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BDAR is focused on local and provincial advocacy to ensure the REALTOR® voice is heard. We are dedicated to being more involved within our community and are supporting local initiatives. 


A Night of Shelter is BDAR's annual virtual fundraiser. 

Thanks to the generosity and engagement of BDAR members and the greater community, we raised over $11,000 in 2023! 

Community Shelter-Based Partners

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Habitat for Humanity is an organization that forms partnerships with community leaders, builders, suppliers, volunteers and Family Partners; and together they provide simple, adequate and affordable housing to families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity runs a great program for those looking to renovate their kitchens called the “Kitchens to Homes Program”. 


The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing shelter and support services to abused women and children since 1981. The agency consists of a 27-bed crisis shelter along with Outreach services onsite. Approximately 1,000 women and children are assisted by the agency annually.

In addition to shelter, staff provide individual and group counselling, legal information and support, court support, information about violence against women, referrals to other community and social services, and public education in the community.

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The David Busby Centre has been operational since 1993 and is a community not-for-profit organization working from a non-judgmental approach to advocate for and improve conditions for individuals and families within the County of Simcoe who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

David Busby Centre offers a variety of services from shelter, food, outreach, warming/cooling center, housing supporting services and so much more.


Redwood Park Communities builds safe, affordable, hopeful communities that support families and individuals. Over the last ten years, Redwood has grown from just an idea to 49 units of affordable housing created through a number of initiatives: United House for women and children fleeing violence, the Second Suites program, Lucy’s Place for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness, and the Family Short-Term Supportive Housing Centre. 

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Youth Haven began in 1987 after a group of citizens realized that there was a need to house homeless youth in the Barrie area. Currently they have 16 emergency care beds and 5 transitional beds. Youth Haven’s mission is to help homeless youth become successful adults. With their vision to support youth experiencing homelessness by providing safe shelter, programs and services, in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. 

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S.H.I.F.T. stands for Support and Hope for Individuals and Families Today. Through their programming, they provide safe, respectful, and welcoming overnight accommodations, meals, and support to those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity in South Simcoe. S.H.I.F.T is committed to facilitating connection to further services, resources, and community. 

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The Lighthouse has been serving Orillia's homeless and vulnerable since 1992. With support from their partners, they help those who are experiencing homelessness find housing and stay housed through their various stages of need; emergency, supportive, and affordable housing


BDAR also supports shelter-based organizations through the REALTORS Care Foundation. For more information, visit their website.


Your North Life is a platform for all things real estate, lifestyle, and relocation in the Greater Simcoe Muskoka Region.

Visit to learn more. 



Neighbourhood Information

Search for homes and explore neighbourhood profiles to find out more information about what it's like to live in these neighbourhoods. What amenities are nearby, schools, parks and greenspace, entertainment, and restaurants.

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Shop Local Business Directory

Explore our Shop Local Business Directory to find unique local products, artisans, inspiring spaces and places throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka. 

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Our blog highlights key real estate, relocation, and lifestyle information from across the Greater Simcoe Muskoka Region. Find activities to do, festivals to attend, amenities in your area, top restaurants in the region, and so much more!

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