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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

Rockwood Terrace Redevelopment

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Grey County is rebuilding Rockwood Terrace in Durham. The new facility will include 128 long-term care beds, 40 assisted living units, and a market square. 

2022 Regional Job Fairs

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Regional Job Fairs are back and in person!  Three regional job fairs are planned for Hanover, Owen Sound and Meaford. A number of full-time, part-time and seasonal positions will be available to support various industries. 

2022 Municipal Elections

logos of all 9 member municipalities and Grey County

The 2022 Municipal Election and School Board election is Monday, October 24. For information about your local election, please visit your local municipality’s website.

Grey Road 3 and 4 Roundabout

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Grey County is in the design stage for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Grey Road 3 and Grey Road 4 east of Hanover in the Municipality of West Grey. The project is tentatively scheduled for construction during the summer of 2023. Below is an overview of the roundabout design.

Proposed County Official Plan Amendment #11

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Grey County is initiating an amendment to our County Official Plan, Recolour Grey, to update our residential and employment growth forecasts, and other housekeeping matters.

Age-Friendly Community Strategy and Action Plan

Age Friendly Community Strategy Plan

This strategy and action focuses 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.

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.