Spark Housing Initiative Moves into Next Phase

The Meeting Place is moving into the next phase of the Spark Housing Initiative. We are looking for tenants and landlords to take part in Round Table discussions.

We are looking for past, present, and future tenants and landlords to talk about their experiences, what factors impact their current and future status as tenants and landlords, and what could help increase the long-term housing stock in our community. This work will be incorporated into the work of the Northern Bruce Peninsula Attainable Housing Committee.

For more information please reach out to The Meeting Place @ 519-596-2313 or info@tobermorymeetingplace.com

NP CoWork Up Date

NP CoWork Returns to The Northern Bruce Peninsula and expands to Tobermory

Northern Peninsula CoWork creates opportunities for working and living well on the Bruce Peninsula. In addition to the Lion’s Head location at the historic town hall, you can now visit NP CoWork here at The Meeting Place in Tobermory.

NPCoWork is offering CoWork space Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. Visit the original location Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Lion’s Head’s historic town hall (circa 1870). With a raised stage,  a balcony, a bar and our good friends from the Rotary Club, they’ve got a desk for you. The second location is at The Meeting Place in Tobermory on Thursdays and Fridays. Relax on their comfy couches and chairs, or for more privacy book our private office or board room. At both locations you can grab a tea or a coffee, take a seat, connect to reliable WIFI and work among friends and collaborators.

If you would like to learn more about NP CoWork @ TMP, reach out at 519-596-2313 or email info@tobermorymeetingplace.com.

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

Launching Report on the SPARK Housing Initiative – ‘Growing the Long-Term Rental Housing Inventory’

The Meeting Place Tobermory and report author Hazel Smith are pleased to release this new report focusing on long-term rental accommodation in the Northern Bruce. This is an investigative report looking at the many stakeholders in the rental market but most of all the people who need affordable rental housing. The idea of creating more long-term rental accommodation started with the voices of local residents working in the seasonal economy. Ideas percolated over the winter of 2020 from participants in the Spark project. Simply put, could a few of the many STA’s be converted to LTA’s by the owners?  The report digs into the issues and identifies the challenges and possible next steps. The report is realistic and thought-provoking and nothing is viewed through rose coloured glasses.

We hope the report provides some small direction and incentive to the important housing agenda emerging in our community. We believe attaining more affordable housing will make the Northern Bruce the best place to live in the County.

New Food App Launched by United Way Grey Bruce

The United Way of Bruce Grey and their associated food programs work tirelessly to address the increased need in our community and provide fresh and healthy food to an ever-growing number of people in need. They could see the demand was rising dramatically during the pandemic and wanted to find a way to better understand and illustrate the escalating issue of food insecurity in Bruce Grey. To bring their food bank and meal programs together, and unlock the power of data, the United Way partnered with local start-up company NPX to build the Food Bruce Grey App – a data collection platform that allows food programs to capture and share their data and to show their impact in the community.

The app allows food banks and meal programs to enter data, download reports, and create dashboards that visualize their impact and food insecurity trends in their communities. Members of the public can also view dashboards that illustrate how food banks and meal programs are used and how the needs are growing.

Local food banks, meal programs, and community gardens have already begun entering data into the app. NPX, Bruce Power, and the Community Foundation Grey Bruce provided funding for food scales to enable each program to weigh produce and more accurately capture the amount of food being collected and distributed. The app will capture data on food that is collected and distributed, and also include information on demographics of community members who are using food banks and meal programs, while tracking volunteer efforts in the region.

To read the original article, visit https://unitedwayofbrucegrey.com/the-united-way-of-bruce-grey-launches-the-food-bruce-grey-app-with-support-from-npx-and-bruce-power/