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Advisory Committees

Barrie City Council has established numerous advisory committees to ensure opportunities for public input into community decision-making.

Virtual Meetings: Advisory c​ommittee meetings are taking place virtually out of precaution due to COVID-19. They are being livestreamed on YouTube​.

The majority of Advisory Committees meet on a monthly basis. The schedule is available at barrie.legistar.com and meetings are open to the public.

Accessibility Advisory Committee

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the City's Accessibility Advisory Committee! See some of the AAC’s achievements and highlights over the years.

Mandate:  “To champion issues related to the provision of an accessible community on behalf of all Barrie’s citizens.” 

      Terms of Reference: Accessibility Advisory Committee

Accessible Customer Service Standard Presentation (Business Sector)

Additional Information

Active Transportation and Sustainability Committee

Mandate: "To promote and facilitate active transportation initiatives, to promote the protection, maintenance and awareness of the environment within the community and to provide advice concerning environmental policy, planning and sustainability."

  Terms of Reference: Active Transporation and Sustainability Committee

Arts Advisory Committee   

The Mandate of the Arts Advisory Committee will be established by the Committee at the beginning of the term in consultation with staff from the Economic and Creative Development and Recreation and Culture Departments.

Communities in Bloom Advisory Committee

Mandate: "To help facilitate the development of Barrie, in the Communities in Bloom National Municipal Beautification contest, with a focus on flowers, landscaping, gardens, beautification and environmental awareness."

 Terms of Reference: Communities in Bloom Committee

Community Safety & Well-Being Committee

Mandate: "To develop a safety and well-being plan for the City of Barrie in accordance with the provisions of the Safer Ontario Act."

Terms of Reference: Community Safety & Well-Being Committee

Council Compensation Review Committee

Mandate: To undertake an examination of Council compensation, including the following topics:

a. Mayor and Council base compensation and benefits;

b. Options and recommendations for benefits plan changes as presented by City staff;

c. Expense account amounts and allocation of expenses including communication related matters;

d. Remuneration associated with all board and committees of Council;

e. Council expense related policies; and

f. Such other compensation-related policies.

Terms of Reference Council Compensation Review Committee.pdf

Heritage Barrie Committee

Mandate: "Responsible for establishing the criteria for the evaluation of properties of architectural or historical value and prepare and maintain a list of all properties worthy of conservation under the Heritage Act.  The Committee keeps up to date on all heritage conservation legislation and programs and recommends to Council programs worthy of consideration by the City.  It provides information to property owners about the preservation of heritage properties and supplies information about the conservation of such properties."

Terms of Reference: Heritage Barrie Committee 

The Committee generally meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month and members of the public is welcome to attend. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted when available.

Heritage Barrie focuses on local heritage matters including:

  • Recommending buildings to be listed on the Heritage Register to Council. 
  • Preparing and maintaining a list of all properties worthy of conservation under the Heritage Act.    
  • Staying up to date on all heritage conservation legislation and programs including:
    • Heritage Act
    • Planning Act
    • Official Plan’s Cultural Heritage policies
    • Local heritage stakeholders initiative
  • Recommending programs worthy of consideration to Council.  
  • Providing information to property owners about the preservation of heritage properties.  
  • Supplying information about the conservation of such properties. 
  • Making recommendations on alterations or demolition of designated or listed buildings.

Heritage Barrie works continually on many ongoing initiatives including:

  • Keeping Heritage Walking Tours up-to-date
  • Inviting, promoting and encouraging property owners to list non-designated properties on the Heritage Register
  • Selecting recipients for annual Heritage Awards from community nominations 
  • Sponsoring guided walking tours
  • Holding an annual Heritage Stakeholders meeting  
  • Initiating and developing the City’s Heritage Strategy
 
International Relations Committee

Mandate: "To co-ordinate and enhance the City of Barrie's relationships with international communities for the benefit of the social, economic, educational and cultural development of our citizens and our community.  The specific objectives are achieved through the work of the individual sub-committees".

 Terms of Reference: Interional Relations Committee

Investment Board 

Mandate:

The Investment Board is established as a City board, responsible to control and manage the City's investments pursuant to the Prudent Investment Standard and the Investment Policy Statement adopted by City Council.

The Board will adopt and follow an Investment Plan that implements the City's Investment Policy. The Investment Plan shall deal with how the Board will invest the City’s money.

The Board may retain agents to act on its behalf pursuant to the requirements of the prudent investment standard.

Terms of Reference: Investment Board

Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee

Mandate: The powers and functions of the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee are established in subsection 81 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Terms of Reference: Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee

Order of the Spirit Catcher Award Committee

Mandate: The Order of the Spirit Catcher Award Committee is responsible for review of all nominations for the Order of the Spirit Catcher Award and recommending recipient(s) of the Award.

Seniors Advisory Committee

Mandate: "To represent and provide advice on Barrie seniors' perspectives on municipal matters related to:

a) Seniors Housing and related planning matters;
b) Transportation; and
c) Communications and Civic Participation by seniors."

       Terms of Reference: Seniors Advisory Committee

Related page: Age-Friendly City

​Town and Gown Committee

Mandate: "To develop and enhance relationships, communications, and policies between Georgian College students, the City and the community."

      Terms of Reference: Town and Gown Committee



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