Procedural Bylaw review


We’re reviewing our Procedural Bylaw. The bylaw is a set structure that guides processes for Council and committee meetings to carry out the business of the City. Some of the things the bylaw outlines includes: how Council members cast their votes, how late Council meetings can run, conduct for Council, how residents delegate and interact with Council and how public meetings are communicated to residents.

We want to know how you feel about:

  • Participation in Council meetings such as delegation, presentations, written submissions and petitions and electronic participation in meetings.
  • Council being able to vote by proxy if they are absent from a meeting.
  • Any other parts of the bylaw you think can be improved.

About proxy voting

Proxy voting is a change to provincial legislation by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing that provides municipalities with flexibility to decide on whether another member of Council can vote on behalf of an absent councillor. The change was made in July 2020.


Community engagement – January 4-22, 2021

Visit to participate in the online survey.

Report to Council on Governance Review – March 22, 2021

We’ll report back to Council about changes to our procedural Bylaw as a part of the overarching Governance Review at a special meeting of Council on March 22, 2021. Details coming soon!


Read the current Procedural BylawProxy voting for municipal councillors

For more information

Dylan McMahon, Manager
Legislative Services, Clerk’s Office
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2811
[email protected]