Halton Region is a vibrant and growing community. My Regional Council colleagues and I are committed to ensuring that Halton remains strong and stable in the future.
Our advocacy work with other levels of government helps raise awareness and advance Halton’s positions on key issues important to Halton residents. Our efforts respond to issues identified in Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan, polling data and align with Halton’s program delivery and overall communications campaigns.
Current advocacy efforts include meetings with Ministers, MPs and MPPs, election readiness surveys and municipal association participation. Our participation in Association of Municipalities of Ontario initiatives and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’Advocacy Days has provided us with many opportunities to initiate discussions with other levels of government about issues that impact Halton residents.
Our Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign outlines and defines Halton’s advocacy issues and assists Regional Council in our advocacy efforts. It also serves as a resource for residents.
Halton’s current advocacy issues include:
- Protecting Halton’s taxpayers from the financial impacts of growth and the costs associated with conforming to Provincial legislation (including changes to the Development Charges Act)
- Meeting Halton’s community infrastructure needs of today and tomorrow
- Ensuring that Provincial funding for cost shared programs keeps pace with growth
- Addressing Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CCAC) issues and offloading delays
- Partnering with all levels of government to create real and affordable housing solutions
Halton Region is advocating for support from all levels of government in the form of long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes in order to ensure that Halton’s taxpayers are not burdened with the cost of growth.
I invite you to visit http://www.halton.ca/advocacy and learn more about the Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign. By working together we can ensure that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”