Social Sustainability Strategy

Working together to create a socially sustainable Township.

The Township is preparing a Social Sustainability Strategy to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy the best quality of life possible. Exploring issues like housing, food security, public safety, health and wellness, arts and culture, and lifelong learning, this Strategy will provide the groundwork for the Township’s actions on social issues over the next decade.   

Join us in preparing this Strategy – our success depends on all of us.

Upcoming Events and Latest News

Online Survey

Complete the online survey before June 10 for a chance to win a 1-month recreation pass (three prizes available).


Register for a 2-hour workshop to contribute your ideas of how we can create a community in which everyone can thrive.

  • Willoughby – Shepherd of the Valley Church
    20097 – 72 Avenue
    Monday, May 28, 2:00 – 4:00pm 
  • Brookswood-Fernridge – George Preston
    Recreation Centre
    20699 – 42 Avenue
    Monday, June 4, 2:00 – 4:00pm and 6:00 – 8:00pm
  • Aldergrove – Aldergrove Athletic Park
    Rotary Field House
    27 Avenue and 268 Street
    Wednesday, June 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm 

To register, email with your name and preferred date and time, and then we’ll send you more details. To ensure each participant has time to speak and fully participate in their workshop, spaces will be limited. Only those registered will be able to attend, so make sure to register now!

Thriving TOL Conversations
Host your own conversation with your friends, neighbours, co-workers or classmates, and submit a summary to the Township before June 10. Follow the steps in the Thriving TOL Conversations Facilitator’s Guide and Workbook  and use the Discussion Guide  as reference material.       

Project Overview

The Social Sustainability Strategy is intended to help guide the Township’s decisions and resource allocations on social issues over the next ten years. The Strategy will:

  • Identify the Township’s goals and priorities related to social issues;
  • Provide appropriate strategies and actions to work towards those goals; and
  • Clarify the Township’s roles and responsibilities on social issues.

The Township can play a key role in improving the quality of life of its residents, but its jurisdiction and funding for the delivery of social services is limited.  As a result, our success in addressing social issues will depend on collaboration with community organizations and other levels of government.   

The social issues that may be explored as part of the project include:

  • children, youth, and family issues
  • age-friendly / seniors issues
  • housing (including homelessness)
  • economic security / poverty reduction
  • food security
  • health and wellness (including mental health and substance abuse)
  • community engagement and involvement
  • social interaction and community building
  • arts, culture, and entertainment
  • public safety
  • lifelong learning
  • accessibility, diversity, and inclusion

The two-year process to prepare the Social Sustainability Strategy involves five phases.    

For more information about the process, please see Report to Council 17-112 


Get Involved and Stay Connected

The preparation of the Social Sustainability Strategy will include multiple opportunities for local residents and stakeholders to provide their input and contributions. To receive updates on the Social Sustainability Strategy, including opportunities for public and stakeholder input, please sign-up for My Notifications and select Social Sustainability.

More Information

Community Development Division


Report to Council 17-112: Social Sustainability Strategy – Terms of Reference 

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