Huron-Kinloss Council Approves New Strategic Plan – Blueprint for the Future

On January 15th, 2024, Council was presented with the final draft of the 2023-2033 Strategic Plan: Blueprint for our Future. The Plan includes a new vision and mission statement, guiding principles and strategic priority areas.

“The new Strategic Plan was a labour of love and represents what we heard from Staff, Council, and the community. We heard loud and clear what is important to the community: our rural lifestyle, the environment, our agricultural roots, taking care of each other, using our resources responsibly and much more. We are committed to working together to achieve our new vision for Huron-Kinloss, and I hope the community continues to be engaged and involved as we move through the implementation stage of the plan,” said Mary Rose Walden, CAO.

A vision statement is meant to describe the Township’s desired future state. This statement is the long-term goal and what we are working towards. The new statement is reflective of what we heard from Staff, Council and the community and something to be proud to look back on 10 years from now to see all of the achievements that were made.

Vision:  A unified, engaged, and caring community that cultivates opportunities and embraces our rural lifestyle. A mission statement is our purpose. It’s why we exist as an organization and drives our work to achieve our vision for Huron-Kinloss.

Mission:  We deliver services that responsibly utilize resources, respect our environment, and foster a community ready to shape its future. Guiding principles are our values. These values will not be compromised while working to achieve our vision and are meant to guide Staff and Council decisions and the work that we do.

 Guiding Principles:

• Inclusive and Welcoming
• Open and Transparent
• Organizational Excellence
• Accountability
• Kindness

Finally, to see all of this through and achieve our shared vision for Huron-Kinloss, we need action! Actions are categorized into four strategic priority areas. By achieving these actions, we get closer to realizing our vision of a unified, caring and engaged community that cultivates opportunities and embraces its rural lifestyle.

The four strategic priority areas are:

• Embrace the thriving rural lifestyle
• Enhance municipal service delivery
• Prepare for inclusive growth
• Ensure financial stability

Staff will be presenting the Integrated Master Plan to Council on February 5th, 2024, which includes all of the actions within these strategic priorities. The Integrated Master Plan will be our road map; it is a living document that is consistently updated as initiatives are completed, and as new issues or opportunities arise.

“The Integrated Master Plan is our commitment to Staff, Council and the community that we will continue to build Huron-Kinloss in a way we can all be proud of. It will hold us accountable to our shared vision and ensure we are doing everything we can to deliver on the expectations of our community. I’m proud to be Mayor of this incredible community and I’m excited to be a part of our continued growth and success,” commented Mayor Don Murray.

The new Plan would not be what it is today without the feedback received from the community. Unprecedented engagement on this project included over 200 survey responses, over 120 workshop participants, 8 youth workshops, 1 workshop with Mennonite Leaders, over 20 one-on-one interviews, and numerous conversations that built the foundation for this plan.

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated, and we look forward to demonstrating how this plan will turn into action. To view the full 2023-2033 Strategic Plan: Blueprint for our Future please visit