From time to time Council establishes advisory committees, which are comprised of volunteer members from the community, to address a specific issue. Advisory committees are an important resource for supporting municipal government.
Some advisory committees are provincially legislated (i.e. Heritage Committee and Accessibility Advisory Committee), while others are created by Council to address specific subject matter (i.e. Environmental Advisory Committee and Transit Advisory) and have no defined end date. Other advisory committees may be created on an ad hoc basis with a specific end date (usually the completion of their mandate). Each advisory committee must adhere to a clearly defined mandate and Terms of Reference approved by Council. Advisory committees are held accountable through reports to Council at a minimum of once per term and by posting its agendas and minutes online.
Benefits of advisory committees
- Provide citizen input into the strategic direction setting and decision-making of the municipality
- Allow local government to adequately address issues
- Enrich the community with events
- Assist in easing the workload of Councillors
- Allow staff and elected officials to draw on local talent and expertise
City of Guelph advisory committees
Committee information, and agendas and minutes are available at the links below.