Downtown Guelph 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.

As you may know, our downtown is filled with aging water and sewer pipes, roads and sidewalks. Some of which are a 70 to 100 years old! We are working to improve this important infrastructure 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. By improving this infrastructure downtown businesses, residents, users and visitors will all benefit.

Planning phase

Planning for the Downtown Guelph Project 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).

  • One EA will consider reducing the number of lanes on Wyndham Street from four to two in line with the City’s streetscape manual.
  • 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 2022, we will present the EAs and the Downtown Guelph Project planning findings and approach to City Council for approval. We expect to start work on the final design for the downtown in early 2023. Construction will start no sooner then 2024.


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




Engagement opportunities

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.

As you may know, our downtown is filled with aging water and sewer pipes, roads and sidewalks. Some of which are a 70 to 100 years old! We are working to improve this important infrastructure 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. By improving this infrastructure downtown businesses, residents, users and visitors will all benefit.

Planning phase

Planning for the Downtown Guelph Project 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).

  • One EA will consider reducing the number of lanes on Wyndham Street from four to two in line with the City’s streetscape manual.
  • 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 2022, we will present the EAs and the Downtown Guelph Project planning findings and approach to City Council for approval. We expect to start work on the final design for the downtown in early 2023. Construction will start no sooner then 2024.


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




Engagement opportunities

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.

  • Budget Watch

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    The budget to begin the planning phase was approved as part of the 2019 budget process, with further budgeting to continue this work submitted as part of the 2021 budget process.

    Throughout the planning phase information will come together which will help to determine the budget needs and revenue opportunities for the construction phase to be considered annually starting in the 2022 budget and beyond.

Page last updated: 24 August 2021, 14:30