Doing Business with Government Seminar

2016 DOING Business with Gov final


Caledon Transportation Survey

To improve Caledon transportation please take 10 minutes and fill out this survey. Then forward this to all Caledon residents that you know so that Caledon’s transportation will improve!

Getting around is difficult for many residents living in Caledon and surrounding areas. Given Caledon’s enormous geography and the absence of public transit, Caledon Community Service’s Transportation Program is an essential support service in ensuring the health and well-being of Caledon’s residents.

Caledon Community Services wants your input to better understand your transportation needs. This information will help us plan our transportation strategies. We want to provide Caledon residents with the ability to get to high quality programs that add pleasure to their lives, support health and wellness and are in keeping with our vision of a healthy, engaged compassionate community for all. We also want to know if our current services are working as efficiently as possible. Your responses will guide us in determining the improvements we should make.

This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation.

Here is the link to the Transportation Needs Assessment Survey:

Thank you!

Habitat for Humanity Opportunity


Habitat for Humanity Crew Build is coming up May 10th @ Torbram.
We know what some of you are thinking:  I don’t have any experience building.  No problem… that’s what Crew Build is all about!  We will train you. Sign up for a Crew Build shift at  Note: You may need to register if you haven’t volunteered with us to date.  Call if you have any challenges.


Crew Leaders to help us successfully train other volunteers and we rely heavily on them every day!

The Crew Build and Crew program is for:

·         anyone interested in learning more about building but may not yet have all the skills necessary

·         anyone who wants to eventually be a Crew Leader

·         people who have people/leadership skills

It’s a great way to come and learn more about building skills, and build a home for one of our hardworking Partner Families.   To learn more about the Crew Build and Crew program go to

And… we will even have special Crew T-Shirts, some prizes and lunch for the Crew Builds.

Interested? contact Thomas Fischer at his cell or email address below, so we can help you get signed up, feel free to leave a message if you don’t reach me directly.

Thomas Fischer 

Vice President, Regional Development
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area

268 Rutherford Road South,   Unit 5 | Brampton, ON L6W 3N3
| C: (416) 951 0951 |

Construction begins on new fire station in Bolton

Ground is breaking this week on Caledon’s newest fire station.


Caledon Fire and Emergency Services Station 302 will be a combined fire and paramedic station located on Highway 50 near Cross Country Boulevard.  At approximately 21,700 sq. ft., the new station will be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards.

“Caledon’s emergency workers have outgrown their current location on Ann Street in Bolton, and everyone has been eagerly anticipating this new station,” said Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson.  “What is equally exciting is that this important facility will be built to high environmental and aesthetic standards.” 

The build budget is $7.5 million and will house several pieces of modern fire apparatus, including the aerial ladder as well as accommodations for Peel Regional Paramedic Services to ensure timely response to the community.

About the new location

Throughout the planning and design process, the needs of the community, the first responders and the logistics of emergency services delivery were considered in conjunction with the realities of the site and the architecture of the building. The Town and the Region of Peel worked with a consultant to determine the preferred site location based on current operating practices, response times, trends and challenges, population growth, service needs, transportation access, and alignment with the Town’s Master Fire Plan.

The station will be built on lands adjacent to an environmental protection area (EPA) owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). The EPA lands will remain in the ownership of the TRCA and will not be developed for the purpose of the fire hall.

Occupancy is anticipated to be late 2017. Follow the building progress at

Artist rendering of street view of the new station 302 (finishes might not be exactly as shown)

Removal of Half Load Season

Removal of Half Load Season

In Caledon, the majority of the roads are posted with signage indicating a half load season; maximum 5 tonnes per axle, effective March 15th to May 15th.  These restrictions assist in the preservation of Town roadways. The half load season may be modified at the discretion of the road authority.

As of Friday, April 22nd 2016, the half load season will come to end for all paved roads in Caledon.  All gravel roads will remain under half load restrictions until May 15th 2016.

SPRING 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to my Spring 2016 Newsletter

With Spring finally coming to Caledon, I welcome you to my Spring newsletter. You’ll find updates on various issues concerning the Town of Caledon, the Region of Peel, and the area of Ward 2. Please feel free to contact me about any of these points of interest. You’ll find my contact information at the bottom of this newsletter. Enjoy and Happy Spring!

Highlights From Queen’s Park

Over the last year I have had the distinct pleasure and education of sitting at the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance, recently the Alliance took to Queen’s Park.  I feel that the day was very successful with 26 meetings held with MPP’s and their staff.  We could not have taken on such a task without the kind of commitment shown by the volunteers, municipal and agency staff and “friends of the Alliance”.

During this exercise, we have learned that we need to keep bringing messaging to Queen’s Park about the importance of the Agri-Food sector to the Ontario economy.  This sector has the ability to grow and create jobs in ways that will help this region become the leading Agri-Food cluster in North America.  It is essential that the provincial government acknowledge the sector and work to enable that growth.  We will be returning to Queen’s Park on October 5, 2016 during Ontario Agriculture Week.

News from CVC

As a board member for the Credit Valley Conservation I am continually impressed with the amount of work that CVC does, and the services they provide in our community.

Terra Cotta Conservation will be hosting explorers day camp this year, with online registration.  The Credit Valley Youth Core is a great summer initiative that gives urban youth opportunities to learn and take on leadership roles in environmental stewardship.  These are just two great initiatives that you can learn more about through the CVC website.  I would also encourage you to watch the short video “a year in review” which highlights many of the projects and accomplishments of the CVC.

Composting and Waste Update

The Town of Caledon Roads and Parks crews have started clearing fallen trees and branches along the Town’s roadways. For ice storm debris on private property, please see the Regional Yard Waste Pick Up information below. In addition to the Regional Yard Waste Pick Up, the Town has planned a series of debris drop-off days at two locations to help residents clean up from the recent ice storm.
Trees and branches can be dropped off at the locations listed below, no matter the size. Designated drop-off areas will be clearly marked.
Drop off starts Saturday, April 2 but crews will only be available on site on April 9 and 16
If yard waste is not collected on their regularly scheduled collection day, residents are asked to please leave it at the curb and it will be picked-up in priority sequence.
Securely tie brush in bundles up to 1.2 m (4 ft.) in length and 76 cm (30 in.) in width, weighing no more than 20 kg (44 lbs.). Brush and tree trimmings must be 10 cm (4 in.) or less in diameter.
URBAN SETTLEMENT AREAS AND RURAL SUBDIVISIONS Yard waste is collected every-other-week from March 14 to December 16, 2016. Enter your street address into to view your 2016 collection calendar.
RURAL AREAS The Region of Peel collects yard waste in rural areas of Caledon four times in the spring and four times in the fall to help residents manage their yard waste during the peak seasons.
The Region has identified spring yard waste collection days as Friday, April 1; Friday, April 29; Friday, May 27 and Friday, June, 24 2016.
BURN PERMITS For residents burning wood debris, you must live in an approved area and apply for a Burn Permit, in accordance with the Town’s By-Law. For more information on rules and regulations, please call the Fire and Emergency Services department at 905.584.2272 x.4303, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit us online at

Ice Storm Debris “Round-Up”

Drop off starts: Saturday, April 2, 2016 Crews and chippers on site: Saturday April 9 and April 16, 2016 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off to close: 3 p.m. Saturday April 16, 2016
TOWN OF CALEDON WORKS YARD 3 14220 Highway 50, Bolton, L7E 4G1 Drop off starts: Saturday, April 2, 2016 Crews and chippers on site: Saturday April 9 and 16, 2016 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off to close: 3 p.m. Saturday April 16, 2016

Green Belt Review and other Policy Reviews

In 2015, the Province of Ontario has initiated a coordinated review of:

  • Greenbelt Plan (2005)
  • Niagara Escarpment Plan (2005)
  • Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2001)
  • Places to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2006)

These provincial plans contain policies which affect land use planning and development approvals in the Town of Caledon.

The purpose of the review is to assess the effectiveness and relevance of the policies, and make amendments, if appropriate, to update or include new information to improve the effectiveness and relevance of the policies.

A website has been created so Caledon residents, businesses and landowners can learn more about each of the provincial plans being reviewed, and to identify opportunities and needs for improvements to the plans. The input provided will be used by the Town to prepare a formal response to the province.

Caledon Community Services

See the great things Caledon Community Services has to offer coming up on their website.
Topic Include; Interviewing With Success,  Volunteering, Action Planning, Effective Communication, Labour Market Research, Second Career Info, Mock Interviewing, and many more.  Be sure to check out this invaluable resource in Caledon.

40 Years of Heritage Caledon

In 2016, Heritage Caledon will be celebrating “40 years of Heritage Conservation”. Heritage Caledon is a committee established under the Heritage Act and provides advice and assistance to Town of Caledon council and staff on matters relating to the conservation of Caledon’s cultural and built heritage.

Caledon Public Library is proud to support this significant milestone and throughout the year they are planning a number of programs, workshops and displays for all ages that will focus on local history and celebrate the rich heritage of Caledon. Click here for more information about what the Caledon Library has to offer.

Community Recognition  Night

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have helped out through various channels within the Town of Caledon.
On Monday, April 11th council had the pleasure to award those volunteers who have made an exceptional difference through their volunteered time. The recipients were nominated by community members who have been affected by the kindness of our volunteers.
This year we congratulate all recipients and especially Betty Ward who was awarded our Volunteer of the Year Award.  Congratulations, Betty and all the volunteers who were recognized.
“Volunteers may not always have the time, but they have the heart”

Upcoming Events: Mark Your Calendars

Southfields Watershed Wide Cleanup Event.

Dennison Park, Sunday April 17th 9am – 11am.

Southfield Village Market

Thursdays @ Village Blue Park
415 Dougall Avenue, 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Vendors that are interested in being a part of a fantastic local market please contact:

Lariza Shea, Market Manager

Summer Events!

Caledon Day: June 18th
Cheltenham Community Day: July 9th
Copyright © 2016 Johanna Downey, Regional Councillor, All rights reserved.

Media Release: OPEN AIR BURN PERMITS – Fire Hazard Index is Moderate, Use Caution!

Caledon Fire & Emergency Services encourages the public to use caution when burning. With the spring season upon us, there is an increased potential for grass fires. With grass and brush starting to dry out, it is very easy for fire to spread uncontrollably with a little bit of wind. Unattended burning is the most common cause of grass fires. Burning carelessly and improperly discarding cigarette butts also pose hazards.

An “Open Air Burn Permit” must be obtained to conduct open air fires in Caledon and open fires are only permitted in approved areas. Permits are now available online at, or may be obtained in person at the Fire Administration Headquarters (6211 Old Church Road, Caledon East) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The price of an annual permit is currently $42.00. Failure to obtain an open air burn permit may result in a fine.

Materials from your lawn, yard or garden are also being collected as yard waste by the Region of Peel. Yard waste pick up information can be found at

For more detailed information about open air burn permits, please contact Caledon Fire & Emergency Services at 905.584.2272 x.4303.