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Advisory Committees of Council

Advisory Committee Structure

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.

VACANCY on Green Advisory Committee

Applications are being accepted for a citizen appointment to the Green Advisory Committee.

St. Catharines citizens are invited to apply to serve on the Green Advisory Committee as volunteers playing an active role in the community.

The Green Advisory Committee has an opening for one member. The committee was established to advise and assist City Council and staff on matters relating to greening and the urban forest as follows:

  • Study, plan, advise, report and make recommendations on plans, programs or city by-laws related to the care, conservation, planting, pruning, removal or disposition of trees city wide by:
    • Providing input into policies and budgets related to the management of urban and rural forests.
    • Recommending ways in which the City can meet related objectives as outlined in other planning documents.
    •  Advising on areas where the introduction of trees and tree cover would be beneficial or where their removal would have negative impact.
    • Identifying issues that may impact on trees, tree cover or natural systems and recommending ways to minimize impact.
    • Advising on the greening of streets, roads, parks and conservation areas, the preservation of tree cover and forest management in the City.
  • Monitor the implementation of the Green Plan. Advocate for and promote the City's greenspaces.
  • Actively engage the community and provide public education on the role of forests, greening, environmental stewardship, and environmental sustainability in protecting and enhancing quality of life.
  • Explore partnerships for the greening, beautification, naturalization and/or restoration of city property and semi-public land (e.g. lands owned by other levels of government, utility companies, school boards, etc.). (Partnerships pertaining to publically available private land must receive Council authorization.)

Additional information regarding the Green Advisory Committee may be obtained by contacting Mike Anderson, Development Horticultural Technician at manderson@stcatharines.ca by calling 905.688.5601 ext. 3140.

Please submit applications by clicking here

The deadline for applications is October 7, 2016

Advisory Committee Structure

City Council

  • 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.
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