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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 Strategic Plan.

Advisory Committee, Task Force and Board Member Recruitment

Applications are now being accepted for the City's advisory committees, boards and task forces. Use the drop-down menu below to see the full list of advisory committees, task forces and boards that we're recruiting for.

Apply using our Online Advisory Committee, Board and Task Force Application Form.

Applications close Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m.

Advisory Committees

Provide input and advice on topics related to the City's four sustainability pillars (cultural sustainabiltiy, economic sustainability, environmental sustainabiltiy 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, including the St. Catharines Library, St. Catharines Transit and the Niagara District Airport.  

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. 

Advisory Committees, Boards and Task Forces

Applications are now being accepted for the following advisory committees, boards and task forces

Advisory Committees

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Arts and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Clean City Advisory Committee
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Green Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Permit Advisory Committee
  • Museum Advisory Committee
  • Property Standards
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Recreation Master Plan Advisory Committee
  • Town and Gown Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Advisory Committee (New)

Boards

  • St. Catharines Public Library
  • St. Catharines Transit Commission

Task Forces

  • Outdoor Aquatic Facilities
  • Downtown Parking Study

Youth Forum Task Force and Older Adult Committee

  • The City will soon be adding a Youth Forum Task Force to help plan an annual gathering of local youth to discuss topics of interest for younger residents, as well as an Older Adult Committee dedicated to the issues and needs of older residents.
  • Terms of references are being developed for both the Youth Forum Task Force and the Older Adult Committee. As such, we are not recruiting for either at this time.
  • Recruiitment will begin once the Terms of Reference have been written and approved by City Council.
  • If you're interested in serving on either the Youth Forum Task Force or the Older Adult Committee complete our Youth Forum Task Force and Older Adult Committee RSVP Form and City staff will notify you when recuirtment begins.

 Please Note:

  • Recruitment has already been completed for the following Boards and Task Forces and we are NOT recruiting members at this time:
    • Design Review Panel Task Force
    • FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Board
    • Niagara District Airport Commission Board
    • Port Dalhousie Business Association
    • St. Catharines Downtown Association

    • St. Catharines Hydro Inc.

Application Process

  1. Submit your application using our online Apply using our Online Advisory Committee, Board and Task Force Application Form..
  2. Applications are due by Monday, March 11, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  3. After March 11, staff will review the applications.
  4. A report will go to City Council with recommendations for citizen appointments to the advisory committees, boards and task forces (we anticipate this report will go to City Council in the Spring).
  5. All applicants will be notified whether their application was successful or unsuccessful.

A Few Notes

  • You can apply for as many advisory committees, boards and task forces as you like.
  • You must submit a new form for each application.
  • New - each advisory committee can now have one committee member under the age of 18 (advisory committees only - members of boards and task forces must be over the age of 18).
  • All positions are unpaid, except for the Committee of Adjustment and Property Standards Committee. A small stipend is paid to members of the  Committee of Adjustment and Property Standards Committee.
  • As part of your application you will have the option to upload support documents, such as a resume. However, for the Committee of Adjustment and Property Standards Committee you are required to submit a resume as part of your application.

Application Assistance

The City of St. Catharines is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. We will accommodate the needs of applicants under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process.

If you require assistance with the online application form, or would like to apply in an alternative format, please email the Office of the City Clerk or call the Office of the City Clerk 905.688.5601 ext. 1517. A member of the Clerk's team will be happy to assist you.

Diversity

St. Catharines values input from diverse voices. To encourage participation and promote a diversity of skills and perspectives, the City has adopted the general concepts of equity, accessibility and accommodation to ensure that all citizens have equal opportunity. The City will strive to ensure that membership on all City advisory committees, boards and task forces reflects St. Catharines’ diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, geographic representation, age, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and ability. 

Advisory Committee, Board and Task Force Eligibility

To be eligible to serve on most advisory committees, boards or task forces:

  1. You must reside in St. Catharines OR be an owner / tenant of land (or spouse of same) for the duration of your term;
  2. Be a Canadian Citizen OR Permanent Resident (a person who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada but is not a Canadian Citizen, and has resided in St. Catharines for at least one year). 

New - each advisory committee can now have one committee member under the age of 18 (advisory committees only - members of boards and task forces must be over the age of 18).

 

Advisory Committee Structure

Advisory Committee Structure Chart

(click on the image to enlarge)

 Pillar Structure

  • The City has four sustainability advisory pillar committees:

    • Cultural sustainabiltiy

    • Economic sustainability

    • Environmental sustainability

    • Social sustainability

  • The membertship 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
  • Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Museum Advisory Committee

Economic Sustainability Advisory Committees

  • Downtown Development Revitalization Advisory Committee
  • Transportation Advisory Committee (New)

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committees

  • Clean City Advisory Committee
  • Green Advisory Committee

Social Sustainability Advisory Committees

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

 

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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