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The City of Timmins extreme cold weather alert continues for Friday, February 16, 2024. Temperatures are expected to drop to -26 overnight (inclusive of wind chill) Risk of frost bite.

Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause serious and sometimes even life-threatening health problems. Protection from extreme cold conditions includes avoiding wind exposure, dressing in warm layers, and covering exposed skin.

People requiring emergency shelter can attend the location at 316 Spruce St. S. for assistance.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 16, 2024 at 9:20 AM
  

Monday, February 19, 2024 is Family Day.

The following municipal services will be closed or unavailable:

  • Service Timmins and the Provincial Offences Office
  •  The Timmins Public Library and C.M. Shields Library branch
  • Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
  • There will be no Timmins Transit bus service
  • Deloro Landfill
  • There will be no household waste and recycling collection. Residential waste and recycling collection that falls on Monday will be collected on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

For more information about municipal services visit www.timmins.ca or call Service Timmins at 705-264-1331.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 15, 2024 at 2:27 PM
  
The City of Timmins is issuing an extreme cold weather alert for Thursday, February 15, 2024. Temperatures are expected to drop to -26 overnight (inclusive of wind chill) Risk of frost bite.

Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause serious and sometimes even life-threatening health problems. Protection from extreme cold conditions includes avoiding wind exposure, dressing in warm layers, and covering exposed skin.

People requiring emergency shelter can attend the location at 316 Spruce St. S. for assistance.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 15, 2024 at 10:03 AM
  
February 13, 2024 – Ottawa, Ont. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Local Canadian Army Reserve units are training in multiple locations in Northern Ontario in the upcoming weeks. Dates include February 15, February 22, and March 7, 2024. Most training will be done in the evening hours of the dates specified.

33 Canadian Brigade Group’s Northern Tactical Group, consisting of soldiers from The Irish Regiment of Canada (Sudbury) and The Algonquin Regiment (North Bay & Timmins) will conduct this infantry navigation training using official Land Use Agreements in the following locations:

• Sudbury: Kivi Park & Crowley Lake Outpost;
• North Bay: Laurier Woods Conservation Area; and
• Timmins: Hersey Lake Conservation Area.

Members of the public may see Canadian Army soldiers in uniform with their service weapons, and military vehicles on local roads and highways.

No ammunition of any kind will be present.

This training is practice for later activities at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) bases and ranges and allows these units and personnel to confirm skills locally before firing live ammunition at approved training facilities.

This important exercise also prepares Canadian Army Reserve members to operate in various weather conditions and maintain fitness and stamina while carrying their equipment. Regular, scheduled training keeps our soldiers and units ready to respond to missions in Canada like floods and wildfires and support international stability operations with partners and allies. All Canadian Army Reserve members train regularly to maintain and further develop their skills in safe and effective operations, and to test discipline, safety, and effectiveness.

All measures are being taken to ensure minimum inconvenience in these areas during the exercise dates, and members of the public are asked to use extra caution when approaching military vehicles and are thanked in advance for their understanding and co-operation.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 13, 2024 at 2:54 PM
  
The City of Timmins is issuing an extreme cold weather alert for Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Temperatures are expected to drop to -26 overnight (inclusive of wind chill) Risk of frost bite.

Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause serious and sometimes even life-threatening health problems. Protection from extreme cold conditions includes avoiding wind exposure, dressing in warm layers, and covering exposed skin.

People requiring emergency shelter can attend the location at 316 Spruce St. S. for assistance.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 13, 2024 at 11:24 AM
  
Beginning Monday, February 12, Timmins’ paratransit service will transition to an automated mobility management system called Timmins Transit On-Demand. The new software platform is powered by Spare, and includes an easy-to-use app that will make booking an accessible ride fast and convenient.

On Monday, paratransit users will be able to request and pay for shared-ride, curb-to-curb service through the Timmins Transit On-Demand app. The app eliminates the need for advanced booking and provides real-time trip notifications, making it easier to plan travel. The paratransit service area is also being expanded. Coverage will extend north to areas off Laforest Rd., with service to the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport; south to areas around Goldmine Rd.; east to the Hallnor Rd. and Hwy 101 E. intersection; and, west to Kamiskotia Rd., with service to Mount Jamieson Resort.

The Timmins Transit On-Demand app is available to download now from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Paratransit users are encouraged to download the app, create an account, and familiarize themselves with how to book, pay, and confirm their ride.

Timmins Transit On-Demand is one way the City is looking to modernize public transportation in Timmins. Plans are underway to pilot a microtransit system in Porcupine and South Porcupine that will expand the current transit service area, using the City’s paratransit buses. Microtransit solutions allow cities to fill gaps in their fixed-route network by connecting riders to existing conventional transit. That means, riders in Porcupine and South Porcupine, including Connaught Hill, who do not live near a static bus stop will be able to use Timmins Transit On-Demand to catch their bus. More information about the expanded microtransit service will be available soon.

Paratransit is an accessible transit solution that requires registration. Current registered users are already pre-approved for use of the app. New users can register by filling out an application available online at Timmins.ca. For assistance, visit the Timmins Transit main terminal on Spruce St. S. or call 705-360-2600 ext. 3504.

Delivering a modern, efficient, and convenient public transportation network is Timmins Transit’s main goal. New technologies are being put in place to help move more people and make better use of Timmins Transit resources.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 06, 2024 at 9:34 AM
  

File No. Z-2023-02

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, to gather public input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to regulate storage containers within the City of Timmins. The following changes are proposed:

A storage container shall be used as an accessory building or structure in all zones subject to the following conditions:

Residential Zones - NA-R1, NA-R2, NA-R3, NA-RM1, NA-RM2, RD-WN, RD-MHP, RD-RE1 and RD-RE2

a. a storage container shall conform to the accessory building or structure requirements of the zone in which it is located.
b. a storage container shall require a peaked or sloped roof with a minimum six inch (6”) overhang and an exterior cladding such as vinyl, aluminum or wood type siding shall be installed over the exterior of the storage container. The storage container can match the exterior finish and roof slope of the main building provided it conforms with the accessory building or structure requirements of the zone in which it is located.
c. a maximum of one (1) storage container per property.

Commercial Zones - EA-CG, EA-CH and EA-CR

a. a storage container shall conform to the accessory building or structure requirements for the zone in which it is located.
b. a storage container may match the exterior appearance of the main building regarding roof slope and exterior finish or shall be painted a neutral colour without any markings (including letters, numbers, decals, stickers, symbols or rust) visible on the exterior or have vinyl, aluminum, or wood type siding on the exterior.
c. a maximum of two (2) storage containers per property.
d. stacking shall not be permitted.

Institutional Zone – NA-IN

a. a storage container shall conform to the accessory building or structure requirements for the zone in which it is located.
b. a storage container may match the exterior appearance of the main building regarding roof slope and exterior finish or shall be painted a neutral colour without any markings (including letters, numbers, decals, stickers, symbols or rust) visible on the exterior or have vinyl, aluminum, or wood type siding on the exterior.
c. a maximum of one (1) storage container per property.

Rural Zones – RD-RU, RD-OS, RD-HAZ

a. a storage container shall conform to the accessory building or structure requirements for the zone in which it is located.
b. a storage container may match the exterior appearance of the main building regarding roof slope and exterior finish or shall be painted a neutral colour without any markings (including letters, numbers, decals, stickers, symbols or rust) visible on the exterior or have vinyl, aluminum, or wood type siding on the exterior.
c. a maximum of one (1) storage container shall be permitted on property zoned as RD-OS and RD-HAZ.
d. a maximum of four (4) storage containers shall be permitted on property zoned as RD-RU.

In all Industrial Zones, Extractive Industrial Zone or lands used for a mineral mining operation, the storage container shall conform to the accessory building or structure requirements for the zone in which it is located.

A storage container shall be used exclusively for the storage of goods and materials and may not be used to accommodate work areas, shops, office uses, retail uses, showrooms or human habitation.

Where the area of the storage container is equal to 15 square metres (161.4 square feet) or greater, a building permit shall be required. Where the area of the storage container is less than 15 square metres (161.4 square feet), a “Small Accessory Structure Permit” shall be required from the City of Timmins By-Law Services Department.

The proposed amendment is general in nature and applies to various properties throughout the City of Timmins, therefore no key map has been provided in this notice.

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 6th day of February, 2024.

Posted by David St.Onge  On Feb 06, 2024 at 9:06 AM
  

File No. Z-2024-02
5627-050-054-32000

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, to gather public input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

Applicant: Marcie Lynne Easthope and Henri de Klerk

Location: Parcel 146-1, Plan M-336-C, Lot 146, Registered Plan 6R-2183, Part 146, 6R-2430, Parts 1, 2, Mountjoy Township, City of Timmins
(356 Shub Avenue)

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT
of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned Residential Second Density (NA-R2) to Residential Second Density (NA-R2) SP6.189 to permit all uses in the Residential Second Density (NA-R2) zone and allow a clinic, with one (1) medical professional, to operate within the structure. The applicant is seeking a reduction in the required number of parking spaces, for one (1) medical professional, from four (4) to two (2).

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 6th day of February, 2024.

356 Shub Avenue location map

Posted by David St.Onge  On Feb 06, 2024 at 8:59 AM
  

File No. Z-2024-01
5627-010-092-19200

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, to gather public input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

Applicant: Renee Maisonneuve and Antoine Goulet

Location: Concession 5, South Part of Lot 7, Registered Plan 6R-8585, Part 1, Parcel 10226 SEC, Mountjoy Township, City of Timmins
(2075 Government Road North)

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned Rural (RD-RU) to Rural (RD-RU) SP6.188 to permit all uses in the Rural (RD-RU) zone and allow two residential units in a detached house.

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 6th day of February, 2024.

2075 Government Road North Map

Posted by David St.Onge  On Feb 06, 2024 at 8:41 AM
  
After weeks of temperatures skating above 0°, the City has decided to close all municipal outdoor rinks and Hollinger Skate Path for the remainder of the winter season. Indoor public skating will now be offered free of charge. This includes Saturday skates at the McIntyre Arena and weekend skates at the Whitney Arena in Porcupine.

“Temperatures are not cooperating with outdoor rink maintenance,” said Lynne Grenon, Manager of Facilities and Recreation. “Ice conditions have deteriorated and it’s not staying cold long enough for a solid ice base to freeze. Instead, we’re making all of the season’s remaining indoor public skates free, waiving the $5 admission fee.

Skating is a fun winter pastime and indoor skating offers you the assurance that the ice surface is safe and solid. For available public skating times and arena locations, visit: Timmins.ca/our_services/recreation_services/skating.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 05, 2024 at 10:22 AM
  
The flags at all City buildings have been lowered in honour of former Mayor Victor M. “Vic” Power, following his passing on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Vic Power was Timmins’ longest-serving mayor, with a political career that spanned four decades and a legacy of impact and impression that continues to shape Timmins today.

Power was first elected to Timmins Town Council in 1966, and served for 14 years before being elected as Mayor of the City of Timmins in 1980. His time in public office included the amalgamation of the town with surrounding townships and communities in 1973. He served as City Mayor until 1988, again between 1991 and 2000, and was re-elected in 2003 before announcing his final retirement from politics in 2006.

Power was considered progressive by his peers and remained unfailingly optimistic about the future of Timmins. He considered his hometown an important business and service centre for northeastern Ontario, recognizing the value of the region’s natural resources and industry investment. He was also steadfast in his admiration for municipal leaders, both before and after his time in office, understanding the challenge of making critical decisions in a changing municipal landscape. As community leader, he considered himself part of a team, working together to create a sustainable city.

In 2007, the local airport was renamed the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport, and in 2009 Power was named to the Order of Canada for his exceptional contribution at a local and regional level.

The public is invited to pay their final respects to former Mayor Vic Power through a Book of Condolence. Mayor Michelle Boileau and Members of Council will sign the Book of Condolence on Tuesday, February 6, with public signing starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Feb 04, 2024 at 1:27 PM
  

DOWNLOAD the Mayor's Reading List. A collection of children's books in French and English, available to borrow at the Timmins Public Library.


Developing strong literacy skills can start in the early critical years from 0-5, according to the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, an initiative designed to encourage reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers. It’s something that Mayor Michelle Boileau has put into practice with her young daughter Rosalie. To help celebrate Family Literacy Day, and the Timmins Public Library and EarlyON relaunch of the program, Mayor Boileau has released the Mayor’s Reading List, a collection of eleven (11) books that have become favourites in her home.

“Reading together, in both French and English, is one of the best parts of my day,” said Mayor Boileau. “It lets me practice mindfulness and connect with my daughter, while we work on her reading and language skills. It’s really rewarding.”

The collection includes stories about noisy bears and dancing giraffes, little foxes who won’t sleep, and an illustrated book from a favourite sitcom all about friends.

This Saturday, Mayor Boileau will head to the Timmins Public Library for their Family Literacy Day Celebration between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program has been revamped to include an interactive and engaging way for children and parents to track their reading progress. The program includes hands-on story tracking, themed adventures, and an enhanced reading experience.

“We’re good at remembering to read, not as good at remembering to track each book,” admits Mayor Boileau. “We’re excited to start tracking and we’ve checked with the library to make sure all of the recommended books are available to borrow.”

How do you read 1,000 books before kindergarten? Read one book a night and after one year, you will have read 365 books. That’s 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. It’s never too late to start and celebrate the joy of reading.

Download the Mayor's Reading List.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 26, 2024 at 11:52 AM
  

File No. Z-2023-09
5627-040-180-37301

NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION AND PUBLIC MEETING RE: PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, to gather public input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

Applicant: 
 Vincent Coulas and Gail Doiron-Coulas
Location:
 Plan M-221-C, Part Lot 1, Registered Plan 6R-4112, Part 5, Parcel 21724 SEC, German Township, City of Timmins
(8040 Frederick House Lake Road)
   

 

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned Residential Estate Type 1 (RD-RE1) to Residential Estate Type 1 (RD-RE1) SP6.187 in order to permit a park model trailer on the subject lands.

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 23rd day of January, 2024.

8040 Frederick House Lake Road location

Posted by David St.Onge  On Jan 23, 2024 at 10:03 AM
  
Last year, over $385,000 in grants and in-kind donations were distributed by the City of Timmins to local businesses, property owners, and volunteer organizations. Approximately $258,000 was handed out under the City’s Downtown Community Improvement Plan, and over $128,000 was handed out to support non-profit and volunteer organizations. Applications for 2024 are now being accepted.

The City’s Downtown Community Improvement Plan allows the municipality to support the use, reuse and restoration of buildings, land, and infrastructure through municipal incentive programs, like grants and tax rebates. The Downtown Community Improvement Plan targets specific downtown areas and can assist with building or façade improvements. New businesses in a designated downtown area can apply for a parking fee and transit grant to support employees with a 50% reduction for parking passes or transit passes for a period of one-year. Grant opportunities can help reduce costs related to City planning and building fees. Maximum grant amounts and eligibility varies for each grant and tax rebate.

In late 2023, City Council also approved expanding the Safety Improvement Grant to include all businesses in Timmins. Now, local business owners in commercial, industrial, institutional, or rural zones, and legally non-conforming commercial, industrial, or institutional businesses (excluding home-based businesses) on residentially zoned properties, can apply for a safety improvement grant to add safety features, such as security cameras and fencing, to their business property. The same amendments now allow business owners to continue to apply for a safety improvement grant, for multiple projects, up to a maximum grant amount of 75% of costs or $7,500.

Local non-profit and volunteer groups may be eligible for grants or in-kind donations through the City’s Grants to Organizations and Groups fund. Grants can be issued to cover general operating expenses, or costs related to a special event that is of cultural, social, or recreational significance. In-kind donations of municipal property or facilities, like arena rentals, can help groups reduce the cost of hosting festivals or events in accessible municipal spaces.

Application forms, eligibility requirements, and details for each grant, tax rebate, or in-kind donation opportunity are available on the City’s website at Timmins.ca.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 22, 2024 at 12:08 PM
  
The City of Timmins is issuing an extreme cold weather alert for Monday, January 22, 2024. Temperatures are expected to drop to -28 overnight (inclusive of wind chill) Risk of frost bite.

Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause serious and sometimes even life-threatening health problems. Protection from extreme cold conditions includes avoiding wind exposure, dressing in warm layers, and covering exposed skin.

People requiring emergency shelter can attend the location at 316 Spruce St. S. for assistance.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 22, 2024 at 10:28 AM
  
The City of Timmins’ extreme cold weather alert will continue for Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20, 2024. Temperatures are expected to drop to -27 overnight (inclusive of wind chill) through Saturday. An Extreme Cold Warning has also been issued by Environment Canada. Elevated risk of frost bite and hypothermia.

Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause serious and sometimes even life-threatening health problems. Protection from extreme cold conditions includes avoiding wind exposure, dressing in warm layers, and covering exposed skin.

People requiring emergency shelter can attend the location at 316 Spruce St. S. for assistance.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 19, 2024 at 8:48 AM
  

The City’s 2023 waste diversion stats are in.

Last year, approximately 6,902,755 pounds of recyclable material was diverted from our landfills through collection programs and curbside recycling.

Over 6 million of that was collected at the curb through the residential recycling program.

Last year, residents and businesses help the City divert:

  • Scrap Metal: 344,406 lbs
  • Electronics: 128,507 lbs
  • Hazardous Waste: 54,432 lbs
  • Recycling Collected at the Curb: 6,372,940 lbs
  • Textiles & Houseware: 9,470 lbs

Diverting waste means less garbage in the landfill, which lengthens its life-cycle and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling existing material also means less new material needs to be produced, cutting down on industrial pollution.

Learn more about the City’s waste and recycling services at: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/waste_recycling_services


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 18, 2024 at 1:47 PM
  
The City of Timmins’ extreme cold weather alert will continue for Thursday, January 18, 2024. Temperatures are expected to drop to -32 overnight (inclusive of wind chill). Risk of frostbite.

Exposure to extreme cold temperatures can cause serious and sometimes even life-threatening health problems, such as frostbite and hypothermia. Protection from extreme cold conditions includes avoiding wind exposure, dressing in warm layers, and covering exposed skin.

People requiring emergency shelter can attend the location at 316 Spruce St. S. for assistance.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 18, 2024 at 8:48 AM
  
2024 will be a year of modernization for Timmins Transit. The City’s public transportation system will be updated with four (4) new conventional buses, a new fare box system, and the introduction of a microtransit pilot project for riders in Porcupine and South Porcupine.

At last night’s council meeting, council approved the purchase of 4 news buses, covered in part by the City’s Investing in Canadian Infrastructure Program (ICIP) funding. The new buses will replace others at the end of their useful life under Transit’s asset management plan.

The same funding stream will also allow for the purchase of new fare boxes. Council’s approval for twenty-five (25) fare boxes will not only improve Transit’s data collection on routes and ridership, but will give riders the option of modern electronic payment methods, like paying with debit, credit, smart phones, or reloadable bus passes. The City intends to cover our portion of fare box replacement with provincial gas tax funding, which means the update will have no impact on residents’ property tax bill.

The purchases support Timmins Transit’s plan to move to a microtransit system, beginning with a pilot project in February for users in the east end of the City.

Microtransit is an emerging public transportation system that connects people in low-density areas to existing transit. The City’s current transit system is fixed route; designed to move a large number of people in conventional buses from one place to another. A microtransit system is a smaller, shared transit option that runs on-demand using smaller-scale vehicles, like the City’s current para-transit buses. At last night’s council meeting, Timmins Transit’s current para-transit system was re-branded Timmins On-Demand and the user fees for para-transit riders were updated to prepare for the introduction of microtransit.

In February, the City will begin testing microtransit for riders in Porcupine and South Porcupine. Through a new Timmins On-Demand app, currently in development, residents who live outside of main bus routes or at a distance from a fixed transit stop, can request a ride. One of the City’s smaller para-transit buses will pick that person up and transport them to the nearest fixed stop along the main bus route. Microtransit connects more people to public transportation and makes better use of current transit resources.

Current clients of the para-transit service will now be able to request service on-demand as well, through the app, and without the need for advanced booking. More information on Timmins On-Demand, how to download and use the new app, and what areas are included in the pilot project will be available soon. In the meantime, Transit staff and management are working hard to update and improve the current transit system to one that is modern, efficient, and convenient for all residents.


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Quotes:

“The City is actively working to improve Timmins Transit so that it’s reliable, convenient, and efficient for current and future riders. Public transportation can connect our residents with community support, employment opportunities, education, and more. During our series of ward meetings, we heard from residents in Porcupine, South Porcupine, and Schumacher who wanted better access to public transportation. We are fortunate to have an investment from both the federal and provincial governments that allows us to upgrade our buses, our fare systems, and explore solutions to expand transit access across the city.” ~ Mayor Michelle Boileau

“The changes being made to Timmins Transit this year will prepare us to serve a greater number of residents in the future. The addition of microtransit will expand the Transit system responsibly, with service based on demand. Payment options will be simplified. Access for para-transit customers will be faster and more convenient. It is a year of modernization, and Timmins Transit is happy to implement new systems and strategies that will make public transit a more viable transportation method for more people in our community.” ~ Ken Krcel, Director of Public Works and Environmental Services
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 17, 2024 at 2:06 PM
  
City Council has approved the 2024 taxation fund budget with a 3% increase over last year, which covers the City’s operating budget to maintain services and direct investment in capital. Council worked with Administration and Finance to allocate $260,000 of the City’s reserves to drive the total increase down to 3% and a final net expenditure of $47.1 million.

The taxation fund budget represents the City’s portion of the overall municipal budget. This total is combined with the approved budgets from agencies, boards, and commissions, like Timmins Police Service Board and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board, and school board and MPAC assessments to arrive at the final property tax rate. Council is expected to approve the 2024 tax rates by April.

2024 Operating Budget:

The 2024 net operating budget is $36,741,667. The operating budget covers the cost of daily municipal services such as maintenance of city roads, public transit, garbage collection, snow removal, and parks and arena maintenance.

2024 Capital Budget:

The 2024 capital budget includes a gross expenditure of $38,908,193; however, with funding and reserves, the portion covered by the tax levy, which impacts the final property tax rate, will be $10,365,307. Capital funds support the creation, repair, or replacement of municipal assets that are required to deliver daily services to the community, including infrastructure like roads. This amount does not include capital expenses related to water and wastewater, which are approved as part of the separate utilities fund budget.

This year’s capital budget includes:
• $2.1 million for road repair through the City’s grind and pave program
• $3.5 million (offset by funding) for upgrades to the Mattagami and Porcupine bridges as part of Connecting Link rehabilitation
• $2 million (offset by funding) for repairs to the Mattagami boat launch pier and retaining wall
• $1.7 million in fleet purchases for the Timmins Fire Department
• $5.6 million for Porcupine River Bridge construction (offset with reserve and funding)

The funds will also be used to continue Golden Manor redevelopment and the final downtown segment of the Connecting Link, with plans to begin implementing some of the recommendations from the updated Recreation Master Plan.

For more information on the 2024 budget, visit: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/finance/city_budget_2024

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Quotes:

“City Council began this year’s budget process with a commitment to engage and listen to residents on how we can work to improve the quality of life in Timmins. This is reflected in the City’s approved operating and capital expenditures for 2024, and the decisions made that will help deliver an efficient, affordable, and sustainable city for all residents. The budget will support a variety of projects and programs that will rehabilitate necessary infrastructure, prioritize community safety and well-being, and encourage growth and development.” ~ Mayor Michelle Boileau

“Preparing a balanced budget during a period of hyperinflation when costs have increased across all departments, in addition to being tasked with maintaining aging infrastructure, is challenging. City Council worked diligently with Administration and staff to deliver a budget that works for today and plans ahead for tomorrow. The City’s taxation fund outlines how we plan to spend and invest tax revenues. The next step is confirming 2024 school board and property assessments, and approved budgets for the City’s service partners and provincially mandated programs, before approving the final tax rates for 2024.” ~ Natalie Moore, Director of Finance

“The City’s goal is to deliver a citizen-oriented, municipal system that is modern, effective, and efficient. We are focused on meeting residents’ daily needs, and making long-term plans that will move Timmins forward with room for expansion and development. We recognize that our financial resources are finite, and have worked diligently to balance service delivery with capital demand, such as road and infrastructure upgrades. Through the leadership and direction of City Council, coupled with the expertise of our staff, we have arrived at a budget that will work for all residents.” ~ Dave Landers, Chief Administrative Officer
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jan 17, 2024 at 10:37 AM
  
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