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2015: A Year in Review (pdf)2015: A Year in Review

There has never been a better time to be in Barrie. Our City is evolving each day. As new residents, businesses, and visitors discover our beautiful and friendly community, we continue striving to improve.

When Council started their term at the end of 2014, they developed their strategic goals and directions for the City, which they called “Our Plan for a Better Barrie.” We have made great strides towards achieving Council’s plan.

We’re proud of our accomplishments from 2015 and acknowledge there is more work to be done. We look forward to continuing our work to advance Council’s priorities for a ‘better Barrie.’ You can look forward to more great projects and initiatives from your City in the near future. We love our City and are excited about the future. It is our strong sense of civic pride that inspires us in our work each day.

Scroll over or click on the images below for some highlights from 2015.

Inclusive Community
Inclusive Community is one of City Council's strategic goals and directions. We have made great strides towards achieving Council’s plan. See 2015 Inclusive Community Highlights
Vibrant Business Environment
Vibrant Business Environment is one of City Council's strategic goals and directions. We have made great strides towards achieving Council’s plan. See 2015 Vibrant Business Environment Highlights
Responsible Spending
Responsible Spending is one of City Council's strategic goals and directions. We have made great strides towards achieving Council’s plan. See 2015 Responsible Spending Highlights
Well Planned Transportation
Well Planned Transportation is one of City Council's strategic goals and directions. We have made great strides towards achieving Council’s plan. See 2015 Well Planned Transportation Highlights
Q1 2015 • January 12
In keeping with Barrie’s Sustainable Waste Management Strategy, every-other-week garbage collection began. The shift promotes rethinking waste in Barrie and helps extend the life of the landfill.
Q1 2015 • February 2
Barrie recPASS launched. The new pass was designed to simplify recreation, while making the City’s memberships more valuable and easier to use. It includes access to ALL drop-in activities at ALL facilities.
Q1 2015 • January
Barrie was recognized by the Ontario Heritage Trust for Restoration of Allandale Station.
Q1 2015 • February 7 & 8
Winterfest, Barrie’s annual celebration of all things winter, brought thousands of people downtown for winter fun. The event was again recognized as one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario.
Q2 2015 • May 14
Barrie Transit routes & schedules were added to Pingstreet, the City’s mobile app and the City made transit data open to the public to make it easier for transit users to get around.
Q2 2015 • June 10
The Pan Am Games Torch Relay arrived in Barrie to complete Day 12 of its journey across Ontario.
Q2 2015 • June 11
Mayor Jeff Lehman joined Wayne Hay, Chair of Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) and Jason Teal, Senior Director and Regional Manager, Commercial, Meridian Credit Union for the ceremonial groundbreaking of what will be the new Meridian Place.
Q2 • May
The Barrie Marina achieved Blue Flag certification from Blue Flag Canada, making it the first marina on Lake Simcoe to receive the prestigious eco-label. The internationally renowned co-certification acknowledges that a beach or marina is lean, swimmable and meets high safety and environmental standards.
Q3 2015 • July 1
Barrie Transit Service got a boost. New 20-year contract with MVT Canadian Bus Inc. includes service level standards, to ensure high level customer service for transit riders.
Q3 2015 • July 13
The City began converting all streetlights (nearly 11,000) to LED. The project cost roughly $5 million, however, the City will save more than twice that amount in energy and maintenance costs over 10 years. To assist with the cost of the project, the City received nearly $1 million from the Ontario Power of Authority Incentive Program.
Q3 2015 • August
The City teamed up with Bell Canada and local artists to paint murals on select utility boxes to deter graffiti and help showcase Barrie’s history and culture.
Q3 2015 • September 16
The Municipal Innovators Community (MIC) was founded in Barrie and kicked off with a 1-day conference at the Southshore Centre. 100 participants from across 3 provinces attended the conference.
Q4 2015 • October 6
City Council approved a hydro merger. The proposed merger includes three utilities (PowerStream, Horizon Utilities and Enersource) coming together and purchasing Hydro One Brampton from the Ontario government.
Financial Statements
Download the 2015 Consilidated Financial Statements. Previous Annual Consolidated Financial Statements of the City of Barrie can be downloaded from the Department of Finance webpage.