Council Highlights – January 14, 2019

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

Community Announcements:

  • A new video showcased some of the 2018 highlights from Council, the library, Fire Services, Parks, Rec and Culture, Public Works, Planning and Development, and Economic Development. WATCH >>
  • All Council and Committee Meetings can be viewed live HERE and there is a button at the bottom of that will get you there as well.
  • The public is invited to take in the Reconciliation Art Project at Town Hall. The project is titled Call to Action #83 after the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Action #83 which calls upon indigenous and non-indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process. MORE >>
  • Council reflected on the Order of Collingwood Award winners who were honoured at the 2019 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee. The event took place on Sunday, January 13, at the Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre. A large crowd enjoyed motivational speeches and greetings, live music, Town highlights from the past year, and a celebration of community members who have gone above and beyond as volunteers for the Town of Collingwood. MORE >>

Consent Agenda:

  • Council supported a City of Hamilton Motion regarding the maintaining of the Voters list for Municipal Elections.
  • Feedback for Housing Supply Action Plan will be looked at on Monday, January 28.

Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:

  • Council decided to “opt in” on the Province’s cannabis retail store legislation. This decision will allow cannabis retail outlets in Collingwood, as regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and will provide the Town with additional funding from the Province. The Town sought out and received feedback on cannabis retail from the community through stakeholder consultations, an online public survey, written public comments, a Chamber of Commerce cannabis event, and a public hearing held on Monday, January 7. This feedback helped guide Council’s decision to opt in. 
  • Council accepted the report that discussed all actions implemented during the 2018 Municipal Election that enhanced accessibility as required in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act.
  • Council also approved Policy D-20 Fit For Duty.

Staff Reports:
Council will submit proposed comments on “Bill 66: Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act” to the Ministry by the required date of Sunday, January 20, 2019.


  • Council approves the audio recording of closed meetings to assist with investigation processes so to provide good government that is accountable, transparent, and consistent with the Community Based Strategic Plan.
  • Council approves the implementation of a system that tracks the voting record and attendance of all regular Council and Standing Committee meetings. This will be available on the Town Website.
  • Notice for Standing Committee Meetings be not less than 72 hours, consistent with regular meetings.

Council approved the appointment of new Directors to the Downtown Collingwood Business Improvement Area Board of Management.

Other Business:

Upcoming Council & Standing Committee Meetings:
Monday, January 21, 2019 - Development/Operations Standing Committee Meeting - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee Meeting – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 28, 2019 - Council Meeting - 5:00 PM

Agendas and Minutes are available online at: