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Advisory Committees of Council

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 community sustainability strategy, Tending our Garden City.

Request for Applications - Arts and Culture Advisory Committee

The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee has an opening for one member. The committee was created to advise City Council and staff on policies, plans and programs related to the arts and cultural sector of St. Catharines, will advocate for culture on behalf of the City within the community, and provides informed perspectives on culture-related matters within the municipality. The committee will make annual recommendations to City Council for investment as per policy guidelines, assist with event coordination and recipient selection of the annual Arts Awards, and participate in the creation or renewal of cultural plans and policies.

This Committee meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 5 p.m., at City Hall.

 Additional information regarding the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee may be obtained by contacting Ashley Judd-Rifkin, Culture Coordinator at or by calling 905.688.5601 ext. 5229.

Applications will be accepted online until Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Advisory Committee Structure

City Council

  • Oversees the four sustainability committees: cultural, economic, environmental and social
  • Oversees the task forces

Cultural - Advisory Committees

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

Economic Sustainability - Advisory Committee

  • Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Parking Advisory Committee

Environmental Sustainability - Advisory Committees

  • Clean City Advisory Committee
  • Green Advisory Committee

Social Sustainability - Advisory Committees

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Active Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Resources: 

Mayor's Forums and Initiatives

Mayor's Forums are a way to generate dialogue between the Mayor's Office and residents about specific community issues. The forums 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 Development Process Review departmental working group will focus on private development policies and procedures.
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