News Release

Tricar’s River Mill Condos will connect to Guelph’s Galt District Energy System

Central facility will provide hot water, heating and air conditioning to units

Guelph, On, August 26, 2014 — River Mill Condominiums will be the first residential building in Guelph to be heated and cooled by district energy.

The Tricar Group, an environmentally responsible builder, announced today that its 18-storey condo development in Guelph’s downtown core will be supplied with heating, hot water, and air conditioning by the Galt District Energy System.

Buildings connected to a district energy system don’t need individual furnaces, air conditioning units, or water heaters. Instead, an underground network of pipes installed alongside water, electricity, and other utilities, allows multiple buildings to share energy for heating, cooling, and hot water—minimizing energy consumption and producing less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional systems.

As a result, River Mill residents will benefit from the reliability, convenience and lower fuel costs associated with district energy.

Starting this fall, insulated, underground pipes will be installed along Macdonell, Woolwich and Wellington streets. These pipes will transport hot and chilled water in a closed loop system to the River Mill site where they will pass through a heat exchanger located in an energy transfer station in the new condominium building.

The heating and air conditioning equipment in the 139 condominium suites will look the same as conventional equipment. Individual programmable thermostats will enable residents to monitor and control the temperature in their units to ensure comfort.

The Sleeman Centre, which serves as the central heating and cooling plant for the Galt District Energy System, owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., uses natural gas to heat water in boilers for space heating, and has a central chilling unit to chill water for cooling.

The addition of Tricar’s River Mill Condominiums development to the system is an important step in Guelph’s plans to build North America’s first city-wide district energy network to supply at least 50 per cent of the community’s heating needs in the next 30 years.

Several key partners, including Envida Community Energy Inc., are key implementers of Guelph’s award-winning Community Energy Initiative—making better use of local energy sources, creating local jobs and keeping more energy dollars in Guelph.


“At Tricar we have long prided ourselves on being innovators in the high rise condominium industry and have always been committed to improving communities on economic, cultural and environmental levels. To have an opportunity to further raise the bar environmentally through the use of sustainable technology in the form of district energy is something we are very excited about. We are proud to be working with Envida Community Energy and the City of Guelph to bring an innovative and green technology to a great residential development in the downtown core.”

- Adam Carapella, Vice President Operations, The Tricar Group

“Congratulations to Tricar for leading the way with Guelph’s first residential building to be heated and cooled through a district energy system. This reflects not only Tricar’s commitment to corporate citizenship and environmental sustainability, but also their confidence that district energy makes good business sense. This system provides reliable, cost competitive, and clean heating and cooling while consuming less energy – a prime example of doing more with less.”

- Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph

“Tricar is to be commended on their commitment to the environment. By incorporating district energy into their building design and architecture they are proving that by combining a desire to seek out cleaner energy solutions with some advance planning it is possible to achieve luxury living with a reduced carbon footprint.”

- Barry Chuddy, Chief Executive Officer, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

About The Tricar Group
The Tricar Group has been developing and managing award-winning multi-family high-rise buildings for almost 30 years. We are committed to fostering long-term relationships with the communities in which we build. We have dedicated ourselves to create projects that enhance the cultural, social, environmental and economic fabric of the area and have been a driving force in the revitalization of downtown cores. It’s who we are as a responsible builder.

Tricar has an impressive portfolio that has grown to over 5000 quality homes across Southwestern Ontario including both luxury condominiums and premier high-rise apartment rentals. Our innovative and quality craftsmanship have earned us numerous awards for architecture and design excellence and our personal, dedicated attention to customer care has earned us the honour as Builder of the Year in Ontario by Tarion Warranty Corporation.

About the City of Guelph
Located about 100 kilometres west of Toronto, Ontario, Guelph is a growing, diverse and vibrant community of more than 120,000 people. Guelph’s community partners and business leaders are making a difference locally and globally in agri-food, technology, environmental enterprise and advanced manufacturing industries. The city’s healthy local economy, thriving arts and culture scene, charming neighbourhoods, parks and green spaces make Guelph among the most livable cities in Canada.

About Envida Community Energy Inc.
Owned by Guelph Hydro Inc., Envida Community Energy is the primary implementer and key developer of high-efficiency, low-carbon energy projects that are assisting the City of Guelph in achieving targets set out in the Guelph Community Energy Initiative while facilitating economic development in the community. The company operates a 100-kilowatt solar facility, the Eastview Landfill Biogas Plant and district energy facilities in the Sleeman Centre and the Hanlon Creek Business Park in Guelph. A combined heat and power facility is now under development in the Hanlon Creek Business Park.

About Guelph Hydro Inc.
Owned by Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. which is in turn owned by the City of Guelph, Guelph Hydro Inc. is helping to create a reliable, diversified and sustainable energy supply to ensure the long-term competitiveness and prosperity of the communities it serves—Guelph and Rockwood.

Materials available

District Energy – Backgrounder
Guelph District Energy Strategic Plan
Envida District Energy Facility at Sleeman Centre – Backgrounder
Galt District Energy System, Guelph – Backgrounder
Galt District Energy System, Guelph – Illustration

Photos available upon request

District energy system at the Sleeman Centre

Media contacts

Adam Carapella, VP Operations
The Tricar Group
519-652-8900 extension 119

Rob Kerr, General Manager
Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.
519-822-1260 extension 2079

Sandy Manners, Director of Corporate Communications
Guelph Hydro Inc.


City demonstrates how easy it is to vote online

Gearing up for the 2014 Municipal Election

Guelph, ON, August 25, 2014 – The 2014 Municipal Election is just over two months away but eligible voters who would like a hands-on demonstration of the internet voting system are invited to attend a presentation on September 3.

“Online voting isn’t new to some Ontario municipalities but it is for Guelph. We have worked closely with our vendor to ensure the platform functions properly. This presentation will help assure the public of the voting process through a hands-on mock vote,” says Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk.

“The biggest advantage to online voting for residents is access. Electors can access the online voting platform from home, work or on the go through their mobile device. It only takes a few minutes and can be done anywhere you have access to the internet, at any time of the day.”

City staff will be joined by Dr. Nicole Goodman, Research Director, Centre for e-Democracy Assistant Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto for a presentation on alternative voting processes in place across the province, highlighting the benefits of the online voting process. Following a demonstration of the internet voting system, residents will be provided mock voter profiles which can be used to vote for mock candidates in the demo election.

The online voting presentation will be held in Council Chambers, City Hall on Wednesday, September 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Residents wishing to attend are asked to bring their own personal devise – laptop, smartphone or tablet. A limited number of computers will also be available for those without a mobile device.

For more information on the 2014 Municipal Election, visit

2014 Municipal Voting Options

Vote online from anywhere, on any platform, at any time.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, midnight (12 a.m.) – Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m.

Vote early – residents can vote at any location within the city.
All advanced voting locations will offer accessible devices for voting: hand held touch pad, paddles, and sip and puff.

Date & Time: 
October 15 and 16, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
October 17 and 18, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
October 19, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Room 112
Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, 683 Woolwich Street
Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Road West, 2nd Floor, Unit R2

Vote Election Day – residents can vote at any location within their ward. One location in each ward will offer accessible devices for voting: hand held touch pad, paddles, and sip and puff.

Date & Time:  October 27, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Locations:      please visit for a complete list of locations

For more information

Stephen O’Brien
City Clerk
Corporate and Human Resources
Office of the City Clerk
519-519-822-1260 extension 5644


South end construction, closures and detours

Guelph, ON, August 21, 2014 – Construction projects along Gordon Street in Guelph’s south end will start today as the City continues improving infrastructure and road conditions.

Gordon Street between Edinburgh Road South and Arkell Road has been reduced to one lane in each direction. The City expects to finish installing underground water, wastewater and utility services for the condominium development at 1291 Gordon Street by August 22, weather permitting.

Clair Road between Gordon Street and Gosling Gardens, at the Birds Landing subdivision, will be completely closed to all traffic starting August 25 as the City works on the sanitary sewer and watermain and installs traffic signals. Construction at this site is expected to be completed by August 29, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

Starting September 2, construction will continue at the Birds Landing subdivision on Gordon Street between Clair Road East and Poppy Drive. Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction while the watermain extension and connection and traffic signal updates are completed. Construction at this location is expected to be completed by September 5, weather permitting.

“Bike lanes will be closed but sidewalks will be open so people will have access to a safe crossing,” explained Grant Ferguson, project manager, Engineering Services. “We understand how difficult it can be to get around and through construction zones, and we appreciate everyone’s patience while these projects are completed.”

The City of Guelph appreciates residents’ patience, understanding and co-operation during this important work, and will post updates on, Twitter and Facebook.

For more information

Grant Ferguson
Project Manager
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2251

Guelph makes an impression at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

Delegation meets with Provincial ministers to discuss local priorities in economic development, wellbeing, and community energy

GUELPH, ON, August 21, 2014 – Guelph was called “the brightest kid in the class” by Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy Bob Delaney during a meeting to discuss Guelph’s Community Energy Plan at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference. Mr. Delaney encouraged Guelph to share its community energy expertise with municipal colleagues across Ontario at an AMO session to be held next year.

The meeting was one of four that a delegation headed by Councillor June Hofland secured with Provincial cabinet ministers and officials at the conference, held August 17-20 in London.

The delegation also met with:

  • Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid to discuss the Guelph Innovation District located on former Guelph Correctional Facility lands on York Road.
  • Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin to discuss Guelph’s experience in establishing its holding company, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.
  • Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (with responsibility for Long-Term Care and Wellness) Dipika Damerla, to share information about Guelph Wellbeing.

“At each meeting, we emphasized that Guelph’s priorities – job creation, economic growth, innovation, and wellbeing – are closely aligned with the Province’s. This message was well received,” said Councillor Hofland. “I’m confident that Guelph is on the radar at Queen’s Park. From these meetings we gained Ministry contacts and commitments to follow-up on issues of concern to Guelph.”

Also at the conference, the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) met with Minister Duguid, Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca to discuss key issues. LUMCO also participated in a joint meeting with the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (MARCO) group. As a member of LUMCO, Guelph participated in those meetings.

In addition, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. was featured in a session called “Why Create a Local Services Company,” in which Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. General Manager Rob Kerr participated as a panellist.

For more information

Barbara Swartzentruber
Senior Advisor, Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
City of Guelph
519-837-5602 extension 3066


Safe Semester starts August 29 in downtown Guelph

Guelph, ON, August 20, 2014 – Guelph’s Downtown Late Night Task Force will initiate the annual Safe Semester project on Friday, August 29.

The project is designed to create a safe and enjoyable environment for downtown patrons including the influx of students who settle in Guelph each year.

“With the start of each new school year, we see a significant increase in activity in our community,” says Deputy Chief of Police, Jeff DeRuyter. “In response to the increased demand for service, Safe Semester was developed with our partners to make this busy time of year a safe and positive experience for our citizens.”

The task force — which includes representatives from the City of Guelph, Guelph Transit, Guelph Police Service, Downtown Guelph Business Association, University of Guelph, the Downtown Residents’ Neighbourhood Association and several downtown businesses — is working to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and drivers getting in and out of downtown on weekends, and to prevent littering, public urination and other nuisances.

The program will run every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night until September 28.

What to expect downtown on weekends

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.:

  • Macdonell Street will be closed to traffic between the Macdonell parking lot and the West Parkade.
  • Wyndham Street will be closed to traffic between Carden Street and Cork Street.
  • One accessible portable washroom will be placed at Guelph Central Station.
  • One taxi stand will be located on the north side of Carden Street across from Guelph Central Station.
  • All parking lots will remain open and accessible.

“We hope the Safe Semester project will prevent collisions and increase safety for those walking and driving downtown,” says Allister McILveen, Guelph’s traffic and parking manager. “We want everyone to get home quickly and safely at the end of the night.”

New this year

Cars parked on the closed sections of Macdonell Street and Wyndham Street after 11 p.m. will be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.

Late night bus service

Guelph Transit offers late night bus service, funded by the undergraduate and graduate student associations at the University of Guelph. The service starts on the night of Saturday, August 30, with buses traveling from Guelph Central Station to the University of Guelph and surrounding area. Late night service will run from 12:30 a.m., until the last bus leaves the University Centre at 3:30 a.m.

Map displaying the road closures and facilities being provided during Safe Semester 2014

Safe Semester 2014 map

For more information

About the Safe Semester project

Jeff DeRuyter
Deputy Chief of Police
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 7220

About road closures and parking

Allister McILveen
Manager, Traffic and Parking
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2275

Emergency responders credit PAD with saving hockey player’s life

Guelph, ON, August 15, 2014 – The City’s emergency responders—fire, police and EMS—are highlighting the importance of having public access defibrillators (PADs) in community spaces.

On Thursday, August 14, a 9-1-1 call was made from the University of Guelph sports arena to report that a 49-year-old hockey player had collapsed and was without vital signs.

As fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to the call, Guelph Police Constable Stu Robertson and Campus Community Police Sgt. Steve Forbes, who were already at the university, were first to arrive on scene.

Rink staff brought the PAD to the scene. A PAD or automatic external defibrillator is a portable electronic device used to get a heart back to its natural rhythms by delivering an electrical shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest.

After the initial shock was delivered, the patient regained a pulse.

“There is no doubt in my mind that public access to a PAD and the quick actions of Constable Robertson, Sgt. Forbes, and university rink staff paved the way for such a positive outcome. Their actions saved the life of a man with a family, and he is now on the road to recovery,” says Shawn Armstrong, general manager of the City’s Emergency Services.

Robin Begin, director of Campus Community Police, Fire Prevention and Parking Services adds, “This incident is another great example of the important community partnerships that the emergency responders share in the city.”

Through the Ontario Defibrillator Access Initiative the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, in partnership with Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services (GWEMS), has placed PADs across Guelph and Wellington County since 2006, and have trained hundreds of people to use them at no cost to the sites.

To date there are 122 PADs in City- and County-owned facilities, including community centres, libraries, and Guelph City Hall. The university has also placed PADs in some of its buildings, all of its athletic facilities and emergency vehicles.

“Across Guelph there have been many examples of the successful use of PADs, which support and strengthen the chain of survival for persons experiencing a cardiac event,” says Armstrong, adding, “We will continue to advocate for the placement of PADs, coordinate the required CPR training and provide on duty paramedics to assist Heart and Stroke Foundation trainers with teaching CPR skills.”

Why CPR and defibrillators?

Research has shown that CPR and an external defibrillator can dramatically increase the chances of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. In Ontario, about 7,000 people annually suffer from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. For every minute that passes without help, a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by seven to 10 per cent. With early CPR and the application of a defibrillator, the chance of survival can increase by up to 75 per cent. PADs are very safe, easy to use and easy to maintain. CPR is a relatively easy skill to learn and can be taught in a short period of time. (Source: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario)

For more information

Shawn Armstrong
General Manager, Emergency Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2125

Mike Gatto
Public Information Officer
Guelph Police Service
519-824-1212 extension 7253




Discover the library’s Famous Guelphites web portal

Guelph, ON – Check out the newly redesigned Guelph Public Library’s Famous Guelphites web portal with over 150 biographies! Easily navigate the new interface and quickly view major life events about each Famous Guelphite on a side bar. References now include information from the library’s local history collection as well to assist with your researching. Learn about our city’s finest actors, musicians, athletes, authors, government officials, and historical figures through the local history tab at

Did you know Guelph is home to:

  • Award-winning athletes, like Rich Peverley of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and Olympic swimmer, Victor Davis
  • Famous actors & actresses, like Neve Campbell of the “Scream” horror films
  • Distinguished authors, like the iconic Robert Munsch
  • Significant historical figures, like fashion designer Lady Duff Gordon and her sister Elinor Glyn who were both Titanic survivors

The GPL invites you to learn more about famous Guelphites and how they have made our royal city a great place to live! Be sure to check back often as new biographies are frequently added. Enjoy!

For more information

Kitty Pope, CEO
519-824-6220 extension 226

Guelph Transit service to resume on Friday, August 8

Guelph, ON, August 5, 2014—Guelph City Council and members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 voted today to ratify the tentative agreement reached on Thursday, July 31. Work to resume transit service is already underway.

“While we expect to restore Transit service in our community by Friday, this isn’t a celebration,” said Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge. “Guelph’s transit riders and, in particular, the working poor have endured a tremendous hardship throughout this disruption. Tomorrow the hard work continues as we work to repair the relationship between City administration and our transit employees.”

“This has been a difficult process, but we’ve ended up in a better place,” said ATU Local 1189 President Andrew Cleary. “We are looking forward to getting Guelph moving again this week.”

“Transit service will be free for all users until the end of service August 15 to give riders the opportunity to purchase their August bus passes and encourage people to return to transit,” said the City’s Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert.

To restore Guelph Transit services, mechanics, drivers and mobility service employees are being called to report to work on Wednesday to restore mobility service by Thursday, August 7 and road test the necessary 54 vehicles to be able to resume service by Friday, August 8. Any changes to these estimates will be communicated immediately.

For updates and more information regarding the negotiations between the City and ATU Local 1189, please visit

For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260 extension 3356

Andrew Cleary
ATU Local 1189 President

Woodlawn Road bridge closed August 11-22

Guelph, ON, August 5, 2014 – The Woodlawn Road bridge between Woolwich Street and Victoria Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, August 11 at 9 a.m., for approximately two weeks.

As part of the City’s Annual Asphalt Program, the bridge on Woodlawn Road, will close to facilitate the replacement of the bridge deck. The bridge is expected to reopen on August, 22 at 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the closure. Drivers and cyclists are advised to follow signed detours or, if possible, avoid the area.

A signed detour using Victoria Road, Speedvale Avenue and Woolwich Street will be in place to direct motorists around this closure.

“Emergency vehicles will use the designated detour, and local access will be permitted up to the closure area,” explained Grant Ferguson, project manager, Engineering Services. “We ask motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to be aware of their surroundings and to proceed cautiously when approaching construction zones throughout the city.”

The City of Guelph appreciates residents’ patience, understanding and co-operation during this important work, and will post updates on and Facebook.

For more information

Grant Ferguson, Project Manager
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2251

City and ATU to vote on Tuesday, August 5

Guelph, ON, August 1, 2014—The City and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 have expedited the voting process so that the second tentative agreement reached between the two parties can be accepted or rejected as soon as possible.

The ATU Local 1189 vote will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. August 5 and will be followed by a closed session of Guelph City Council from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the tentative agreement being the only item on the agenda.

“We recognize how hard this has been for our riders and are pushing up our voting day to Tuesday, August 5, which gives us enough time to share the agreement with our members and hopefully get our buses back on the streets as soon as possible.,” said ATU Local 1189 President Andrew Cleary.

“We are all working to get this service disruption over for our community as fast as we can,” said the City’s Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert. “This has been a tremendous hardship for the community, and we hope both sides will vote to ratify the tentative agreement on Tuesday.”

Once ratified, it takes a minimum of two days to bring Guelph Transit’s systems back into operational readiness. This includes inspection of the fleet and confirming scheduling.

For updates and more information regarding the negotiations between the City and ATU Local 1189, please visit

For media inquiries
Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260 extension 3356

Andrew Cleary
ATU Local 1189 President