Have your say on how to ‘Shape Niagara’

Niagara Region is inviting residents, businesses and community leaders to share how they would like to “Shape Niagara” by providing their ideas and feedback about what should be included in Council’s next strategic plan.

Feedback shared with the Region will form part of a background study that will inform the next term of Council’s strategic plan deliberations.

The Region’s Strategic Plan is an significant document that underpins all of the activities undertaken by the organization. The plan guides which projects and actions staff will work on, what is considered a priority and how best to resource these activities. Council’s next strategic plan will run from 2019 until 2022.

In previous years, items on the strategic plan have been completed include securing Daily GO Train service, inter-municipal transit expansion, reducing Ontario Works caseload, growing our population by 10,000 residents and completing vital master plans for transportation and water & wastewater services.

Residents, businesses and community leaders will have numerous opportunities to participate in the “Shape Niagara” process, including:

  • Attending one of five public open houses held throughout the region between May and June
  • Visiting www.niagararegion.ca to provide feedback online about their priority
  • Leaving a comment on social media using the hashtag #ShapeNiagara

Regional staff will be attending local community events throughout the summer to promote the campaign and collect responses.

Feedback will also be collected through a statistically valid telephone survey and third-party moderated focus groups. Additionally, staff will also be re-examining all of the public engagement that took place over the last four years to identify reoccurring themes.

The themes identified through this process will be analyzed by Regional staff and used to provide the 2019 – 2022 term of Regional Council with information they can use when developing their strategic plan. It is anticipated that the final plan will be approved by council in early next year.​

“To achieve Niagara’s true potential, we must forge the next phase of Niagara’s path together,” said Alan Caslin, Regional Chair. “As Niagara Region launches “Shape Niagara”, the largest strategic consultation effort in Niagara’s history, we must be bold and we must focus on the people that make up Niagara’s 12 communities.”

“Regional Council looks forward to residents, businesses, and community organizations seizing the opportunity to provide input on how they would like to shape the exciting future of Niagara.”

Source – Niagara Region press release



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