RENT AND HOUSING
Rent for a one bedroom in Guelph increased around 20% in the last year. House prices are completely unaffordable. Guelph needs modernized by-laws and smart development to increase both rental and housing stock.
Transportation costs have risen fast. The City has a major role to play in providing transportation alternatives. Projects need to be prioritized to help residents now.
Citizens of Guelph pay some of the highest property tax compared to incomes in our region. The city can’t continue to treat residents like an unlimited ATM.
Guelph is increasingly turning into a bedroom community. We need to focus on fostering an environment that’s good for business so that more employment is available in town.
Many Guelphites are feeling isolated after years of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Community building is more important than ever.
Overdose deaths have increased substantially compared to pre-pandemic. No more stop-gaps, we need solutions.
Chronic homelessness has reached crisis levels. We are facing a housing crunch, and we need to increase the housing supply to make costs more affordable.
HEALTH SYSTEM IMPACTS
Our health system isn’t equipped to deal with these issues, yet it is currently bearing much of the burden. Supporting community programs is more effective and efficient.
TRANSPARENCY AND OPEN DATA
Providing city information and data easily in publicly accessible formats allows our citizens to have better insights, and keep our city accountable.
EASE OF ACCESS
With limited weekday business hours, performing transactions with the city are tough for those who work 9-5. You should be able to handle business at a time convenient to you.
Something as simple as a curb cut can save a lot of time for an individual with a mobility scooter or wheel chair. The city needs to effectively understand mobility needs, and ensure that our infrastructure is accessible to all pedestrian users.
For those who rely on our public transportation to get around, reliable and quality service is essential. Guelph is innovating services such as on-demand transit. However, community engagement is essential so that we can be certain we are meeting the needs of all transit users.
WALKABILITY AND BIKEABILITY
Safe crossings make walking and biking more inviting, and it provides an alternative option to driving. Good biking infrastructure reduces driver cyclist conflict and provides a better road use experience for everyone.
Walking and cycling infrastructure is more cost effective for the city to maintain. It also provides alternatives to driving, which is especially important when gas prices are so high.