Correspondence to Simcoe and District Minor Hockey Association

First we would like to thank the Simcoe and District Minor Hockey Association for their recent letter related to the plans associated with Norfolk’s recreation facilities, specifically our arenas.  We know that this is a significant issue in the community and to your organization specifically.  We hope that you take this letter as an initial response to your organization as well as an invitation for your organization to continue the dialogue with our staff on this important issue in the community. 

Norfolk County names Interim Planning Director

March 11, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County has named Tricia Givens its new Interim Director of Planning, effective March 9.

Givens, a Registered Professional Planner, has more than 20 years of professional experience and spent the past eighteen years within municipal government in progressive planning roles. She will provide the department with leadership while it searches for a permanent director.

She previously spent five years with Norfolk’s Planning Department as the Principal Planner before moving to Health and Social Services, in the role of Program Manager, Housing Services.

Norfolk installs mobility charging stations

March 9, 2020, Simcoe, ON – For Simcoe native David Theriault, new mobility charging stations at a number of County buildings means one thing.


“More freedom,” said Theriault, a member of the Norfolk Accessibility Advisory Committee.


With the committee’s guidance, Norfolk County recently completed Phase 1 of the Mobility Charging Stations Project by installing five stations that include an electrical outlet and signage designating the space as accessible and available for mobility devices to charge.

First phase of gas well remediation plan to begin this week

March 5, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County is taking action on an ongoing public health issue by implementing a plan that will mitigate leaking hydrogen sulphide from an abandoned gas well on Forestry Farm Road.

Work is expected to begin this week on the installation of a multilevel groundwater monitoring system at the well site, part of a plan developed by scientists from the University of Waterloo and engineering consultants Geofirma.

Norfolk County to host sensory friendly skate in Delhi

March 4, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County will host a special skate with lower lighting and quieter music, designed for those with physical, mental or social needs.


What: Sensory Friendly Skate

When:  Friday, March 6, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Where: Delhi Community Centre Arena

Cost: Public Skate fee applies


All assistive devices and wheelchairs are welcome on the ice.

Port Dover goes green to support museum

March 2, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Put on your green t-shirt and dust off that green top hat – Port Dover is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

The spirit of the east coast will be alive and well Mar. 21 in support of the Port Dover Harbour Museum.

Back by popular demand, Celtic band NorFOLK – led by Newfoundlander Dave Jensen – will take to the stage at the Port Dover Community Centre to perform classics such as “Irish Rover” and “Black Velvet Band”.

Sports Hall of Recognition Announces 2019 Inductees

The Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition is pleased to announce the 2019 inductees.  They are George & Mary Ann Pieters, Robert Proracki and Haven Swarts.  This group represents outstanding accomplishments in athletic success as well as leadership in officiating and coaching.


George and Mary Ann Pieters of McDowell Road in Simcoe have contributed over 40 years of their time and talents to the sport of archery.

Reminder: Travel with caution during inclement weather

Feb. 25 – Residents should be prepared for poor driving conditions Wednesday, in light of a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada.

Snowfall could increase Wednesday afternoon before changing to freezing rain, though some areas could first experience rain, followed by snow.

Norfolk County and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are reminding residents to avoid the areas around waterways and to take caution travelling in low-lying areas. Landowners are also advised to make sure dams, culverts, and catch basins are free from debris and functioning properly.

Adventure awaits at March Break Camp

February 27, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Would your kids flourish in the Wild West? Or possibly a game of Survivor? Do they love monsters, Disney and dinosaurs?

The Norfolk County March Break Adventures Camp at the Simcoe Recreation Centre has all this and more!

From 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. from March 16-20, kids from the ages of 4-12 can enjoy a week of fun led by our energetic staff.

Norfolk introduces online bidding system

February 20, 2020, Simcoe, ON – The process of bidding on Norfolk County business is about to get much easier.

As of March 2020, the corporation will adopt a digital procurement system that is free of cost to vendors.

bids&tenders is an online system used by a number of Ontario municipalities that makes it easy to review and register bids anytime and from anywhere.

The system will ensure potential suppliers are aware of important bid details and deadlines, and will help the County reduce paper usage and communicate clearly with the business community.

Spring/Summer inNorfolk Guide now available

February 19, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Looking to get more active this year?

Norfolk County’s many recreational opportunities are highlighted in the inNorfolk Guide, available now online and at all County facilities, including administration buildings, museums, arenas and libraries.

The guide includes information on a range of programming, including swimming, skating, camps and seniors activities.

Registration for most programs starts Feb. 24 at 6 p.m., and can be done in person at the Simcoe Rec Centre or online at

Norfolk County to host community forum in Langton

Feb. 18, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County will host a community forum in Langton this week, to help residents better understand decisions made as part of the 2020 budget process.

What: Community Forum: 2020 budget

When: Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Langton Community Centre, 28 Albert Street, Langton

See Facebook event page here

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Charlotteville Brewing wins big

February 14, 2020, Simcoe, ON – The husband and wife duo of Melanie Doerksen and Tim Wilson were the big winners at the 14th annual Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium in Simcoe Feb. 13.

Doerksen and Wilson – owners and operators of Charlotteville Brewing Company – not only took home the title of Entrepreneur of the Year but the Sustainable Tourism Award as well, a first in the history of the event.

The pair purchased land at 1207 Charlotteville West Quarter Line just west of Walsh in 2010.

Interactive map puts development information in the hands of residents


February 11, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County has launched a new digital tool aimed at getting more information about development into the hands of residents.


The interactive map features a birds-eye view of the development applications – zoning by-law amendments, minor variances, subdivision plans, etc. – currently being processed by the County.


The map is updated hourly and includes details on each application as well as contact information for lead planners.

Norfolk looking for Dogwood Award nominations

February 7, 2019, Simcoe, ON – If you know a person or group who deserves to be recognized for contributions to Norfolk County’s heritage and culture, the time is now.

Nominations for the 2020 Dogwood Awards are currently being accepted.

Established in 2008 and named after Norfolk County’s official flower, the awards spotlight individuals and groups for outstanding work in subjects such as history, visual arts, music, and media.