50-Year Community Vision
Together, we can leave good enough behind in the pursuit of better.
The culmination of an engagement with more than one thousand Wetaskiwinites, the 50-Year Community Vision reflects the City’s long-term commitment to engaging the community at large; understanding collective priorities and concerns; actioning community-guided goals; and reporting back to the community on milestones, setbacks, pivots and related news.
Based on this substantial community input, five pillars supporting the 50-Year Community Vision have been identified.
- Make safety a priority.
Wetaskiwinites rate crime as the most important issue we need to address. Isolated, media-hyped events in recent years have skewed external notions of our city as a dangerous place to visit.
- Ensure financial stability.
From provincial funding caps and regulatory changes to home-grown issues like low growth and high tax rates, financial challenges abound. We need to be increasingly resourceful in stewarding our fiscal policies while pursuing new opportunities.
- Support business growth.
The Vision acknowledges that there are abundant opportunities for development, employment, open spaces, cultural attractions, and vibrant streets in the heart of our community. It is also apparent that we have some work to do.
- Unite the community.
Generational bias and ingrained fear of those who are different continue to create lines of division across the community at large. In order for us to move forward in a meaningful way, we must do so together — and these mindsets must be left behind.
- Commit to the Vision.
With the City’s social issues and lack of growth, the community feels discouraged. It will take time and effort to regain the trust of the community and implement vision-aligned initiatives. An unwavering commitment to the Vision is essential.