The Ontario Provincial Government has committed to help public agencies better understand and manage their energy consumption.
As part of this commitment, Ontario Regulation 397/11, under the Green Energy Act, requires municipalities to report on their energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to develop and implement Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, starting in 2014.
Howick Township Plans
The nine municipalities in Huron worked in partnership to develop the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWB).
“The CSWB is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people and organizations across Huron,” said Michaela Johnston, Chair Community Safety and Well-Being Working Group. “The goal of the plan is to establish a roadmap for how partners can collaborate across sectors to make communities safer, more inclusive and resilient and create an environment where everyone can thrive. We’re proud to share the results with our communities.”
In the wake of changes made to the Ontario Police Services act in 2019, municipalities were required to develop and adopt plans addressing root causes of crime and other complex social issues by looking at them holistically instead of in isolation, taking into account factors such as social development and prevention.
Working with representatives from a broad spectrum including social and community organizations, school boards, boards of health and the police service, the municipalities in Huron built the CSWB. Partners used surveys, working groups, interviews, virtual public consultations and a youth advisory committee to gather opinion for the wide-ranging plan. This summer, the municipalities will continue their collaboration, developing a process to put CSWB findings into action.