Community engagement

We believe the best, most inclusive public policy is developed with input from the community.

This philosophy is captured in the City’s multi-year communications and engagement plan One City. One Voice. Shared Purpose. and guided by our Community Engagement Framework—a collection of policies and documents that set the standards for how we plan, design and implement community engagement.

COVID-19 fundamentally changed the way we engage with our community. It prompted us to improve and expand the ways we engage—both online and in person.

What hasn’t changed? Our commitment to listening and ensuring your voice is a part of the decision-making process.

Check out the various ways you can get involved, below.

Provide input on City projects

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Planning and development applications

Tell us about your community engagement experience

Let us know about your experience with City engagement: have you participated in one or more City of Guelph engagement activities? Would you like to tell us about your experience with the project? If so, please answer a short survey about your experience.

Delegations and comments

You have an opportunity to provide information and express your view in relation to a matter appearing on a City Council or Committee of the Whole meeting agenda. A process must be followed in order to appear as a delegation at a City Council, Committee of the Whole or Advisory Committee meetings or to have written correspondence included as part of an agenda.

Advisory committees

From time to time Council establishes advisory committees, which are comprised of volunteer members from the community, to address a specific issue. Advisory committees are an important resource for supporting municipal government.