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Tiny Township Launches “Short Term Rental Licence Program”

We’ve seen it happen in other communities and it’s been rumoured here for a while but today saw Tiny Township launch a “Short-Term Rental Licencing Program”.

Other waterfront communities have already launched similar programs citing the “disruption of the social fabric of their close knit communities’ as a reason to lean towards such sanctions.

What do you think?

Are AirBnB and VRBO properties good for our communities? They bring money to our local community, a community that thrives on tourism throughout the summer months. We get to share our community with those who aren’t lucky enough to enjoy it year round. 

Or, do you feel that with short term rentals, it can lead to a community losing their identity with many properties being owned by investors. Other problems that have arisen have been “nuisance parties” and increased traffic through otherwise residential neighbourhoods.

Do you own a short term rental property in Tiny? Or, do you live in Tiny and are affected by short term rentals in your neighbourhood? Let us know what you think.

Here’s everything you need to know about the launch of the licence program from the municipality of Tiny Township:

Licence applications will only be received by the Township between October 4 to November 15, 2022. Details on the application process are forthcoming, however, those interested in applying are encouraged to visit our website to review the By-law, which identifies the requirements that must be met to successfully obtain and maintain a licence.

All applications received by the November 15 deadline will be reviewed by staff. If everything is in order, a licence for 2023 will be issued.  No new Applications will be received after November 15 2022 until the total number of active licences has fallen below 300 in the municipality. Any operator that has not submitted a licence application but continues to operate after November 15, 2022, will be investigated and charged pursuant to by-law provisions.

The following are just a few of the highlights of the Short-Term Rental Accommodation Licensing By-law #22-017. For a complete list of requirements please visit our website:

  • Applications will be received between October 4, 2022, and November 15, 2022;
  • Shall not rent a premise for more than 92 combined days per calendar year;
  • Requirements that a Licensee shall only be an individual(s), not a corporation;
  • Requirements for signed Renter’s Code of Conduct AND Licensee Code of Conduct & Acknowledgment;
  • The maximum number of renters on any premises shall not exceed ten (10);
  • Requirement to designate a Responsible Person who can be contacted within 30 minutes and respond on-site within 60 minutes;
  • Demerit Point System established and applicable table listing offences;
  • Authority for the Licensing Officer to suspend or revoke licenses as set out in the by-law.

Do you have a short term rental property in Tiny and wondering how this will impact you or the value of your property? Call us and we can chat about your options. 

We’ll be with you every step of the way.

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Meet Georgie

The Midland and District OSPCA recently gave us the chance to name an animal in their care and we picked the name “Georgie”, a nod towards Georgian Bay and a symbol of what connects all of our communities.

We couldn’t be more proud to learn that our name was given to this brave, strong little guy with a story of resilience that inspires us all.

Our kitten, Georgie was found abandoned at the side of a road in Orillia recently.

A passerby happened to see the hurt feline and came to his rescue, taking him to the Orillia OPP detachment.

“An officer rushed the kitten to the Mariposa Veterinary Hospital in Orillia,” said Robin Elliott, the community development coordinator for the Midland Animal Centre.

Georgie, was found to have suffered extreme nerve damage to his right front leg. He had also lost the skin on his chin and abdomen area.

“To give Georgie the best chance at a pain-free life, amputation of his leg was recommended,” said Elliott.

The cat also needed extensive stitches to try to reattach the skin around his chin and abdomen, Elliott explained.

The approximately 14-week-old kitten was transferred to the Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie for surgery and is now on the road to recovery.

The good Samaritan who found Georgie generously donated $400 toward his emergency care and the OPP also held a fundraiser at the detachment in Orillia, raising $750, said Elliott.

It’s “an amazing story of collaboration and love,” she said.

However, more money is needed to cover the cat’s veterinary costs. It’s estimated about $500 more is needed and Elliott is hoping local pet lovers might step up to support the effort.

To make a donation, call the centre at 705-534-4459 or donate online at and specify the Midland Animal Centre for the fund allocation.

Elliott said the Midland facility is looking after the cat’s care because the Orillia Animal Centre already had a “major medical case” and did not have the capacity to take on another one.

Whatever happens, it looks like Georgie will have a safe and secure future. Elliott said the cat is recovering in his new “foster-to-adopt home” of a friend of the OPP officer who originally rushed him to the vet.

Officials urge people who are unable to look after their pets to contact their local OSPCA or animal rescue agencies. 

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5 Shortcuts To Summertime Energy Savings

It’s been a long, hot and humid summer so far. Along with special summertime staples like trips to the pool, lazy afternoons and all the watermelon you can eat, the hottest time of the year can also leave you with cooling bills that could make you sweat. Thankfully, when the days start heating up, there are tried-and-true strategies you can implement to help keep your energy bills down while your AC unit works overtime to cool your home. Here are five ways to save a little energy and keep your bills from burning a hole in your wallet this summer.

Insulate Window And Door Cracks

Just like drafts in winter, heat will take advantage of any openings in window and door frames to steal its way into your home. A quick fix to keep the cool air in and the hot air out is adding weatherstripping tape to fill those pesky gaps. Gain extra protection from the elements by installing sweeps at the bottom of all doors and caulking around windows. Don’t forget to inspect attic and basement doors as well to see if any cool air might be escaping.

Fire Up The Fans

AC units and fans go together like peanut butter and chocolate — you can have one without the other, but they’re much better together. To make the most of the pairing, switch fans on so they can keep air circulating around the house, which lifts some of the burden off your AC unit. Plugged-in fans excel when directed low to the ground to head off hot air before it can rise. Now is the perfect time to make sure your ceiling fans are chugging along in the right direction — counter-clockwise for summer, which forces air downward.

Update Your Thermostats

As the temperature climbs, don’t forget to optimise your thermostats’ scheduling function for summer. The goal is to keep your AC unit from working so hard during the hottest part of the day, so try pre-cooling your home before the afternoon heats up. Keep comfortable while also giving your HVAC system a bit of a break between the peak hours of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. If your thermostat doesn’t offer scheduling, make a habit of turning the dial each morning, or consider upgrading to a smart thermostat, which may increase your property value as an added bonus.

Get Creative With Shades

Natural light can be a blessing in the doldrums of winter but a liability in the summer heat. Minimise its effects on your cooling bill by installing shades to your windows and doors. From blinds and curtains to interior shutters (built-ins can boost your home’s value!), keeping your windows covered keeps the heat out. Also, when it comes to shade, don’t forget to think outside your home as well. Structures like pergolas, gazebos, patio covers and even sun sails not only block the sun’s rays in your yard, but can also reduce the heat that reaches your home’s interior as well, depending on placement. The same goes for Mother Nature’s original sun shades — trees!

Clean Air Conditioning Vents And Units

To keep your HVAC system running lean and mean, give the units and vents a little TLC with an annual deep clean. Hose off the outdoor elements of your system to get it free of debris, and give all interior vents a wipe down to remove any trapped lint or pet hair. Sticking to a regular schedule of switching out your filters (many HVAC manufacturers recommend monthly filter swaps) can help your AC run as efficiently as possible. And, just like your car needs regular tune-ups, your HVAC system can benefit from a little maintenance each year before the mercury starts to climb.

Do you have any other ideas on how to keep yourself cool whilst keeping your bills on ice too? Let us know below!

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July 2022 Market Report For Our Communities

As we look back at July, we saw a really interesting shift that presents opportunities for buyers and sellers. We saw a large decrease in sales activity where July sales were down 50% compared to 2021. However, in the sales that did take place, prices were up compared to 2021. For a few months in a row now, active listings continued to surge, across our communities we saw 119% rise in active listings. There’s lots of opportunities for Buyers right now but don’t forget that seller’s are still getting top dollar for their properties.

In our local communities, we saw these trends continue, a lot more inventory in Midland with a huge 121% increase and in Penetang with a 100% increase. We also saw large inventory increases in Tiny and Tay throughout July. Prices were up across our communities, a 57% increase in Midland and 15% increase in Tiny & Penetang. Whilst house prices still look very attractive to sellers, the Bank of Canada continues to adjust interest rates and we will see more variations moving forward. Interest is likely to continue to rise so don’t miss out on that dream home now. 

Trust your local experts to guide you through the process and take advantage of the current market. Ask us about our FREE Home Market Analysis to determine exactly how much your Home is worth in today’s Market.

All data correct as of August 9th, 2022, data gathered by the Ontario Collective based on July 2021 vs July 2022.