Business Environment

Grey County has an incredibly diverse economy. Here you will find information about our top six sectors.

  • Owen Sound is home to Grey Bruce Health Services, Grey Bruce Public Health and Bruce Grey Child Services headquarters.
  • With two major urban centers (Owen Sound and Hanover) plus many unique villages, downtowns and hidden gems, the retail sector is spectacular. From one of a kind items to everyday necessities, you’ll find it in Grey.
  • Travelers are eager to visit our renowned four-season destination and wide ranging attractions, from Blue Mountain Resort and Cobble Beach to the Bruce Trail, Niagara Escarpme
  • Housing prices have risen 45% in four years prompting developers to submit draft plan of sub-divisions for over 3,000 residential units.
  • According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture, Grey County added young farmers at more than double the national rate with a 20% increase in farmers under 35. We saw a 61% increase in gross farm receipts between 2011 and 2016.
  • Part of its success is due to the incredible workforce and the reasonable cost of doing business in rural Ontario.

In addition to our top six sectors, there are several emerging niches including digital media, energy and cultural industries. Our key industries are also fortunate to be supported by organizations such as Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, Bluewater Wood Alliance and the Grey Bruce Technology Network.