TOWN OF MIDLAND
The Town of Midland is a thriving community located on the southern edge of Georgian Bay within Simcoe County. The Town occupies a land area of approximately 3,556.25 hectares and has a population of 16,864 (Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016).
Midland maintains a strong industrial base and the economy includes a wide variety of other sectors including tourism and culture, healthcare and professional services. The Town is home to the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Georgian College Midland Campus, and the Midland Cultural Centre. With an already thriving waterfront, Midland has taken steps to capitalize on its prime Georgian Bay location by recently approving a Waterfront Master Plan for 16.24 hectares of undeveloped waterfront lands. This master plan envisions a vibrant mixed-use waterfront community with public access to the water and strong links to the downtown.
TOWN OF PENETANGUISHENE
Embracing 400 years of history, four cultures and four seasons, Penetanguishene is a picturesque bilingual community at the southern tip of peaceful and beautiful Georgian Bay.
This thriving bilingual community of 8,962 residents (Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016) offering a unique combination of lifestyle and business opportunity.
The Town has a significant concentration of Franco-Ontarians. It is one of only three communities in Central and Southwestern Ontario where the population of francophone exceeds the provincial average of five percent. The town is 12.6 per cent Métis, compared to the provincial average of 0.6%.
Penetanguishene is home to major institutions such as the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, the Central North Correctional Centre and Georgian Village. With major industries like Techform, a division of Magna Closures, Penetanguishene has a stable and skilled workforce. Educational facilities include six elementary schools and one secondary school, under the jurisdiction of five different school boards. Georgian College campus is located in the nearby Town of Midland.
The tourism industry is also a major employer. There are five marinas and Penetanguishene is home to the Ontario Marine Operators Association. The Town operates a Tourist Information Centre at the Historical Port of Penetanguishene with marina and launch ramp. The Town also has over 69 hectares of parkland, three ball fields, several playgrounds and many kilometres of trails.
TOWNSHIP OF TAY
On January 1, 1994, under countywide municipal restructuring, the Villages of Port McNicoll and Victoria Harbour were amalgamated with Tay. The township comprises the villages and rural hamlets of Ebenezer, Elliots Corners, Melduf, Mertzs Corners, Ogden’s Beach, Old Fort, Paradise Point, Port McNicoll, Riverside, Sturgeon Bay, Triple Bay Park, Vasey, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene and Waverley.
The land base of the Township of Tay, not including water lots, is approximately 14,118.7 hectares. The Township has approximately 48 kilometres of shoreline on the Severn Sound of Georgian Bay. In the 2016 census, Tay had a population of 10,033, with 4,127 private dwellings occupied by usual residents.
Tay is located in the heart of some of the most picturesque, unique and pristine natural areas in the world. It has numerous attractions, such as Sainte Marie among the Hurons and the Wye Marsh. The many seasonal residential and commercial developments in Tay attest to its desirability as a tourism destination.
TOWNSHIP OF TINY
The Township of Tiny is the most northerly township of the County of Simcoe and occupies most of the Penetanguishene peninsula. The Township has a total area of 344 square kilometers and has a 70 kilometre Georgian Bay coastline.
The Township of Tiny includes the communities/hamlets of Lafontaine, Perkinsfield, Wyevale, Wyebridge and Toanche. In addition to the mainland and Giant’s Tomb Island, the Township also has three First Nations Islands; Christian, Hope, and Beckwith.
The Township of Tiny’s permanent population is 11,787 (Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016). In the summer months, its population more than doubles to approximately 27,000.
The Township of Tiny was named, in 1822, after a pet dog of Lady Sarah Maitland (1792-1873), wife of Sir Peregrine Maitland, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. Two other adjoining townships were also named for her pet dogs, Tay and Flos (now Springwater Township).
The history of Tiny Township reflects its three founding cultures: Native, French and British. Located within Wendake, the historical homeland of the Huron people, North Simcoe is closely tied to early missionary exploration, including the Jesuit mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in nearby Midland.
Today, the Tiny Township area is still very much a bilingual (French and English) area of Ontario, and is one of 25 municipalities in Ontario designated for bilingual government services under the French Language Services Act.
Statistics Canada, 2006-2016 Census