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Advisory Committees of Council

Please note: The City of St. Catharines has closed several City facilities and modified services to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • At its meeting of May 6, 2020, City Council passed a motion permitting advisory committees and task forces to hold meetings using electronic participation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Meetings will be held at the discretion of the Chief Administrative Officer or Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.
  • At this time, all advisory committee and task force meetings are being held electronically. Meetings are broadcast live on the City's YouTube channel, available at www.stcatharines.ca/YouTube 
  • Each meeting agenda contains information on how the public can submit written correspondence related to items on the agenda.

Overview of Advisory Committees, Boards and Task Forces 

Reporting Structure

Under the advisory committee structure, each advisory committee falls 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 Strategic Plan.

Advisory Committees

Provide input and advice on topics related to the City's four sustainability pillars (cultural sustainability, economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and social sustainability). Advisory Committees are in place for the term of Council (lasting until end of 2022).

Boards

The City of St. Catharines is involved with several boards to help address specific issues affecting St. Catharines residents

Task Forces

Task Forces provide input and advice on topics related to strategic priorities or high-profile issues where external consultation or advice is required, either for policy or operational purposes. Task forces are in place for shorter terms of length than advisory committees.

 Vacancies

Applications are now being accepted for the Development Studies Task Force. Applications will be accepted until Friday, December 11 at 4 p.m.

Please visit the Development Studies Task Force webpage for more information on the task force and to apply for the vacancy on the committee.

 

List of Advisory Committees, Boards and Task Forces

Advisory Committees:

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee on Older Adults
  • Anti-Racism Advisory Committee
  • Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Clean City Advisory Committee
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Green Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Permit Advisory Committee
  • LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee
  • Museum Advisory Committee
  • Property Standards
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Advisory Committee

Boards

  • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Board
  • Niagara District Airport Commission Board
  • St. Catharines Public Library
  • St. Catharines Transit Commission

Task Forces

  • 101 South Drive Task Force
  • Development Studies Task Force
  • Design Review Panel Task Force (Suspended by Council – April 22, 2020)
  • Downtown Parking Study Task Force
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Task Force
  • Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force
  • Organizational Effectiveness Task Force
  • Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Task Force
  • Rodman Hall Task Force
  • Surplus Lands Development Task Force
  • Youth Task Force (Membership dissolved by Council - May 20, 2020)

Advisory Committee Structure

Pillar Structure

  • The City has four sustainability advisory pillar committees:

    • Cultural sustainability

    • Economic sustainability

    • Environmental sustainability

    • Social sustainability

  • The membership of each pillar committee is comprised of the following:
    • Three City Council representatives
    • The chairs of the advisory committees that report to the pillar committee

Cultural Sustainability Advisory Committees

  • Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Permit Advisory Committee
  • Museum Advisory Committee
  • Public Art Advisory Committee

Economic Sustainability Advisory Committees

  • Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Advisory Committee

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committees

  • Clean City Advisory Committee
  • Green Advisory Committee

Social Sustainability Advisory Committees

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee on Older Adults
  • Anti-Racism Advisory Committee
  • Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • LGBTQ2+ Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee

Advisory Committees and Task Forces Handbook 

On an Advisory Committee or Task Force? Curious to know about the process and procedures for Advisory Committee or Task Force members? The handbook and appendices listed below provide all the information you need to know about being on an Advisory Committee or Task Force:

Updated: January 2020

 

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 Development Process Review departmental working group will focus on private development policies and procedures.
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