Community engagement

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

This philosophy is captured in the City’s communications vision: An aware and involved community and engaged and responsive employees, capable of listening, sharing ideas openly and working collaboratively to shape Guelph’s future.

COVID-19 has changed the way we engage with our community, but has not changed how important your feedback is to our decision-making process. We have moved all of our engagement online with virtual town halls, discussion forums and digital tools and surveys for you to share your thoughts with us.

Browse the subjects below or check out what’s available on Have Your Say, the City’s community engagement site.

We want to hear from you

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Planning and development applications

Tell us about your 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.

Community Engagement Framework

The City of Guelph Community Engagement Framework was developed in response to both external and internal demands from community members and City of Guelph employees, for greater clarity, transparency and support for engaging community members in decisions made at the municipal level. The Community Engagement Framework aligns with other corporate strategies, primarily the Open Government Framework, to establish new channels of communication between the Corporation and the community we serve.