Collingwood Speaks: Your Voice, Our Future

As Collingwood looks towards shaping its future, the Town is actively seeking input from its residents and stakeholders to drive the formulation of its new multi-year Strategic Plan and Downtown Visioning Master Plan. 

Residents are invited to participate in a survey aimed at gathering insights to guide the Town’s strategic direction. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and will be strictly confidential, anonymous, and voluntary. Utilizing diverse methodologies, the survey ensures the data collected is comprehensive, reliable, and reflective of community perspectives.  

“As a Collingwood resident (18 and older) you may be receiving a call sometime between March 18 and April 5 from a representative from Forum Research on the Town’s behalf. I encourage you to participate and have your voice heard!” Says Mayor Yvonne Hamlin.

If you do not receive a phone call from Forum Research, you are invited to participate in an online version of the survey. The deadline for the survey is April 5, 2024. Hard copies of the survey are also available at Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street.

Collingwood prioritizes inclusive community engagement to ensure those who want to be heard are offered opportunities that are accessible and convenient. This commitment extends to listening to feedback, facilitating discussions, providing education, and ensuring barrier-free access to facilities, events, and services.     

Next Steps

Forum Research will unveil the results of both the online and telephone surveys in May 2024, paving way for the subsequent release of the 2024-2028 Strategic Plan.

Additionally, residents can anticipate further opportunities for downtown-specific engagement and feedback in Spring 2024, preceding the finalization of the Downtown Visioning Master Plan.

Background 

The Community-Based Strategic Plan for 2024-2028 will serve as a roadmap for the Town of Collingwood’s future. It will outline our community’s strategic vision, values, and strategic priorities for the coming years. It will act as a guide for decision-making and resource allocation and help to build consensus among Council, staff, and the community about where Collingwood is headed and how it will get there.

The new Community Based Strategic Plan will be an evolution of the Town’s existing 2020-2023 Community Based Strategic Plan with many of the priorities of the earlier plan continuing to be top-of-mind.  The new Plan should reflect the issues, concerns, and opportunities of the current moment as the Town plans for what’s ahead for the community.

The Downtown Visioning Master Plan is being led by Fotenn Planning + Design. The plan will provide a clear vision for the long-term (2051) evolution of the downtown area, including an analysis of the opportunity sites, an engaging Vision Map, and the recommended action items/projects to achieve the vision.

Community engagement sessions took place on December 7 and 8, 2023 at various locations including the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Walmart, Centennial Aquatic Centre, Loblaws, and the Collingwood Christmas Market. Youth Engagement sessions took place on February 16, 2024, at the Town Job Fair and February 20, 2024, at the Collingwood Public Library – Give us a Pizza Your Mind. Community Partners & Agencies and Sports, Arts, and Culture groups stakeholder engagement sessions were held virtually in February.

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and engaged by subscribing to updates and future engagement opportunities on the project’s Engage Page

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