How to positively impact the delivery of services
Niagara Regional Government serves more than 480,000 residents and is responsible for many of the day to day services including; clean water and waste, social services, public health, housing, police, transit, conservation, child care and long-term care. Members of Regional Council should empower staff to maximize the potential of these services to enhance the quality of life for Niagara's residents.
Our Home St. Catharines
St. Catharines is an incredibly unique city, the sixth largest urban area in the province of Ontario. Niagara needs exceptional, dedicated leadership as we work to recover from the pandemic. We require people with experience in planning, coordinating efforts to maximize services an enhance the social and economic wellbeing of Niagara's residents.
Advocating and investing in Public Health will continue to be a top priority for years to come. Niagara Health has been adjusting to significant provincial changes over the last two decades. With those changes, comes an opportunity to invest in new ways of bringing equitable health care for all residents. Haley served as Chair of St. Catharines Equitable Recovery Sub-Committee, established to highlight the need to invest in equitable measures to ensure that we recover from Covid-19. Haley is fully vaccinated.
With the announcement of a region-wide transit system, the need to incorporate all forms of transit is paramount. Niagara's residents deserve a tiered transit system that would ease the burden of traffic on our roadways and lessen pollutants. While working in social services, Haley has been an advocate for a regionalized transit system for decades
With the announcement of a region-wide transit system, the need to incorporate all forms of transit is paramount. Niagara's residents deserve a tiered transit system that would ease the burden of traffic on our roadways and lessen pollutants, supporting healthier lifestyles. While working in social services, Haley has advocated for a regionalized transit system.
The current housing strategy at the Region is set to expire in 2023. It is vital that Council understand the importance of developing a new comprehensive Affordable Housing Strategy for our Region in collaboration with each municipality which is supported and endorsed by the provincial and federal governments.
Environment and Conservation
The Pandemic highlighted the importance of natural spaces. It is the responsibility of the Niagara Region to support the work of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to keep our natural spaces a top priority at the Region and advocate on their behalf to Provincial and Federal governments.
Environmental and conservation efforts need to be strengthened and we need elected officials to provide Conservation Authorities more sovereignty over our protected spaces.
Niagara has an older adult population, with 50% of our residents 60 years and older. We will need a significant investment in Long-Term Care from our Provincial government to meet the needs of our residents. We need to strengthen the process to apply for LTC, and find accommodations suitable for the needs of older adults. We need to understand the diverse needs of the older adult population and how we can best support them as their needs change.
The province of Ontario and the federal government have signed a $13.2-billion agreement to lower the cost of child care in the province to an average of $10 a day by September 2025. The agreement means significant changes in supports for children and their families across Niagara. Niagara will have to focus on supporting the current structure of Child Care and enhancing the services to meet the needs of families throughout our Region.
Houselessness is being felt by everyone across our Province and the impact in our region has been tremendous in the last decade. Many Councillors feel that by supporting those who live without an address will draw more people to our region who require support. Using harm reduction methods to support shelters programs and services, mental health and addiction care will aid in the relief of houselessness across our region.