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On Wednesday, August 11, Council will get an overview of “What We Heard” from the public engagement on a Healthy City Strategy.
The Healthy City Strategy, developed in consultation with Eastern Health and other key stakeholders, will bring a health-in-all-policy approach to municipal decision-making. Using a population health methodology, the strategy will identify the City’s long-term (10-year) plan to improve the physical, mental, social, and environmental conditions that impact people’s health.
In May and June, the team engaged with over 600 individuals and groups through meetings, a public survey, virtual public engagement sessions and online discussion. Additionally, City staff encouraged harder-to-reach populations to participate by collaborating with neighbourhood community centres, youth, senior, and inclusion groups.
The top five ranked issues for participants were:
- mental and physical health,
- access to food,
- parks and green spaces, and
- affordable housing.
The data collected validated the draft implementation strategies and provided valuable neighbourhood-level information that will inform actions. Read the full “What We Heard” here.
Following the discussion at the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, staff will incorporate feedback and finalize the goals and implementation strategies for approval by Council at a future meeting. The goals and implementation strategies will provide staff and partners with a framework for development and execution of the Healthy City Strategy.
Read the final report here.