What's next for Windsor and Ward 5

Ed Sleiman…Working hard for US!

  

It has been an honour and privilege to serve and represent the residents of Ward 5 for most of the last 8 years. I have worked diligently with my colleagues on council, my constituents and City residents on numerous issues important to both my Ward 5, and the city of Windsor as a whole. 

Representing my neighbours and Ward 5 constituents is my passion and wants to continue serving them with honesty and integrity, often working with my constituents one on one (many times personally visiting them at their homes) dealing with issues important to them, while helping set policies in place that benefit our residents. 

We still have major issues to be addressed. We need to create a healthy, vibrant and resilient city for our citizen to work, raise family and enjoy the amenities Windsor provides. Windsor must continue its path of being an age friendly City to attract seniors from across the country while pursuing job opportunities for our young people. 

Economic Development That Works for More Good Paying Jobs

  • Minimizing the bureaucratic maze (hurdles) for new businesses to locate here and help keep existing ones competitive.
  • This growth of new businesses will help to bring in more tax dollars to the city. 
  • In turn, this will help reduce taxes for both home owners and businesses alike.
  • Our Local Chamber of Commerce and District Labour Council are critical stakeholders in making our community more attractive for new business investment.
  • Assisting in the promotion and development of our new technology businesses and industry.
  • Enhance our skilled labour pool by ramping up the promotion of skills and advanced technology training 


Investing in our Neighbourhoods

  • Developing communities that reflect the values of Windsor residents.
  • I put forth the motion and fought in council to pass a Community Improvement Plan “CIP” for Ford City. It will soon be implemented to help attract businesses and residential development. 
  • Over $19.3 million invested in Ward 5 over the last 4 years for roads, sewers and sidewalks.
  • Promoting implementation of traffic calming measures for Ward 5 neighbourhoods to make our streets safer.
  • Spending on amenities needs to be a priority as well. Now, more than ever, amenities have become an integral part of infrastructure to attract new companies with highly skilled jobs.
  • Highly skilled employees are attracted to cities that have a great quality of life with a wide spectrum of great amenities ranging from cultural venues to sports, entertainment and leisurely pursuits.
  • New businesses will see Windsor as a great place to do business as not only offering business friendly climate with our proximity to the U.S. border, but because it offers attractive amenities for their employees. 

Making Windsor Fiscally Strong

  • I voted in favour of returning the office of Auditor General as a public watchdog to oversee and monitor our finances.
  • Ed believes that for our city to grow and prosper, our Councilors must be fiscally responsible, transparent, accountable and approachable.
  • I am a strong advocate in continuing to hold the line on property taxes while reducing our city's debt. This is accomplished by using best practices to provide quality public services at a cost the taxpayers can afford.
  • I am pleased to say that I have been part of a fiscally responsible council for the last 8 years. 
  • No tax increases from 2008 to 2015 (2016, 1.0% increase hospital levy).  (2017, 1.3% increase).   (2018, 0.9% increase).  
  • We brought our debt down significantly, from $229.4 M in 2002, down to $85.2 M in 2017. This increased our ability to pay as we go for many projects, creating a tremendous benefit to our operating budget which translates saving to the taxpayers. 
  • We must continue this trend to make our city the most affordable city to live in and do business.
  • We need to continue to search diligently for best practices that will lead to increased efficiencies in all areas of our current operations to hold the bottom line on our expenses.