Apply to Serve on a Committee or Board

Hamilton City Council invites citizens to apply to the City’s various local Agencies, Boards and Committees (ABC’s). Each of the ABC’s has a specific mandate. Most meet monthly with additional work required between meetings. Most appointments are for four years to coincide with the term of Council. Interested citizens may apply to a maximum of 2 Committees. Separate submission forms must be filled out for each committee application.

Deadline for all submitted applications is Friday, December 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm

How to Apply

Applications are accepted online, emailed or submitted in person.

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Download the Application (PDF, 70 KB) Additional Application forms and information are also available at:

City Clerk’s Department
Hamilton City Hall
71 Main Street West, 1st Floor

Municipal Service Centres
View locations and hours
Call 905-546-2489

Downloaded applications must be signed and submitted: 

 

City Council wishes to ensure that its Committees and Local Boards reflect the diverse nature of the City of Hamilton’s population, including women, persons with disabilities, native persons, and racial and ethnic minorities and encourages all residents to consider these opportunities.

Conflict of interest rules will apply to all citizen members, pursuant to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, R.S.O., 1990, Chapter M.50.

Available positions to serve on a Committee or Board

13 citizens required
Note: A sufficient number of citizens will be persons with disabilities in accordance with the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.

Mandate

The Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities recommends to the City of Hamilton policies, procedures and standards that address the needs and concerns of persons with disabilities.

Learn more about the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities

Up to 20 citizens

Mandate

To make recommendations regarding policies, procedures and guidelines that address the needs and concerns of people who are immigrants or refugees.

Learn more about the Advisory Committee for Immigrants and Refugees

4 citizens required

Mandate

To represent the interests of Hamilton’s agricultural industry, farm families and non-farm rural residents by reviewing and providing input to Council and City Departments on studies, plans, by-laws and proposed projects that have an impact on agricultural or natural resource businesses.

To serve as the Tree Committee, as set forth in the Hamilton-Wentworth Woodland Conservation by-law, to make recommendations to Council on Minor Exception tree cutting applications.

At the request of Council, to provide a forum for the review and resolution of rural land use and farm management disputes and provides input and assistance to rural land stewardship programs or projects which are proposed by the City, other agencies and community groups.

Learn more about the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Advisory Committee

Up to 8 citizens

Mandate

To recommend activities for the stabilization and strengthening of the arts community.

To monitor and assist with the implementation of the Arts Awards Program and Public Art Program.

To inform Council of issues and achievements in the Hamilton arts community and acts as a point of contact for members of the arts community regarding issues affecting the arts community.

Learn more about the Arts Advisory Commission

4 citizens required

Mandate

To produce and provide affordable housing in the City of Hamilton with integrity, accountability, cost efficiency and effectiveness.

Learn more about the CityHousing Hamilton Corporation

3 citizens required

Mandate

To identify issues related to the perception of the cleanliness and security of the Downtown Core and recommends appropriate actions and strategies to rectify the perception. 

To create short-term action plans for immediate implementation and long-term action plans involving partnerships and associated funding implications.

Learn more about the Cleanliness and Security in the Downtown Core Task Force

Up to 15 citizens

Mandate

To advise, advocate and consult on relevant issues in the community of Hamilton relating to racism and its consequences and the benefits of anti-racism strategies.

Learn more about the Committee Against Racism

9 citizens required
Note: Not less than 4 citizens shall have knowledge and experience in rural planning and agricultural matters.

Mandate

The Committee of Adjustment deals with Consents such as land severance and Minor variances

Learn more about the Committee of Adjustment

2 citizens required

Mandate

To establish and undertake on a watershed basis, a program to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources other than gas, oil, coal and minerals.

Learn more about the Conservation Halton Board

3 citizens required
Note: Applicants for the Cross – Melville Heritage District Advisory Committee (Dundas) shall be residents of the Cross-Melville Heritage Conservation District as defined by former Town of Dundas By-law No. 90-3899

Mandate

To act as a sounding board for residents within the Cross-Melville Heritage Conservation District and previews and comments on the acceptability of changes proposed within the District, including Heritage Permit applications under Section 42 of the Ontario Heritage Act, through the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee.

Learn more about the Cross-Melville District Heritage Committee (Dundas)

2 citizens required

Mandate

To develop a methodology for calculating and collecting development charges which is consistent with the Development Charges Act.

Learn more about the Development Charges Stakeholders Sub-Committee

5 citizens required
Note: Previous experience with the Line Fences Act and/or farm and rural fencing construction.

Mandate

The Line Fences Act provides a procedure for the resolution of line fence disputes between owners of adjoining properties within the rural boundary of the City of Hamilton. Fence viewers are required to arbitrate this procedure.

Learn more about the Fence Viewers Committee

up to 18 citizens
Note: Applicants must have experience in any of the following: Food Production, Processing & Distribution, Buying & Selling, Consumption, Food Waste Management

Mandate

To support and advise on the implementation of Hamilton’s Food Strategy, and the development of inclusive and comprehensive food related policies and programs at the individual, household, and community/population level based on internationally recognized principles of healthy public policy and best practices/available evidence. 

Learn more about the Food Advisory Committee

4 citizens required

Mandate

To monitor the operation of the Glanbrook Landfill Site and acts as a liaison to deal with citizen’s questions regarding the Site 

To act as a communication link with the City of Hamilton and the Ministry of the Environment to enable this Committee to examine test data and other statistics relevant to the operation of the Landfill Site.

Learn more about the Glanbrook Landfill Co-ordinating Committee

1 citizen required

Mandate

To establish and undertake on a watershed basis, a program to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources other than gas, oil, coal and minerals. 

Learn more about the Grand River Conservation Authority

5 citizens required

Mandate

To establish and undertake on a watershed basis, a program to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources other than gas, oil, coal and minerals. 

Learn more about the Hamilton Conservation Authority

Up to 15 citizens

Mandate

  • To advise City Council, through the Public Works Committee, on all matters related to cycling.
  • To monitor implementation of the Hamilton Cycling Plan.
  • To encourage and participate in planning for bicycling facilities.
  • To encourage citizens to cycle instead of drive.
  • To educate on the benefits and necessities of cycling.
  • To integrate the work of area municipal bicycle committees.

Learn more about the Hamilton Cycling Committee

5 citizens required
Note: Experience in finance, marketing, retail, food production, farming and food distribution.

Mandate

To administer and enforce Stallholder agreements, reviews and approves a Market Strategic Plan, and an annual Operating Plans that includes detailed initiatives and performance measurements in such areas as Finance, Marketing, Operations and Facilities, to ensure the growth and success of the Market.

Learn more about the Hamilton Farmers’ Market Board

13 citizens required

Mandate

To advise Council on how to use the Future Fund money to create and protect a permanent legacy for current and future generations of Hamiltonians to enjoy economic prosperity and improved quality of life.

Learn more about the Hamilton Future Fund Board of Governors

9 Citizens required
Note: Applicants shall be a Canadian Citizen, a resident of the City of Hamilton and not be employed by the Board or by the City of Hamilton.

Mandate

To seek and provide, in co-operation with other Boards, comprehensive and efficient public library service that reflects the community’s unique needs.

Learn more about the Hamilton Library Board

11 citizens required

  • One (1) resident of the former Town of Ancaster
  • One (1) resident of the former Town of Dundas
  • One (1) resident of the former Town of Flamborough
  • One (1) resident of the former Town of Glanbrook
  • One (1) resident of the former Town of Stoney Creek
  • Four (4) residents of the former City of Hamilton
  • Two (2) citizens at large

Mandate

To advise and assist City staff and Council on all matters relating to:

  • the designation of property
  • the review of heritage permit applications
  • the conservation of listed properties or areas of cultural heritage value or interest
  • programs and activities to increase public awareness and knowledge of heritage conservation issues and other cultural heritage conservation measures

Learn more about the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee

1 citizen required

Mandate

The body responsible for operating the Hamilton Port and its activities. The Port Authority may engage in port activities related to shipping, navigation, transportation of passengers and goods and storage of goods.

Hamilton Hamilton Port Authority Board of Directors

Up to 15 citizens

Mandate

To act as an Advisory Committee on matters pertaining to women and to provide input with respect to matters of
municipal concern.

Learn more about the Hamilton Status of Women Committee

Up to 9 citizens

Mandate

To oversee the planning and delivery of military remembrance and commemoration activities on behalf of the City of Hamilton. When directed by Council, the Committee provides input on projects and issues that are of concern to Hamilton Veterans.

Learn more about the Hamilton Veterans Committee

2 citizens required

Mandate

To administer funds to further develop and remediate lands in both the west and east harbour areas.

Learn more about the Hamilton Waterfront Trust

6 citizens required

  • One (1) member from St. Clair Avenue, Hamilton
  • One (1) representative from MacNab Charles, Hamilton
  • One (1) representative from St. Clair Boulevard, Hamilton
  • One (1) representative from Durand-Markland, Hamilton
  • One (1) representative from Mill Street, Waterdown
  • One (1) representative from Hamilton Beach, Hamilton

Any applicant for a “district” position must be a property owner residing in the designated district.

Mandate

To advise the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee, Cultural Heritage planning staff, and the Director of Planning on the consideration of:

  • Heritage Permit applications to alter designated heritage properties under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • Heritage Permit applications to alter properties within a Heritage Conservation District designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Learn more about the Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee

2 citizens required

Note: Applicants shall be owners or tenants of the Hess Village Pedestrian Mall - George Street between Queen Street South and Hess Street South

Mandate

To maintain, control, operate and manage the Hess Street Village Mall (George Street, between Queen Street South and Hess Street South) within a budget as may be approved by City Council.

Learn more about the Hess Village Pedestrian Mall Authority

Up to 15 citizens

Note: Citizens with the following backgrounds or experiences are encouraged to apply for membership

  • Lived experience with homelessness (men, women, youth, families)
  • Newcomers
  • Tenants (private, social)
  • Persons living with disabilities
  • Aboriginal community members
  • Supportive housing providers
  • Seniors
  • Landlords and homebuilders
  • Other experiences or backgrounds that may bring a valuable or unique perspective to any aspect of the homelessness and housing continuum

Mandate

To communicate and work to address the needs of citizens within the community for whom barriers exist to accessing safe, suitable, and affordable housing, including the supports needed to enable citizens to obtain and retain their homes.

To support the City of Hamilton’s 10-year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan by providing information, advice, and recommendations regarding the Action Plan’s successful and meaningful implementation.

Learn more about the Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee

Up to 6 citizens

Mandate

To provide input and advice to staff and Council on engaging citizens to take greater responsibility for improving our community environments.Primary focus is on effecting behaviours and attitudes conducive to a clean, healthy and safe community through leadership and action.

To provide input and guidance to City staff, Council and other stakeholders on community involvement, private sector involvement and identification of resources to sustain Clean City programs and initiatives that aim to beautify our community, promote environmental stewardship and prevent litter, illegal dumping and graffiti.

Learn more about the Keep Hamilton Clean and Green Committee

3 citizens required
Note: All applicants must be a resident of the former Town of Dundas.

Mandate

To use only the income proceeds from the trust fund in the amount of $20,000 left by Mr. Knowles to fund beautifications and enhancements within the borders of what used to be the Town of Dundas.

Learn more about the Knowles Bequest Trust

No maximum

Mandate

To make recommendations regarding policies, procedures and guidelines, which address the needs and concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people.

Learn more about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Advisory Committee

Up to 9 citizens

Mandate

To provide advice to Council on peace initiatives and the twinning relationships between Hamilton and its twin cities around the world.

Learn more about the Mundialization Committee

2 citizens required

Mandate

To establish and undertake on a watershed basis, a program to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources other than gas, oil, coal and minerals.

Learn more about the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

5 citizens required
Note: Applicants shall be ratepayers of the City of Hamilton. Definition of a Ratepayer – an owner or tenant shown on the last revised Assessment Roll of a property in the City of Hamilton.

Mandate

To hear appeals from the Orders of Property Standards Officers on properties not meeting minimum property standards pursuant to the City of Hamilton Property Standards By-law No. 10-221. 

Learn more about the Property Standards Committee

3 citizens required

Mandate

To work with interested stakeholders to assist with the implementation of an approach to enforcement and legalization of appropriate rental housing including, but not limited to, process, fees and by-law regulations.

Learn more about the Rental Housing Sub-Committee

2 citizens required

Mandate

To plan and direct policy, make decisions and is responsible to the organization and community it serves so the stated purposes, goals and objectives of the organization can be attained. Ensures a sound working relationship the lines of responsibility and accountability between the Board and Staff should be clearly defined.

Learn more about the Royal Botanical Gardens

Up to 19 citizens

Mandate

To be a credible communication vehicle that will reflect and translate the ongoing needs that affect the quality of life for all older persons. It will provide a forum for consumers and deliverers of services and facilities to identify issues, explore possible remedies, and work to implement them.

Learn more about the Seniors Advisory Committee

2 citizens

Mandate

The mandate of the Waste Management Advisory Committee shall be to:

  • give overall guidance and direction during the preparation of the City's long-term Solid Waste Management Master Plan;
  • advise Council through the Public Works Committee of the study progress and to receive feedback, advice and direction, as appropriate.

Learn more about the Waste Management Advisory Committee