Council composition and ward boundary review

Council composition and
ward boundary review

Council composition and ward boundary review

We’re reviewing how well our current Council structure and wards work for you, as we strive to become future ready. Here’s everything you need to explore fair and complete representation for our city as it grows.

This review will affect how you’re represented in local government. Engagement will be done remotely during COVID-19, using online tools at haveyoursay.guelph.ca.

We’re reviewing Council composition and ward boundaries in three phases:

  1. Council composition and employment status
  2. Ward boundaries
  3. Compensation and support

About the Council composition and ward boundary review

Review of voting systems and methods

We will also be reviewing how ballots will be cast in the upcoming 2022 municipal and school board elections.

More details coming in fall 2020.

Participate online

Share your questions and comments and participate in online surveys.

Learn about Council Composition

How Council structure can change to serve our community.

Learn about ward boundaries

Changing ward boundaries offers effective representation.

Timeline

Council composition

done

January 27-February 12, 2020

  • Interviews with Mayor and Council
done

March 31, 2020

  • In-person engagement cancelled due to COVID-19
done

September 4, 2020

  • Engagement for City Council composition ends
done

November 5, 2020

  • City Council meets to discuss the proposed recommendations to City Council composition

Ward boundaries

January 4, 2021

  • Engagement options for part one of the ward boundary review where the community prioritizes their needs for Guelph’s wards.

January 13, 2021

  • Tune in to the virtual town hall from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

January 22, 2021

  • Engagement for part one closes

March 2021

  • Engagement opens for part two of the ward boundary review where the community comments on the first set of revised boundaries and the Council structure that they underpin (i.e. 8, 10 or 12 councillors and varying numbers of councillors per ward).

April 2021

  • The community chooses between the final ward boundary options while also providing final comments on Council composition.

May/June 2021

  • Report with recommendations for Guelph’s ward boundaries is live on guelph.ca/council
  • City Council meets to discuss the proposed recommendations to Guelph’s ward boundaries

December 31, 2021

  • Legislated deadline for passing of the ward boundary bylaw in order to be in effect for the 2022 municipal election

October 2022

  • Municipal election that incorporates the City Council composition and ward boundary changes

For more information

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