Life in Barrie

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As a social organization, our purpose is to give Barrie Newcomers the opportunity to meet and make new friends through a variety of functions offered by our club and to help them become acquainted with Barrie and the surrounding area. Membership is available to anyone who has moved to the Barrie area within the last 5 years.

Barrie is One of the Safest Cities in Canada
Source:  City of Barrie Website

According to a crime report released in April by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS), Barrie is the third safest city of its size in Canada. The report introduced the crime severity index, a new measure for police-reported crime reflecting the severity of individual offences.

For cities with populations of 100,000 to 500,000, the only cities that rank ahead of Barrie in the crime severity index are Saguenay and Guelph.  Barrie was also second under the violent crime index.

Click here to view the report.

Barrie Residents Can Now Name their Neighbourhoods
Source:  City of Barrie Website

An innovative initiative launched by the City, the Historic Neighbourhoods Strategy, will paint a portrait of each neighbourhood, setting the vision, sense of neighbourhood identity, local values and priorities.  It will document community change and transition, the challenges to be found and the need for infrastructure renewal. It will also look at current cultural, recreation and social services, facilities and programs, and anticipated future needs as well as issues regarding crime and security, property standards and heritage preservation.

Part of this unique initiative, is the "Name Your Neighourhood" contest where residents can submit names that they would like to see their neighbourhood named. The strategy will focus on neighbourhoods identified on the Historic Neighbourhoods map. Opportunities to participate will include surveys, events, forums, open houses, and much more.

For more information, click here.