Current Projects

The City of Owen Sound implements capital projects each year to improve City infrastructure for residents.

The City's current Capital Budget is provided on our corresponding webpage. To see how current projects impact the amount of taxes that you pay, visit our Property Tax page.

For certain projects, the City of Owen Sound benefits from Infrastructure Canada's federal gas tax funds.


Below are a few examples of what the City is currently working on:

Brooke Basin A3 Master Plan and Environment Assessment

Brooke Drainage Basin A3 is the area east of 8th Avenue West to Georgian Bay and bounded by 18th Street West in the south and 22nd Street West in the north.   The study will review alternatives for improvements to the main watercourse starting at the City/Georgian Bluffs boundary in the North West corner of the study area and extending downstream to the outlet at Kelso Beach Park.  A long term plan to address several drainage concerns along the drainage corridor will be formulated. 

The Municipal Class environment assessment is nearing completion but was placed on hold due to COVID-19.  Public Consultation will start in fall of 2022.

Please find below a link to the Master Plan and supporting documents.

Master Plan Report

Master Plan Appendices

Master Plan Drawings

Brooke Basin A3

Alpha Street Reconstruction - 6th Ave W to 9th Ave W

This project involves reconstructing Alpha Street from 6th Avenue West to 9th Avenue West (Grey Road 17B) and is now planned to be completed in one phase.

The project scope includes reconstructing the Alpha Street roadway, replacing all the failing municipal underground infrastructure and constructing a new active transportation route (paved multi-use path) on the east side of the road as well as tree planting.

The planned construction period is May through December 2024. 

The total project budget is $9.8 Million.

Downtown River Precinct - 1st Ave E; 900 block

This is the second of two phases of construction to implement the Downtown River Precinct plan on 1st Avenue East. This project and budget will be focused on the road and surface infrastructure reconstruction within the City's road allowance on 1st Avenue East - 900 Block as well as the Crown Patent lands between the roadway and river.

The project will rehabilitate the roadway, construct new sidewalks/multipurpose/streetscaping areas along the east side of the road, improve drainage/storm water management and include the installation of new decorative lighting in accordance with the approved River Precinct/River District design criteria. An additional allowance has been made to enhance the Crown Patent lands and construct a boardwalk on the west side of 1st Avenue East.

The planned construction period is May through October 2024. 

The total project budget is $2.01 Million.

9th Ave E - Looping Watermain Construction - Phase 2 - Superior St to 6th St E

Construction in 2024 will complete the second phase of looping watermain from Superior Street to 6th Street East.

The overall focus of this project is to improve municipal water security of supply to part of the East Hill and all of the East Hill Reduced Pressure Zones by constructing a new East Hill Pressure Zone "looping" watermain that is parallel to the existing 9th Avenue East watermain between Superior Street and 8th Street East.

The planned construction period is July through October 2024. 

The total project budget is $1.50 Million.


The project's first phase involved constructing a new looping watermain in 2023 on an existing City owned utility corridor from 6th Street East to 8th Street East.

After this second phase is completed in 2024, the existing watermain on 9th Avenue East can be replaced when 9th Avenue East/Highway 6/10 road reconstruction proceeds in a future year. The City has applied for Highway 6/10-9th Avenue East - Superior St to 6th St E Connecting Link funding with a proposed construction year of 2026. MTO is expected to announce Intake 9 eligible projects by April 2024.

Master Storm Water Management & Drainage Study 

This ongoing project involves conducting a storm water management and drainage study for the entire City.

The purpose of the study is to review the City's existing storm water infrastructure, complete analysis and assessment to identify deficiencies in the system and areas that are prone to sewer surcharging and flooding. This will provide the basis for a capital plan to address maintenance and capital priorities that will reduce flooding in and liability for the City and increase resiliency and/or provide adaptation in response to climate change (more frequent and intense storm water events).

The planned study period is January through December 2024. 

The total project budget is $370 Thousand.

Bell Fibre to the Home

On August 31, Bell Canada announced the expansion of pure fibre Internet service to homes and businesses in Owen Sound. Part of Bell’s capital expenditure acceleration program for investment in national next-generation network infrastructure, the expansion program will bring all-fibre broadband access to approximately 10,000 additional locations in Owen Sound by 2023.  



What work is being done?

Bell is expanding its fibre Internet service to homes and businesses in Owen Sound.

Will there be road closures during construction?

There is typically no requirement to close roads for our work.  During the permitting process, in advance of construction, any specific traffic concerns are identified and reviewed, and traffic services are engaged before construction begins.

Will I have access to my driveway?

Access to driveways should not be impacted. Any requirement for equipment to be set-up in front of driveways will be communicated ahead of construction and permissions will be obtained.

How long will it take to do the work on my property?

The majority of work will be done on the municipal right-of-way. However, some work may take place on the portion of the residents’ property that is municipal property or on registered easement. If there is a need for work beyond that, residents will be contacted. Rest assured that once work is complete, neighbourhoods will be returned to the way they were before construction began, as soon as weather permits. 

Will my internet service be impacted during construction?

It is unlikely that communication services will be affected by the construction work.  Please contact your (internet) communication service provider to report any issues as soon as possible so that they can be addressed.  

Will I have access to my business?

Yes. If any circumstances should arise where entry to a business is affected, the constructor will reach out in advance of any work to discuss potential impacts.

Will customers be able to access my business?

Yes. If any circumstances should arise where entry to a business is affected, the constructor will reach out in advance of any work to discuss potential impacts.

Who do I call if I have questions about this work?

Door knockers will be provided 48 hours prior to construction. Contact numbers are provided on the door knocker. Pickards will be working on behalf of Bell.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work with Bell to expand and install service as quickly as possible.

Contact Us

Engineering Services
808 2nd Ave East
Owen Sound, Ontario
Canada N4K 2H4
Phone: 519-376-1440