Local boards, agencies and associations

City of Guelph local boards as defined pursuant to the Municipal Act

Downtown Guelph Business Association

The mandate of this Board is to ensure the Downtown is a vibrant urban center for the community and that it remains the Community’s civic, cultural, social and economic center and to improve business through the creation of a unique environment Downtown and the promotion and advertising of the varied businesses. Established by By-law (1981)-10773.

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The Elliott Board of Trustees

The Elliott Community is a charitable, non-profit senior’ residence offering a continuum of residential and nursing services. The Elliott has completed a redevelopment project comprising of a new, state of the art long term care facility, additional retirement suites, and a community centre offering activities for seniors. The Board oversees and governs senior management on issues of policy, sound fiscal and operational management of this unique facility. Additional subcommittees provide opportunities for greater contribution.

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Agendas and minutes

Julie Spindler

Guelph Cemetery Commission

The Commission shall maintain, manage and control the said Cemetery and all lands, money and personal property in connection therewith.

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Paul Taylor

Guelph Police Services Board

Pursuant to Part III of the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, Part III, the Police Services Board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services in the municipality. The Board appoints members of the municipal police service and determines the objectives and priorities for the provision of policing services in the municipality in consultation with the Chief of Police. The Board gives orders and directions to the Chief but not to individual members. As a civilian oversight body, the Board has general superintending authority over the municipal police service through policy development and specific administrative tasks, but not the day to day operations. The Board is responsible for developing the operating and capital estimates for the police service which are ultimately approved by Council. The Board, as the employer, is also responsible for collective bargaining with the police associations and other labour relations matters.

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Agendas and minutes
Cheryl Polonenko, Executive Assistant
519-824-1212 extension 7213

Guelph Public Library Board

The Guelph (Free) Public Library, the first public library in Ontario created under the Free Libraries Act (1882), was established in February 1883 by the Council of the City of Guelph.

The Guelph Public Library Board bears legal responsibility for the Library by ensuring that it operates in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.44.  In accordance with the Act, s.3 (3), the Guelph Public Library shall be under the management and control of the Guelph Public Library Board, a corporation with charitable status.

The Board is responsible for the effective management of library resources and for the quality of library service offered to the people of Guelph, directing and approving strategic plans, goals and policies for the Library.  The Board hires and evaluates the CEO, who is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the library and its staff.  The Board also approves the annual operating and capital budgets for recommendation to City Council. The Board, as an employer, is also responsible for collective bargaining and labour relations matters at the Library.

The Board shall seek to provide, in co-operation with other Boards, a comprehensive and efficient public library service that reflects the community’s unique needs.

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Guelph Public Library Board
Steven Kraft, CEO

Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors

To recognize and honour the achievements of Guelph individuals and teams who have attained prominence and distinction in any field of sport, and those who have made a major contribution to the development and advancement of sports in Guelph. To permanently record and give public prominence to the achievements of such individuals and teams in a public display centre.

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Agendas and minutes
Lynne Briggs
519-822-1260 extension 2683

Grand River Conservation Authority


Art Gallery of Guelph


Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health


Local associations

Town and Gown Committee of Guelph

The Town and Gown Association of Ontario (TGAO) provide support and resources to cities that host post-secondary institutions.

This Town & Gown group has been established as an informal body to discuss common issues facing the Guelph University community such as:

  • Neighbourhood development
  • Community relations and housing
  • Health and safety issues
  • Academic outreach