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Intergovernmental Relations Action Plan

Intergovernmental relations are critical to advance and secure the City's funding, policy and legislative priorities. All City divisions engage in a range of informal intergovernmental activities, and this work will be enriched through the strategic approach of the Intergovernmental Relations Action Plan.

Advocacy Priorities

The Citizen Satisfaction Survey findings identified that some of the most important issues facing Owen Sound today require a concerted, community-wide response and are not the sole purview of one organization or level of government.

It is most effective for municipalities to speak with a united voice on many issues. When advantageous, Owen Sound partners with other municipalities to advance a common agenda with the other levels of government. The City partners with multiple associations to support common priorities, including:

The City's advocacy priorities are:

Core Activities

The Intergovernmental Relations Action Plan provides a comprehensive approach for improving the coordination and effectiveness of the City’s intergovernmental relations efforts, while building the relationships and partnerships necessary to influence policies and decisions. The core activities of the Action Plan focus on ACE: Advocacy, Collaboration and Education.

  • Advocacy for policy and issue-specific priorities and needs.
  • Collaboration with local and regional partners and municipal networks to build broad support for addressing issues and creating change.
  • Education for policy makers in issues, needs, and community impacts of government policy and programs.

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