General Issues Committee

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About the committee

Reports and make recommendations to Council on matters relating to:

  • Council Strategic Plan
  • Corporate Strategic Plan 
  • Annual Operating and Capital Budgets 
  • Economic Development matters 
  • Portfolio Management Strategy – Real Estate Acquisitions/Disposals 
  • Hamilton International Airport matters 
  • G.R.I.D.S. 
  • Our Future Hamilton 
  • Department Work Programs: Planning and Economic Development 
  • Legal Services – litigation matters 
  • Human Resources – labour negotiations 
  • Boards and Agencies 
  • Hamilton Utilities Corporation 
  • Culture and Tourism Division – One year trial period
  • Arts Advisory Committee
  • any and all other matters which Council chooses to refer to the General Issues Committee for consideration 

Stephanie Paparella, Legislative Coordinator
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3993

Deputy Mayor (Rotating) - Chair
A. VanderBeek - Vice-Chair
F. Eisenberger
C. Collins
D. Conley
J. Farr
L. Ferguson
M. Green
T. Jackson
A. Johnson
B. Johnson
S. Merulla
J. Partridge
R. Pasuta
M. Pearson
T. Whitehead
T. Anderson

Committee type: Standing Committee

Composition:  Shall be comprised of all 16 members of Council: Mayor, Chair of General Issues Committee to be rotated amongst the Deputy Mayors, all Members of Council 

Specific duties shall include: 

  • To review and monitor the City’s and Council’s Strategic Plan
    • To review corporate and program objectives and performance measures and make recommendations to Council
    • To consider and recommend to Council on matters relating to budgets, budget monitoring, re-assessment and related tax policies
  • To consider and recommend to Council on matters relating to Business Development, the Small Business Enterprise Centre, Incentive Loans/Grants programs and approvals, BIA initiatives, the Hamilton Incubator of Technology and Tourism
  • To consider and recommend to Council on matters relating to G.R.I.D.S.
  • To receive briefings on legal matters involving the City and give direction to the City Solicitor on litigation matters
  • To receive information on labour negotiations and provide direction to the Director of Labour Relations
  • To consider and make recommendations to Council on matters regarding Boards and Agencies
  • To meet as Shareholders and/or Board of Directors of a corporation when required
  • To receive delegations from the public and conduct public hearings as required by statute and Council specific to the mandate of this committee on matters under the Standing Committee