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Front of the Admin Building following the renovation

The expansion and renovation of the Administration Building has brought more services together under one roof, making it easier to receive services in a community hub that is fully accessible. 

As part of the project, the Provincial Offences Court has been moved into the Administration Building. The court was below provincial standards and had many structural issues and other problems.

The Administration Building is located at 595 9th Avenue East in Owen Sound.

  • With POA below standards and the Administration Building aging, a Spaces Needs Review Task Force formed in 2011 to thoroughly explore solutions.
  • After years of review, an addition and renovation was recommended as the best solution.
  • In April 2015, County Council directed architects to create construction drawings.
  • A public tender opened for construction in May 2016. Devlan Construction LTD was awarded the project with a low bid of $10,643,000.
  • Ground was broken in July 2016.
  • The new addition was substantially completed in November, 2017.
  • The renovation was substantially completed and the first POA court session was held in July 2018.
  • The the project was completed within the $12.2 million budget, which included site work, HST, architect’s services and other fees associated.

Building Features

  • Easier public access to programs and services.
  • Designed to be accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities.
  • New Provincial Offences Court with improved security and more space.
  • More multi-functional space, open to the public.
  • Improved energy efficiency.
  • New Council Chamber.
  • Enhanced environment for employee health and safety.

Project Milestones

July 2016

Ground breaking

August 2016

Excavation for foundation

October 2016

Foundation poured

December 2016

Girders and second story floor installed

February 2017

Walls added to addition.

April 2017

Interior wall framing

May 2017

Skylight added to main atrium.

July 2017

Drywalling begins.

September 2017

Painting and flooring

October 2017

Finishing touches are made to the addition

November 2017

Services are moved into the addition; the first Council meeting is held in the new chamber

November 2017

Renovations begin to prepare moving the POA Court into the Administration Building

Spring 2018

Renovation work is completed on office space in the original Administration Building space. 

Spring 2018

Outdoor site work begins, including new parking and landscaping.

July 2018

The new Provincial Offences court and office open.

August 2018

Final landscaping and other finishing touches are complete.

September 28

Official ribbon cutting marking the completion for the project

Other Programs & Initiatives

Grey County Cycling and Trails Master Plan

Family cycling in Grey County

Grey County is developing a long-term, comprehensive Cycling and Trails Master Plan to guide future planning and decision-making to enhance cycling and trail opportunities within the County and its local municipalities.

New to Grey

Dozens of hands raised in the air painted the colours of national flags from around the world.

Newcomers are an important part of our communities in Grey County. Coming from outside of the country or from other areas of Canada, newcomers bring culture, skills and knowledge to our communities and workplaces.

2018 Municipal Election

Grey county logo and local municipal logos

The 2018 Municipal Election and School Board election is Monday, October 22. For information about your local election, please visit your local municipality’s website.

Community Paramedicine

A stethoscope sits on a white background

Community Paramedicine is a newer form of healthcare that shifts paramedic into a proactive role.

Recreational Trails Master Plan

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Grey County is completing a Recreational Trails Master Plan to help us manage our trails and plan for the future. Through this plan, we are documenting trail needs and prioritizing future trail projects and management practices.

Connected County

A room full of supports at the Top7 Intelligent Communities event at Cobble Beach

Explore this page to learn more what makes an intelligent community.  Read about key projects happening throughout our region and stay up to date on the latest news.

Alpha Street Revitalization

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The Alpha Street housing community in Owen Sound is one of Grey County’s largest affordable housing properties. Originally built in the 1969, the homes were showing their age. 

Coordinated Rural Transportation

A driver helps an elderly man into an awaiting Home and Community support services van.

Grey County's large landscape is one of our greatest assets, but, if you don't have access to an affordable means of transportation, it can also be a major barrier.

Age-Friendly Communities Study

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We want Grey County to be inclusive and welcoming to people of all ages and abilities. We recently partnered with students from the University of Guelph to look at policies that better support youth and older adults.