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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.

Vacancy on Accessibility  Advisory Committee

St. Catharines citizens are invited to apply to serve on the above-noted advisory committee as volunteers playing an active role in the community.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee (ACC) has an opening for one member. The Committee was established pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (the "Act") to provide accessibility expertise and advice regarding the prevention and removal of all types of barriers to people with a disability. 

The Committee assists and advises City Council and staff about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards relating to City services or facilities, and the preparation of accessibility reports and will:

  • Endorse an accessibility plan, which quantifies the need, establishes priorities and achievable objectives related to the removal and prevention of barriers to people with a disability;
  • Support compliance with Ontario's accessibility legislation;
  • Act as an expert resource to departmental staff in areas relating to accessibility;
  • Review and advise with regard to relevant by-laws / policies;
  • Promote municipal accessibility endeavours and successes;
  • Review pertinent site plans and make recommendations regarding accessibility;
  • Increase awareness on the benefits of an inclusive community.

 This Committee meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., in City Hall.

Additional information regarding the Accessibility Advisory Committee may be obtained by contacting Diana Lecinski, Accessibility Coordinator at by calling 905-688-5601 Extension 1510.

Please submit applications here, prior to Monday, December 4, 2017

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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