Ministry of Municipal Affairs Report

Planning Collaboratives: Learnings to Support Integrated Planning and Considerations for Municipalities

In the spring of 2017, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs selected the Children and Youth Planning Table among five collaboratives across Ontario to learn more about effective integrated planning!

Tasked with addressing the recommendation in the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan¬†that calls on the province to support local integrated planning efforts, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs conducted “deep dive” research with five planning structures and collaboratives in Ontario. The researched focused on:

  • different approaches to integrated planning, planning tools, and mechanisms;
  • identifying approaches and promising practices that could be replicated in other communities;
  • and determining the municipal role in this process

Local learnings are based on focus groups with highly, as well as peripherally, engaged Children and Youth Planning Table participants, key informant interviews, and meeting observation.

The report highlights the work of the Children and Youth Planning Table (referred to as The Planning Table in the report) in the areas of governance, backbone support, and strategic planning, and more. We feel so fortunate to have our work and efforts recognized by the province and are excited to continue our collaborative efforts to move the needle on child and youth wellbeing in the Waterloo Region. Thank you to all who participated in, and represented the Children and Youth Planning Table in this research!

Visit our Resources and Research page, or click here to read the report Planning Collaboratives: Learnings to Support Integrated Planning and Considerations for Municipalities.

Click here to read excerpts from the report specifically about the work of the Children and Youth Planning Table.