Our employees have lots of options to help them get to work at The City of Guelph. Take a moment to read through the following options, and choose which is right for you.
Riding a bike
Guelph trails connect to all of our City facilities, and each building has a bike rack to help commuting to and between our facilities.
Staff who are eligible for a parking pass can exchange it for an annual transit pass, good for unlimited use on transit service in Guelph.
Staff based out of City Hall who are eligible for a parking pass can trade in their parking pass and receive a monthly transit pass for free. This is a 100% taxable benefit.
Staff based out of satellite locations can show proof of employment and receive a monthly pass for 50% discount which is a taxable benefit.
Who qualifies for 50% off a monthly pass?
All City employees who do not work out of City Hall (including full-time, casual, contract, co-op, and summer staff) are eligible for a discounted transit pass.
How to get an OnYourWay fare card:
Go to Service Guelph, Guelph Transit, or a recreation centre to purchase a discounted monthly transit pass, or trade-in your parking permit for an annual bus pass at the parking office located at City Hall. The initial cards are free; replacement cards will provided for a $5 fee.
How to get the Taxable Benefit:
Complete and submit the bus pass taxable benefit form.
For more information:
Contact [email protected] or call 519-822-1260 extension 2888.
Driving and parking
Most of our City facilities have free parking available close to our buildings.
Employees that work at City Hall, the POA Courts and our Sleeman Centre, have several different options when it comes to parking and getting to work.
- Interested in using the parking lots provided to employees?
- Complete the taxable benefits for parking form and send to the contact listed, and
- Apply for your parking pass with this online form
- Employees can also choose to purchase a parking pass for any of our downtown parking lots. You can also find all day parking on streets in the area around downtown.
Use the Fountain Street parking lot (Downtown parking lot)
Downtown parking for City employees is located at the Fountain Street parking lot (on Fountain Street East) unless directed otherwise. When you sign up you will receive a HID card to operate the gates.
The Fountain lot is currently full. Please apply to be on the waiting list. Until then, please use the free parking lot adjacent to the Boathouse at Gordon Street and Wellington Streets. It is a six minute walk to City Hall.
Short term parking
The City of Guelph has two hour, once per day, complimentary parking on downtown streets. If an employee exceeds the parking limit, they are subject to an infraction as is any member of the public, issued by Bylaw and are responsible personally for payment of the parking ticket.
Additional information on downtown parking options for public users is available at Downtown parking.
Working late at City Hall
City staff working late at city hall, whether for a Council meeting or other work-related reason, can request to park their car in a lot closer to the building. No parking fees will apply. Please contact the parking office at extension 2888 before 2 p.m. on the day you will be working late to arrange parking.
City of Guelph employees have an active carpool program. You can share the driving, and enjoy the commute with your co-workers.
Electric charging stations
New EV charging stations are available in the new Market Square Parkade. Users of the charging stations are responsible to pay for their parking and their charging use while in those dedicated stalls.
The parking permit and the transit pass are a taxable benefits.
The parking permit accrues a taxable benefit on the employee’s income at 55% of the market value of the permit issued. In the case of the transit pass, due to its use every hour or every day, the transit pass accrues a taxable benefit on the employee’s income at 100% of the market value of the transit pass issued. Fee increases in the market will be reflected annually in the taxable benefit paid on the parking permit or the transit pass.
The parking office will either record and distribute the transit pass, or assign a parking spot in a City managed facility and issue you the permit. You will need to review and sign the contractual agreement for the parking spot or the transit pass when you start. These contracts renew each year with a signed agreement for the parking permit or transit pass to remain valid.
Please contact [email protected] or call 519-822-1260 extension 6947.