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.

September 4-23, 2018 – Application date is now closed.
End of September to end of October – Review of applications
November 19 – Presentation of slate of applicants to Council
December 3 – Ratification of slate by Council
December/January – Appointees assume their positions

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.)

The Centre In The Square Inc. is a not-for-profit arts corporation, which operates and maintains the city-owned venue known as the Centre In The Square (CITS) where both local and international artists perform. The main duty of the board of directors is one of governance.  From time to time, board members with specific skills are sought including, but not limited to, legal, accounting, human resources, marketing and fund raising.  Please ensure you specifically highlight any skills, experience or expertise that would benefit CITS in your application.  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.

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 Chloe Howell at 519-741-2200, ext.7311, 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 Chloe Howell at 519-741-2200, ext. 7311, 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 Cody Boomer at 519-741-2200, ext. 7407, 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. Please ensure your application includes specific experience, skills and expertise that would benefit Kitchener Housing Inc. 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. Please ensure your application includes specific experience, skills and expertise that would benefit KPL. For more information, please contact KPL CEO Mary Chevreau at 519-743-0271, or check out the following description of a board trustee position.

Property standards committee (meets last 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 contact Janis McKenzie at 519-741-2200, ext. 7225, or check out the committee's terms of reference.

Current vacancies

The process for the new term of advisory committees will begin on September 4, 2018.

Please see What are you Interested In for a full list of committees/boards for which we are currently recruiting.

How to apply

Applications are being accepted for various citizen committees and boards from September 4 - 23, 2018 at 5 p.m.  The application link is now closed.  We thank you for your interest.

Applications for appointments will be reviewed in October and presented to Council for approval on November 19, 2018.

The following descriptions provide a general overview of the committee member, chair and vice-chair positions.

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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