Downtown Collingwood adds app-based Paid Parking option

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Downtown Collingwood adds app-based Paid Parking option
Collingwood, ON [Monday, August 24, 2020] – The Town of Collingwood is adding an app-based parking payment option to paid parking in Downtown Collingwood beginning on Friday, September 4. Parking passes, pay and display, and coin operated payment methods will continue to be available in Downtown Collingwood. This app-based, online-based payment option will enhance the user experience and reduce interactions and touchpoints through the pandemic.

Downtown Parking Fees have not changed:

  • Municipal Parking Lots: $0.75/hour
  • Parking on Hurontario Street between Sidelaunch Way and Fourth Street: $1.00/hour
  • Parking on Side Streets: $0.75/hour

As the Town responds to and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to provide essential services and alternative service delivery opportunities, implementing new ideas for parking operations is crucial. Our traditional parking operations feature significant interaction with people, paper, cash, and pay stations. Given the risk associated with traditional interactions during a pandemic, and for the safety of members of our community and the travelling public, Staff are implementing this contactless, digital option in the Downtown. Using an app-based payment method could also one-day reduce capital and maintenance costs associated with traditional parking meters.

This option for Downtown also aligns with Collingwood’s new Paid Parking Pilot Project at Sunset Point Park and Princeton Shores, beginning on the Labour Day Weekend, where parking fees will be $5.00 per hour. Fees will be waived at the Resident-Only Parking Lot on the east end of Sunset Point Park near the Water Treatment Plant.

Paying for parking online, for Downtown Collingwood, Sunset Point Park, and Princeton Shores, will be available in one of two different methods:

  1. Download the HotSpot Parking App and pay by credit card (
  2. Scan the NFC/QR code on the parking signs and pay through Apple Pay or Google Pay

Town of Collingwood Municipal Law Enforcement Officers will continue to ticket and/or tow vehicles that have not paid for parking in Downtown Collingwood. The set fine is $30 in addition to applicable towing fees. Officers will be equipped with License Plate Recognition technology and will be strictly enforcing paid parking.

Using the Hotspot Parking App easily lets you pay, extend, and manage your parking session. Use the app wherever you see HotSpot signs and decals, pay for your parking session from your phone, and be on your way.

  1. Download the HotSpot Parking App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Create an account with your mobile phone number or email address.
  3. Park anywhere you see HotSpot Parking App signs and decals.
  4. Pay for your parking session from your phone.
  5. Extend your time remotely if you’d like to stay longer.
  6. Receive digital copies of your parking receipts through the app.

For further information regarding parking enforcement:
[email protected]

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Back to Business 7 Step Checklist

New Back to Business 7 Step Checklist Released by Town of Collingwood based on Economic Recovery Task Force Action Plan

Collingwood, ON [Monday, June 29, 2020] – On June 15, Town of Collingwood Council approved the recommendation developed by the 14-person Collingwood Economic Support & Recovery Task Force. This Task Force of private and public sector leaders worked tirelessly with Town Staff to develop 6 Item Action Plan within 8 weeks.

The Action Plan encompasses six key strategic areas of focus with specific, measurable objectives attached to each to monitor their impact on Collingwood’s economic recovery:

  1. Economic Impact Metrics
  2. Business Support & Recovery Services
  3. Business & Tourism Relaunch Marketing
  4. Relaunch Events
  5. Shop Local Incentive
  6. Support Social Services

Each Action Item has specific initiatives associated with it, totaling 35 across the entire plan. All of them were either approved by Council or received endorsement for Staff to work more specific recommendations.

Get Ready for Back to Business
Action Item #2, focused on Business Support & Recovery Services, had as one of its main initiatives the promotion of recovery resources available to business through the Business Development Centre in downtown Collingwood. In response, the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative launched this week, providing businesses with an easy to use 7 Step Checklist as they either get ready to open or ramp up their operations if they are already allowed to operate.

  1. Start by Creating a Plan with the BDC Experts
  2. Review Sector Specific Re-Opening Resources
  3. Prepare Appropriate Safety Measures
  4. Become Aware of Symptom Monitoring and Testing Protocols
  5. Implement Store Specific Safety Practices
  6. Promote ‘Shop Safely’ Principles
  7. Seek Financial Advice and Support

“This 7 Step Checklist is a streamlined set of resources and sector-specific toolkits that business leaders can quickly reference as they feel overwhelmed by all the different information they are receiving,” said Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Town of Collingwood, “And we’ve got the team here at the Business Development Centre ready to answer questions and provide advice as quickly as possible”

Other elements of the Get Ready for Back to Business initiative include:

  • “Shop Safely” poster to put in stores and restaurants that highlights the personal responsibility code adopted by the members of the South Georgian Bay Tourism Association
  • an outreach to businesses to find out more about what their greatest recovery needs are, and inform them of all the resources and advice available at the Business Development Centre
  • an expanded Digital Service Squad to help any Collingwood businesses create online stores for free, provide social media advertising guidance and advice on search marketing

“We are truly grateful to each member of the Task Force for volunteering their time and expertise to help us develop Collingwood’s economic support and recovery plan,” commented Mayor Saunderson. “We are putting this plan into action immediately, with the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative, and will continue to implement action items in a timely way to support the needs of our businesses as the Province opens up”.

The 7 Step Checklist is available at For more details on the Economic Support and Recovery Plan developed by the Task Force and approved by Council, visit



For more information:
Adam Ferguson
Communications Officer
Town of Collingwood
705-445-1030 ext 3293
[email protected]

Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market Return


For immediate release: June 23, 2020

The Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market returns this Saturday!
“Your New Outdoor Grocery Store”

The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is pleased to announce the return of the
Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market, this Saturday, June 27. After an initial delay due to COVID-19,
we have worked with the Town of Collingwood and the local health unit to ensure that we have all
protocols in place to ensure a safe shopping experience for both market vendors and customers.

Come out this Saturday for the first market of the season and enjoy Collingwood’s ‘first outdoor grocery
store’ at the corner of Second and Pine Streets. The market will open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to
accommodate pre-ordered items and seniors, and will continue to 1 p.m.

Please note that the market will be very different this year and we ask that you please respect physical
distancing and bring a face mask with you. We will be managing inflow of traffic at the one way entrance
along Pine Street as well as arrows will guide you through the market to reach all your favourite

Find out more details on what to expect this Saturday June 27th by checking out our Facebook pages
and details at

Vendors have been busy planting, growing and baking to offer only the best for our 17th anniversary
season and are finally looking forward to welcoming everyone back. As the growing season becomes
more fruitful, so will the variety of the goods available at the market.

For more information on the market vendors and special activities, as well as information on the
businesses of Collingwood Downtown, please visit our website at and
like us on Facebook at www.facebook/collingwooddowntown and

Media Inquiries:
Brooke Girdwood, Farmers’ Market Manager
[email protected]; 705-445-5595

INTRODUCING Digital Main Street and Beyond

In response to challenges facing area businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Simcoe is providing $60,000 in funding towards Digital Main Street and Beyond, a unique program to help local businesses adapt their sales models to meet the needs of the ever-changing online consumer world.

The funding will cover portions of the costs for a Digital Service Squad to provide one-on-one training to local businesses and their employees.

The Digital Service Squad will be administered by the Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia Small Business Enterprise Centre and the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre.

To qualify, the small or medium business must:

  • Employ 1-99 employees;
  • Pay commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent;
  • Be a registered business in Ontario and/or incorporated
  • Operate within one of the County’s 16 member municipalities; and
  • Be owned by an Ontario resident at least 18 years of age with Canadian citizenship or permanent residency rights.

Learn more

Collingwood Commons

Collingwood, ON [Monday, April 20, 2020] – Local businesses feed us, clothe us, entertain us, and care for us. In this time of uncertainty, it’s time for the community to show them how much we care. Help them stay open through these challenging times. Show them some love by shopping local, ordering takeout, and buying their virtual services.

To make this as easy as possible for shoppers and businesses, several tech experts, restaurants and media companies have been working with the Business Development Centre in downtown Collingwood to create a new, integrated online shopping marketplace.

Brandon Houston, who initially conceived of the idea and founder of The Foundry Co-Working Space in downtown Collingwood, had a very clear vision when he started working on as his contribution to supporting local businesses. “The Collingwood Commons is a resource portal for the collective benefit of the community, based on the very definition of the commons…a place where cultural and natural resources are accessible to all members of a society, managed for individual and collective benefit.”

At, browsing is made easy by making it easy for the shopper to choose what they are looking for:

  1. Order Food – View menus from some of Collingwood’s best restaurants and order pick-up or delivery from a common marketplace where you can easily shop all the great establishments of Collingwood.
  2. Shop Local – Shop online from a range of local Collingwood businesses or buy gift cards for friends and family for when shops re-open.
  3. Experience Events Virtually – Find online events and virtual consultations offered by local businesses and organizations in South Georgian Bay.

The food and beverage ‘corner’ of the Commons already has more than 15 companies listed, with details on how and when to order, if they do takeout and/or delivery, and where they are located. Additional features include being able to search restaurants by meal type, browse the full list, or search for favourite spot. Menu visibility also makes it easy to choose items, plus ordering and payment can be done online or by phone for quick service. It also has an integrated feed from the new facebook group Collingwood Take-out & Delivery.

Sue Nicholson, Manager of the Collingwood Downtown BIA, observed, “We’ve taken the things that make Collingwood’s downtown farmers market such a success and put it online. It’s a place where Collingwood’s businesses are coming together to help the community and each other.”

A growing group of partners are joining the original team. This includes, Be Visible Web Design, members of The Foundry, and the facebook group Collingwood Take-out & Delivery.

“This is such a great example of the entrepreneurial #CollingwoodStrong spirit that the community has become famous for. We’re all in this together, so it has been inspiring to see how incredible collaboration has helped create this new marketplace,” commented Mayor Brian Saunderson.

At the Council Meeting on Monday, April 20, Mayor Brian Saunderson is putting forth the challenge to all Collingwood residents to join the national campaign to make Wednesdays #TakeoutDay by shopping at, following the facebook group Collingwood Take-out & Delivery, and giving our local restaurants a shoutout with #CollingwoodStrong.




For more information, contact:

Adam Ferguson
Communications Officer
Town of Collingwood
705-445-1030 ext 3293
[email protected]

A History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood


For more than three years, Collingwood resident Hella Sandberg has been gathering clippings, programs, newsletters – just about anything she can find on the history of the arts and culture community in Collingwood.  The result is three large binders of information about some of the people and organizations that have helped shape Collingwood’s thriving arts and culture scene.

During her hundreds of hours spent compiling and organizing information, Hella spoke about the project to as many people as possible, at every opportunity, in order to garner a broad perspective of information, some of which dates back to the mid 1800’s.

Some examples of notable pieces included are:

The binders will be housed in the local history section of the Collingwood Public Library and the Town’s website will also feature information so that as many people as possible may benefit from this valuable resource

“Having been very involved in promoting and supporting the arts and culture scene in Collingwood since 1976, both professionally and as a volunteer, I have always been aware of its strong and important presence in the community since then,” said Hella. “To my surprise and delight, I discovered through my research, that Collingwood has always, since its beginning, had a vibrant arts and culture community.”

While Hella is delighted to see the binder on the library shelves, she is planning to add information from time to time and keep the history growing…  If you have any materials you believe could be helpful for the History of Arts and Culture in Collingwood collection, please contact Carole Stuart, the Collingwood Public Library Coordinator of Local History and Genealogy at 705-445-1571 Ext. 6228 or [email protected].

Collingwood Named one of the Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada


We are pleased to announce that Collingwood has been named by as one of the “35 Most Beautiful Destinations in Canada”!

Collingwood has been chosen not only because of our hospitality but also for our beautiful views of Georgian Bay, our historic clock tower, and our lush tree lined streets (perfect for a leisurely stroll). Check out the article below!



Downtown Collingwood Murals present a snapshot of our past

Located throughout our downtown core are several murals, created by renowned artists to present a snapshot of our past.

Our Community; This mural representing the past, present and the future of the area is located on the south wall of the Eddie Bush Arena.  It begins with an early scene by Bill Hartman showing Petun Indians looking over what would become Collingwood.  The next image is by Janie Cooper Wilson, showing the difficult task of clearing the land. During the early 1800’s many fugitive slaves settled here and these families become an integral part of the community. Wilhelmina Wildman’s panel illustrates the early days of the commercial fishing industry. Gordon Kemp’s mural is of the architecturally unique grain depot, built in 1929 as a link from the country to the community. The mural by Shirley Farmer shows the recreational use of the area.

Busy Wagons; Located on the northwest corner of Hurontario and Second streets, this John Hood mural presents the colour and activity of the early 1900’s.

Ski Train; Located on the north wall of the CIBC, this mural was created by ceramic artist, Richard Gill. This unique three-dimensional artwork illustrates the early days of the ski and tourist industry. The mural shows the Craigleith Station as skiers arrive by train and are taken to the ski hills by horse drawn sleighs.

The Shipbuilding Industry was the lifeline of Collingwood for almost one hundred years. Beverly Smith’s Heading Dockside is located on the east wall of 28 Huron Street. This mural gives a whimsical look at the men and women heading to work at the shipyard.  Located on the side of  the former Mountain View Hotel, Side Launch captured the unique style of a side launch and is the work of John Hood and Alexandra Hood.  It is currently in storage and will be relocated at a future date.