Council Highlights - January 15, 2018


Tourism Labour Supply Task Force (PDF copy of presentation)
Andrew Siegwart - President - Blue Mountain Village Association

Andrew Siegwart, President, Blue Mountain Village Association provided an update to Council on the efforts and findings of the South Georgian Bay Tourism Industry Labour Supply Task Force. He discussed the tourism industry’s difficulty in finding staff, noting that tourism workers aren’t just service industry workers.

The Task Force has conducted research studies, created surveys on child care needs, held workshops with businesses, consulted municipal planning departments and engaged in community outreach, all in an effort to make a positive impact on the labour market and the local economy. Siegwart outlined the Task Force’s next steps, including a transit forum, an Employer One survey and retaining a housing consultant who will create a business case for more attainable housing.


Consent Agenda (Correspondence)

The following three items were received for information.

  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs re: Protecting water for future generations - Public consultation
  • Letter from Jean Vanier re: In-Kind request for arena rental
    Council approved the in-kind request to provide ice time to the Jean Vanier Catholic High School  OFSAA for Boys A/AA hockey tournament, to be held March 19 – 23, 2018.
  • Too Far Too Fast re: Legalized cannabis stores

Staff Reports

PRC Master Plan Consultation (PDF copy of presentation)
Pierre Chauvin and Jon Linton - MHBC Planning

Pierre Chauvin gave Council an overview of the purpose of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Framework for Well-Being and the progress achieved so far.

Jon Linton led Council members in a discussion of the strengths, areas for improvement and challenges for the future of PRC.

Pierre provided a review of the feedback received so far, highlighting the sense of Collingwood as a healthy place to live, and that PRC helps to bring the community together and encourages physical activity. It was noted that barriers to participation include lack of time, lack of knowledge of what is being offered and fees that are perceived to be too high.

The PRC Framework survey is available online or at all PRC facilities until February 28, and the next public open house will be held in April. The public was also reminded that everyone who completes the survey will be entered for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate.


Motions & Notices of Motion

Council voted to direct staff to prepare the first draft of the 2018 Budget by the week of January 29, 2018.

Notice of motion was provided for the following motion, which will be voted on at the next regular Council meeting:

WHEREAS Council passed a resolution on September 12, 2016 in support of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital submitting the Stage 1 application to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the hospital redevelopment on September 30, 2016;

AND WHEREAS Council passed a resolution on September 11, 2017 to continue to work with the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in any way to assist in progressing to stage 2 of the redevelopment process.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council herein authorize pre-approval in an amount up to $150,000 in the 2018 budget to be used at the discretion of the CAO for assisting the CGMH with expenses incurred in the Stage 1 a) and b) applications/responses required for the hospital redevelopment.


Council voted to waive notice requirements and approved the following motion:

THAT Council herein provide no further approvals to the Eden Oak (McNabb) Development until such time as Council as a whole together with staff have the opportunity to review the concerns expressed by the neighbouring residents and agree upon any mitigation options.



Collingwood will be receiving $302,000 in gas tax funding which goes towards the Town of Collingwood’s transit system, including the Collingwood-Blue Mountains Link and the Collingwood-Wasaga Link.


Upcoming Council & Standing Committee Meetings

Meeting Type

Date, time & location

Development & Operations Services Standing Committee

Monday, January 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie

Council Meeting

Monday, January 29, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee

Monday, February 5 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie

Council Meeting

Monday, February 12 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street



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For more information, contact:

Communications Officer
Jennett Mays
705-445-1030 Ext. 3293

Sara Almas
705-445-1030 Ext. 3225

Sandra Cooper