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 ha and has a population of 17,000.
Although maintaining a strong industrial base, Midland’s economy has now expanded to include a wide variety of other sectors including tourism and culture, healthcare and professional services. The Town is also home to the Georgian Bay General Hospital, the 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 ha 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, 4 cultures and 4 seasons, Penetanguishene is a picturesque bilingual community at the southern tip of peaceful and beautiful Georgian Bay.
This thriving bilingual community has grown to approximately 9,600 residents offering a unique combination of lifestyle and business opportunities.
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 also 12.6% 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 the upcoming expansion of Georgian Manor/Georgian Village. With major industries like Techform Products and CCL Containers, Penetanguishene has a stable and skilled workforce to offer. Educational facilities include six (6) elementary schools and two (2) secondary schools, under the jurisdiction of five (5) different school boards. Georgian College campus is located in the nearby Town of Midland.
The tourist industry is also a major employer with five (5) marinas and home of the Ontario Marine Operators Association. The Town operates a Tourist Information Centre at the Historical Port of Penetanguishene with marina and launching ramp. The Town also has over 69 hectares (170 acres) of parkland, three ball fields, several playgrounds and many kilometres of trails.
TOWNSHIP OF TAY
On January 1, 1994 the new municipality of the Township of Tay was formed. The Township of Tay is an amalgamation of the previous Township of Tay, Villages of Port McNicoll and Victoria Harbour, and parts of the Townships of Tiny, Medonte and Flo. Tay was created as a result of the restructuring of the County of Simcoe undertaken through Bill 51 of the Province of Ontario.
The land base of the Township of Tay, not including water lots, is approximately 14,118.7 hectares (ha) in size. The Township has approximately 48 kilometres of shoreline on the Severn Sound of Georgian Bay. In the 2011 census, Tay had a population of 9,736, with 3,942 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 also has numerous attractions, such as Ste. Marie Among the Hurons and 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 part of Simcoe County in south-central Ontario and can be found in the Southern Georgian Bay region. It is the most northerly township of Simcoe County and occupies most of the Penetanguishene peninsula. The Township has a total area of 344 square kilometers and has a coastline on Georgian Bay measuring 70 kilometers.
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.
According to the 2006 Population and Dwelling Counts from Statistics Canada:
• Permanent Population = 11,232
• Private Dwellings = 9,056 (Permanent/4,323 and Seasonal/4,733)
In the summer months, the Township’s population doubles to approximately 27,000.
The Township 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 Corporation of the Township of Tiny and Tay was created by the Parliament of Canada under the Baldwin Act of 1850. In 1868, Simcoe County passed a by-law that separated the United Townships into the Township of Tiny and the Township of Tay.
The history of Tiny Township reflects its three founding cultures: Native, French and British. Located within Wendake, the historical homeland of the Huron people, the region is closely tied to early missionary exploration of the region, 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