Thank you to Councillor Mark Mackinnon (above) for representing the City  on this announcement today!

March 31, 2017, Guelph, Ontario – The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments to create jobs and grow the middle class while building a foundation for a strong, sustainable economic future. Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient and affordable transit services that help Canadians safely get to and from work, school and other activities on time.
MP Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced today that the City of Guelph’s new public transit project has been approved.
Part of the City of Guelph’s transit funding will include $9,681,491 from the Federal Government which will be matched by the City of Guelph. Guelph will benefit from the following projects:
$7,370,770 for Transit Bus Replacement: including 24 conventional buses and 9 specialized vehicles;
$1,300,000 for replacing fare boxes on all buses to improve efficiency, reduce potential for fraud and missed fares, and automate validation of student passes (U-pass) and transfers;

$363,221 to upgrade 132 bus stops to ensure multi-route stops have shelters and, where possible, all stops are accessible;

$147,500 for developing a Transportation Master Plan for Guelph that addresses all modes of transportation including transit, vehicular transportation, active transportation and trails;

$500,000 for upgrading the traffic signal control system that coordinates traffic signals along major streets. This involves replacing two outdated systems with a new system that will reduce traffic congestion and delays and enable transit signal priority.

These projects are part of a list of 312 projects announced across Ontario on March 31, 2017, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing 50 per cent of funding for these projects and the provincial government and municipalities will provide the balance of funding.

Also on March 31, Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged the importance of public transit to Canadians, as stated in Budget 2017, by announcing federal funding for major GO Transit Regional Express Rail projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
“Efficient and sustainable public transit plays an important role in keeping our communities among the best places in the world to live while supporting the middle class and those working hard to join it. By working with our provincial and municipal partners, the Government of Canada will deliver real support through projects like this which will improve the efficiency, accessibility and develop a master transportation plan for the residents of Guelph.”
-Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
“I am pleased to have a federal partner that shares our commitment to investing in modern, accessible public transit. These upgrades to our transit system will benefit our entire community and improve riders’ experience for a more comfortable and efficient daily commute.”
-Liz Sandals, Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph
“I want to thank the Government of Canada for this funding, which represents a major investment in the future of Guelph’s transit system. New buses, bus shelters, fare boxes, and signal controls will all improve the customer experience – while boosting operational efficiency at the same time. This is a big day for Guelph Transit and for the City of Guelph.”
-Mayor Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph

Guelph is ready to host Rogers Hometown Hockey in Market Square on April 1 and 2.

Please find some information below to help you navigate the big event!

Wednesday, March 29: The Stanley Cup is in Market Square!

The Stanley Cup is making a surprise stop in Guelph at 1pm on Wednesday

Family Festival Event set up begins Thursday March 30:

Event set up along Carden and Wilson streets will take place on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31; taking two full days to complete.

The streets will remain closed for the duration of the event.

Family Festival runs 12pm to 6pm each day (Saturday and Sunday) plus includes live viewing of the Sunday night Hockey Game starting at 6:30pm with Ron McLean.

Full festival details:

Street Access – Please see the handy graphic that shows the timing of the closures

Wilson and Carden streets will have closures starting on Thursday, March 30 at 7 a.m. through to Monday, April 3 at 7 a.m.

Parking access:

Wilson Street parking lot will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 and reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 3.

Parking will be limited on Carden Street from Wyndham Street to City Hall parking access on Thursday, March 30th.

Schedule is found HERE!

Hello Guelph!

Your March 27th, 2017 Council of the Whole Recap Video is here! Find out the items we discussed and how we voted. For all the reports referenced in my video click HERE!

Take care,


I just had a wonderful meeting with University of Guelph masters student Hiba Abdallah today!

She will be having an art project coming up on May 4th hosted at the Art Gallery of Guelph on Gordon Street to showcase these signs and shirts and more!

She has created a sign that people can use to put up in their windows or doors that say “Welcome to Guelph!” You then sign a hospitality contract to maintain the sign and keep it up for 365 days!

I also purchased a shirt that says “Something written in Arabic”

Hiba and I had a great chat about how welcoming Guelph is to refugees and newcomers. Throughout her art project she’s been astonished how Guelph could really teach others outside of us how to embrace those coming from outside Canada and landing in this city!

Take care,


Call for nominations: 2017 Mayor’s Awards

Guelph, Ont., March 23, 2017 – Nominations are now open for the 2017 Mayor’s Awards, which recognize people who make the city a better place through volunteer service.
Nominations can be submitted online at, or by contacting the Mayor’s Office at 519-837-5643 or to request a nomination form. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.
“Whenever people from other cities ask me what makes Guelph so special, I always say it’s the people. Guelph is truly a city that cares – and Mayor’s Awards honourees are the perfect example of that,” said Mayor Guthrie. “These awards are a great way to recognize those who go above and beyond and make us ‘Guelph Proud.’”
While it is not mandatory for nominees to live or work in Guelph to be eligible for the Mayor’s Award, they must volunteer in Guelph. Nominees’ achievements may include a mix of volunteer and paid efforts. Self-nominations are not eligible.
The Mayor’s Awards were established in 1997 by Mayor Joe Young to celebrate Guelph’s birthday, and have been presented every year since. Honourees have been recognized for contributions to many aspects of community life, including arts and culture; health and mental health; social services; the environment; and sports and recreation. Profiles of honourees from 2001 to 2016 can be found at
This year’s Mayor’s Awards will be presented on June 22 at the Guelph Awards of Excellence gala, hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. The gala is Guelph’s premier appreciation event where the city’s exceptional individuals and businesses are celebrated. For more information about the Awards of Excellence, visit the Guelph Chamber of Commerce website at
Thank you!