Calling for a Strategic Plan
I along with many Councillors have been calling on the Mayor to initiate a strategic planning process with all of Council. Winnipeg City Council has never engaged and delivered a strategic plan, yet – virtually every similar sized City in Canada has developed a strategic plan, which articulates a vision, future direction and priorities for the City. I.e.: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax all have implemented strategic plans.
Council has approved many long term plans, but Council requires an overarching strategic plan to enable residents to understand the direction, vision and priorities related to existing resources. A strategic plan allows for performance accountability, and is used as a scorecard to measure the performance of Council in achieving the goals set out in the strategic plan.
- A Council-approved strategic plan enables clear direction for the City, representing Council priorities and a prioritized policy agenda for matters to be considered by Council.
- It provides a means of open debate regarding desired City performance overall, balancing desired service levels and efficiencies across all areas of City operations, and a clear understanding of the intended results.
- It also provides a means for Council to monitor ongoing performance of the City in a cohesive way, a basis for communicating to citizens the results the City is expected to achieve, and overall transparency and accountability for performance. Similarly, it provides citizens with a means of understanding the City’s strategic direction and intended results, and accountability for these results. *
Over the years I’ve been on Council, many motions have come forward by Councillors calling for the development of a strategic plan, but were never approved. Recently though – a motion has come forward for Council to develop a strategic plan that was accepted. It will be up to the new Mayor to decide if they want to proceed with the development of a strategic plan.
I am engaging mayoral candidates to ensure they are aware of how important a strategic plan is. It is my goal to ensure the City of Winnipeg has a strategic plan in place for the upcoming four years. That will require a Mayor who has the will to work with all Council members, to hear priorities from each Councillor, and to develop a plan for the City. I strongly believe planning for the future is critical to improving the quality of life in our City.
- I’m seeking re-election to work with Council to ensure the City of Winnipeg has a strategic plan in place for the upcoming four years.
*MNP-LLP Governance Review Report – City of Winnipeg