BRUCE COUNTY – The Afro-Caribbean Business Network Canada Foundation is looking at the possibility of partnering with Bruce County.
The foundation is all about developing economic strength in the Black community and was created to provide a resource to business owners in the community to help them succeed … with more support, entrepreneurship gets easier.
Ryan Knight addressed the county’s planning and development committee about creating 1,000 affordable housing units in the area.
He’s looking for support from the county to complete research of available land in the region.
In addition to housing, he spoke of creating forums to discuss new entrepreneurial approaches and to discuss strategies, and learning how “we can support future growth.”
He told the committee he’d conferred with Grey County Warden Selwyn Hicks (Hanover deputy mayor) and discovered there were over 900 people on the waiting list for housing.
He spoke of working with the county and “planning together” for affordable housing.
County Coun. Chris Peabody, mayor of Brockton, said, “We are just starting to reach out to groups outside the county.”
County Coun. Luke Charbonneau said, “Affordable housing is a high priority in Bruce County.” He’s been trying to get more funding for rural housing and said that most of the money seems to go to large urban projects. “We need to lobby hard with the federal government for opportunities to work together. … It sure would be nice to see 1,000 units of affordable housing.”
Knight spoke of connections with the Afro-Caribbean Contractors Association, saying, “We are at the design stage … we can work together.”
In conclusion, Knight spoke of looking at different ways of doing things. And he added that he looks forward to the next steps.
Editor's note: This article was edited on June 11 to correct the number of people on the waiting list for housing in Bruce County.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times