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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

Age-Friendly Community Strategy and Action Plan

Age Friendly Community Strategy Plan

This strategy and action plan will focus on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) eight age-friendly community domains: outdoor spaces and public buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, community and information, community support and health services, and social participation.

COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Program

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Grey County is working to support frontline workers in essential services and health care as Ontario returns to remote learning due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Forest Management By-Law Update

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Grey County is reviewing the Forest Management By-Law and will be considering updates. This by-law regulates tree harvesting and removal and promotes woodland preservation.

2021 Grey Bruce Regional Job Fair

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The region's largest job fair is expanding and moving online to safely connect employers and job seekers.  We have welcomed new partners and sponsors to make this year’s event possible using the Brazen platform, an online event platform

Grey Road 19 and 21 Improvements

Map of the Grey Road 19-21 Corridor highlighting areas to be improved

Grey County, in collaboration with Simcoe County and the Town of the Blue Mountains, are preparing to make upgrades to the Grey Road 19/21 corridor between the Town of Collingwood and Blue Mountain Village.

Home for the Holidays

Grey County home for the holidays: find it first in grey

The holiday season is approaching. This year think local first when shopping and celebrating. You may be surprised by what’s available right in your own backyard.

Grey Bruce Grad 2020

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On Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m., Grey and Bruce counties are inviting all residents and graduates to make history with a collective at-home graduation celebration.

Climate Change Action Plan

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Grey County is developing a Climate Change Action Plan to understand the impacts of climate change and reduce our green house gas emissions.

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Bruce and Grey Community Safety and Well-Being Planning

The majority of municipalities of Bruce and Grey have come together with community partners to undertake Community Safety and Well-Being Planning.

Housing for All

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Affordable housing comes in many shapes and sizes and can be defined many ways. At Grey County, we use the 30 percent definition.