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  

"Enjoy the journey and the day. And don't lose the passion and the love for what you do." 
-Nadia Comaneci
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019.
In This Issue
Table of Contents

The Month of:


May 12: Mother's Day

May 20: Victoria Day

Did You Know?
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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Upcoming Events: List Created by Marilyn Wilson
Various Dates

Click Here for PDF to view the complete list of various events and important dates happening locally!  
TEA: St. Columbkille Church
May 25th 
Building Hope Country Gala
May 31st

Community Development Corp Series Schedule
May  & June

Community Development Corp
Workshops in June

Social Media Influencer Marketing:  JUNE 5

Influencer marketing has taken the online world by storm in the past couple of years, and businesses of all shapes and sizes are getting in on the action.
By partnering with people who are considered influencers, businesses can gain visibility, expand their reach online, and drive more traffic to their website.

This interactive workshop will be lead by Arienne Parzei, travel videographer, writer & photographer, and Emily Baillie, Digital Marketing Professor & Entrepreneur.

Leadership, Management & Communication:  JUNE  1 1

Are you tired of high staff turnover?
Do you struggle to be heard by your team?
This workshop will teach effective communication and show you how to improve your business' bottom line through outstanding management and leadership!

Presented by Risha Yorke, success coach and business consultant,  Yorke Motivational Consulting.

Community Development Corp Workshops/Events
Various Dates

Application Deadline: May 15

City of Orillia: New Website, Video Promotes Business in Orillia
News Release

  A new website and video developed by the City of Orillia Economic Development Department promotes Orillia as a place where business truly meets pleasure!
"Economic development is, and will continue to be, a top priority for Council," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Orillia has so many great opportunities and a quality of life second-to-none, so it is important that we continue to reach out and promote all that we have to offer using current and relevant tools."
Designed around frequently asked questions from potential investors and developers, the updated "Doing Business" section of the City of Orillia website was recently launched by the economic development office. The new web portal features a user interface based on feedback from the development community and includes a number of features to assist investors in accessing key information quickly in order to make Orillia a business destination.
Beyond the 'Why Orillia' value proposition, developers are typically interested in things like: recent development activity, inquiries about available serviced land, and information related to development incentives offered by the community. The site also features a lands database function, which gives browsers a direct link to local properties listed for sale and lease through the Lakelands Real Estate Board. The database is updated daily.
"The new site is built intuitively, to provide answers to key questions and to give easy access to other important business resource materials, all within a couple of clicks," said Dan Landry, Manager of Business Retention, Expansion and Industrial Development. "We've also incorporated a fresh, modern look with updated visuals and links to videos that tell the story of all that Orillia has to offer."
One of the videos is the second in a series currently being produced by the economic development team, which focuses on attracting commercial and industrial development. As well as being a key link on the new website, the video will also be used in social media campaigns and trade show initiatives the department has planned.
"The City and the region are both very attractive to developers and investors right now. These tools will help us to put our best foot forward and make sure Orillia is considered favorably," said Landry.
Visit the new website at businessinorillia.ca . A link to the new video is available on the landing page and on the City of Orillia YouTube channel. For more information, contact Dan Landry, Manager of Business Retention, Expansion and Industrial Development, at 705-325-4900.
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.
Dan Landry
Manager of Business Retention, Expansion
and Industrial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)
Canadian Federation of University Women/Orillia: 16th Annual Garage Sale
May 11th 

City of Orillia: Mayor Clarke Presents Grants to Three Local Organizations
News Release

  Mayor Steve Clarke presented grants to three local organizations as part of the 2019 general grants program at Orillia City Centre on May 1, 2019.
"The City of Orillia is proud to support these organizations who contribute greatly to the betterment of the Orillia community," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Orillia is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers and community groups who continually give of their time towards worthy causes and events."
Grant recipients:
Orillia Silver Band- $750.00
RACE Against Drugs Orillia- $1000.00
Knights of Columbus- $500.00
This is the first installment of the 2019 general grants program. The total City of Orillia grants budget for 2019 is $32,000.
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.
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)
Mayor Steve Clarke, Coun. Pat Hehn and Coun. Ralph Cipolla present representatives from the Orillia Silver Band, RACE Against Drugs Orillia and Knights of Columbus with grants as part of the 2019 City of Orillia general grants program on May 1, 2019.

City of Orillia: Manage Water Usage With Orillia's New Customer Portal
News Release 
The City of Orillia has launched a new online customer portal that makes managing your water usage as easy as turning on the tap.
The Water Usage Customer Portal is available to Orillia residents and businesses that have a water and sewer billing account with the City of Orillia. This user-friendly portal allows you to monitor your water usage, understand current and previous billing, optimize water conservation through real-time water usage monitoring, and customize alerts that notify you of water consumption which can help identify potential problems such as leaking toilets and taps.
"The City of Orillia continues to implement innovative technology to make our operations more efficient and enhance the customer experience of our residents. The Water Usage Customer Portal is leading-edge technology that provides real-time, personalized information about household water usage that enables you to make better informed decisions on water consumption and identifies potential plumbing problems before they become a costly issue," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
Sign-up for this free portal and start tracking water usage at orillia.ca/waterusage or under the Online Services tab on the City's homepage orillia.ca . All you need to sign-up is an email address, your water account number and your name exactly as it appears on your water bill. 
In 2018, Orillia Council approved a project to automate the City's water meter reading process, whereby readings would be attained automatically, removing the need for contracted services to obtain the readings. Transmitters attached to a customer's home or building relay water consumption data through a wireless communications platform and are received by the City's water utility's database. A further benefit to this automated system is the elimination of estimated water billing.  Previously, the City billed residential customers quarterly based on reading meters twice per year and estimating usage per year on an alternating cycle. Now residential readings are actual readings on a quarterly basis with no estimated billing.
"Implementing this water meter infrastructure provides significant efficiencies, including real-time water meter reading and billing, improved maintenance response and management of the water meter assets. The advanced water meter technology and customer-friendly Water Usage Customer Portal is yet another way Orillia continues to implement smart technology to do business," said Andrew Schell, Director of Environmental Services and Operations Department.
The City of Orillia continues to expand the online services it offers residents and businesses. Orillia recently launched an Online Services tab on its website featuring interactive services such as calculating your property taxes, finding a property for sale, paying for parking tickets, submitting a project bid, and registering for recreation programs.
For assistance or technical questions regarding the Water Usage Customer Portal, please contact Jason Micallef, Superintendent of Metering and Backflow Prevention, at 705-325-2326.
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.
Andrew Schell
Director of Environmental Services and Operations
Jason Micallef
Superintendent of Metering and Backflow Prevention
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
North Simcoe Victim Services Hiring Executive Director
Application Deadline May 16th
Executive Director
North Simcoe Victim Services (NSVS)
Closing Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019 
Reports to: Board of Directors, 
North Simcoe Victim Services Start Date: Target - As soon as possible. 
Interviews tentatively scheduled for May 21, 2019 

For 20 years, North Simcoe Victim Services, a not-for-profit charitable organization, has provided crisis intervention to those victimized by crime and trauma in Orillia and surrounding area. Volunteer driven and governed by a community Board of Directors, the organization utilizes full-time staff and trained volunteer Crisis Responders to provide much needed support to victims in their time of need. 

Providing caring response to those in crisis.  Supporting victims of crime and tragic circumstance.  Facilitating long-term solutions.

Reporting to the NSVS Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible to provide overall management, and operations of th e service included, but not limited to, human resources, financial and operational management, funding compliance and information components of the organization consistent with the Employer's policies and procedures, statement of purpose and in accordance with Program Standards established by the Ministry of the Attorney General. 

Job Location: 66 Peter Street South, Orillia Ontario 
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flexibility required for after-hours meetings/on call support/events and functions.
Salary: $55 000 to $58 000 Salary contingent on annual funding approvals.

* A minimum of five years management experience, including the supervision of direct  reports. Management experience within the not-for-profit sector is preferred. 
* Related Masters Level University Degree is preferred. 
* Solid working knowledge and experience in working with victims of crime and/or  trauma. Solid understanding and ability to facilitate trauma-informed care. 
* Ability to liaise and work closely with provincial and community partners and
* Proven track record in grant writing and revenue development for not-for-profit funding.  Budgeting and financial management experience required. 
* Experience in human resources including, recruiting, training,  motivating and
retaining volunteer staff. 
* Experience working with a not-for-profit Board of Directors. 
* Knowledge of relevant legislation pertaining to the organization. 
* Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. 
* Experience in program planning, development, implementation and evaluation. 
* Confident and consistent decision making skills. 
* Resourcefulness and flexibility to meet the needs of the organization and demands of  the position. 
* Ability to handle emergencies, crisis, or hostile behavior and maintain control in difficult  and emotional situations. 
* Ability to effectively communicate the Statement of Purpose to the Community. 
* Valid Class G Driver's License and must live within 30 minute drive of Orillia Soldiers'  Memorial Hospital 
* Police vulnerable sector check clearance. 

Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume, cover letter, and three references including a recent one from within the past year. Applicants are asked to highlight their education and experience as required in the posting by 4 PM on Thursday, May 16, 2019 to the attention of the NSVS Hiring Committee at catherine.mccullough@cmcleadership.ca

Although NSVS is co-located with the Ontario Provincial Police - Orillia Detachment and works closely with them in the provision of victim service, it is a separate agency funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. For further information on Victim Services or the Ontario Network of Victim Service Providers please visit our website at www.ns-vs.com and "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will only be contacting  those selected for an interview.  


Couchiching Jubilee House: Annual General Meeting
May 15th

Sunshine Initiatives: Orillia's Choice Awards 2019 
May 9th

St James' Church: Stewardship Sunday 
May 5th

Victims & Survivors of Crime Week: Kick-Off Video Viewing Event #BecauseIReachedOut Campaign
May 23rd

Orillia Concert Band: Hometown Proud Ft. Liz Anderson
May 25th

Mariposa Arts Film Nights: Wild Rose
May 1st

Run time: 1h 41min

Here's the scoop:  "Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) has dreamt of becoming a country music star for as long as anyone can remember. But Glasgow isn't exactly Nashville, and, as a convicted criminal and single mother of two young children, Rose-Lynn is more country song than country starlet. Just released from prison, forced to wear an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can't return to her job as the house-band singer at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry. Sporting her white cowboy hat and white leather cowboy boots, Rose-Lynn lands a new job as a housekeeper for the lovely, and very posh, Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). After catching her singing on the job, Susannah's kids quickly become Rose-Lynn's biggest fans and Susannah her enthusiastic patron, determined to help her get to Nashville. But Rose-Lynn's dreams come at a cost. Her mother (Julie Walters), who knows all about abandoning dreams, has always done what she can to help her daughter realize hers, but she also wants her to take responsibility and act like the grownup that her kids need her to be."

Wild Rose plays this coming Wednesday, May 1st at Orillia Galaxy Cinemas (865 West Ridge Boulevard), with showtimes at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Ticket sales start the day of the showing at 3:00 pm 'at the door' and are just $10 (cash only).

Want more info? Here's the trailer!

OMAH: STYLING ORILLIA: A Look Ba ck At Our Community's Fashionable Past
April 6th to June 30th

The Franklin Carmichael Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 2019 7-9 pm
Clothing might have made the man, but it is the woman who made it be about style. Textiles and their accessories play a major role in establishing identity and contribute to an understanding of economy and social culture and customs.

With garments and accessories selected from OMAH's permanent collection, "Styling Orillia" showcases Canadian fashion, made by hand or purchased locally and styled by Orillia women. Shifts in hemlines, selections of fabric, and changes of silhouettes on garments from the 1920's-1960's are showcased. Due to their fragility and sensitivity to light, many of these objects have not been on display before. This exhibition is not just about the garments and accessories; it is about style.

"I love clothes and always have some it is really hard to choose a favourite outfit as I have so many that I have truly loved over the years. Many times I have loved them not only for the outfit itself, but for the memories it invokes." -Councillor Pat Hehn, her prom dress from the 1960's will be on display.

For more information about exhibitions, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by email. 

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Playful Banquet- An Anthropomorphic, Apocalyptic Feast
April 20th to June 23rd

Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 2019 7-9 pm

The Mulcahy Family Gallery
This exhibition features a suite of a variety of large scale works by Scott Sawtell that illuminate and illustrate the mind, spirit and the mythology of artist-genius.   Luscious, deep colours meld with playful shapes creating imagined recesses alongside layers and levels of imagined structures.  Sawtell's intuitive painting is inspired by his children's imaginative stories, creatures, dreams and fears. 

For more information about exhibitions, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by  email.

Orillia Concert Association: 2019/2020 Concert Season
Various Dates


Orillia Business Women's Association: Awards Gala
May 8th

Orillia Museum of Art & History: 2019 Carmichael Art History Lecture- The Art of Money: Design of Canadian Coinage
May 8th


2019 Carmichael Art History Lecture

Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30pm

Renowned Group of Seven artist Franklin Carmichael was born in Orillia and is buried at St. Andrews - St. James Cemetery. An inductee into the Orillia Hall of Fame, we are proud of his contribution to Canadian art and his legacy of capturing the beauty of the local landscapes in his paintings. The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) hosts the Carmichael Art History Lecture annually to honour this legacy.

The History Committee at OMAH is pleased to announce artist Tony Bianco and Robert Browne, son-in-law of late artist Emmanuel Hahn, as this year's guest speakers with their talk entitled "The Art of Money: Design of Canadian Coinage.''
Tickets go on sale April 1st and are $15 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Orillia Museum of Art & History or by phone. Please call OMAH at 705-326-2159 if you have any questions.

Any inquiries can be addressed to Collections Coordinator Hope McGilly Mitchell by phone 705-326-2159 ext 107 or by  email.

St James' Anglican Church: A.C.W. Blossom Luncheon
May 10th

Calvary Pentecostal & Westmount Congregation: The Dofasco Male Chorus
May 27th 

Orillia Opera House: Upcoming Events
Various dates

For more events please visit www.orilliaoperhouse.ca

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

Orillia Museum of Art & History: Mnjikaning- Mapping The Life of The Guardians
April 20th to September 1st


Mapping The Life Of The Gaudaurs

Saturday, April 20, 2019 to Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Upper Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday, April 25, 2019 7-9 pm
This exhibition will showcase the Gaudaur lineage through the family connection to the Atherley Narrows , civic contributions, and the family's sport legacy.
After the war of 1812, Quebec voyageur, Antoine Godard (Gaudaur) met Chippewa Chief Big Shilling's daughter, Mary, to settle down on one of the town's first homesteads to raise a family. Their second son, Francis Gaudaur was born on April 13, 1819. The Gaudaur bloodline now represents the extended family of French Canadian, British, Indigenous members who helped to build this community. Ultimately, we will meet the family and their descendants who made Orillia and area their home 200 years ago.

For more information about exhibitions, please contact Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director at 705-326-2159 x101 or by  email. 


Canadian Federation of University Women: House Tour & Tea For Scholarships
June 2nd



Georgian College: Ramp Up To Employment
May 14th to May 30th


WayPoint Research Institute #StigmaEndsWithMe Workshop
May 13th



St Paul's: Project Connect- Community Educational Workshops

May 7th to June 11th




Community Development Corp: Professional Development Series Schedule
Various Dates in May

Our May 15 workshop is now SOLD OUT. 

If you would like to be placed on our wait list, please email the following information to info@orilliacdc.com:

First & Last Name
Phone Number
Business Name

Couchiching Jubilee House:
Commences May 24th 

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, 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

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

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



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: Seniors' Programming Applauded During Minister's Visit
Media Release
The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, visited Orillia today to discuss the successful seniors' programming launched as a result of the New Horizons for Seniors Fund.  
The City of Orillia Parks, Recreation and Culture Department received a total of $50,000 from the New Horizons for Seniors Fund in 2018 and 2019. Minister Tassi met with representatives from Orillia's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department and local volunteers at Rotary Place to discuss how the funding has and will benefit the community.
"Our Government of Canada remains committed to improving the well-being of Canadian seniors. By supporting local projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are helping seniors stay healthy and active in their communities. I want to thank the City of Orillia for their project, Seniors at Play, which will create an inclusive space where seniors can participate in fun and engaging activities," said Minister Tassi.
"The City of Orillia strives to provide engaging recreation programs for residents of all ages. Thanks to the New Horizons for Seniors Fund, Orillia is able to offer local seniors with access to activities that encourage social participation and promote their overall health and well-being. It is my belief that you are never too old to play and this funding ensures Orillia seniors have a variety of options to stay active," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
In 2018, the federal funding was used to expand the multi-use pad at Homewood Park by adding court lining and pickleball nets to facilitate the "Pickleball in the Park" program. In 2019, the funds will be used to purchase materials for the "Seniors at Play" program such as card tables, shuffleboards, dart boards, a karaoke machine, and carpet bowling materials. In addition, the funding was used to hire a Seniors Coordinator who will help organize the new programming.
The establishment of the "Seniors at Play" program will help facilitate senior-specific programming, while encouraging seniors to build and maintain new relationships, acquire new skills, improve their health, increase motivation, and retain integrity.
For more information regarding the "Pickleball in the Park" or "Seniors at Play" program, please contact Chris Gammon, Sports Program Supervisor, at cgammon@orillia.ca or 705-325-2050.
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.
Megan Kamphuis
Recreation Program Supervisor
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)
Carpet Bowling: The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, (second on left) enjoys a  game of carpet bowling with local seniors (from left to right) Rick Crouch, Bill Boyd, Ruth Flaherty and Harold Graham during her visit to Rotary Place on April 24, 2019.
 Minister with Councillors:
The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, (second on left) with Orillia Councillors (from left to right) Ralph Cipolla, Pat Hehn, Rob Kloostra and Ted Emond during her visit to Rotary Place on April 24, 2019.  

City of Orillia: All City Properties Will Be Smoke/Vape Free
Effective May 15

For immediate release (April 17, 2019) - A by-law banning smoking/vaping tobacco, cannabis and other substances outdoors on property owned or leased by the City of Orillia comes into effect on May 15, 2019.
As per Chapter 954 of the City of Orillia Municipal Code, smoking/vaping outdoors will be prohibited in the following locations:
·         All municipal properties;
·         City parks, trails and beaches;
·         Properties leased from the City;
·         City parking lots;
·         City docks and piers;
·         On or within vehicles on City-owned or leased properties, including parking lots;
·         On or within a boat located or moored on City-owned or leased property.
"Orillia Council is committed to fostering a healthier, greener community. With the legalization of recreational cannabis and the negative effects of smoking and vaping, Council wanted to create public spaces that were smoke and vape free in an effort to provide a welcoming environment that contributes to the overall well-being of our residents and visitors. We sought to strike a balance between opting in to the sale of recreational cannabis in Orillia, while also being respectful that people may not want it used in public spaces," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
Council approved some specific and general exemptions to the smoking/vaping by-law. The 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 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 City of Orillia is hiring a part-time Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer to assist with enforcement of the by-law and will be erecting new signage throughout the city to advise people which properties will be smoke and vape free. These costs are being subsidized through provincial funding provided by the Ministry of Finance associated with the legalization of cannabis," said Shawn Crawford, Manager of Legislative Services. 
To report smoking or vaping in prohibited outdoor areas on City-owned or leased property, please contact the City's By-law Office at 705-325-231 or by-law@orillia.ca . For more information on the City of Orillia smoking/vaping by-law visit orillia.ca/smokefree .
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: Orillia's Downtown Grant Program is Breaking Barriers to Upper-Storey Development
Media Release

For immediate release (April 16, 2019) - Two City of Orillia Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant recipients unveiled development plans for their upcoming projects at a grant announcement in downtown Orillia today.
"The Downtown Tomorrow CIP Grant Program helps off-set the costs of expensive upper-storey renovations and allows underutilized second floors to be developed for new retail and residential space," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "To date, this successful grant program has proven that for every one-dollar invested by the municipality, we see five-dollars in downtown improvements. We anticipate that major projects, such as the ones announced today, will have an even higher return on investment."
Mariposa Market is the recipient of a Building Improvement Grant of $25,000, which will allow for renovations to utilize the second storey above the existing Mariposa Market and Mariposa Scent Shop stores located at 109 Mississaga St. E. The space will host new retail and restaurant space.
"It's a magnificent vacant space, truly a jewel in terms of heritage architecture," said Bob Wilsey, owner of Mariposa Market. "Orillia's grant program makes our vision for the downtown all the more economically viable and at an accelerated timetable." 
Three additional grants, totaling $62,500, were awarded to Chris Montgomery owner of 27 Mississaga St. W.
"There is great potential locked away in Orillia's downtown core, particularly at the second floor level that has remained undeveloped for years," said Montgomery. "The DTCIP has provided for us an injection of initial funding that will allow us to kick-start a much larger personal investment."
Montgomery's project includes the creation of two fully accessible commercial units as well as six new residential units, five of which will be located on the second storey. The grants will also be used for façade improvements, such as window and door replacements.
Council approved $200,000 in funding for the DTCIP Grant Program for 2019. There are three intakes throughout the year. The deadline for the first intake was Feb. 28, 2019, followed by a second intake on April 30 and a third on Oct. 31.
Not only is the program stimulating development in the downtown, but according to the completed surveys for each project, applicants have advised that the program has accelerated improvements in the downtown core and allowed them to undertake larger projects than they otherwise could have. Approximately 90 per cent of applicants stated that the DTCIP Grant Program allowed them to complete their project earlier than anticipated, and 44 per cent advised that they were able to undertake larger improvements.
A total of $112,500 remains in the Residential Grant Program, Feasibility and Design Study Grant Program, and Building Improvement Grant program for 2019.
For more information on the DTCIP Grant Program, or to book a mandatory pre-consultation, applicants are encouraged to contact the City of Orillia Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900, or visit the project webpage at orillia.ca/downtowncip.  
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.
Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)
Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant recipients Chris Montgomery, owner of 27 Mississaga St. W. (left), and Bob Wilsey, owner of Mariposa Market (right), pictured with Coun. Pat Hehn and Mayor Steve Clarke at the DTCIP grant announcement on April 16, 2019.

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