Council Priorities

Term of Council Corporate Priorities are a key tool in maintaining strategic organizational focus, managing workload/resources and moving the County forward by prioritizing items that add significant value to the community.

At the beginning of each Term of Council, Council holds strategic planning exercises and discussions to identify major initiatives and administrative improvements it wishes to achieve during its tenure. County staff then identify the scope, resources, timing & other logistical matters associated with proposed initiatives and – through a report – seek Council approval of the proposed work program.

Information regarding the 2018-2022 Term of Council Corporate Priorities – including timing and key milestones of priority initiatives – will be updated annually.

Council is expected to ratify its 2018-2022 Corporate Priorities on September 23, 2019. The 8 Corporate Priorities are, in no particular order:

1) Responding to provincial funding changes
Identify challenges and develop a fiscal strategy in response to the 2019 Ontario budget
and related legislation

2) Growth strategy, Official Plan update & Highway 6 corridor infrastructure
Continue to plan for & address population growth, long-term infrastructure needs and
economic opportunities for the next 20 years

3) High speed, County-wide broadband internet
Facilitate private sector investment to provide County-wide broadband internet
infrastructure & services

4) Affordable/social housing strategy
Take necessary steps and examine options related to implementing an affordable and
social housing strategy

5) Procurement & contract management enhancements
Develop and implement solutions to enhance procurement and contract management

6) Customer service enhancements
Further develop customer service standards, practices and resources to enhance
convenience and increase accessibility to municipal services

7) Public mobility & transportation
Define & explore potential transportation options to assist residents with travel-related

8) Major community recreational facility needs & implementation strategy
Identify and prioritize community and recreation needs associated with 20+ year growth

When it comes to budgeting, decision-making or changing/introducing services, the County’s 3 Corporate Strategic Pillars serve as guiding principles. They are:

  1. Growing our Local Economy by Creating Economic Opportunity

Making expenditures and taking action to support the strengthening of the economic base
of the County.

Examples: New infrastructure investment to allow growth, urban re-development which
generates assessment growth and/or retains existing business/industry, & tourism

2. Community Vibrancy & Healthy Community

Investing in high quality sustainable services that promote the well-being of communities
and contribute to the betterment of the quality of our natural environment or the health of

3. Corporate Image & Efficient Government

Making change and investments that will result in a visible, positive image for the County by providing a more accessible, more efficient or more cost-effective local government for residents.