Town Council's 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

Town Council's 2014-2018 Strategic Plan 

The purpose of a strategic plan is to set overall goals for the municipality and to develop a plan to achieve them. 

As evident in the Community Update with Town Council Presentation on May 29, 2017, the majority of the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan priorities are well underway. 

In an effort to narrow Council’s focus for the remainder of the term, priorities have been condensed into:
5 Corporate Wide Priorities 
5 Community Wide Priorities

- Beginning of the 2014-2018 term of Council. 
Current - What progress has been made?

Target - The approved Strategic Plan priority. 




BASE: Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to a number of primary care services and long term care facilities.

CURRENT: The Town’s Active Transportation Committee spearheaded a successful Town-wide Step Challenge.

TARGET: To define the health care requirements for our community and work with local providers and the provincial Health Ministry to develop a wellness plan to deliver these services (i.e. develop strategies for active living in our senior population).

Community Wellness Survey Results 


BASE: Due to staffing and financing limitations, Niagara-on-the-Lake does not have an Economic Development Plan nor a Tourism Incubator.

CURRENT: Staff have worked to establish a solid background with respect to the compilation of SWOT analysis, the determination of key stakeholders, such as the Region, and the identification of sources of data.The CAO is working with the Regional Economic Development department and the Lord Mayor and CAO met with staff from Niagara College and Brock University to get a better understanding of the qualities and details surrounding a Tourism Business Incubator.

TARGET: To develop a made in NOTL Economic Development Plan and to work with Niagara College and/or Brock University to establish a Tourism Business Incubator.

Economic Development Working Group - Terms of Reference 


BASE: At the start of this Council, Niagara-on-the-Lake housed one (1) Catholic elementary school (St. Michael) , two (2) public elementary schools (Crossroads & St. Davids), Niagara college – NOTL Campus, Willowbank, and a number of private elementary schools.

CURRENT: Royal Elite International Academy, a private high school, opened in the fall of 2016.

TARGET: To ensure the presence of primary, secondary and post- secondary education programs in NOTL and become a more student friendly community.


BASE: Niagara-on-the-Lake has a number of Community Partners including the Chamber of Commerce and other various groups, organizations and associations.

CURRENT: Ongoing relationships with community partners are being strengthened. Council and staff continuously strive to ensure that the voices of community partners are being heard.

TARGET: To more explicitly strengthen our community partnerships.


BASE: Due to a number of factors, including high property values, limited educational opportunities and a lack of good quality jobs, Niagara-on-the-Lake has a hard time retaining and attracting young people.

CURRENT: The opening of Royal Elite International Academy has helped to attract young people to our community, and the continual development of the Glendale corridor will increase the number of available jobs in this area and hopefully assist in the retention of young people.

TARGET: To work proactively on retaining our young people and attracting young people to our community.


For more information about the Town's Strategic Plan, please contact: 
Lord Mayor Pat Darte