The City of Kitchener’s progress toward forming the Strategic Plan for 2023 – 2026 has entered its next major stage of community participation.

After a telephone survey of more than 1,000 residents earlier this year, the city conducted broader and deeper listening to identify 10 things residents want us to keep in mind while drafting the plan. See the full list at

In addition, last week the City hosted the first in a series of meetings with an all-new, 40-person Plan WITH Us Kitchener Resident Panel. The diverse panelists were selected randomly based on demographic attributes requested from all applicants in order to closely mirror the actual demographics of the community.

“It has been amazing to see the amount of input Kitchener residents are providing to help form the plan that will guide this term of council and establishing a vision for the next 20 years,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “This participation is essential as we work together to determine our priorities for living and growing as a vibrant, prosperous community where everyone belongs.”

During the next five months, the resident panel will work with city staff and the Compass Kitchener Citizen Advisory Committee to create a draft strategic plan.

Next spring, after the resident panel has completed its work, we will share the draft plan widely with Kitchener residents. The draft plan will go to council for discussion, refinement, and final approval is expected in June 2023.

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Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications