City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award

Guelph, Ontario, February 8, 2018—The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has awarded the City of Guelph a Sustainable Community Award in the category of sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design for the Guelph Innovation District (GID) secondary plan. FCM praised the plan’s carbon-neutral vision and its efficient, sustainable design which reduces transportation needs.

The 436-hectare district is planned as an integrated mixed-use community with housing, commercial and recreational spaces. The GID will connect to the downtown and University of Guelph communities, provide homes for more than 6,500 residents and space for more than 8,500 jobs.

Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy CAO for Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Scott Stewart are in Ottawa today to accept the award at the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference.

“Our plans for the GID will take an unused parcel of property and turn it into a vibrant neighbourhood that reflects our city’s environmental, economic, social and cultural goals. We are fortunate to have this extraordinary piece of property within our urban boundary – and we plan to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie.

The GID plan adopts a village concept with a focus on sustainable energy. For example, buildings will be aligned to maximise the use of solar energy, resulting in lower costs to residents and reduced environmental impacts. The community design also makes it easier to get around by walking, biking and public transit, and emphasizes public access to the river and other green spaces.

“This award recognizes the hard work our incredible staff has done over the last 13 years to create a plan for a sustainable community as Guelph continues to grow,” said Stewart. “We also appreciate the vision, pioneering leadership and support from our Council on this sophisticated project, and we’re excited about moving ahead and putting the plan into action.”

Mr. Stewart was a featured speaker at the conference on February 6, giving a talk to delegates about innovation in community planning and the GID.


Media contact

Joan Jylanne, Senior Policy Planner
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2519