Governing for the Future

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

Halton’s future success is dependent on its strong financial foundation and its commitment to invest in the state of good repair of Regional infrastructure and assets. Ensuring Halton Region is accountable and transparent and that residents are well informed and engaged is a high priority.

Priorities Measures & Outcomes
Maintain the Region’s strong long-term financial position
  • AAA credit rating
  • Annual tax rate at or below the rate of inflation
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Awards for Budget and Financial Reporting achieved
  • Updated Development Charge By-law and Financing Plan completed
     
Maintain Regional assets and infrastructure in a state of good repair
  • Asset Management Plan completed
  • “Good” condition rating for Regional infrastructure maintained
     
Promote a culture of public accountability, transparency, and engagement
  • 90% of residents satisfied with Regional services
  • 90% of residents satisfied with 311 services
  • Web accessibility standards maintained
  • Availability of online services increased

Actions

Maintain the Region’s strong long-term financial position

  • Maintain AAA credit rating by adhering to the Region’s financial management principals, policies and practices including debt management and multi-year budgeting
  • Ensure tax rate increases for Regional services are maintained at or below the rate of inflation
  • Enhance service based budgeting and risk management processes to support decision making
  • Advocate for changes to the Provincial Development Charges legislation to ensure full recovery of growth related capital costs from development
  • Advocate for Provincial and Federal funding of Health and Social Services programs to keep pace with growth in the community
  • Advocate for Federal and Provincial infrastructure funding required to support growth including housing, transportation, water and wastewater
  • Update the Development Charges By-law and Development Financing Plan to ensure growth pays for growth in the areas in which development occurs
  • Ensure water and wastewater rate structure meets objectives of fairness and promotes water conservation
  • Work with Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to ensure the assessment base is accurate and complete and maintain a tax policy strategy that ensures fairness, competitiveness and affordability
     

Maintain Regional assets and infrastructure in a state of good repair

  • Maintain a state of good repair for all Regional assets, infrastructure and facilities by developing a comprehensive Asset Management Plan
  • Provide and optimize existing facilities for Police, Paramedic and Regional services to support growth in service requirements
  • Examine the use and opportunities for Regionally owned properties, including the Ontario Street property
     

Promote a culture of public accountability, transparency, and engagement

  • Advocate to the Province to clarify/strengthen accountability for Police and Conservation Authorities
  • Improve processes for public input and consultation
  • Leverage Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Association of Municipalities of Ontario to develop an advocacy strategy to support future requirements of Halton
  • Create opportunities for residents to provide feedback on their customer service experience and use this input for continuous improvement
  • Review Regional representation in accordance with local municipal preferences
  • Develop open data standards to increase the availability of Regional information
  • Promote 311 and halton.ca to all residents
  • Enhance the information, services, usability and functionality on halton.ca and Halton social media channels