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County now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/newcomer-awards-2017-08-21.aspx8/21/2017 3:39:35 PMCounty now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p>​<strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong>August 21, 2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards. The event, in its fifth year, recognizes residents, youth, businesses, schools and organizations working to connect and improve the lives of immigrants in Simcoe County.</p><p>"Simcoe County is quickly becoming a popular destination for newcomers to call home," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Help us recognize community leaders who help make our communities so welcoming and diverse by nominating someone you know today." </p><p>The submission deadline is September 22, 2017. Information and nomination materials are available in both English and French at immigration.simcoe.ca.</p><p>Newcomer Recognition Award categories include:</p><p>Immigrant Youth (Individual)<br>Immigrant Mentor (Individual)<br>Immigrant Artist (Individual)<br>Immigrant Entrepreneur (Individual)<br>Culturally Diverse Workforce/Welcoming Work Environment (Business/Organization)<br>Marketing and Outreach (Business/Organization)<br>Multiculturalism through Education (School and Individual Educator)<br>Community Champion (Individual)</p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.   </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy updatehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-seeking-public-and-stakeholder-input-on-forest-recreation-policy-update-17-8-8.aspx8/8/2017 5:32:58 PMCounty seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy update<p><strong>Midhurst/August 8, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is encouraging anyone who spends time in our Simcoe County Forest to complete a brief survey to provide input into a review being undertaken of the Recreation Policy. </p><p>The Recreation Policy governs the public use of the Simcoe County Forest. The Policy was approved by County Council in 2006 to ensure the continued enjoyment of the Forest by all responsible users, to minimize environmental impacts and to reduce conflicts. </p><p>Assumptions which have governed the existing Policy and Forest Management Plan, and will continue to guide decision making include: </p><ul><li>The County Forest is considered to be a 'working forest' and is not parkland, preserve or for single-use. </li><li>Recreational pursuits in the Forest are a privilege, not a right. </li><li>Forest health, management and associated operations take precedence over recreational activities. </li><li>The County Forest is owned by the Corporation of the County of Simcoe, is not crown land, and as such the County is ultimately responsible for management decisions. </li></ul><p>A review of the Recreation Policy is being undertaken to assess where it is working well and to identify what changes or modifications may be needed to better address public use and improve the experience of Forest users. The outcome of the review and public feedback may include recommendations for minor amendments, clarifications and possible other changes to better achieve Policy objectives. </p><p>"We take great pride in being a municipal leader in forest stewardship and Forests Ontario recently recognized our efforts by naming us Ontario's Green Leaf Challenge award winner among large organizations for planting more than 81,000 trees so far this season," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Our forests are a treasure and asset to all our residents and visitors. Please take our brief survey and have your say in how we experience and share the Simcoe County Forest in a responsible way." </p><p>The survey is available online at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6e897b69-910b-45c6-bc22-a187ce268c38">www.simcoe.ca/recsurvey</a>. The survey can also be taken over the phone by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Forest <br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada with over 150 properties ranging in size from 13 to over 3,500 acres. The County of Simcoe is one of the few municipalities in Ontario that continues to invest in additional lands to ensure that the substantial environmental, social and economic benefits continue into the future. Within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Our forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational pursuits. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p>County of Simcoe Forestry received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) re-certification by the Rainforest Alliance<sup>TM</sup> in 2015 (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards. The County first achieved FSC certification in July 2010. Learn more about the FSC certification program at <a href="https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm">https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm</a> </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County marks National Multiculturalism Dayhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/national-multiculturalism-day-2017-06-23.aspx6/23/2017 6:46:46 PMCounty marks National Multiculturalism Day<p>​<strong>Midhurst/June 23, 2017 –</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership invites residents and media to celebrate National Multiculturalism Day on June 27, 2017. This year's event incorporates a Canada 150 theme and features an educational exhibit highlighting Simcoe County's unique multicultural history.</p><p>The exhibit will be held in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre Atrium area from 12 to 4 p.m. on June 27. A video highlighting the successful #ITSTARTS Pledge campaign run by the County throughout the month of June will be included in the exhibit. To-date, the County has distributed more than 8,000 Pledge cards and received extraordinary response from residents and partners through social media. Visit <a href="http://www.immigration.simcoe.ca/itstarts">www.immigration.simcoe.ca/itstarts</a> to learn more. </p><p>"Simcoe County is truly becoming a popular destination for new Canadians, with more than 50,000 newcomers living in Simcoe County from a variety of ethnic backgrounds," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The success of the Pledge campaign and the support and participation we've received demonstrates just how welcoming and diverse our communities are becoming. Join us to celebrate National Multiculturalism Day."  </p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.   </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>National Multiculturalism Day Exhibit </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre (Atrium area)<br>1110 Highway 26, <br>Midhurst, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, June 27, 2017<br>12 to 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p>
Expo touts skilled trades in Simcoe Countyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/skilled-trades-2017-05-26.aspx5/26/2017 3:01:12 PMExpo touts skilled trades in Simcoe County<p>​<strong>Midhurst/May 26, 2017 </strong>– Approximately 2,500 Grade 7, 8 and 12 students from around Simcoe County were introduced to more than 40 skilled trades during the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Elmvale Community Centre. In addition to the student session that occurred throughout the day, the evening session was open to the public and was attended by more than 200 residents. </p><p>The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society, provided students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County.</p><p>"As we start to roll out made in Simcoe County initiatives that support the local labour market, addressing shortages in the skilled trades continues to be one of our top priorities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "These are the jobs of the future and it's important that we continue to promote this important sector to our youth. Thanks to all our partners, businesses, entrepreneurs, students and residents for making the event such a huge success."</p><p>The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school to work program that opens the door for students to learn about the trades through co-operative education. Students have the opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards their journeyperson certification while at the same time completing their secondary school diploma. 150 students transitioned from high school into full-time paid apprentices last year in Simcoe County through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program</p><p>There are more than 150 recognized trades in Ontario, ranging from agricultural equipment and motorcycle technicians, tool and die makers, and heavy equipment operators to bakers, hairstylists, and educational assistants.   </p><p>The 2016 Expo received national and provincial awards from both the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.</p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Funding announced for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at Barrie Campushttp://edo.simcoe.ca/Pages/News/Georgian-College-Funding.aspx5/12/2017 2:27:56 PMFunding announced for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at Barrie Campus<p></p><p>Funding was confirmed for a new, $30-million Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development,<a href="http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1176589"> announced $10.8 million in funding</a> through the Government of Canada's Post‑Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.</p><p>The three-storey building will provide study and learning space for students enrolled in new diploma and degree programs. It will also be an important resource where academia and industry can collaborate to innovate, diversify the economy and create new opportunities for the future.</p><p>Key to this economic growth will be the Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC) which will be housed in the centre. It will play an essential role in creating a powerful local entrepreneurship climate and in supporting the diversification of the economy. It will include research and commercialization space for business and industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space. Until now, central Ontario has not had a dedicated facility of any kind related to research, acceleration or commercialization.</p><p>More than 800 degree and diploma students will use the labs and collaboration facilities in the centre. It will be home to Simcoe County's first electrical engineering degree, offered by Georgian in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years. In future years, the centre will allow for the growth of additional degree studies in mechanical, civil and software engineering.</p><p>For students in Georgian's environmental programs, as well as industry partners, the centre will be a living lab. Sustainable building construction and energy efficiency principles are incorporated throughout the new facility. The centre will also be home to the first two years of a new combined degree-diploma program focused on environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead.</p><p>In addition to federal funding announced today, the Centre for Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research will be financed by $1.8 million from the provincial government, a $5-million contribution from the County of Simcoe and $5 million from the City of Barrie.</p><p>Georgian will work with the community and industry partners to secure additional funds through its Power of Education campaign. The building will open for use by the fall of 2018.</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/News/Georgian-College-Funding/Advanced%20Technology,%20Innovation%20and%20Research%20Centre.png" alt="Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br>Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre</p><p><strong> Quotes:</strong></p><p>This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government's vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.<em>– <strong>T</strong><strong>he Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development</strong></em></p><p>Our government is proud to support this important project, which will give Georgian College students access to renewed and upgraded facilities at the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do it.<em>– <strong>Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie</strong></em></p><p>We are so proud that postsecondary education continues to expand in Simcoe County, providing opportunities for our residents, fueling our skilled labour market and driving our economy and communities forward. The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will serve as a hub to support our local industries and manufacturing businesses while continuing to position Georgian College as a provincial leader in producing highly skilled, job-ready graduates.<em>– <strong>Warden Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe </strong></em></p><p>This catalytic project will support our local labour market needs, advance Barrie's economic investment strategy for the creation of a vibrant start-up ecosystem to achieve greater economic diversity, and enable greater industrial competitiveness and resiliency through increased access to research, technology and innovation infrastructure.</p><p><em>– J<strong>eff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie</strong></em></p><p><em> </em>The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will be a game changer – an inspirational home for diploma and degree studies as well as a boost for our local economy. When people think of Georgian College, they first think of students, and we are proud of that. This new building reinforces that Georgian is a resource for business and industry. This innovation and research centre will be a catalyst for change and help to build the future of our communities for decades to come.<em>– <strong>Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College</strong></em></p><p>We are thrilled for the possibilities that this new centre brings, like new degree and diploma programs, new labs and research facilities. As the president of the Georgian College Electric Vehicle Racing Club, where we design and construct a small electrical car, I am eager to utilize the resources this facility will bring. This new building will provide us with new labs and fabrication spaces for students like myself to work on our projects.</p><p><em>– <strong>Mark Reckzin, Mechanical Engineering Technology student, Georgian College</strong></em></p><p><strong><img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/News/Georgian-College-Funding/Innovation%20Funding%20Photo.png" alt="Innovation Funding Photo.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong>BACKGROUNDER</strong></p><p><strong>Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre</strong></p><p>The $30-million, three-storey, 56,000-square-foot facility will be a centerpiece of Georgian's Barrie Campus, prominently facing busy Highway 400. The centre will include:</p><p>·         Research and commercialization space for industry, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication space</p><p>·         Labs and collaboration space for more than 800 degree and diploma students</p><p>·         Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and geographic information system (GIS) labs</p><p>·         Dedicated telepresence room, electrical lab, technical project space and more</p><p>In addition to federal and provincial contributions, the centre is also supported with a $5-million investment from the County of Simcoe and $5-million from the City of Barrie. Georgian and its donors and industry partners will provide additional funding.</p><p><strong> Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC)</strong></p><p>·         The C-RIC will be fundamental to the economic growth and prosperity of central Ontario.</p><p>·         It will function as a community hub where innovation is fostered and celebrated. It will be the go-to source to develop and incubate products and services, to test concepts, and showcase promising research and new products.</p><p><strong>Central Ontario's first engineering degrees</strong></p><p>·         Engineering job opportunities in central Ontario are projected to grow by approximately six per cent by 2020, and that is without any additional boost from local research and innovation activities. The demand exists – enrolment in Georgian's engineering technology programs has increased by more than 15 per cent over the past three years.</p><p>·         Until now no engineering degrees have been offered in central Ontario. Georgian is meeting this need by introducing the first electrical engineering degree in partnership with Lakehead University. Students will graduate job-ready with both a diploma and a degree, the best of a college and university education, in just four years.</p><p><strong>Environmental Sustainability</strong></p><p><strong> </strong>Key learning and research opportunities for students in Georgian's environmental degree and diploma programs as well as industry partners include the ability to capture data on the usage and functionality of:</p><p>·         Rooftop solar panels</p><p>·         A micro-grid display room</p><p>·         Building automation control system</p><p>·         Geothermal ground source heating and cooling</p><p>·         LED lighting</p><p>The Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will also be home to the first two years of a   combined degree-diploma in environmental sustainability in partnership with Lakehead University.</p><p><img src="/PublishingImages/Pages/News/Georgian-College-Funding/Innovation%20Funding%20with%20Federal%20Minister.png" alt="Innovation Funding with Federal Minister.png" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>Source: http://www.georgiancollege.ca/student-news/funding-announced-for-advanced-technology-innovation-and-research-centre-at-barrie-campus/</p><p></p>

 

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Award Winning Skilled Trades Expo, with approximately 2,500 Grade 7, 8 and 12 students from around Simcoe County were introduced to more than 40 skilled trades. 

 


The County of Simcoe is Open for Business​

Simcoe County selected by How2Media as the "World's Greatest" community to do business.

   
  

​​Award Winning Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, held June 8, 2016, was a partnership initiative between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, City of Orillia, City of Barrie, Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society, and provided students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County.