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Performance Dashboard

Performance DashboardPerformance Dashboard

The Performance Dashboard consists of a number of performance indicators the City of Waterloo uses for services they provide to the community. More measures will be added to the dashboard over time and these measures will be updated annually.

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ECONOMY

Industrial/Commercial Vacancy Rates (annual average)

Investment Activity by Construction Value

Number of City-supported Cultural Events per Year

 

Industrial/Commercial Vacancy Rates (annual average)

Objective

Objective
Ensure that available commercial and industrial space continues to be used by viable and growing companies 

Measurement

Measurement
Annual average industrial and commercial vacancy rates (collected by the Commercial Real Estate Association)

Target

Target
Improved trend over time

 

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This measure tracks the annual average vacancy rates for office and industrial space, the trend-line to which will give us solid feedback regarding the effectiveness of the city's various marketing, business retention and expansion and attraction programs; as well as the overall competitiveness of the City of Waterloo.

 

Industrial vacancy rate: this rate reflects limited land and building supply which is tight in this region with very limited construction in progress.

 

Office vacancy rate: The increase in 2016 is explained by office space consolidation and new office construction with new space on market. Q1 2017 shows lowering of vacancy rate. Sixty per cent of vacant space is in five buildings.

 

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Initiative

Initiative supporting

City of Waterloo economic development marketing program

 Office and industrial vacancy rates

Yearly average vacancy rates

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Investment Activity by Construction Value

Objective

Objective

This measure tracks the volume of construction value, as recorded by building permit data, and is a solid indicator regarding overall investment interest as well as tracking capacity building for growth. These numbers will guide programs and focus with respect to driving, and also balancing, investment in the City of Waterloo. 

 

Measurement

Measurement
Investment activity by construction value (in dollars and split into new and renovation, subdivided by type)

Target

Target
Improved trend over time 

 

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Building permits for this measure are tracked by type: residential, institutional, commercial and industrial.

 

The previous development charge exemption in the uptown expired in 2010 and resulted in a large number of building permits being issued (such as the Barrel Yards project).

 

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Initiative

Initiative Supporting

City of Waterloo economic development marketing program

City of Waterloo competitiveness plan

Construction activity

Non residential construction activity

 

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Number of City-supported Cultural Events per Year

Objective

Objective

Community cultural events contribute to cultural tourism and build community identity and pride by creating and strengthening social connections. The number of city-supported cultural events is an indicator of the impact the city is having on community vitality.

Measurement

Measurement
Number of city-supported cultural events per year

Target

Target
The target is an increase of 2.5% per year.

 

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This measure will also assist with the evaluation of the city's culture plan implementation, specifically in terms of the following goals:

Goal 1: Uncover and build community capacity for creativity, expression and cultural engagement;

Goal 3: Enliven streets, neighbourhoods, public and green spaces;

Goal 4: Enhance engagement of community diversity to build a stronger, shared sense of belonging;

Goal 5: Expand community awareness and appreciation of culture; and

Goal 6: Foster collaborations in the culture sector.

 

Visit www.waterloo.ca/artsandculture to learn more about cultural programming in Waterloo.

Initiative

Initiative Supporting

City of Waterloo's culture plan

 

 

Actuals

Year

Number of events

Cultural festivals on city property

 

 

2015

N/A

2016

121 

Note: This measure was changed in 2016 to better reflect the diversity of festivals occurring each year on city property.