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This page is intended to share continued communication regarding Empower Simcoe’s closures as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you need further information, please Contact Us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Administration Offices
  • Our main offices at 39 Fraser Court, Barrie and 35 West Street, Orillia are now open to visitors by appointment only. All visitors will be required to complete a self-assessment at the front door, and wear face-covering while indoors, subject to certain exemptions. Before coming onsite, please connect with your Empower Simcoe contact for further details.
EarlyON Child & Family Centres
  • Empower Simcoe EarlyON Child and Family Centers in Barrie and Bradford are now offering limited in person participation. This is done through an online pre-registration/screening process. Due to the limited spaces, registration will be limited to Simcoe County families only.

Go To:  EarlyOn Child and Family Centres

Day Programs
  • Community Supports Services is preparing information and guidelines to share with families to look at the resumption of community based, small cohort approach to service. Virtual supports will remain an option.

Go To: Community Supports

Group Living Homes
  • Simcoe Muskoka Public Health has exhibited a change in the level of community risk related to COVID -19. To that end, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has developed a Summary of Permitted Visitor & Recreational Activities by Wave 2, Community Risk Continuum related to congregate care settings and family visits. The Risk Continuum speaks of 4 phases. Currently Empower Simcoe falls under the Additional Precaution Phase, which has no impact on current visiting protocols. Families will be contacted if there are any changes to this status and if this will impact visiting protocols.
  • Please contact the Supervisor of the location to get more information about the guidelines and to pre-arrange visits with your loved one. Please continue to watch the Empower Simcoe Website for updates.

Go To: Accommodations

Supports and Services
  • Starting May 19, 2020 Empower Simcoe employees from the following services are working remotely and will be reaching out to families they support. Please continue to watch our website for any updates regarding available virtual supports and services.

*** Child and Infant Development
*** Family Support
*** Family Relief
*** Family Home
*** Coordinated Service Planners
*** Employment/Transitions

Youth Services
  • Empower Simcoe continues to consider how programs for Youth will be implemented in the future. Please continue to watch our website for updates.

We continue to monitor updates from all levels of government and public health to guide our decision making. Empower Simcoe is committed to ongoing communication with you as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic together. We thank-you for your understanding during this unprecedented time and we will continue to provide updates as we move forward.

A list of cancelled events due to covid-19
COVID-19 Pandemic Updates Resource
online resources for kids parents during covid pandemic
COVID-19 Prevention Fund