Strategic Plan


Council and Staff worked together with members of the community to develop the
Strategic Plan 2019-2022 

Vision Statement:
A unique, inclusive municipality focused on balanced growth, heritage preservation, an age-friendly community, and waterway enhancements. We will earn this reputation by:

• Enabling sustainable economic growth
• Facilitating the conservation of structures, districts and landscapes of architectural, historic and cultural significance
• Beginning implementation of the waterfront and river enhancements
• Ensuring sustainable infrastructure is in place
• Offering a broad mixture of housing to accommodate a variety of needs

Mission Statement:
To meet the needs of our residents and business community by delivering efficient and effective government services with an approach that is financially sustainable and environmentally responsible.

Strategic Priorities:

    • Infrastructure Sustainability 

    • Waterfront and Riverwalk Enhancement

    • Intentional Growth Planning

    • Multi-generational Community Opportunities

    • Affordable Housing

    • Corporate Efficiencies

The Municipality of Port Hope commenced its strategic planning in January 2019 and built upon the Municipality’s prior strategic planning efforts. 

Recognizing that community engagement is a key element of Council’s decision-making process, the development of this strategic plan has advanced in a way that has been consultative, transparent and has offered multiple opportunities for public participation.

As such, the consultation process began with two community input sessions for members of the public, and two similar sessions for Municipal Staff, all of which were facilitated by a professional consultant and took place over two days.

In addition, an online community consultation was launched at the beginning of February and included a month-long comment period.

All consultation participants, at the in-person sessions and online, were asked to respond to the following questions:

  • What is your vision for Port Hope? Imagine it is 2030 and we have been successful in achieving all of our goals. What does Port Hopelook like to you?

  • What are the things that you value most about the Municipality? What does Port Hope do well and should continue doing over the
    next four years?

  • What are our areas for improvement? What are we not doing that we should be doing?

  • What do you see as the top priorities for the Municipality of Port Hope in the next 2-3 years to ensure our success? If you were in
    charge, what are the first things you would do?

All of the comments, suggestions and feedback collected throughout the online consultation process and at the in-person sessions were circulated to Council and Municipal Directors. After reviewing these comments, Council and Directors participated in a full-day, facilitated strategic planning session. During this exercise, they collectively responded to the questions noted; incorporated the public input; defined the desired future state of the Municipality; and developed priorities and objectives for the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.

As part of the measurement and progress reporting of the Strategic Plan, Council has committed to regular Strategic Plan review meetings and Council Newsletters. Below is the latest agenda for the Special Council Meeting: Strategic Plan Review and the corresponding presentation of Strategic Plan progress, project timelines and challenges.