Community Plan – The Plan

Guelph’s Community Plan

A united vision

Guelph. We’re grounded in community and our deep connection to the environment. We look out for one another, celebrate our diversity and smile at each other in the streets. We are leaders who shape tomorrow. We tackle local and global challenges through innovation, art and action. And we’re committed to inclusive prosperity—because together, we’re stronger.

Purpose and vision

Guelph is growing at one of the fastest rates in Canada, with the population projected to increase from 130,000 people today to 169,000 by 2030. As our community grows and changes, we need a well-planned approach that steers us in directions we want to go.

That’s what Guelph’s Community Plan is designed to do.

Over the course of more than a year, City staff consulted the people who live, work, study and visit here to develop a collective vision: what we care about, where our priorities lie, and what we want Guelph to look like over the next 10 to 20 years.

This Plan was shaped by the community, is owned by the community and will be implemented collaboratively by the community.

Guelph is a special place. Regardless of who we are, what we do or which ward we live in, we are passionate about protecting the things that set Guelph apart and tackling the challenges that face our community.

Our Community Plan will inform and inspire us as we move forward. It will guide the work of local government and agencies that serve our community and provide a framework for monitoring our progress.

Above all, it lays the foundation for a strong, welcoming and prosperous future for Guelph—and for everyone who lives here.

This is the community’s Plan—a Plan for all of us to help work together towards common ground.

Guelph's Community Plan

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Our community’s values

Creating this Plan began with a lot of listening — a year of engaging individuals and organizations through social media, community events, telephone surveys, sector round tables and more. And the same messages kept coming up again and again.

Regardless of our age, where we live or where we come from, Guelph residents agree on seven basic values and priorities.

Our focus themes