Guelph. An inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.
The City of Guelph provides services and programs to
Guelph’s 130,000+ residents, businesses and visitors — a number that will
continue to grow rapidly in the coming years. This Strategic Plan will guide
our passionate employees as we deliver those programs and services, engage with
residents and businesses and find innovative ways to create a future-ready
Setting clear directions
The City’s Strategic Plan serves as a living, breathing plan
for Guelph’s future. It builds on Guelph’s community vision, looking at how the
City can achieve aspects of the Community
Plan that fall within our areas of responsibility. It also establishes
directions that will help us become a more modern, effective government and
creates a foundation for our first multi-year budgeting and planning process.
The plan has been developed through a comprehensive
consultation process with staff and Council. It also incorporates input from
more than 10,000 community members obtained through the development of Guelph’s
Community Plan. Our Strategic Plan truly reflects the aspirations Council,
staff, businesses and residents hold for our community, laying out our
commitment to a shared future for Guelph.
The organization’s vision, mission and values provide the foundation that underpins our Strategic Plan, setting the tone for how our organization works and what we will achieve.
An inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.
Working together to deliver responsible and responsive
public service to Guelph’s growing and diverse community.
Integrity: honest and ethical
Inclusion: stronger for our differences
Wellness: adaptable and resilient
Learning: always learning
honest and ethical
stronger for our differences
adaptable and resilient
Strategic priorities and directions
This plan includes five strategic priorities that aim to
improve sustainability across many areas, while working towards improved
Click on the links below to explore each one, along with the directions that will shape our implementation plans and some examples of actions we could take to achieve those directions.
City staff will
lead the implementation and reporting of actions to support the Strategic Plan
and champion its success. They will integrate the Plan into corporate and
service area plans and ingrain the vision, mission and values into the
City Council will
participate in making decisions to further the priorities laid out in the
Strategic Plan to support the well-being and interests of the community. They
will ensure that administrative policies, practices and procedures are in place
to implement the decisions of Council regarding the Strategic Plan.
will work with the City, where appropriate, on initiatives that move Guelph
toward its Community Plan goals. The community will hold the City accountable
for delivering on its Strategic Plan, being transparent and engaging with them.
Using this Plan, City staff will develop a set of strategic
action plans to identify measurable progress in each of the five priority
areas. Once Council has vetted and approved the action plans in Q2 2020, City
establish work plans and budget requests to
implement the action plans, seeking partnerships and collaborations with the
community where appropriate