Ontario Act to Incorporate the City of Owen Sound
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From Town to City: 1920 Act to Incorporate the City of Owen Sound

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On May 12,1920, the Province of Ontario enacted a bill to incorporate the City of Owen Sound. The Town of Owen Sound instead became a city. The people of Owen Sound petitioned for the move pointing to the town’s manufacturing, along with shipping and rail infrastructure, and post WWI population growth. The Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario approved the notion that on June 1, 1920 Owen Sound would officially become a city, with all the rights and powers of cities under The Municipal Act.      


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