Strategic Priorities

Learn about Courtenay City Council's priorities for their Council term.

The 2019 - 2022 strategic priorities were established at planning sessions with Council and staff in late 2018 and early 2019: 2019 - 2022 City of Courtenay Strategic Priorities [PDF - 249 KB]

An update to the Strategic Priorities was adopted in September 2021, and includes tangible goals for dozens of new or ongoing projects. The previous update to the strategic priorities occurred in 2019, with the annual review and reporting process suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 - 2022 Strategic Priorities Update [PDF - 167 KB]

A highlights document was developed to showcase some of the progress towards the strategic priorities: Strategic Priority Highlights - 2019 - 2022 [PDF - 4 MB]

The 2019 - 2022 priorities are organized into six strategic themes:

  • We focus on organizational and governance excellence
  • We proactively plan and invest in our natural and built environment
  • We actively pursue vibrant economic growth
  • We plan and invest in methods of multi-modal transportation
  • We support diversity in housing and reasoned land use planning
  • We continually invest in our key relationships

The priorities are further organized by whether they fall under Council's area of control, influence or concern:

Area of Control
The policy, works and programming matters that fall within Council’s jurisdictional authority to act.

Area of Influence
Matters that fall within shared or agreed jurisdiction between Council and another government or party.

Area of Concern
Matters of interest outside Council’s jurisdictional authority to act.

Strategic Priorities do not include all the day-to-day legislative requirements and essential services such as water, sewer, policing, fire protection, roads, and bylaw enforcement – many of which are required by law, and represent a significant portion of the budget and staff time.

The city also provides important ‘quality of life’ services, such as recreation, parks, arts and culture.