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 Community Wellness Working Group has met with a number of individuals/agencies who specialize in various areas of wellness. These meetings pertain specifically to the future wellness of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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 

Community Wellness Working Group - Terms of Reference 


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

CURRENT: Staff has 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 Economic Development Working Group is working with the Regional Economic Development Department to consider various ways NOTL can maintain and attract businesses. 

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. Further discussions are well underway regarding unique educational opportunities within NOTL. 

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 Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council is doing a fantastic job engaging with and catering to the young people of NOTL. Furthermore, as Economic Development plans continue to expand and more job opportunities become available in the Glendale corridor, Council is hopeful that this will further strengthen the Town's retention of young people. 

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

Young People Working Group - Terms of Reference 

Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council - Terms of Reference


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