Ensuring a strong future for Halton is a priority for Regional Council. The Provincial Places to Grow Act mandates Halton Region’s population grow to 780,000 residents by the year 2031. To facilitate this growth and maintain the high quality of life that is currently enjoyed in Halton, without burdening taxpayers with the cost of growth, there are a number of critical commitments required from the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Advocating for a Strong Halton is a series of documents that highlight Council’s positions on a number of key challenges facing the Region.
The key challenges identified in the advocacy documents include:
- Protecting Halton’s taxpayers from the financial impacts of growth and the costs associated with conforming to provincial legislation
- Meeting Halton’s infrastructure needs of today and tomorrow
- Ensuring that provincial funding for cost shared programs keeps pace with growth and that action is taken to address Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC) issues and offloading delays
- Partnering with all levels of government to create real and affordable housing solutions
Municipalities only receive 11 per cent of every tax dollar paid and with this small amount we provide high quality, cost effective programs and services that touch the lives of residents every day. Council is committed to protecting the Region’s taxpayers from the financial impacts of growth and ensuring that the quality services our residents need, are in place.
Halton enjoys a prosperous and growing business community that helps drive the Province’s economic engine and it is Council’s position that a Strong Halton will help to build a strong Ontario.
Without the necessary tools, funding and legislative commitments, we cannot accommodate the growth mandated by the Provincial Government. Regional Council is committed to ensuring that growth pays for itself and that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.
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