Regional collaboration is required to achieve the ambitious economic, environmental and social goals as outlined in the new City Plan. Our ability to work with other levels of government, meet energy transition targets, provide housing and transportation options, protect natural areas, and support and grow our local economy is dependent on our ability to work with our neighbours towards common goals.
Over the past decade, leaders on City Council, and in the region, have worked to develop these relationships. A shared understanding of our interconnectedness and been fostered by Council leadership. The collaborative frameworks and strong relationships that have been built need to be supported and enhanced even as the make-up of our Councils change. Understanding the different interests and perspectives of our regional partners and building common ground are essential skills for furthering this work and building on the strength of municipalities to meet local needs.