Council approves 2011–2014 Strategic Work Plan

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 – for immediate release

Council approves 2011–2014 Strategic Work Plan

Plan outlines actions to achieve Council’s vision: To be the most livable town in Canada

Town Council unanimously approved their 2011–2014 Strategic Work Plan at last night’s Council meeting. The plan builds upon the success of the previous Council’s 2007–2010 Strategic Plan, and sets out new actions to help achieve Council’s vision for Oakville “to be the most livable town in Canada.”

 “Setting the strategic direction for the organization is one of Council’s most critical responsibilities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Our success as a Council is built upon us having a shared vision, mission and values and our strategic work plan helps us to set directions and make decisions to ensure we remain focused on achieving these goals. We are very pleased that residents, our business community and other stakeholders have also embraced our vision because we can’t do it alone. We must all work together if we want Oakville to be the most livable town in Canada.”

Mayor Burton noted that the mission, vision and values adopted by Council have been turned into specific goals and actions that will be measured and tracked annually through departmental business plans and the town’s performance-based, program-based budgeting system.

“Integrating Council’s strategic goals into annual departmental business plans not only ensure staff and Council’s goals are aligned, but also provide us with the flexibility to respond to new and emerging issues. This is not a work plan that will sit on a shelf for four years; we will constantly fine tune it throughout our term of Council.”

Since 2007, Oakville has adopted a mission-driven approach to strategic planning that converts the town’s vision, mission and values into strategic goals. Council then establishes its work plan based on those strategic goals, which it believes require the greatest attention. For 2011–2014, Council has identified eight areas of focus:

To be the most livable town in Canada
To enhance our economic environment
 To enhance our social environment
To be fiscally sustainable
To be environmentally sustainable
To provide outstanding service to our residents and businesses
To continuously improve our programs and services
To be accountable in everything we do

“We look forward to working with staff, residents, business and other stakeholders over the next four years to make sure that we continue to deliver the policies, programs and services that will make Oakville the most livable town in Canada,” added Mayor Burton.


For more information:

Jane Courtemanche
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3038

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