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County Council Highlights January 24, 2017

Welcome to St. Thomas Elgin Portal 

The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership (STELIP) highlighted the importance of newcomers in filling vacancies in the workforce and for growing Elgin’s Economy. The organization also introduced a new immigration portal designed as a tool to connect newcomers to the area with the services that they need to transition into the community. It is vital that newcomers have access to information about education, employment, health services, housing and transportation services. The portal also acts a tool to attract newcomers to Elgin.  

Basic Income Pilot     
In the 2016, the Province announced it is moving forward with a Basic Income Pilot. The Pilot will test the theory that providing people with a modest guaranteed annual income supplement will reduce poverty more effectively, encourage work, reduce stigmatization, improve health and education outcomes, and encourage better life choices for people. A Basic Income system would replace the current Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) by providing unconditional automatic financial support to people living below a certain income threshold.
Elgin County Council voted to support the application from City of St. Thomas to be a pilot case under the Basic Income Pilot Project.  

Council Approves Capital Budget in Principle 

Elgin County Council approved the proposed ten-year capital plan for 2017. This plan provides key infrastructure improvements for the County of more than $140 million over the ten-year term. This plan is containable within previous Council’s targeted levy increase. 

The ten-year capital plan ensures that the County’s infrastructure remains in good working order, thereby reducing lifecycle costs and avoiding costly future investments. Projects include major roads projects and a rebuild of Terrace Lodge. The plan includes over $10 million on average annually in roads infrastructure. New additions in 2017 are a new Elgin County Museum facility and work that will need to be done on Wonderland Road. 

The complete proposed Capital Budget can be seen as part of the January 24, 2017 County Council Agenda Package. 

Shedden Library Name and Lease

The construction of a new library facility at the Keystone Complex in Shedden is well underway and it is anticipated that it will be open to the public by June 2017. 

At its meeting on January 24, 2017 Council authorized a lease for 3,657 square feet of space in the Shedden Keystone Complex effective April 1, 2017. 

This new facility will be triple the size of the existing facility, will be fully accessible and have ample parking space. Elgin County is excited about the opportunities for enhanced programming that this new location will bring. 

After consultations with the Shedden Library Committee and Southwold Township Council, the County of Elgin has decided to name the new facility Southwold Township Library, Shedden. This reflects the facility’s service of the entire Township of Southwold while indicating the library’s geographic location.