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Nov. 29, 2023 – Burning Permits

Residents of Midland who are planning to have a bonfire, must purchase an annual Burning Permit.

Dog Tags

Starting in 2024, you can apply online to register and purchase a dog tag. All dog owners in Midland are required to register and purchase a dog tag. Reduced fee Jan. 1 – Feb. 28. See our Animal Services and Control page.

Free Midland Seniors (65+) Transit

Ride the Mid-Pen Transit Service for free! Register at the Municipal office, bring photo ID with proof of age and Midland residency. Visit our Transit page for more information on Mid-Pen Transit Service.

Water and Tax PAP

Set up easy and convenient pre-authorized payment plans for water and tax payments.

  • Download the Utility PAP form here.
  • Download the Property Tax PAP form here.

Need Service?

Connect with Town staff using our online request for service form. Report an issue or request service directly to departments by creating a case here.

Help Shape Our Town

Volunteer with us! Join a board or committee or volunteer at Town events.

  • Complete an application join a board or committee.
  • Keep a look out on our Festival and Events pages for when volunteer opportunities open.


$45K Grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada Ensures Midland Fire Department is Better Prepared

Grant is part of more than $3.2 million given by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada to public safety organizations across Ontario.

Nov. 30 2023 – Midland – Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada announced the award of a $45K grant to Midland Fire Department to ensure first responders have the necessary equipment to keep community members and themselves safe. The grant will be used to purchase a Hurst eDRAULIC® cutter, spreader, and accessories, fulfilling a critical need within the department.

“On behalf of the department and its members, I want to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada and our local Firehouse Subs in Midland for recognizing our needs and awarding funding to provide this equipment,” said Richard Renaud, Director of Emergency Services and Fire Chief “Providing first responders with the right tools is crucial for us to successfully do our jobs.”

The new Hurst eDRAULIC® cutters and spreaders will allow for significantly faster on-scene setup, extrication, and easier mobility when seconds matter while extricating patients during severe car accidents. Having the appropriate tools on hand makes all the difference in allowing first responders to effectively serve their communities and save lives.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada has awarded 331 grants to public safety organizations since 2015. This grant is one of 12 Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canada awarded to public safety organizations during the most recent grant cycle. The 12 grants will provide critical lifesaving equipment valued at more than $370,000 across Ontario.

To donate and learn more, visit any Firehouse Subs restaurant or donate online at Canadahelps.org.


Flag Raising – The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign

Nov. 24, 2023 – Midland – “Thank you all for coming today. We’re here with representatives from the Midland Salvation Army to celebrate the Kettle Campaign, one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events.

Every time you walk into a grocery store, a mall, or a community centre you see a familiar symbol of the holiday season, the Salvation Army Kettle. In fact, there are more than 2000 ket-tle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

There are six kettles around the North Simcoe area, four being in Midland at the LCBO, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, and Canadian Tire. One kettle in Penetanguishene Village Square Mall and one at the Waubaushene LCBO.

Funds raised through Midland Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign directly help the people in our community. Funding their Christmas Hamper Program, where hundreds of youth will receive a hamper this holiday season. Additionally, funds gathered this holiday season directly sustain their food bank well into 2024, as well as their outreach program.

To the volunteers who selflessly give their time, the compassionate staff that are a support to our community, the people who stop to donate what they can, and to each person with us today – let us celebrate the kindness and warmth of North Simcoe.

Together we can make a difference in someone’s life. Visit the Midland Salvation Army’s web-site to see how you can get involved and volunteer or donate.

Thank you to the Salvation Army for being the heart of this incredible initiative.” – Mayor Bill Gordon


Midland BIA Tree Lighting

Dec. 3, 2023 – The Midland BIA Tree Lighting event on Fri. Nov. 24, 2023 was extra special as the local elementary school’s children’s choir entertained with a  lovely sing-along. Other entertainers were the Royal Canadian Legion Pipes and Drums, the Sing It Women’s Choir. Special thanks to CHIGAMIK Community Health Center, the Civitan Club, the Midland Firefighting Team, the Midland Public Library and Cultural Center, RoyalTea on King, We Are the Villagers, REMAX for hosting crafts and face painting along with Janet Thorpe, a local artist, the Pure Country Tailgate team, and local Tim Hortons for the free hot chocolate top-up, our street performers, and, of course, our Midland community. Thank you to the Town of Midland for making all of this possible!

Other activities that happened included making some crafts at the Midland Cultural Centre, and  where you can also donate food for the Downtown Midland Holiday Food Drive. There was photo taking in Chuffy the Civitan Train on King Street and free hot chocolate was handed out by We are the Villagers. Photos with Santa were available, and along with street performances, choir, pipes and drums, and indigenous drum circle. Stores stayed open until 7 pm down King Street, with select stores open all the way down to Bayshore. They had their holiday deals out.


48th Annual Midland Civitan Club’s Santa Claus Parade

Dec. 3, 2023 – Our honorary Parade Marshall Rene Hackstetter did a great job, according to the crowd size at the Santa Claus Parade in Midland.

The streets of Midland came alive with Christmas spirit on King Street on Nov. 25, 2023 with over 50 parade floats and walking groups. ‘The Stories of Christmas” theme parade attracted a huge crowd that was full of smiling faces.

The winners are

President’s Choice – Shriners Club

1st Place – Revel Realty

2nd Place – St. Theresa’s High School

3rd Place – Georgian Bay Secondary School

Best Music – Ecole St. Joseph

Best Costumes – Rotary Club of Midland

By Linda Belcourt, Editor


MCC Presents: A Very Very Cassie and Maggie Christmas

Nov. 22, 2023 – Midland – The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) is thrilled to announce ‘A Very Very Cassie and Maggie Christmas’ is making a stop in Midland on their 2023 holiday tour on Monday, December 11th at 7pm.

“A Christmas confection with perfect measures of sugar and spice, nestled amongst the best loved traditions of Atlantic Canada… the sound that emanates from these two is so enormous if could take up any room and is a true testament to their talent”- New York Theater guide Internationally acclaimed, award winning musical sister duo – Cassie and Maggie are no strangers to holiday magic. Part of a multi generational musical dynasty; Christmas was always a time to gather near and sing boisterously, as in days of old. The doors were always open to company and the New Year just around the corner. This season, the MacDonald sisters invite you to bring your kin, to ‘A Very Very Cassie and Maggie Christmas’ celebrating not only yuletide fun but their new album of the same name. The trademarks of their stage show will be there as sure as reindeer fly. Fiddle, guitar, piano, sibling harmonies and percussive stepdance will mark the season, as well as classic Christmas hymns, ancient carols and a sassy ode to the most mysterious of Santa’s reindeer, Vixen. A Very Very Cassie and Maggie Christmas is just what the elves ordered for a season of delightful memories.

Tickets are available at midlandculturalcentre.com/mccholidays2023.

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