Growing the Regional Economy

Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018: Shaping Halton’s Future

A strong regional economy is essential to supporting high standards of living and quality public services. Ensuring the Region’s employment lands are serviced and ready for investment or redevelopment is a high priority. Supporting the success of the Region’s agricultural sector is important to the economy and long-term food security.

Priorities Measures & Outcomes
Support the development and redevelopment of employment areas in the Region as key drivers of the Halton economy
  • Servicing plans completed for key employment areas
  • 2,700 gross acres of new serviced employment areas available
  • Streamlined development approval process for non-residential development
Promote Halton Region to attract new businesses and visitors
  • 16 new businesses attracted to Halton each year
  • 3.6 million sq. ft. of new non-residential total floor area
Support the economic sustainability of our agriculture sector
  • Number of hectares of farmland under active cultivation maintained
  • Rural/Agriculture Strategy completed
  • Annual Agricultural Forum held

Actions

Support the development and redevelopment of employment areas in the Region as key drivers of the Halton economy

  • Ensure employment lands are ready for investment by undertaking area service planning to expedite the development of employment lands
  • Review policies within the Development Charges By-law to give support to the Region’s economic development objectives
  • Identify and update policies to facilitate the development and redevelopment of employment lands particularly in the built up areas
  • Invest in infrastructure to ensure timely delivery of all priority employment lands as identified in conjunction with Local Municipalities
  • Streamline the development approval process for industrial/ commercial development in partnership with Local Municipalities and undertake focused communications with business owners and industrial/ commercial, institutional stakeholders to build better understanding of the approval process and improved outcomes 

Promote Halton Region to attract new businesses and visitors

  • Promote Halton as one of the best locations in Canada for business investment
  • Provide programs to support Halton business success in the global marketplace
  • Transform the Halton Region Museum into a Heritage Resource Centre in collaboration with local heritage organizations to promote Halton’s heritage and enhance the visitor experience
  • Promote the tourism experience in Halton by highlighting agritourism, sports tourism, the escarpment and the waterfront

Support the economic sustainability of our agriculture sector

  • Promote provincial grants for investment in agriculture
  • Review and enhance policies to support agriculture
  • Build awareness of the agricultural sector through the Annual Agricultural Forum
  • Promote agriculture through participation on the GTA Agricultural Action Committee and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance
  • Streamline processes associated with agriculture development
  • Provide support for agriculture including promotion of the connection between the agricultural system and food distribution system
  • Adopt and implement a Rural/ Agricultural Strategy
  • Develop a communications plan on the benefits of local food and agriculture and expand the Simply Local Program