Guelph’s ward boundaries haven’t changed significantly since the 1990s. During phase two of the review, research and community consultation will help us understand how to ensure people are represented fairly as Guelph continues to grow.
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. 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.
Proposed changes to Guelph’s wards should:
- Have similar populations, within 10 per cent
- Recognize natural or physical barriers like railways, main roads and rivers
- Reflect historic and new communities that are important to the identities of certain wards
- Consider the workload, growth, concerns, development and complex issues
- Review population density, employment areas and open space
- Understand and project anticipated population growth
For more information
Dylan McMahon, Manager and Deputy City Clerk
Legislative Services, City Clerk’s Office
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2811