Downtown Infrastructure Renewal

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Downtown Guelph is the heart of our city. A place residents and visitors come to play, live, shop and work. Let’s make it even better and give new life to our downtown.

We have a vibrant and thriving downtown, and we want it to stay that way for years to come. We also have aging water and sewer pipes, roads and sidewalks that must be replaced; some of the underground pipes are over 100 years old! We’re replacing our aging infrastructure and upgrading utility services, and before we put the roads back together, we will have an opportunity to modernize and upgrade the streetscape.

Improving this important infrastructure will allow us to provide quality service and support the economic vitality of our downtown.

Work like this takes time. It takes years to research, engage with the community, plan and replace the infrastructure. This important project will improve our downtown for all businesses, residents, users and visitors. Let’s work together to create a place for everyone downtown.

The Downtown Infrastructure Renewal project is one of many projects under the overarching Downtown Renewal efforts. The overall Downtown Renewal program will transform and revitalize how Downtown looks, feels and functions, making it future-ready to support growth to 2051 and beyond.

Planning phase

Planning for Downtown Infrastructure Renewal began in the spring of 2021. During the planning phase we are looking at the existing infrastructure and the future needs of downtown to determine what we need to update.

As part of the planning work we will be doing two Municipal Class Environment Assessments (EAs). Environmental assessments involve collaborating with the community to support planning and decision-making for large projects.

  • The Wyndham Street EA will examine the function of the road for all users including the number of traffic lanes and available active transportation infrastructure.
  • The Macdonell and Allan Dam structures EA across the Speed River to confirm required improvements and the preferred solution for each.

By the end of 2024, we will present the EAs and Downtown Renewal planning findings and approach to City Council for approval. We expect to start work on the final design of the first project for the Downtown Renewal in late 2024 or early 2025. Construction will start no sooner than 2026. The overall design and construction process is expected to last from eight to 10 years depending on pace and capacity.


Project study area showing the river, London road, Dublin St N. and the train tracks as the main boundariesProject study area


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Engagement opportunities

As part of the Downtown Renewal project, we’re currently undertaking two Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Studies in the downtown core. These EAs look at various options for traffic flow, pedestrian areas and public spaces in your downtown streets, and the bridge and dam structures along Macdonell.

A summary of engagement activities and what we heard in 2022 and 2023 can be found in the documents panel on this page, including:

Upcoming activities - Public Open House

You are invited to join us for the second open house on the Wyndham Street EA. We’ll present:

  • The recommended design concept to rebuild Wyndham Street North (from Carden Street to Woolwich Street)
  • layout options that are under consideration for the intersection of Wyndham Street, Quebec Street and Douglas Street (St. George’s Square).

Public Open House details:

Date: Wednesday, September 27

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall Galleria, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

Drop in to review our recommendations on display, ask questions and give feedback.

Can't make it out in person? No problem! You can find the full display packet here, and share your feedback with us using the Wyndham street corridor and intersection survey below.

Downtown Guelph is the heart of our city. A place residents and visitors come to play, live, shop and work. Let’s make it even better and give new life to our downtown.

We have a vibrant and thriving downtown, and we want it to stay that way for years to come. We also have aging water and sewer pipes, roads and sidewalks that must be replaced; some of the underground pipes are over 100 years old! We’re replacing our aging infrastructure and upgrading utility services, and before we put the roads back together, we will have an opportunity to modernize and upgrade the streetscape.

Improving this important infrastructure will allow us to provide quality service and support the economic vitality of our downtown.

Work like this takes time. It takes years to research, engage with the community, plan and replace the infrastructure. This important project will improve our downtown for all businesses, residents, users and visitors. Let’s work together to create a place for everyone downtown.

The Downtown Infrastructure Renewal project is one of many projects under the overarching Downtown Renewal efforts. The overall Downtown Renewal program will transform and revitalize how Downtown looks, feels and functions, making it future-ready to support growth to 2051 and beyond.

Planning phase

Planning for Downtown Infrastructure Renewal began in the spring of 2021. During the planning phase we are looking at the existing infrastructure and the future needs of downtown to determine what we need to update.

As part of the planning work we will be doing two Municipal Class Environment Assessments (EAs). Environmental assessments involve collaborating with the community to support planning and decision-making for large projects.

  • The Wyndham Street EA will examine the function of the road for all users including the number of traffic lanes and available active transportation infrastructure.
  • The Macdonell and Allan Dam structures EA across the Speed River to confirm required improvements and the preferred solution for each.

By the end of 2024, we will present the EAs and Downtown Renewal planning findings and approach to City Council for approval. We expect to start work on the final design of the first project for the Downtown Renewal in late 2024 or early 2025. Construction will start no sooner than 2026. The overall design and construction process is expected to last from eight to 10 years depending on pace and capacity.


Project study area showing the river, London road, Dublin St N. and the train tracks as the main boundariesProject study area


Sign up to follow the project for regular updates. Simply subscribe using the "stay informed" link in the upper right corner of this page.


Engagement opportunities

As part of the Downtown Renewal project, we’re currently undertaking two Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Studies in the downtown core. These EAs look at various options for traffic flow, pedestrian areas and public spaces in your downtown streets, and the bridge and dam structures along Macdonell.

A summary of engagement activities and what we heard in 2022 and 2023 can be found in the documents panel on this page, including:

Upcoming activities - Public Open House

You are invited to join us for the second open house on the Wyndham Street EA. We’ll present:

  • The recommended design concept to rebuild Wyndham Street North (from Carden Street to Woolwich Street)
  • layout options that are under consideration for the intersection of Wyndham Street, Quebec Street and Douglas Street (St. George’s Square).

Public Open House details:

Date: Wednesday, September 27

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall Galleria, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

Drop in to review our recommendations on display, ask questions and give feedback.

Can't make it out in person? No problem! You can find the full display packet here, and share your feedback with us using the Wyndham street corridor and intersection survey below.

  • We'd like your feedback on the recommended option for the Wyndham Street Corridor and your insights on the detailed options for the St. George's Square intersection. Your comments are important and will help shape the final recommendations.  

    Please take a few minutes to review the display board package presented at our open house on September 27, 2023, and complete this comment form to share your feedback, questions, comments or concerns about the Downtown Infrastructure Renewal Project.

    All comments will be part of the project record (except for personal information) and will be carefully considered.



    Your participation is voluntary but important to us. All individual responses are kept confidential and will be used to help develop and refine plans for the Downtown Renewal project.

    Personal information, as defined by Section 2 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of the MFIPPA.

    For questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of this information please contact the program manager of Information, Privacy, and Elections at 519-822-1260 extension 2605 or privacy@guelph.ca.

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