Chair's Corner – Halton Region, Ontario

Q3 and Q4 Accomplishments 2014

Every day Halton Region delivers cost-effective quality programs and services to residents.  I am very proud of what we accomplished in 2014, as we continued our work to deliver on the Citizens’ Priorities to ensure Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.  Here’s a look at some of the activities completed over the past six months:

Attracting & Retaining Jobs

“Business After Five” Networking Event

Summer Company

Halton Real Estate Forum

Starter Company

Halton McMaster Family Health Centre

Invest in Halton webinar

Job Fair

Promoting Tourism

Halton Tourism Investment Feasibility Study

Cycling Map

Pumpkin Trail

Harvest Halton

Emergency Preparedness

Successful evacuation exercises

Region’s emergency operations centre systems and plans successfully tested

Public Engagement

Citizens’ Reference Panel

Customer Service

Accessibility update


Halton Services Information for Newcomers to Canada

E-Mentoring program


Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program funding

Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF)

Capacity building activities for the non-profit sector

Addressing community challenges

Working towards accreditation


Annual Tree Lighting events

Be an Employer of Choice

Halton one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers



Free, fair and reciprocal trade between the United States and Canada

New Association of Ontario Municipalities Directors


Construction update


Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion  

Flood response

Halton Region’s Corporate Asset Management Plan 2014

Water/wastewater updates



Planning Sustainable Communities

Official Plan

Environmental Protection and Conservation of Water

Permit to Take Water (PTTW) Rerating

Water Efficiency and Conservation Strategy

Halton Children’s Water Festival

Waste Management

Burlington Flooding event assistance

Special Waste Drop-off Days

Fall Compost Giveaway

Forcemain Connection at the Closed 4th Line Landfill in Oakville

Defining and Preserving Natural Heritage

White Oak Tree legacy extended

Affordable and Assisted Housing

Additional transitional housing opportunities

Halton Housing Help expanded

Westwood 2

Halton In-situ Program Launch

New Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) Extension

Halton will be allocating Year One funding to the Rental and Operating Components.

Support and Housing Halton congregate living pilot

Children and Youth Development

Public health nurses support schools

HaltonParents now on Facebook

Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition annual meeting


Emergent curriculum event


Allendale update

New video on intergenerational reading program

Inspections completed

Protecting Public Health

Public Health Inspectors reach 100 per cent inspection rate 

New health reports available showing local health data

Public perception of the Social Determinants of Health

Paramedic honoured

Promoting Healthy Living

Local residents participated in the “Rethink Your Drink” – Mocktail Challenge

Picnic for mental health promotion well attended

Partnership with City of Burlington promotes smoke-free movies

Health Department hosted successful Workplace Health Networking Meeting

As we begin a new year, we are working together with stakeholders and the Citizens’ Reference Panel to draft our priorities for the next four years.  I look forward to sharing our progress as we develop and implement the new Strategic Action Plan. Learn more at

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