Category Archives: Community

Eat, drink and be scary at the Riverside Park Scareousel

October 18, 2018

We’re getting Halloween started a bit early this year at the Riverside Park Scareousel on October 26 and 27. Continue reading Eat, drink and be scary at the Riverside Park Scareousel


Apply to become a crossing guard today!

October 17, 2018

Give back to your community and keep kids safe Do you want to give back to your community? Do you want to keep children and pedestrians safe? Do you enjoy working outside? Become a school crossing guard! Crossing guards are provided only when schools are open (September to June). Time off when school is out, including weekends, PD days, and all holidays. Daily shifts are scheduled between 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. Responsibilities Ensure the safe crossing of pedestrians and children as they travel to and from school. We are accepting applications for crossing guards and spare crossing guards for various locations. Self-motivated, and personable and able to communicate effectively, you will ensure elementary school children cross safely at designated school… Continue reading Apply to become a crossing guard today!


Guelph-Wellington to create Canada’s first food smart community

October 16, 2018

Our Food Future is a bold vision of a sustainable and thriving food economy. Continue reading Guelph-Wellington to create Canada’s first food smart community


Four easy ways to dispose of leaves and yard waste this fall

September 24, 2018

This fall, you have four options to dispose of leaves and fall yard waste: Continue reading Four easy ways to dispose of leaves and yard waste this fall


Notice: Canadian Armed Forces training in Guelph

September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 The Canadian Armed Forces, with support from local colleagues, will conduct a military training event at the former Guelph Correctional Centre. Residents are advised that there will be higher noise levels for the duration of these training activities. Training will take place between September 11 and 14, 2018. Though there are heritage buildings on site, none of the training will be done at or near designated structures. To ensure safety, it is advised that the public stay out of the immediate vicinity while Canadian Armed Forces personnel conduct their training.


Join us at the Speedvale Underpass open house on September 13

September 10, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present a trail concept for the Speedvale Underpass on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading Join us at the Speedvale Underpass open house on September 13


Safe Semester kicks off September 7

September 6, 2018

Safe Semester runs September 7 to 29 with a goal of supporting a safe and enjoyable environment downtown for businesses, residents and students. Continue reading Safe Semester kicks off September 7


2019 Wellbeing Grant applications now available

September 6, 2018

The City of Guelph is accepting applications to the 2019 Wellbeing Grant program until October 11. Continue reading 2019 Wellbeing Grant applications now available


Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks

August 2, 2018

Parking lot and sidewalk repairs begin July 2 UPDATE: Paving at Evergreen Seniors Community Centre will be delayed by two days. The parking lot will open on or about August 9, weather permitting. Guelph, Ont., June 18, 2018 – Starting July 2, the City of Guelph will begin repairs of the parking lot and sidewalk at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street. The work includes: Parking lot repairs and repaving Sidewalk replacement Lighting installation Garage waterproofing repairs As a result of this work, the parking lot and facility will close to the public for about six weeks. The Evergreen Restaurant will also temporarily close as of June 28 at 1 p.m. During the facility closure, the City will do general maintenance… Continue reading Evergreen seniors facility to close for six weeks


Local experts gather to tackle food challenges in Guelph-Wellington

July 27, 2018

The average Canadian household throws away about $1,400 of edible food every year Guelph, Ont., July 27, 2018—Nationally, $31 billion in useful food ends up in landfills every year. This food waste has an environmental impact approximately equal to the emissions of two million cars on the road, according to social entrepreneur Chef Jagger Gordon, founder of Feed it Forward. About half of this waste happens in homes, the equivalent of $25 to $30 per week per household, and could support people who are not food secure. Our convenience lifestyles and lack of understanding about food waste are key reasons for this waste, notes University of Guelph Associate Professor Dr. Kate Parizeau. These are just a few of the compelling statistics that experts, entrepreneurs, innovators… Continue reading Local experts gather to tackle food challenges in Guelph-Wellington


Have your say on the future of leash free dog facilities

July 27, 2018

City invites community to have their say on Leash Free Policy by August 27, 2018, Continue reading Have your say on the future of leash free dog facilities


City of Guelph releases 2017 Report to the Community

July 24, 2018

This isn’t a typical financial or performance report because it’s not just about us. It’s about residents, business, community groups, visitors, volunteers, and our own employees. It’s about people working together to make Guelph a great city, Continue reading City of Guelph releases 2017 Report to the Community


City announces partner for Baker District redevelopment

July 17, 2018

Guelph, Ont., July 17, 2018 – The City of Guelph is pleased to announce Windmill Development Group as the preferred partner to lead the planning, design and development for the Baker District project. The Ottawa-based real estate development company was named last night during a special meeting of Council at which staff presented an update on the project. “Windmill’s proven development experience, financial strength, ambition and award-winning design excellence align with the City’s vision and objectives for this important downtown project,” says Scott Stewart, deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. He adds, “Awarding this project marks a critical milestone in the Baker District redevelopment project as we’re able to move forward with development concepts, getting us closer to revitalizing this underused urban space.” “We… Continue reading City announces partner for Baker District redevelopment


Notice: Noise exemption granted for July 20-21 at 104 Summit Ridge Drive

July 6, 2018

The City has granted Reid’s Heritage Homes an exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw. The exemption gives permission for night work from July 20 to July 21, 2018 at 104 Summit Ridge Drive to pour a concrete slab. If this exemption impacts you, please contact City bylaw at bylaw@guelph.ca or 519-822-1260 extension 2423 by July 17, 2018 to request that the decision be reviewed by City Council. For more information David Wiedrick, Manager Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing, Operations 519-822-1260 extension 3475 david.wiedrick@guelph.ca


City honours the late Marg MacKinnon with room dedication

July 4, 2018

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., July 4, 2018 – Join us for a commemorative plaque unveiling as we rename City Hall’s Room 112 in honour of the late Marg MacKinnon. Marg MacKinnon was Guelph’s second female councillor, serving from 1973 to 1986. MacKinnon was influential in the establishment of the Guelph Arts Council in 1975 and served as chair of the Citizens’ Committee for the development of River Run Centre. As a mentor, she encouraged young and recently arrived Guelphites to get involved in civic life. What Commemorative naming in honour of Marg MacKinnon Who Mayor and members of Guelph City Council City of Guelph Commemorative Naming Committee MacKinnon Family When Monday, July 9 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where City Hall, 1 Carden Street,… Continue reading City honours the late Marg MacKinnon with room dedication


Market Square water feature

July 3, 2018

Market Square skating rink is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weather permitting. Check this page regularly for ice rink status. Continue reading Market Square water feature


Guelph Transit’s Special Event Fare program here to stay

June 27, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 27, 2018 – It’s official. Bus rides to and from ticketed events at River Run Centre and Sleeman Centre will continue to cost riders $1 for each one-way trip. On Monday night, City Council voted unanimously in favour of making the Special Event Fare program permanent. The program was introduced last September as a pilot program to increase ridership and assist in alleviating parking and traffic pressures in Guelph’s downtown core. To receive the $1 special event fare, riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding. This is a savings of $2 per trip. The special event fare begins three hours prior to the event start time and continues until end of bus service on… Continue reading Guelph Transit’s Special Event Fare program here to stay


Guelph’s abuzz with Bee City designation

June 27, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 27, 2018 – If residents ever needed proof that Guelph is a hive of activity, they’d need only look at the City of Guelph’s Bee City designation from Bee City Canada. Monday night, Council approved a staff-recommended Bee City application that commits to three pollinator-friendly goals: Creating, maintaining and improving pollinator habitat Educating the community about the importance of pollinators Celebrating pollinators during International Pollinator Week and other times of the year “Being officially designated as a Bee City complements all the great work our staff and the community are already doing to encourage pollinators into our city,”  says Dave Beaton, supervisor of Trails and Natural Area Stewardship. “Currently, the City maintains pollinator habitat in parks, trails and gardens,  hosts speakers from… Continue reading Guelph’s abuzz with Bee City designation


Council approves Boulevard Maintenance business service review

June 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont.,  June 26, 2018 – Last night, City Council approved staff recommendations from the Boulevard Maintenance business service review final report keeping boulevard maintenance service levels at current standards, and implementing new processes for efficiencies. The report recommended no changes to the types or frequency of boulevard maintenance. Improvements will be made to gain efficiencies in maintaining City boulevards. The impacts of those recommendations include: Improved process and data consistency Enhanced processes to help staff forecast Increased collaboration of staff from different departments in the planning, development and inspection of boulevards Improved data collection and performance reporting Homeowners will continue to maintain the cul-de-sacs, front boulevards and side boulevards on their streets. What is a boulevard? Resources About the business service reviews Media contact… Continue reading Council approves Boulevard Maintenance business service review


Activating Guelph’s parks

June 25, 2018

Canada Day weekend fun in Margaret Greene and Exhibition parks Guelph, Ont., June 25, 2018 – Get ready kids, the City is expanding its popular Park Activation program by introducing two activation stations in Margaret Greene and Exhibition parks. “Park activation introduces new and unique ways for families to use park spaces, makes it easier for children to get active, and helps to improve a child’s physical and mental well-being. We’re excited to add the activation stations for a truly interactive park experience,” says Rachel Guerin, project specialist with Energize Guelph. The activation stations—modified shipping containers—arrive later this summer and when they do they’ll be open to the public, weather permitting, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.… Continue reading Activating Guelph’s parks


Free summer events in Market Square

June 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – We’ve got great events in Market Square this summer from July 6 to August 24 — all for free! Movies in the Square Movies in the Square take place on Wilson Street and at Exhibition Park to free up parking on Carden Street. Movie nights start at 9 p.m. on Fridays. This year we’re showing: July 6 – The Lego Movie (on Wilson Street) July 20 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (on Wilson Street) August 10 – Ratatouille (on Wilson Street) August 24 – Finding Nemo (in Exhibition Park) On rainy days, the movies shown on Wilson Street will move inside City Hall, but the movie at Exhibition Park will be cancelled. John Galt Day On Saturday,… Continue reading Free summer events in Market Square


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


City provides update on South End Community Centre project

June 8, 2018

June 8, 2018 The City has posted an update on the detail design project of the South End Community Centre. The update includes an artist’s interpretation of what the inside and outside of the building may look like once built. Report


Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program

June 4, 2018

KIAM looking for images of the six wards for #YourWard project Guelph, Ont., June 4, 2018 – Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) have been named this year’s Artist in Residence team. KIAM’s project, titled #YourWard, will use images of each of Guelph’s wards to create six large-scale paintings that explore transitions in the urban environment. Their artistic style uses thick layers of acrylic paint and gel mediums, photographs and washes to create mixed-media paintings that draw attention to the contrasting perspectives on one canvas. “KIAM’s proposal ticked all of the boxes,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of culture and tourism for the City of Guelph. “Their project will foster collaboration and connection with Guelph’s historic wards.” To complete the pieces, KIAM is asking the community to… Continue reading Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program


June is Recreation and Parks Month

June 1, 2018

Join in celebrating the benefits of recreation and parks in everyday life. Continue reading June is Recreation and Parks Month


Outdoor recreational fires not permitted

June 1, 2018

The City of Guelph prohibits outdoor recreational fires (e.g. fireplaces, fire pits, and chimineas). Failure to comply with open air burning regulations is an offence and carries a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year in jail. Under the Ontario Fire Code, propane fuelled or natural gas fuelled appliances that simulate a campfire or fireplace are permitted, provided they meet the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. Cooking outdoors Open air burning is allowed if a person is cooking food on a grill, barbecue or spit. Such burning consists of a small, confined fire that is supervised at all times. Once cooking is finished, the fire must be put out. Please note: Cooking does not include roasting marshmallows or hot dogs. If the fire… Continue reading Outdoor recreational fires not permitted


Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations

May 29, 2018

Council approves City’s continuing partnership with task force Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2018—Last night, Guelph City Council acknowledged, in principle, the role of Our Energy Guelph as the implementer of the Community Energy Initiative going forward, and approved the City of Guelph’s continued association with Our Energy Guelph as a primary stakeholder and partner. Council also approved Our Energy Guelph’s recommendations for the community as outlined in the updated community energy plan, including a target for Guelph to become a net zero carbon community by 2050. The 2007 Guelph Community Energy Plan, now the Community Energy Initiative, was the first of its kind in North America. In 2016, Council directed staff to initiate an update. A community-based task force was recruited to lead the update… Continue reading Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations


Get active, try something new

May 28, 2018

Guelph, Ont., May 28, 2018 – It’s time to celebrate, get active and try something new as June marks Recreation and Parks Month, International Trails Day, and Seniors’ Month in Guelph. Throughout the month, we’re offering free activities so you can discover all that Guelph has to offer indoors at our recreation facilities and outdoors in our beautiful parks. Practice your serve at one of our many tennis/pickleball courts, spark imagination and creativity at your neighbourhood park, have fun with your little one at our preschool drop in, participate in a kettlebell or aquafit class, or join in a free swim at one of our indoor pools. June also marks the opening of our splash pads, wading pools and Lyon Leisure Pool. On Saturday, June… Continue reading Get active, try something new


Come see what we do!

May 22, 2018

Join City staff on May 24 to celebrate Public Works Week Guelph, Ont., May 18, 2018 – In celebration of Public Works Week, we’re hosting an open house at 45 Municipal Street on Thursday, May 24. The family-friendly event will run from 3–7 p.m. featuring: City equipment and vehicles including an ambulance, Guelph Transit bus, zamboni and collections flusher City bylaw display including demonstrations of license plate recognition Construction and forestry teams explaining their work Traffic signal displays Food trucks providing food and drinks Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Guelph Food Bank. About National Public Works Week Since 1960, the American Public Works Association (APWA) has sponsored Public Works Week across Canada and the United States. This year’s theme… Continue reading Come see what we do!


Guelph Junction Railway weed control

May 15, 2018

Weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks May 30-31, 2018 DBI Services will conduct weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks between Woodlawn Road and Victoria Road, excluding a section of tracks from Norwich Street East to just past Macdonell Street. Weed control will take place overnight May 30-31, 2018 starting at midnight (rain date is May 31–June 1). Trail impacts As an added safety precaution, the Downtown Trail will be closed between Speedvale Avenue and Marcon Street for about 12 hours after the weed control is applied. How we control weeds Corn starch–based control is used in all areas within 60 metres of waterways. A distilled mixture of Torpedo, Overdrive and Round-up is used in all other areas. These substances have been evaluated by… Continue reading Guelph Junction Railway weed control


Summer camp volunteers needed

May 10, 2018

Apply now to be a volunteer Want to make a difference in your community this summer? Come spend a day or week with us at camp! The City of Guelph’s summer camps include pottery, circus arts, extreme adventure, swimming, games, crafts and more! Volunteers need to be 14 years of age or older. Volunteering with the City’s summer camp program is an excellent way to do something great for the community, while having fun. High school students can earn credit towards their community involvement hours. What’s provided Volunteer training T-shirt What you need to know Summer camps run daily from July 3 to August 31.  Volunteer training is June 13 or June 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South. For more information… Continue reading Summer camp volunteers needed


Construction notice: Skov Park tennis court replacement starts May 14

May 5, 2018

Tennis players should use St. George’s Park in the interim Guelph, Ont., April 17, 2018 – The Skov Park tennis courts will be closed starting May 14 for replacement. The courts will reopen at the end of July, weather permitting. The new courts will include new surfacing, nets and fencing. Anyone looking to continue playing tennis during May should use the tennis courts at St. George’s Park. For more information Stefan Ilic, Project Specialist Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation City of Guelph 519-822-1260 extension 3349 stefan.ilic@guelph.ca


Over 1,300 volunteers made clean and green a breeze!

May 2, 2018

3,000 kilograms of garbage picked up  from parks and trails Guelph, Ont., May 1, 2018 – The 15th annual Clean and Green community clean up broke the record for the number of volunteers who came out to help green Guelph, despite challenging weather. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the number of people who turned out,” says Dave Beaton, supervisor of trails and natural areas stewardship with the City of Guelph. “We got iced out the previous weekend and we were worried the cold would keep people away, but our volunteers are a dedicated bunch.Thanks to them, our community is  greener and cleaner.” Over 1,300 volunteers participated, cleaning 57 parks and 61 trails and roadways, collecting a total of 3,000 kilograms of garbage.  A barbecue… Continue reading Over 1,300 volunteers made clean and green a breeze!


Are you emergency ready?

April 30, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 30, 2018 – National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 6 to 12, and the City of Guelph is kicking off the week on May 2 with a day of fun and information to help you prepare your family for any emergency. “This year’s theme—Be Emergency Ready—highlights the importance that everyone has a role to play in being prepared for an emergency; and being prepared means having the knowledge and equipment necessary to better cope during an emergency,” says Dave Elloway, the City’s community emergency management coordinator. Join us Wednesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Road South, and spend the day browsing displays from community groups, local utility companies and emergency first… Continue reading Are you emergency ready?


City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack

April 24, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 24, 2018 – City of Guelph flags have been lowered in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s horrific incident in Toronto, when a van drove into pedestrians, killing at least 10 people and injuring 15. “Our hearts are in Toronto today. Guelph is united with Toronto in grief in the face of this senseless attack on innocent people,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Guelph is thinking of our neighbours in Toronto today as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of the victims. We are also thinking of the first responders who rushed to the scene, and the bystanders who witnessed this shocking attack,” said Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson. City of Guelph flags at… Continue reading City of Guelph flags lowered to half-mast to honour victims of Toronto vehicle attack


Annual street sweeping starts April 23

April 23, 2018

Check for signs on your street where parking will be impacted Guelph, Ont., April 23, 2018 – Our annual street sweeping program starts today and will be completed by the end of May, weather permitting. Guelph’s main roads will be completed first, followed by residential roads. Cars parked on signed streets across the city during scheduled sweeping will be towed. Visit guelph.ca/streetsweeping or see our map of on-street parking that will be effected during sweeping for more details. Street sweeping clears all 581 kilometres of City streets of sand and salt, deposited during our winter operations, and other debris. Aside from keeping our streets neat and tidy, spring street sweeping protects water quality and the environment by keeping pollutants out of Guelph’s ponds, rivers and… Continue reading Annual street sweeping starts April 23


We asked, you responded: survey feedback is in favour of a Howitt Park community garden

April 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 16, 2018 – The results are in! Out of the surveys received, 78 per cent of residents were in favour of a Howitt Park community garden. As a result, the garden will move ahead this summer. Residents who took the survey commented that the park was a “lovely idea”, especially for residents without a yard or garden of their own. They also believe it presents a greater opportunity to foster community togetherness and a love of local food. A few residents also shared their concerns, questions and comments about the proposed community garden including: impacts to the garden from pets and wildlife, vandalism, suitable location, infrastructure, and growing conditions, the development proposal for the property next door, the size of the garden,… Continue reading We asked, you responded: survey feedback is in favour of a Howitt Park community garden


Freezing rain is coming: here’s what you need to know

April 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 13, 2018 – We are prepared for the forecasted freezing rain expected this weekend.  The following list will help you prepare too. Roads and sidewalks City crews will monitor the weather throughout the weekend and will apply salt and brine to the roads and sidewalks as needed. If you must drive, give yourself plenty of time to get around. You can follow our trucks at guelph.ca/snow. Report a road and sidewalk Trees Ice buildup can make trees heavy, causing branches to break and trees to fail. Even healthy trees that are structurally sound can fall under the weight of ice. Keep an eye on your private trees. Our forestry crews will be dealing with tree issues on City property, as they become… Continue reading Freezing rain is coming: here’s what you need to know


Notice: Noise control bylaw exemption

April 4, 2018

Under the City of Guelph’s Delegation Bylaw (2013) – 19529, the City has granted the University of Guelph an exemption from the City’s Noise Control Bylaw. The exemption will allow for night work from May 11-13, 18-22, 25-27 and June 1-3 at 95 Stone Road West for the replacement of boilers and pumps. If you may be impacted by this exemption, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at clerks@guelph.ca or 519-822-1260 extension 5603 no later than April 20, 2018 to request a review of the approval. For more information David Wiedrick, Manager, Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing Operations 519-822-1260 extension 3475 david.wiedrick@guelph.ca


Cedarvale Avenue Park Master Plan engagement summary

March 29, 2018

The City of Guelph is developing a park master for Cedarvale Avenue Park, located at 32 Cedarvale Avenue in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational needs and aspirations. What we’ve heard Phase 1 of the community engagement is now closed. Thank you to residents who participated in reviewing the two concept designs and voting on playground components for the neighbourhood park. In late 2017, residents provided comments and voted on two park concept plans. More residents voted for Concept B: Natural Slopes. As a result, the preferred concept plan was based on that concept. Resident input was used to… Continue reading Cedarvale Avenue Park Master Plan engagement summary


City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives

March 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 26, 2018 – Earlier today, the City of Guelph was honoured with a 2018 Ontario Age-Friendly Community Recognition Award at the inaugural Age Friendly Community Symposium held in Toronto. The awards celebrate the work of Ontario communities that are striving to become age friendly. “Guelph is a great place to live and age well, and I’m proud our efforts to become an age-friendly community have been recognized with this notable provincial award. It’s an award our entire community can celebrate,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. On hand to accept the award were Manon Germain, project specialist with Age-Friendly Guelph, and Adam Rutherford, programming and community development supervisor with the City. The recognition program, introduced last year by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, includes… Continue reading City receives provincial award for its age-friendly initiatives


Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

March 22, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting a public open house to share and discuss three concept designs for a pedestrian bridge over the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The bridge will run parallel to the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) train tracks, located just east of Wellington Street. Thursday, April 12, 2018 2–4 p.m. and 5:30–7:30 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view and provide input on three bridge concepts. The City is looking to better understand what concepts are preferred, how the bridges will be used, and any impacts the bridge may have on individuals or the neighbourhood. City Staff and project consultants will be available to answer your questions.… Continue reading Open House: Have your say on three concept designs for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable

March 13, 2018

Guelph, Ont., March 12, 2018 – The City of Guelph, the University of Guelph, the Guelph Police Services, and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario have joined forces to ensure St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are safe, respectful and enjoyable for everyone. “We know people like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We are just asking that they be mindful of noise, be respectful of residential property, clean up after themselves and stay safe,” said Doug Godfrey General Manager of the Operations Department at the City of Guelph. Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, the City’s bylaw team, the University and the Police, patrol and address issues throughout the day. This year, residents can expect an increased police presence and bylaw officers patrolling throughout the day and… Continue reading City of Guelph and partners ask St. Patrick’s Day goers to be safe, be respectful and be accountable


And then there were three!

February 21, 2018

Finalists have been selected for the Wilson Street art project Guelph, Ont., February 21, 2018 – Three finalists out of 53 applicants have been chosen for the next stage of the Wilson Street art project; they are: Brandon Vickerd of Hamilton, Ont. Robert Cram Workshop (Robert Cram and Eldon Garnet) of Toronto, Ont. Polymétis Projects (Nicholas Croft and Michaela MacLeod) of Toronto, Ont. One artist/team from the selected three will create an art piece for the corner of Wilson Street and Gordon Street just below the highly anticipated Wilson Street Parkade. The final art installation is a part of the Wilson Street reconstruction project. “We were overwhelmed with the response to our call for artists and are thrilled with the final three selections,” says Stacey… Continue reading And then there were three!


Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomes five inductees

February 20, 2018

Guelph, Ont., February 20, 2018 – The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of the 2018 inductees who will be celebrated at a ceremony this May. This year’s inductees are Bryan DeCorso (athlete), Charles Robert Crowe (veteran athlete) and Rob Pavan (veteran athlete), Dave Scott-Thomas (builder), and in the team category the 2003 Guelph Royals Midget AAA Baseball Team. The induction ceremony will take place during the annual Kiwanis Sports Celebrity Dinner on Wednesday, May 16 at the Italian Canadian Club. Tickets, available March 5, are $80 per adult and $35 for students 17 years of age and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 519-822-1260 extension 2033 or email coralee.barfoot@guelph.ca. About the Guelph Sports… Continue reading Guelph Sports Hall of Fame welcomes five inductees


City improves application process for subsidy programs

January 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 25, 2018 – The City of Guelph has introduced  a single-application process for residents who are applying for a subsidy program like the Affordable Buss Pass, Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) and animal licensing. “This new process makes it much easier for our residents when filling out the paperwork,” says Alex Goss, manager of Community Investment. “The one application saves time and reduces the need for our residents to share sensitive information over and over again.” Residents can apply for the City’s subsidy programs online at guelph.ca under the How can we help you? tab. Residents can also download the application, fill it out and return it to Service Guelph at City Hall, the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre,… Continue reading City improves application process for subsidy programs


Guelph third in new list of Canadian hot spots

January 19, 2018

Guelph has been recognized yet again as a great place to live and work, this time by the real estate and market trend data analysts at Point2 Homes in their list of millennial hot spots for 2018. The list ranked 85 cities by livability factors thought to be significant for the millennial generation including housing affordability, average income, unemployment rates and life satisfaction. Only Quebec City and Victoria ranked higher than Guelph. Our scores Point2 Homes ranked 85 cities in nine categories. Here are Guelph’s scores for all categories. Life satisfaction, 8th Health care, 9th Unemployment, 12th Income, 17th Percentage of millennials in our population, 18th Education, 22nd Crime rate, 25th Climate, 33rd Home prices, 45th Guelph shone particularly well in the areas of life… Continue reading Guelph third in new list of Canadian hot spots


City seeks input on Starwood Park design

January 15, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 15, 2018 – The City of Guelph is asking residents to help develop a master plan for Starwood Park, located at 510 Starwood Drive in the city’s east end. The park master planning process is an opportunity for residents to share ideas and assist the City in creating a master plan that reflects the community’s outdoor recreational need and aspirations. Until January 26, residents can review three concept designs and vote on playground components for the neighbourhood park. The design concepts can be viewed at guelph.ca/starwood. Feedback received will inform the preferred park concept design and residents will have an opportunity to review and comment on the preferred design between March 5 and 16. Comments can also be emailed to Jyoti Pathak… Continue reading City seeks input on Starwood Park design


Extreme cold weather

December 22, 2017

Cold weather safety tips and emergency shelters. Continue reading Extreme cold weather


Tips for driving in winter weather conditions

December 21, 2017

Maximize your visibility Take the time to scrape and clear your windows properly, both inside and out, before proceeding. Clean all your mirrors, lights and windshield wipers. Remove snow from the hood and roof so that it doesn’t blow or fall onto the windshield or rear window as you drive. Snow in the outside air vents or off of your boots on the floor will vapourize as the cab air temperature increases and may reform as frost on the inside of the cold windshield. Use the air conditioner, if equipped, as it will help to remove the moisture from the air. Find and keep traction Traction is what allows you to control your vehicle – starting, stopping or turning requires traction between your tires and… Continue reading Tips for driving in winter weather conditions