Regional Initiatives

Agri-Food Business Retention and Expansion

In 2018 and 2019, regional partners in Grey, Simcoe and Bruce Counties studied the area’s agriculture and food sectors. We interviewed 276 local agri-food businesses across the three counties to gain insights into to entire agri-food value chain. Results from the interviews in 2018 were used to build regional and local Action Plans in 2019 that have informed decision making with respect to partnered and local work across the region. 

Regional Skills Training, Trade and Innovation Center

The proposed Regional Skills Training, Trade and Innovation Center is a collaborative effort by private sector entrepreneurs Georgian College, Blue Water School Board, the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board and the City of Owen Sound.

Area employers are experiencing strong economic growth and require a well trained workforce. The goal of the new training center is to provide skill upgrading and certification to potential and existing employees, to encourage hands-on STEM experiences, and to support and mentor new businesses. It will also allow Georgian College to grow its course offering.

The new center is proposed in the former Sydenham School adjacent to Georgian College campus.

New to Grey

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.