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.

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Completed in January 2019, the Social Profile  provides a summary of key information that will support the preparation of the Social Sustainability Strategy. The Social Profile includes a review of:

  • Global and national scale megatrends, which are not unique to the Township, but have local implications  
  • Notable Federal and Provincial investments in the social realm
  • The Township’s historical and current context, including an overview of the community’s strengths and challenges in addressing social issues
  • Statistics that help to indicate the current state of the issues and recent trends
  • Relevant Township plans, programs, and initiatives
  • Local organizations providing services and programs and/or opportunities for discussion and collaborative action 

The information summarized in the Social Profile, along with public and stakeholder input (as summarized in the Phase 1 and 2 Engagement Summary ), will facilitate the preparation of some early draft goals for the Strategy that will be presented back to the community for feedback.

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 


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.

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