Category Archives: Mayor and Council

Councillor Cathy Downer returns to Association of Municipalities of Ontario board

July 12, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 12, 2018 – Ward 5 Councillor Cathy Downer has been acclaimed to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) board of directors for a second term as a member of the Large Urban Caucus. “I am thrilled to continue to provide Guelph’s voice at the table on the important advocacy work of AMO – including issues such as affordable housing, infrastructure, waste management, and climate change,” said Councillor Downer. “The work of AMO is particularly important with the election of a new provincial government. We must ensure that municipalities have the chance to contribute to decisions made at the provincial level.” Councillor Downer was first acclaimed to the AMO board in August 2016. In her first term, she served as co-chair of… Continue reading Councillor Cathy Downer returns to Association of Municipalities of Ontario board


Guelph’s abuzz with Bee City designation

June 27, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 27, 2018 – If residents ever needed proof that Guelph is a hive of activity, they’d need only look at the City of Guelph’s Bee City designation from Bee City Canada. Monday night, Council approved a staff-recommended Bee City application that commits to three pollinator-friendly goals: Creating, maintaining and improving pollinator habitat Educating the community about the importance of pollinators Celebrating pollinators during International Pollinator Week and other times of the year “Being officially designated as a Bee City complements all the great work our staff and the community are already doing to encourage pollinators into our city,”  says Dave Beaton, supervisor of Trails and Natural Area Stewardship. “Currently, the City maintains pollinator habitat in parks, trails and gardens,  hosts speakers from… Continue reading Guelph’s abuzz with Bee City designation


Local citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards

June 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 25, 2018–  Mayor Cam Guthrie will present Mayor’s Awards to five local volunteers and community-builders on June 28 as part of the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala. Mayor’s Awards have been presented each year since 1997 to recognize individuals who are making exceptional contributions to the Guelph community. The 2018 honourees are: Anne Godfrey, a community leader, member of several local boards, mentor, and volunteer who served six terms on Guelph City Council from 1975-85. Anne played key roles in the establishment of the River Run Centre and the Willowdale day care centre and served on the boards of the Children’s Aid Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Big Sisters, the Guelph Arts Council, Women In Crisis, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Homewood… Continue reading Local citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards


Are you on the voters’ list?

June 18, 2018

Check to see if you’re registered to vote in this fall’s municipal election Get on the list at voterlookup.ca Guelph, Ont., June 13, 2018 –If you’ve just moved to Guelph, are a new voter, or had a name or address change, you might want to check to see if you’re on the voters’ list. To cast your ballot on October 22 in the municipal election, you need to be on the voters’ list and now is the perfect time to confirm your information, or add your name with a few quick clicks online at voterlookup.ca “This voter look up tool is so easy to use and makes voting on Election Day just that much easier,” said Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk for City of Guelph. “We… Continue reading Are you on the voters’ list?


Council passes Election Sign Bylaw

May 1, 2018

The bylaw comes into effect ahead of 2018 municipal election Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2018 – Council passed an Election Sign Bylaw that regulates the use of election signs  to minimize  interference along roadways.  The new bylaw will be in effect for the start of municipal election nominations on May 1. “This new election sign bylaw sets out clear guidelines for placement and size of signs to ensure pedestrian and vehicular sight lines are free of obstruction, ” says David Wiedrick, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing. The approved bylaw regulates: The size of election signs to a maximum of 0.47 square metres and a maximum display height of 2.13 metres The placement of election signs to the ward in which the candidate is… Continue reading Council passes Election Sign Bylaw


Call for nominations: 2018 Mayor’s Awards

March 7, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 7, 2018 – Nominations are now open for the 2018 Mayor’s Awards, which recognize people who make the city a better place through volunteer service. Nominations can be submitted online at guelph.ca/mayorsawards, or by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 519-837-5643 or mayor@guelph.ca to request a nomination form. The deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. While it is not mandatory for nominees to live or work in Guelph to be eligible for the Mayor’s Award, they must volunteer in Guelph. Nominees’ achievements may include a mix of volunteer and paid efforts. Self-nominations are not eligible. The Mayor’s Awards have been presented every year since 1997, when they were established by Mayor Joe Young. Honourees have been recognized for volunteer contributions… Continue reading Call for nominations: 2018 Mayor’s Awards


City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award

February 8, 2018

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has awarded the City of Guelph a Sustainable Community Award in the category of sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design for the Guelph Innovation District secondary plan. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities praised the plan’s carbon-neutral vision and its efficient, sustainable design which reduces transportation needs. Continue reading City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award


Toronto Mayor John Tory to bring Innovation Corridor message to Guelph

January 11, 2018

Toronto Mayor John Tory will bring a message of economic opportunity across the entire Toronto-Waterloo corridor when he comes to Guelph as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Regional Economic Summit. Continue reading Toronto Mayor John Tory to bring Innovation Corridor message to Guelph


Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25

October 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 20, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie will host the first-ever Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty at Guelph City Hall on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The featured speaker will be Guelph-Wellington Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health nurse Elaine Weir. Bridges Out of Poverty, under the umbrella of Circles Guelph Wellington, is an innovative local program that educates individuals from the middle or upper class on what it means to live in poverty. As part of the event, information tables from local organizations will be set up in the Galleria. The event is free but registration is required at http://mayorspovertydialogue.eventbrite.ca What Mayor’s Dialogue on Poverty Who Mayor Cam Guthrie Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host dialogue on poverty October 25


Guelph supports Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2

October 19, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 19, 2017 – The City of Guelph, University of Guelph and area regions have come together to support the Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2. Amazon, the U.S. tech giant in the business world, sought bids from across North America in search of a location for its second headquarters. Toronto Region’s bid provides 10 sites as possible locations for Amazon HQ2. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for the entire Innovation Corridor. Guelph is pleased to bring our strengths to the table to make Toronto Region’s bid even more competitive. Those strengths include a pool of highly skilled talent and the research strengths of the University of Guelph,” said Guelph’s Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Guelph provides a unique offering of skilled local talent with… Continue reading Guelph supports Toronto Region’s bid for Amazon HQ2


Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16

October 13, 2017

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017– Join Mayor Cam Guthrie and community agencies for a Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use on Monday, October 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. This is a free event; all are welcome and no RSVP is required. In the midst of a national opioid crisis, substance use in our city concerns us all. Learn about what’s being done in the areas of community safety, treatment, harm reduction, and prevention. An open question and answer session will follow. What Mayor’s Forum on Substance Use Who Speaker list: Mayor Cam Guthrie Adrienne Crowder, Manager, Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service Chief Stephen Dewar Colin McVicker, Program… Continue reading Mayor to host forum on substance use October 16


Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming

October 12, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 12, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and University of Guelph President Franco Vaccarino convened a meeting this morning with City, University, emergency services, Guelph General Hospital, public health, and student leaders to debrief on what occurred during Homecoming 2017 and discuss strategies for the future. “The President and I convened this group of leaders because we are committed to working together to address the noise and disruption in our neighbourhoods, caused by a small number of people,” said Mayor Guthrie. “The e-mails and phone calls I received after Homecoming were some of the most upsetting I have received in my time on Council. This situation is not good for anybody – for neighbours and families; for students who take pride in being a… Continue reading Mayor, University President host meeting to discuss Homecoming


City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process

September 22, 2017

City’s Executive Team shared new reporting tools with Guelph’s business community Key Facts: Visit the City’s performance reporting dashboard Learn more about Guelph’s Community Plan Guelph, Ont., September 22, 2017– At an event hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning, the City’s Executive Team launched a new performance reporting dashboard and the beginning of a community planning exercise for Guelph. “The City’s new performance dashboard provides accessible, straightforward indicators of how we’re doing across seven broad categories,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Derrick Thomson. “The dashboard is still in its initial beta stage, and we invite our citizens and business leaders to let us know how it could be improved and what data they would like to see included.” “The Guelph Chamber of Commerce… Continue reading City releases performance dashboard and launches Community Plan process


Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health

September 21, 2017

18th annual event to mark World Mental Health Day takes place October 12 Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017– The public is invited to attend a free presentation about seniors and mental health on Thursday, October 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre. Jody Weiler, a specialized geriatric clinician at the Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington with 20 years’ experience working with seniors, families, and care teams, will debunk some of the common myths about mental health and aging. Ross Knechtel, a local Senior of the Year who has lived with a mental health issue for most of his life, will share his personal story and strategies for positive mental health. Ross serves… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host forum on seniors and mental health


Guelph’s priorities on the agenda at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

August 16, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 16, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and a delegation of City Councillors and staff return home today after three days of meetings with Provincial leaders at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa. In meetings with government cabinet ministers, ministry staff, and opposition party leaders, the Guelph delegation brought forward local issues and initiatives, including the Guelph Innovation District property on York Road; the remediation of the former IMICo site at 200 Beverley Street; the need for more affordable housing in the city; maximizing use of Guelph’s Provincial Offences court; and planning for high-speed rail and two-way, all-day GO rail service. “The AMO conference is a great opportunity to get Guelph’s priorities in front of key Provincial ministers and… Continue reading Guelph’s priorities on the agenda at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference


City releases municipal guide to navigating the sharing economy

August 15, 2017

Download the guide Ottawa, Ont., August 15, 2017 – Today, the City of Guelph released “Navigating the sharing economy: A 6-decision guide for municipalities” in Ottawa at the Association of Municipalities Ontario annual conference. “Many of the opportunities and issues associated with the sharing economy fall within the purview of municipal government,” said Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I’m proud of the leading role Guelph has played in creating a tool that will help local councils and communities analyze the impact of various sharing economy services on their own residents and businesses so they can make decisions based on local needs.” “Sharing economy initiatives are being shaped by zoning codes, hotel and taxi licensing regulations, transit and all manner of distinctly local policy,” said the City… Continue reading City releases municipal guide to navigating the sharing economy


Council updated on City’s Corporate Administrative Plan and Council Shared Agenda

July 24, 2017

Council unanimously approves development of Community Plan for Guelph Guelph, Ont., July 24, 2017 – Guelph City Council received its first update on the City’s progress on implementing the Corporate Administrative Plan (CAP), introduced in September 2016, and further progress towards the Council Shared Agenda (CSA), introduced in 2015. The full CAP and CSA updates can be seen in the Council report. This report is the beginning of a program of improved corporate performance reporting and continuous improvement practices that will result in increased accountability to citizens and better results. “On behalf of Council, I’m very pleased to see the integration of the Corporate Administrative Plan and Council Shared Agenda,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Over the past year we’ve made tremendous progress on multiple fronts.… Continue reading Council updated on City’s Corporate Administrative Plan and Council Shared Agenda


City Council approves redistribution of Envida’s energy assets

June 28, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 28, 2017 – Guelph City Council has approved a series of recommendations brought forward through the Envida Asset Review. The review is in response to Council direction received on October 24, 2016 to transfer oversight and management of Envida to the City, with support from Guelph Hydro, who will report to Council. “City staff, with support from Guelph Hydro, have spent the last nine months reviewing Envida’s assets to maximize shareholder value and create more direct oversight by the shareholder, City Council,” said the City’s chief administrative officer, Derrick Thomson. “We’ve had success with some revenue generating assets, and collectively we have to work through several issues with respect to Guelph’s district energy nodes.” As a result of Council’s decision, the Eastview… Continue reading City Council approves redistribution of Envida’s energy assets


Five citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards on June 22, 2017

June 8, 2017

Guelph, Ont., June 8, 2017 – Mayor Cam Guthrie will recognize five Guelphites for their volunteerism and community service, as he presents the 21st annual Mayor’s Awards at the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala on June 22. The 2017 honourees are: Jaya James, who founded the Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum to coordinate the many local efforts to sponsor and support Syrian refugee families in Guelph. Jaya took a six-month leave of absence from work to run the Forum full-time as a volunteer. She set up systems for the recruitment, training, and police screening of more than 800 volunteers; offered information sessions; and served as a community voice and “go-to” person on refugee sponsorship. She has been called one of the unsung heroes of Guelph’s headline-making… Continue reading Five citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards on June 22, 2017


City of Guelph to host 2017 Municipal Innovators Community Conference—September 27 to 28

April 6, 2017

Best-selling author Lawrence Hill among first speakers announced Register for the conference Visit the conference website Guelph, Ont., April 6, 2017 – The City of Guelph has announced an early roster of speakers, including best-selling author and Order of Canada recipient Lawrence Hill, for the Municipal Innovators Community (MiC) 2017 Conference at the Guelph Delta this September 27 to 28. The combination of keynote speakers, workshops and panels at MiC conferences offers attendees chances to learn new tools, share innovation challenges, hear about best practices in other communities, and network with colleagues interested in municipal innovation. “Guelph has a well-deserved reputation as an innovative city. It’s something I hear whenever I travel outside our borders,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “We’re thrilled to have this chance to welcome… Continue reading City of Guelph to host 2017 Municipal Innovators Community Conference—September 27 to 28


Call for nominations: 2017 Mayor’s Awards

March 23, 2017

Guelph, Ont., March 23, 2017 – Nominations are now open for the 2017 Mayor’s Awards, which recognize people who make the city a better place through volunteer service. Nominations can be submitted online at guelph.ca/mayorsawards, or by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 519-837-5643 or mayor@guelph.ca to request a nomination form. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017. “Whenever people from other cities ask me what makes Guelph so special, I always say it’s the people. Guelph is truly a city that cares – and Mayor’s Awards honourees are the perfect example of that,” said Mayor Guthrie. “These awards are a great way to recognize those who go above and beyond and make us ‘Guelph Proud.’” While it is not mandatory for nominees… Continue reading Call for nominations: 2017 Mayor’s Awards


Pilot programs announced as Guelph wraps first round of Civic Accelerator

February 23, 2017

City’s Water Services and Planning departments to test new tools Guelph, Ont., February 23, 2017 – The City of Guelph’s Civic Accelerator, which turns the City into a research, development and commercialization lab for civic technology, closed its first round with a Demo Day held yesterday at the University of Guelph. The event hosted representatives of the federal and provincial government, other municipal governments, angel investors, corporate leaders, Accelerator participants and partners, academics and students. Civic Accelerator Demo Day hosted on February 22, 2017 at the University of Guelph Alert Labs and Milieu Technologies showcased products that won each a spot in the Civic Accelerator for their unique ability to solve challenging City issues. “The Civic Accelerator turns local government into the first customer, and… Continue reading Pilot programs announced as Guelph wraps first round of Civic Accelerator


Mayor’s State of the City highlights #guelphproud moments

January 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., January 27, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie presented his third State of the City address this morning, touching on the many reasons the community has to be “Guelph Proud.” He spoke about the progress that’s been made in the first two years of Council’s term in creating a new tone inside and outside City Hall; focusing on infrastructure that makes life better in the city; and providing efficient and affordable programs and services. “When I was elected your mayor, I wanted to bring a renewed focus to addressing what I call the ‘front porch issues’ – the issues that really make a difference in people’s lives. Two years in, I am proud to say that these issues are at the top of the agenda,”… Continue reading Mayor’s State of the City highlights #guelphproud moments


City improves online access to more than 40 services

December 15, 2016

Visit “I want to” at guelph.ca to access City’s most popular online services Guelph, Ont., Thursday, December 15, 2016 – Today, the City of Guelph introduced a new way to access its most popular digital services and released two new online tools. In January, 2016, the City asked Guelph citizens what online services would make their lives or businesses better. Of the 44 ideas that citizens contributed, the following were selected based on feasibility, departmental readiness and cost. I want to: A central hub to find more than 40 of the City’s most popular online services. The services listed will change each season based on what’s new and used the most. “I want to” is available on the homepage of guelph.ca. Waste reminder: This tool sends… Continue reading City improves online access to more than 40 services


Guelph is among Ontario’s most liked, most followed cities

November 17, 2016

Guelph is among Ontario’s most liked, most followed cities online Continue reading Guelph is among Ontario’s most liked, most followed cities


Ward 6 Budget Town Hall November 17

November 2, 2016

Ward 6 Councillors are hosting a town hall meeting to talk about the City’s 2017 Budget. Learn about the City’s proposed 2017 Budget Share your thoughts Open question and answer session Thursday, November 17, 2016 7-9 p.m. Clair Road Emergency Services Centre, 160 Clair Rd West Hosted by: Councillor Mark MacKinnon Mobile: 519-829-5137 mark.mackinnon@guelph.ca Councillor Karl Wettstein 519-822-1260 x 2297 Mobile: 519-763-5105 karl.wettstein@guelph.ca  


Join Mayor Cam Guthrie for a Budget Town Hall

November 2, 2016

Mayor Cam Guthrie will host three public Town Halls where residents can learn about the City’s proposed 2017 Budget; ask questions; and have an open conversation about budget priorities and tax levels. Two of the Town Halls will be public meetings, and one will be an online “Facebook Live” chat where Mayor Guthrie will be in attendance via a live a video feed, and participants can ask questions in real time through Facebook. All are welcome, and no registration or RSVP is required. Tuesday, November 15, 7 to 9 p.m. Guelph City Hall Tuesday, November 22, 7 p.m. Facebook Live town hall at facebook.com/mayorcamguthrie Tuesday, November 29, 7 to 9 p.m. West End Community Centre, community room For more information about the City of Guelph’s proposed 2017… Continue reading Join Mayor Cam Guthrie for a Budget Town Hall


Background: Strategies and Options Committee

October 24, 2016

As of October 24, 2016, residents can visit the Energizing Tomorrow website (hydro.guelph.ca) to learn more about the process and to ask questions. Continue reading Background: Strategies and Options Committee


City of Guelph committee to explore options for its energy assets

October 24, 2016

City launches Energizing Tomorrow website to ensure community is informed and can participate in the process. Continue reading City of Guelph committee to explore options for its energy assets


Mayor calls special meeting on water taking: November 7 at 7 p.m.

October 5, 2016

Guelph, Ont., October 5, 2016– Mayor Cam Guthrie has scheduled a special 7 p.m. start time for citizens to speak about water-taking permits at the November 7th Committee of the Whole meeting, after City Council approved a referral on this matter on September 26th. The Premier of Ontario has announced that the Province will be reviewing its water-taking permit process, and Council has committed to sharing local feedback with them. “As a Council, we know that residents have thoughts and concerns about water-taking in and around our city. That’s why I decided to schedule a 7 p.m. start time dedicated to this issue. People can now attend after school or work and have their voices heard in a focused and deliberate way,” said Mayor Guthrie.… Continue reading Mayor calls special meeting on water taking: November 7 at 7 p.m.


Wards 2 and 3 Budget Town Hall October 25

October 4, 2016

The public is invited to a town hall meeting to talk about the City’s 2017 Budget process with Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Andy Van Hellemond, and Ward 3 Councillors Phil Allt and June Hofland. What Wards 2 and 3 Budget Town Hall meeting When Tuesday, October 25, 2016,  7 -9 p.m. Where Guelph City Hall, Room C 1 Carden Street Learn about the City of Guelph’s Budget process and opportunities for input Share your thoughts Open question and answer session Hosted by: Ward 2 Councillors Councillor James Gordon 519-822-1260 extension 2504 Mobile: 519-827-6481 james.gordon@guelph.ca Councillor Andy Van Hellemond 519-822-1260 x 2503 Mobile: 226-820-5073 andy.vanhellemond@guelph.ca Ward 3 Councillors Councillor Phil Allt 519-822-1260 x 2510 Mobile: 519-827-6579 phil.allt@guelph.ca Councillor June Hofland 519-822-1260 x 2505 june.hofland@guelph.ca    


Mayor Guthrie to host 17th annual event for World Mental Health Day

October 3, 2016

Rick and Heather Osborne present their story of resilience and redemption Guelph, ON, October 3, 2016– Members of the public are invited to a free presentation hosted by Mayor Cam Guthrie to mark World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Guelph City Hall. The presentation will feature Rick and Heather Osborne, a husband and wife team who have together spent decades delivering outreach services for youth in need. Rick, one of Canada’s leading gang experts, was traumatized as a teenager and began a journey into drug addiction and street gangs that led to incarceration at the age of 21. He spent the next 25 years in 33 different federal prisons. In 1993, after breaking free from drug addictions,… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie to host 17th annual event for World Mental Health Day


City of Guelph releases Corporate Administrative Plan

September 27, 2016

Last night the City of Guelph’s Executive Team presented a new medium-term Corporate Administrative Plan to City Council. Continue reading City of Guelph releases Corporate Administrative Plan


Guelph makes an impression at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016– Guelph’s Mayor Cam Guthrie and a delegation of Councillors and senior staff wrap up four days of meetings with Provincial leaders today. Continue reading Guelph makes an impression at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference


Mayors of Southwest Ontario meet with Provincial officials

August 16, 2016

Windsor, Ont., August 16, 2016 – The Mayors of Southwest Ontario (MOSO) met with Ontario Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Provincial Cabinet Ministers yesterday to ensure policy development at the provincial level coincides with local needs. MOSO hosted a Ministers Forum in concert with this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Windsor in an effort to further strengthen the relationship between municipal and provincial governments. The Minister of Municipal Affairs Hon. Bill Mauro; Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy Hon. Chris Ballard; Minister of Infrastructure Hon. Bob Chiarelli; Minister of Transportation Hon. Steven Del Duca; and Minister of Economic Development and Growth Hon. Brad Duguid took part in the forum. The main… Continue reading Mayors of Southwest Ontario meet with Provincial officials


Councillor Cathy Downer joins Association of Municipalities of Ontario board

August 15, 2016

Guelph, Ont., August 15, 2016– Ward 5 Councillor Cathy Downer has joined the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors as a member of the Large Urban Caucus. She was acclaimed to the position today at the annual AMO conference taking place in Windsor. “I look forward to being a strong voice on the AMO board on issues that matter to cities like Guelph – financial sustainability; Ontario Municipal Board reform; and the arbitration system for emergency services workers,” said Councillor Downer. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with my fellow councillors and mayors from across Ontario to strengthen our relationship with the Province.” The 41-member AMO board is comprised of municipal elected officials who represent different caucuses: large urban; small… Continue reading Councillor Cathy Downer joins Association of Municipalities of Ontario board


City, Guelph Storm announce new 10-year agreement

July 22, 2016

Guelph, Ont., July 22, 2016 – Today, Mayor Cam Guthrie and Guelph Storm Partner and Governor Rick Gaetz announced a new 10-year agreement that will keep the team in Guelph until 2026. “This is great news for Storm fans, and great news for our entire city,” said Mayor Guthrie. “This agreement means that Guelph will continue to be known as ‘Storm City’ for at least the next decade.” The Council-approved agreement solidifies the strong partnership between the City and Guelph Storm Hockey Club. It also ensures an anchor tenant for the Sleeman Centre, home to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team since 2000. “The Guelph Storm are a vibrant part of our city in so many ways, economically, socially, wonderful entertainment and perhaps most of… Continue reading City, Guelph Storm announce new 10-year agreement


Media Advisory: Mayors of Southwest Ontario

June 23, 2016

The Mayors of Southwest Ontario will meet in Cambridge on Friday, June 24 2016 to discuss strategic priorities for the region. Continue reading Media Advisory: Mayors of Southwest Ontario


Mayor Guthrie recognizes five community champions

June 23, 2016

Mayor Cam Guthrie presented Mayor’s Awards to 5 outstanding local volunteers at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards of Excellence gala. Continue reading Mayor Guthrie recognizes five community champions


Guelph City Council approves donation to help those affected by Alberta wildfires

May 10, 2016

  Guelph, Ont. May 10, 2016– At its meeting last night, Guelph City Council approved a donation of $5,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help the tens of thousands of people who have been affected and displaced by wildfires in the Fort McMurray area. “We can only imagine what the people of Fort McMurray are going through, and the tough job of rebuilding that lies ahead. Guelph is pleased to offer this donation as a show of our support,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. The donation will be placed with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and, as such, matched by the federal government. “Seeing the shock and devastation of the Fort McMurray community has been heartbreaking,” says Guelph City Councillor, Cathy Downer. “I… Continue reading Guelph City Council approves donation to help those affected by Alberta wildfires


Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie’s State of the City Address

May 9, 2016

Each year the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosts a Mayor’s State of the City breakfast. Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie presented his State of the City Address on May 6, 2016. The Mayor’s speech outlined expectations, successes, focus areas and future goals. Continue reading Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie’s State of the City Address


City receives $2.6 million funding boost from province for York Road construction

April 1, 2016

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, announced the City of Guelph will receive $2.6 million dollars from the Province’s Connecting Links Program for construction on York Road. Continue reading City receives $2.6 million funding boost from province for York Road construction


Media Alert

March 31, 2016

The Honourable Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph will be joined by Mayor Cam Guthrie for an important funding announcement on Friday, April 1, 9:45 a.m., Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street Guelph, Ontario Continue reading Media Alert


Council to consider new governance structure

March 24, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 24, 2016 – On April 7, the City’s Governance Committee will discuss a proposed meeting structure change that could move Council into a Committee-of-the-Whole governance model. The recommendation will then be heard and discussed by Council on April 25. After some Councillors raised the idea of a new governance model during the Meeting Management Review process, City staff conducted a review of governance models across comparator municipalities. Staff is recommending that Council adopt a Committee-of-the-Whole governance model, eliminating a number of standing committees. Under the proposed model, all Councillors would sit as one committee allowing all members to participate in agenda item discussions, address delegations and staff, and vote on decisions while an item is at the committee stage. Under the current structure,… Continue reading Council to consider new governance structure


New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.

March 8, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 8, 2016 – The Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI) Board of Directors has appointed Pankaj Sardana to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc., effective immediately. Day-to-day operations of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. (GHESI) will remain under the leadership of Kazi Marouf, who will continue in his role as GHESI Chief Operating Officer reporting to the new CEO. “With more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector and an impressive set of skills in finance and treasury operations, accounting, regulatory affairs, commodity trading, load forecasting and other aspects of the electricity distribution business, the GMHI, GHESI and Envida Boards of Directors have great confidence that Pankaj Sardana is ideally… Continue reading New Chief Executive Officer Appointed for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. and Envida Community Energy Inc.


City Council restructures Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

March 8, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 8, 2016 – Guelph City Council is announcing governance changes to Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. is a company set up by Guelph City Council to manage select city assets for the purpose of maximizing revenue potential and strengthening community prosperity. City Council is streamlining its oversight of GMHI, providing elected officials with increased oversight of decisions that directly affect the community. “The change reflects this Council’s philosophy about governance. Direct Council oversight of GMHI decisions that affect the City of Guelph will ensure better alignment of City assets, resources and strategic planning” says Guelph’s mayor, Cam Guthrie. The changes are expected to serve City Council for a period of up to 18 months, at which point progress and… Continue reading City Council restructures Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.


Call for nominations: 2016 Mayor’s Awards

February 19, 2016

Mayor Cam Guthrie encourages Guelphites to nominate outstanding volunteers for the 20th annual Mayor’s Awards. Continue reading Call for nominations: 2016 Mayor’s Awards


City of Guelph prepares for potential federal infrastructure funding

February 12, 2016

Guelph City Council and administration are working together to prepare for infrastructure funding opportunities expected to be announced by the federal government. Continue reading City of Guelph prepares for potential federal infrastructure funding


City of Guelph seeks public input on new digital services

January 28, 2016

myGuelph is modernizing City services Go to open.guelph.ca to discuss ideas for the City’s online services Continue reading City of Guelph seeks public input on new digital services


Mayor Guthrie elected Vice Chair of new Southwestern Ontario Mayors` group

January 12, 2016

GUELPH, ON, January 12, 2016 – Guelph’s Mayor, Cam Guthrie, will bring Guelph’s perspective to the table as the Vice Chair of a newly formed group of Southwestern Ontario Mayors. The group aims to ensure Southwestern Ontario’s voice is heard at the provincial and national levels on issues such as economic development opportunities, regional transportation linkages, and infrastructure. Chaired by London Mayor Matt Brown, the group’s members include the Mayors of Sarnia, Woodstock, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Windsor, Brantford, St. Thomas and Stratford. “There is strength in numbers, and it benefits all our communities when we work together on issues that affect us all,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I want to see the ripple effects of successful initiatives in one city spread into the others. And… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie elected Vice Chair of new Southwestern Ontario Mayors` group