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Feb 29

Barrie's population to hit 253,000 by 2041

BARRIE - Barrie has not only grown, but will continue to grow. Figures released by the city's planning department show not only a population of 154,283 people now that will increase to 210,000 by 2031 – but a Barrie of 253,000 residents by 2041. Places to Grow, the 2006 Growth Plan...
Feb 26

Georgian College and Lakehead University announce more than 20 new degree programs

BARRIE - Avery Konda might soon need a bigger frame for his college diploma. As a third-year student in Georgian College's Environmental Technology program, Konda will soon be able to garner an integrated university degree through a new Lakehead University and Georgian College partnership...
Dec 8

Company to be up and running in west Orillia by late next year, will employ 250 people

ORILLIA - In a year's time, the local business landscape will see a giant transformation. Angelo Orsi, president of Charter Construction Ltd., joined Coun. Rob Kloostra, Coun. Mason Ainsworth, economic development manager Dan Landry, CAO Gayle Jackson and CFO Bob Ripley Tuesday afternoon to...
Oct 8

Canadian Real Estate Wealth magazine places city among top 100 places to invest

ORILLIA - Orillia has been recognized as one of the best places to invest in Canada - a designation that comes as no surprise to the city's economic development manager. "I've been calling it the waves of inevitability," Dan Landry said when discussing southeastern Orillia as...
Sep 22

Advanced Technology Hub could be built in Orillia

ORILLIA - Hydro One likes the energy in Orillia. Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke announced a "potentially transformative opportunity" for the city at a news conference Tuesday afternoon, as the city has entered into negotiations with Hydro One to build a state-of-the-art Advanced Technology...
Jun 29

Barrie jumps up the best places to live list

BARRIE - To rise in the ranks, Barrie numbers had to drop like a stone thrown from the tip of the Spirit Catcher. Barrie's landslide drop in the national MoneySense Best Places to Live 2015 ranking places it in the top 50 cities to live in Canada. From a dismal showing in 2014 when Barrie...
Apr 30

Barrie part of bigger 'engine': economist

BARRIE - Barrie is an important gear in the Ontario engine expected to drive Canada's economy in the coming years, a city business audience heard Thursday morning. Both Warren Jestin, Scotiabank's chief economist, and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman told a Liberty North crowd that the landscape...
Apr 24

Littlewood Properties Aquires New Orillia Apartment Building

Littlewood Properties is very pleased to announce the addition of 263 Millard Street to our growing portfolio of quality apartment buildings in the Orillia & Barrie area. This Senior Friendly Building, now named Millard Manor Apartments, has been upgraded to our quality standards, and features...
Apr 17

Premier unveils plan for expanded service to Barrie

BARRIE - Premier Kathleen Wynne hopped off a southbound GO train at the Barrie South station shortly after 9 a.m., Friday. As it was almost two hours after the last train usually leaves for all points south, Wynne took the 10-minute ride through Barrie to show what future train service will feel...
Mar 16

MoneySense report shows Barrie ranks No. 3 for real estate

BARRIE - To the right buyer, every old bungalow is new again. The Best Deals in Real Estate 2015 MoneySense report ranking cities across the country rated Barrie as the third best place to buy a home in Canada. "We're seeing a lot of buyer demand with people downsizing from the city...
Mar 13

Massive North Barrie Crossing development moving forward despite financial setbacks

BARRIE - What's helping drive the $42-million road project near Barrie's Duckworth/Cundles corner is a commercial/residential project in the works for nearly a decade. North Barrie Crossing could be worth nearly $100 million when its condos, grocery store, movie cinema, pharmacy, fitness...
Mar 12

Study shatters Barrie's commuter-town myth

BARRIE - Barrie and Simcoe County are not bedrooms for the GTA, a new labour market study reveals. That's just one of several common myths the study debunks. Despite what you see on Hwy. 400 each morning, as cars fill the southbound lanes for hours, the reality is more people...
Mar 11

10-year plan for better transit

BARRIE - Metrolinx is building a second track on part of GO Transit's Barrie corridor to bring better transit to the region.  It's part of a 10-year plan. Grading and signal improvements are already underway on a six-kilometre stretch of the line between the York University and...
Mar 11

Simcoe County looking at ways to get residents working

BARRIE - A Simcoe County committee project looking at ways to get area residents into the workforce is being considered by county councillors. The Simcoe County 2015-19 Labour Market Strategy is a project by the county's Ontario Works, the economic development department and the cities of...
Mar 10

Infrastructure key to 2015 Barrie budget

BARRIE - This year's city budget is all about building up Barrie. City council gave final approval Monday to an operating/capital budget which increases property taxes by 3.2% for homeowners. But of that total, 1% is for repairing and building infrastructure - the roads, pipes and equipment...
Dec 16

Plans unveiled for Barrie's new south-end high school

BARRIE - Plans for the new south-end Barrie high school were discussed at an information meeting on Monday night. Parents and other members of the public - as well as some Simcoe County District School Board trustees - heard board staff talk about different aspects of the school, which will be...
Nov 21

Cogeco expanding in Barrie

BARRIE - Cogeco Data Services is expanding its flagship Barrie centre, adding 20,000 square feet and new jobs to its Welham Road facility. This expansion, scheduled to be completed early next year, will more than double Cogeco's operational space in Barrie to 32,000 sq. ft. It brings...
Oct 31

Barrie-area company adding 100 jobs

BARRIE - One of this area's largest employers is growing again. Barrie-area based Napoleon Group of Companies is hiring more than 100 new permanent and temporary employees. "We're just experiencing unprecedented growth as a result of expanding our product line," said Shannon...
Sep 30

Employers come to job seekers in Barrie

BARRIE - Hunting for a job is a lot easier when the employer comes to you. Employers from 23 local companies gathered at the Northern Lights Job Fair at the Southshore Centre, Monday. Dozens of people seeking jobs visited the booths as organizers watched the weather. "They were lined...
Sep 27

Lakehead/Georgian College plan submitted to province

BARRIE - Lakehead University, in partnership with Georgian University Partnership Centre, submitted its proposal for major expansion to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on Friday. The joint proposal was developed in response to a call from the Province of Ontario to...
Sep 13

HRC plan taking shape

ORILLIA - Artist Charles Pachter has some heavyweight support for his vision to turn Orillia's former Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) property into an international arts and cultural centre. Pachter, perhaps best known to the non-art collector for his colourful steel and granite moose...
Jul 10

Cabela's opening at Barrie's Park Place a sign of things to come

BARRIE - A pointed opening ceremony today for the newest major tenant at Park Place celebrates another chapter in the south-end shopping and dining destination. The grand opening of the 70,000 square-foot Cabela's - an outdoor enthusiast's dream - will include a ribbon cutting using an...
Jun 28

Laurentian's Barrie plan concerns Orillia mayor

ORILLIA - With unused capacity at Georgian College and Lakehead University, Orillia Mayor Angelo Orsi questions the need for Laurentian University to open a standalone campus in Barrie. "Orillia has invested significantly in post-secondary education with Lakehead. We want to make sure...
Jun 24

Pledge represents increase 2011 commitment of $14 million for Barrie campus

BARRIE - The push in Barrie continues for the provincial, post-secondary pot of gold. Laurentian University upped the ante Monday, adding $11 million to its previous $14-million commitment to a new campus in the city, which has already promised $14 million over 10 years. Last week, Lakehead...
Jun 20

Barrie plant jobs are safe

BARRIE - Yachiyo of Ontario Manufacturing (YOM) in Barrie is being bought. YOM employees were told Friday that a buyer has been secured for the Mapleview Drive West facility, a vehicle parts and accessories plant, which employs 350 full and part-time employees. Matcor-Matsu Group, a private...
Jun 11

Record number of students graduating from Georgian College

BARRIE - A record number of students are graduating this month from Georgian College. Over the next two weeks, approximately 2,350 students will graduate from a wide range of programs at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. This is the largest ever graduating class in the college's...
Jun 10

Manpower survey says 16% of Barrie employers expect to hire starting in July

BARRIE - Barrie area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate for the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. "Survey data reveals that 16% of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (July to September), while none anticipate cutbacks...
Jun 5

Orillia is 'the next wave'

ORILLIA - Orillia has slipped from first to 11th place in the province for development interest, but will rebound in the coming years, said the author of the Top Ontario Investment Towns report. Don Campbell, senior analyst of the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), which studies 118 towns in...
May 23

Former Innisfil land's growth mapped out

BARRIE - The groundwork for Barrie's new growth is being laid. City councillors have given initial approval to the growth management update for the former Innisfil land, an agreement with property owners there on infrastructure implementation and secondary plan approvals, and setting aside...
May 7

A look at how the initial plan for Park Place in Barrie changed

BARRIE - Park Place isn't as advertised Not yet, anyway. Maybe not ever. Almost a dozen years ago Park Place was spun to Barrie as a shopping mecca, a retail village, a lifestyle centre - something so unique and attractive that shoppers couldn't resist its lures. Today, it's...
Mar 28

Barrie officials hoping funding announcement means campus headed this way

BARRIE - Much like bears circling the honey pot, politicians and school officials are greeting the provincial government's announcement of university funding as a bona fide bonanza. Although the Liberal government's 2011 campaign promise to build three new universities in Ontario took...
Feb 24

Barrie looking at new affordable housing strategy

BARRIE - The door is opening to a new affordable housing strategy in Barrie. On Monday city councillors will consider a motion to circulate a draft strategy to the public, stakeholders and housing agencies for comment before an open house and public meeting are held. The strategy's focus...
Jan 13

Recent policy paper has some believing Barrie closer to getting a new university campus

BARRIE - A recent policy paper from the provincial government has some believing a new university campus for Barrie might be one step closer to reality. Laurentian University (Barrie campus) associate vice-president Craig Fowler said the Ministry of Training, colleges and Universities document...
Jan 9

Barrie's $25-million Lakeshore Drive plan switching into high gear

BARRIE - Long-planned and long anticipated, the $25.7-million relocation of Barrie's Lakeshore Drive back to the old CN Rail line is making real headway this year. This will not only create an additional 10 acres of parkland along the waterfront, but add separate walking and riding paths,...
Jan 6

Newcomers to Barrie say quality of life good

BARRIE - While the FORUM Research survey suggests a general level of satisfaction with how the City of Barrie is being run, two newcomers are happy to be calling the city home. After moving here from the Greater Toronto Area, they have mostly praise for Barrie's quality of life. Patricia...
Nov 22

City development strategy until 2031

BARRIE - Barrie councillors are pushing ahead with a $3.1-billion, 20-year growth and infrastructure renewal plan. On Wednesday, councillors gave initial approval to master plans and a fiscal impact analysis designed to accommodate a city of 210,000 people and 101,000 jobs by 2031...
Nov 20

Local solar industry appears to be booming

ORILLIA - There are new job openings locally in the new energy sector, especially for people interested in installing outdoor solar panels. Last year, there were three large solar project construction sites in Port Severn. There are current sites in Orillia that may continue throughout...
Nov 12

City's unemployment rate among lowest in Ontario

BARRIE - Barrie's jobless rate is heading down, even faster than the national average. The city's October unemployment rate, announced Friday morning, was 5.5% - which is among the lowest of any Ontario city. It was 7.2% in September. “We've gone from the highest in the...
Nov 6

Lakehead official keeping tabs on Laurentian plan for Barrie

BARRIE - Lakehead University takes “great pride” in the fact its Orillia campus is the only full-service campus in the county, says a senior university official. When Lakehead was looking to expand in the early 2000s beyond its main campus in Thunder Bay, provost and vice-president...
Oct 29

It's Time For a University campus in Barrie

BARRIE - The story of Barrie is one of growth. With a population of more than 140,000 and a strategic reach into the GTA, Barrie is the largest census metropolitan area in Canada without a university. We know that Barrie is ready for its own university campus. Laurentian has been a significant part...
Sep 9

Waterfront development draws fire at meeting

BARRIE - Harmony Village drew a crowd Monday, just maybe not the audience it wanted. People filled the Council Chamber at Barrie City Hall for a marathon public meeting on a rezoning application for the huge, proposed residential/retail-plus development near the waterfront. With five towers...
Aug 27

New physicians ready to start working in Barrie

BARRIE - The future of health care in Simcoe County is looking bright as more doctors are calling Barrie home. Doctors Devon Turner and Heidi DeBoer recently finished their two-year residency at the state-of-the-art Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU) at the Royal Victoria Regional Health...
Jul 25

Target one of two major retailers coming to Barrie

BARRIE - Thinking outside the big box won’t get you anywhere in Barrie’s south end. Two major American retailers have targeted Park Place in their scopes for two new stores. Target Canada will put shovels in the ground this fall to build a 127,000-square-foot department store with...
Jun 26

County gives college a $500,000 boost

BARRIE - Simcoe County Warden Cal Patterson and members of county council gave Georgian College a $500,000 boost to support learning opportunities that benefit students from across the region. The gift is part of the county’s $4-million multi-year pledge to the college, which has four...
Jun 21

Tremendous boom in Barrie in 1980s

BARRIE - How high is high enough in Barrie’s core? On Monday, city councillors will consider scheduling a public meeting to consider new policies on the design of tall buildings in the Urban Growth Centre, which takes in most of Ward 2. Buildings as high as 15 storeys are allowed there...
May 30

Designing cities for better health: If you build it, they will walk

BARRIE - Barrie, a small city on the edge of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, might not strike many as a hotbed of urban design trends. But a new community planned for the city will incorporate arguably the most sweeping urban planning trend in North America. Harmony Village, which will comprise1,200...
Apr 23

The 'new urbanism' a tough sell in Barrie

BARRIE - Barrie is hardly the first place you would go to see the new urbanism that is sweeping North American cities. The bedroom community of 140,000 an hour’s drive up the 400 highway from Toronto is about as suburban as you can get, with vast tracts of subdivisions, malls and business...
Apr 19

Contact Centre Expected to Bring 700 Jobs to Barrie

BARRIE - The revitalization of Barrie’s Golden Mile has begun. A joint announcement by the City of Barrie and Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) to open an incoming call centre in the Kozlov Centre this fall was well received at city hall, Monday. “This is a $20-million annual...
Mar 5

Open House in Barrie To Look At Annexed Innisfil Land

BARRIE - Barrie’s future will unfold Wednesday night. A three-hour open house will take place on the former Innisfil land secondary plans and city-wide infrastructure master plans, at Liberty North. “‘This is not only the planning document that will generate the plans for...
Feb 25

Orillia a Top-10 Investment City

ORILLIA - The City of Orillia can hold its own. For the first time, the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) — a Western Canada- based research organization — has given Orillia a standalone score in its rankings of top investment cities in Ontario. The Sunshine City has scored...
Jan 7

Barrie Announces HGS Deal That Will Add 500 Jobs

BARRIE - The City of Barrie and HGS Canada Inc are excited to announce the dates of an upcoming Job Fair where the Contact Centre Company, HGS Canada will evaluate the local employment market. The event is part of the site selection process for the global company who is looking at a potential new...
Dec 18

Barrie Jobless Rate Falls

BARRIE - Barrie's unemployment dropped in November, Statistics Canada reports. Its rate fell to 7.2 per cent, which is down 3.8 per cent from a year ago. "Every day, I continue to plug away at helping improve job prospects for people in the Barrie area by lobbying for more support...
Dec 12

New Video Added for Barrie Apartments - Donald Place

Centrally located at 56 Donald Street in Barrie, Donald Place Apartments is a newer condo styled building, conveniently backing onto the numerous shopping and retail outlets of Wellington Plaza Mall. Take a Video Tour of the newest addition to our Barrie Building portfolio! If you like what you...
Dec 7

New Video Added for Orillia Apartments - Atherley Place

Are you looking for a new, safe, and secure apartment for rent in Orillia to call home? Check out our newly renovated suites and upgraded building at 135 Atherley Road in Orillia. Click on the Video below for your own personal tour of Atherley Place Apartments located in the vibrant City of...
Dec 7

Barrie Gains 1,200 Jobs in One Month

BARRIE - Barrie gained 1,200 jobs in one month. The good news out of November’s Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada indicates that not only did a whole bunch of Barrie’s unemployed gain full-time employment, but unemployment rates have been steadily falling for the past year...
Dec 4

New Video Added for Barrie Apartments - Grove Manor / Grove Terrace / St. Vincent Place

We have just posted today our new "Barrie Zone" video highlighting three of our properties at 170 Grove Street East (Grove Manor Apartments), 174 - 178 Grove Street East (Grove Terrace Apartments) and 278 St Vincent Street (St Vincent Place Apartments).   Click on the Video...
Nov 23

Simcoe County 10-year Affordable Housing Strategy

BARRIE - Simcoe County is taking steps to make affordable housing more accessible after a consultation group was hired to collect data about the growing concern. Barrie residents arrived Tuesday afternoon at Barrie’s City Hall Rotunda, where OrgCode Consulting representatives presented...
Sep 25

Barrie Desperately Wants Ontario's Next University

BARRIE - This city likely won't learn about its downtown university campus until 2013. Mayor Jeff Lehman, speaking to the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce on Monday, said the ball is still in the province's court. “It's up to them, that's the short answer,”...
Sep 6

Littlewood Properties Acquires New Barrie Building

Littlewood Properties is very pleased to announce the addition of 56 Donald Street to our growing portfolio of quality apartment buildings in the Barrie & Orillia area. This adult oriented building, now named Donald Place Apartments, has been extensively renovated to our quality standards, and...
Aug 2

Barrie Unveils Waterfront Plan

BARRIE - Barrie's waterfront sparkles – but it could be even more of a jewel as Barrie plans how to make the most of it over the next two decades, says Barrie's parks planning manager Walter Fischer. He unveiled a concept plan last week, which suggests relocating the Sea Cadets...
Aug 1

Littlewood Properties Launches New Website

Littlewood Properties is excited to announce the launch of our new website www.lpliving.ca. The website aims to provide an exceptional online experience, and utilizes the most current search technologies for fast and effortless browsing. The new site also supports mobile browsing, and is...