Engineering and Transportation

What we do

Engineering and Transportation Services plan, design and manage the construction and rehabilitation of essential municipal services such as roads, watermains, sewers, active transportation facilities and other infrastructure. We also conduct engineering reviews for development applications (e.g. subdivisions) to ensure growth projects meet City standards.

This team manages and delivers on a significant capital project portfolio for a variety of engineering disciplines including environmental, stormwater, water, wastewater, and transportation.

One of this department’s mandates is to manage traffic operations including traffic signals, plan for the city’s future transportation needs and implement improvements to existing transportation infrastructure, which includes road safety initiatives and providing parking services in downtown Guelph.

The City’s corporate asset management and project management programs are also administered through this department.

Why we do it

Engineering and Transportation Services completes work that is essential to the health and prosperity of the city and the environment. We contribute to Powering our Future by ensuring municipal services are properly designed and constructed to support growth. Our contributions to the Sustaining our Future priority includes remediating contaminated sites and protecting the environment through design and review. Planning and building the city’s transportation network is essential to Navigating our Future. We deliver excellent customer service in parking, stormwater, development, and crossing guard services as part of the Working Together for our Future strategic priority. And we complement all the work done in the Building our Future priority by ensuring assets provide acceptable levels of service to the community.

2021 to 2024+ initiatives

Budget details

Operating budget—Revenues and expenses

2021 budget impacts

$40,166 or 0.7 per cent increase in budgeted expenses and revenues due to:

  • $190,565 net increase in parking revenues due to two per cent planned increase in monthly parking permit fees and reduced revenues due to half-year closures at Baker and Wyndham parking lots.
  • $95,000 decrease in transfer to parking capital reserve due to a reduced sustainable funding target that was reflected in the updated asset management plan.
  • $135,500 increase in internal corporate support costs.
  • Parking is a blended enterprise model and is supported through $1.1 million in property tax funding and is down slightly from 2020.

2022 to 2024 budget impacts

$514,842 increase in parking operating budget revenue and expense from 2022 to 2024 due to:

  • Parking permit fees proposed increase of 5 per cent annually included in the forecast.
  • Elizabeth Street lease expires at the end of 2021, therefore no revenues starting in 2022.
  • $191,036 increase in transfer to Capital reserve to move towards sustainable funding.