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What is Affordable Housing?

Affordable housing comes in many shapes and sizes and can be defined many ways. At Grey County, we use the 30 percent definition. If housing costs less than 30% of a household’s pre-tax income, it is affordable. This applies to both private home ownership and rental housing in all income brackets.

 

 

 

Why is it important?

As Grey County continues to grow, it’s important to have a diverse mix of housing options for individuals and families. A lack of affordable housing limits both population and economic growth.

 

Our affordable housing shortage and what we can do about it

Right now, more than 3,300 Grey County households are living in homes they can’t afford. Fortunately, there are things we can all do to create and advocate for more affordable housing.

 

Progress on affordable housing

Increasing access to affordable housing is no simple task, but we’re working with local municipalities to address our needs.

 

 

Resources

Grey County Community Improvement Plan Program  Staff Report Understanding Affordable Housing Needs in Grey County Grey County Affordable Housing Strategy

Ontario Guide to Secondary Units

Municipal Tools for Affordable Housing

Canadian Municipal Housing Corporation Resources

A Place to Call Home - National Housing Strategy

The Missing Middle - Affordable and Attainable Housing and Grey County 

Grey County 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan: Five Year Update 

Grey County Housing Assistance

Newcomer Attraction and Retention

Build or Buy a Tiny Home

 

 

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.

Grey County Cycling and Trails Master Plan

Family cycling in Grey County

Grey County retained WSP Canada Group Limited (WSP) to support the development of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. The plan incorporates previous work completed by the County and its partners including on-going projects such as the Recreational Trails Strategy.