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Doug Downey
Ontario Supporting 13 Organizations in Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Funding to help non-profits deliver vital services to create a stronger Ontario

On April 27, 2022, Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte announced that 13 local organizations will receive over $1.2m to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the best service possible for the people of Barrie and create a stronger Ontario. This grant has been provided through the Resilient Communities Fund.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community, especially in Barrie,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte “Countless people rely on their services every day, and even facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This funding will help them offset those impacts and continue supporting those who need it most.”

In total, the Ontario government is providing $95.8 million this year through the Resilient Communities Fund to help 1,146 non-profit organizations across the province recover and rebuild.

The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to cover a broad and flexible range of needs, such as:

Mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers.

Support to adapt or re-imagine program delivery and services to meet the needs of communities, employees and volunteers, incorporate new health and safety processes, or purchase new technology and personal protective equipment.

Renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has committed to supporting those struggling the most,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “That’s why it’s been a priority for us to fund successful programs like the Resilient Communities Fund, which helps non-profits adapt and grow – ensuring they can continue providing the best service possible to the people of Barrie and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.”


The local organizations receiving funding through the Resilient Communities Fund are:

Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County – $148,100

Barrie Native Advisory Circle – $150,000

Community Builders -$94,700

The Elizabeth Fry Society – $62,100

The Gilbert Centre – $65,700

Hospice Simcoe – $111,800

The MacLaren Arts Centre – $150,000

Rainbows for All Children – $61,100

Redwood Park Communities $118,300

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children – $35,400

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers – $33,000

Sweet Charity $48,500


Talk is Free Theatre – $143,700

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will continue to offer the Resilient Communities Fund in 2022-23 to help more eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details and a full list of grant recipients to date are available on the OTF website.



The Resilient Communities Fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) – an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and has supported 2,191 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.

In 2020-21, OTF redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund to rebuild the capacity of non-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19.

OTF awarded $94.3 million to 1,238 projects in 2021 through its Seed grant stream and Resilient Communities Fund to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.


2021 Budget – Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.



Hiring 10,000 new educators to help get our students

Thursday, May 5, 2022 – This morning, the Ontario Liberals announced plans to cut class sizes province-wide, capping them at 20 students for every grade. Because capping class sizes will require more educators, the plan also includes hiring 10,000 teachers to ensure every student gets the focus and attention they deserve.

“Over the past four years, we’ve seen just how detrimental cuts to education can be to our educators and the future minds of the province,” says Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte Provincial Liberal candidate, Jeff Lehman. “Our students and our educators deserve better – they deserve a government who works for all of us and that has a clear plan for learning recovery focused on smaller class sizes, larger investments, and dedicated supports for our students.”

As our kids try to catch up on learning lost during the pandemic, they need their teachers more than ever – but the Ford Conservatives’ budget slashed $1.3 billion in much-needed funding for schools and doubled down on disastrous mandatory online learning. Ontario Liberals will reverse Doug Ford’s cuts to public education, putting a hard class size cap of 20 students in every grade, and will put an end to the Ford Conservative plan to impose mandatory online learning on students.

To reach the goal of hiring 10,000 more teachers, the plan also includes recruiting teachers from other provinces, helping qualified teachers immigrate to Ontario, and attracting some of the 80,000 Ontario certified teachers not currently employed by schools back into teaching. The Ontario Liberal plan will also support teacher education programs – particularly for French language educators.

For more information on the Ontario Liberal education plan, please visit: https://bit.ly/3seJMaf

For more information about the Team Lehman campaign, please visit: http://jefflehman.ca/



Monday, May 9, 2022 – This morning, the Ontario Liberals released its fully costed platform, outlining a strong commitment to rebuilding Ontario as A Place to Grow and tackling the province’s affordability crisis.

“After four years of cuts to our public services, it’s time for a government that focuses to what matters most – our hospitals, schools, and supporting our working families,” says Barrie– Springwater–Oro-Medonte Ontario Liberal candidate, Jeff Lehman. “It’s time for a local voice at Queen’s Park that will advocate for our community and ensure we all have access to the essential services we rely on.”

The plan includes improving public education, clearing the surgery backlog, and revolutionizing elder care. At its core, A Place to Grow is about tackling Ontario’s affordability crisis and helping families get ahead – including by introducing $1 transit fares, lowering the cost of food, and make buying and renting a home more affordable.

The fully-costed, fair and forward-looking plan will make life better for the next generation, putting Ontario on a path to present a balanced budget in 2026-27. The Ontario Liberal plan also incorporates the revenue forecasts from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario and an Ontario Liberal government will undertake an in-depth fiscal review within 100 days of taking office.

For more information on the Ontario Liberal Platform, please visit:


For more information about the Team Lehman campaign, please visit: http://jefflehman.ca/


MP Doug Shipley

Passport Canada services still experiencing delays

As countries around the world listen to public health officials and reopen their borders, Canadians are ready to travel for business, leisure, and to see loved ones again.

As our federal government continues to ease some travel restrictions, my office is receiving many calls and emails regarding passport applications.

Please note that Passport Canada is currently taking approximately two to three months to process new passport applications and passport renewals.

If you’re planning to travel internationally and will require a new passport, please consider applying early to avoid delays. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact my office for assistance at 728-2596. Additional information is also available on my website: https://www.dougshipleymp.ca/passports.

Unfortunately, I have been contacted by many constituents who have had to cancel or reschedule travel plans due to delayed Passport Canada services.

The increase in demand for passport renewals should have been easy for the government to predict as more Canadians need to update their travel documents. Further, as this year is the ten-year anniversary of implementing the ten-year passport, a predictable increase in demand was foreseeable.

As your Member of Parliament, I have signed a letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) detailing the issues Canadians are experiencing and asking that immediate action is taken to address these delays.

Finally, thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for my Volunteer Week awards. It was amazing to read about the tremendous contributions volunteers have made to Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte. Volunteers provide so much to our community and their work does not go unnoticed. Thank you for continuing to give your time and energy to so many important causes in our community.

As always, my staff and I are available to discuss any federal matters that are of concern to you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out.


Doug Shipley, MP

Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte



Township of Springwater

Council Meeting Highlights: April 20, 2022

Next Council Meeting: May 4, 2022

Littering By-law Approved

Council voted to rescind the Waste Control Bylaw

and adopt a new Littering By-law to regulate littering and dumping on privately owned and public properties in Springwater. To further address this issue, Council directed staff to report on the cost associated with placing no littering signs throughout the Township.

START Project Signage Request

Council approved a request from Scale Nature Park to install five Saving Turtles At Risk Today (START) project signs along the North Simcoe Rail Trail. The proposed signage is intended to raise turtle awareness and increase community engagement on turtle conservation. Staff were directed to request additional sign locations and investigate the cost implications should the signage not be provided by the START project.

Elmvale Village – Extension of Draft Plan Approval

A one-year extension of draft plan approval was granted to the developer of the Elmvale Village Phase II Subdivision. The extension will allow the developer to continue working to address the remaining draft plan conditions and ultimately complete the registration of the subdivision. Wynstar Developments Inc. Development Agreement

Council authorized a development agreement with Wynstar Developments Inc. for the creation of four new residential lots at 5 Glen Echo Drive in Midhurst that were conditionally approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal. The development agreement will be subject to the advice and review of the Township’s solicitor, engineer, and staff prior to its final execution.

Commitment to Maintain the Green Belt

As the result of a notice of motion by Councilor Anita Moore, Council reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining the Township’s current Green Belt buffer, but may make considerations for:

  1. Any major institutional development/ applications to address a social need to the community.
  2. Any major commercial development that would benefit the Township in the corridors of 90, 93, 26, 27 and Bayfield Street.

Springwater has maintained a 1km Green Belt buffer around its perimeter since before 1998. The purpose of the policy is to protect agricultural farmland by restricting new nonagricultural development, with exceptions for

minor site-specific infill applications.

Policies/Guidelines for MZO Support Requests to Council

Staff were directed to prepare a report on potential Township policies and guidelines surrounding Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO) support requests made to Council. The policies and guidelines would include MZO request requirements, notification requirements, and public consultation requirements. Council also agreed to suspend any decisions on MZO support requests until a policy is adopted. In the interim, Council will be provided with education on various topics related to MZOs.

This summary is not a full representation of the meeting.

For the official record, please refer to the minutes in the next Council Agenda.

Past Council Meetings are available for viewing on the Township’s YouTube channel.

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MPP Can Help Stop the Washing of Gravel with World’s Purest Water

Ontario Liberal candidates Aaron Cayden Hiltz (Simcoe North) and Jeff Lehman (Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte) attended the Elmvale Water Flow at corner of Flos Ten and Hwy 27.  They are in support of local water conservation and protection. The Alliston aquifer supplies our two Ridings with some of the purest water on Earth, and protection of this vital resource is important. Concerns have been raised about development and resource extraction that may jeopardize this local resource, and Aaron and Jeff were rallying and meeting with concerned residents of both ridings to hear resident concerns and show their support for the conservation and protection of local water resources.

Ontario Liberal Candidate Jeff Lehman said, “Tiny  Township has dealing with this issue and has passed a resolution in favour of an independent scientific study before there are any more permits to take water and I think that is a very appropriate step. All we are asking for, I think, is for strong evidence based policies that respect the science. We have frankly seen in the past few years how much trouble Government gets into when they don’t follow science.

I know this a very personal for you because you live here and get your water here. This is not just a landmark in Simcoe County, this Elmvale Water Flow and is our water. For many of you, this is the place you have chosen to live because of the quality of life it represents and the protection of resources like this one. The commitment I would make as an MPP is that I see the importance of that. We would be here to listen to you. I know Aaron (Cayden Hiltz, Simcoe North candidate), would be the same if we get this chance to represent you after June 2.

I want to thank you for advocating for what’s important to you.”


Ontario.ca website states, “A guide for completing a Permit to Take Water application form. Section 34 of the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) requires anyone taking more than a total of 50,000 litres of water in a day, with some exceptions, to obtain a permit from a Director appointed by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.”. So is the MNR is responsible for this? The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s vision is that Ontarians benefit from the health and wealth of the province’s natural resources, today and in the future. The ministry’s mission is to sustainably manage and promote the responsible use of our natural resources.


Purpose of the Permit to Take Water (PTTW) Program

Water takings in Ontario are governed by the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and the Water Taking Regulation (O. Reg. 387/04) a regulation under the Act. Section 34 of the OWRA requires anyone taking more than a total of 50,000 litres of water in a day, with some exceptions, to obtain a Permit from a Director appointed by the Minister for the purposes of Section 34. Requirements of the permit system, including the factors a Director must consider in issuing a permit, notification and consultation, data collection and reporting, are contained in Section 34 of the OWRA and the amended Water Taking Regulation. The Regulation also addresses water takings in high use watersheds and the Great Lakes Basin.

The purpose of the Permit to Take Water (PTTW) program is to ensure the conservation, protection and wise use and management of the waters of the province. Permits are controlled, and not issued if the taking of more water in a given area would adversely affect existing users or the environment.

The requirements of the application form for a Permit to Take Water reflect the Ontario government’s continuing efforts to safeguard the province’s water supply. Detailed information is requested about individual water takings so that Ontario’s water resources may be protected for all users.

“The Director cannot approve applications for new or expanded water takings of specific types in high-use watersheds. Please refer to the ‘Create a Map’ tool to verify your location with respect to high-use watersheds if you are applying for a new or expanded Permit to Take Water for:

beverage manufacturing

fruit or vegetable canning or pickling (but not washing)

ready-mix concrete (not portable)

aggregate processing (to form a slurry)

manufactured products, where water is incorporated into products (but not pulp and paper or ethanol” ;source: Basics of applying for a Permit to Take Water (https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-permit-take-water-application-form#section-3)


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