Downtown Renewal Project

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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.

Planning phase

Planning for Downtown Renewal began in 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 other EA will examine the Macdonell Street Bridge and Allan Dam structures 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




Engagement opportunities

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback online and in our pop-up engagement activities this summer. your feedback will help shape where we go from here. There will be many more opportunities to engage with us on this project, we are just getting started!.

Check back soon for more opportunities to engage, discuss and review the project! Sign up to follow the project for regular updates. Simply subscribe using the "stay informed" link in the upper right corner off this page.

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.

Planning phase

Planning for Downtown Renewal began in 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 other EA will examine the Macdonell Street Bridge and Allan Dam structures 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




Engagement opportunities

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback online and in our pop-up engagement activities this summer. your feedback will help shape where we go from here. There will be many more opportunities to engage with us on this project, we are just getting started!.

Check back soon for more opportunities to engage, discuss and review the project! Sign up to follow the project for regular updates. Simply subscribe using the "stay informed" link in the upper right corner off this page.

Page last updated: 19 Sep 2022, 11:29 AM