Guelph, Ont., March 14, 2017– The City of Guelph’s Infrastructure, Development, and Enterprise (IDE) Services area has undergone some minor realignments to reflect current organizational needs and the direction set out in the Corporate Administrative Plan, unveiled in 2016. 

The adjustments allow for the creation of a new position to focus on downtown renewal—namely, real estate transactions in the downtown core. This new position will add much-needed capacity in an area that will advance considerable work over the next few years including the downtown secondary plan.

The City also plans to hire a project manager to oversee implementation of the Parking Master Plan by shifting a current vacancy from one department to another. This work will accommodate downtown population and employment growth targets through the creation of an additional 1,300 to 1,700 parking spaces are needed by 2031. 

The moves also reflect the City’s evolving role in community energy, which moves from a ‘community oversight’ to ‘community support’ role. In light of this, the City is saying goodbye to its former Manager of Community Energy, Rob Kerr, who has been integral to the Community Energy Initiative’s (CEI) creation and implementation. An evolving focus on the effects of climate change on municipal services and infrastructure will see the creation of a climate change office, which will be part of the Facilities Management department.

 “Like all organizations, cities need to be responsive to changing priorities, and ensure resources are deployed where they’re most needed,” says IDE’s Deputy CAO Scott Stewart. “These adjustments are the right ones to make now to enable us to continue delivering high quality public service to citizens.”

All adjustments will be accommodated within existing budgets.

 IDE houses the following departments:

· Business Development and Enterprise

· Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
· Environmental Services
· Planning, Urban Design and Building Services
· Facilities Management
· Project Management Office

For more information:

Scott Stewart, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Infrastructure, Development, and Enterprise Services

519-822-1260 extension 3445

Here’s your council recap video.

The committee of the whole meeting was 7 hours long. My video is not 7 hours long, but I’d grab a coffee before pushing the play button!

To see all the documents we had for yourself from this meeting, please click HERE!

Thank you,


Here is your Feb 27th, 2017 recap video of our Council of the Whole meeting:

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Water offices closed to public until September!

Guelph, Ont., February 27, 2017—Due to construction of the York trunk sewer and Paisley-Clythe feeder main, the administrative offices of Water Services, located at 29 Waterworks Place, will be closed to the public for about six months beginning March 1, 2017.

Waterworks Place and areas within the Water Services property will be zoned as construction sites, and there will be heavy construction vehicle access in, out and around the site throughout the work period. The facility is being closed to the public for safety reasons.

How to reach us:

Anyone needing to reach Water Services to discuss water and/or billing inquiries should call 519-837-5627, or email

If an inquiry cannot be addressed by phone or email, customers can book an appointment, and Water Services staff will arrange a meeting at another City facility.

Water service not impacted:

The delivery of water to Guelph homes and businesses will not be affected by this work.


Updates about the closure will be posted here.

The City thanks customers for their patience during this temporary closure.

For more information:

Water Services


The Guelph Black Heritage Society concludes the “Love of the Lantern” Black History Month celebrations with three exciting events.

  • Connect at the Guelph Civic Museum Music Night – February 24, 2017
    Oshungo Drum and Dance will share cultural experiences from West Africa and the Caribbean through the joy of drumming, dancing and story-telling.  Event starts at 7:00 pm.  Free admission, donations welcome – Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
  • Feel the drums at a family-friendly workshop – February 25, 2017
    End Black History Month with a Bang! Featuring Funga Drummers.  Doors open at 1:30 pm, admission $10 or $30/family of four – Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street
  • Drums and Dancing at the Heritage Hall – February 25, 2017
    Enjoy a performance by the Funga Drummers, a dance party featuring DJ Charless Janzen and imbibe the taste of freedom with a “Lantern Ale”.  Doors open at 7 pm, admission $10  – Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street.