City encourages public participation in Strategic Plan Framework consultation

North Bay, ON – November 8, 2016 – The future of the community is top of mind for citizens of the City of North Bay and that was made evident during last week’s Community Town Hall Sessions.

“The number of citizens who have come out to participate in these sessions and share their vision of the future has been great so far,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “There’s been a great cross-section of groups, individuals and opinions within the community.”

The City hopes to maintain this momentum into the next four Community Town Hall Sessions on November 15 and 16.

“We want to hear what our residents have to say,” said Mayor McDonald. “Every opinion matters and will help provide honest perspective to guide this process forward into a final plan that will reflect the community’s vision for a greater North Bay.”

In addition, the City has also launched an electronic citizen survey on their website, bit.ly/NBstratplan, to engage further with citizens.

“This process is extremely important for the future of our community and I want to encourage everyone in the community to make the decision to be engaged whether it’s in person or through the survey,” McDonald said.

Public consultation began last week on Council’s Draft Strategic Plan Framework, which suggests priorities and objectives to guide the City’s actions into 2026.  Through the public consultation process the City is asking the public to share its views on the proposed 10-year Framework including areas of concentration, goals and objectives.  The input gathered will help inform the final Community Strategic Plan that will be presented to Mayor and Council for consideration in 2017. 

More information can be found at www.cityofnorthbay.ca/strategicplan.

The City of North Bay is a city of 54,000 people situated between the shores of Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake. For information on City services and programs, North Bay residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.cityofnorthbay.ca