Advisory Committees of Council
The committee structure and list of advisory committees were approved by City Council at its meeting on March 23, 2015.
Under the new structure, 13 advisory committees now fall under one of four sustainability committees reporting directly to City Council. The four sustainability committees - cultural sustainability, economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and social sustainability - were created to align with the four pillars of the City's community sustainability strategy, Tending our Garden City.
Advisory Committee Structure
- Oversees the four sustainability committees: cultural, economic, environmental and social
- Oversees the two task forces
Cultural - Advisory Committees
- Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
- Heritage Advisory Committee (combines the Port Dalhousie Heritage District Advisory Committee and the St. Catharines Heritage Committee)
- Heritage Permit Advisory Committee (new committee)
- Public Art Advisory Committee
- St. Catharines Museum Advisory Committee
Economic Sustainability - Advisory Committee
- Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee (combines Downtown Development Revitalization Committee and Downtown Parking Committee)
- Parking Advisory Committee
Environmental Sustainability - Advisory Committees
- Clean City Advisory Committee (combines Clean City Committee and Graffiti Committee)
- Green Advisory Committee (combines Green Committee and Urban Forestry committee)
Social Sustainability - Advisory Committees
- Accessibility Advisory Committee (formerly called the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Accessibility)
- Active Transportation Advisory Committee (combines Active Transportation Committee and Trail Strategy Committee)
- Recreation Facilities & Programming Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee (new committee)
- Town and Gown Advisory Committee (formerly the Student Housing Liaison Committee but with new and expanded terms of reference)
Advisory Committee Resources:
Mayor's Forums and Initiatives
Mayor Walter Sendzik is introducing new Mayor's Forums as a way to generate dialogue between the Mayor's Office and residents about specific community issues. The 2015 forums will focus on older adults, youth and poverty reduction. Dates and times for the forums will be released at a later date.
Departmental Working Groups
Departmental working groups are the final part of the new committee structure. City staff will lead the working groups and work together with stakeholders to help shape policies and processes that affect departments. City Councillors won't formally be part of the working groups but they are able to attend meetings.
- The Recreation Facility Users departmental working group will provide input on recreation facility use.
- The Development Process Review departmental working group will focus on private development policies and procedures.
- The Performing Arts Centre Users departmental working group will connect staff from the Performing Arts Centre with members of the local arts community.