Report Card: How did the City of Sarnia do in 2017?

In 2017 the City of Sarnia actively pursued the goals laid out in the 2017-2017 Report Card Cover2020 Corporate Strategic Plan. We are well on our way to fulfilling each strategy. See the full report card:

Here are a few 2017 achievements in each of our strategic priorities:

Priority #1: Economic InnovationPresentation Graphic

  • Named a Smart21 Community globally, for the 3rd year in a row
  • Introduced BizPal online service to help businesses start up
  • Launched promotional videos: Live, Work and Play
  • $107.7 million construction value of permits issued

Priority #2: High Quality of Life & Caring for all Caring for Citizens GraphicCitizens

  • Received award for municipal accessibility achievements
  • 12 new Sarnia Transit buses on the road
  • Presented 6 local businesses with Go Green Awards and 8 local businesses with Accessibility Awards
  • Supported many festivals and community events, such as Canada 150, Artwalk, Kids Funfest, Hobbyfest, Greekfest, Celebration of Lights, Lambton College Anniversary Pow Wow, Ribfest

Priority #3: Responsible Financial ManagementPiggy Bank Graphic

  • Leveraged $15 million in senior government funding
  • $290,000 in sponsorships
  • Paid off $3.8 million of external debt and ended year with a budget surplus
  • Contributed $5.35 million for demolition and remediation of Sarnia General Hospital

Priority #4: Corporate Excellence & LeadershipChecklist Graphic

  • Live streamed City Council meetings
  • Nominated by the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce for the 2017 Outstanding Business Achievement Award (OBAA) in the category of Customer Service – Large
  • 3,695 likes on Facebook and 3,722 followers on Twitter
  • Utilized SmartSarnia website to expand opportunities for citizen engagement

Is there any action that can be taken regarding the individuals broadcasting religious messaging outside of City Hall and on Murphy/London Roads?

The City Noise By-law has a broad prohibition against disturbing noise. However, the by-law allows for the electronic amplification of sound outside of a prohibited “quiet” time (8:00pm-8:00am downtown, and 9:00pm-7:00am London/Murphy Road).

The City respects citizens’ right to freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, however, if citizens experience threats or harassment from broadcasters, please contact the Sarnia Police.