Current ward boundaries
Guelph’s ward boundaries haven’t changed since 1990.
As our city grows, it’s important to evaluate our ward boundaries. The population from ward-to-ward should be similar so that, during an election, each ward’s votes can equally affect change to municipal government. Since the 1990 review, Guelph’s population has grown by 52 per cent from 89,000 people to 136,000 – and we’re expected to grow another 40 per cent by 2041.
Guelph has six wards, each of which have distinct and vibrant identities; the ward boundary review is intended to enhance and respect those identities.
New ward boundaries
On June 23, 2021, Council voted to keep 12 councillors, two per ward, adjusting Guelph’s ward boundaries to better spread Guelph’s population. Full or part time councillors will be decided by the City’s Council Renumeration and Support Advisory Committee. The new ward boundaries will be affect ahead of the next municipal election on October 24, 2022.
Proposed changes to Guelph’s wards factor in
- Projected growth
- Communities of interest
- Natural boundaries and geographic features (rivers, railroads, forests, etc.)
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