The Town of Orangeville is one of three Canadian municipalities competing at the national level in the 2018 Communities in Bloom challenge, in the population category of 10,001 to 30,000. Two national judges – Susan Ellis and Tina Liu, both of the Ottawa area – will visit Orangeville July 12-14, to tour the Town and meet representatives. Orangeville will compete against Leamington, Ontario, and Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland.
In 2017, the Town of Orangeville competed at the national level, achieving a five-bloom bronze rating and a special mention for collaborative partnerships. The Town was also a finalist for two Outstanding Achievement Awards — winning the national Community of Gardeners Award and being one of three finalists for the Canada 150 Award. In 2016, the Town of Orangeville was one of 10 Ontario municipalities to achieve a full five-bloom rating at the provincial level, allowing them to compete at the national level, in their population category. Provincially, the Town also received a special mention for the “Tranquil Gardens” and the dedicated volunteers at the Headwaters Health Care Centre. Plus, the Town picked up the criteria award for Heritage Conservation which takes in both built and natural heritage.
In 2018, hundreds of Canadian communities will be participating in the national and provincial editions of Communities in Bloom (CiB), along with municipalities from Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States in the international challenge.
In July and August, qualified volunteer Canadian and International judges will visit participating communities and evaluate each one on its overall performance within the following criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. As community involvement is the essence of the program, the evaluation, which provides guidance on further steps of improvement, is based on the local conditions and achievements of citizens, businesses, organizations, institutions and the municipal government working together towards common objectives.
The communities will be rated from one to five blooms, based on the scoring obtained. Also, the communities competing at the national and international levels will aim to obtain bronze, silver or gold levels in their five-bloom rating.
A complete list of national and international finalists is available on the national Communities in Bloom website.
The national and international results will be announced in Strathcona County, Alberta from September 26-29, during the Symposium and Awards Ceremonies.
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces in communities.