 7.5 meters (25 feet) of clearance between the fire and any building, structure, property line, tree, hedge, fence, roadway, overhead wires or any other combustible article;
The fire pit must be enclosed on all sides and constructed of masonry, concrete, stone, heavy gauge metal or other non-combustible materials. The flames from the fire are no higher than 0.5 meters (1.6 feet) above ground level.

  • Fire Pit (maximum 3 feet in diameter, 25 feet clearance)

Outdoor Fireplaces
“Outdoor Fireplace” means a manufactured non-combustible enclosed container such as fire bowls with spark arrestors on the top or chimineas. This type of permit requires not less than 4.5 meters (15 feet) of clearance between the fireplace and any building or structure, property line, tree, hedge, fence, roadway, overhead wires, or other combustible article.

  • Fire bowl (15 feet clearance)
  • Chiminea (15 feet clearance)

Burn cautious. Burn Safe!

SUPPORTING POLLINATORS
Join Pollinate Collingwood in celebrating the importance of local native pollinator species, whether they are floral, insect, bird, or bat! Bees, butterflies, and other native pollinators are essential for our human survival. They bring us fruits, vegetables, and nuts and half of the world’s oils, fibres, and raw materials.  

Many of our insect pollinators rely on specific plants, or host plants, for laying their eggs on or eating during their larval, or caterpillar, stage.  

Locally there are many native plants that we can add to our gardens to host insect pollinators such as Milkweed for Monarch butterflies or Black-eyed Susans and New England Asters for Silvery Checkerspot and Northern Pearl Crescent butterflies.  

Carrington Lauzon, one of the founders of Pollinate Collingwood highlighted the contributions residents make in planting native plants. "We all play such a vital role in the conservation of ecosystems and wildlife and we do that by deciding what plants we choose to allow on our properties. The switch to native plants of Ontario has an immense effect on our local and global biodiversity health, and we get to be a part of that change, how exciting!"

Pollinate Collingwood aims to raise awareness of our role in environmental stewardship to support pollinators, native plants of Ontario and ecosystems. This volunteer-led initiative has introduced pollinators gardens across the community linking residents, organizations, businesses, and the Town of Collingwood. Look around Town for the Pollinate Collingwood and David Suzuki Foundation Butterflyway Garden signs to see our community and native pollinator gardens in action.  

Learn more on Instagram: @pollinatecollingwood and Facebook: Pollinate Collingwood

LOVE WINS IN COLLINGWOOD!
The Pride Flag was raised at the Collingwood Public Library in June in celebration of friendship, equality, education, respect, tolerance, and collaboration!

Learn more about Collingwood Pride, The Rainbow Club, and the exciting festival plans for 2021!

CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS HISTORY
As part of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), Collingwood shared a series of five short videos highlighting the history and strength of First Nations People.

June was National Indigenous History Month, a time to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge the culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. The videos were created by people with First Nations heritage, each with a different and personal message but all with the overall theme of self-reflection and resiliency.

The participants were Mary Barnes (Poet), Asha Frost (Medicine Woman, Healer, and Spiritual Mentor), Heather McIntyre (Life Coach, Aboriginal Healing Facilitator, and Educator), Jeff Monague (Co-Manager, Springwater Provincial Park on behalf of Beausoleil First Nation), and Jillian Morris (Advisory Board Member, Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life Promotion).

"The Indigenous perspective is often absent when Canadians learn about the history and current state of our society. Truth can only be realized when the narrative includes all relevant perspectives. Creating space like this for Indigenous voices to take the foreground is necessary in building healthier relations. I'm humbled to be invited as one of those voices,” said Jillian Morris.

“We hope that the videos will inspire people to embark on a journey to learn about the history and heritage of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and remind us of the strength of present day Indigenous communities,” said Tanya Mazza, Arts & Culture Coordinator for the Town.

June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day selected by the Government of Canada with input from Indigenous organizations because it is on or near the date of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and a time that has been celebrated by Indigenous communities for generations. While there are some similarities, it is important to remember that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis each have their own distinct heritage, language, and cultural practices.

The videos, and more information about each contributor, are available on the Town’s website at www.collingwood.ca/awen. A resource list is included for those wishing to learn more about the culture and lives of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people, past and present.

HEARING YOUR COMMUNITY CONCERNS
Town of Collingwood encourages diversity and inclusion, shares concerns about intolerance

Council and staff were listening at recent rallies and at a recent Council Meeting where delegates shared their experiences and concerns. We share in the community’s concerns about intolerance, systemic racism, and symbols of hate. The Town looks to take a more active role in promoting diversity, tolerance, and increasing inclusion overall.

Council has asked staff to develop a means by which we can increase awareness of the strength of a community that springs from diversity and ensures a sense of inclusion.

Town Council and staff support inclusiveness and equity for all – including the right to live in a community that is accepting of all variations of the human race. This is found in the Town’s internal corporate policy and in strategic and master planning documents. The Town of Collingwood seeks to be a champion of equality as demonstrated through Town policy both internally and externally.

Council has directed staff to research and return with a report regarding how Collingwood should respond to the presence of symbols that are seen to be offensive, racist, and/or objectionable.

Council and staff are listening and developing actions that can be taken. The Town welcomes public engagement, input, inquiries, and feedback.

We want you to help us know more:

DOORWAY ART INSTALLATION CREATES A MEDIUM FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Four doors stood tall in Collingwood downtown inviting the community to add their voice in the form of an inspirational, healing, or transformative word, poem, reflection, or message.

As an art installation, the doorways created a unique and symbolic medium for community engagement. Alongside each door was a request for people to constructively share how they see a future free from racism.

The doorways were created with the support of Georgian Bay Woodworking. The colours of the doors were chosen as blends of primary colours to highlight collaboration and the sharing of ideas.

The Doorway Project is one action in a more fulsome approach committed to celebrating diversity and guided by principles of equity and inclusion.

As we move forward it will be important to have continued opportunities for the community to have voice, listen, reflect, and collectively build a pathway for change.

The strength of the voices in our community have built the momentum for change. Together as a community we can make positive and constructive change happen.

CAMP COLLINGWOOD: BRINGING THE CAMP FUN TO YOUR HOME
Summer is going to look a bit different this year. The summer of 2020 will be a summer to explore activities close to home and create adventures in your backyard or a nearby park. Explore Camp Collingwood for activities and ideas to fill your summer days.

While many of our local camps are not available this summer, Camp Collingwood aims to bring activities to you virtually. Created by the Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation, & Culture (PRC) department, the Collingwood Museum, the Collingwood Public Library, and in collaboration with community partners, new games, scavenger hunts, crafts, books, music, and more will be shared under weekly themes. There is something for all ages!

Participate in the week’s activities, and just like at camp, earn a Camp Collingwood button badge that you can pick-up at the Collingwood Public Library.

Camp Collingwood will launch the first week of July starting with a “History of Canada” theme. Other weekly themes include Gardens & Pollinators, Celebrating Diversity, Water, Words, Going Green, Animals, Aviation, and Kindness.

“Summer is a time for active adventure, to explore, and to discover new things. We are excited to be launching Camp Collingwood this summer in response to the program changes we are all experiencing as a result of COVID-19,” said Mel Milanovic, Director of Parks, Recreation, & Culture.

Visit RallyPoint www.collingwood.ca/rallypoint every Monday to discover a new set of activities!

TENNIS COURT RESURFACING
Please take notice that the municipal tennis courts at Princeton Shores are closed for resurfacing. It is expected that these tennis courts will be open again by Saturday, July 4, pending weather. Please observe and respect signage.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Learn more about Parks and Facilities

NEW DOCK & BOAT LAUNCH INCREASE ACCESS
A new floating dock with connecting ramp and boat launcher at Harbourview Park will provide greater access to Collingwood’s waterfront, introducing a fully accessible pathway from land to water. The new dock system is a result of a partnership between the Town of Collingwood, the Collingwood Dragon Boat and Canoe Club, and the Collingwood Rowing Club, with full funding support through the Federal Government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Community Accessibility Funding Stream.

The Harbourview Park accessible docks and boat launch will support barrier free recreation, social boating activities, and participation in competitive paddling sports.

Universal in design, the accessible floating dock and boat launcher will support all types of abilities, including those with disabilities, chronic injuries, knee/hip replacements, and older, less mobile adults in the community.

Town Staff are working hard to complete construction on an accessible path that will connect the existing asphalt trail in Harbourview Park to the new dock’s gangplank.

“In Collingwood, we celebrate our active and vibrant waterfront. Eliminating structural barriers will serve to support access to water activities, enhancing community well-being and inclusion,” says Mayor Brian Saunderson.

Learn more about the Collingwood Harbour
Learn more about Accessibility
Learn more about Health & Well-Being
WATER SAFETY
Safe Boating - On average 125 Canadians drown in boating incidents each year. One of the best ways to ensure you are boat smart this summer is by getting carded! Get the Pleasure Craft Operator Card and if you are new to boating make sure to check out STARTboating.ca to learn about the basics on how to be a safe and responsible boater. Discover more safe boating tips

Life Jackets - 80% of people who drown in recreational boating incidents were not wearing a life jacket/PFD. Trying to put on a life jacket/PFD before you capsize, or while in the water, is like trying to buckle your seatbelt right before your car crashes - it's impossible. Wearing a life jacket or PFD is the most effective way to reduce boating-related drownings in Canada. Learn more about the difference between lifejackets and PFD's.

Swimming with a Buddy isn't just for young children. In Ontario, in 2019, 33% of Young Adults and 66% of Older Adults were alone at the time that they drowned. Whenever you are going out swimming or boating, it is important to always bring someone with you that can go get help if anything goes wrong. 

Swimming with Lifeguards - Did you know that only 1% of drownings occur in a lifeguard supervised setting? When choosing somewhere to beat the heat this summer, consider spending time at a Lifeguarded beach or pool. Remember that even when lifeguards are on duty you still need to swim with a buddy and stay within arms reach of young children. 

Don’t be a distracted parent! - Summer is a great time to create memories with your family on the water, but phones and social media can pose as a dangerous distraction. When children are around water, put your phone down and pay attention. Drownings can happen in seconds.
  • Research informs us that we can only concentrate on one thing at one time.
  • This is particularly important when it comes to children around water.
  • A child can drown in seconds and it often happens silently.
  • Drowning victims cannot keep their heads above water so they cannot speak or call out for help.
  • If you are on your phone you cannot see them and likely will not hear them.

Put down your phone! - Parents! Actively Supervise Children Under 5 Years Old!
When in and around water, parents and guardians need to actively supervise children.

  • A child can drown in as little as 10 seconds.
  • Victims rarely call, wave or signal for help because they can’t keep their heads above water.
  • Keep your eyes on them at all times around water. And stay close – within arms’ reach.
  • At the pool or beach, put them in lifejackets to keep their face out of the water.
  • Stay beside the tub while your child is having a bath.
  • Empty and turn over children’s portable pools and buckets of water when not in use.

Backyard Pools - The backyard pool provides the ultimate summer fun for kids, friends and family. But to keep it fun, it's important to know the risks so you can avoid danger - whether you own the pool, or you're just visiting. The single most important way to keep everyone safe is to ensure that young children are always supervised in and around the pool. If you know the risks, you can establish pool rules so everyone can stay safe and have fun.

Backyard pool safety facts:

  • Most common location for children under five drowning.
  • Drowning is fast and silent - not like in the movies. There's no splashing and no screaming.
  • Most backyard pools are too shallow for safe diving.
  • Every municipality has different bylaws for pools and fencing.

Backyard pool safety tips:

  • Appoint an adult to actively supervise any children at the pool at all times - the Lifesaving Society's On Guard card is a handy tool and reminder, with useful tips.
  • Keep children under five within arms' reach in and around the water.
  • Control and restrict access to water - a latching gate and four-sided fencing can prevent accidents and unintended access to the water.
  • Use the Society's Backyard Pool Safety Inspections Guidelines with the Backyard Pool Checklist.

On Guard Card - The Lifesaving Society's On Guard card reminds parents that someone must be watching children near water with focused attention at all times. The On Guard card designates the pool safety supervisor - if you wear the card you're on guard. Buy it now.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION 211
Connecting people to services.

Help is just a phone call away. 211 connects people to services available in the community.

Please call 211 if you are in need of help.

The 2-1-1 Helpline is available 24/7 in 150 languages.

Community & family support services 
PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATE
Curbside pickup continues with great success Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A reminder that returned items are quarantined for 72 hours and do not register in the system as "checked in" until the quarantine period is expired.
 
No late fees! This program continues for the remainder of 2020.

July marks the start of summer programming for teens! A new theme and activities each week...check it out on Facebook or the CPL website.
 
TD Summer Reading Club launches: Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests, and abilities. This free program celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading. More information and how to register 
 
Online programming continues including, children's activities, tech time, chair yoga, knitters club, BYOBook Club and more! Find it here on www.collingwood.ca/rallypoint and on social media.
 
Collingwood Public Library has a HUGE collection of online offerings including digital magazines via Flipster, ebooks and audiobooks with Pulse and so much more! Check it out!
SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES IS KEY TO CANADA'S COVID-19 RECOVERY
The Council of the Town of Collingwood has joined a growing chorus of municipal, business, and labour leaders calling on federal, provincial, and territorial governments to come together to support municipalities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), local leaders have appealed to other orders of government for emergency operating funding. In April, FCM released a report showing that municipalities nationwide face a near-term gap of $10-$15 billion due to the pandemic. Municipal leaders are seeking emergency funding to keep frontline services going strong—and to be ready to drive Canada’s recovery.

“Municipal leaders are taking extraordinary steps to keep Canadians safe during this pandemic,” said Councillor Kathy Jeffery, who serves as an FCM National Board Member, “But with costs rising, revenues plummeting, and no ability to run deficits, municipalities are facing financial crisis. In small urban communities like Collingwood, limited resources means the job of protecting Canadians is even harder.”

Examples of how Collingwood has been impacted are, but not limited to, the loss of Colltrans ridership revenues, loss of interest income on reduced cash flow, deferral of property taxes to August 31, 2020, and delays or one year postponements of capital projects contained in the 2020 budget to ensure the budget will be balanced for the year.

“This is no time to start cutting back vital municipal services or shelving infrastructure projects that will drive our recovery,” said Mayor Brian Saunderson, “Without emergency funding, municipal leaders are out of acceptable options. This will require bold national leadership and significant Provincial collaboration. We need all governments working together on this now.”

At the Monday, June 22 Council Meeting, Collingwood’s Council endorsed the FCM as they continue to appeal other orders of government for emergency operating funding on behalf of Canadian municipalities. Town Council shares the reminder that communities like Collingwood are central to Canada’s economy and well-being, are vital partners in getting this country back on its feet, and are ready to work as partners to build Canada’s future.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) unites nearly 2,000 local governments at the national level, representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians in every province and territory.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - JUNE 15, 2020
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.

Community Announcements

  • Council reported on various community announcements and events.

Deputations

  • Prabha Mattappally, Andrew Siegwart (Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay), Alison FitzGerald (My Friend's House, Collingwood Crisis Centre), Elder Jeff Monague, Marcia Alderson, Nicole Vaillancourt, and Abigail Hitchens spoke on their experiences with racism, violence, and intolerance in Collingwood and encouraged the prohibition of public displays of symbols of hate and racial intolerance. Council also shared their personal experiences with racism.
  • Council unanimously requested staff investigate and report back on: 1. Options on how the Town can advance and focus on community inclusivity and diversity; and 2. Options available to the Town to prohibit the public display of symbols of hate and racial intolerance in both public and private spaces, having regard to the limited jurisdiction of local government on account of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • (A) Executive Director Collver discussed a four step process to growing diversity, equity, and inclusion in Collingwood, and advised of the Doorway Project seeking residents to share their voice on a future free from racism.

Consent Agenda

  • Council proclaimed September 25, 2020 as Franco-Ontarian Flag Day.
  • Council supported the South Georgian Bay Tourism Recovery & Resiliency Development Plan.
  • Council requested that Staff further investigate the funding request from the Collingwood Downtown BIA for the 2020 Farmers' Market.

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Report

  • Council approved funds required for the construction of a floating breakwater.
  • Council approved the revised PRC Special Event Plan for 2020 and the use of budgets currently allocated to the Collingwood Festival for Canada, Sidelaunch Days, and the Collingwood Live & Original Music Initiative to implement the revised 2020 PRC Special Event Plan.

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee Report

  • Council received the Statement of Development Charge and Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Reserve Funds
  • Council approved the Final Tax Rates and a by-law to provide for the levy and collection of 2020 tax levies against all rateable property in the Town of Collingwood
  • Council approved the continued deferral of penalties and interest until August 31, due to COVID-19.
  • Council approved the 2020-2023 Community-based Strategic Plan Refresh
  • Council received 2020 Collingwood Downtown BIA budget and approved a 2020 BIA Tax Rate by-law.

Staff Reports

  • Council approved the Action Plan Recommended by the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force (not including Action Item 2 Part 4 and Action Item 5)
  • Council asked staff to investigate a Collingwood Investment Fund concept as part of the Economic Development Action Plan.
  • Council approved Task Force Action Item 5: Shop Local Incentive with funding from the $2,500,000 Collingwood Emergency Contingency Fund and approved up to $2,500 for further planning efforts including investing in a consultant to evaluate the feasibility of promotional cash card campaign for Collingwood residents redeemable at eligible, participating businesses located in the municipality.
  • Council approved a number of items related to Task Force Action Item 4: Community Relaunch - Potential Pilot Locations: Street Encroachments:
    • Council approved the temporarily suspension of the Patio and Merchandise By-law and allow for encroachments permits through delegated authority to Staff.
    • Council approved the reduction of the speed limit along Hurontario Street.
    • Council approved temporary exemption from the fencing requirements outlined in the Collingwood Heritage District Plan specific to materials to be used for the purpose of providing expanded patios in the Downtown while COVID-19 protocols remain in place.
    • Council approved that Staff be delegated authority to determine the appropriate fencing materials sympathetic to heritage objectives and reasonably priced to be used for temporary patios in the Downtown during such time.
    • Council approved that Staff proceed with consulting with the affected businesses and residents along Simcoe Street between Hurontario and St. Paul Street, and if warranted, conduct a pilot closure of Simcoe Street between June 25-28 and July 2-5, and an update be provided at the July 8 SIC meeting to determine if the pilot project will continue.
    • Council approved that Pilot Three (a full closure on a portion of Hurontario Street) not be considered until a consultation with all affected parties has been conducted, and an evaluation of Pilot One and Pilot Two has been completed.
    • Council approved an upset limit of $40,000 be allocated out of the COVID-19 relief fund to cover associated costs and authorize the non standard/emergency purchases incurred by the Town with the approved pilot projects.
    • Council delegated authority to the Director of Planning Services to provide minor variances to site plans to allow for temporary relief to permit extended patio and/or merchandise displays during the COVID recovery period on private property.

Motions

  • Council requested Staff to investigate the creation of a Community Foundation or similar entity, including a potential framework for governance and financial scope in advance of the final discussions on use of the asset sale proceeds.
  • Council requested staff to report back on the feasibility to advance the timing for completion of a Private Tree Protection By-law to Q1 2021.

County Report

  • Deputy Mayor Hull advised effective July 2 fares will be reinstated for the LINX and LINX PLUS+, and noted Simcoe County's commitment to long-term care facilities.

Other Business

  • Councillor Jeffery provided an update from FCM and noted upcoming virtual events.
  • Councillor Doherty inquired about steps to address increased traffic at Sunset Point Park. (A) Director Milanovic provided an update regarding additional signage and noted a parking by-law will be coming to Council in July.
  • Councillor Hamlin requested an update on the status of the tree planting program. (A) Executive Director Collver provided an update on the three part plan in light of COVID-19, noting part one of the program is scheduled for the Fall.
  • Councillor Comi discussed speed concerns on Portland Street and Findlay Drive. Councillor Jeffery encouraged residents to report speed incidences to the Police.

Agendas and Minutes are available online at: https://collingwood.civicweb.net

COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - JUNE 22, 2020
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.

Community Announcements

  • Council reported on various community announcements and events, emphasized residents to continue physical distancing and follow provincial guidelines.

Consent Agenda

  • Council expressed safety concerns around Heritage Drive due to increased traffic and speeding. Peggy Slama, Director Public Works, Engineering, and Environmental Services discussed considerations on making Heritage Drive a Community Safety Zone and putting in a crosswalk at Heritage Drive and Side Launch Way.
  • Council referred waiving all renewal fees for taxis and limousine services previously licensed by the Town of Collingwood for the year 2020 to Development and Operations Services Standing Committee for review and input from staff.

Other Committees & Boards

  • Ken Haigh, Library CEO, provided an update regarding the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan in light of the pandemic.

Development & Operations Services

  • Council approved the purchase of a replacement loader to be funded from the Public Works equipment reserve and to commence the procurement process of the replacement loader outlined in Option 2 of the report.
  • Council approved a Part Lot Control Exemption By-law to allow for the creation of 12 lots for townhouse dwelling unit at Block 1, 20 and 10 Riverside Townhouses
  • Council approved the processing of the proposed redevelopment of 27 Simcoe St. as a minor adjustment to a site plan control agreement; subject to conditions.
  • Council approved the reallocation of funds within the 2020 Heritage Budget to ensure that the full $40,000 budgeted for 2020 grant applications can be attained.

Staff Reports

  • Council approved the provision of $5,589 from the COVID Recovery Fund to the BIA for the 2020 Farmers’ Market.

Motions

  • Council requested staff to investigate options for the installation of a rainbow crosswalk or other feature to recognize diversity in the Town of Collingwood.
  • Council endorsed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as they continue to appeal other orders of government for emergency operating funding on behalf of Canadian municipalities.
  • Council approved support the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation's ‘Protect our Community – Wear a Mask' Campaign.

By-Laws

  • Council approved By-laws to appoint a Deputy Treasurer and two Municipal Law Enforcement Officers for the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood.

Notice of Motion

  • Mayor Saunderson provided a Notice of Motion Council support the Spirits Canada "Fairness for Ontario Spirits" campaign, which advocates for the inclusion of Ontario made spirits in all provincial grocery stores currently authorized to sell beer, wine, and cider.

Other Business

  • Council discussed Ontario's proposal regarding water bottling policies.
  • Deputy Clerk Becky Dahl provided a brief update with regards to patios and temporary street closure pilots.

In-Camera

  • Council went in-camera to discuss: Easement agreement - 41 Hurontario St.; use of road allowance request; and Heritage Advisory Committee membership

Rise & Report

  • Council approved that the Collingwood Heritage Committee membership be temporarily reduced to five members.

Agendas and Minutes are available online at: https://collingwood.civicweb.net

UPCOMING MEETINGS
Meetings will take place virtually during the provincial state of emergency and can be viewed on Youtube and Rogers TV. Links can be found at www.collingwood.ca/town-council
  • Monday, July 6 - Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, July 8 - Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 13 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee - 5:00 PM (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 20 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM (Virtual)
  • Monday, July 27 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM (Virtual)
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