Council Priorities 2019-2022

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Council has set its 2019 - 2022 priorities. See them on the Kingston Strategic Plan microsite.

On May 21, 2019, council approved the strategic implementation plan for its 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities

Council has set the vision to make Kingston a smart, livable and leading city. The list below identifies five priorities and outlines some of the initiatives council will be focused on throughout their term to achieve this vision.

To learn more about the priorities set by council, as well as the timelines and measurables attached to each goal, please download the Strategic Plan.


Demonstrate leadership on climate action

Given the economic, social and environmental threats of greenhouse gas emissions and Kingston's 2019 declaration of a climate emergency, the City is committed to steward the environment for future generations. As an internationally connected city, Kingston will address this global issue as a local climate action leader and inspire Kingston residents to become part of the solution.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent across the City's operations by 2022;
  2. Enhance and expand green spaces, protect wetlands and increase the tree canopy through greening initiatives;
  3. Incrementally electrify the City's fleet of vehicles including public transit;
  4. Target recycling and waste reduction strategies for businesses, institutions and multi-residential buildings;
  5. Develop and promote incentives for residents to reduce their energy use and become part of city-wide solutions to meet Kingston's carbon neutral target.

Increase housing affordability

In response to the low vacancy rate, the City will aim to increase the rate to 3 per cent by 2022. Council will work with local developers, not-for-profit housing organizations, tenants, homeowners, and post-secondary education institutions to encourage more residential development and affordable housing across the city.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Pursue development of all types of housing city-wide through intensification and land-use policies;
  2. Build a significant number of new residential units with a range of affordability;
  3. Implement tools and incentives to accelerate construction following planning approvals;
  4. Promote secondary suites and tiny homes;
  5. Advocate for funding increased investments.

Improve walkability, roads and transportation

Kingston prioritizes active transportation and public transit. The City will build on global best practices and engage citizens in modal transformation and invest in infrastructure maintenance to enable transit ridership growth, promote pedestrian safety and repair roads.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Repair roads and enhance the usability of sidewalks, walkways and paths to increase connections across the city through supporting our Active Transportation Master Plan;
  2. Enhance public safety through active transportation and focus on pedestrian access and enforcement;
  3. Create network connections and north-south and east-west corridors by maximizing existing infrastructure and explore creating a transit-way for both transit and active modes of transportation, together;
  4. Install crosswalks around schools, sidewalks and heavy pedestrian traffic areas;
  5. Explore a pilot model for providing transportation connections in rural Kingston;

Strengthen economic development opportunities

The City is committed to creating a high quality of life for residents by fostering opportunities that support social development, create jobs and build prosperity. With a focus on innovation, Kingston will engage young people, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists and creative citizens in facilitating economic growth.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Support new and existing businesses;
  2. Foster innovative arts, culture and social enterprises;
  3. Create innovation hubs that build on our local strengths in partnership with other;
  4. Enable the establishment of a St. Lawrence College downtown campus;
  5. Facilitate a deep water dock for cruise ships;
  6. Explore the feasibility of establishing rural business parks and associated services;
  7. Invest in innovative workforce development and in-migration strategies.

Foster healthy citizens and vibrant spaces

Kingston views all long-term residents and newcomers as citizens of the city, and is committed to inclusively engaging them in local solutions that enhance health, well-being and experience of the city. Local groups, Indigenous communities, and representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors, will be invited to develop strategies to promote health and wellness and to provide beautiful and engaging spaces for citizens and visitors.

During its term, Council will:

  1. Increase access to and continue to beautify the waterfront;
  2. Examine the feasibility of developing an arts walk;
  3. Promote the redevelopment of brownfield properties on the Montreal Street Corridor;
  4. Support the potential for Indigenous cultural space;
  5. Examine the feasibility of fluoridating the drinking water;
  6. Leverage and promote food security solutions in partnership with others.

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Council's guiding principles for achieving strategic priorities

The City is committed to applying the following guiding principles to shape decision making, policy development and resource allocation:

  • Environmental sustainability and stewardship to safeguard future generations;
  • Fiscal responsibility and accountability to create efficiencies and synergies, balance tax and non-tax revenue, and manage debt effectively;
  • Promotion of social, economic and health equity;
  • Urban and regional equity to balance appropriate service delivery across regions;
  • Public engagement to collect diverse perspectives and to act fairly, sustainably, responsibly and equitably on behalf of our citizens;
  • The measurement of service standards to ensure high quality customer service;
  • Innovative approaches and new smart technologies to support fiscal management; and
  • Positive and inspiring work environments to attract and retain talent.

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