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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.

New to Grey is a 15-month initiative funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration aimed at attracting and retaining newcomers in Grey County.

Retaining Newcomers

Grey County is laying the foundation for our region to better retain newcomers.

Step 1 – Environmental scan of the County and local businesses.

Step 2 – Celebrating the diversity that already exists.

Step 3 – Stakeholder engagement, community workshops and tours.

Step 4 – Attraction and retention toolkits and other resources for communities, employers and newcomers.


Forming Partnerships

Grey County can’t create welcoming communities and attract newcomers alone. Throughout New to Grey, we will engage with our local municipalities, businesses and community groups and organizations.  and other stakeholders. Partners and projects include:

Newcomer Centre of Peel

Grey County is working with the Rural Employment Initiative arm of the newcomer Centre of Peel, in Mississauga. This provincially-funded project is responding to the demand of newcomers living in the Peel Region and looking to build lives in rural communities. 

On February 28, Grey County hosted more than 30 newcomers on a community tour of Grey County. The group attended a workshop at Blue Mountain and then made their way to the 2018 Regional Job Fair in Owen Sound.

A group of delegates from the Peel Newcomer centre poses for a picture at Blue Mountain.


“Making Grey Bruce Home” pilot project

Grey County is partnering with the United Way Bruce Grey and the Welcoming Communities Committee on their project “Making Grey Bruce Home.” Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, this project’s goal is to develop a model of providing support services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers.

Why choose Grey County?

Grey County offers rewarding career opportunities and a quality of life unlike any other area in Ontario. Some reasons newcomers are choosing Grey County include:

  • Jobs
  • Business opportunities
  • Affordable living and attainable housing
  • Quality of life
  • Natural landscapes and tranquil scenic views
  • No traffic
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Grey County is a welcoming community that helps create a sense of belonging

Why is New to Grey important?

Year after year, research such as the EmployerOne Survey shows a growing gap in the availability of skilled workers in our region. Employers can’t find enough workers with the skills they need for their business. Attracting new skilled workers to the area will help Grey County as a whole prosper.

Grey County is positioned well for attracting newcomers. Housing prices in urban areas are rising and working families are looking for affordable communities to make home. Additionally, our local Georgian College campus in Owen Sound has seen a dramatic increase in International students in their programs in recent years. Attracting newcomers is only step one. New to Grey will also help us keep newcomers in our community by connecting them with the supports they need to plant their roots in Grey County.



Economic Development, Tourism and Culture

Other Programs & Initiatives

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

Home for the Holidays

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.


Climate Change Action Plan

aerial photo of the beaver valley in the fall full of colours

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.