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Environment

As Central Ontario’s premier waterfront City, Barrie is committed to providing residents with opportunities to enjoy an enhanced and secure quality of life in a prosperous and ecologically sustainable community.

To achieve true sustainability, the City of Barrie manages its resources in a manner that minimizes its ecological footprint and provides services to all members of the community at the least possible cost.

Creeks & Lake Simcoe

The water quality of Lake Simcoe and its tributaries is fundamental to the quality of life we enjoy in Barrie. Protection of these water bodies is essential for providing: clean drinking water, biodiversity, habitat for fish, wildlife and plant species, and recreational tourism. Learn about protection measures.

Environmental Spills

An environmental spill is a discharge of a pollutant that is abnormal in quantity or quality into the natural environment. Learn what to do in the event of a spill.

Historic Waste Sites

The City of Barrie, like many other older towns and cities, deposited waste in non-engineered sites, referred to as “Historic Waste Sites.” The Province of Ontario requires all municipalities to ensure that a D-4 Study is conducted in the vicinity of old waste disposal sites. Learn more.

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause illness. Each year, the City conducts a larviciding program under the authority of the Local Medical Officer of Health to control larval mosquitoes in order to prevent their development into vectors of West Nile Virus. Learn about the larviding program and more.

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