Citizen committees and boards

Suburbs

Play a key role in our city's future by sitting on a local citizen committee or board.

What's the difference, you ask? Committees provide advice and feedback to city council and standing committees on a variety of issues, including arts and culture, accessibility, downtown and the environment. Boards have the autonomy to make decisions for the good of their organizations.

Each advisory committee and board also has at least one city council member; check out our full list of councillor appointments to local committees and boards for more details.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available to committee/ board members (and guests) upon request. If you require assistance to take part in a city meeting or event, please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994.

What are you interested in?

Here's a list of the local committees and boards you may be interested in joining. For more information, including planned work for each committee during the current term, please contact the indicated person affiliated with the board/committee of interest. For your information, here is a summary of current citizen appointees: our summary of citizen appointees.

Aeronautical noise advisory committee (meets quarterly, on a Thursday at 5 p.m.)

Provides regular and effective communications between the Region of Waterloo International Airport, residents, local aviation businesses and users, businesses located within Canada's Technology Triangle, Transport Canada, Nav Canada, Canadian Business Aircraft Association and the Air Transport Association of Canada, with regards to the effects of aviation noise from the airport on the surrounding community. For more information, please contact the airport manager at 519-648-2256, or review the committee's terms of reference.

Arts and culture advisory committee (meets third Tuesday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

Provides advice and recommendations to city council and staff on arts and culture matters to further our strategic directions. For more information, please contact us or review the committee's terms of reference.

Centre in the Square board of directors (meets bi-monthly on a Wednesday, at 8 a.m.)

Centre in the Square is a not-for-profit arts organization, which operates and maintains the city-owned venue, and programs local and international artists to perform there. The main duties of the board of directors include: actively fundraising for the organization; overseeing the maintenance and improvements of the facility; setting and monitoring the annual operating budget; and promoting and advocating the role of the centre as a presenter and animator of the performing arts in Kitchener and Waterloo region. For more information, please contact the Centre in the Square at 519-578-5660 or review the board description.

Committee of adjustment (meets every third Tuesday morning)

The committee of adjustment considers and makes decisions relative to the following types of planning applications:

  • Minor variances to the zoning bylaw
  • Consents (dividing land parcels to create new lots)
  • Validation of title
  • Fence and sign variances
  • City council appoints all members of the committee of adjustment.

Compass Kitchener (meets first Wednesday of the month, at 4 p.m.)

Validates the Compass Kitchener vision, guiding principles, values and strategic priorities on a regular basis, with the community's input and participation. This committee creates and leads public processes to determine community concerns, identify priorities for action and monitor progress toward achieving the community vision. For more information, please contact Linda Korabo at 519-741-2200, ext. 7092, or check out the Compass Kitchener terms of reference.

Cycling and trails advisory committee (meets second Tuesday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

Provides community input to assist city council in creating a livable, environmentally friendly city that is safe for walking and cycling. Advises on design, development and delivery of cycling and trail policies, programs and facilities. For more information, please contact Danny Pimentel at 519-741-2200, ext.7371 or Mark Parris at 519-741-2600, ext.4397, or review the committee's terms of reference.

Dog designation appeal committee

An appeal tribunal for citizens who have dogs that have been designated by the Kitchener-Waterloo and North Waterloo Humane Society under our dog designation bylaw. For more information, please contact Jaclyn Rodrigues at 519-741-2200, ext. 7275, or check out our information brochure and appeal application form.

Downtown action and advisory committee (meets fourth Thursday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

Assists the economic development division with the implementation of various initiatives of the Downtown Kitchener Action Plan, and advises city council on matters that affect the downtown and its adjacent neighbourhoods. For more information, please contact Sandy Curzon at 519-741-2200, ext.7310, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Economic development advisory committee (meets fourth Wednesday of each month, at 11 a.m.)

Advises city council and the economic development division on the development and ongoing implementation of economic development strategies and initiatives. For more information, please contact Tracey Murray at 519-741-2200, ext. 7957, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Environmental committee (meets third Thursday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

An advisory committee to city council on all environmental matters. The committee considers the environment in its broadest possible terms, and its mandate includes all activities and operations of the city that affect the environment. For more information, please contact Jaclyn Rodrigues at 519-741-2200, ext. 7275, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Grand River accessibility advisory committee (meets fourth Thursday of each month, 1:30 p.m.)

Provides input and advice on accessibility planning for the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley and Woolwich, and the Region of Waterloo. For more information, please contact Lolita Paroski at 519-741- 2200, ext. 7226, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Heritage Kitchener (meets first Tuesday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

Advises on matters involving conservation of publicly and privately owned cultural heritage resources within Kitchener, and serves as our municipal heritage committee, as defined in the Ontario Heritage Act. For more information, please contact Dianna Saunderson at 519-741-2200, ext. 7275, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Kitchener Housing Inc. board of directors (meets third Wednesday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

Provides leadership for this non-profit organization, and remains committed to developing and managing innovative and affordable housing that fosters personal and community growth. The board's purpose is also to expand and diversify the organization's rental housing portfolio by mobilizing community support and financial resources through the development of innovative partnerships. For more information, please contact Lori Trumper at 519-744-6655, ext.209.

Kitchener Public Library board (meets third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m.)

The Kitchener Public Library (KPL) board, which is established under provincial legislation, is responsible for the management and control of our local public libraries. For more information, please contact KPL CEO Mary Chevreau at 519-743-0271, or check out the following description of a board trustee position.

Kitchener youth action council (KYAC)

A group of young volunteers between ages 14 and 24, who act as a voice for local youth and raise awareness of issues that affect youth. KYAC members work to ensure Kitchener is a fun, safe place for youth, and recognize the contributions young people make to our community. For more information, please contact us at 519-741-2200, ext. 5075.

Mayor's advisory council for Kitchener seniors (MACKS)

MACKS provides a link for local seniors to the mayor and city council on issues that affect older adults, age 50 and over, in our community. For more information, please contact Carolyn Cormier at 519-741-2200, ext. 5345.

Property standards committee (meets fourth Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m.)

An appeal tribunal for citizens who have received 'Orders to Comply' from our enforcement staff regarding property standards. For more information, please contact Jaclyn Rodrigues at 519-741-2200, ext. 7275, or check out our property standards appeal committee guidelines and appeal application form.

Safe and Healthy Community advisory committee (meets first Thursday of each month, at 4 p.m.)

Advises city council and staff on policies, programs and services we're involved with that relate to inclusion and belonging, with a focus on building healthy communities and bridges to engagement. For more information, please contactJanis McKenzie at 519-741-2200, ext. 7225, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Current vacancies

We are currently accepting applications for the following vacancies on our advisory committees.

  • Cycling and trails advisory committee
  • Downtown action and advisory committee - Downtown business representative (one seat); Downtown building owner/developer (two to five seats).
  • Economic development advisory committee - Major retail representative outside of our downtown area (one seat); health sciences representative (one seat); education representative (one seat).

 

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a committee vacancy, please our online application form.

General recruitment for our advisory committees and boards occurs every two to four years, depending on the committee or board. Our next recruitment will be in the fall of 2018. The following descriptions provide a general overview of the committee member, chair and vice-chair positions.

If you are interested in applying for a role in the future, please contact us to have your name added to our list. You will be contacted when the next recruitment period begins.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion. Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process upon request. Please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994 for assistance.

A nominating committee, which is appointed by city council, assesses advisory committee applications, based on diverse representation of the community, expertise/interest in an issue or topic area, and the terms of each advisory committee's terms of reference, and presents council with a list of qualified candidates for each committee.

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