Marci Csumrik                                                                                                
13+ years experience with Remax Orillia.  Great knowledge of the local market and Trent Severn Waterway.  A true professional with your lifestyle in mind!  Serving Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Washago, and Ramara. 
Visit  www.marci.ca
St. James' Anglican Church

 St. James' Anglican Church, located at 58 Peter St. N., is pleased to announce our Spiritual Growth Centre, where a series of workshops are being held. For more information contact  spiritualgrowthcentre@stjamesorillia.com

You can also check  www.stjamesorillia.com or call 705-325-2742 church office.

  Geneva Event Centre
When you're looking for an event centre that provides so many choices of entertainment, you'll trust Geneva Event Centre to deliver just that.  Hosting live music performances, private parties, community events, art shows, and everything in between-we are fully licensed to offer a variety of adult refreshments and in-house catering services.  For bookings & inquiries, check out Geneva Event Centre: www.genevaeventcentre.ca | 705-327-3696 | info@genevaeventcentre.ca  

"Have enough courage to start and enough heart to finish."

  -Jessica N. S. Yourko
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019.
This Month
In This Issue
Table of Contents
Information Orillia Income Tax Clinic 
March 4th-April 30th

Information Orillia provides an annual income tax filing service. During the months of March and April each year there is the opportunity to receive free filing for people with low-income, as well as a sliding scale throughout the year. Drop into our office:
Monday to Thursday 
10:00 am-12:00pm & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Single under $20,000 * Family under $30,000 = FREE or by donation
Single under $30,000 * Family under $40,000 = $10
Over Budget? Low-Middle Income Levels?
Sliding Scale
Contact 705-326-7743 or info@inforamtionorillia.org

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Message Board


Information Orillia is working together with the City of Orillia to streamline information sharing by partnering on our events calendar. 

To include your event, follow this link.  

The info is accessible online and through the City's free PingStreet mobile app .

To post on The HUB please contact info@informationorillia.org

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The Lighthouse: Client Community Lunch & Learn
March 22nd


Opiod Task Force: Opiods In Our Community- Panel Discussion Night
March 21st

Georgian College: Ramp Up To Employment
March 26th to April 11th

Westmount Congregation: Movie Night
April 13th

Community Foundation of Orillia & Area: Spring Grant Applications Available
Accepting Applications Until April 18th

City of Orillia: City-Owned Properties One Step Closer to Being Smoke Free
News Release


A by-law banning smoking/vaping tobacco and cannabis outdoors on property owned or leased by the City of Orillia is being presented to Council for final approval on April 1 after receiving Council support at its meeting this week. Once approved, the by-law would come into effect on May 15, 2019.
"Council thoroughly debated the idea of banning smoking and vaping on properties owned or leased by the City and ultimately determined that we want to create a greener, healthier community and this is one way in which we can support that initiative. I believe that by making our City parks, trails and properties smoke- and vape-free we are providing a welcoming environment that contributes to the overall wellbeing of our citizens and visitors. Based on discussion around the Council table, this by-law may evolve with time," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
At its meeting on March 4, Council provided direction on specific exemptions it would like included in the by-law. The exemptions are: the current designated smoking area at the City-owned Nordia property (2 Hunter Valley Rd.), and the Stephen Leacock Museum (50 Museum Dr.) during special events, subject to a smoking permit being issued by the City's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department.
The ban on smoking/vaping outdoors includes tobacco, cannabis, e-liquid for vaping, and herbal material used in waterpipes, and applies to the following locations owned or leased by the City of Orillia:­
·          Any property upon which is located a municipal building, park, or beach;
·          Any parking lot, trail, walkway, or lane;
·          Any dock;
·          On or within a vehicle located on City-owned or leased property; and,
·          On or within a boat located or moored on City-owned or leased property.
In addition to the specific exemptions approved by Council, the following general exemptions apply to a person that is:
·          Smoking/vaping on any portion of a highway (this includes sidewalks) as municipalities do not have any jurisdiction to regulate this area;
·          Smoking/vaping while situated on a vessel containing sleeping, cooking, and toilet facilities that is moored within any City-owned or leased water lot;
·          Smoking/vaping on a campsite within a park, provided the campsite has been approved by the City in conjunction with a special event;
·          Entitled to possess cannabis for medical purposes and can provide the necessary documentation.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) states: "Adopting or expanding a smoke-free/vape-free by-law is an important consideration for a municipality to positively impact the health of the communities it governs. Based on the evidence, SMDHU encourages municipalities within the health unit to enact smoke-free/vape-free legislation for the following reasons:
·          Directly contributes to creating a smoke-free/vape-free culture
·          Reduces the initiation of smoking and vaping among our youth
·          Reduces the prevalence of tobacco use
·          Protects the environment
·          Protects against second-hand smoke and vape
·          Increases the number of people who quit smoking
·          Reduces tobacco-related morbidity and mortality, including acute cardiovascular events."
Following approval of the by-law banning smoking/vaping on property owned or leased by the City, the City will hire a part-time Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer to assist in enforcing the by-law effective May 15. The City will also erect new signage, which will complement a robust public education campaign, to inform residents and visitors of the ban. These costs are being subsidized through provincial funding provided by the Ministry of Finance associated with the legalization of cannabis.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Shawn Crawford
Manager of Legislative Services
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Transit service to Orillia Square Mall extended to April 2020
News Release

Those looking to ride the bus to and from the Orillia Square Mall can continue to do so until at least April 2020.
At its meeting on March 4, Council approved the continuation of Orillia Transit service to the mall located outside of City limits for another year following the Township of Severn committing one-year funding to the operating costs of the service. The total cost of running transit service to the mall is $47,500, which was historically paid by the mall annually, and will now be divided between the mall ($15,000), the Township of Severn ($15,000) and the City of Orillia ($17,500).
"A partnership between the City, Severn and the mall to fund this service demonstrates good partnerships at work and I commend our neighbours for their contribution," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Orillia Council is pleased transit service to the mall will continue to run. I believe Orillia taxpayers should not be on the hook to pay completely for a service that goes outside of the City. We will continue to negotiate for long term stability of the service."
Council authorized staff to continue working with the mall's management company, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited, and the Township of Severn to re-negotiate the transit services agreement to the Orillia Square mall beyond April 2020. The results of those negotiations will be considered during the 2020 budget.
In 2017, the new ownership group of the Orillia Square Mall (Canadian Tire Real Estate Investment Trust REIT represented by Bentall Kennedy) offered a reduced contribution to renew the transit service agreement to the mall. At that time, Council extended the service to April 30, 2019 for the reduced contribution with the condition that if a full value agreement could not be met by Dec. 1, 2018, transit service would be discontinued to the mall.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Jeff Hunter
Manager of Construction and Transit
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Provide Feedback on Orillia's Backyard Hen Pilot Project

Orillia's backyard chicken/hen coop pilot project will end on June 5, 2019. The City of Orillia wants to hear your feedback on the pilot project and potential next steps through a short survey available at  orillia.ca/backyardhens .
In May 2017, following much public interest and to foster local food production, Council approved awarding of up to 12 hen coop licenses permitting backyard chickens in Orillia on a two-year trial basis, with certain restrictions including flock size and property area. The purpose of the two-year pilot project was to gather additional data so that Council could decide whether to permit backyard hens on a permanent basis.
"As the City of Orillia backyard hen pilot project winds down, we want to gather feedback from the public regarding the success of the pilot and how you would like the City to proceed," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "This initiative was championed by residents eager to bring backyard hens to Orillia. We now want to connect back with the community to see if that desire remains."
During the pilot project, there have been three licensed backyard coops housing hens in the city. Throughout the pilot, staff conducted both scheduled and random inspections on the existing coops and did not note any major issues or complaints. 
Before reporting back to Council Committee regarding next steps, the City is looking for feedback from the general public, but in particular those residents who expressed interest in having backyard hens, but who did not participate in the pilot project, and from residents who have active hen coops in the city. 
The online survey is available at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MNBFHDW You can also forward your comments by email to Ali Chapple, Intermediate Planner, at  achapple@orillia.ca ,  or to Susan Votour, Planning Coordinator, at  svotour@orillia.ca , or by mail addressed to "Backyard Hens" care of City Centre, 50 Andrew St. S., Suite 300, Orillia, Ontario L3V 7T5. Deadline for feedback is March 18, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Currently, the number of hens in a coop is limited to four hens over the age of four months.  Roosters are prohibited and a property must be at least 500 sq. m. (5,382 sq. ft.) in size to accommodate a hen coop. There are also restrictions regarding the location of the hen coop on a property and a licensing fee of $100 is required. Staff are looking for feedback regarding the current regulations (a full copy of which can be found at  orillia.ca/backyardhens .)
The City of Orillia looks forward to receiving your feedback.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Ali Chapple
Intermediate Planner
Susan Votour
Planning Coordinator
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

A backyard hen coop located in the City of Orillia. The City's pilot project permitting backyard hens is ending June 5, 2019. Complete an online survey by March 18 to provide your feedback on the pilot and potential next steps.

City of Orillia: Annie Lloyd- 2018 Athlete of the Year
Media Release

Nineteen-year-old varsity athlete, Annie Lloyd, was named Orillia's 2018 Athlete of the Year at the Council meeting on March 4, 2019.
Annie Lloyd had a standout year in 2018. Lloyd represented Ontario at the 2018 National Women's Field Lacrosse Championship as co-captain. Lloyd competed with Queen's University Women's Lacrosse Team, winning the Ontario University Athletics Championship. Lloyd was also selected as the Ontario University Athletics Offensive Player of the Year.
"I was honoured to be nominated and I am so happy to be able to represent Orillia," said Lloyd following the ceremony.
Nominated by Mark Obee, Lloyd is described as "an exceptional athlete, who is a leader on and off the field. She is respected by her peers and is an excellent coach and mentor for the younger squad. She is recognized for her leadership abilities, hard work, commitment and positive contributions in her selection as Co-Captain of Team Ontario. She is an athlete who younger players admire and aspire to follow, and she volunteers her time back to the sport."
"On behalf of Orillia City Council and the Recreation Advisory Committee, I'd like to congratulate Annie on her outstanding year and thank her for her ongoing commitment to leadership on and off the field. Her dedication and hard work will also serve her well in her other life pursuits," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
Nominees for the 2018 Orillia Athlete of the Year included internationally renowned rower and water skier, Bob Wink, the Orillia Cricket Club stand-out and Man of the Series, Hemant Patel, and multi-sport athlete and member of league championship AA baseball team, Teddy McCollum-Kuntz.
The award winner was selected by a 10-member panel of local judges representing Orillia Secondary School, Twin Lakes Secondary School, Patrick Fogarty Secondary School, the Elementary School Physical Education Council, Orillia Today, Max 89FM, KICX 106FM, the Orillia Y.M.C.A, Orillia Sport Council and the City of Orillia Recreation Advisory Committee.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Chris Gammon
Sport Program Supervisor
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-826-4399 (cell)
Annie Lloyd was named the 2018 Orillia Athlete of the Year on Monday, March 4, 2019. Lloyd is pictured with Coun. Ralph Cipolla, Coun. David Campbell and Mayor Steve Clarke.

Orillia Community Kitchen Workshops
Various Dates

Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm
St. Paul's Centre, 62 Peter Street N

For more Information, Contact:

stpaulscentre.ca - orillia community kitchen

Wed, March 6, 2019 Veggie-Up Beef Stew
Wed, March 13, 2019 Squash and Sausage stew
Wed, March 20, 2019 Cook The Good Food Box: Recipe will not be known until the Monday of this week(will try to fit in an Irish Stew)
Wed, March 27, 2019 Veggie- Loaded Taco Casserole
Wed, April 3, 2019 To Be Determined.
Wed, April 10, 2019 Honey Grilled Salmon & Asparagus: sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, April 17, 2019 Cook Good Food Box (will try to fit in an Eat Your Greens Fritata): sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, April 24, 2019 Fun Flatbread Pizza: sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, May 1, 2019 Fruit Kabobs/Creamy Dreamy Hummus and Zesty Bean Dip: Sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, May 8, 2019 No Bake Toasted Oat Granla Bars/Savoury Broccoli and Cheese Muffins: sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, May 15, 2019 Turkey and Veggie stuffed Pita: sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, May 29, 2019 Colourful Quinoa Salad: sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, May 22, 2019 Fish and Fresh Herbs Veggie Packets: sample The Canada Food Guide

Westmount Congregation: Open to Grace Christian Yoga
Classes Start April 23rd & April 25th

Orillia District Literacy Council: Seeking Board Members

Westmount Congregation: Desserts & Discovery
April 10th

Jubilee Chorale Choir

Jubilee Chorale Choir of Orillia is pleased to donate proceeds in support of community from our Dec 9/18 concert at St. David Anglican~Lutheran Church. President Shirley Huntley, along with Conductor Brent Mayhew and some Chorale members present a cheque for $1000 to Pastor Lori Pilatzki in support of St. David programs. Jubilee Chorale also enjoys singing at various senior residences through the season. We are thrilled and working toward our upcoming concert on Sun June 2/19 at 2:30pm, Westmount Congregation, Orillia. Jubilee Chorale thanks you for your continued support. 


Orillia Public Library: March Calendar
Various dates in March


Orillia Museum of Art & History: The Mariposa Gala
April 27th

Click  here  to purchase tickets.

Join us for this year's Mariposa Gala!

We are proud to present The Mariposa Gala in support of Orillia Museum of Art & History's children and youth programs. We will be joined again by sommelier and certified fromager Andre Derrick from Vineland Estates Winery. He will choose a selection Vinelands wines and fine Canadian cheeses to complement the culinary creations by some of our local food purveyors. There will also be live entertainment during the event.

With your help, our goal is to expand our community outreach in partnership with local and regional charities by providing transportation, meals and opportunities for children and youth to participate in programming that would otherwise not be available to them. These specialized programs support children's development and youth's portfolio development for admission to post-secondary education.

Watch a video of last year's fun here!

For more information, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by  email: executivedirector@orilliamuseum.org

Orillia Business Women's Association: Woman of the Year/Young Woman of the Year Awards Gala
May 8th

Orillia Concert Band: The Spirit of Dance
March 23rd

Couchiching Jubilee House & Tapps Performaing Arts: Dancing With The Docs
April 6th

St. James' Anglican Church: St. Patrick's Potluck
March 16th

St. James' Anglican Church: Lenten Events
Various Dates

St. James' Anglican Church: Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
March 13th

Orillia Opera House: Upcoming Events
Various dates

For more events please visit www.orilliaoperhouse.ca

March 18 & 19 
DSP Drama Festival Duck Soup Productions is pleased to present their Drama Festival. By Cash Donation Only

March 30
TEDx Orillia Features a unique and exciting line-up of local, regional and national speakers who will explore the theme of "transformation" All Seats $100.00

April 4-14
2pm or 7:30pm
Living Together Mariposa Arts is pleased to present a 'Norman Conquest' comedy By Alan Ayckbourn. Spend a weekend in the country with Norman and his very dysfunctional family. And you thought you had problems All Seats $25.00 For groups of 10+ please contact the Box Office directly at 705-326-8011 for the special rate of $20.00pp

April 9
7:00pm Vanishing Point 1st of the High Speed Chaos Films. Great cult hit from the early 70s. Film, Commentary and Prizes All Seats Individual $10.00 For special (all 3 films) rate of $20.00 contact Box Office directly-Available only until Apr.6

April 16
Bullitt 2nd of the High Speed Chaos Films. Join hard nosed cop Frank Bullitt as he is assigned to protect a witness in a high profile case. Film, Commentary and Prizes All Individual Seats $10.00 For the special (all 3 films) rate of $20.00 contact the Box Office directly-Available only until Apr. 6

April 23
French Connection Final of the High Speed Chaos Films. Join us for this classic film with hardened narcotic cops, Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo as they get wind of a big shipment of heroin. All Individual Seats $10.00 For the special (all 3 films) rate of $20.00 contact the Box Office

May 7
7:00pm See My Voice Orillia Youth Centre is pleased to present this Youth-Driven Black Light Theatre No Entrance Allowed Once Show has started. Cash Donation at the Door

May 8
Matt Andersen & The Mellotones Join powerhouse performer Matt Andersen with the Mellotones, an outstanding R&B, funk and sole band and special guest Amy Helm. On Sale Friday February 22 at 11:00 A.M. All Seats $48.00

May 9
Classic Albums Live-Led Zeppelin-House of the Holy The world's greatest classic rock albums performed live. Note for Note, Cut for Cut All Seats $45.50

May 11
11:30am & 6:00pm 
Happily Ever After The DanceRoom's 15th Annual Recital featuring competitive, recreational routines, including Acrobatics, Ballet, HipHop, Highland, Jazz, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Tap and more. All Seats $25.00 Everyone requires a ticket - Even Babes in Arms

May 12 
Orillia Silver Band Goes To The Beach Join the Orillia Silver Band as they feature classic summer music by the Beach Boys, Beatles, Handel's Royal Water Music and the ever popular Girl From Ipanema. ON SALE Tuesday February 19 at 11:00 Adults $25.00 Youth 18 & Under $10.00

May 30 
Roy Orbison-All Star Tribute Bill Culp Productions is pleased to present this "All Star Tribute" that celebrates the incredible career of the legendary "Big O"...Roy Orbison! All Tickets $39.00

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Living Together
April 4th-14th

Get your tickets  here !

Spend a weekend in the country with Norman and his very dysfunctional family. And you thought you had problems ..."

Shows run from April 4th to 14th at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre, and tickets are on sale now!

Hop over to the  OOH website for more info, and to reserve your seats soon!

City of Orillia Participating in The County of Simcoe's LIP Partnership #ItStarts Campaign
March 21st

This year the County of Simcoe's Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is working on a campaign called #ItStarts to reduce racism and discrimination. 

The #ItStarts Campaign is a public education initiative designed to promote equity, acceptance, and diversity. Our goal is to make Simcoe County a more welcoming community for immigrants and visible minorities. We do this by encouraging conversation surrounding racism, and by asking individuals and organizations to take a stand. This year, the campaign will take place over the month of March, which aligns with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21). You can learn more about the LIP and the campaign here.
The City will be taking part in this campaign on March 21 by coordinating photos of individuals holding a sign which reads: "I support diversity because..." and posting these photos on social media. We would like to welcome our partner organizations to participate in this initiative with us.
If you would like to take part in this campaign along with the City, you can use the attached the PDF sign for your convenience. When posting on social media, please use the hashtag "ItStarts.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you,

Rhonda Lees Administrative Assistant
Economic Development Department

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Connections: 23rd Annual International Women's Day Art Show
Exhibition until April 14th

Connections:  23rd Annual International Women's Day Art Show

February 16 - April 14
The Mulcahy Family Gallery

Since its inception in 1997, hundreds of women have been inspired to participate in the International Women's Day Art Show in highly dynamic exhibitions, exploring a wide range of media and themes.

This year, over 130 artists are sharing their art and stories, interpreting the theme CONNECTIONS.

Opening remarks will be at 1:30 pm on February 16th.

For more information, please contact Juliana Hawke by email
Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm 
Sunday: 1pm-4pm 

Westmount Congregation: Famous Annual Strawberry Shortcake Take-Out
March 20th


Orillia Museum of Art & History: Annual High School Art Show
Exhibition Until March 17th

My World, My Eyes, My Voice Annual High School Art Show

January 26th to March 17th

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm 


Sweet Time Bakeshoppe: Cookies & Cupcakes for a Cause
No Date



Have Your Say: Help Us Chart a Path for Orillia's Champlain Monument
April 30th

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: Free STOP Smoking Workshop
March 28th

A free STOP Smoking workshop will be held in Orillia on Mar 28, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Eligible participants will attend an educational session and receive five weeks of nicotine patches at no cost. To see if you are eligible and to register, call Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Health Connection toll free at 1-877-721-7520.

Georgian College: March Workshop Calendar
Various dates in March


Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County Programming & Workshops
Various Dates

Click here for the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County's full programs and services guide from February to June.

Community Development Corporation: Workplace & Employment Standards
March 27th

Click  here for more information.

Orillia & District Literacy Council: Learn Computer Basics For Job Search



Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: RACE Against Drugs Local Planning Committee 
April 10th & 11th

Click here for volunteer posting.

Job descriptions:

Seeking Volunteer Coordinator (for approx. 40  vol each day)
  • He/She would work along with Carolyn
  • Call the lists of volunteers we have  prior to the event
  •  Welcome them the days of the event, and assign pre planned tasks, trouble shoot with me  with flexibility for the day as needs change J
  •  Set up  volunteer table for registering and directing the  volunteers for the 4 sessions Wed/Thurs am 8-12 PM 12-3 pm
Seeking Volunteer Lunch Coordinator (This could be the same person or a different person):
  • Set up tables with table cloths and make sure the kitchen is neat and clean
  •  May need to purchase coffee, cream sugar,  and make coffee (with our budget)
  • Would set out the sandwiches, fruit vegetables and  cookies, may need to heat soup and serve
  •  Would work with two grade 8 students from Notre Dame who are our Eco Commandos (to decrease our waste and leave a green footprint)  they take jugs of water to the presenters vs having water bottles. They also help set up the lunch and clean up after
  • Would help 2 other volunteers to set up and give out the snack for kids at the rotational pit stop (dixie cups of water and dixie cups with fish crackers in them
It is  a great event educating, increasing awareness and empowering our 650 grade five students from 22 elementary schools who are 10 years old:  to delay onset of drugs, cannabis and alcohol as well as  to handle peer pressure in a strong healthy way.

Those interested in volunteering may contact Carolyn Jones:

705-325-9565 ext. 7543 or  705-345-6677


Helping Hands Seeking Volunteers

Information Orillia Volunteer Database

To suggest on opportunity,  click here .

Information Orillia is the Orillia and area's official volunteer centre. We are a proud member of Volunteer Canada and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Information Orillia organizes and maintains a volunteer database that allows organizations to post new opportunities and allows volunteers to access those opportunities.

Services for volunteers:  IO's volunteer database allows volunteers to  create a volunteer profile  that allows organizations to contact them directly. In addition, our organization provides volunteers with counselling, referrals and training via workshops and appointments. 

Services for organizations:  IO's volunteer database allows organizations to post opportunities, access volunteer profiles, as well as other volunteer resources such as registration templates and screening tools. For more information about software that helps to manage volunteer recognition and recruitment,  website .

To book an appointment with our Manger of Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services, Sukhi Kaur, call 705-326-7743 or email.


City of Orillia: Securing Redevelopment Rights Over Southern Portion of 70 Front St N
News Release


City securing redevelopment rights over the 
southern portion of 70 Front St. N.
Process allows for Coldwater Street viewscape and future redevelopment
For immediate release (Feb. 22, 2019) -  To enable the transformative redevelopment of 70 Front St. N., the City of Orillia is pursuing steps to secure the right to redevelop the City-owned land on the southern portion of the site.
"We want to be very clear that securing the redevelopment rights over the southern portion of the 70 Front St. N. plaza has no adverse impact on the future of the Metro store in Orillia or its valuable employees. Metro has a long-term lease at its current location for at least a decade. This is one step in the overall downtown waterfront redevelopment process that allows the City to deliver on its commitment to complete the Coldwater Street viewscape and bring a catalytic development to the core of our city," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
While the City currently owns the entire site, Metro and Subway tenants have lease rights over the southern portion of the plaza which could prevent the site from being redeveloped. A legal process has been initiated to secure the City's right to redevelop the site by expropriating certain lease rights which could affect redevelopment. The City has attempted to gain Metro's consent to extend Coldwater Street and redevelop the southern portion of the site; the City will continue to work with Metro on this matter.
In 2016, the City acquired land at 70 Front St. N. in order to extend Coldwater Street to Centennial Drive and to facilitate redevelopment of the underutilized plaza. In 2017, the City introduced a potential development concept to better understand how the site could potentially be developed, and in 2018 Council gave staff the green light to sell the lands through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
When demolition of the southern portion of the site occurs, which will be coordinated with the Centennial Drive reconstruction, the Metro store can still be fully operational as the removal of the southern portion of the plaza does not impact the Metro store and Metro parking lot on the northern portion of the site. The redevelopment of the site has the potential to positively impact Metro as new residents, and therefore potential new customers, would be added to the area.
Concurrently, the City is expropriating the lease rights for Subway located in the southern portion of the plaza and working with Subway to maintain a presence in Downtown Orillia. Two other existing tenants have leases that are expiring in the near-term or have a month-to-month lease and expropriation of their lease rights is therefore not required.
"Securing redevelopment rights is part of the overall process of preparing the downtown waterfront site for sale and redevelopment consistent with the Downtown Tomorrow Plan," said Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development. "Enabling the Coldwater Street extension and redevelopment of the southern portion of the site will increase the quality and quantity of bidders and positively impact the overall purchase price."
This latest step is one of many Council has been working through to prepare the underutilized downtown waterfront site for redevelopment. Council recently enshrined through the Zoning By-Law and Official Plan updates specific rules for the Waterfront Redevelopment Lands such as building heights, landscaping requirements, construction of a public square, design policies that are in keeping with the historic nature of the downtown, and parking provisions that take into account the community feedback received through numerous public consultations regarding the future of the area.
"The redevelopment of this site will provide a strategic link between Orillia's beautiful waterfront and heritage downtown that is in keeping with, or even enhancing, Orillia's wonderful character. Council wants to add residents and new jobs to the downtown that will contribute to the overall tax base and bolster the local economy. This will take tax pressure off Orillia residents, stimulate further development in the area, and contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of the community by providing a vibrant downtown core," said Mayor Clarke.
The RFP for the redevelopment of the site is anticipated for release this summer and will outline the vision for the site and evaluation criteria for incoming proposals.
For more information, and to sign up for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project mailing list, visit  orillia.ca/waterfront
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia
Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia:vOne-year countdown begins for 2020 Winter Games
Media Release

The Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games is exactly one year away. The City of Orillia will once again host this spectacular event, taking place between Feb. 27 to March 1, 2020, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games were an enormous success thanks to the community support that was received throughout the region.  These games generated an economic impact of $4.2 million. 
The "One Year Out" celebration, held today at Rotary Place, was an opportunity for stakeholders to meet the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) and launch the volunteer recruitment campaign and event website,  orillia2020.ca .
"The opportunity to host the 2020 Ontario Winter Games presents an incredible opportunity to show off our amazing community. Not only do we have the honour of supporting a record number of young athletes from across the province, we should also take pride in the economic impact to the area generated as a result of the 2018 Games," said Jed Levene, Chair of the GOC.
Levene is President of Rockwater Wealth Management, Past President - Orillia District Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Orillia and Orillia Area Community Development Corporation. Christine Mitchell, a member of the City of Orillia Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, was introduced as the General Manager of the Games.
The 2020 Ontario Winter Games will attract an estimated 3,500 participants who will compete in 27 different sports over the four-day event. New sports introduced to the 2020 games are biathlon, field hockey, futsal and karate. Based on the previous Games and the increase in participants, it is estimated that the Games will help generate approximately $5 million in economic activity for the area.
"In 2018 our community rallied behind the Games and delivered a world-class event," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "I encourage all those who volunteered in 2018 to bring their valuable and much appreciated experience to the 2020 Games and ask all their friends and family to do the same. We are particularly excited to host a number of sports and athletes at our new recreation centre scheduled to open this summer. Together we can showcase Orillia as a premiere sports tourism destination with a community of volunteers like no other."
Today's event launched the Games new online volunteer recruitment campaign. This new online system will streamline the process for registering and give volunteers the flexibility to select their own schedules based on their interest and availability. The system will also be used as a communication tool to send out monthly updates to volunteers ensuring they stay engaged and receive first-hand information regarding any updates to the Games. 
Community members are invited to get involved with Orillia 2020 by visiting the website at orillia2020.ca, to register as a volunteer, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities. Everyone is invited to keep in touch by following the progress of the Games on social media @orillia2020 and facebook.com/orillia2020.
Games Ontario
The Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, and the Ontario Parasport Games.
City of Orillia
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Christine Mitchell
General Manager
Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

    Orillia Mayor and Council and the Games Organizing Committee kick-off the one-year countdown to the Orillia 2020 Ontario Winter Games being held Feb. 27 to March 1, 2020.

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