Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities

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The proposed 2015–2018 Term of Council Priorities were presented to the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on June 2, and will be considered for approval by City Council on July 8.

The Term of Council Priorities report proposes a strategic roadmap for what the City will accomplish during this term. It outlines seven strategic priorities, 21 strategic objectives, and 63 related strategic initiatives to advance Council's priorities.


Strategic Priorities

Economic Prosperity: Use Ottawa's unique combination of recreational, social, cultural and business assets, and natural environment and physical infrastructure to attract enterprises, visitors and new residents, while at the same time developing and retaining local firms and talent.

Transportation and Mobility: Meet the current and future transportation needs of residents and visitors through Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Transportation Master Plan, including ensuring the City's transit services are reliable and financially sustainable. Continued focus on improving mobility during the Light Rail Transit implementation, and support for alternative transportation methods including cycling and walking, as well as transit.

Sustainable Environmental Services: To provide sustainable environmental services that balance protection of our natural resources and support the planned growth of the city with the duty to ensure fiscal sustainability and meet legislative requirements in the delivery of municipal services.

Healthy and Caring Communities: Help all residents and visitors enjoy a good quality of life and a sense of community well-being by providing healthy, safe, secure, accessible and inclusive places and services.

Service Excellence: Improve client satisfaction with the delivery of municipal services by measurably strengthening the culture of service excellence at the City, by improving the efficiency of City operations and by creating positive client experiences.

Governance, Planning and Decision-Making: Achieve measurable improvement in residents' level of trust in how the City is governed and managed, apply a sustainability lens to decision-making, and create a governance model that compares well to best-in-class cities around the world.

Financial Sustainability: Practise prudent fiscal management of existing resources, and make sound long-term choices that allow City programs and services to be sustainable.


Ward Highlights

  • O'Connor St. Bikeway: segregated bike facility, shared use lane and multi-use pathway
  • Glebe Neighbourhood Bikeway: shared use lanes and on-street bike lanes
  • Crossing enhancements for Queen Elizabeth Dr. at Commissioners Park
  • Rideau Canal Western Pathway: multi-use pathway
  • Alta Vista Hospital Link: New road from Riverside Drive to Hospital Ring Road
  • Riverside Drive link: Multi-Use pathway and shared lanes

Citywide Initiatives

Transit and Transportation

  • Advancing Light Rail Transit (LRT), including:
    • Completing the O-Train Confederation Line projects
    • Stage 2 Readiness to continue advancing LRT, including preparing for the Western Corridor (Tunney's Pasture to Baseline), West Extension (Lincoln Fields to Bayshore), O-Train Trillium Line Extension to Riverside South, and the East LRT (Blair to Trim Road)
    • Integrating LRT into the existing OC Transpo system
  • Transportation Master Plan Phase 2 for Roads, Cycling and Pedestrian Improvement projects
  • Enhanced pedestrian safety and mobility through intersection improvements and a ward-based traffic calming program
  • Cycling Safety Improvements
  • Community Pathways and Connections Program
  • Taxi Regulation Review

Economic Development and Prosperity

  • Ottawa 2017 Celebrations (bolstering the local tourism and events sector by attracting events and raising awareness)
  • Implementation of the City's renewed Economic Development strategy and supporting local entrepreneurs and startups through an increased contribution to Invest Ottawa
  • Promotion of cycling tourism
  • Fiscal Framework Refresh
  • Maintain the Property Tax Rate in Accordance with Council's Budget Direction

A Sustainable City

  • Implementation of the Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan
  • Water Environment Strategy (including monitoring water quality)
  • Increase Forest Cover
  • Renewable Energy Strategy
  • Waste Diversion in City Buildings and Parks

Parks, Recreation and Culture

  • Upgrades to field houses, splash pads and other important community assets
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Facility Allocations Policy (e.g., ice time, sports fields)
  • Develop a Sports Strategy (including improvements in service partnerships with other levels of government, schools and private sector)
  • Recreation Major/Minor Capital Partnerships
  • Community Rinks Funding
  • Recreation Subsidies for Low-income Youth
  • Further investments in the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture

A Caring City

  • Additional increase to funding to support the Housing and Homelessness strategy
  • 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan
  • Making Ottawa an Accessible City for all (to ensure accessibility for web materials, employment practices and barrier removal in the built environment)
  • Inclusive Community Initiative (several large city-wide plans addressing the changing needs of the city's diverse population, e.g. Older Adult Plan, Youth Action Plan, Municipal Immigration Strategy, Aboriginal Service Strategy, Employer Strategy, and Equity and Inclusion Lens)
  • Community and Social Services Partnership Capital Funding (social service and community organizations providing services on behalf of the City to low-income residents)

Transparency and Accountability

  • More Open Data (expanding the City's data sharing program)
  • Digital Service Strategy (improving client service access and choice)
  • Improved Public Engagement in Planning Matters
  • Social Media and Public Engagement
  • Project Information Management System (enhancing capital project management including monitoring and status reporting)
  • Enhance Management Oversight and Accountability (through improvements to tracking and responding to complaints, procurement and contract management practices, project management and business case development, and management reporting)

Download complete Term of Council Priorities documents