Long-term Landlord Housing Initiative Update and Charter

The Meeting Place is happy to announce we have selected an Advisory Group for the Long-term Landlord Housing Initiative. Tanis Henderson, Mike Brown, Dominik Franken, and Karen Phillips will be joining Noreen Steinacher and project manager Karla Trudgen to plan and execute the initiative. We have moved into the Project Definition and Planning stage and plan to open applications to landlords for funding in August 2022. Please reach out to housing@tobermorymeetingplace.com with any inquiries.   

SPARK Housing Initiative: New Funding for Project to Address Housing Stock

In early March The Meeting Place in Tobermory received confirmation from Bruce County that it will receive $110,000.00 in funding for the Long-term Landlord Housing Initiative, a project that emerged out of the Seasonal Workers & Entrepreneurs Spark Ideas (SPARK) working groups that met over the winter of 2019/2020.

A two-phase investigation was conducted in 2021 resulting in two reports which clearly articulated next steps and underpinned the present application to Bruce County. The current funding will take the project into pilot phase. The pilot phase will include the Landlord SPARK Funding Continued from page 1 development of criteria and mechanisms to provide grants for long-term landlord applicants seeing to upgrade or retrofit properties for conversion to the long-term rental market. The pilot will also look at key components of the landlord-tenant relationship and supports that might be developed to foster long-term satisfaction for both parties. A small community advisory group will work with a representative of The Meeting Place Board and a part-time project manager. A further aspect of the new phase of work will be a community information campaign which will begin to roll out within the next month.

Feel free to reach out to info@tobermorymeetingplace.com with any questions or comments, and stay tuned as we roll out this exciting new project.

Bruce County Housing Support Programs

Bruce County offers a number of housing support programs and services through the Housing Services Division. The Meeting Place is offering application support to make these programs more accessible for those who are struggling with housing security on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. We can provide assistance with the following applications:

The Housing Stability Fund: Provides assistance with rent and utility arrears, first or last month’s rent, and moving expenses.

The Rent Supplement Program: Offers eligible individuals or households a rent supplement or subsidy while they are living in privately owned buildings. The rent supplement or subsidy is paid directly to the landlord. The subsidy is based on the household income and program guidelines which vary by funding streams.

Bruce County Housing Applications: For placement on a waitlist for Bruce County Housing Corporation units, non-profit units, and private rent supplement.

For more information or assistance with applications, reach out to The Meeting Place for an appointment with our Community Coordinator at 519-596-2313 or email info@tobermorymeetingplace.com

TMP Fundraiser: COVER YOUR WALLS ART SALE


The Meeting Place Tobermory has received a donation of an eclectic private collection of art. The pieces vary in both medium and era ensuring there is something for every taste. All proceeds go towards supporting programs and services at The Meeting Place Tobermory. Pieces can be selected virtually or during our in-person art sale at the Tobermory Community Centre on Saturday, June 19th from 12-3 pm (health measures permitting).

Click here to visit our virtual gallery

SPARK – Seasonal Workers SPARK Ideas (for Community)

December 2019 – January 2020 Project Recruitment

“Thanks to Bruce County strategic community initiatives fund, The Meeting Place has received 2-year funding to help facilitate the design of some new resources. The focus is specific to addressing social and economic ‘risks’ sometimes associated with the seasonal economy. The goal is to bring together the experience of seasonal workers with others representing existing community assets. From there, the idea is for small working groups to get to know each other, build trust, generate homegrown ideas and work them into feasible actions and resources. What will be the outcomes? That’ll be up to the working groups and what they come up with. This is a ‘winter’ project and some fun and financial incentive is sure to be built into the process. We have the right people living in our community to work together on this new project. ”

December 5, 2019 – Sheatre ‘Play for Change’ at The Meeting Place Tobermory ‘Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off a Bus’

Granny Dec 5-19

December 5th saw The Meeting Place transformed into stage, musical production and audience involvement. As you might guess, ‘Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off a Bus’ was a musical comedy about elder abuse. Amid laughter and gasps, we saw the subtle and not so subtle actions and circumstances that are elder abuse. Written into the play were also the many ways seniors can be supported by friends and family and encouraged to use their voice to stop abuse if it’s occurring in their lives. But some can’t, especially if they experience dementia. The community can and should have safety services available and we need widespread public awareness of signs and symptoms of elder abuse so any one us is prepared to help. TMP will distribute packages of information about elder abuse to key organizations in the community and encourage the public awareness and conversations to continue. If anyone is worried about a possible abuse situation the Senior’s Safety Line 1-866-299-1011 is a good resource with trained counselors on the other end. We also wish to thank the Tobermory Muses for opening the event with a program of ‘Reflections’ – readings on family and elders delivered with respect and humour. For more information on elder abuse or the Sheatre group–Play for Change call TMP at 519-596-2313.