Future Oxford sub-committees

Future Oxford works towards the goals and targets of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan through its sub-committees.

 

 

Community Oxford
 

Community Oxford

Chair: Rick Cox, Director, Recreation, Culture & Parks, Town of Tillsonburg

Contact for more information:
Community Oxford 
info@futureoxford.ca  
519-539-9800, ext. 3001

 

Community

 

 

Community Oxford supports the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan goals that help build an accessible, knowledgeable and creative community.

Community Oxford coordinated the Oxford Community Wellbeing Survey in 2016 that looked at quality-of-life factors like educational opportunities, job satisfaction, health behaviours, community involvement, the environment, and more.

In March 2018, a comparative report, "A Profile of Wellbeing in Oxford County with Comparisons to Ontario and Canada" was released. The report offers insight into how Oxford County is positioned in relation to other regions in Ontario and Canada, with respect to community wellbeing.

Visit www.communityoxford.ca to learn more


Economy
 

Economy Oxford supports the goals of building a vibrant economy, cultivating entrepreneurship throughout Oxford, encouraging the production and consumption of locally produced food and products, and growing the sustainable economy.

In May 2018, the Oxford Workforce Development Partnership, in collaboration with Future Oxford, Community Employment Services, and the Local Economic Employment Planning Council, released a report, Working together to build a stronger workforce & grow economic prosperity in Oxford. The report offers a collaboration-focused framework to help achieve the "economy" goals of the Future Oxford Sustainability Plan, and shows that Oxford’s economic partners are making “tremendous impact” on the community’s future outlook through programs that foster collaboration, plan for the labour market, attract skilled talent to the area, and reduce barriers to employment. Download the report 

Co-Chairs 
Ian Stevens, President and CEO, Execulink Telecom 
Jeff Surridge, CEO, Oxford Community Employment Services

 

Renewable energy

Oxford’s renewable energy strategies balances our economic, community, and environmental interests. Oxford is already evolving as a hub for renewable energy innovation and we will seek further investment in this area. Ultimately, local generation by renewable also provides greater control over our local economy. Visit Smart Energy Oxford to learn more.

 

Economy Oxofrd
 

Contact for more information

Economy Oxford
info@futureoxford.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001


Community Oxford
 

Contact for more information

Environment Oxford  
info@futureoxford.ca 
519-539-9800, ext. 3001

Community
 

Environment Oxford is focused on the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan actions that will place Oxford County as a world leader in environmental action. Key aims of the Plan include:

  • Planting 10,000 trees a year through Reforest Oxford
  • Moving away from fossil fuels and enhancing low carbon transportation, work that is being advanced by Smart Energy Oxford
  • Achieving zero waste in Oxford, work that is being supported by Zero Waste Oxford
  • Ensuring long-term protection of all source water

Chair: Bryan Smith, Chair, Oxford Coalition for Social Justice / President, OPAL Alliance


Economy

Reforest Oxford is committed to the annual goal of planting 10,000 trees in Oxford, over and above the number of new trees that would typically be planted each year. Reaching the goal will involve identifying funding sources for tree planting, working with land owners, conservation authorities and other partners at developing tree planting programs to enhance the natural environment in Oxford.

Reforest Oxford will also work to help promote tree planting groups and programs that are already established in the community. In addition to tree planting, Reforest Oxford will advocate for the enhancement of all natural areas such as woodlands, wetlands and grasslands.

Helping make a difference, one tree at a time.
Contact us to see how together, we can help enhance Oxford County for future generations.

Economy Oxofrd
 

Chair: Phil Holst, Director, Ducks Unlimited Canada / Vice Chair, Stewardship Oxford

Contact for more information: 
Reforest Oxford 
info@futureoxford.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001


ZeroWasteOxford
 

Zero Waste Oxford Committee

Zero Waste Oxford comprises a cross-section of community, business and government interest and expertise.

Chair: Bryan Smith, Chair, Oxford Coalition for Social Justice / President, OPAL Alliance

Contact for more information: 
Zero Waste Oxford 
info@futureoxford.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001

ZeroWaste
 

On September 9, 2015, Oxford County Council passed a motion to establish Oxford as a “zero waste” community. This means:

100% of Oxford generated and non-hazardous industrial, commercial, instituational and residential solid waste disposal needs are met by the Oxford of Oxford’s Waste Management Facility by 2025 while ensuring Oxford’s solid waste disposal capacity to the year 2100.

The work of achieving zero waste in Oxford is also one of the key goals of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan (3.i.c.). Zero Waste Oxford is the committee that is leading the work on the targets and actions in the Plan that will allow us to achieve “zero waste.”

Role of Zero Waste Oxford

The role of the Zero Waste Oxford committee is to advocate, facilitate, support, monitor and report on Oxford’s achievement of the Zero Waste goal through the development of a plan to ensure Oxford has the disposal capacity it needs to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100.

The Zero Waste Oxford Plan will include strategies and actions to:

  1. Eliminate solid waste exports across all sectors in Oxford;
  2. Reduce Solid Waste generated across all sectors in Oxford;
  3. Achieve the highest diversion rates possible (re-use and recycling) across all sectors in Oxford;
  4. To process solid waste prior to final disposal at the County of Oxford’s Waste Management facility, as necessary to achieve at least a 90% reduction in final disposal volumes. Processing solid waste may include the use of appropriate technologies (E.g. resource and energy recovery) as necessary and appropriate to achieve substantive disposal volume reductions;
  5. To ensure Oxford has a Solid Waste Disposal plan to provide the disposal capacity necessary to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100;
  6. Identify and advocate for provincial waste management reform that will assist Oxford in achieving the Zero Waste goal.

 


zero poverty wordmark

On November 22, 2017, Oxford County Council passed a motion to eliminate poverty in our community. In focusing on eradicating poverty as a specific, achievable goal, our community is taking steps to ensure improved health and well-being for all residents and to enhance community prosperity. The zero poverty strategy supports multiple goals and targets identified in the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.

The Zero Poverty Oxford Action Committee, made up of community stakeholders, will map out the development and implementation of this initiative, with support coming from the Zero Poverty Support Team. The resulting Zero Poverty Oxford Strategy will be a pragmatic plan that addresses:

  1.  The opportunity for, at minimum, living wages for all citizens;
  2. The need for a safe and supportive community;
  3. The need for transportation options that enhance community accessibility; 
  4. The need for access to services that are free from income related barriers;
  5. The need for an adequate supply of affordable housing options.

Poverty reduction in Oxford County is achievable and the right thing to do. In working together as community partners, we can eliminate poverty in Oxford and transform our community. 

Zero Poverty Oxford

Zero Poverty Oxford Action Committee
Zero Poverty Oxford comprises a cross-section of community, business and government interest and expertise.

Contact for more information:
Zero Poverty Oxford
info@futureoxford.ca
519-539-9800, ext. 3001


Future Oxford: A Community Sustainability Plan presents a vision, as well as supporting tools, for meeting the community’s needs today without compromising the future. It embraces the importance of managing human (community), natural (environmental) and financial (economic) resources through 70 actions arrived at through extensive community consultation. Community perspectives have painted a picture of Oxford that emphasizes accessibility, education and creativity, as well as a growing sustainable economy and a community that is a leader in environmental action. To learn more visit www.futureoxford.ca