Image of Stratford Mayor Steve OgdenMayor’s Message

Welcome to summer in Stratford!

Looking back over the past several months, Council and I have been busy working to make Stratford the best community possible. We are very pleased to report that the 2019-20 budget has been completed with no tax increase although it was very challenging to do. Going forward we will be discussing with the new provincial government a model to achieve fair and predictable funding which recognizes Stratford’s unprecedented growth rate and the resulting need to provide programs, services and infrastructure in the fastest growing town on PEI.

I am very proud to report that the new Emergency Services Facility is progressing well and is on track to be operational later this year. Applications for federal and provincial funding for all major Town capital projects have been submitted, including a proposal for a multi-use facility and our fingers are crossed that we will receive positive response to these applications over the summer!

A lot of development activity continues in the Town this year. One of our major challenges is to balance construction with maintaining quality of life for residents and appropriate environmental protection. Staff, Council and I are fully cognizant of these important considerations and are working with developers, the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group (SAWIG) and provincial authorities to ensure appropriate measures are put in place and respected.

The Town is particularly focused at this time on increasing affordable housing within Stratford and promoting sustainable subdivision developments. We have been working with developers, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and others to move forward on affordable housing initiatives. Council has approved a property tax rebate and other incentives to encourage developers to undertake affordable housing initiatives.

As a valuable part of our growth, the Town continues to welcome newcomers who add so much to the texture and richness of the social and economic fabric of Stratford. With many ongoing measures in place, we are also pursuing funding for infrastructure to ensure all residents, both new and long-term, feel connected to our community, are able to mark cultural special occasions and are included in all Town events and activities.

Staff, Council and I are looking forward to the summer and especially to one of the highlights of the season: Stratford’s celebration of our great country on July 1st. There will be music, cultural and artistic displays, bouncy castles, food, refreshments and, of course, ice cream scooped and served personally by your Mayor and Councillors. Hope to see you there!

Enjoy a fun, safe and relaxing summer in Stratford!

Sincerely, 

Mayor Steve Ogden