Council and Committees

PDF version of 2022 Council and Committee Calendar
PDF version of 2023 Interim Council and Committee Calendar

Agendas and Minutes
Council

All Council agendas and minutes, both past and current, can be accessed through the calendar above. Find the right month from the calendar and select the corresponding meeting to view the agenda and minutes. Other search options include using the filter or search function at the top of the page. To find past meetings by type, select the upcoming meetings view at the top of the page and scroll to the bottom of the field.

Committees

The City of Owen Sound has the following Committees:

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Community Development, Tourism, and Culture Advisory Committee
  • Community Services Committee
  • Corporate Services Committee
  • Operations Committee
  • Tom Thomson Art Gallery Advisory Committee

All Committee agendas and minutes, both past and current, can be accessed through the calendar above. Find the right month from the calendar and select the corresponding meeting to view the agenda and minutes. Other search options include using the filter or search function at the top of the page. To find past meetings by type, select the upcoming meetings view at the top of the page and scroll to the bottom of the field.

Speak at a Meeting

Members of the public have two opportunities to speak directly to Council. One is during public question period. The other is by asking to make a presentation (also called a deputation).

Requests for support are generally heard first by the appropriate Committee. The Committee then makes a recommendation to Council.

Individuals who wish to ask a question during public question period may do so by attending the Council meet a Council meeting.

Individuals who are unable to ask a question in person may still ask a question by providing their question(s) a minimum of 24 hours prior to the meeting to the City Clerk.

A Request for Deputation Form needs to be completed and submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to a meeting to make a deputation request.  Clerks‘ staff will review your request and confirm a meeting date with you at Council or committee.

How to Make a Request
Fill out the request form and the Deputy Clerk will contact you to confirm a meeting date. Requests for deputations must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting date.
Materials
If you have a PowerPoint presentation and/or materials, you will be asked to provide them at least two (2) days prior to the agenda being published. These will be added to the agenda.
Who Runs the Meeting? 
Council meetings are run by the Mayor. Committee meetings are run by a Chair.
Before Your Presentation
The Mayor or Chair will call you to come to the podium when it is your turn to speak.
During Your Presentation
  • Speak into the microphone. Make sure the microphone is turned on and that you speak into it. If you return to your seat and a question is asked, return to the microphone to answer so everyone can hear.
  • State your name. Before you start to speak, state your name for the record, and the company or organization you represent if applicable.
  • Keep it concise. Please limit your presentation to 10 minutes.
  • Speak through the Chair. Always direct your comments and answers to the Mayor or Chair. You should refer to the Mayor as 'Your Worship' and to the Chair as 'Chair'.
After Your Presentation 
Once you have finished speaking, you are free to go back to your seat or leave the council chambers.
Questions?
Feel free to email the Deputy Clerk or call 519-376-4440 ext. 1235.
Watch a Meeting

Watch a meeting live on Rogers Cable TV, the Rogers TV website, or by selecting the meeting you would like to view in the calendar above.

To view a meeting that occurred before March 1, 2021, please visit the City of Owen Sound YouTube Channel.

Please note that due to COVID-19, public attendance at Council meetings is currently restricted. Please view our Council Meeting Attendance FAQ's for more details.

Committee Mandates

Council has a number of committees to support its work. Committees exist to obtain public input and give advice to Council based on each committee's mandate. Council must make the final decision on all issues that affect the City. 

For more information on individual committees and their mandates, please view them below.

Accessibility Advisory Committee
This statutory committee is required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. The majority of the members of the committee must have a disability.

Its mandate is to:

  1. advise Council on an annual basis regarding the preparation, implementation, and effectiveness of its accessibility plan.
  2. provide advice on the accessibility for persons with disabilities to a building, structure, or premises:
    • purchased, constructed, or renovated by the City of Owen Sound,
    • to be considered new lease, and
    • provided as a municipal capital facility under an agreement in accordance with the Municipal Act.
  3. review in a timely manner the site plans and drawings described under Section 41 of the Planning Act (site plan control for development) that the Committee selects.
  4. support the implementation of related initiatives and actions within the City’s Strategic Plan.
  5. perform any other functions required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or its regulations.
  6. address public issues and concerns regarding degrees of accessibility.
  7. review in a timely manner:
    • plans of subdivision under Section 50 of the Planning Act,
    • development proposals having an impact on broader neighbourhood design, and
    • land use policy having accessibility implications.

Key Reference Documents:

Committee of Adjustment 

This quasi-judicial committee considers and decides on applications for minor variance and/or property severances. It also acts as the:

  • Property Standards Hearing Committee;
  • Court of Revision; and
  • Line Fences Review Committee.
Key Reference Documents:
Community Development, Tourism and Culture Advisory Committee

This is an advisory committee. Its mandate is to:

  1. provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and actions on programs and initiatives related to community development, tourism and culture;
  2. implement and support the work of Council in achieving the vision, goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan, Official Plan, and Cultural Master Plan;
  3. review, provide feedback and participate in City policy development in the areas of community development, tourism and culture;
  4. engage, support and work collaboratively with partners in the area of community development, tourism and culture with local stakeholders including, but not limited to, the Downtown Improvement Area, County of Grey, Chamber of Commerce, school boards, Bruce Community Futures, etc.;
  5. build new and leverage existing partnerships for product development; and
  6. review and provide feedback annually on work plans presented by Community Development Division staff, identifying clear and measurable objectives, supported by the City’s operating or capital budget.

Key Reference Documents:

Community Services Committee 

This is a standing committee. Its mandate is to:

  1. provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and actions on policy, programs, and initiatives related to Community Services;
  2. implement and support the work of Council in achieving the vision, goals, and objectives of the City's Strategic Plan, Official Plan, Recreation, Parks and Facilities Master Plan, Asset Management Plan, and other plans relating to Community Services;
  3. review, provide feedback, and participate in City policy development in the areas relating to Community Services;
  4. engage, support, and work collaboratively with partners;
  5. review and provide feedback annually on work (business) plans; and
  6. monitor performance in the area of implementation of work plans.

Key Reference Documents:

Corporate Services Committee 

This is a standing committee. Its mandate is to:

  1. provide advice and recommendations to Council on Corporate Services and Fire Department policies, programs and services. Corporate Services includes the following Divisions:
    • Clerk's Office;
    • Human Resources;
    • Facilities, Purchasing, Risk and Asset Management;
    • Information Technology (IT); and
    • Revenue, Finance and Accounting
  2. provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and actions on policy, programs and initiatives related to Corporate Services and the Fire Department;
  3. implement and support the work of Council in achieving the vision, goals and objectives of the City's Strategic Plan relating to Corporate Services and the Fire Department;
  4. review, provide feedback and participate in City policy development in areas relating to Corporate Services and the Fire Department; and
  5. engage, support and work collaboratively with partners.

Key Reference Documents:

Owen Sound Strategic Plan

Operations Committee 

This is a standing committee. The mandate of the Operations Committee is to:

  1. provide advice and recommendations to Council on Public Works and Engineering Department policies, programs and services. Public Works and Engineering includes the following Divisions:
    • Engineering
    • Environment
    • Public Works
    • Transit
    • Water and Wastewater
  2. provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and actions on policy, programs and initiatives related to Public Works and Engineering Department;
  3. implement and support the work of Council in achieving the vision, goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan relating to Public Works and Engineering Department;
  4. review, provide feedback and participate in City policy development in areas relating to Public Works and Engineering Department; and
  5. engage, support and work collaboratively with partners.

Key Reference Documents:

Tom Thomson Art Gallery Advisory Committee 

This is an advisory committee. Its mandate is to:

  1. provide advice and recommendations to Council on Art Gallery policies, programs and services;
  2. provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and actions on policy, programs and initiatives related to the Art Gallery;
  3. implement and support the work of Council in achieving the vision, goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and Cultural Master Plan;
  4. review, provide feedback and participate in City policy development in areas relating to the Art Gallery; and
  5. engage, support and work collaboratively with partners.

Committee Vacancies

There are three standing committees, one advisory committee, one statutory committee, three ad hoc committees, and one quasi-judicial committee. Volunteers represent the public on committees, and positions are advertised when there are Committee vacancies.

To view a list of current vacancies, please visit our Committee Vacancies webpage.

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