2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities
During this four-year Term of Council, the Region of Peel is focused on 11 priorities.
These include three Living priorities, five Thriving priorities and three Leading priorities.
Area of Focus: Living
We want people's lives to be improved in their time of need. We're making the following progress on these Living priorities:
- Received Regional Council approval for the development and purchase of 323 new affordable rental units.
- Assisted 85 participants who received a Portable Housing Benefit through the provincially-funded "Survivors of Domestic Violence" pilot program who moved into housing faster through the use of portable rent supplements.
- Invested $24M in state of good repair and energy efficiencies in social housing to help maintain existing stock.
- Served 21,174 clients (an additional 3,000+) at Region of Peel and community income tax clinics, maximizing their incomes through the File your Taxes for Free, Get your Benefits Now Strategy.
- An increase of 22,040 (16%) of families in Peel received the new Canada Child Benefit in 2017 compared to 2016.1
- Piloted a Community Benefits Strategy to explore how to embed Community Benefits clauses into our vendor agreements. This pilot has allowed us to understand and apply learned lessons towards our Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy that will be completed in two to three years.
- Supported 128 youth who completed the Summer Job Challenge program, gaining valuable work experience. Youth (aged 16-24) with one or more barriers to employment, Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients, and clients that identified as having a disability were recruited.
- Launched Peel as a Model Employer, giving 12 participants a 6-month opportunity for paid employment with the Region of Peel. This was an innovative approach aimed at supporting Peel residents and addressing the gap in employment. It was highlighted in A Guide for Businesses Reducing Poverty by the Tamarack Institute (2017) as one of the top 10 stories across Canada that inspires successful business engagement in poverty reduction and inclusive hiring practices.
- Fully integrated supports to the Families First program to allow Peel Health and Human Services to work collaboratively with participants. Of the 197 clients who participated in the program, 92% worked intensively with Public Health Nurses to achieve life stabilization while 37% were actively working with Employment Service Workers to increase employment readiness and job acquisition.
Area of Focus: Thriving
We want communities that are integrated, safe and complete. We're making the following progress on these Thriving priorities:
- Experienced a 0.5 point decrease from 2016 but maintained an improved Waste Diversion Rate of 4.8 points over 2015 rates, resulting in a Waste Diversion Rate of 49.5% in 2017.
- Invested in various strategies and purchased a property to build a new anaerobic digestion facility to allow for expansion of the organics program to include pet waste and diapers and turn organics waste into natural gas and fertilizer products. This supports our long-term waste diversion target of 75% by 2034.
- Kicked off a Region wide long-term inflow and infiltration strategy to reduce the risk of basement flooding during severe weather events (caused by sewer backups). As part of this, we have continued to study 10 target areas for both inflow and infiltration across Peel with the intent of identifying mitigation plans for the first six by the end of 2018.
- Implemented new sanitary sewer design and construction standards to ensure new and rehabilitated infrastructure works to reduce the risk of sewer back-ups due to severe weather events.
- Implemented a combination of energy and fleet strategies to achieve a reduction in corporate GHG emissions of 16% below 1990 levels, exceeding our target of 10% below 1990 levels.
- Formalized the Office of Climate Change and Energy Management to integrate planning and delivery of climate change efforts throughout the organization and are developing the Peel Climate Change Master Plan.
- Completed a review of Regional fleet vehicles and identified opportunities to inform the development of the Green Fleet Strategy and recommended fleet greening approach. This will allow us to expand the use of green vehicles with a variety of fuel sources.
- Received Provincial approval on Regional Official Plan Amendment 27 (ROPA 27) – Health and the Built Environment, Age-Friendly Planning and Technical and Administrative Updates.
- Worked in partnership with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga to begin implementing ROPA 27.
- Determined that of the 40 development applications that underwent a health assessment, 68% met or exceeded a pass score.
- Improved efficiency (travel time, congestion and CO2 emissions) on four routes by 16.8% on average through the coordination of signal timings, (Queen Street, Cawthra Road, Derry Road & Britannia Road).
- Partnered to create a Smart Freight Centre program for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in partnership with other municipalities, universities, industry experts and the Provincial government in order to coordinate the implementation of tactics, such as off peak deliveries.
- Completed a control room for Caledon, to help monitor traffic and incidents, which allow for real-time improvements to reduce congestion, similar to the traffic management centres in sissauga and Brampton.
- Collaborated with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and the development industry to develop draft growth allocations based on where Peel Region is expected to grow over the next 25 years.
- Created joint employment and transportation strategies with Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and the development industry.
- Achieved a lower debt level than forecasted of $569 million compared to the 2015 Development Charges Background Study.
Area of Focus: Leading
We want government that is future oriented and accountable. We're making the following progress on these Leading priorities:
Modernized multi-channel service delivery, built platforms for integration and increased service capacity, including:
- Developed a Region of Peel Digital Strategy to focus on providing engaging and seamless resident and employee service experiences through sustainable and integrated business and technology modernization.
- Developed an e-Bidding platform to allow purchasing documents to be submitted and processed electronically, removing the need for physical paper copies to be submitted.
- Increased mobile-friendly pages on peelregion.ca for ease of access to frequently requested pages.
- Developed a modernized Families First program which integrates processes to improve service delivery to clients.
- Updated a performance management program that ensures all employees have objectives that align with strategic outcomes.
- Updated a program to equip leaders with management and leadership competencies required to support their teams in meeting the current and emerging needs of the community.
- Implemented various pilot programs to test modern office designs and equipment.
- Launched refreshed Regional Values and introduced a new internal Culture and Inclusion Strategy to inspire new ways of working and collaborating.