News Release

The Elliott becomes the long-term care home for Guelph

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has approved the City of Guelph’s request to transfer its municipal long-term care home responsibility from Wellington Terrace in Centre Wellington, to the Elliott Long-Term Care Home in Guelph.

The transfer will not change the number of long-term beds in Guelph, or how to access them, but could reduce Guelph’s long-term care costs by up to $50,000 a year.

This arrangement will be seamless for current Elliott residents and their families; it will strengthen the relationship between the City and The Elliot, and help Guelph provide a healthy and safe community where people of all ages enjoy the best possible quality of life.

Announcement from the office of Liz Sandals, MPP

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Questions and Answers

What is a long-term care home (LTCH)?

A long-term care home is also known as a nursing home or home for the aged; for people who require 24-hour nursing and personal care services.

What is The Elliott?

The Elliott is a not-for-profit, registered charitable corporation operating a long-term care facility in Guelph. The board of trustees for The Elliott is appointed by Guelph City Council.

When does this change take effect?

Local tax dollars will be directed to support long-term care service at The Elliott as of February 1, 2015.

Will this affect the City’s agreement with Wellington Terrace?

The County will continue operating the Wellington Terrace without financial support from the City.

Will it be easier for Guelph residents to access a facility here in town?

Not necessarily. A municipal home located in Guelph does not guarantee priority access to city residents. Once eligible for placement in a LTCH by a Community Care Access Centre, people can identify up to five preferred homes. For example, an Ottawa resident may request placement in a LTCH in Guelph in order to be close to family. Similarly, Guelph residents may request placement in a LTCH outside of the city.

What community partners and agencies are involved in this project?

Using input from the County of Wellington, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, provincial associations, local service providers, other municipalities and community members of all ages, the City is evaluating its options for meeting its legislated requirements for providing long-term care.

Why did the City review its options for providing long-term care?

To determine how Guelph will meet the increasing need for long-term care in the years ahead, the City is evaluating options for its municipal LTCH considering:

  • Sustainability
  • Financial responsibility and prudence
  • Governance provisions and requirements
  • Legislation, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term care and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) requirements
  • Other legal and operational considerations
  • Community need

Why did the City review LTCH facilities and models outside Guelph?

Using an expanded research area provided additional information and options for consideration.

Why didn’t the City recommend building a new facility in Guelph?

Such an undertaking has significant associated costs and increased complexities (e.g. licences and approvals). Building a new home that meets provincial design standards is expected to cost approximately $165,000 per bed, without the price of land, and operating a small stand-alone home would be financially challenging.

Why did the City review several facilities? Why not simply choose The Elliott?

The City has sought to designate a local LTCH for over 20 years and the industry has evolved during this period; Ministry directions have changed, new legislation has been created and others repealed.

Given the complexity and regulation of the industry, the City retained subject and service sector expertise to:

  • Support the City in developing new relationships and connections with key decision-makers
  • Examine political trends at the provincial level
  • Guide the City in navigating the Ministry structure
  • Educate staff about the complexities of the long-term care sector and legislation
  • Re-examine the desirability, feasibility and risks of seeking designation of The Elliott

For more information

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

Barbara Powell, General Manager Community Engagement
City of Guelph
519-519-822-1260 extension 2675

Guelph managing termite activity near John Galt Park

City found evidence of termites on five properties near downtown

Guelph, ON, July 25, 2014 – After inspecting 300 properties near downtown Guelph, the City found evidence of termites on five properties near John Galt Park.

A map of the John Galt Park termite management area shows the five properties in red meaning the City found evidence of termite activity in the park, the River Run Centre and three Wellington Catholic District School Board buildings. The City is also monitoring termite activity on 12 adjacent properties to prevent the spread of termites downtown.

“After discovering termites at the River Run Centre this spring, we treated the area, inspected 300 properties and installed 169 termite traps,” said Tim Myles, the City’s termite control officer. “We’ve mapped out the termite management zone, notified the affected property owners and we’re providing them with safe ways to dispose of wood and soil.”

In and around termite zones the City asks property owners to remove dead trees and stumps, and use non-wood materials for renovations and landscaping. An inspection is required before selling a property in a termite zone, and the Ontario Building Code has specifications for new buildings, porches, and decks in termite infested areas.

To prevent the spread of termites the City urges all residents to be cautious about donating or receiving any wood items that have been stored on the ground, such as firewood, landscaping ties, wood sheds, mulch, etc.

About Guelph’s termite management program

Guelph’s termite management program helps to control the local termite population and prevent damage to wood structures. Since 2007, the program has proven effective in reducing termite populations in the Emma/PineWoolwich, and Windermere termite management areas.

Today, Guelph’s five termite management areas encompass 663 properties.

The eastern subterranean termite was detected in Guelph in the early 1970s near Goldie Mill Park. The non-native insects were accidentally introduced from the United States to more than 30 Ontario municipalities.


For more information

Tim Myles
Termite Control Officer
Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2840

City administration and ATU Local 1189 to meet this week

Guelph, ON, July 28, 2014—In a joint announcement, the City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 are letting the public know they will be meeting this week with regards to the current lockout of Guelph Transit’s union employees.

“We believe there is a way to end this lockout and get Guelph Transit running again soon,” said the City’s Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert. “We are hoping to see a reasonable and affordable counter-offer presented by the ATU Local 1189 executive that clearly represents the objectives of their membership.”

“We want to be working and serving our community,” said ATU Local 1189 President Andrew Cleary. “Any step that can help us move towards that goal is one we’re willing to consider.”

During this period of negotiations, the City and ATU Local 1189 will not be commenting to the media.

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

Andrew Cleary
ATU Local 1189 President

New urban design documents table renewed vision for downtown

Downtown Advisory Committee says design represents level of excellence comparable to Market Square

Guelph, ON, July 25, 2014 – A report that brings together three key urban design documents was delivered to Council this afternoon and will go before the Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment (PBEE) Committee on August 5. The proposed concept for St. George’s Square, the Downtown Streetscape Manual and the Built Form Standards are central to transforming Guelph’s downtown and crucial in achieving the city’s long-term City-building vision.

The documents set the stage for tangible change and significant enhancements for Guelph’s downtown:

  • a central square that is a lively year-round destination—a place that offers a broad range of activities, experiences, and entertainment; connectivity; and anchors downtown Guelph
  • a road ringing a central square—different from a roundabout which is a traffic device intended to move cars—that enhances the pedestrian culture
  • attractive, accessible and safe spaces for all modes of transportation—walking, cycling and vehicular
  • a more accessible downtown that removes barriers for people with disabilities
  • more patio space
  • more parking spaces
  • better traffic flow
  • conveniently located bus stops
  • well-placed commercial loading zones

Doug Minett, Chair of Guelph’s Downtown Advisory Committee, says an investment in transforming St. George’s Square has tremendous long-term value. “The Downtown Advisory Committee feels the design concept for St. George’s Square represents a level of excellence comparable to Market Square which is appropriate for Guelph’s major historic public space.” Minett says the committee “supports the vision and principals embodied in the Streetscape Manual and related documents and looks forward to their evolution through more consultation with all parties as they move to detailed design.”

A 16-month consultative process led to the finalization of the design documents.

The redesign of St. George’s Square is proposed now as the City prepares to reconstruct Wyndham, Quebec and Baker Streets to replace aging underground infrastructure and provide servicing to the Baker Street redevelopment. The planned work presents a logical opportunity to renew St. George’s Square. Taking that opportunity would be a more holistic approach to renewing Guelph’s downtown within the existing $18.5 million, 10-year capital envelope.

While these proposed documents establish direction for future projects, staff will continue to engage the public as they advance through the detailed design phase to make refinements and improvements to design.

“The documents going before PBEE in August are part of the continued implementation of the City’s plans for significant residential and employment growth downtown,” explains Guelph’s corporate manager of downtown renewal, Ian Panabaker. “They’re part of the planning for the significant renewal of the downtown to create a more socially and economically vibrant place, and to reinforce its role   as a major destination and an emerging urban neighbourhood.”

For more information

Ian Panabaker
Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal
Finance & Enterprise Services
519-822-1260  extension 2475

David de Groot
Senior Urban Designer
519-822-1260 extension 2358

John Galt Day celebrates Guelph’s civic holiday in Market Square

CORPUS Dance Company to perform Camping Royale

Guelph, ON, Friday, July 25, 2014 – On Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. everyone is invited to Market Square in downtown Guelph to celebrate John Galt Day.

Contemporary dance company CORPUS brings their latest show, Camping Royale, to Market Square at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The show offers a surreal and comical look at a pair of royal queens as they experience camping and must use their creativity to survive in the wild. The show is presented with the support of The Ontario Arts Council. A video demo of Camping Royale can be seen at

The celebration also offers free family-friendly activities such as face painting, water play, and hands-on crafts. A variety of Guelph Farmers’ Market craft and food vendors will also be on site.

“It’s a great mid-summer opportunity to gather friends and family for some lighthearted entertainment, food, crafts and water play in celebration of our city and community,” says Ella Pauls, manager of Cultural Development. There will be free parking at the Fountain Street parking lot for the duration of the event.

As part of the civic celebrations, Locomotive 6167 will be unveiled at 11 a.m. at its location on Farquhar Street, east of Wyndham Street. The ribbon cutting ceremony marks the end of restorations of Locomotive 6167 and its handover to the Guelph Museums.

About John Galt

John Galt was a prominent Scottish novelist who founded Guelph in 1827. As the superintendent of The Canada Company, a large land company in London, England, he conceived the idea of building a town to stimulate and direct the agricultural settlement of the area. Galt planned the community with its distinctive radial design, quite different than the gridiron plan of most cities, making Guelph a unique and special place.


For more information

Danna Evans
River Run Facility Manager
Culture and Tourism
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2621

For more information about Locomotive 6167
Tammy Adkin
Manager, Guelph Museums
Community & Social Services
City of Guelph

Discover the dramatically re-designed GPL Teen Portal

Discover the dramatically re-designed Guelph Public Library’s Teen Portal, where you can easily find resources and events just for teens! Check out “Life Links” to view work, career, and volunteer opportunities, helpful health information as well as a life after high school section. Interested in learning more about becoming involved with GPL’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG)?  Check out the fun TAG page! Ever had the homework blues? No need to worry. The GPL’s here to help with lots of free eResources available 24/7 – even when the library is closed! Just another benefit of having a GPL library card! Don’t forget to take part in the weekly “Teen Question” and have your say about the GPL’s services. Let us know what your think.

Check out the Teen Portal today

For more information

Meg Forestell-Page, GPL eLibrarian
519-824-6220 extension 306

Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Posted on behalf of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.

GMHI logo

Guelph, ON, July 23, 2014 – The Board of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. (GMHI), the City of Guelph’s municipal holding company, has appointed Barry Chuddy as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Chuddy formerly served as the CEO of Guelph Hydro Inc. He replaces Ann Pappert, the City of Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer, who has served as CEO of GMHI since its inception.

“We are thrilled that Barry Chuddy has accepted this new role. His extensive knowledge of the Guelph Hydro group of companies, his understanding of the City’s aspirations for GHMI and the Community Energy Initiative, and his strong relationships with City staff will be great assets to the holding company,” said Karen Farbridge, Guelph’s Mayor and Chair of GMHI. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Ann Pappert for her leadership in developing GMHI to where it is today.”

Mr. Chuddy’s leadership of GMHI comes as the holding company is responding to a number of exciting business opportunities and seeking to build value for the community. Next month, Guelph City Council will review a business case study and related materials supporting a proposal to amalgamate Guelph Hydro Inc., a holding company for Guelph’s electrical utility, and GMHI.

Pankaj Sardana, who is currently Guelph Hydro Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as interim Chief Executive Officer of Guelph Hydro Inc.

For more information:
Karen Farbridge
Chair, Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.


City of Guelph offering transit refunds to all bus pass holders

Guelph, ON, July 20, 2014—The City of Guelph is offering refunds to all bus pass holders as a result of the lockout of Guelph Transit’s union employees and suspension of transit services.

Refunds for both regular and affordable bus passes will begin on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the following four City locations:

  • City Hall
  • Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre
  • West End Community Centre

To receive their refund, pass holders have two options:

Option A: Hand in their July 2014 pass in exchange for receiving a refund for 50% of its value. The refund will be paid to the customer in the same form of payment as the original pass purchase. If the customer originally paid by cheque, they will receive a cash refund.

Option B: Hand in their July 2014 pass in exchange for using 50% of its value as payment toward a future month’s pass purchase. Must be used before the end of 2014.

For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260 extension 3356

Statement from CAO Ann Pappert – transit service suspended

Statement from CAO Ann Pappert

RE: ATU Local 1189 members have rejected the offer ratified by Guelph City Council and backed by union executive. As a result, Guelph Transit service is suspended as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, July 21 and the members of ATU Local 1189 have been locked out.
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I am extremely disappointed by ATU’s rejection of the offer ratified by our City Council.
Every effort has been made to avoid a disruption to our Transit services. We had reached a tentative agreement with ATU leadership; however, it is clear that the union’s membership remains unmoved.

As a result, Guelph’s transit riders will be left without service until the agreement is reconsidered and accepted by the ATU membership. We know this will create enormous hardship for transit riders and our community. I’m equally concerned for our Transit employees, because this will be a hardship for them and their families.

During this negotiation, the City has been consistently transparent and has shared information at every milestone while respecting the bargaining process.

On Saturday, July 12, we were approached by the union president and agreed to meet the following day. We had a shared interest to avoid the lockout and resulting hardship to those who rely on public transit to navigate their lives.

Both teams worked throughout the day. The negotiations were respectful, productive and focused on the best interests of our employees and the community. A tentative agreement was signed increasing wages from 6.4% over four years to 6.8%—still within Council’s negotiating envelope.

For the City to move any further would drive transit rates up, along with property taxes to an unacceptable level from one service, entrenching that hardship long-term. We also readily addressed the ATU’s publicly stated main concern over workplace respect and working conditions, which fall outside the confines of a collective bargaining agreement.

Guelph City Council ratified the agreement shortly thereafter on Monday July 14th. From that time, ATU leadership has followed through on their legal obligation to recommend the tentative agreement to their members.

Now that ATU members have chosen not to ratify the offer, the hardship to our riders will be significant.

Therefore, we are announcing refunds for the second half of July for all pass holders, not just affordable passes, and will share the details soon. Through a contractor, mobility service will operate for pre-booked medical services only. But we know that won’t make up for the inconvenience.

Visit for updates about picket lines, service disruptions and transportation alternatives.

We’ll let you know the minute there is movement.

Ann Pappert
Chief Administrative Officer

Guelph Transit employees reject tentative agreement; transit service suspended

Guelph, ON, July 20, 2014—Tonight, the members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 voted to reject a tentative agreement ratified by Guelph City Council and endorsed by their own union executive.

With the tentative agreement defeated, the City has reinstituted the lockout originally set to begin Monday, July 14. Guelph Transit services are halted indefinitely until such time as the members of ATU Local 1189 reconsider the City’s offer.

The City of Guelph will be offering refunds to all Guelph Transit July 2014 pass holders for the second half of July. Details will be confirmed and shared in a subsequent media release.

A statement has been issued by the City of Guelph’s Chief Administrative Officer, Ann Pappert detailing the City administration’s level of frustration.

For details on picket lines, City service disruptions and FAQs, visit

For background on the negotiation process, visit

For media inquiries

Stewart McDonough
Communications Specialist
519-822-1260 extension 3356