Page last updated: 9:15am Sept 8
We have a wonderful community in Barrie. This shines through in Facebook groups that have formed where everyone can make connections and ask for help:
CareMongering - Barrie: Community Response to COVID-19
Barrie Families Unite
Barrie Pay It forward!!
Provincial Government Newsroom
Prime Minister's News
The City of Barrie is implementing service changes and working with community agencies to help connect residents with support resources during the pandemic, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community. Information about support from other levels of government is also included on this page.
In addition to the information below, a helpful list of COVID-19 information resources for Barrie and Simcoe County residents is available from the Barrie Public Library's Information Barrie Community Database.
Please also refer to
Support for Businesses for helpful information.
On-street parking spaces along
Dunlop St. and side streets are temporarily designated as loading only zones under the Traffic By-law. This limits parking to standing for 10 minutes or less, which helps businesses and customers use curbside pickup and helps maintain traffic flow in the area.
Residential water/wastewater account holders can apply to eliminate the fixed charge for water and wastewater on their next bimonthly bill if you are suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
In addition, the payment due date grace periods were extended for all residents and businesses for two billing periods.
Water Wastewater Billing for full information.
Final property tax bill installments have extended due dates.
View full notice.
Seniors Centre Without Walls programming helps seniors connect and engage with other seniors through multi-person phone calls. Enjoy a variety of topics each week ranging from informal coffee chats and fun brainstimulating games to health and wellness seminars and educational talks. The program is free and open to allseniors in Barrie.
If you are in need of groceries, pharmaceutical supplied or other services, please phone 211 or visit
211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery services, as well as programs and services in your community that may be helpful to you during these trying times
211 exists to connect people to urgent needs and essential services. 211 is multilingual and operates 24/7, so please call or email if you are unable to access needed supplies or service.
SPARK Ontario is an online platform that connects people who want to volunteer with organizations that have the infrastructure in place to help others during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit
sparkontario.ca to post and/or respond to volunteer opportunities in the community.
The Barrie Food Bank continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit
barriefoodbank.org for information about available services. Online donations are being accepted.
Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19Ontario's action plan includes $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for people and jobs. It also will make available $10 billion in support for people and businesses through tax and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.The Ontario government has categorized support information as linked below:
The Government of Canada is taking action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including increasing the Canada Child Benefit, Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and more. The Federal government has categorized support information as linked below:
Individuals and familiesPeople facing loss of incomeIndigenous peoplesPeople who need it mostSeniorsYouth, post-secondary students and recent graduates
Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employeesAccess to creditCreating new jobs and opportunities for youthTaxes and TariffsSupport for self-employed individualsIndigenous businessesSupporting financial stability
The Government of Canada also offers a tool to
find the support you need for your business.
Agriculture, agri-food, aquaculture, fisheriesCultural, heritage and sportsAir transportation
TourismEnergyNon-profit and charitable
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