Category Archives: City Hall

Council approves design standards for new commercial developments in Guelph

December 10, 2019

Guelph approves new commercial built form standards to govern the design of commercial development outside the downtown core. Continue reading Council approves design standards for new commercial developments in Guelph


City completes engagement on proposal to address its concerns with Dolime Quarry operations

December 10, 2019

More than 230 residents from the City and Guelph-Eramosa Township attended the community open houses and pop-up information sessions to get more information, ask questions, and share their feedback. Continue reading City completes engagement on proposal to address its concerns with Dolime Quarry operations


Guelph City Council approves 2020 budget

December 3, 2019

Guelph City Council approved the tax-supported operating budget and the local boards and shared services budget today, bringing the tax levy increase in at 3.91 per cent Continue reading Guelph City Council approves 2020 budget


Notice of collection: telephone survey on growth and development in Guelph

December 2, 2019

The City is conducting a residential telephone call survey to gather information about the community’s perceptions and expectations around how and where growth and development will happen in Guelph over the next 20 years. Continue reading Notice of collection: telephone survey on growth and development in Guelph


Council Planning Meeting – Monday, December 9, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

November 28, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday, December 9, 2019 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Open Meeting Council Consent Agenda:  IDE-2019-123 Decision Report 1657 and 1665 Gordon Street Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File: OZS18-003 Ward 6 Public Meeting to Hear Applications Under Section 17, 34 and 51 of The Planning Act: IDE-2019-125 Statutory Public Meeting Report 1871-1879 Gordon Street Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File: OZS19-011 Ward 6 Items… Continue reading Council Planning Meeting – Monday, December 9, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.


Civic Accelerator Roads Challenge: Notice of Collection regarding personal information

November 25, 2019

Guelph is working with IRIS R&D to track small road defects that could identify preventative maintenance opportunities and potentially extend the lifecycle of roads. Continue reading Civic Accelerator Roads Challenge: Notice of Collection regarding personal information


Committee of the Whole Agenda – December 2, 2019

November 21, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Committee of the Whole – Monday,  December 2, 2019 Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Open Meeting – 2 p.m. Staff Recognitions: Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists – George Burwash Langford Memorial Award 2019 Canadian Parking Association Innovation Award – Parking Operations and Programs International Economic Development Council – Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award Guelph Mercury Tribune Reader’s Choice Awards… Continue reading Committee of the Whole Agenda – December 2, 2019


Special Council Meeting – November 18, 2019 – Presentation of Tax Supported Operating Budget

November 15, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Monday, November 18, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Special Council –  2020 Tax Supported Operating Budget CS-2019-81 2020 Tax Supported Operating Budget Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


Special Council Meeting – November 20, 2019 – Presentation of Local Boards and Shared Services Budgets

November 15, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Special Council –  Presentation of Local Boards and Shared Services Budgets CS-2019-82 2020 Local Boards and Shared Services Budgets Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


Council approves 2020 capital budget and non-tax supported operating budget

November 13, 2019

City Council approved the 2020 capital budget and the non-tax supported operating budget, and received the 2021–2029 capital forecast. Continue reading Council approves 2020 capital budget and non-tax supported operating budget


City announces Terry Gayman as new City Engineer

November 12, 2019

Guelph, Ont., November 12, 2019— The City of Guelph is pleased to announce that Terry Gayman has been chosen to fill the position of general manager of Engineering and Transportation Services and City Engineer. Gayman has been acting in the role of general manager since August of this year when Kealy Dedman was promoted to deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “After a search that had us interviewing both internal and external candidates, we’re confident we’ve found the best person to fill this role,” says Kealy Dedman, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “Terry has been with the City for five years and has shown great leadership on key City projects including the implementation of the stormwater service fee and management… Continue reading City announces Terry Gayman as new City Engineer


2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey results

November 8, 2019

Survey results show Guelph residents are satisfied with their overall quality of life Continue reading 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey results


Guelph residents are proud to be a part of the city

November 8, 2019

Overwhelmingly residents are satisfied with the quality of life in Guelph with 95 per cent of those surveyed rating it as good or very good. Continue reading Guelph residents are proud to be a part of the city


Celebrating design excellence in Guelph

November 8, 2019

The City is bringing back the Guelph Urban Design Awards to celebrate design excellence and recognize thoughtful, innovative and sustainable urban design features that enhance our city’s unique sense of place. The awards were last held in 2006. Continue reading Celebrating design excellence in Guelph


Budget talks continue with the 2020 tax supported operating and local boards and shared services budgets

November 7, 2019

The City has released the proposed 2020 tax supported operating budget and the local boards and shared services budget to City Council and the community on guelph.ca. Continue reading Budget talks continue with the 2020 tax supported operating and local boards and shared services budgets


Shaping a new zoning bylaw with your input

November 6, 2019

We’re in the process of updating Guelph’s zoning bylaw, and we’re ready to share our recommendations for a new set of rules to help achieve our community’s vision for the future of our city. Continue reading Shaping a new zoning bylaw with your input


Council Planning – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

October 31, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Open Meeting Council Consent Agenda:  IDE-2019-119 14 Forbes Avenue – Heritage Permit Application (HP19-0019) Public Meeting to Hear Applications Under Section 17, 34 and 51 of The Planning Act: IDE-2019-114 Statutory Public Meeting Report 166 and 178 College Avenue West Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments File: OZS19-010 Ward 5 IDE-2019-116 Statutory… Continue reading Council Planning – Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.


Special Council Meeting – November 13, 2019 – Deliberation and Approval of Capital and Non-Tax Supported OperatingBudget

October 31, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Special Council –  Deliberation and Approval of Capital and Non-Tax Supported Operating Budget CS-2019-79 2020-2029 Capital Budget and Forecast  Council Memo – Capital Budget Strategy for 110 Dunlop Drive Council Memo – City Building Funding Implications  CS-2019-80 2020 Non-Tax Supported Operating Budget  Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when… Continue reading Special Council Meeting – November 13, 2019 – Deliberation and Approval of Capital and Non-Tax Supported OperatingBudget


City wins award for 2018 agriculture media tour

October 29, 2019

Guelph, Ont., October 29, 2019—For the third year in a row the City of Guelph received an award from the International Economic Development Council. This year the City of Guelph won the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its partnership with the University of Guelph in planning and delivering an agriculture media tour for Global Affairs Canada in 2018. The award was presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. “Being selected as one of four Canadian cities for the agriculture media tour speaks to Guelph’s agri-innovation strengths,” says Kurtis Wells, Marketing and Events Coordinator for the City of Guelph. “We’re very proud to win this award from the IEDC, and we share this win with… Continue reading City wins award for 2018 agriculture media tour


Statement from Mayor Cam Guthrie on the passing of former Councillor Sean Farrelly

October 28, 2019

October 28, 2019 – It is with deep sadness that I have learned of the sudden passing yesterday of former member of Guelph City Council, Sean Farrelly. On behalf of Council and the City of Guelph, I extend heartfelt sympathies to Sean’s family and loved ones. Sean served his community for nine years as a Councillor for Ward 2, from 1994 to 2003. During his time on Council, he served on the finance committee and was dedicated to ensuring the City provided excellent services while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Sean will be greatly missed by Councillors and City staff who had the privilege of working with him. We join the community in mourning the loss of a dedicated and thoughtful champion for Guelph. Our thoughts are… Continue reading Statement from Mayor Cam Guthrie on the passing of former Councillor Sean Farrelly


City investigating termite activity near Eastview and Mountford

October 22, 2019

The City is investigating termite activity in the area of Eastview Road and Mountford Drive after an infestation was discovered on two properties in the area last week. Continue reading City investigating termite activity near Eastview and Mountford


Let’s talk 2020 non-tax supported operating budget

October 17, 2019

City Council to discuss proposed water, wastewater and stormwater rates and the 2020 non-tax supported operating budget. To speak at the meeting please register by October 25 at 10 a.m. Continue reading Let’s talk 2020 non-tax supported operating budget


Special Council Meeting – October 30, 2019 – Presentation and Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget

October 17, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 5:30 p.m. Closed Meeting – 5:30 p.m. CS-2019-89 Non-union Employee Compensation Increase Section 239 (2) (d) of the Municipal Act related to labour relations or employee negotiations. Open Meeting – 6:00 p.m. Special Council – Presentation and Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget CS-2019-80 2020 Non-tax Supported Operating Budget Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the… Continue reading Special Council Meeting – October 30, 2019 – Presentation and Public Delegations for Non-tax Supported Operating Budget


2020 budget discussions start now

October 10, 2019

Proposed capital budget and forecast are now available online Review capital budget documents at  guelph.ca/budget Watch budget meetings live guelph.ca/live Guelph, Ont., October 10, 2019—The City has released the proposed 2020 capital budget and 2021–2029 forecast to City Council and the community. On October 23, City staff will present a capital budget to Council that continues the work of previous budgets in moving towards a sustainable level of capital investment. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, this budget focuses on balancing the demands of infrastructure renewal, growth and city building. This year’s proposed capital budget comes in at $151.6 million and requires an operations budget of $1.5 million once the assets are up and running. The forecast is a funded plan for work slated for… Continue reading 2020 budget discussions start now


Special Council Meeting – October 23, 2019 – Presentation and Delegation for Capital Budget

October 10, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. Special Council –  Presentation and Delegations for Capital Budget CS-2019-79 2020-2029 Capital Budget and Forecast  Refer to meeting details for consolidated agenda. Minutes and audio will be posted following the meeting. Video will be posted if/when available.


Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind

October 9, 2019

This month, the City will celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Wilson Street road improvements and the grand opening of the new Market Parkade. The new Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge will also open, and the Wilson Street public art project will be unveiled along with four new murals created as part of the Main Street Mural Project. All work was completed within planned budgets. Continue reading Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind


Guelph wins award for innovation in parking operations and programs

October 9, 2019

The City of Guelph was presented with the ‘Innovation in Parking Operations & Programs Award’ by the Canadian Parking Association for the new Market Parkade. Continue reading Guelph wins award for innovation in parking operations and programs


Suicide prevention the focus of 20th annual World Mental Health Day event

October 3, 2019

Free event takes place October 10 at Guelph City Hall. Continue reading Suicide prevention the focus of 20th annual World Mental Health Day event


Council Planning – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

October 3, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Wednesday,  October 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Council Consent Agenda:  IDE-2019-89 Decision Report 1533-1557 Gordon Street and 34 Lowes Road West Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment File: ZC1710 Ward 6 IDE-2019-98 Request for an Extension of Draft Plan Approval Victoria Park Village Subdivision 1159 Victoria Road South File: 23T-07506 Ward 6 IDE-2019-112 12 Forbes Avenue – Heritage Permit Application (HP19-0014) Items… Continue reading Council Planning – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.


City and Dolime Quarry owners reach proposal to protect Guelph’s drinking water

October 1, 2019

The City of Guelph and the owners of the Dolime Quarry have reached a potential solution to address the City’s concerns about how operations at the quarry could affect Guelph’s drinking water. Continue reading City and Dolime Quarry owners reach proposal to protect Guelph’s drinking water


City looking for feedback on proposed smoking and alcohol regulations

September 30, 2019

The City is looking for input on proposed smoking and alcohol regulations through two online surveys running from September 30 to October 13. Continue reading City looking for feedback on proposed smoking and alcohol regulations


Committee of the Whole Agenda – October 7, 2019

September 26, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Committee of the Whole – Monday,  October 7, 2019 Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Open Meeting – 2 p.m. Staff Recognitions: Master of Economic Development and Innovation Degree Certified Engineering Technologist Presentation: Innovation Guelph Consent Agenda – Governance OMC-2019-02 Funding to Support Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) Consent Agenda – Infrastructure Development and Enterprise Services IDE-2019-104 Natural Heritage Advisory Committee Terms… Continue reading Committee of the Whole Agenda – October 7, 2019


Guelph. Future ready.

September 23, 2019

City’s Strategic Plan is set and ready to go Guelph, Ont., September 23, 2019 – This evening Guelph City Council approved the City’s Strategic Plan: Guelph. Future ready. Built with the Guelph’s Community Plan in mind, the City’s Strategic Plan reflects the aspirations of Council, staff and the community, and will drive us towards a more sustainable future. The City strives to create an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment. This vision is within reach. With the Strategic Plan as a guiding document, Council, staff and the community will accelerate Guelph’s innovation economy, mitigate climate change, improve local transportation, develop long-term financial plans and help increase the availability of housing. “The Strategic Plan is the product of a… Continue reading Guelph. Future ready.


Council endorses construction of new library in Baker District

September 17, 2019

At a special meeting last night, Council endorsed the public components of the Baker District Redevelopment project which include parking, an urban square and streetscape, and a new central library. Continue reading Council endorses construction of new library in Baker District


New hire will lead Guelph’s strategy, innovation, and intergovernmental services department

September 4, 2019

The City of Guelph has hired Jodie Sales, former director of corporate communications and government relations at the Town of Milton, as its new head of strategy, innovation and intergovernmental services. Continue reading New hire will lead Guelph’s strategy, innovation, and intergovernmental services department


Committee of the Whole Agenda – September 3, 2019

August 23, 2019

The links below will redirect you to a specific report within the larger PDF agenda. When accessed from a mobile device, these links may not function properly and will link to page one of the agenda document. Agendas routinely exceed 100 mb in size. It’s recommended that mobile users access the agendas only when connected to a wifi network. Committee of the Whole – Tuesday,  September 3, 2019 Council Chambers, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Open Meeting – 2 p.m. Staff Recognitions: 2019 Mentorship for Internationally Trained Professionals Award from Employment Coordination Committee Guelph-Wellington-Corporate Services and Human Resources initiative with corporate-wide mentors Six Sigma Certification Graduate of Conestoga College Human Resources Course and Guelph Y Woman of Distinction Honouree  Consent Agenda – Audit CAO-2019-14… Continue reading Committee of the Whole Agenda – September 3, 2019


Guelph names its top engineer to the City’s executive leadership team

August 16, 2019

Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart announced the selection of Kealy Dedman as the City’s new Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. Continue reading Guelph names its top engineer to the City’s executive leadership team


Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa to meet with Provincial officials

August 16, 2019

Affordable housing, Baker District development on the agenda. Continue reading Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa to meet with Provincial officials


City maintains AA+ credit rating for seventh year

August 14, 2019

The City of Guelph’s credit rating remains strong at AA+ for the seventh year in a row, as announced today by S&P Global Ratings (S&P). Continue reading City maintains AA+ credit rating for seventh year


Guelph’s economy fastest growing among mid-sized cities in 2018

August 7, 2019

Guelph’s economy has grown at a brisk pace over the last five years Continue reading Guelph’s economy fastest growing among mid-sized cities in 2018


Scott Stewart named Guelph’s next Chief Administrative Officer

July 22, 2019

Guelph, Ont., July 22, 2019–Scott Stewart, who most recently served as the City of Guelph’s Deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services, has accepted Council’s offer to serve as Guelph’s next Chief Administrative Officer. Stewart will replace Derrick Thomson, who left the organization earlier this year. The CAO is the sole position in the City that is recruited by and is accountable directly to City Council. “Landing the right person for a role as important as chief administrative officer for a city like ours is no small task,” says Mayor Guthrie. “Our CAO selection committee conducted a full-scale, national search which revealed the right person to guide and oversee our administration is one of our very own. Scott brings proven experience and tremendous leadership to… Continue reading Scott Stewart named Guelph’s next Chief Administrative Officer


City postpones library discussion in wake of new financial information

July 18, 2019

The City of Guelph will postpone a discussion about the Baker District redevelopment after learning that projected costs for the current library design are higher than they were understood to be when a staff report was placed on City Council’s agenda for Monday, July 22. Continue reading City postpones library discussion in wake of new financial information


City Council approves staff recommendation to create Natural Heritage Advisory Committee

July 9, 2019

City Council has approved a staff recommendation to create a Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) with a focus on supporting environmental initiatives as part of Guelph’s Natural Heritage Action Plan. Continue reading City Council approves staff recommendation to create Natural Heritage Advisory Committee


Mayor Guthrie to honour six local citizens

June 27, 2019

Mayor Cam Guthrie will present Mayor’s Awards to six exceptional local volunteers tonight as part of the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to honour six local citizens


Guelph navigates its stars. Together.

June 20, 2019

City releases a stirring video to galvanize people around Guelph’s new Community Plan Prepare to be moved, then watch and share “Navigating all our Stars.” Guelph, Ont., June 20, 2019—Do you feel it? Our genuine want for connection. Our desire to create a better community, for everyone. The City of Guelph released a spoken word video “Navigating all our Stars” which offers a unique artistic view of the community’s aspirations as presented in Guelph’s Community Plan. Through the talent of local artist Beth Anne Ellipsis, community members are able see their city in a new way. Beth Anne has captured the essence of Guelph’s vision for the future and presented it alongside the reality of where we are today. Beth Anne used the thoughts, opinions… Continue reading Guelph navigates its stars. Together.


Calling all innovators

June 13, 2019

The City of Guelph is searching for bold and innovative companies to enter its latest Civic Accelerator challenge focused on road condition assessments. Continue reading Calling all innovators


Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension

June 12, 2019

Details about the current suspension of enforcement for driveways of semi-detached/duplex and on-street townhouses in Guelph. Continue reading Information about the driveway width enforcement suspension


Guelph second best city to buy real estate in Canada

June 10, 2019

Guelph, Ont., June 10, 2019—MoneySense has ranked Guelph as the second best city to buy real estate in Canada after Windsor. Guelph has been among MoneySense’s top five places to buy real estate since 2017. MoneySense ranks cities based on three criteria: Value: how affordable the community is compared to the surrounding area and the region overall. Momentum: how quickly prices are appreciating in a community with an emphasis on long-term appreciation. Expert insight: grading of communities as desirable by an extensive panel of real estate agents. “Employees often want to live in the same city they work in, so a community’s real estate market really matters,” says Barbara Maly, Manager, Economic Development with the City of Guelph. “Whether local businesses choose to expand here… Continue reading Guelph second best city to buy real estate in Canada


Understanding Bill 108

May 31, 2019

Be heard on Bill 108. Submit your comments on the Bill’s regulations. On June 6, 2019, the Provincial Legislature passed Bill 108: More Homes, More Choice Act into law. Most of the concerns and proposed solutions expressed by municipalities and citizens were not reflected in the Act at the time of passing. We still have an opportunity to influence how this law is put into motion. The City will continue to work with ministries to design the rules, policies and related programs under Bill 108 as the regulations are being crafted. You can get involved by voicing your opinions on specific regulations during this consultation period. Background On May 2, 2019, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing released its More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s… Continue reading Understanding Bill 108


New Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw with enhanced safety requirements

May 28, 2019

On May 27, 2019, Guelph City Council passed a new Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub By-law No. (2019) – 20408 that features enhanced safety requirements for any new swimming pool or hot tub applications from May 27 onward.   Continue reading New Outdoor Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Bylaw with enhanced safety requirements