City Council’s Strategic Plan Framework

Mayor's Message

Earlier this year City Council completed work on a Draft 2016-2026 Strategic Plan Framework.  The draft 10-year plan suggests a number of priorities and objectives to help the City of North Bay navigate a future path forward.

Council will be hosting 10 Strategic Plan Community Town Hall sessions between November 2 and November 16.  

Council is seeking your input on the vision, areas of concentration, goals and objectives that have been proposed.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Your input will help inform the final Community Strategic Plan.   

If you are unable to attend the sessions but would still like to provide feedback, there will be a community online survey available here on our website.

We are fortunate to live in a great City where we all believe in working together to make it a better place to live, work and play.  I hope you will consider working with us to move our City forward.


Al McDonald

Consultation Timeline



City launches Strategic Plan Consultation

October 28

Community Town Hall Sessions

Nov. 2 – 16

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

Nov. 3 & 4

Strategic Plan survey launches

Nov. 23

Further Community Outreach

Dec. 28 – Jan. 18 

Deadline for Survey and Workbooks


Strategy Corp presentation to Council

March 7

Online Survey

Thank you for your interest. The online survey is now closed.

Community Town Hall Sessions

Thank you for your interest.  We have completed our Community Town Hall sessions.

Draft Strategic Plan Framework

The framework concentrates on making North Bay a better place to live, work, play and learn.  It also defines values that are expected to guide the operations and decision making of the City.  Most important, key areas of concentration are defined.  These include;

  • Growth and Development
  • Vibrant, Active, Healthy and Safe Community
  • Prudent operation of the City

Within each key area, specific goals and objectives are identified.  These goals and objectives will be the priorities which Council believes are important and which will be the focus.


The City of North Bay will be a place for our families to live, learn, work and play – a vibrant community that strives to grow while fostering a higher quality of life and place.


Integrity & Trust

We shall understand and live by the spirit and the laws of our community creating an environment built on trust. We are open, honest and accountable.

Community Focused

We endeavor to understand the needs of the community and strive to meet or exceed expectations. We are proud of what we do.


We value input, treat all people with dignity and provide a diverse, engaged and inclusive community and work environment.


We relentlessly pursue outstanding and sustainable results and strive for continuous improvement.


We protect the environment, promote a healthy, safe and vibrant community, work safely and manage risks.



  1. Economic prosperity & diversity
  2. Attraction & retention of sustainable jobs
    • Expansion of private sector jobs
  3. Labour (skilled labour, youth retention/attraction, immigration)
  4. Investment Attraction
    • Support business development, entrepreneurs and new business development
  5. Current Business Retention & Expansion
  6. Strategic investment and leverage of city funds and resources


  1. Increase population (youth retention, immigration)
  2. Age friendly
  3. Diversity
  4. Safe community
  5. Welcoming community
  6. Healthy community
  7. Access to full spectrum of housing
  8. Environmental stewards (balanced approach)
  9. Affordable/living within our means
  10. Preserve and develop quality of life and place


  1. Vibrant active downtown/waterfront
  2. Engagement/support of Arts, Heritage & Culture
  3. Age friendly
  4. Recreation facilities and
  5. Range of entertainment & activities
  6. Engagement of volunteers

Areas of Concentration

  • Growth and Development
  • Vibrant, Active, Health and Safe Community
  • Prudent Operation of the City