This updated Strategic Plan re-focuses our efforts and shifts our resources to Council’s 10 priority areas. The 2018-2021 Plan reflects the insights of our City Council – elected in late 2016 – and their constituents.
Over the next four years, we’ll act on the initiatives outlined in this Plan, monitor our progress and work closely with City Council to ensure its priorities are achieved.
Saskatoon is the best-managed city in Canada.
We provide high quality services to meet the dynamic needs and high expectations of our citizens. We focus on continuous improvement and provide the best possible services using innovative and creative means. We go beyond conventional approaches to meet the changing needs of our city.
We are a preferred employer that attracts skilled and talented people from a variety of backgrounds and professional disciplines. We are diverse and representative of the community we serve.
We work together in a safe, healthy and productive environment. We know what is expected of us in our respective roles. And, we feel engaged and empowered to build a better city – committing ourselves to high standards of performance and taking responsibility for our decisions and actions each day.
Saskatoon invests in what matters.
Our planning is inspired by the idea that “we invest in what matters”. The financial and physical resources under our care are used to address the needs of citizens today and tomorrow – focused on our long-term goal to manage the City in a smart, sustainable way.
The services we provide are aligned with what our citizens expect and are able to pay. Citizens see value in the investments they make through their tax dollars. On their behalf, we seek revenue streams from new and multiple sources, and manage both risk and debt appropriately.
We are open, accountable and transparent, particularly when it comes to the resource allocation and collection decisions we make.
Our buildings, roads and bridges are well-managed and well maintained – meeting the needs of citizens and reflecting the pride and priorities of a modern 21st Century city.
Saskatoon is a warm, welcoming place.
Our neighbourhoods are “complete communities” that offer a range of housing options, employment opportunities, art, culture and recreational facilities and other amenities. Citizens have access to facilities and programs that promote active living, and enjoy the natural beauty and benefits of parks, trails and the river valley that brings people together.
Culture thrives in Saskatoon where diverse traditions, religions and languages are respected and celebrated. As a community, we find new and creative ways to showcase our city’s built, natural and cultural heritage. Every citizen feels a sense of belonging. People are actively engaged in the future and governance of their city. Our community spirit is strong where, through conversation and collaboration, we work as one community to move forward, together.
Saskatoon grows in harmony with nature.
Saskatoon thrives in harmony with its natural environment, conserves resources and consistently demonstrates environmental leadership.
Our city’s air and water are clean. We reduced our consumption of water and energy. We rely on renewable energy sources and green technology where it makes sense to do so. We construct energy efficient buildings and are a leader in operating an energy-efficient city in our cold weather climate.
People routinely take transit, walk or cycle to get around, and our neighbourhoods are more compact. We produce less garbage and recycle or compost most of it. We grow more food in the city. The South Saskatchewan River Valley is Saskatoon’s natural showpiece and supports biodiversity in its many forms. Our natural assets are protected, enhanced and linked. There is more green space per resident, thanks to a commitment to urban and grassland parks and an urban forest that is healthy and growing.
Saskatoon is known for smart, sustainable growth.
Saskatoon’s growth is environmentally and economically sustainable and contributes to a high quality of life. The city has grown both upward and outward – reflecting a balance of greenfield and infill development. Balanced growth has made the city a model of efficiency and resulted in attractive new people places that reinforce Saskatoon’s sense of community.
Downtown is built-up and bustling. Main streets and community hubs are urban villages. New neighbourhoods are walkable and well-planned; older neighbourhoods have been renewed and revitalized. Our City Centre is a vibrant hub for culture, commerce and civic life. Getting to and from this thriving, creative space is easy, safe and enjoyable.
Saskatoon is a city on the move.
Our investments in infrastructure and new modes of transportation have shifted attitudes about the best ways to get around.
Our transportation network includes an accessible and efficient transit system and a comprehensive network of active transportation facilities. People still use cars, and also rely on options such as public transit, walking and cycling.
Growth has brought new roads and bridges that improve connectivity for all travel modes. Improved streetscapes, interconnected streets and well-planned neighbourhoods encourage walking and cycling.
Attractive options to the car alleviate congestion and ensure people and goods can move around the city quickly and easily.
Saskatoon thrives thanks to a diverse local economy.
Saskatoon’s regional economy continues to grow and diversify, demonstrating long-term sustainability.
The city is recognized globally as a centre for education, innovation and creativity, and a business-friendly environment. Strong institutions and a spirit of entrepreneurship encourage the ideas and plans of individuals and companies big and small. We are a city that celebrates and embraces an entrepreneurial spirit.
All sectors of the economy are pulsing and new economic pillars have emerged. People from across the province, Canada and the world are drawn to our city for its quality of life, limitless opportunities and highly-skilled and educated workforce.
Saskatoon is known as a bustling, business-friendly city.