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Welcome to Barrie

We're glad you chose Barrie! Barrie is a beautiful city offering lots to do, and we know you'll love it here. Moving to a new city can be overwhelming so we've compiled some helpful information you will need to get started.

This page contains helpful information based on frequently asked questions from new residents. Please also explore the City's website to learn more! If you don’t find what you're looking for please contact Service Barrie at 705-726-4242, Service.Barrie@barrie.ca, Twitter or Facebook.

Service Barrie provides helpful welcome packages that include a copy of the Waste Reduction and Community Information Calendar, the current Recreation Guide, Transit map, Community Report, and city map. Please drop by Service Barrie at City Hall (70 Collier St) to pick up your package (Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm).

Are you a tenant or landlord? You may have questions about your rights and responsibilities. Please visit our Landlord & Tenant Information webpage.

Setting Up Your Accounts

Property Taxes

Property tax bills are mailed twice per year, and each bill has two installment due dates. There are a variety of payment options depending on what is most convenient for you.

When you purchase a newly built home, a property assessment process takes place. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) will assess the value of your home and send the information to the City of Barrie for property tax billing purposes. This process can take up to three years to complete.

Water

Property owners can create or cancel a water account online or in person. If you are a tenant in your new residence, your Tenant Water Account must be set up by the property owner. Get Water Wastewater Billing information.

Other Utilities

Enbridge supplies natural gas services to the Barrie area, while hydro is serviced by Alectra or innpower depending on your home's location.

Obtaining Curbside Collection Materials

Garbage, organics, recycling and yard waste receive curbside collection as per Barrie's collection schedule. If you are unsure about where an item should go, look it up with our Where Does It Go lookup tool. Recycling boxes, organics bins and Community Information and Waste Reduction calendars can be picked up at City Hall and Barrie's three main recreation centres. If in-person pickup is not an option, please call 705-739-4219 for delivery. The City does not currently provide garbage bins to residents.

Registering your Pet

Pet owners pay a one-time fee to register their pet for life in Barrie, and registration is available online or in person. Full information is available at barrie.ca/pets.

Renovating your new Home

Please see Home Renovations and Projects for helpful information on planning and completing your project.

Getting Around: Parking & Transit

Parking

Paid parking in downtown Barrie is enforced 9am–5pm on weekdays; three parking pass options are available. In specific waterfront areas, paid parking is enforced 24/7/365 for non-residents and is free for residents who display a Resident Parking Pass. More details are available via barrie.ca/parking.

Parking is prohibited on residential streets between the hours of 12:01am and 7am from December 1 to March 31. Visit barrie.ca/snow for more detail.

Barrie Transit

The City of Barrie offers conventional and specialized transit services. myridebarrie.ca is a great way to plan your trip from start to finish. Routes, fares, schedules, detours and more can be found online via barrie.ca/transit.

External Resources

211 Ontario

211 Ontario provides information and resources for community programs, counselling, housing, income support and more.  Dial 2-1-1 to reach them directly. 

Welcome Wagon

Welcome Wagon is a Canadian owned, free service for families experiencing a lifestyle change and is a great resource for those new to a community.

Library

Libraries are not just about books!  The Barrie Public Library is a great resource for those new to Barrie.  Whether in person or online, you can find community events, a Community Volunteer Database, and an information database that brings people and services together. 

Schools & Churches

​Schools in Barrie are serviced by either the Simcoe County District School Board or the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board. A local radio station houses a list of community churches.

Health Care

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has a program called Health Care Connect that refers Ontario residents who don’t have a physician to a family health care provider who may be accepting new patients. The hospital in Barrie is Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, located in the North end of the city.

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