CIF Strategic Plan Consultation

Consulting on a New CIF Strategic Plan

In 2018,  CIF Governing Committee asked for development of a new Strategic Plan to replace our current plan expiring December 31, 2018. To ensure that the plan meets the needs of all CIF stakeholders, the CIF completed Phase 1 consultation in the summer/fall of 2018. Phase 2 consultation begins in early 2019. Please check back here for more information early in 2019.

This webpage is a key source of information about topics of concern and timelines for providing feedback. Please bookmark this page and return often.

Multi-Phased Strategic Plan Development Process

The CIF is developing a new strategic plan in a series of steps, through which we are making every effort to enable stakeholders to provide input, conveniently and quickly.

Step 1

Stakeholder consultation period: Multi-channel input for all stakeholders
(Q3 2018)

Step 2

Draft Strategic Plan Development
(Q4 2018)

Step 3

Comment Period on Draft Strategic Plan

Step 4

Finalize New Strategic Plan
(Q1 2019)

Consultation On CIF Strategic Plan Development

Phase 1 Consultation Activities (2018)

To promote broad and convenient consultation through Phase 1, we invited feedback in various formats.

Channel 1: Consultation via direct contact with organizations, advocacy and membership associations

Stakeholder groups will determine the level of engagement desired with their members, e.g. contact with: group management only, staff only, survey, email, teleconference or live presentations.

Channel 2: Consultation with individuals

Comments from all individuals were welcomed via online survey & other contact.

Phase 2 Consultation Activities

HDR Inc. has been retained to undertake Phase 2 consultation and develop the final Strategic Plan. See the slides of a webinar for Municipal and First Nations stakeholders that was hosted on January 25.

To find out more about consultation activities in 2019, please contact:

Christine Roarke, Senior Waste Planner, HDR
289-680-5251 |

For More Information

We welcome your input and your questions. Please email questions to CIF Communications.


Operating since 2008, the Continuous Improvement Fund is a partnership between the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the City of Toronto, Stewardship Ontario (SO) and the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (formerly Waste Diversion Ontario – WDO).

The CIF’s mandate is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Ontario’s municipal Blue Box Programs through funding, technical support and skills development intended to aid municipalities and program stakeholders in the identification and implementation of best practices, technological and market based solutions.

To date, the CIF has processed and evaluated over 1,000 project proposals and provided over $60 million to co-fund the completion of more than 700 projects with a combined value exceeding $140 million.

Since inception, the CIF has operated under a series of evolving strategic plans that identified long term priorities achieved via annual operations plans. The current CIF strategic plan focuses on:

  • maximizing individual and systemic program cost-effectiveness, program performance and/or increased diversion of Blue Box materials;
  • results that could be implemented across multiple municipalities and/or represented collaborative efforts amongst multiple municipalities to optimize program performance; and
  • generating quantifiable and positive results.