July 2018


Every month this e-newsletter will help you stay up to date on what's happening at the Town of Collingwood. Please feel free to share any comments or feedback. Contact Communications Officer Jennett Mays at

Community Based Strategic Plan
Council Highlights
Recreation News
Did you know?
2018 Municipal Election
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Municipal Meetings
Connect to Collingwood
Coming Soon

Community Based Strategic Plan (CBSP)

As part of the Waterfront Master Plan: Phase 1, the Indigenous Gathering Circle is to be constructed by September 2018. The construction will be done by members of the United Steelworkers Union, who are convening in Collingwood for a district convention. Part of the convention is to undertake a large-scale community project in the local area where the triennial conference is held.

The Collingwood Public Library has started a genealogy club, which meets twice a month, to help residents trace their family trees. This summer, the library will be digitizing local history materials to assist online researchers interested in Collingwood history.

In March, Council passed a Zoning By-law Amendment to build on the existing permissions/provisions for secondary suites to allow them in semi-detached dwellings with larger frontages, where appropriate, and introduce opportunities for secondary suites in detached accessory buildings associated with single detached dwelling units on suitably sized lots. It is anticipated that this will create a moderate number of additional secondary suites and affordable housing opportunities.

Staff have been working on a review of existing practices and an exploration of new opportunities to enhance accountability and transparency initiatives and programs and ensuring good governance within the Town of Collingwood. A report was presented to the Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee on July 9, outlining additional measures to enhance our accountable local government.

The full CBSP, including goals, action items, key performance indicators and the annual reporting template is available at

Council Highlights

Highlights from recent Council Meetings:

Mountain Road Improvements
An overview of the Mountain Road improvement project was presented to Council recently. The proposed design for the road would see Mountain Road increased to five lanes and Tenth Line increased to three lanes, with roundabouts for the 10th Line & 6th Street intersection as well as the Mountain Road and 10th Line intersection. 

A Public Information Centre will be held in the near future.

Judicial Inquiry
Provisions are being made to live stream the Judicial Inquiry public hearings. Commission staff are currently reviewing the initial documentation that the Town has provided have recently issued an official production order, which is a request to provide information to the Commissioner, and the Town of Collingwood is the first party to receive such a request. It is expected that the documentary review will take place through the summer, and public hearings are expected in early fall.

The Commission is hosting a Community Meeting on August 13th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Community Rooms B & C, 3rd floor of the Collingwood Library & Municipal Office Building.  More information is available at the Inquiry’s newly established website which can be viewed at:

Updated Noise By-law
Council approved the updated Noise Control By-law, with the following provisions related to construction noise:

  • Domestic or homeowner construction equipment noise is permitted 7 days week.
    Permitted: Monday – Friday 7AM to 7PM & Saturday/Sunday/Holiday from 8AM – 6PM.
  • Construction equipment noise is permitted 6 days week.
    Permitted: Monday – Friday 7AM to 7PM & Saturday 8AM to 4PM
    Prohibited: Sundays & Holidays
  • Construction equipment noise from “Site Alteration" activities on “active development" sites is permitted 5 days a week
    Permitted: Monday – Friday, 7AM to 7PM
    Prohibited: Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays
More details regarding the new noise by-law can be found at

Live Streaming
All Council and Standing Committee meetings are broadcast on RogersTV and live streamed online. Standing Committee meetings are now held in Council Chambers to facilitate the filming of the meetings. If you can't make it out to the meetings, tune into RogersTV or log on to to watch live!

Council Highlights are issued after each regular meeting of Council and can be found in our online newsroom:

Recreation News

Parks, Recreation and Culture - Final Draft Report
Join us on Wednesday, August 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Collingwood Public Library to see the final draft of the PRC Master Plan.

Identified as an action item in the 2015 Community Based Strategic Plan (CBSP), the updated PRC Master Plan will serve as a roadmap for the department for the next 10 years and will include an assessment of existing and future parkland needs. Public input formed a key part of the background to drafting the Master Plan, and this is your chance to see the final product!

Introducing Collingwood's First Poet Laureate

The Town of Collingwood is thrilled to announce that the community's first Poet Laureate is local resident Day Merrill.

During her two-year term, Day will liaise with the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department to act as a champion for poetry and literary arts in the community. She’ll lead creative projects that encourage new poets and foster an appreciation for poetry as well as appear at community events and functions and produce new original works related to Collingwood and the area. 

For more information, please visit

Live & Original
After three years of growth, the Collingwood Live & Original Music Series is undergoing a number of changes in 2018.

In 2018, L&O will no longer feature a competition between artists, but rather become a series of opportunities for music makers to “Connect, Collaborate, and Cultivate” the creation of music. The Live & Original Music Series is to be renamed the Live & Original Music Initiative to more fully reflect L&O’s change in direction. Aspiring musicians can take part in the MusicLab Mondays, the Live & Original Forum and the Music Crawl as part of the new L&O. Visit for details.

Did you know?

2018 marks Collingwood's 160th Anniversary!

The Collingwood Museum's new exhibit celebrates 160 years of Collingwood! Covering the industry’s beginnings, expansion, and innovations, the exhibit includes floor to ceiling harbourfront photographs as a dynamic backdrop for original boat building tools and a 1937 Watts-built lifesaving vessel. A pair of wooden skis is also on display. Drop by to find out why!
This exhibit marks the completion of the Collingwood Museum’s Phase 1 Gallery Re-design Project. Museum staff is looking for community feedback as they enter the planning stages of Phases 2 and 3 which promise exciting and modern changes throughout 2018 and 2019.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and admission is by donation. Find the Museum inside the modern take on Collingwood’s 1873 train station, located at 45 St. Paul Street. 

2018 Municipal Election

Learning more about the 2018 Municipal Election

Nominations opened for the 2018 Municipal Election on May 1, and our Municipal Election website has a regularly updated list of all candidates and third party advertisers, as well as their contact information. Our website also has a great deal of information for candidates and voters, including information on the new Internet and Telephone voting that will take place for our 2018 election.

Election day is October 22, 2018, and Collingwood’s voting period will be open from October 12th to October 22nd at 8:00 p.m.. Make sure to vote, and have your say!  To ensure you are on the voters' list please check out

Visit us at the Collingwood Farmers' Market!

July 14  |  September 8  |  October 6
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  Corner of Pine St. & Second St.

Stop by our booth at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market to check if you're on the Voters' List, get added if you're not, learn about filing nomination papers, and find out about our new internet and telephone voting!

Upcoming Events

Downtown Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from May 19 - October 6  |  Corner of Pine & Second Street
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Nothing says the beginning of summer better than the Collingwood Farmers’ Market. This year the market kicks off its 13th season on May 19th, and continues until the Thanksgiving weekend. Rain or shine, it runs every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., outdoors in the Second and Pine Street municipal parking lot.

Town Booth at the Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from May 26 - October 6  |  Corner of Pine & Second Street
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Look for friendly Town of Collingwood staff each week at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market! We'll be there with a Town of Collingwood booth to share municipal information and upcoming events, with various departments or themes showcased each week.

24th Annual Collingwood Elvis Festival
July 27 - 29

Over its 24-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 who have carried lasting memories of his impact on the world.
Visit  to view the latest updates on the 2018 Collingwood Elvis Festival.

Sidelaunch Days Festival
August 11 & 12

Sidelaunch Days Collingwood Harbour Festival is a two-day, multi-venue, family event celebrating the joy of being in, on, and around the water while commemorating the unique shipbuilding heritage of Collingwood. Activities span the arts, culture, sport, and recreation and include live music, local culinary fare, water sport trials, children’s activities and historic walking tours. Learn more at

Judicial Inquiry - Community Meeting
August 13  |  Community Rooms B&C, Collingwood Library
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Commission is hosting a Community Meeting on August 13th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Community Rooms B & C, 3rd floor of the Collingwood Library & Municipal Office Building.  More information is available at the Inquiry’s newly established website which can be viewed at:

Upcoming Municipal Meetings

Agendas & Minutes  |  View on Rogers TV 

All meetings are now held at 5:00 p.m., in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are broadcast on RogersTV, live streamed and posted following the meeting.

Council Meeting |  Monday, July 23

Development & Operations Services Standing Committee   |  Monday, August 13

Council Meeting  |  Monday, August 27

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee  |  Wednesday, September 11

Council Meeting |  Monday, September 10

Live streaming of Council and Standing Committees does not constitute an official record of the meeting and is solely for the enhancement of openness. Videos streamed and recorded may not be a complete recording and may be subject to technical difficulties. Please refer to the Council meeting Minutes and Standing Committee Reports as the official record of the meetings at

Connect to Collingwood

Town of Collingwood Corporate Accounts
(Town notices, news, agendas, etc.)
Facebook: @TownCollingwood 
Twitter: @TownCollingwood

Experience Collingwood
(Celebrating everything great about Collingwood, photos, contests and more)
Facebook: @ExperienceCollingwood
Twitter: @ExperienceCwood
Instagram: experience.collingwood

Healthy Kids Community Challenge
(Promoting the health and well-being of Collingwood kids through physical activity and healthy eating)
Facebook: @CollingwoodHealthyKidsCommunityChallenge
Twitter: @CollingwoodHKCC

Collingwood Public Library
(Library programs and events)
Facebook: @collingwoodpubliclibrary
Twitter: @CollingwoodPL

Collingwood Museum
(Museum programs and events)
Facebook: @collingwoodmuseum

Coming soon

  • Grand opening of the Indigenous Circle
  • Election information & demonstration sessions
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