Our General Manager of Guelph Transit, Mike Spicer, is leaving the City to join the Halifax Regional Municipality as its Manager Transit Operations, effective February 2, 2018.

Mike has made significant contributions to Guelph Transit and to our city in general since joining the City of Guelph in 2016.

I’m sorry to see him go, yet fully understand how he could not pass up such an opportunity to further his career! We wish him tremendous success in Halifax.

Take care,



Guelph, Ont., January 11, 2018 – Toronto Mayor John Tory will bring a message of economic opportunity across the entire Toronto-Waterloo corridor when he comes to Guelph as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Regional Economic Summit.

Mayor Tory has accepted an invitation from Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie to speak at the Summit, which is hosted annually by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and will take place this year on March 22.

Guelph is located in the heart of the Innovation Corridor that stretches from Toronto to Waterloo Region – a corridor that aims to function as one economic region that can compete with Silicon Valley and other technology regions worldwide. Better transportation links, particularly rail service, are seen as vital to that effort.

“Our Innovation Corridor is home to a diverse, highly educated population and game changing ideas,” said Mayor Tory. “I’m excited to share the story of this region as a place where we nurture great talent, grow our industries and engage the public in finding innovative solutions.”

Added Mayor Guthrie, “I’m thrilled to welcome Mayor Tory to Guelph. He is a key voice in our efforts to change the way we look at economic development – from cities competing with each other, to joining together as one globally-competitive region. Those efforts are paying off, with Provincial commitments to two-way all-day GO trains and high-speed rail.”

Following Mayor Tory’s keynote address, the Summit will feature a Regional Leaders Panel that will focus on how to build strong partnerships between multiple levels of government, institutions, and the private sector. As in previous years, the event will be the largest single gathering of leaders in the region.

“The future regional economy will rely heavily on research, clusters of industrial activity and close cooperation among universities, colleges, companies and governments,” said Kithio Mwanzia, President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. “Discussion at the Summit will focus on collaborative practices and partnerships that will be necessary as we continue to build effective networks for a more livable community and resilient regional economy.”

The 2018 Regional Economic Summit takes place on March 22, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing. Be sure to reserve your seat around the table. For tickets, visit guelphchamber.com.

Media Contact

Kate Sullivan, Communications Advisor

Mayor’s Office

City of Guelph

519-822-1260 extension 2558


Kithio Mwanzia, President and CEO

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

(519) 822-8081


**** UPDATE AS OF 3:45pm TODAY****

The following email was just sent to myself and council:


Over the past several days there has been a lot of communication sent my way over the changes made to our scheduled postings (signs) at our 700 transit stops city wide.

The first thing you need to hear is this:

I am listening.

Since hearing from riders last week, (before these changes implemented on January 7th), I contacted transit staff on your behalf to inquire about these new changes and to learn more. I asked staff:

  1. “Can you explain why all the signs are changing at stops?
  2. Is this better customer service for our riders?
  3. What about those with disabilities or those that don’t have phones and so on..?
  4. Is this best practice and can you point me to other transit systems that use the signs that we’re putting up?
  5. Are we taking the opportunity to promote our twitter handle and the Google app that gives real-time data on the new signs so that your phone lines aren’t clogged up with people calling in to find out where the buses are?
  6. Is this call-in-system an automated one?”

Further to the above, I called staff last Friday to discuss this even further. I was told that over 2/3rds of the 700 stops had already been changed with the new signage, yet staff would monitor the feedback and keep me in the loop.

Over the weekend I received more concerns from the public and so did city councillors.

Yesterday morning I again reached out to Transit staff by email on your behalf. I also had a meeting at city hall regarding this issue and staff indicated that they will be getting back to myself and council.

I believe we should explore the following:

The new signage installed should stay for those that are tech-savvy and want real-time arrival data. However, in addition to those new signs, an up to date printed schedule/maps should be re-posted.

I continue to listen, to learn more and take your concerns seriously. Let us together (staff, riders, drivers and politicians) build the best transit service Guelph has ever had. If it has to start with a compromise on signs, so be it.

Stay tuned.


Initial concept plan for Guelph’s southernmost neighbourhood

Guelph, Ont., December 19, 2017 – Last night, Council approved the Conceptual Community Structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Study.

“The conceptual community structure gives us a general blueprint for where land uses will be throughout the Clair-Maltby community,” explains Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “It shows potential locations for housing, roads, trails, parks, schools and more for this southernmost area of Guelph.”

The approved conceptual community structure:

  • balances the protection of the natural heritage system and natural land features like the Paris Moraine with future development of the area;
  • proposes a transportation network that supports all modes of travel with roads, bicycle infrastructure, recreational trails and pedestrian walkways that provide strong connections throughout the Clair-Maltby area and to the rest of Guelph;
  • plans for a system of parks, open spaces and trails to provide recreation opportunities; and
  • is primarily residential with a range of housing types, mixed-use areas, and locations for schools and parks.

“Now that the conceptual community structure is approved we can move forward with technical studies and start developing options for building this new neighbourhood with input from our community,” adds Laughlin.

The City will develop up to three options for the community to review. These options will build on the approved conceptual community structure and add detail to the general land use pattern, road network and community elements. The options will be based on community input and the findings of the technical studies.

Community engagement opportunities will be announced as they are planned. There will be opportunities for both in-person and online feedback.

Technical studies planned for 2018 include a water and wastewater servicing study, a stormwater management study, mobility study, energy and other utilities study, a financial impact assessment and the continuation of a comprehensive environmental impact study.


Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

 Media contact:

Stacey Laughlin, Senior Policy Planner
Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2327