A commitment to serving Ontarians with an efficient, safe, sustainable, and modern transportation system is at the core of the work of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation and is essential to our province’s economic prosperity and the high quality of life we enjoy. Increasingly, issues like climate change, volatile fuel prices, population growth, and the economic downturn have prompted us to re-examine the way we deliver this service. A strategic and coordinated approach to our work, centred around the principle of sustainability, will help the ministry not only respond to these and other future challenges, but anticipate new ones. In doing so, we will be well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities they provide to make our province more resilient and competitive. The Sustainability Strategy will be the first document to emerge from this more focused approach to doing business sustainably at the Ministry of Transportation.
The Sustainability Strategy will outline the rationale and the vision for a more sustainable MTO and provincial transportation system. The Strategy will identify seven Strategic Goals, developed in consultation with staff and management from across the Ministry, to provide direction for future action towards becoming more sustainable. Following the release of the Strategy, a Sustainability Implementation Plan will be developed, in which commitments towards the Strategic Goals identified in the Strategy will be published. Implementation Plans will be released every three years, introducing new commitments and reporting on progress made towards the commitments in previous Plans. This process will ensure an evolving, incremental, and accountable shift towards incorporating sustainability into the ministry.
The Sustainability Strategy is being developed with the understanding that meaningful consultation in the decision-making process is central to achieving sustainable outcomes. For this reason, the development of the Strategy reflects a collaborative approach. A network of MTO staff representing all areas and regions of the ministry has been actively involved in this process, providing recommendations, sharing information, and raising awareness for this initiative.
Receiving input from the public is also an important part of the consultation process during the development of the Sustainability Strategy. That is why an overview of the Sustainability Strategy has been included as part of this policy proposal notice for public review.