Social Sustainability Strategy

The Township is preparing a Strategy to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy the best possible quality of life. Exploring issues like housing, local food security, health and wellness, and lifelong learning, this Strategy will provide the groundwork for action on social issues over the next decade.   

Join us in preparing this Strategy and help create a community where everyone can thrive.

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On October 7, Council received the Emerging Directions Report for the Social Sustainability Strategy and authorized staff to undertake the next steps for the project. The Emerging Directions Report provides an overview of the emerging vision, goals, and priorities for the Social Sustainability Strategy, along with sample actions for illustrative purposes. These emerging directions are based on the work completed to date, which has involved background and best practice research, extensive community engagement, and work with the Social Sustainability Task Force and the interdivisional staff team. 

The next steps for the project involve preparing a draft Strategy. This work will include additional meetings with the Task Force as well as opportunities for broader community engagement, and will conclude with Council’s consideration of a draft Strategy in 2020.

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

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


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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 eNews and select Social Sustainability.

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