Regional Council makes progress on 2019-2022 strategic plan
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Council has made significant progress in accomplishing the strategic goals it set for the current term.
As of Spring 2021, work has advanced on 21 of the 23 key projects identified through Council’s four year Strategic Plan including:
- The creation of a new Niagara Official Plan to define how Niagara will use its available land to shape the physical, economic and social development of the region over the next 30 years
- The advancement of public transit in Niagara, through the expansion of weekly, year-round GO Train service, the launch of the NRT OnDemand pilot program, and work toward establishing a true integrated transit system for Niagara
- The redevelopment of two of the Region’s long-term care homes, Increasing the capacity of long-term care across the Region
- Planning and support for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, establishing Niagara as a foundation for national and international elite sporting events
- Advancing the creation of a new Development Charges By-law, an important funding source for growth related infrastructure requirements
These key projects are in addition to Region’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the safeguarding of the Region’s long-term care homes, the operation of mass immunization clinics, the establishment of an Economic Rapid Response Team, and much more.
Approved in 2019, Shape Niagara and its implementation plan is structured around four priority areas of focus:
- Supporting Businesses and Economic Growth
- Healthy and Vibrant Community
- Responsible Growth and Infrastructure Planning
- Sustainable and Engaging Government
This fall, staff will report back to Council with a recommended suite of performance measures and an implementation plan for a community performance dashboard.
"Council set ambitious goals for itself through the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, and mid-way through the current term, we have accomplished much. I would like to thank all of Regional Council, as well as Regional staff, for their contributions toward these important projects, despite the unique challenges our community has faced these past 14 months. I am confident that the remainder of the term will see many more successes"
~ Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley
"Over the past two years, Regional staff in every department have worked hard to advance those projects which Council has identified as a priority. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made, and look forward to continuing this work for the reminder of the 2019-2022 term"
~ Ron Tripp, Acting Chief Administrative Officer
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