New lighting is coming to St. George’s Square, in downtown Guelph, the week of May 22. (And it won’t look like the picture attached I just thought it was funny.)

“We’re improving St. George’s Square by replacing and adding lights to make it more welcoming and safer for downtown visitors,” explains Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal.

A total of 56 low voltage light emitting diode (LED) spot lights will be installed to ten new pedestrian light poles and eight existing street light poles along the northwest and southwest plazas.

The new lighting will improve energy efficiency and avoid construction in the downtown to replace underground infrastructure for standard lighting.

The installation will be completed by June 2, weather permitting, and will not disrupt access to downtown businesses or the Quebec Street and Wyndham Street North intersection.

“This small-scale upgrade will provide a new way to look at and use St. George’s Square by allowing for more evening programming and events,” adds Panabaker. “This lighting will support future design work and large-scale plans for St. George’s Square through the Downtown Streetscape Manual.”

When the City is ready to move forward with a new design for St. George Square, the new lights can be reused within the Square or redeployed to another space in Guelph.

The lighting materials and installation will cost about $76,000.

This City project is being undertaken in partnership with the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA).

For more information

Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal
Business Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 2475

Although 12,800 citizens, (33% of the overall vote), used accessible online voting in 2014, City Council voted 7-6 last night to remove the ability for voters to use this same method of casting their ballots in the 2018 election.

I’d like to thank everyone who engaged on this issue over the last few weeks.

Many will ask me, so this is how the voting went:
Voting to save accessible online voting:

Mayor Guthrie, Councillor Mackinnon, Councillor VanHellemond, Councillor Gibson, Councillor Downer, Councillor Billings

Voting to remove accessible online voting:

Councillor Gordon, Councillor Hofland, Councillor Allt, Councillor Salisbury, Councillor Bell, Councillor Wettstein, Councillor Piper.

Take care,


An updated memo from our clerks department around many questions some have had regarding online voting is available by clicking HERE. It’s a good read. Starts on page 13 and is about 7 pages long. 

Close to 300 emails from citizens have already made it into our city clerks department with the majority in favour of keeping accessible online voting for the 2018 election as was used successfully in 2014. 

For those that emailed into city hall, to your councillors, and to me, I do thank you for doing so – whether or not you’re for or against. 

I want to be clear: I was, and still am, standing up for what I believe is the right thing to do – Keep accessible online voting for 2018.
Yet concerns still exist from some. Perhaps there is a way of addressing some of these concerns raised just enough that compromise can be achieved?

I have been working on a “meet in the middle” position and if there’s something I’ve learned it is that the first step to even discussing a potential compromise is to acknowledge when your own position shouldn’t discount opposing positions outright or label them negatively – Any dissenting opinion on this topic deserves equal consideration.

We’ll see what happens tonight. Whatever the outcome, it is Council’s will. Meeting starts at 6:30pm.

Take care,

Guelph is the most attractive city for real estate investment value in Canada, according to MoneySense’s 2017 Where to Buy Now list.

View Guelph’s ranking on
The MoneySense Where to Buy Now ranking is based on these key factors:
· momentum in recent real estate transactions;
· real estate value relative to nearby cities or districts;

· health of the local economy;

· price level of local rental markets; and

· a survey of real estate agent experts on markets.

The story was picked up by Breakfast Television Toronto

Click here to ➡️ Watch the interview with Mayor Cam Guthrie

This isn’t the first time Guelph has been recognized by MoneySense; last year the publication ranked Guelph number 10 on the list of best places for new Canadians to live.

Guelph, Ont., April 10, 2017– Guelph has ranked tenth best small city for foreign direct investment in fDi Magazine’s American Cities of the Future. The only Canadian city to make the overall top ten list, Guelph also came in fourth in human capital and lifestyle, and eighth for business friendliness.

Invest Ontario Cities Of the Future 

The bi-annual rankings are completed by fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times. Guelph was ranked against 209 small cities with populations ranging from 100,000-350,000. Ranking criteria included over 95 data points in the categories of economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost effectiveness and connectivity.

“Guelph ticks all the right boxes: a great location; an outstanding university and college; a skilled labour pool; and a supportive business environment. We’re also one of Canada’s safest and most liveable cities. It’s no wonder we’ve been called “the little city that could!” says Mayor Cam Guthrie.

“Guelph’s investment readiness is guided by forward-thinking planning and economic development strategies,” says Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services, City of Guelph. “Our unique business partnerships, welcoming business community and local business services continue to create an environment for new business opportunities and possibilities in an ever changing marketplace.”

Recent foreign direct investor, Synexis Canada, chose Guelph for its Canadian headquarters last December. “Guelph has everything going for it right now, which makes it the prime location for our Canadian operations,” says Eric Scholte, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Synexis Canada. “Not only is it functionally advantageous being centrally located in a fast growing region, but the support we received from like-minded business services and institutions can’t be duplicated. I look forward to more opportunities to invest in this great community, as we continue to grow in the Canadian market.”

About fDi Magazine:
fDi Magazine is the flagship publication for the fDi Intelligence portfolio and is published by the Financial Times Ltd.

Launched in 2001, fDi Magazine is firmly established as the leading title for the business of globalisation. Published bi-monthly with an ABC audited circulation of 15,284 active corporate readers, fDi Magazine provides senior decision-makers with an up-to-date image of the ever changing global investment map.

About fDi Intelligence:

fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times Ltd, is the largest FDI centre of excellence globally. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the full suite of services includes: location advertising to generate brand awareness; industry-leading intelligence tools to develop FDI strategies and identify potential investors; and tailored FDI events and investor roundtables to meet target companies and generate business leads.