To build a city the municipality and other levels of government have to work together efficiently and effectively to get things done and plan for the future. Each level of government has its own powers and responsibilities. There are very few areas of municipal work that provincial or federal governments, don’t impact or play a role in. We all have to collaborate, otherwise it can be difficult, if not impossible sometimes, to achieve our community goals.
A number of things are needed to ensure that the City is positioned to work effectively with other levels of government and able to access the funding and support required to continue building a great city. The City has to work with the local community to create a clear vision for Guelph and to identify the most important priorities for action, local improvement and growth. Other levels of government can only do so much, and it’s important to be clear about the most important things to focus on.
It is also important to develop the right networks and build positive relationships with other levels of government so that opportunities for championing and promoting local priorities are created and seized. Our citizens aren’t interested in what level of government is responsible for what service. So when responsibilities overlap, we have to work with our government counterparts to make service delivery as seamless and connected as possible.
It is also important for the City to be leading the way with new solutions to difficult issues and letting others in government see that our plans for the future are achievable, and worth getting behind.
Some of the topics the City currently advocates on are regional transportation including Two-Way GO, infrastructure, jobs and the economy.
Without effective intergovernmental advocacy and all levels of government working together, it can be difficult, and in some cases impossible, to achieve our community goals.
Are we working effectively with our partners at the provincial and federal levels? Are there opportunities for collaboration we haven’t yet pursued?