Reports, Studies and Plans

The Township of Centre Wellington has a number of plans and publications that guide our decision making and municipal practices.

Asset Management Plan

The “Asset Management Strategy” provides a long term operating and capital forecast for asset related costs, indicating the requirements for maintaining, rehabilitating, replacing/disposing and expanding the Township's assets, while moving towards the specified expected levels of service. The goal of the asset management strategy is to have the Township in (or moving towards) a sustainable asset management position over the forecast period.


View the Township's current Strategic Asset Management Policy

Learn more about the Township's 2022 Asset Management Plan

2023 Budget

The approved 2023 Budget has a 3.53% increase in Township taxation, which equals an additional $46 per year on the average assessed home in Centre Wellington.  The 2023 budget includes a $35.1 million tax supported operating budget, a $35.4 million capital budget, and a $14.2 million water and wastewater operating budget.  The 2023 budget focused on planning ahead and being fiscally responsible despite challenges with unprecedented inflation.


Key investment priorities

  • 8-month co-op placement in the office of the CAO
  • Fergus Business Park Servicing
  • New Water Supply – Initial Studies
  • Replacement of Structure 24WG and 16WG, Former Township of West Garafraxa
  • Beatty Line North Reconstruction
  • East Mill Street Reconstruction
  • McNab Street Watermain Replacement
  • Elora Community Centre Renovation
  • Victoria Park (Elora) Stairs Replacement
  • Fire Pumper Replacement

With OLG funding in 2023 anticipated to be $2,700,000, Council approved distribution as follows:

  • $2,430,000 to Township Capital (90%)
  • $108,000 Community Impact Grants (4%)
  • $81,000 to Economic Development (3%)
  • $81,000 to Heritage (3%).

A consultation and engagement approach will begin in advance of the 2024 Budget process.  For more information on the 2023 Budget, please visit 

Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan declares what Council is trying to achieve, and invites residents, businesses and community organizations to get on board and help Council to achieve its objectives. It makes transparent not only what services and assets are desirable but also the financial obstacles to potentially expanding services and infrastructure. As each new term of Council begins, Council and staff review the key priorities and initiatives that will guide the Township's work plan for the coming four years.

Council approved the 2023 - 2026 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive plan for this term of Council and beyond. It was a collaborative approach with Council and staff, that involved numerous stakeholder sessions, surveys, and Council workshops/ The Council approved goals are:

Goal One: Create the Conditions for Economic Prosperity
Goal Two: Improve the Activity, Health and Wellness of our Community
Goal Three: Managing Growth while Enhancing the Community's Unique Character
Goal Four: Championing Environmental Stewardship
Goal Five: Provide Innovative in Sustainable Governance

Learn more about the 2023-2026 Strategic Plan here

 Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan

This report presents the five-year (2019-2024) corporate energy conservation and demand management plan (ECDMP) for the Township of Centre Wellington as required by Ontario Regulation 397/11, made under the Green Energy Act, 2009. A comprehensive planning process was undertaken to prepare the ECDMP. The ECDMP is composed of two parts:

1. A summary of the public agency’s annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its operation, and
2. A description of previous, current and proposed measures for conserving energy, reducing energy consumption and managing energy demand, including a forecast of the expected
results of the current and proposed measures.

View the Township's Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan

2019 Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Report

Emergency Response Plan

Emergencies can happen at any time. The Emergency Plan sets out a plan of action to provide the earliest possible response.

Community Exercise

The plan is tested and updated annually through a community exercise. The exercise is design to do the following:

  • Test Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and Emergency Plan
  • Improve communications, cooperation and collaboration
  • Learn and practice using emergency event management software
  • Meet requirements of the Emergency Management Act
  • Build skills and confidence of staff and volunteers by training them in their roles

View the Township's Emergency Response Plan

Fire Master Plan

The Township retained the services of Dillon Consulting Limited to develop a Master Fire Plan for Centre Wellington in 2017. The plan identified future requirements in the short term (1-3 years), medium term (4-6 years) and long term (7-10 years) based upon growth, trends, regulatory requirements and financial capabilities of the Township.  This plan will set the foundation for strategic decision making for the provision of fire and rescue services in Centre Wellington.

The Plan also identified fire risks and hazards, fire protection capabilities, public education, fire risk reductions and management, community preparedness and response, and funding and fiscal measures relating to fire protection with the purpose to formulate and plan for implementation of strategies for deficiencies which exist or may develop.

The Plan provided the Township of Centre Wellington with a systematic and comprehensive approach to evaluating risk and existing capabilities within the municipality and its fire department for the next 10 years.  It will also assist in the formulation and communication of the future direction and highlighting opportunities for optimizing service delivery. 

View the Township's Fire Master Plan

Official Plan

The official plan of the Township of Centre Wellington, is a policy document that sets out the Township's vision on how land should be used. The Township of Centre Wellington's Official Plan only applies to the Elora and Fergus Urban Centres, including Salem and Belwood. All other areas of the Township are governed by the County of Wellington's Official Plan.

Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan

Parks, recreation and culture facilities, programs, and services play an important role in Centre Wellington and in the lives of our residents. To provide direction for these important community assets over the next ten years, the Township of Centre Wellington is updating its Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan. This process will provide the Township with up-to-date insight on community needs and effective ways to deliver services, programs and more.

View the Final Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan

Trails Master Plan

Building on the success of the Elora Cataract Trail, the Township has created a Trails Master Plan which explores the trails and open spaces in the township and their uses. 

Transportation Master Plan

The Township has developed a long-range transportation master plan to improve how all modes (walking, cycling, driving, etc.) move in and around the Township! The plan was endorsed by Township Council on May 27, 2019. The plan builds upon work previously completed by the Township including the Official Plan, Strategic Plan and Trails Master Plan as well as past transportation related initiatives.

View the Township's Transportation Master Plan

Water Supply Master Plan

What's involved in the Water Supply Master Plan?

Estimate Demand

We are planning for the anticipated growth in CW to 2041. This means we will be providing safe and reliable water to more residential, industrial, commercial and institutional customers in our urban centres.

Determine Need

The amount of water the Township's current water supply system can provide will be reviewed for various scenarios including the potential impact of climate change, and compared to the estimated future demand for water. This will determine how much additional water supply is needed.

Identify and Evaluate Alternatives

In addition to considering water conservation and demand management, we will be development and evaluating alternatives for additional supplies, including optimization of existing wells and development new supply opportunities.

Learn more about the Water Supply Master Plan

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