December 2022

Published monthly


Vol. 4, Edition 5

The Monthly Report

December update


Welcome to our latest edition of The Monthly Report.

Get details on council decisions, programs, special events, and activities.

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THANKS On Dec. 15, Mayor Brian Smith and members of council, as well as library CEO Pam Pal, recognized Wasaga Beach Public Library Board members Debbie Grant and Nancy Donnelly for their service. The two women are stepping off the board after serving 16 and 15 years respectively. We thank both women for their leadership over the years and wish them all the best.

SERVICE AWARDS On Dec. 19, Mayor Brian Smith presented employee service awards to three Wasaga Beach Public Library staffers: Cathy Turrie (20 years), Pam Pal (10 years), and Drew Murdoch (5 years). Thanks to each staff member for their dedication and hard work.

AND MORE SERVICE AWARDS On Dec. 20, Mayor Brian Smith and interim CAO Gerry Marshall recognized town hall staffers with employee service awards: Michael Gennings (5 years), Tracy Jarratt (20 years), and Jocelyn Lee (5 years). Thanks to our staff for their commitment and hard work.

WELL DONE, PUBLIC WORKS On Dec. 21, Mayor Brian Smith, interim CAO Gerry Marshall, and public works director Kevin Lalonde presented service awards to Public Works Department staff: Mark Taylor (5 years), Steve Weir (25 years), Philip Cooke (25 years), Darren Armstrong (5 years), and Elizabeth Turco (15 years). Congratulations and thanks for your dedication.

TOYS FOR TICKETS The Municipal Law Enforcement Department was pleased to deliver the toys received from this year's "Toys for Tickets Campaign" to the Kinette Club of Wasaga Beach. The Department was able to raise $1,545.00 in Toys for local children. A special thank you to everyone who participated and to Kathy Wilson of the Kinette Club!

Beachfront due diligence period ends without finalized agreement

The Town of Wasaga Beach and Bayloc Developments Inc. have concluded their due diligence process.


In August, the town announced that it was selling town-owned land at the beachfront to Bayloc Developments Inc., with Zancor as a partner, subject to a 120-day due diligence period.


“Despite best efforts we have not been able to agree on the timeline for the project,” interim CAO Gerry Marshall said. “As a result, the agreement will not be finalized and our talks have concluded.”


Mayor Brian Smith said that in the New Year council members will consider next steps for the redevelopment of the properties.


“On behalf of council, I thank Bayloc and Zancor for their interest in this project. It is disappointing that we could not reach an agreement within the due diligence period. Both Bayloc and Zancor are respected and established builders in our community and we wish them continued success. We look forward to working with both partners on other projects in the future,” Smith said.


The five parcels of land that make up the town’s beachfront properties are between Spruce and Third streets and north of Mosley Street.


Redevelopment of the area is a priority for council members. Mixed-use buildings and outdoor community space will rejuvenate the neighbourhood, making it more of a year-round destination. A public square to host events and gatherings is also part of the project.


While council must consider next steps, town staff continue with detailed design work for the infrastructure that will support the development area.


Watch for further updates in the New Year.

Beach Drive

sand removal starts

Staff in the Public Works Department have started to remove the sand from Beach Drive.


“It is very important to council that this road be re-opened for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors,” Mayor Brian Smith said. “I am pleased to see that the work is continuing now that we have received provincial approval and I know many in our community, including myself, look forward to once again accessing this historic area and enjoying the beautiful sunsets.”


Public Works staff will endeavour to remove as much sand as possible from Beach Drive before the onset of the winter storm, expected later in the week. The town is placing the sand back onto the beach, per provincial authorization.


Once the storm arrives, staff will shift their focus to keeping roads throughout the community clear of snow. As the situation allows, the focus will return to clearing the sand from Beach Drive.


Public Works staff estimate it will take a full two weeks – without winter storm interruptions – to clear the sand from Beach Drive and reopen the road.


Watch for updates on our website and social media channels.

Oakview Woods Outdoor Skating Rink open

for the season


The Oakview Woods Outdoor Skating Rink opened for the season on Thursday, Dec. 15.


The rink is at 1724 Mosley St., next to the RecPlex.


Skating at the rink is free.


The hours of operation for pleasure skating are Tuesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.


The hours for shinny are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to noon.


Please note the facility will remain open throughout the day for public use, however, rink attendants will only be on-site during the above outlined hours.


The site includes a heated change room and washrooms.


Weather permitting, the rink will remain in operation through to the end of March Break.


For more information, contact the Oakview Woods Outdoor Rink during the operating hours at 705-429-2414 or call the Public Works Department at 705-429-2540.

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Do you have a dog?

If so, it is time to renew your license for 2023! In the Town of Wasaga Beach all dogs must be licensed yearly. The Town partnered up with DocuPet, a program that allows you to license online in less then five minutes and includes added benefits for pet owners including an online profile for your pet to help you be reunited if your pet is lost, and local deals and discounts for pet owners with licensed pets.

The cost of a new license/renewal is $20 for a spayed/neutered dog and $25 for a dog that is unaltered. For seniors, the fee is $12.50 for the 1st dog and $15 for the second dog. To license online visit: or license in person at Town Hall located at 30 Lewis Street, Wasaga Beach.

PROJECT UPDATE Watch our latest video update on the twin-pad arena and library project.

Budget Update 1

Work has started on the draft 2023 budget.

Click on the button below to learn about the first draft.

Budget Update 1

Town writes province

regarding Bill 23

Recently, the Town of Wasaga Beach shared its comments about Bill 23 with the Government of Ontario.

You can review the letter that interim CAO Gerry Marshall sent Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark.

Read the letter

Legislative Services director departing for CAO role

Dina Lundy, director of legislative services and clerk for the Town of Wasaga Beach, is leaving in January to start a chief administrative officer role with another municipality.

“On behalf of council and staff, I thank Dina for her contributions to the town and wish her the best of luck in her new position,” Mayor Brian Smith said.

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Our plow operators work hard all winter, keeping roads clear of snow and ice. See our Winter Maintenance Q&A to learn more.

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'Tis the season for snow, and with that in mind, the Municipal Law Enforcement Department would like to remind residents to refrain from placing snow on the roadway when shoveling or plowing driveways, entrances and sidewalks. Not only is this the courteous thing to do, but pushing snow into the municipal roadway is a violation of the Road Occupancy By-Law (#2019-33). For more information, or to report a concern, please contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Department at (705) 429-2511.

Take the LINX bus to Barrie

The route runs weekdays between Allandale Station in Barrie and the Real Canadian Super Store in Wasaga Beach.

To learn more about LINX transit options see here:

Hop on Wasaga Beach Transit to get around town

Wasaga Beach Transit is an affordable and economical way to get around our community.

Our buses run seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Leave the car at home and take the bus.

Learn full details on our website.

TransitPLUS specialized transit

The TransitPLUS specialized transit service is a shared ride, door-to-door service designed to meet the needs of the Town of Wasaga Beach's residents who have a disability that prevents them, on a regular basis, from being able to use the conventional transit service.

Learn more on our website.

When to call 211 or 911

211 is a tremendous community connection program, where a live person assists callers 24 hours a day to find information about a wide range of health and community services.

911 is strictly for emergencies (fire, ambulance, police) when help is urgently required. More here.

Wasaga Beach Council Highlights

Wasaga Beach Town Council met on Thursday, Dec. 15.

For an overview of what took place, see our highlights package here.

Watch the meeting below:

Town of Wasaga Beach Quick Fact

Did you know we have an Instagram account where you can stay in touch with us?

Visit our page to learn more.

Waste collection information

The County of Simcoe is responsible for waste collection in the Town of Wasaga Beach.

You can learn more about waste services by visiting the county's website.

The site includes a variety of information, including waste collection schedules and landfill locations.

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Water conservation rebates are available!

The Town of Wasaga Beach has a water conservation rebate program.


When you install a low flow or dual flush toilet you are eligible for a $70 rebate.


Residents who install a rain barrel can get a $30 rebate.


Please note that only property owners on municipal water are eligible for the rebate.


You can find rebate forms at here or pick one up at town hall, 30 Lewis St. Applicants must include copies of receipts indicating that they purchased the particular item.


Completed forms and supporting documentation can be presented at town hall. The rebate will be applied to your next water bill.

If you think Wasaga Beach is just a summer place, think again! Join us on Family Day Weekend for Snowman Mania; 4 days of affordable family fun where the entire community connects to provide local residents and tourists warm wintry memories to last a lifetime. Stay tuned for more information to come! 

Visit our website to learn more
See what's happening at the Seniors Active Living Centre
Find out what's happening at our Youth Centre
Check out Let's Talk Wasaga Beach here: Click

Medic Alert Connect

Are you familiar with MedicAlert Connect?

MedicAlert Connect provides Ontario Provincial Police with 24/7 direct access to a person's medical information including conditions, anxiety triggers, and de-escalation techniques, to assist with reuniting you and your loved ones.

Learn more.

Did you know the OPP has an online crime reporting site?

The site lets you report a crime without visiting an OPP detachment. Learn more.


There's always something to do through the Wasaga Beach Public Library

See the library main website

January Programs - Adults

January Programs - Children

Message from the Mayor

On behalf of council and town staff, I extend a very Merry Christmas to everyone in our community.

To our Jewish residents, we wish a Happy Hanukkah.

This is truly a special and magical time of year; a period when we can gather with family and friends to celebrate all that we love and hold dear. I hope you cherish every moment.

At the same time, we must remember there are those in our community who are alone, less fortunate or struggling with various issues. They need our love and support now more than ever.

If you are able this holiday season, I hope you can find ways to assist one of our many charitable organizations. They will greatly appreciate your helping hand.

With the year winding down, I want to thank our town staff for the great work they do each day. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of women and men delivering important public services.

I also want to recognize our community volunteers for their efforts during the year. Your contributions do make a meaningful difference.

As well, I want to acknowledge our first responders for the great job they do each day. Over the holidays, many of these people will be working, helping keep us safe. They will be ready to answer the call, if needed, and we are indebted to them. If you see one of our OPP officers, County of Simcoe paramedics, or Wasaga Beach firefighters, please take a moment to wish them all the best.

My hope for everyone is a 2023 filled with peace, good health, prosperity, and happiness. These last few years have not been easy. The pandemic has left its mark in several different ways. We could all do with some clear sailing in the year ahead.

As always, it is my great honour and privilege to serve as mayor of the town I love and I am grateful to sit with such talented and thoughtful council members.

In closing, please remember to hug the ones you love and be kind to each other.

See you in 2023.

Brian Smith is mayor of Wasaga Beach.

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