The City of Guelph is pleased to report on highlights of its key achievements for 2012. This condensed version of the City’s annual report captures, at a glance, the organization’s 2012 progress.
Culture and Heritage
Culture and Heritage
- Opened Market Square and hosted several well-attended community events including the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee, John Galt Day and RBC Market Day skates.
- Launched Visit Guelph–the City’s first mobile application and one of only five mobile tourism apps in Ontario–highlighting local features and events.
- Delivered the award-winning Taste Real program – a regional food tourism initiative–and provided marketing benefits to increase business for more than 120 partners in the Guelph and Wellington County.
- Launched Guelph’s Cultural Mapping Project; an online cultural database and interactive map that identifies Guelph’s cultural spaces, events, individuals, groups and creative enterprises that fuel our community’s cultural vitality and define Guelph’s unique cultural identity and sense of place.
- Celebrated National Culture Days, including the River Run Centre’s 15th Anniversary open house and tours.
- Provided 230,000 cubic metres of construction fill material to build the Laird Road interchange on the Hanlon Expressway. Reusing the City’s stored material reduced trucing distances, greenhouse gas emissions, and project costs.
- Rolled-out automated waste cart collection to one-third of the city to increase waste diversion, and reduce annual waste collection costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Increased the number of renewable energy jobs, investors and service providers in Guelph.
- Commissioned the Organic Waste Processing Facility and ensured the facility operated to the satisfaction of the Ministry of the Environment and our own community.
- City departments collaborated to encourage low impact development practices that help protect and preserve Guelph’s natural environmental assets.
- Completed energy audits at 13 City facilities and identified $3.3 million in energy conservation projects that will result in annuals savings of more than $400,000 per year.
- Launched Greening Guelph–a tree donation program designed to help increase the green canopy in Guelph. The program complements existing plantings through the City’s annual plan, as well as other community initiatives.
- Opened a waste diversion education centre which offers visitors an interactive look at how the City collects and processes Guelph’s organics, recyclables and garbage, and identifies ways that residents can help minimize the amount of waste sent to landfill.
- Received the first ever Canada Water Week Award of Recognition for outstanding efforts in support of Canada Water Week.
- Processed 3,126 rebate applications for the City’s water conservation rebate programs, resulting in approximately 355 cubic metres per day of reclaimed water savings.
- Introduced three-stream sorting at the Sleeman Centre to reduce the disposal of organic and recyclable material.
- Achieved a 68 per cent residential waste diversion rate, exceeding the first two targets set out in the Solid Waste Management Master Plan.
- Increased diversion of construction and demolition material by 55 per cent.
- Successfully demonstrated the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s ability to treat 73.3 million litres per day with the existing infrastructure–which may allow the City to delay significant capital expansion at the facility.
Social Justice and Wellbeing
- Developed and introduced Guelph’s Community Engagement Framework to improve citizen participation in City decision-making.
- Began implementation of the Diversity Strategy to support a municipal workforce reflective of Guelph’s diverse community, ensure equity in its employment systems, and improve service to the community.
- Engaged 292 stakeholders to develop Guelph’s Older Adult Strategy and implementation plan to ensure the highest possible quality of life for Guelph’s aging population.
- Engaged local youth and key stakeholders in developing Guelph’s 2013-18 Youth Strategy to increase meaningful youth engagement and participation in local government.
- Gathered input from more than 3,000 citizens to be used in developing Guelph’s 10-year Community Wellbeing Plan.
- Implemented Guelph Transit Growth Strategy and Plan, increasing efficiency and better matching service with demand through new routes, and improved Mobility Services.
- Developed and implemented a pilot program offering an Affordable Bus Pass program for low income families in need of public transportation services.
- Increased, by 198%, participation in the One2One program, designed to support persons with a disability to participate in recreation programs.
- Marked the 20th anniversary of the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, highlighting the 20-year strategic alliance between the Guelph Wellington Seniors Association and the City of Guelph.
- Established the first comprehensive response time performance plan for land ambulance.
- Raised more than $40,000 for three food access and food security organizations in Guelph through the Taste Real Food Dinner.
- Established a cross-departmental team to evaluate the City’s options to provide high-quality and cost-effective long-term care services for Guelph.
- Started an English as a Second Language Fire Safety Program in partnership with the Wellington-Dufferin Public School Board Continuing Education Program.
Economy, Opportunity and Prosperity
- Completed the Corporate Strategic Plan Framework and launched the 2012 Strategic Initiatives, ensuring the Plan served to meet the community’s vision for Guelph.
- Completed an Open Government Framework designed to make it easier to access City information and leverage technology to encourage and empower the community to participate in decision-making.
- Received an upgrade in our credit rating to AA with a positive outlook.
- Collaborated with local, regional, and provincial economic development organizations on eight foreign investment missions in Canada, the United States, South America and Europe; generated roughly 120 pre-qualified investment leads likely to attract new businesses and create jobs in Guelph.
- Completed Guelph’s Downtown Secondary Plan and initiated a business plan to attract more people and jobs to downtown.
- Introduced the City Card–a pre-paid and reloadable cash card that can be used for recreation passes and programs, transit passes, publications, maps and more.
- Collaborated with Innovation Guelph to establish the city’s Solar Cluster–a program that could bring up to 1,000 jobs in solar components and services to Guelph.
- Coordinated, facilitated and expedited municipal approvals to assist local businesses seeking to expand operations, including Hitachi’s $32 million plant expansion, adding 575 jobs over the next five years.
- Implemented e-billing and credit card tax payment options.