Council composition and ward boundary review

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We are reviewing Guelph’s Council composition and ward boundaries to understand if our Council and wards are effective, equitable and an accurate reflection of who lives here. This review will have a lasting impact on how you’re represented at the municipal level, now and into the future.

In this last phase of engagement, we need your help to review four ward boundary options and the suggested council composition for each. Engagement is open from April 6 to April 20.

You are in the right place because everything you need to participate in this project can be found on this project web page.


You are encouraged to participate virtually on this project page

Learn

Share your thoughts

Ask your questions

  • Ask any questions in the 'Q&A tab' below. We are listening and will answer your questions.


Other ways to participate

Attend a virtual town hall

We are hosting two virtual town halls with presentations about all the options and a live question and answer time:

Wednesday, April 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Watch online using WebEx (password is CityCouncil2021), the City website or our Facebook page.
Dial in at 1-416-216-5643 (access code: 129 505 9847)

Tuesday, April 13 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Watch online using WebEx (password is CityCouncil2021), the City website or our Facebook page.
Dial in at 1-416-216-5643 (access code: 129 386 4848)

The panel discussion will also be streamed live at guelph.ca/live. We will record the townhalls for future viewing.

Phone during open office hours

  • Wednesday, April 7 – 1-2 p.m. (Dylan McMahon, 519-822-1260 extension 2811)
  • Thursday, April 8 – 6-7 p.m. (Lindsay Cline, 519-822-1260 extension 2440)
  • Monday, April 12 – 10-11 a.m. (Lindsay Cline, 519-822-1260 extension 2440)
  • Thursday, April 15 – 6-7 p.m. (Dylan McMahon, 519-822-1260 extension 2811)
  • Monday, April 19 – 2-3 p.m. (Lindsay Cline, 519-822-1260 extension 2440)


Recommendations to Council

This information will be used to select final options and write a report that will be available online on June 10. Council will meet to discuss the report and its findings, and hear delegations, on June 21, with a final decision made on June 23.


We are reviewing Guelph’s Council composition and ward boundaries to understand if our Council and wards are effective, equitable and an accurate reflection of who lives here. This review will have a lasting impact on how you’re represented at the municipal level, now and into the future.

In this last phase of engagement, we need your help to review four ward boundary options and the suggested council composition for each. Engagement is open from April 6 to April 20.

You are in the right place because everything you need to participate in this project can be found on this project web page.


You are encouraged to participate virtually on this project page

Learn

Share your thoughts

Ask your questions

  • Ask any questions in the 'Q&A tab' below. We are listening and will answer your questions.


Other ways to participate

Attend a virtual town hall

We are hosting two virtual town halls with presentations about all the options and a live question and answer time:

Wednesday, April 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Watch online using WebEx (password is CityCouncil2021), the City website or our Facebook page.
Dial in at 1-416-216-5643 (access code: 129 505 9847)

Tuesday, April 13 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Watch online using WebEx (password is CityCouncil2021), the City website or our Facebook page.
Dial in at 1-416-216-5643 (access code: 129 386 4848)

The panel discussion will also be streamed live at guelph.ca/live. We will record the townhalls for future viewing.

Phone during open office hours

  • Wednesday, April 7 – 1-2 p.m. (Dylan McMahon, 519-822-1260 extension 2811)
  • Thursday, April 8 – 6-7 p.m. (Lindsay Cline, 519-822-1260 extension 2440)
  • Monday, April 12 – 10-11 a.m. (Lindsay Cline, 519-822-1260 extension 2440)
  • Thursday, April 15 – 6-7 p.m. (Dylan McMahon, 519-822-1260 extension 2811)
  • Monday, April 19 – 2-3 p.m. (Lindsay Cline, 519-822-1260 extension 2440)


Recommendations to Council

This information will be used to select final options and write a report that will be available online on June 10. Council will meet to discuss the report and its findings, and hear delegations, on June 21, with a final decision made on June 23.

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    This question was asked at the April 13 ward boundary town hall: can you highlight for me the average number of voters per ward in the existing system, versus in the proposed options?

    about 18 hours ago

    The ward boundary review is focused on population, not electors. As a result, the work that has been done as part of this review looks at population metrics. We don’t have voter metrics available for existing or proposed wards. Existing population metrics per ward are available in the preliminary options report and projected population metrics are available in the final options detail guides posted in the document library.

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    This question was asked at the April 13 ward boundary town hall: why do we not try to forecast population longer than 10 years?

    about 18 hours ago

    The terms of reference for this project specifically asked to look at population and growth projections over a period of three municipal elections, which takes us through a ten-year time horizon to 2030. It also becomes more difficult to make granular growth projections over a longer time horizon. Conducting a ward boundary review every ten years also allows for wards to stay in sync with the community.

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    This question was asked at the April 13 ward boundary town hall: when will the final report be available for the public to review?

    about 18 hours ago

    There are two Council meetings planned for this project. On June 21, 2021 the consultant team will be presenting the final options and there will be an opportunity for delegations and members of Council to ask questions. We’ll come back on June 23, 2021 for Council to debate and make a final decision. The final reports will be made public on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

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    This question was asked at the April 13 ward boundary town hall: is this review independent or are staff directing the work?

    about 18 hours ago

    Staff are not directing this work. The terms of reference were set out in an RFP. The consultant team submitted a proposal and were selected to complete the work. The consultant team works with staff to coordinate aspects of the work, such as deadlines and meetings, but the content of the review is an independent process.

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    This question was asked at the April 7 ward boundary town hall: are the four options being presented today the ones preferred by the public ... from the graph you showed earlier?

    about 19 hours ago

    The graph on page 3 of the engagement summary for round two shows the four options in the middle as the options that were most voted on by the public in the last round of consultation. The final four options presented today are based on these preferred options with some slight modifications.

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    This question was asked at the April 7 ward boundary town hall: the report mentions 29 different neighbourhoods in Guelph. Does the City have a map of these communities that can be added to the Ward Boundary Review website?

    about 19 hours ago

    There is no official neighbourhood map or list per se. We used our general knowledge and desktop review of online resources (e.g. realtor.caguelphheritage.ca) to sketch out neighbourhoods in the city and identify qualitatively their groupings within the proposed wards under each option.

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    This question was asked at the April 7 ward boundary town hall: are the population estimates by neighbourhood available for the 14,000 University of Guelph students added to the city population?

    about 19 hours ago

    While post-secondary students are captured in the population metrics, it is difficult to isolate permanent versus non-permanent student populations. A large share of post-secondary students are already captured in standard census population metrics (permanent) with the non-permanent population layered on to generate the total population metrics used in this review. As a result, we don’t have that level of data available to release.

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    This question was asked at the April 7 ward boundary town hall: what in your expert opinion is the most democratic option for the Guelph electorate. Not what is the most convenient - elections only occur every 4 years, so again what is the most democratic option for the electorate in your opinion?

    about 19 hours ago

    There is no precise answer to this question and depends on what the residents of Guelph want to get out of this review. Some residents may feel that their community is better represented in a particular grouping of neighbourhoods that give that part of the city a distinctive voice. Others may have the goal of having as many voices as possible around the table. There is no specific formula and while the consultants can provide some guidance, it is up to the residents of Guelph to make the final analysis about what is right for their community.

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    Will our counsellor representation change with the new ward assignments, if approved ? i.e ward 4 to be called ward 3 as shown on 5-1

    RICK295 asked 7 days ago

    Councillor representation may change depending on whether a new ward boundary configuration is approved by Council. If approved, the new configuration will be in effect for the 2022 municipal election. The ward you’re in as well as the number of councillors per ward could change. These changes would be communicated well in advance of the next election.

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    Why is the City highlighting only one of the 4 possible options in its communications instead of openly seeking public input? (See Facebook and Twitter posts.) Attempting to influence the outcome?

    kevinbowman asked 10 days ago

    The City has multiple Facebook and Twitter posts running or scheduled on our social media feeds during the final review and there are four posts in particular set aside that illustrate each of the four options and their respective Council compositions, in addition to generic posts with cityscapes as the imagery. 

    The intent here is to break up the content in a few different ways. Some people prefer to read about the options, and others like a quick visual. All of the posts serve to give users pause to consider and envision how Guelph would look with any of these configurations. Putting every option into one tweet becomes visually confusing because of how the imagery would be displayed. In addition, Twitter limits our character account to 240 words or less, leaving us little room to explain each in detail. All posts clearly state the option presented is one of four and offers a link to view the others while encouraging users to engage.