Emergency City Council
Revised Meeting Agenda

Remote meeting live streamed on guelph.ca/live

Changes to the original agenda are noted with an asterisk "*". 


Due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all individuals, the Council Chambers at City Hall will not be open to the public to attend Council meetings until further notice. To view live stream meeting proceedings, please visit:guelph.ca/live


This meeting will be held by Electronic Participation in accordance with the City of Guelph Procedural By-Law (2020)-20432. 

Members of the public who have an interest in delegating to a matter listed on the agenda may register up until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

You can register as a delegation or submit written comments by contacting the City Clerk’s office by email or phone:

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clerks@guelph.ca (attachments must not exceed 20 MB)

When we receive your registration or written comments, we will send you a confirmation message and instructions for participating in the meeting.

Mayor Guthrie and Scott Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer, will speak to this item. 

The following resolutions have been prepared to facilitate Council’s consideration of various matters and are suggested for consideration. If Council wishes to address a specific report in isolation of the Consent Agenda, please identify the item. It will be extracted and dealt with separately as part of the Items for Discussion.

  • Recommendation:
    1. That the 2020 City of Guelph property tax ratios, subclass discounts and corresponding tax rates, as set out in Attachment-1 to the report titled 2020 Property Tax Policy dated April 16, 2020, be approved.
  • Recommendation:
    1. That the Temporary Borrowing Policy as recommended through report 2020-33 titled Temporary Borrowing Policy dated April 16, 2020 be approved.

The following items have been extracted from the Committee of the Whole Consent Report and the Council Consent Agenda and will be considered separately.  These items have been extracted either at the request of a member of Council or because they include a presentation and/or delegations.

Scott Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer

Trevor Lee, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Services


*Yvette Tendick, President, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (presentation)

*Pat Fung (presentation)

*Mike Darmon, on behalf of, Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation 

*Martin Collier 


*Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce


  • Recommendation:
    1. That the expanded fiscal relief measures for businesses and residents as outlined in report “Managing the Impacts of COVID-19” dated April 16, 2020 be approved.
    2. That staff continue to explore ways to assist Guelph residents and businesses as they experience the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; and that staff continue to pursue advocacy with various levels of government.
    3. That report “Managing the Impacts of COVID-19” dated April 16, 2020 be forwarded to the local MP and MPP, FCM, AMO, LUMCO and the Federal Minister of Finance and the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Finance for the Province of Ontario.


*Susan Watson

*Lin Grist 


*Susan Watson

  • Recommendation:
    1. That the proposed Procedural By-law, included as Attachment-1 to the report titled Procedural By-law Update, dated April 16, 2020, be approved and that By-law (2019)-20432 be repealed.
  • Recommendation:

    That the Council of the City of Guelph now hold a meeting that is closed to the public, pursuant to the Municipal Act, to consider:

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof (closed items)

COVID-19 Response - Staff Considerations

Section 239 (2)(b) and (d) of the Municipal Act relating to personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees and labour relations or employee negotiations. 

Resolution to adopt the By-Laws (Councillor Bell). 

  • Recommendation:

    That By-law Numbers (2020)-20489 to (2020)-20495 are hereby passed. 

A by-law to authorize negotiation and execution of an agreement to obtain a temporary borrowing facility in an amount not to exceed $100,000,000.

A By-law to provide rules for governing the order and procedures of the Council of the City of Guelph, and to repeal By-law Number (2019)-20432.

A by-law to set tax ratios and tax rate reductions for prescribed property subclasses for the Corporation of the City of Guelph for the year 2020.

A by-law to levy education tax rates for the year 2020.

A by-law to impose and levy a rate of taxation for the Board of Management for the Downtown Business Improvement Area of the City of Guelph for the 2020 taxation Year.

A by-law to set the tax rates for City purposes for the year 2020 and to provide for a final tax levy and the payment of taxes.

A by-law to confirm the proceedings of a meeting of Guelph City Council held April 16, 2020.

Please provide any announcements, to the Mayor in writing, by 12 noon on the day of the Council meeting.