Vital Conversation on Housing – Dec 9th 4pm online

Dear Colleagues, 

Do you want to gain a deeper understanding of the housing crisis in Grey Bruce? Do you want to share your perspective on affordable and attainable housing in our area?

Your organization and the public are invited to join us for a Vital Conversation on Housing in Grey Bruce.  This free, online forum is on Thursday, Dec 9th, 2021 from 4-6pm.

The goal of this Vital Conversation is to give participants a deeper understanding of the housing crisis through learning and sharing new perspectives on the issue.

At the Vital Conversation, participants will hear “lightning talks” from four inspiring local guest speakers and will have the chance to participate in smaller group discussions on relevant topics. The guest presenters will be:

  • Diane Giroux: Project Manager for Giiwe at M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre
  • Kee May Ip: Project Coordinator for the Four County Labour Market Planning Board
  • Christine MacDonald: Director of Bruce County Human Services
  • Erica Phipps: Participatory Researcher for RentSafe Owen Sound/EquIP (Equity-focused Intersectoral Practice)

Biographies for each speaker and more information about the online event is available at https://community foundation grey

Register at the Eventbrite link: 

If interested, register soon as there is limited space for the event.

MEDIA RELEASE: RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative launches Landlords Survey

RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative launches first of two surveys on rental housing conditions and concerns in Owen Sound

The RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative is reaching out to housing providers and tenants to get a better picture of rental housing conditions and concerns in Owen Sound. The Collaborative, a voluntary collaboration of agencies, community organizations, landlords, and tenants working to support healthy and dignified housing, is conducting an online survey of landlords and property managers, to be followed by a similar survey with tenants.

The Collaborative hopes that, taken together, the surveys will shed light on the issues and challenges that housing providers and tenants are facing. The results will be publicly shared to support community dialogue on possible actions to improve housing conditions for tenants and better support landlords in maintaining safe and healthy rental units.

The first survey, an online survey of landlords and property managers who own or manage rental housing in Owen Sound, will launch on Wednesday, September 15th and remain open until the end of October. The survey invites landlords and property managers, including private market, non-profit and social housing, to share their views on range of issues.

Questions ask about their challenges with maintaining units, experiences involving tenants, such as concerns about tenant mental health, experiences with enforcement agencies or the Landlord & Tenant Board, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey is anonymous and takes approximately 12-15 minutes to complete. The surveys are being developed by members of the RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative, based in part on a City of Montreal tenant survey on rental housing conditions. The surveys are presented as a joint initiative of the Grey Bruce Health Unit, the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force, Community Voices, and RentSafe, and are being conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Ottawa.

Since October 2019, participants of the RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative have been tackling housing inadequacy through research and finding new ways of working together toward potential solutions. For more information and to access the survey link, visit

Media Contact

For media inquiries or to request an interview, please contact:
Jill Umbach,, 519-377-9406

To learn more about the surveys or the RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative more generally, please contact:

▪ Rosanne Roy, Coordinator, RentSafe Owen Sound Collaborative,
▪ Jill Umbach, Network Coordinator, Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force,
▪ Greg Nicol, Fire Prevention Officer, Owen Sound Fire and Emergency Services,
▪ Andrew Barton, Public Health Manager, Grey Bruce Health Unit,
▪ Erica Phipps, Director, RentSafe | Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa,