Youth & the Official Plan

The City of Barrie is growing and we need your help to create a vision for our future. As Barrie’s youngest citizens, your ideas will help make Barrie a better place for you, your family and friends to live in for years to come.

What you tell us will help the City create a vision for future Barrie: how the buildings will look, how we will get around and where we will work, connect and play.

Youth: Share your ideas

There are many ways for you to share your ideas. You can ask for help from a parent/guardian or trusted

The City of Barrie is growing and we need your help to create a vision for our future. As Barrie’s youngest citizens, your ideas will help make Barrie a better place for you, your family and friends to live in for years to come.

What you tell us will help the City create a vision for future Barrie: how the buildings will look, how we will get around and where we will work, connect and play.

Youth: Share your ideas

There are many ways for you to share your ideas. You can ask for help from a parent/guardian or trusted adult. All youth feedback will be collected until February 17, 2019.

Youth Workbook

Digitally complete the Youth Workbook using Google Docs and e-mail your pages to newBarrieOP@barrie.ca. Complete as many or as few as you want — the 'About this workbook' page must be completed in order to be entered to win a prize.

You can also download the workbook here, or pick it up at a location listed on the back page to complete and return in person.

Map Your Barrie

Drop a pin on the Map Your Barrie tool to share what you like, what you don't like and what's missing in Barrie. Tell us more here.

Future Barrie surveys

Two surveys are open to collect feedback about Barrie's future and you:

  1. Complete the Your Future survey which collects your thoughts about your future in Barrie. Take the survey today.
  2. Compare photos of areas in Barrie now with images of how it could look with In a Snapshot. Share what you like and what you don't like about each image here.

Participate for a chance to win!

Youth (age 4-24) who have completed the Your Future or In a Snapshot surveys, Map Your Barrie tool or the workbook (online or downloaded) will be entered to win one of three prize packs.

While residents of all ages are welcome to complete the youth activities, the draw is limited to youth participants (age 24 and under). Thank you for your understanding.

Everyone can get involved

While this feedback is geared toward youth, we welcome feedback from residents of all ages. To ensure your feedback is meaningful in making better decisions, please visit your profile and update your details. It only takes a moment — simply click on 'Profile' in the drop down under your screen name and confirm/enter the correct information.

Visit Official Plan Project (Phase 1) for more opportunities to get involved, including two drop-in workshops (January 16 & 17).

Map Your Barrie

about 1 month

To be able to drop a pin on the map, you will need to register and sign in. Your username will appear after any comments you make.

Please drop a pin on the area of the map to add a comment or photo. We would like you to share what you like about Barrie (landmarks, public spaces), where you see yourself in the future (job, home) and what you would like to see in Barrie:

  • I like this landmark!
  • A landmark is something easy to see that helps people know where they are. Drop a pin to identify landmarks in...

To be able to drop a pin on the map, you will need to register and sign in. Your username will appear after any comments you make.

Please drop a pin on the area of the map to add a comment or photo. We would like you to share what you like about Barrie (landmarks, public spaces), where you see yourself in the future (job, home) and what you would like to see in Barrie:

  • I like this landmark!
  • A landmark is something easy to see that helps people know where they are. Drop a pin to identify landmarks in the city that you know and like. Include its name, tell us why you like it and, if you can, upload a picture so others can learn more about our city. 

  • I like this public space!
  • Every city needs welcoming public spaces for all residents to hand out in. Drop a pin to identify public spaces in Barrie that you know and like. Include its name, tell us why you like it and, if you can, upload a picture so others can learn more about our city. 

  • Barrie could use...
  • Drop a pin to share what might be missing in Barrie (i.e. park, shopping, theatre). Tell us what is missing in the comment and, if possible, add a photo from another city so we can see what you mean.

  • My future job is here
  • Drop a pin to share where you see your future job in Barrie. Tell us what your future job is in the comments.

  • My future home is here

    Drop a pin to share where you see your future home in Barrie. Tell us why you chose this area and, if possible, add a photo of what the building looks like.

If someone has already dropped a pin in the same location you want to, please drop your pin anyway! This will show how popular a current or future location is. 

Instructions for dropping a pin
  1. Zoom into the area you would like to place a pin by using the + or - icon in the bottom right corner of the map.
  2. Select the relevant pin and drag it to the location you see an opportunity (pin descriptions and examples of opportunities are included above).
  3. Complete the comment section and/or add an image. 
  4. Continue until you've shown us all the locations that are important to you.
Thank you for sharing your feedback!