Every Child Ready to Read

A Project of the American Library Association
adopted by the Meaford Public Library

Before children can learn to read, they must develop a range of early literacy skills.  Learning begins the moment they are born, through language and play.  By weaving five simple practices into your daily routine, you will not only prepare your child for reading later on, but you'll enjoy hours of fun together too.

The Meaford Public Library is proud to partner with our communities' parents and caregivers to help raise young readers by providing free access to hundreds of books and audio recordings.  As well, all of our programs for young children focus on developing pre-literacy skills, and use the five simple principles outlined below:

red-bullet Talking  spacer

Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.  When your baby babbles to you be sure to talk back. 

green-bullet Singing  

Singing and rhyming increases children's awareness of the sounds in words.  Sing fun songs to your baby, they love to hear your voice. 

blue-bullet Reading    

Reading together is the most effective way to help children become proficient readers.  Make shared reading a daily event, even if it is the same book every night. 

purple-bullet Writing    

Writing helps children learn that letters and words have individual sounds and meaning.  Encourage scribbling.  It is a great way for young kids to express themselves. 

yellow-bullet Playing    

Playing is essential for young children to learn about the world so the stories they hear have meaning.  Play is best for kids when parents join in too. 

Meaford Golf Course OPA & ZBLA

  pdf Notice of Public Meeting (289 KB)

  pdf Draft Official Plan Amendment (147 KB)

  pdf Draft Zoning By-law Amendment (369 KB)

Supporting Documents

pdf Planner's Report (Ron Davidson Planning Consultant Inc.)  (1.89 MB)

  pdf Plan and Profile Drawings (6.57 MB)

pdf Stage 1 & 2 Archaeological Assessment (2.88 MB)

pdf Archaeological - Follow Up Report (614 KB)

pdf Environmental Impact Study (EIS) (1.42 MB)

pdf EIS Figures (1014 KB)

pdf EIS Addendum Repor (2.52 MB) t

pdf Butternut Health Assessment (1.22 MB)  

pdf MNRF Regarding Butternut Habitat (181 KB)

pdf Servicing Report Areas A & B (2.33 MB)

pdf Preliminary Traffic Impact Assessment (357 KB)


Please note that due to their size, the Stormwater Management Reports & Drawings are not available online - these can be viewed at the Municipal Offices at 21 Trowbridge Street West, during regular business hours. To arrange a viewing, please contact Liz Buckton, Senior Planner lbuckton@meaford.ca 519-538-1060 X1120

* Should you wish to review any appendices or attachments referenced in the above documents but not available online, please contact Liz Buckton (lbuckton@meaford.ca) for a copy upon request. 

Mayor's Attainable Housing Forum


On April 6 2018, Grey County, the Municipality of Meaford and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Lakeland District hosted a Mayor’s Forum at Meaford Hall to discuss attainable housing trends and needs in the area. The event ran from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and featured discussions about topics such as tiny homes, life lease communities, Canadian Municipal Housing Corporation (CMHC) programs, local updates, a panel discussion on barriers and much more.


Labour Force Needs

Andrew Siegwart – Blue Mountain Village Association (BMVA)

Andrew Siegwart has built a reputation as an authentic and focused association leader.  Over the past 20 years, he has worked with some of Canada's most innovative national industry associations to deliver world class member experiences, valuable programming, events and conferences and thought leadership to ensure that communities, people and industries prosper.  In his role as President of the Blue Mountain Village Association, Andrew oversees the delivery of the Association’s strategic plan, develops valuable programs and services for members, provides innovative and memorable guest experiences and partners with municipalities and organizations within the South Georgian Bay Region to ensure the growth of the local economy.

pdf Labour Force Needs Presentation - Andrew Siegwart (1.84 MB)

County Housing Update

Ann Marie Shaw – Grey County

Anne Marie has worked with the County of Grey since 2008 in the role of Housing Programs Manager and Director of Housing since 2014. Anne Marie’s role at Grey County includes the management of Grey County owned and operated housing units, provincial housing programs, non-profit housing and the oversight of various County buildings. Anne Marie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Waterloo and a Diploma in Public Administration from Western University.

  pdf County Housing Update - Ann Marie Shaw (549 KB)

Attainable Housing in Grey Study

Emma Drake, Abby Heddle, Lucy Pronk, Mallory Smith, Danielle Waters - University of Guelph Master's Students

In 2010, the province of Ontario released the Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, Building Foundations: Building Futures. The strategy imposed a transformative process on Ontario’s housing system in to one that has become people-centred, partnership-based, locally driven and fiscally responsible. The need for an affordable housing strategy by Grey County was indicated by the planning department. Grey County has identified a need for further affordable housing in the (a) rural, (b) small urban, and (c) resort/seasonal areas. However, each of these landscapes comes with its own distinct challenges.

pdf Attainable Housing in Grey Study Presentation - Univerysity of Guelph Students (701 KB)

Municipality of Meaford Housing Programs

Rob Armstrong - Municipality of Meaford

Rob is Director of Development and Environmental Services and the Acting CAO of the Municipality of Meaford and has been with Meaford for 9 years. Prior to that he was with the Town of the Blue Mountains / Township of Collingwood where he held various positions, the most recent being the Manager of Development Planning. He is a Registered Professional Planner and full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has lived in Meaford since 1990.

pdf Municipality of Meaford Housing Programs Presentation - Rob Armstrong (1.47 MB)

Affordable Age Friendly Housing, Designs and Trends

Jamie Shipley - CMHC

Jamie has 30 years’ experience in the residential construction industry including over 20 years with CMHC. Jamie’s role at CMHC includes sharing technical and social economic information about aging in place and affordable housing design concepts with builders, renovators, planners, and housing design professionals across Ontario. Jamie is also a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

pdf Affordable and age-friendly housing - Jamie Shipley (3.70 MB)

National Housing Strategy Programs

Anthony Adrien - CMHC

Anthony is the CMHC Affordable Housing Consultant for Grey County.  He joined CMHC in 2004 and held various positions within Insurance, Market Analysis, and National Key Account Management before joining the Affordable Housing team in January 2017.  Prior to CMHC, Anthony worked at TD Canada Trust as a Financial Service Representative and AT&T Canada (now All Stream) as a Project Coordinator.  Anthony holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Concordia University and completed Risk Management Certificate training at the University of Toronto.

pdf National Housing STrategy Programs - Anthony Adrien (2.89 MB)

Municipal Tools For Affordable Housing

Cynthia Cabral / Tyler Shantz - Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Cynthia Cabral is Acting Team Lead, Regional Housing with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing at the municipal services office in London. This unit supports 15 Service Managers in the western region in the effective and efficient delivery of housing and homelessness programs. Cynthia has been with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing for over 2 years in the housing portfolio and brought her “on the ground” and “frontline” Service Manager perspective to her current role from her previous 7 years as an Affordable Housing Supervisor with the County of Oxford. Cynthia has a degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph and is dedicated to fostering strong relationships and collaborative partnerships to promote Ontario’s vision that every person has an affordable, suitable and adequate home to provide the foundation to secure employment, raise a family and build strong communities.

Tyler Shantz is a provincial planner with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, responsible for overseeing land use planning matters in the Counties of Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, and Wellington, and the City of Guelph. Tyler has over 6 years of public and private land use planning experience throughout Central and Southwestern Ontario and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Honours Planning program. Tyler is a passionate supporter of affordable housing for all

pdf Municipal Tools for Affordable Housing - Cynthia Cabral/Tyler Shantz (1.05 MB)

Land Lease Communities

Robert Voigt - Parkbridge Communities

Robert Voigt is a registered professional Urban Planner, Artist and Writer, practicing for over 20 years in Canada and the US.  He is a recognized thought leader in his profession and has published over 40 articles and spoken at dozens of conferences on citizen engagement; healthy community design; placemaking; and, economic development. 

Robert is the Director of Planning for Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc., a global housing a​ward-winner and Canada’s leading owner, operator, and developer of residential and resort land lease communities.  In this role, he is focused on building vibrant, active, and healthy neighbourhoods that provide attainable home ownership and vacation options across Canada. He is also member of the Board for EcoHealth Ontario, and Contributing Editor for the Ontario Planning Journal.  Robert lives with his wife Krista and their two sons in Thornbury where they enjoy the four-season lifestyle of southern Georgian Bay.

pdf Land Lease Communities - Robert Voigt (4.67 MB)

Life Lease Communities

Sylvia Statham - Lutheran Church Organization

pdf Life Lease Communities - Sylvia Statham (333 KB)

Tiny Homes

Jessica Flynn - Funky Bunkies

Jessica Flynn is the Founder and Owner of the construction and design company, Funky Bunkies. A dynamic and driven leader, with extensive construction and project management experience, Jessica is passionate about design and ensuring each project is a true reflection of her clients' individuality.

A believer in the Tiny House movement, Jessica has spent the last several years growing her knowledge of the zoning and building laws in Ontario, many of which currently stand in the way of simpler and accessible housing. The company’s tagline, “Think Tiny· Live Large”, reflects her beliefs that a high standard of living can be achieved within a small physical footprint.

Jessica is happy to be a part of the conversation along with several progressive communities across Ontario, including Grey and Simcoe counties, who are in pursuit of more sustainable and lifestyle- driven housing initiatives. 

pdf Tiny Homes - Jessica Flynn (1.21 MB)

Building Code Regulations for Tiny Homes

Davis Black - Town of the Blue Mountains

David has been the Deputy CBO for the Town of The Blue Mountains since August 2016. Prior to that he was a Residential Building Inspector/Consent Officer from May 2014 to May 2016 inChristchurch New Zealand to assist with the earthquake rebuild following the Feb. 2011 earthquake. He was also the Chief Building Official/By-law Enforcement Officer in the Township of North Huron for 10 years and the Recreational Facilities Manager/Operator/Program Coordinator from 1995 to 2004 for the Town of Lucknow & Township of North Huron.

pdf Building Code Regulations for Tiny Homes - David Black (632 KB)

Contact Us

For more information on the Mayor's Attainable Housing Forum, contact:

Rob Armstrong
CAO/Director of Development and Environmental Services
519-538-1060 ext.1121

Load Restrictions

Load restrictions are in effect on roads in the Municipality of Meaford during the Spring of each year, when road damage is most likely to happen from heavy loading. Load restrictions apply to roads that are weakened by excess water in the road base. Once the road is determined to be structurally sound, load restrictions may be lifted.

2018 Load Restrictions

Effective Thursday March 1st, 2018 all Municipality of Meaford Roads will be under a reduced load (5 tonnes per axle) period. Du eto the weather conditions, these restrictions will currrently be continuing until at least May 15, 2018.

Load restriction periods are weather-dependant. They may last from March 1st to May 1st, but can be extended as late as May 31st due to changing weather patterns. 

Notice updates will be issued to define restriction periods based on seasonal weather conditions.

Final notifications and posted signs will be placed no later than Wednesday April 4th, 2018.


Load weight is restricted on roads at the discretion of the Manager of Transportation & Fleet Services.

Individuals may apply for a permit to provide exemption to the load restrictions. Applications must be made in writing to the Manager, Transportation & Fleet Services.

Please submit your request to the Administrated Office located at 21 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford.

The request must include the following information:

  • Proposed date(s)
  • Type of materials being hauled
  • Haul route
  • Load weights
  • Number of loads to be transported.

The requests will be reviewed by staff for potential impact to the road infrastructure. Exemptions may be granted where deemed appropriate by the Manager, Transportation & Fleet Services.

Contact Us

For more information on load restrictions, please contact us at 519-538-1060 ext 1309 or email roadsinquiry@meaford.ca.


  • Recreation Events

    Recreation Events

    These are community events assists with planning and bringing to the community. 

    Family Day of PLAY

    Annually on Family Day weekend in February, the Municipality of Meaford partners with a variety of partners: Meaford Museum, Meaford Public Library and various community groups and organizations to bring free family fun to the community.

    If you are interested in volunteering or partnering with a program, please contact aknott@meaford.ca or call 519-538-1060 ext 1413.

    Earth Week

    During the week surrounding Earth Day, the Municipality of Meaford and volunteers on the Earth Week Planning Team, work on providing a variety of events and activities that help promote how important taking care of our planet is, and ways we can all work toward the Zero Waste goal. 

    Eco-Fair Vendors

    Eco Fair Vendor Application 2016

    Saturday April 23rd, 2016          

    9:00 am -3:00 pm

    Meaford & St. Vincent Community Centre

    151 Collingwood Street

    Do you Produce or Create:

    Products from Upcycled or Recycled Materials?

    Environmentally Conscious Products?

    Process your products Locally with NO Harmful or Toxic Chemicals?


    Sign up to SELL and SHOWCASE your product(s) at the second annual ECO-FAIR during Earth Week 2016!!

    Reserve your spot today!

    Contact:     Jenean Lush, ECO Fair co-ordinator: jlush@bell.net

    RE-Use Fair

    RE-Use Fair Wishlist Application Form

    RE-Use Fairs are a practical and fun way to support the goal of zero waste in our community. The Municipality of Meaford puts serious effort into ensuring the success of Earth Week (EW) and its major community event the RE-Use Fair; Saturday, April 18th from 9 am to 1 pm at the Meaford and St Vincent (MSV) Community Centre.

    Are you downsizing or spring cleaning? Do you think that it might be fun and practical to participate in the RE-Use Fair?

    Here’s how Meaford’s Reuse Fair will work:

    • Community groups are invited to submit a wish list of specific items that their group needs to the EW organizing team, for example, Meaford Community Gardens may wish for a garden gate.
    • Wish list order forms are available at www.meaford.ca. On the home page, click on Special Events. Scroll down to the Wishlist form and print. If you experience any problems accessing the form, visit Amber Knott at the MSV Community Centre or call Lindy (519-538-0167) or Jane (519-538-2995).
    • The master wish list will be publicized well in advance of fair day, starting March 25th, 2015 at www.meaford.ca under Special Events on the homepage or in traditional and social media outlets.
    • On the day of the Reuse Fair, from 9 am until 1 pm. donors bring wished for items to the MSV Community Centre.
    • At the end of the day, the ‘too good to be through’ items are pick-up by community group representatives.

    For more information, email Lindy Iverson,

    June is Recreation & Parks Month

    Canada Day Celebrations