July 2019

Residents and visitors alike celebrated our country and the community at Collingwood's Festival For Canada from June 29 to July 1. This family-friendly festival offered a full lineup of activities all weekend long.

The streets, patios, and unique shops and restaurants of Downtown Collingwood were bustling with activity. Participants enjoyed strolling entertainment, live music, and great on-the-water events.

Highlights of the weekend included lumberjack shows, Classic Movies on the Bay, a kid’s fishing derby, the downtown Farmers’ Market, the family bike parade, and the famous pancake breakfast. Many participants repeated the oath of citizenship to express their commitment to Canada during the Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony.

On Monday, July 1, there was an amazing fireworks display, with great views from Millennium Park, the Shipyards’ Amphitheatre, and the Waterfront Promenade.

Photo by Jennifer Parker

The Town of Collingwood is proudly presenting the Niibi Gatherings this summer, which is a discussion and ceremony series at the Awen’ Gathering Place. This summer series started on Tuesday, June 18 with an event in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This water-themed series is officially titled “Niibi Gatherings - Water is Life, Water is Alive”. Niibi is the Ojibwe word for water.

The Niibi Gatherings are a free, rain or shine event series, with all ages welcome to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and sitting blanket.

Where: Awen’ Gathering Place, Harbourview Park, Collingwood, ON
Dates: Tuesday, June 18, Wednesday, July 3, and Friday, August 9
Times: 7:00 PM

The Awen’ Gathering Place is located at the North end of Cedar Street. The Awen’ Gathering Place is a space of sharing, learning, ceremony, and celebration to advance recognition of the past and present Indigenous Peoples and their heritage legacy.

Niibi Gatherings:

Tuesday, June 18 - 7:00 PM
Indigenous women share a sacred connection to the spirit of niibi - water. As life-givers, all women in Anishinaabekwe culture are given the responsibility to protect and nurture water. Many joined in for a traditional Water Ceremony led by Saugeen First Nation Cultural and Wellness Coordinator Lori Kewaquom. The Town of Collingwood offered this event in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) and the rich contributions First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have made to Canada.

Wednesday, July 3 - 7:00 PM
Niibi - water is the most life sustaining gift on Mother Earth and is the interconnection among all living beings. It’s the home to many fish, plants, and animals that contribute to our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of the changes happening under the water’s surface. Andrew Akiwenzie, Natasha Akiwenzie, and Victoria Serda, from Bagida’waad Alliance, will talk about the heritage of the Chippewas of Nawash fishing families and discuss growing changes to Lake Huron and Georgian Bay from a cultural and environmental perspective. The Bagida-waad Alliance (meaning “they set a net”) is a not-for-profit environmental organization founded in 2018.

Friday, August 9 - 7:00 PM
The experience of migration, often by water, can be very different from one person to another. Following an introduction and ceremony with Elder and Oshkaabewis-messenger James Carpenter, Toronto artist Akshata Naik leads an interactive art project inviting participants to reflect on our personal history, travel, identity, and where and to whom we feel most connected. Let’s recognize and celebrate our diverse stories and identities. This event is held on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and the eve of Sidelaunch Days, the Town of Collingwood’s Harbour Festival.

More info: or 705-444-2500 ext. 3287

Photo by Dave West Photography

Online public engagement platform gives residents the chance to make an impact

Collingwood residents and stakeholders are encouraged to join the conversation on the Town's public engagement platform, Engage Collingwood, at

According to Mayor Brian Saunderson, “The Town of Collingwood is committed to working closely with the community. Engage Collingwood was created to improve engagement and to better inform Council’s evidence-based decision-making.”

Residents can find and share information on key initiatives, provide feedback, participate in discussions and surveys, and much more. This participation will make a valuable impact on Town activities, strategies, and programs, and will help shape the future of the community.

Engage Collingwood is also a safe place, where comments are moderated for bullying, threats, and inappropriate language, and where personal information stays private and secure.

Discover more about public engagement opportunities with the Town of Collingwood at

Notices of road closures, trail closures, and other service disruptions will be provided on the Town's website, as well as the Town's social media channels. Below is a listing of some upcoming temporary road and trail closures.

Temporary Road Closures
  • Please take notice of the Highway 26 Reconstruction Project were there will be a temporary road closure on Hume Street from Pretty River Parkway to Raglan Street from 7:00 AM on Tuesday, July 2, re-opening on Thursday, July 4. Also, South Service Road will close Thursday, July 4 following the re-opening of Hume Street, and will remain closed until approximately 5:20 PM on Thursday, July 4. Signage will be in place
  • Temporary road closure on Heritage Drive from the Boat Launch (Town Docks) north to Millennium Park from Friday, July 5 at 5:00 AM to Sunday, July 7 at 8:00 AM due to the UG Series fitness competition. Signage will be in place.
  • Temporary road closure on Findlay Drive from Saunders Street to Newbourne Street from 7:00 AM on Monday, July 8 to 5:00 PM on Friday, July 12 for installation of water and sanitary service to the property line at 74 Findlay Drive. Signage will be in place.
Trail Closure
  • A section of the Georgian Trail/Black Ash Creek Trail will be closed for the construction of a new sewage pump station at the location of the existing Black Ash Creek sewage pump station. The closure will be in effect from June 2019 through to March 2020. This closure does not affect connectivity of the trails. The south side of the Black Ash Creek trail remains open. Trail users can access the south side from the north via the bridge. Signage is in place to direct users during the construction period. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A portion of the sidewalk in front of the Town Hall along the east side of Hurontario Street, situated between Ontario and Simcoe Street, will be unavailable during various times throughout the summer months due to brick restoration work being done on the Town Hall. Sidewalk access is being rerouted to the west side of Hurontario Street via the pedestrian walkway to Simcoe Street.

The Town Hall will remain open during this restoration project, with access provided on the north side of the main entrance of the building.

For questions or concerns, please contact or 705-445-1030.

Street paving gets underway in the Town of Collingwood. The full list of scheduled roads to be paved in 2019 can be found below in no particular order. The paving schedule will be determined by a number of factors. Please stay tuned for construction notices on the Town website and social media channels, and please adhere to signage and detours on our Town roads to ensure public and worker safety.

  • Ferguson Road
  • Park Road
  • Oak Street (Cameron Street to Ferguson Road)
  • Cameron Street (west limits to 20m east of Oak Street)
  • Fourth Street (from Birch Street to Beech Street)
  • Moberly Street (100m north of Hume Street)
  • Teskey Court (50m south of Campbell Street)
  • Maple Street, South of Ninth Street (50m south of Ninth Street)
  • Ninth Street and Oak Street (Intersection only)
  • Intersection of Raglan Street and Simcoe Street
  • Heritage Drive (from Side Launch Way, north 400m)
  • Maple Street South Trail (from Maple Street South to Findlay Drive)
Property Owners
Your 2019 final property tax bill is being mailed to you in the month of July. The total amount is payable in two installments due on August 16, 2019 and October 18, 2019. The interim tax installments, mailed in January, were due on February 15, 2019 and May 17, 2019. Your property tax bill is comprised of taxes levied by the Town of Collingwood, the County of Simcoe, and the Provincial education levies.

Tax Dollar Breakdown
Based on a sample home assessed at $300,000, the total taxes payable will be $3,495.63, broken down as follows:
Education levy: $483.00
County levy: $837.00
Town levy: $2,158.58
Capital levy: $17.05

Tax Reductions
Any pending Tax Reductions as a result of an Assessment Appeal, Request for Reconsideration, Special Amended Notice, or Section 357 Reduction will be processed in due course after the final tax bill.

Supplementary Tax Bills
For properties with new construction or renovations in 2017 and 2018 (not included on the assessment roll for 2019) and properties with new construction or renovation in 2019, taxes will be billed on a Supplementary Tax Notice later this year once assessment details have been received from MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation).

Change of Address or New Owner
The Town will issue tax bills to the mailing address provided by your solicitor, or to the address indicated on the transfer deed. If a mailing address has not been specified, the tax bill will be sent to the property address. If you wish to change your mailing address, you must notify the Tax Department in writing or by e-mail at

Pre-Authorized Payment Plans
For more information on pre-authorized payment plans for municipal property taxes, please contact the Finance Department by e-mail at or 705-445-1030 Ext. 3625.

Your property value assessment and the names and addresses of the persons assessed, identified on your tax bill, are in accordance with the Assessment Roll. This Roll was prepared by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), and is based on a January 1, 2016 valuation date. If you have any questions regarding your Current Value Assessment, please contact MPAC at 1-877-331-7766 or

Penalties and Interest
To avoid penalty and interest charges, the payment must be received by the Tax Department on or before the due date. A penalty charge of 1.25% may be added on the first day of default. Interest will be added at the rate of 1.25% on the first day of each month for as long as the account is outstanding.
Take notice that on Monday, July 22, 2019, the Council of the Town of Collingwood will hold a public meeting pursuant to The Development Charges Act, 1997, regarding proposed development charge rates and policies that will be applied throughout the Town. It is proposed that enactment of a development charges by-law by Council would occur on a date subsequent to the public meeting.

Development charges are levied against new development, and are a primary source of funding for growth-related capital expenditures. The 2019 Development Charges Background Study relates to the provision of eligible DC Services (i.e., Library, Fire Protection, Police, Parking and By-law, Outdoor Recreation, Indoor Recreation, Administration, Transit Services, Roads and Related, Water and Wastewater Services).

Council is required under The Development Charges Act, 1997, to hold at least one public meeting to allow the public the opportunity to review and provide comments on the 2019 Development Charges Background Study, related staff reports and the proposed development charges by-law.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public meeting:
Date: Monday, July 22, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Council Chambers, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 3Z5

Any person may attend the public meeting and make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the by-law. Written submissions are invited and should be directed to Dennis Sloan, Manager Capital and Financial Planning ( no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, July 22, 2019.  Written comments received prior to the meeting and submissions made at the public meeting will be considered by Council prior to the enactment of a new development charges by-law.

Technical inquiries should be directed to Dennis Sloan, Manager Capital and Financial Planning at 705-445-1030 ext. 3292 or

A copy of the 2019 Development Charges Background Study was made available on the Town’s website on Monday, June 3, 2019. A copy of the development charges by-law will be made available on Town’s website a minimum of two weeks before the Public Meeting.

Dennis Sloan, Manager Capital and Financial Planning
705-445-1030 ext. 3292

Thank you for acting in a safe manner during the Canada Day long weekend celebrations. The below summary of our Fireworks By-Law is a helpful reminder of when and how fireworks are permitted for use in Collingwood.
  • No person shall set off any fireworks when a fire ban is in effect.
  • No person shall set off consumer fireworks on any day or days during the year except on Victoria Day, Canada Day and New Years Eve and the three (3) days immediately preceding and/or following each of these days.
  • No person under the age of eighteen (18) years of age may discharge, fire, set off, or cause to be set off any consumer fireworks.
  • No person shall set off any consumer fireworks in a manner that might create a danger or nuisance to any person or property.
  • No person shall set off any consumer fireworks except between dusk and 11:00 PM.
  • Please be advised that pursuant to Town of Collingwood By-law No. 2012-064, an offence will carry a maximum fine not exceeding $10,000.00 plus the victim surcharge.
Read the full Fireworks By-Law
You can learn more about the Judicial Inquiry at

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

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

Judicial Inquiries are a way for governments to examine issues outside the regular legislative process. The Town of Collingwood looks forward to policy recommendations that the Judicial Inquiry makes to ensure accessible and transparent government.
Collingwood Museum staff is putting the finishing touches on this summer’s lineup of heritage-based summer programs. Again this summer, children ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to travel the world, jump through time, and get up close and personal with nature without leaving Collingwood.

Museum programs are unique, as they run twice daily, in convenient three-hour morning and afternoon sessions between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday in July and August. At $12 per program, you can’t go wrong! Museum members receive the reduced enrollment fee of $10 per program.

Each week offers an exciting theme of connected programs. In Exciting Exploration, participants create passports to document the reaches of their imaginations. Time Warp participants will tango through the 20s, twist around the 60s, and rock out in the 80s. In Digging up the Past, participants become museum detectives in their search for hidden treasures. Other weekly themes include Art Attack, Forest Rangers, Museum Secrets, Let’s Celebrate, and Down by the Bay.

With 30 different programs, there is something for everyone. Each program incorporates hands-on crafts, interactive group-based games, and storytelling to encourage participants to get excited about history and the world around them. Museum programs also a great opportunity for participants to meet and make new friends.

Spaces are limited, so don’t delay. Enroll today!

To register, call 705-444-2500, email, or visit the Centennial Aquatic Centre at 451 Third Street. Check out the Collingwood Museum’s website at for a full listing of available programs.

Local kids share ideas and have their voice heard

The Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department recently visited local schools to engage with youth on the design of a new playground facility at Sunset Point Park.

In an effort to give voice to kids and prioritize their opinions on this playground project, Town Staff met with over 200 Grade 1 to Grade 7 students at the Collingwood Elementary Schools. These 6 to 13 year olds shared the forms of play that were most important to them out of 7 key categories (active, artistic, creative, sensory, games, social, and reflective), and designated the play opportunities they would like to see in each of those categories. The kids also shared their ideas and designs on how they perceive the play space at the Sunset Point Park.

This feedback, along with feedback from our March 2019 survey, will help guide the process into the next stages of public engagement and design, which will include family engagement opportunities.

The playground re-design will serve to revitalize the park environment, creating a safe, inclusive, and accessible area for active play, supporting healthy development for children across the community.

The current 2.33 hectare playground at Sunset Point Park, known as EnviroPark, was constructed in 1993. The playground was originally built out of wood and concrete, and designed around the theme of water protection and the environment. Park features, including the sand surfacing, do not meet current accessibility standards. After 26 years of community use, this playground now requires replacement.

Visit to stay informed about the Sunset Point Park Playground project.
The main purpose of the Weed Control Act R.S.O. 1990, is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries or agriculture and horticulture. Primarily this act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure.

Under the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5 sections 3, 13, 16 and 23, you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property.

In Urban Areas
Section 3, 13, 16 and 18 do not apply to noxious weeds or weed seeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes, as they do not interfere with that use.

All properties within the municipality of Collingwood are hereby requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Town of Collingwood By-laws 03-18, 03-19 and 03-38, all owners, tenants or persons in possession of property shall:

  • Cut and maintain properties free of long grass and weeds;
  • Keep and maintain properties free and clear of garbage, refuse and debris; and
  • Keep and maintain properties free from standing and/or stagnant water.

Failure to comply with the provisions of By-laws 03-18, 03-19 and 03-38 may result in the prosecution of those persons through the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P33 as amended.

The cooperation of all owners, tenants or persons in possession of property is solicited.

Excessive noise can cause disruptions and impact the peace and quiet of residents and visitors within the Town of Collingwood.

To resolve these disruptions and ensure all residents and visitors can enjoy our community, By-law Enforcement Officers investigate and enforce the noise control by-law when complaints are received.

For noise complaints of an extreme or ongoing nature, members of the Ontario Provincial Police may respond.

General Noise
Enforcement can occur on any activity that creates noise that is likely to disturb the inhabitants of the Town.
i.e.: yelling, loud music, home occupations and unnecessary noise from engines.

Property Maintenance
The use of Property Maintenance Tools (lawn mowers, electric trimmers, power washers etc.) is restricted to the hours of 7:00AM to 9:00PM daily. However please be mindful of your neighbours.

Events must ensure they do not become a nuisance to nearby residents and adhere to the outdoor speaker prohibition:

  • After 9:00 PM Sunday to Thursday
  • After 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday

An application can be submitted to request noise exemptions.

Other Noise
Some other noises are regulated by specific by-laws, such as the discharge of firearms, setting off fireworks and barking dogs.Construction Noise
Noise due to construction activities is only permitted during the established time periods.

Construction Noise Types
Quick Reference
  • Domestic or homeowner construction equipment noise
    Permitted: Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday/Sunday/Holidays 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Construction Equipment Noise
    Permitted: Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Prohibited: Sundays & Holidays
  • Construction equipment noise from “site alteration” activities on “active development” sites
    Permitted: Monday to Friday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    Prohibited: Saturday/Sunday/Holidays
An application for relief from the Noise By-law can be submitted to the Clerks Department for consideration. Significant requests and events may be referred to Council for approval.

Requests for events on public or private property must submit application at least 30 days prior to the event date. Please contact the By-law Enforcement Department for application details or visit our website.

General Exceptions
  • Community Events
    Throughout the year the Town approves a number of special events such as parades, concerts in parks and festivals. Noise from these events is inevitable however Town organizers will endeavour to mitigate the impact of the event on nearby residents.
  • Emergencies
    This by-law does not apply to any noise resulting from persons, vehicles or machinery during an emergency.
  • Snow Removal
    Given the importance and necessity of clearing and removing snow in a timely manner, there are no noise restrictions in place for snow removal activities on private or public property.
How To Report A Problem
  • Document Incident(s)
    It is important to document the date and time of the noise incident and the duration. It is recommended you keep a log of the noise as this will assist officers in establishing the violation.
  • File a complaint
    Please contact the By-law Enforcement Department at the contact below. Alternatively, if the noise is serious or continuous you may contact the Ontario Provincial Police.
  • Attend Court
    If all other options have not resolved the noise, you may be asked to attend court to appear as a witness to the noise for the Town’s prosecution.
Contact Information


The Collingwood Elvis Festival will celebrate in style for its 25th anniversary with a Super Saturday full of Signature Events, the Classic Car Parade, and some exciting new international Elvis Tribute Artists, along with many returning fan favorites. On Saturday, July 27, spend a full day in Collingwood celebrating and reminiscing with fans, friends, and family. This is the Collingwood Elvis Festival ‘Homecoming’, and you are welcome to release your inner Elvis! Limited tickets are available at

On Super Saturday, start the day at 9:00 AM with the return of the Classic Car Parade presented by Buff-It Detailing. The Parade starts at Collingwood Collegiate Institute and heads up Hurontario Street into the heart of downtown Collingwood. Elvis Tribute Artists and VIPs will greet the crowds from more than 50 stunning classic cars!

Enjoy an immersive experience at the thrilling Saturday Semi-Finals Signature Showcase, presented by Living Water Resort & Spa, beginning at 11:00 AM at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. The top-30 Elvis Tribute Artists compete before a panel of experienced judges to find out who will qualify for the Grand Finals. This show also features a special guest appearance by International Ultimate Champions Gordon Hendricks, direct from the UK, and Jay Dupuis, from the USA. Limited VIP Tickets ($70), Premium Tickets ($50), and General Admission Tickets ($30) are still available. Buy your tickets now, before it’s too late!

The Saturday Night Homecoming Signature Showcase begins at 8:00 PM at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. The Collingwood Elvis Festival’s 25th Anniversary celebrates with memories of Elvis and will feature all-star performances by your host and two-time Grand Champion, Ray Guillemette, Jr., two-time Grand Champion Pete Paquette, the 2018 Youth Champion Connor Russo, the 2018 Grand Champion Tim E. Hendry, and Ultimate Champions Dean Z and Shawn Klush. This signature show is not to be missed, and only a few premium and general admission tickets remain.

Fans can now save 10% on the Signature Events with a new 3-Pack General Admission Package for the Semi-Finals, Saturday Night Homecoming, and Sunday Grand Finals! It’s only $81.00 + taxes & fees, so get in on the savings!

Throughout Saturday, there is lots more happening outside on Hurontario Street starting at 10:00 AM. Check out the full event schedule for details on performances on the north-end Centre Stage, presented by Living Water Resort & Spa, as well as the south-end “open-mic” Inner Elvis Stage, presented by Enbridge.

Collingwood Elvis Festival’s ‘Homecoming’ celebration begins Thursday evening, July 25 and continues through Sunday, July 28, 2019. Stay tuned for more amazing event features and latest updates at


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

About the Collingwood Elvis Festival
Over its 25-year history, the Collingwood Elvis Festival has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world. The festival is a celebration of the life and times of Elvis Presley and his influence on various musical genres, the popular culture of his time, and an entire era of fans and artists who have carried lasting memories of his impact on the world. It has been recognized as the world’s largest annual gathering of Elvis Tribute Artists and a Top 100 festival by Festivals & Events Ontario. In addition to the three Signature Events, there are Elvis Tribute Artists performing at many associated venues as well as the two stages on Hurontario Street, which also features the Vendor Walk and ElvisYourselvis, an interactive station that measures how well a person mimics the moves of Elvis.

OLG, Living Water Resort & Spa, Blue Mountain Resort, The Westin Trillium House, Enbridge, are main sponsors of the Collingwood Elvis Festival.

Photo by Dave West Photography

Please take notice that construction will begin in the month of July on the installation of a pedestrian crossover on Hurontario Street at the Hamilton Drain Trail Crossing. Construction will take approximately 5 weeks. Please obey signage during construction. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Crossovers are a way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road, and wait for them to completely reach the other side before driving. This new crossover will have a button pedestrians can push to activate flashing lights.

This new crossover will also tie the trail system together on the Hamilton Drain Trail.

Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should pay extra attention while getting familiar with this new crossover.


  • Make sure drivers or cyclists have enough time to stop before you begin to cross.
  • Make it clear that you want to cross.
  • Press the push button to activate the flashing lights.
  • Make sure the driver or cyclist sees you before you begin to cross.
  • Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop and you feel it is safe.
Drivers and Cyclists
  • Watch for pedestrians who would like to cross the road.
  • Stop for pedestrians at the marked yield bar.
  • Allow the pedestrian to cross the entire width of the road before driving.
  • Do not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres before a pedestrian crossover.
Stay tuned to, as well as Town of Collingwood social media channels, for construction updates and safety reminders about this new pedestrian crossover.

The Station, which is home to The Collingwood Museum and South Georgian Bay Tourism, will be implementing new summer hours of operation beginning Monday, July 1, 2019.

The new summer hours are designed to more effectively respond to visitor traffic trends, industry norms, the Museum’s summer programming schedule, and upcoming changes to the South Georgian Bay Tourism operational model.

The summer hours are as follows:

  • Mondays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM weather dependent)
  • Thursdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fridays CLOSED (Tourism Office will operate an info booth outside The Station from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) 
  • Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sundays CLOSED (Tourism Office will operate an info booth outside The Station from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
  • Stat holidays CLOSED

The new Friday closure will allow Collingwood Museum staff to focus on Phase 3 of the Gallery Redesign Project.

In having Museum staff available in The Station on Saturdays, the community’s access to the collection for research purposes will increase. Previously, this access was limited to mid-week. Researchers are encouraged to book an appointment today!

Check out the Collingwood Museum’s website at for a full listing of summer programming.

Discover Collingwood’s ‘world – class’ retail, dining, and arts scene as many of our downtown businesses and restaurants invite you to an evening of shopping, dining, and entertainment every Thursday and Friday evenings during the summer months of July and August.

Shop, Sip, and Dine as Collingwood’s downtown comes alive from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

You will find welcoming patios, sidewalk sales, and street entertainers throughout the downtown.

Visit for full details, the list of participating businesses, and your chance to win great prizes!

Thank you to all the Volunteers on our Committees & Boards! On Friday, June 14, the Town of Collingwood recognized these fantastic volunteers with a volunteer appreciation event on the Collingwood Harbour.

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

Community Announcements:
  • Members of Council promoted the County of Simcoe Waste Management App and Pink Bag clothing collection, Home Horizons initiatives, Newcomer welcomes, Youth athletics successes, Relay for Life, FCM, Urban Forest Management Plan Engagement, Collingwood Colts, Collingwood Public Library scheduling, Kinette Club fundraising, E3 BBQ, Collingwood Hospital dinner, and The Legion.
  • Norah Holder, President & CEO provided a Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Redevelopment Update.
  • Marg Scheben-Edey and Pam Hillier discussed Out of the Cold Southern Georgian Bay.

Reports from Other Committees/Boards
  • Ken Haigh, Library CEO, gave an update on Inter-library Loans.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee
  • Council received a Staff Report on the 2019 Development Charges Background Study and related by-law.
  • Council approved the IT Governance Policy and IT Steering Committee terms of reference.
  • Council approved the 2019-2024 Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan for the Town of Collingwood.
  • Council received a Staff Report on Statement of Development Charge and Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Reserve Funds.
  • Council approved a by-law to set the tax rates and to levy taxes for the year 2019.
  • Council received a Staff Report on Federal Gas Tax Top Up Funds.
  • Council received the Q4 Variance and Surplus Allocation presentation.
  • Council received a Staff Report on Statement of Reserves and Reserve Funds.
  • Council received a Staff Report on Library Program Fees.
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved a by-law to provide for the levy and collection of sums required by the Collingwood Business Improvement Area for the year 2019.
  • Council approved that a request be made to the County of Simcoe that the date of garbage collection be changed to Fridays, at the request of the Collingwood Downtown BIA Board of Management.
  • Council directed the CAO to sign the updated Memorandum of Understanding, together with other BDC partners, renewing it for a period of 1 year with an option to extend it beyond this period at the Town’s discretion. Council also authorized Staff to explore opportunities to review the terms of the relationship with the partners and develop further service delivery options including identification of a new BDC co-location site which the partners and Town staff could move to in downtown Collingwood by the end of 2020.
  • Council directed Staff to transition the management of the Collingwood Elvis Festival beginning in 2020, through the municipal special event permitting process.
  • Council directed Staff to prepare a Staff Report to further investigate the implementation of an accelerator program including the required resources needed for the program.
Staff Reports:
  • Council authorized an increase in the 2019 budget for the judicial inquiry be increased an additional $3.0 million and not utilize the asset sale proceeds (as recommended by staff) until consultation has closed and until after staff investigate opportunities to use reserves to fund the shortfall.
Other Business:
  • Council approved that requests from the Consent Agenda or Deputations be considered by the appropriate Standing Committee prior to being referred to Council.
  • Councillor Comi inquired as to if the line painting will include crosswalks, if the bike racks are set-up and if the closing date for the Asset Sale Proceeds piece on Engage Collingwood could be extended.
  • Mayor Saunderson thanked the Public Works Staff for the flashing speed signs and inquired about temporary bike racks for the Farmer's Market.
  • Councillor Berman requested that the Surplus Management Policy and Governance Structure be reviewed.
  • Director Collver advised that the date of the meeting regarding the Review of the PRC Operational Budget will be determined in the near future.
  • Council approved a by-law to appoint members to the Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • Council promoted a number of community events, including but not limited to Canada Day Festivities, Come Alive @ 5 summer shopping and dining on Thursdays and Fridays in the early evenings, and Engage Collingwood opportunities for public feedback.
  • Council also reminded drivers to watch for pedestrians, children, and cyclists.
  • Council approved a Sidewalk Patio By-law Exemption Request by Heather Favalaro, owner of the Shop Homme Femme, that allows for a one year pilot project for the use of a food and beverage patio.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
  • Council approved the Strategic Asset Management Policy, which will be posted on the Town’s website.
  • Council authorized the increase of budget for the Sanitary Renewal Project by a total of $170,000, for a total construction portion of the budget of $1,170,000.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council received the analysis of Collingwood’s inventory of potential residential units.
  • Council approved the by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement for the development known as Sunbelt Rentals located at 3 Greco Court.
  • Council approved a by-law to execute a Site Plan Control Agreement for the development of a parking lot at 124 Ontario Street and 174 St. Paul Street.
  • Council approved a by-law to rezone property from the Recreation Exception Seven (REC-7) zone to the Downtown Core Commercial Exception Five (C1-5) zone to permit the development of a commercial business office (Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc).
  • Council approved a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement for the development known as Shipyards Side Launch 2.
  • Council approved a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement for the development known as Pretty River Residence located at 90 & 92 Raglan Street.
  • Council approved that the Official Plan review to be undertaken in coordination with completed updates to the Community Based Strategic Plan and in a phased approach respecting the outstanding reviews, plans, and other matters identified herein that may impact the review scope and timing. Council also authorized the issuance of a request for proposals for consultant services to lead the Official Plan review based generally on the form of the draft Terms of Reference attached subject to any changes and flexibility as may be required based on the resolution/timing of the outstanding matters.
  • Council waived the collection of Cash in Lieu for the provisional consent to sever a property located at 52 Broadview Street based on an evaluation of the specific circumstances unique to this severance, and that any future request be consider on its own merits.
  • Council directed staff to prepare a report in regards to the Heritage Bylaw and how the issue of the demolition of Heritage building can be addressed.
Notice of Motion:
  • Mayor Brian Saunderson gave notice of motion to eliminate the use of single-use plastics.
Other Business:
  • Councillor Jeffrey proposed press parking passes.
  • Councillor Doherty proposed a request for street sweeping on local County of Simcoe roads.
  • Councillor Comi received an update on the Hamilton Drain Trail Crossover and the Asset Sale Proceeds public engagement.
  • Councillor Hamlin gave an update from the Youthful Cities conference.
  • Mayor Saunderson gave an update from the Great Lakes AGM on responsible stewardship of the Great lakes.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Friday, July 5 - Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee - 9:00 AM at the Curling Club Lounge
  • Monday, July 22 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall

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