November 2019


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

Get active by participating in Skiing, Hockey, Snowmobiling, Ice-fishing, Recreation & Well-being, Vibrant Seasonal Festivals & Entertainment, and so much more. Enjoy the fun of a thrilling Fall & Winter in Collingwood.

Hard-copies of the Community Activity Guide are also available at Town Hall and the Centennial Aquatic Centre.
Remembrance Day - Monday, November 11, 2019

Honouring the brave men and women who gave everything in defence of their country.

A short parade begins at 10:45 AM sharp at the Tremont, walking one block to the Cenotaph located at the Collingwood Museum.

Everyone is invited back to the Collingwood Legion afterwards for a free community lunch (490 Ontario Street).

Remember with your local Royal Canadian Legion:
Theme: The Art of Resilience
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Doors Open at 5:30 PM)

Agenda: Maker 5X5 | Keynote Presentation | After Party

The 6th annual Creative Collingwood Symposium will leave you inspired and is not to be missed if you are an artist, creator, maker, musician, arts administrator, creative professional, educator or cultural enthusiast! We'll kick-off with a Maker 5X5 - 5 makers, 5 minute presentations & 5 minutes for Q&A each - followed by a talk interspersed with songs by gifted storyteller and Juno-nominated musician Peter Katz and finally an After Party catered by Low Down.

Location: Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood

More information and registration:

Contact Information: 705-444-2500 ext. 3287

Photo by Jag Gundu
Please take notice that the pedestrian crossover on Hurontario Street at the Hamilton Drain Trail Crossing, which is south of Stanley Street, is now open and activated. This new crossover also ties the trail system together on the Hamilton Drain Trail.

Crossovers are a way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. 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 has a button pedestrians can push to activate flashing lights. This crossover has been built to provincial standards in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act.

Signage is in place informing drivers of the new crossover. The OPP is monitoring driver behaviour and will issue tickets to motorists who are not following the rules of the road. Schools and School Board partners have been asked to share information with their students and families about pedestrian, motorist, and cyclist safety at crossovers.

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.
Please take notice that construction of the new crossing at the front of Cameron Street Public School is now complete. Beginning on Tuesday, November 5, the Crossing Guard that was temporarily assigned to Cameron Street and Maple Street will be re-positioned to this new crossing. Students and parents are encouraged to use the new crossing.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during construction.


In late October, Sunset Point and all of the Collingwood coastline was hit hard with high winds, rain, and waves, causing major damage and dangerous conditions.

The best efforts that Town Staff could take in preparation were not enough, and the foundation of the Inuksuk is now exposed. More land has also been lost along the park shore due to high water and wave action.

Residents are asked to avoid the park and shoreline at Sunset Point, especially during times of poor weather and heavy waves. Please also use caution on the trail and roadway at Heritage Drive. Waves have undermined some of the trail there. The roadway, at times, may be covered in water. Please avoid areas that have been barricaded or marked with signage and pylons.

Town Staff continue to assess and work with contract engineers on solutions that may reduce damage to Town property.
The Town is seeking applicants for the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Applicants should represent skill sets and/or interest in the following areas:
  • youth, adults, seniors, persons with disabilities, keen awareness of accessibility issues, expertise in construction or design of public spaces.

For applications and more information please visit

Applications must be submitted no later than:
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 4:00 PM
Attn: Christa Carter, Coordinator, Clerk Services
Town of Collingwood
97 Hurontario Street, PO Box 157, Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z5

At the Collingwood Art Crawl on Saturday, September 21, 2019, the Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department introduced a community engagement opportunity that had an ‘art spin’. This engagement art piece reached out to Art Crawl participants to better understand event experiences and opportunities to strengthen the event in the future.

Visitors were asked to rank their experience at Art Crawl using a five-point scale (Excellent, Very Good, Good, OK, and Poor) and add a coloured dot assigned to their ranking to the Collingwood Art Crawl - Art of Opinion piece. The final art piece displayed a visual and numerical summary of visitor experience.

The Art of Opinion piece received a total of 238 responses from a broad range of ages. Of those who participated, 75% found the event excellent (yellow), 23% very good (orange) and 1.7% good (green).

In addition, visitors provided comments under themes connected to the artists, musicians, roads/traffic, timing, and possible additions. A total of 46 comments were collected.

The response from the community was extremely positive and we look forward to hosting Art Crawl again next year on September 19, 2020.

This event would not have been possible without the support of Butter Gallery, Collingwood Downtown, Century 21 The Jen Scholte Team, Province of Ontario, and Tourism Simcoe County.

The Collingwood Art Crawl took place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and featured 41 different venues including retail shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, offices, art galleries, and cultural and community spaces. A total of 74 artists and 57 musical acts participated, showcasing the diversity and talent of our art community.

As the seasons change, so do the types of daily operations that keep our roads safe and accessible in the Town of Collingwood. The Town has been gearing up for the winter season ahead for many weeks, ensuring that the proper materials are in stock, equipment and trucks are ready to roll, and plans are in place. The Town would like to remind residents and motorists to take the time to prepare for the snowy winter days that lay ahead and be ready for the upcoming season. 
Preparedness can be as simple as ensuring your snow tires are on, an extra blanket, pair of gloves, or toque is in your vehicle, and that you have allowed yourself extra time to come and go throughout the day.

Winter Operations & Snow Removal

Snow removal and winter maintenance of Town roads and sidewalks is done by the Public Works department, who is dedicated to providing the best quality snow clearing service to residents, business owners, and visitors alike. The Province of Ontario has put in place a set of maintenance standards that provide a baseline for our snow clearing and roads maintenance activities, and it's our mission to meet or exceed them. While we do our very best to provide the best possible level of customer service, it's important to remember that various weather conditions and other circumstances can affect our snow clearing activities.

The time it takes for a snow plow to clear your road and sidewalk depends on where you're located. All roads in Collingwood are prioritized into specific categories to make sure we tackle our most-traveled and busiest areas first. While it is our mission to clear all roads in the Town within 24 hours, our first priority is clearing the Main Arterial Roads so that emergency services like Police, Fire and Paramedics can do their job.

Further information on Winter Operations including safety tips and parking restriction notices, please visit the Town of Collingwood website:

Get active and enjoy a variety of drop-in programs offered at one of our ice rinks. 

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

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

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

Learn more about Skating Programs in the Town of Collingwood at 

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week
November 1 to 7, 2019

What's The Risk?

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

What Can Alarms Do?

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

How Do I Protect My Family?

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

Every dog in the Town of Collingwood is required to have an annual dog tag.

All dogs must have a valid rabies vaccination.

Dog Licence Fees

  • Per dog $36.00
  • Per dog spayed/neutered or micro chipped $26.00
  • Per dog spayed/neutered and micro chipped $20.00
  • Lifetime Dog Tag (non-refundable, non-transferable) $150.00

For more information and applications, visit

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

Community Announcements:
  • Members of Council commented on the date change for the Development & Operations Standing Committee Meeting, the Everest Challenge, Georgian Triangle Humane Society Volunteer Info Session, Flu Shots, Poppy Season for the Legion, FCM Scholarships for young women, TED X event, Banners for Remembrance, the Winter Farmers Market at the Trinity Church, and a recent concert and play at the Simcoe Street Theatre. 
Consent Agenda:
  • Council discusses Joint and Several Liability Consultation with the Township of Springwater, a Call for restriction on vaping and flavoured e-cigarettes by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, an introduction of the Citizens for Collingwood group, Integrity Commissioner Matters at the Town of Blue Mountains, and development of a new YMCA in Barrie.
Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved meeting minutes from the Collingwood Downtown BIA Board of Management, Museum Advisory Committee, and the Trails Advisory Committee.
  • Council approves the Town of Collingwood Cycling Plan and directs Staff to implement the recommendations through funding requests during budget deliberations. It is noted that the Cycling Plan would roll out in pieces over time as budgets can allow.
  • Council approves the signing of a donor agreement for a very generous Tree Donation.
Staff Reports:
  • Council approves a Part Lot Control Exemption By-Law to allow for the creation of 85 lots for 71 townhouse dwelling units and 14 semi-detached dwelling units within the Summit View Subdivision.
  • Council approves with amendment a declaration of climate crisis and directs Staff to investigate actions and resources to combat climate change. 
Other Business:
  • Deputy Mayor Hull reports that $55,000 had been raised for United Way of Simcoe Muskoka.
  • Councillor Jeffery requests a Staff Report on the feasibility of hosting an FCM board meeting and participating in FCM international programming.
  • Deputy Mayor Hull announces that the Aquatic Centre will be re-opening after a construction delay.
  • Council went in-camera to discuss fire negotiations and the Judicial Inquiry.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at

Community Announcements:
  • Members of Council promoted Active Transportation, Poppies for Remembrance Day, Remembrance Banners, Everest Challenge, BIA Black Harvest, Santa Clause Parade, BIA Social, Halloween Road Safety, Lighthouse Support Concert at Simcoe Street Theatre, Georgian Triangle Humane Society Remembrance Pins, Hospital Fundraiser Ski Films, Order of Collingwood Nominations, and Museum Word Share.
  • Takako Ito, Consul-General of Japan discussed Collingwood's upcoming delegation to Japan.
  • Ron Kilius of the Never Forgotten Memorial Foundation of Canada requested a resolution of support for building a memorial.
  • Steve and Vanessa Walker of 1858 Caesar Bar request a Patio Extension.
Consent Agenda:
  • Council approves support for the Town of Penetanguishene as a primary location for Francophone University.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
  • Council approved Heritage Committee minutes including two recommendations.
  • Council approved the Expropriation Plan for 70 Huron Street Drainage.
  • Council approved with amendments the Authorization By-law to execute a Site Plan Control Agreement at 84 Hurontario Street - The Regent.
  • Council approved the Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, & an Authorization By-law to execute an amendment to the Site Plan Control Agreement at 360 Raglan Street.
  • Council approved the Sandford Fleming Drive Conveyance.
Other Business:
  • Council directs Staff to prepare a report outlining opportunities for the municipality to fill apartments and vacant spaces within the downtown core, through incentives and partnerships with stakeholders.
  • CAO Fareed Amin provides a 2020 Work Plan.
  • Director MacDonald discusses plans and initiatives for Town roadways and crossings.
  • Mayor Saunderson announces details about the Towns involvement in a UN Habitat initiative.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at:
  • Monday, November 4 - Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Wednesday, November 13 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, November 18 - Development & Operations Services Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Monday, November 25 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM at Town Hall
  • Thursday, November 28 - Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee Meeting - TBD
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