City seeks community input for proposed driving instructor business licence

Guelph, On, May 21, 2013 – Community members are invited to attend an open house to learn more about, ask questions, voice concerns and support, and provide input on the development of a new business licence category for driving instructors operating in Guelph.

The amended by-law, if approved by Council, will allow the City to regulate when and where driver instruction can take place in Guelph.

Licensing driving instructors will help address community safety concerns related to an increase in traffic from driver training on residential streets near Guelph’s Drive Test Centre, and ensure more driving instructors are licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and possess liability insurance.

To inform the City’s Business Licence by-law amendment, the City hopes to hear from a variety of community members.

Licensing driving instructors open house


  • Doug Godfrey, the City’s manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing
  • Jennifer Jacobi, the City’s licensing coordinator
  • Representatives from the Drive Test Centre of Guelph, Driving School Association of Ontario, and Allstate Driving Instructors’ Association of Ontario

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

City Hall, 1 Carden Street, room 112

Community members unable to attend, can send the City their comments by May 31, by email to, phone 519-822-1260 extension 2551, fax 519-822-1751 or mail to Driving instructor licensing comments, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3A1.

All feedback will be considered in the development of the proposed amendment to the Business Licence By-law, which is anticipated to be presented to Operations, Transit and Emergency Services Committee in July.

More information is available online at city government > by-laws and policies > draft by-laws

For more information

Doug Godfrey
Manager, Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing
Operations, Transit & Emergency Services
519-822-1260 extension 2520