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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ontario Trail News 16/11/17 Trailwise - AMO OTC Trail Risk Webinar with The Frank Cowan Company, Trailhead Canada NEWS, Member Activities, and more!

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Trailhead Canada is pleased to welcome:

The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu

As a speaker to the MP Reception November 21, 2017.
Patty Hajdu was elected as Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North in 2015. She was appointed to cabinet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and served as Minister of Status of Women from November 2015 until January 2017, when she was appointed as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Minister Hajdu previously worked in public health and focused on drug policy, youth development and homelessness. Prior to her election, she ran the largest homeless shelter in Northwestern Ontario.
She is a compassionate advocate for Thunder Bay-Superior North and all of Canada, believing that a more inclusive country benefits everyone. As Member of Parliament and Minister, she remains firmly focused on ensuring every Canadian has a fair shot at success.
We thank the Minister for her support. We also thank Bob Hancherow and Kirsten Spence for coordinating the Minister's participation.


Trailhead Canada 2017

Working Towards a Framework for a National Trails Strategy

November 22 - November 23
The Years Premier Conference on All Things Trails is

Only 40 Days Away, So Register Now!

197 Registrants
To Mark Canada's 150Anniversary,

Join Organizations And Representatives From Around The Nation As They Gather In Gatineau And Ottawa To Develop A Framework For A National Trails Strategy.  

Representatives from provincial and national parks and trails organizations, policy makers, granting organizations and trail developers will all be present during the 2-day conference to collaborate on a framework that will align trail priorities and practices at the national level.

Ensure Your Organization's Voice Is Heard by attending the conference and contributing to a truly national framework that will one day lead to a nationally recognized gold standard in trail practice.

Pre Conference Evening Reception

Network with colleagues from around the nation, local leaders and MPs in Canada's capital region (November 21)

Affordable Travel and Accommodation Options

Register Today and Ensure Your Voice Is Heard
Patrick Connor BA (Hons) C.A.E., S.S.A.
C.E.O., Ontario Trails Council

Our mailing address is:
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The Frank Cowan Company, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Present:S

Municipal liability and risk management issues cost municipalities millions of dollars every year.  Local governments must be aware of new and emerging risk management issues to help them effectively reduce the frequency and severity of claims. To that end, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has partnered with Frank Cowan Company to offer municipalities access to information that promotes continuing awareness and action related to risk management. Join us for the first, in an ongoing series of, webinars where we will explore:

Trails: Are You Court Ready?

This one-hour webinar led by Christine Carter, Legal Counsel, Papazian Heisey Myers; and Patrick Connor, Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council focuses on the principles and practise of trail risk management. In the hour your facilitators will look at answers to the questions:
  • What is your legal duty of care?
  • When is this duty of care reduced?
  • What should your signs say?
  • What should be your main areas of concern on your trail systems?
  • Where can you turn for Certification and Training.
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm (Noon) to 1:00 pm
Location: At Your Desk
Cost: Free, please note this webinar has a participation limit of 75.
Register today at
A great session


2018 Permits Now Available!

Get access to over 30,000km of trails this winter!

2018 Seasonal Permit Types and Pricing

Permit Type
on or before Nov 1st
on or before Dec 1st
Dec 2nd onwards
Seasonal Permit
$190.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
$220.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
$270.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
Classic Permit (sled year 1999 or older)

$150.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
$150.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
$180.00 (+$7.50 processing fee)
Multi-Day  (2 consecutive day minimum)


Ontario Trillium Grant  Updates

OTF’s upcoming workshops and webinars.

We have two in-person session formats:

Seed WorkshopA half day workshop that will focus on the Seed Investment Stream.
Full Day WorkshopA day-long workshop that features six sessions. You can choose to attend all or part of the day.:
·       OTF Strategy
·       How to apply for a Seed Grant
·       How to apply for a Capital Grant
·       How to apply for a Grow Grant
·       Program Growth and Development: Using a learning lens in evaluation
·       Services to the Community

The next OTF deadline is for Seed Stream applications:

Deadline to submit or update an organization registration:                       
January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. ET.
Deadline to submit a Seed application:                                                          
February 21, 2018, 5 p.m. ET.

Upcoming in-person sessions:
LocationDateTimeFocusLink to Workshop Registration
Peterborough30-Nov-179:00 am to 4:00 pmFull Day WorkshopFull Day OTF Workshop Peterborough registration link
Pickering11-Jan-181:00 pm to 4:00 pmSeed WorkshopSeed Workshop Pickering registration link
Beaverton25-Jan-181:00 pm to 4:30 pmSeed WorkshopSeed Workshop Beaverton registration link
Maynooth29-Jan-181:00 pm to 4:30 pmSeed WorkshopSeed Workshop Maynooth registration link
Newmarket30-Jan-182:00 pm to 5:00 pmSeed WorkshopSeed Workshop Newmarket registration link
Kingston1-Feb-181:30 pm to 4:30 pmSeed WorkshopKingston Seed Workshop registration link
See the full list of workshops and webinars here.

Please do share this email with your contacts and networks in the community.

Thank you very much. I hope to see you at one of our sessions.

Ontario Trails Website - Login Functionality is back!
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Over 400 people have signed up over the years for this web page functionality. With so much of the available OTC information on trails really being front page facing, this back end material didn't offer much value added.

However OTC does have specifically targeted information that is based on our most frequent requests, so we've synthesized the important stuff into key links and access locations to assist your desire as a trail community to learn more.

Pleased review your login and link. Many of you may want to turn on the login functionality given the renewed access to information. Or if you have turned it off and you wish to be removed from this service let us know.

Ontario Trails simplifies your Membership Connection!Over the years the Ontario Trails Council has worked to provide services that give you value and results for your membership support. We are constantly working to improve services and your ability to easily provide feedback on our efforts.

In March the OTC Board endorsed moving to a more automated system of membership management, deciding to use the platform Memberplanet. More information on this can be found at Memberplanet.

The OTC is working to implement this system.  The ways to Memberplanet should make membership management easier include:

1) Account information accuracy
2) On-line membership renewal
3) Contact status updates
4) Group news

The membership planet platform provides all of these, including invoicing and receipt generation functions. So if you have an A/P department to report too, this should make your paper trail readily available to you!

When you start the process you'll be directed to this window. We are working on updating existing members to the database. So if you are an existing member, just bookmark this information for reference. We'll send you reminders about renewing at renewal time, in late November each year.

Ontario Trails All Year Long! 
Add an Ontario Trail Logo to your website! 
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Watch for it on our social media, our facebook page and in our twitter feed.

Tell us all about your trail event and join us as we celebrate Ontario's Trails!
1. Log in Your Event  - Event spreadsheet.
2. Add your event to our event calendar -  add it here.
3. Post your personalized decal on your Trail - we have one for every group on our list. (see #5 below)
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4. Add your trail user survey to any of your trail pages - we've made one for our members and regions. Get your decal here - 
We've checked the links, if something isn't working simply give us a call - 613-484-1140. We'll be adding these links to the various relevant trail pages in your regions and RTO's/DMO's over the upcoming year!

5. Send us your Trails video - we'll be posting content on-line at and we'd be happy to add to our trails tube -
Missing? You may want to talk to us about OTC Membership. 613-484-1140 We'd be happy to connect with you.
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News Release

Ontario Providing More Opportunities for Seniors to Stay Healthy and Active

November 15, 2017

Applications Now Open for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund from not-for-profit organizations, with a new stream this year geared towards projects for seniors that boost physical activity and healthy living.
The fund supports one or two-year projects aimed at increasing opportunities for people of all ages so that they can become more active, by helping them learn new skills and encouraging lifelong physical activity. Last year, more than 120 projects were supported by the fund which included helping children with medical conditions and disabilities increase their participation and establishing hiking groups for students with mental health disabilities.
For 2018, the fund will expand support for seniors programming as part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors. This new funding stream will help give seniors more opportunities to stay fit and connected to their communities.
The deadline to apply is January 16, 2018, and recipients will be announced in winter 2018.
Investing in communities' health and well-being is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation. 


  • More than $30.6 million has been invested since the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund launched in 2013.
  • The fund is a key priority of Game ON – the Ontario Government’s Sport Plan which is providing opportunities for residents to get involved in organized sport by strengthening the community and recreation sector.
  • Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors is the Ontario Government’s vision to help seniors remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially-connected.
  • As part of the Action Plan, the Active for Life Recreation stream is investing $5 million to create up to 20,000 opportunities annually in sport and recreation for seniors across the province.


Ontario Trails wants to Know!
Hi - the OTC has listened to people and through recent consultation with:

1) Conservation Area Managers via Conservation Ontario forums, plus Park and Recreation Managers via Ontario Parks Association  Parks and Recreation Ontario we have added Dog on Leash and Dog off Leash Categorizations to your trails. We will designate but you have to tell us which ones. Also knowing if you have a dog park in your area would help as we could then also direct dog owners to these parks as well. We can add your message.

2) Hunting Off Trail - we have been talking with the Conservation Officers Association and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and it's that time of year where many hunters using ATV, dirt Bike or other means access hunt lands off of trails. Do you allow this off of your trail(s)? We can add this information to your trails. We can add your message.

In both cases this information is viewable off our handheld website so all trail users can know this.

Both groups have indicated this would help with prosecution (if needed) trespass and landowner protection as usually signs are often deficient, or with many access points its difficult to know whether there is a sign at all access points, and in fact whether these staffs are there to educate (which they would prefer) or police.

Please advise.