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FOCUSED DIRECTION CENTRE WELLINGTON COUNCIL STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2022
STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY
1. We will facilitate new businesses coming to Centre Wellington 2. We will facilitate new retail uses to meet the needs of a growing community 3. We will promote tourism
1. We will review government structure
1. We will ensure that the housing mix provides adequate attainable housing
2. We will enhance communications and teamwork on council and between council and staff 3. We will enhance communication and engagement with the public
2. We will manage the pace and scale of new development, and retain our “small town feel”
SAFE & WELL MAINTAINED ROADS & INFRASTRUCTURE GOOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
ACTIVE AND CARING COMMUNITY
1. We will manage the flow of traffic in and 1. We will expand indoor recreation facilities to meet the needs of a growing population 2. We will support the caring organizations in the community
1. We will continue to support t he principle
that residential growth w ill pay for the increased cost of providing services and infrastructure to new residents
3. We will care for our natural environment
2. We will maximize sources of non-tax revenue
4. We will support the heritage of our community
3. We will review our financial management practices
through Centre Wellington
2. We will increase the availability of
3. We will enhance alternatives to private
4. We will protect the township’s long-term
5. We will re-invest in the rural road system 6. We will continue to repair/replace bridges
We need to face the challenges, embrace the opportunities and capitalize on the assets that will allow u s to grow. As your elected leaders, we need to deliver on the priorities that matter to you. With a focused direction, we will work collaboratively to ensure our citizens see meaningful results from our s ix broad goals and direction, both in the short and long-term. - Mayor and Council
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A proud Community Supporter in Centre Wellington HOW OLG GAMING BENEFITS CENTRE WELLINGTON OLG is proud to be a part of the community. Lottery, casino and charitable gaming operations sustain jobs, directly support local charities that participate in its charitable gaming program and stimulate the area economy through purchases of goods and services. In addition, OLG makes payments, based on slot machine and table gaming revenue, to municipalities that host casino facilities. OLG also supports communities through corporate and lottery festival and event engagements.
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY GENERATED BY OLG IN ONTARIO: $5.0 BILLION
SUPPORT FOR ONTARIO’S ECONOMY: $2.52 BILLION In addition to Net Profit to the Province, OLG and its Land-based Gaming Service Providers made additional contributions including:
$992.8 Million for the employment of 17,600 people at OLG, including Resort Casinos it owns, and at gaming facilities operated by Land-based Gaming Service Providers across Ontario
$304.4 Million in commissions paid to lottery retailers across the province
920.0 M $
146.4 M $
992.8 M $
Net profit to the Province**: $2.47 Billion These funds are directed by the Government of Ontario to provincial priorities. Since the start of OLG’s modernization, this amount has grown by more than 30 percent, from $1.88 billion in fiscal 2011-12 to $2.47 billion in fiscal 2018-19. Among Government Business Enterprises, OLG is the largest source of non-tax revenue for the Province of Ontario.
OLG operations contribute to the economy in many ways. In fiscal 2018-19, OLG and its Land-based Gaming Service Providers contributed more than $5.0 billion in economic activity in the Province of Ontario.
$160.8 Million in payments to municipalities and Ontario First Nations that host gaming facilities and Charitable Gaming Centres
146.4 Million in payments to Ontario First Nations through the Gaming Revenue Sharing and Financial Agreement
$920.0 Million in goods and services purchased from Ontario businesses to support land-based Gaming facilities, including Resort Casinos across the province***
SINCE 1975, OLG has provided nearly $52 BILLION to the people and Province of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support provincial priorities including the operation of hospitals; problem gambling treatment and prevention; amateur sport; and local and provinicial charities; among other initiatives. In addition to these payments to the province, OLG’s proceeds also benefit host communities, Ontario First Nations and Ontario’s horse racing industry.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY: $64.4 MILLION OLG continues to invest in programs that support Responsible Gambling and charitable organizations. This includes:
Million directed by OLG to its Responsible Gaming program, including Resource Centres, education and technology, program delivery, staff training, self-exclusion including capital costs for facial recognition systems
Million in Charitable Gaming proceeds distributed to participating local charities
HOST MUNICIPALITIES ALSO RECEIVE DIRECT FINANCIAL BENEFIT FROM HOSTING FEES, PROPERTY TAX REVENUE, DEVELOPMENT FEES AND OTHER PAYMENTS, AND THE CREATION OF JOBS.
Million in corporate and lottery festival and event engagements
*fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) **Net Profit to the Province is the amount the Corporation returns to the Province of Ontario after stakeholder and other payments. ***includes spend information as reported by land-based Gaming Service Providers
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ELEMENTS CASINO GRAND RIVER (Operated by Ontario Gaming West GTA LP.) DECEMBER
NUMBER OF SLOTS
FULL AND PART TIME
CUSTOMER VISITS 2018-19 FISCAL 2018-19
OLG payments to municipality for hosting a casino facility
CUSTOMER VISITS LIFE-TO-DATE LIFE-TO-DATE
OLG commissions paid to lottery retailers in the Centre Wellington area
Value of OLG corporate and lottery sponsorship of festivals and events in the local and surrounding areas
Some numbers have been rounded or truncated for ease of readability.
IN CENTRE WELLINGTON, WE ARE EXTREMELY FORTUNATE TO HAVE OLG IN OUR COMMUNITY.
Their purpose is to make life better for people across Ontario, and in the communities where they reside, like ours. OLG generates substantial employment and economic benefits in Centre Wellington. Each year, Council approves OLG funds allocated to Centre Wellington to various projects across the community. Without OLG funding, many of these projects would not have been identified for completion in 2019.
2019 OLG FUNDED PROJECTS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Elora Fire Station Renovation/Expansion
Gregson Court Storm Water Management
Rural Road Rebuild
Tower St. S – Turning Lane Improvements
High St. – McNab Street to York Street*
York St. – Waterloo Street to Victoria Street*
Eramosa/WG Townline – WR 29 to Third Line WG Paving*
Eramosa/WG Townline – Sixth Line to WR26 Rebuild*
Sidewalk and Storm sewer from Woodhill Drive to 875 St. David St.
Wellington Drive – on-street parking, sidewalk and storm sewer
O’Brien Park Washrooms
Victoria Park Seniors Centre – Roof Reengineering and Construction *These projects were also partially funded from the Federal Gas Tax Revenue Fund. This fund is a permanent source of funding for municipal infrastructure. It is predictable, long-term and stable, and is helping Ontario’s municipal governments address a massive, province wide infrastructure deficit while improving environmental sustainability and creating jobs for economic
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OLG Funding Allocation Policy In July, Council approved a new OLG Funding Allocation Policy, to be used in allocating OLG funds, beginning with the 2020 Budget. The new policy directs that: • • • • •
OLG Funds will be used in the year following receipt 88% will fund Township Capital (to a maximum of $2.2 million) 5% will go to funding Arts, Culture & Heritage The remaining to fund Economic Development The policy will be reviewed for the 2021 Budget process
2020 Budget Deliberations Council will deliberate the Township’s 2020 draft operating and capital budget on:
It’s time to Connect CW
Our new online engagement website allows you to:
• Tuesday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Staff budget presentations will begin at 9 a.m. Delegations will be received at 5 p.m.
· Have a voice on Township initiatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
• Thursday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
· Empowers you to be more active in shaping our community and future
• Monday, December 9 (if needed) • Monday, December 16, proposed Budget approval during the Council meeting. All discussions will take place in the Council Chamber at the Municipal Office, 1 MacDonald Square, Elora. A copy of the 2020 draft budget will be available for public review on the Township’s website by Friday, November 22, 2019. If residents would like to speak at the December 3, 2019 meeting, registering as a delegate is required by contacting Kerri O’Kane, Manager of Legislative Services & Municipal Clerk at 519.846.9691 x 243 no later than noon on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. www.centrewellington.ca/budget
· Have one location to learn about all of the major projects taking place in your Township We will listen to what you say, take your opinions into account and report back to you on how community input contributes to key decisions. So what are you waiting for?
It’s time to Connect CW! Make CW a great place to live, work and play in.
Fall Town Hall Meeting Join us for an interactive meeting with the Mayor, Councillors and Township staff about upcoming Township projects and to find out what is happening in your community. A question and answer period will follow a brief presentation. Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m. Elora Centre for the Arts 75 Melville Street, Elora www.centrewellington.ca
A special supplement to The Wellington Advertiser | Thursday November 7, 2019