Program Updates

This page is intended to share continued communication regarding Empower Simcoe’s programs 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
  • As of Monday, March 28, 2022, Empower Simcoe’s Administration Offices at 39 Fraser Court, Barrie and 35 West Street North, Orillia are now open to the public. Regular business hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday.
  • Visitors to both buildings will continue to be required to complete and pass the self-assessments at the door.
EarlyON Child & Family Centres
  • We are pleased to announce the return to indoor In-person programming. Preregistration is required. There are protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of our staff, students and participants. Please reach out to us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Go To:  EarlyOn Child and Family Centres

Day Programs
  • Community Support Services Barrie and Orillia have resumed cohort community participation groups. Virtual supports also remain an option. We will be in contact with families as we increase the number of cohort community participation groups for the people we support.

Go To: Community Supports

Group Living Homes
  • Family visits are now permitted within our congregate settings. Visitors need to contact with the Group Living Home Supervisor to make arrangements.

Go To: Accommodations

Supports and Services
  • Empower Simcoe employees from the following services are working remotely and are in contact with the 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