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Halton Region’s Strategic Business Plan sets the strategic direction and priorities for Council’s four-year term of office and our region's future. The plan – developed in consultation with residents, businesses and stakeholders, as well as Indigenous People, Communities and First Nations – reflects the priorities, needs and values of the community.

With every new term, Halton Regional Council and staff develop a Strategic Business Plan that sets priorities and determines actions required to deliver on issues that matter to you. To seek input from the public, the Region has prepared a Consultation Document (PDF file) that identifies four key themes with proposed goals, actions and outcomes for the current term.

From clean drinking water to resilient infrastructure, public health programs, financial assistance and family supports, Regional programs and services contribute to a high quality of life for all. Halton is expected to grow from 624,000 to 1.1 million residents by the year 2051, and the priorities captured in the new Strategic Business Plan must reflect the needs of our community.

Once finalized, Halton's new Strategic Business Plan will guide our work to enhance the services and infrastructure you rely on every day. 

The cover of the draft 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan, developed as a Consultation Document to help the public provide feedback. You can click this image to download the PDF or access the file through other links in the page content.
Vision and Mission
  • Vision: A welcoming and inclusive community that is sustainable, economically strong, equitable and safe.
  • Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Halton for all – today and into the future.
Guiding Principles  
  • Partnerships: The draft 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan (PDF file) reflects continued collaboration with Halton Region’s Local Municipalities (City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, and Town of Oakville), community partners and agencies, the Provincial and Federal Governments to advance shared priorities, address community needs and contribute to the high quality of life in Halton.
  • Lenses: Halton Region’s commitment to each of the following important initiatives will inform the implementation of the priorities detailed in the draft 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan:
    • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Advancing Truth and Reconciliation
    • Taking action to address climate change
    • Protecting the environment
  • Sustainable Development Goals: The final 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan will outline the Region’s support for the United Nations SDGs and demonstrate the alignment between the SDGs and the Region’s strategic initiatives.

Strategic themes for 2023-2026

The 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan's goals, actions and measures are grouped into four themes: Community Well-being, Infrastructure and Growth, Climate Change and the Environment, and Excellence in Government.

Icon for Community Well-Being. Community Well-Being

  • Expand assisted housing, supportive housing and emergency shelter options in partnership with the Federal and Provincial Governments.
  • Prevent illness and improve the health of residents while reducing health inequities.
  • Improve Paramedic Services response times.
  • Advance community safety and well-being.
  • Align key human services with new Provincial policy directions.

Learn about the actions and measures for Community Well-Being by visiting page 8 in our Consultation Document (PDF file).

Icon for Infrastructure and Growth. Infrastructure and Growth

  • Deliver Regional infrastructure required to support housing growth and economic development in the Halton municipalities.
  • Maintain the Region’s infrastructure in state of good repair.
  • Promote enhanced broadband services including 5G technology in both rural and urban areas as a key socio-economic driver.
  • Improve access to transit, cycling and other active transportation on Regional roads.

Learn about the actions and measures for Infrastructure and Growth by visiting page 13 in our Consultation Document (PDF file).

Icon for Climate Change and the Environment. Climate Change and the Environment

  • Take action to achieve a corporate target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions prior to 2050.
  • Partner with the Local Municipalities and other Halton stakeholders to advance a collective community climate change response.
  • Maximize residential waste diversion in Halton.
  • Partner with Conservation Halton, the Local Municipalities and other stakeholders to protect the environment.

Learn about the actions and measures for Climate Change by visiting page 17 in our Consultation Document (PDF file).

Icon for Excellence in Government. Excellence in Government

  • Ensure continued financial sustainability through effective financial planning and risk management.
  • Enhance service delivery by increasing access to digital services and modernizing the Region’s technology platforms by 2026.
  • Partner in advancing Truth and Reconciliation through meaningful relationships with Indigenous People, Communities and First Nations.
  • Be an employer of choice committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Learn about the actions and measures for Excellence in Government by visiting page 21 in our Consultation Document (PDF file).

Public engagement timeline

  • February 8, 2023

    Regional Council workshop to help inform community priorities and high-level directions for the 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan.

  • March 22, 2023

    Regional Council approved the Consultation Document(PDF file) and the beginning of the public engagement period. An online survey was available on

  • April 2023

    Halton Region hosted virtual public meetings on April 12 and April 25 for the public to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback in real time. Watch the virtual public meeting recording (YouTube video).

  • May 4, 2023

    Public engagement period concluded. Staff are now reviewing responses and using them to help inform a final version of the new plan.

  • July 12, 2023

    Regional Council will consider the 2023-2026 Strategic Business Plan for approval and implementation.


2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan

Strategic Business Plan key achievements

Thumbnail of the 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan key achievements

Consistent with Halton Region’s continued commitment to accountability and ensuring transparency to the residents of Halton, progress on the Halton Region 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan priorities and actions have been reported to Regional Council and the public on an annual basis through the Budget and Business Plan approval process. Final achievements under the 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan were reported to Regional Council in July 2022.

Read an overview of the 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan key achievements by priority area (PDF file).

Response to COVID-19 and Vaccine Program

COVID-19 Response and Recovery and COVID-19 Vaccine Program accomplishments

Halton Region also had significant responsibilities in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This included case and contact management, outbreak management, responding to the needs of vulnerable residents and delivering the vaccination program in Halton. This was completed while maintaining essential programs and services and delivering on key 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan priorities. These achievements were also reported to Regional Council in July 2022. 

Read an overview of our COVID-19 Response and Recovery and COVID-19 Vaccine Program accomplishments (PDF file).