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Committees

Appeals Committee

3 Public Members Required

The Appeals Committee is directed through the Building Code Act and various City of Kingston by-laws to hear appeals on the following matters:

  • Section 3.21 of By-law 2003-4, to license, regulate and govern certain trades and occupations;
  • Sections 3.5 and 5.1 of By-law 2003-405, to regulate fences, variances to the Fence By-law may be granted by the Appeals Committee;
  • Section 3.13 of By-law 2004-144, to regulate animals, decisions regarding a kennel permit, hen coop permit, or a breeder permit may be appealed to the Appeals Committee;
  • Section 9.3 of By-law 2005-100, regarding property standards, an owner or occupant who is served an order with respect to section 8.1 may make an appeal to the Appeals Committee; and
  • Section 3.13 of By-law 2006-213, to regulate business licenses, decisions regarding business licenses may be appealed to the Appeals Committee.

Skills: This Committee may interest individuals who have a legal background, knowledge of the Building Code Act, the Landlord and Tenant Board, and an understanding of City of Kingston Property Standards By-Law.

Composition: 3 public members and 2 members of Council.

Schedule of Meetings: The Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 12:00 p.m. at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.

Appointment: Appointed annually.

 

Arts Advisory Committee

1 Public Member Required

The Arts Advisory Committee serves as an avenue of communication and consultation between the arts community and the municipal government, it being understood that the arts include creative expression in all its forms. The mandate of the Arts Advisory Committee is to ensure that City of Kingston arts policies and strategies serve the needs of the arts community and, in turn, the residents of Kingston. Through regular communication with staff and Council, the Arts Advisory Committee fosters awareness of the City of Kingston's corporate goals pertaining to the arts community. In addition, the Arts Advisory Committee works to:

  • ensure the continuing implementation of the recommendations contained in the Kingston Culture Plan;
  • provide input into the development of arts policies and strategies offered by effectiveness and best practices;
  • make staff and Council aware of changing conditions and opportunities within the arts; and
  • advise staff and Council as to the impact, actual and potential, of broader policies, programs and regulations on the Kingston arts sector.

Skills: This Committee may interest those with experience related to culture, the arts and arts community, operations, programming, community engagement and community cultural engagement.

Composition: 2 public members who represent the full range and diversity of Kingston's population, up to 2 members of Council, and 9 Technical Representatives.

Schedule of Meetings: The Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.

Appointment: Terms are staggered.

Working Groups: Committee members may be asked to participate on temporary working groups regarding specific subject matters related to duties as approved by Council in association with other municipal committees, other organizations and members of the public.

 

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) Lemoine Point Advisory Committee

3 Public Members Required

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) Lemoine Point Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations to the CRCA pertaining to Lemoine Point.

Skills: This Committee may interest individuals who wish to contribute to policy management for public open space; have a background in ecology, recreation, public policy, community sustainability, and/or use the property; and have experience assessing complex issues and future change/demands.

Composition: 6 public members and 2 members of Council.

Schedule of Meetings: Meets up to 4 times per year.

Appointment: Terms are staggered.

 

Committee of Adjustment

3 Public Members Required

The Committee of Adjustment is authorized by the Ontario Planning Act to grant minor variances from the provisions of the Zoning By-law, to permit extensions, enlargements or variations of existing legal non-conforming uses and give consent to an owner of land who wishes to sell, convey or transfer an interest "part" of their land.

Skills: This committee may appeal to individuals with a demonstrated commitment to and interest in the community; an understanding of the planning framework and planning documents and guidelines, including the Official Plan, Zoning By-laws and other planning policy including the Planning Act, provincial policy statement.  Candidates must be objective and have an open mind in order to fully consider the evidence provided.

Composition: 7 public members.

Schedule of Meetings: The Committee meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 5 p.m. at 1211 John Counter Blvd.

Appointment: Term of Council.

 

Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee

2 Public Members Required

The Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee works to ensure that there is a comprehensive understanding of housing, affordable housing and homelessness issues, initiatives and developments.  Specifically, the Committee is mandated to provide:

  • advice to Council on housing, publicly assisted affordable housing and homelessness policies;
  • advice regarding the implementation of the Municipal Housing Strategy, Homelessness Plan and other municipal housing strategies, policies and directives;
  • information and input on housing matters as related to poverty reduction through the appointment of one member of the Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee to the Poverty Reduction Group, for a term of two years and two members of Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee to the Poverty Reduction Housing Sub Working Group for a term of two years; and
  • housing and homelessness advice and provide advice on overall financial investment tools for housing and homelessness but not on individual funding allocation.

In addition, the Committee maintains close linkages with other City Committees and working groups to ensure co-ordination of housing, affordable housing and homelessness initiatives.

Skills: This Committee may interest individuals that work to ensure that there is a comprehensive understanding of housing, affordable housing and homelessness issues initiatives and developments, or that have experience working in social services with at-risk populations.

Composition: 2 public members, 2 members of Council and 6 Technical Representatives.

Schedule of Meetings: This Committee meets quarterly on the second Thursday at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street. Additional meetings may be called by the Chair as necessary.

Appointment: Terms are 2 years.

 

Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum (KEAF)

1 Public Member Required

The purpose of the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum is to draw on knowledge within the Kingston community, to broaden public information and consultation on environmental issues, and to provide advice and information. KEAF will bring together experts in environmental matters from community institutions, authorities and practitioners, and representatives of the public to collaborate, on a volunteer basis, on specific projects designed to support the environmental aspects of City Council's Priorities and the Sustainable Kingston Plan.

KEAF will work within the following strategic priority areas:

  • advise on Council Strategic Priorities;
  • be a catalyst and conduit for public engagement and awareness; and  
  • identify and advise Council on emerging issues and future priorities.

The mandate of KEAF is an advisory one. KEAF works to:

  • identify and prioritize important and emerging environmental issues through public consultation, research and systematic analysis;
  • assist and advise Council on environmental aspects of Council Priorities;
  • assist and advise on environmental issues, action plans or policies when requested by Council;
  • support the engagement, informing, educating and receipt of feedback from the public on environmental matters related to the work of KEAF; and
  • promote environmental sustainability in the City of Kingston.

Skills: This Forum may interest individuals who are familiar with environmental concerns, are committed to addressing local environmental issues, can serve on a project team for specific projects and can devote several hours each month to serve on working groups that report to the Committee.

Composition: 12 public members, 2 members of Council and 7 Technical Representatives.

Schedule of Meetings: The Committee meets bi-monthly on the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.

Appointment:  Term of Council.

Working Groups: Forum members may be asked to participate on working groups regarding specific subject matters related to duties as approved by Council in association with other municipal committees, other organizations and members of the public.

 

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee

9 Public Members Required, including individuals with disabilities

As outlined in the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Committee advises Council each year about the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of its Accessibility Plan. In addition, the Committee works to:

  • review in a timely manner the site plans and drawings described in Section 41 of the Planning Act and provide advice to the Manager of Planning;
  • provide advice to Council on the accessibility for persons with disabilities to a building, structure or premise, or part of a building, structure or premise that council purchases, constructs or significantly renovates, or for which Council enters into a new lease, or that a person provides as municipal capital facilities under an agreement entered into by the Council, in accordance with Section 210.1 of the Municipal Act;
  • provide advice to Council regarding the City's purchase of goods or services through the City's procurement process for the use of the City, its employees or the public in order to assist Council to meet its obligation to have regard to the accessibility for persons with disabilities to the goods and services;
  • consult with and advise staff and Council regarding accessibility issues as requested; and 
  • perform all other functions that may be specified in the Regulations.

Skills: This Committee may interest individuals who are familiar with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, who have a technical background reviewing site plans and building drawings, and who have a keen interest in accessibility issues as well as an understanding of the needs of persons living with a disability, and can commit to work on specific project teams outside of regular Committee meetings.

Note:  Requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act include that a majority of members shall be individuals with disabilities and when advised, specific needs can be accommodated at meetings.

Composition: 15 public members and 1 member of Council.

Schedule of Meetings: The Committee meets on the 1st Thursday every second month at 1:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge Street.

Appointment: Terms are staggered.

Project Teams: Committee members may be asked to participate on temporary project teams regarding specific subject matters related to duties as approved by Council in association with City staff.


Commission

Taxi Commission

5 Public Members Required

Provides for the licensing, regulating and governing of the brokers, owners and drivers of taxi cabs in the City of Kingston and Loyalist Township.

Skills: This Commission may interest individuals who utilize taxis or have previous experience in developing policies to regulate the taxi industry.

Composition: 5 public members, 1 member of Council and 1 representative from Loyalist Township.

Schedule of Meetings: 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 216 Ontario Street.

Appointment: Appointed annually.


Boards

Kingston Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors

4 Public Members Required

The Kingston Economic Development Corporation is accepting applications from individuals who are interested in contributing their time and expertise to fill openings for the Board of Directors. Directors are expected to actively participate in monthly board meetings as well as committee and special meetings scheduled as required throughout the year. Term appointments vary from one, two or three years.

Kingston's Economic Development Office works collaboratively with the City of Kingston as well as local and regional partners to leverage Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investment in order to sustain, grow and transform Kingston's economy.

The Board of Directors is represented by a diverse group of individuals, who bring their respective experiences, interest and ideas together to shape and support the Corporation's strategic and policy direction. The Board of Directors is a forward-thinking governance body which provides progressive leadership management to support the organization in the attraction of new business, the growth and retention of existing business and support for work force development.

Skills: Interested applicants will preferably have a post-secondary education or relevant life experience, an understanding of current business and community issues, financial stewardship and previous board experience. A background with executive experience, global marketplace knowledge, innovation and creative thinking is desirable. Qualifications under the Corporations Act require that Directors be 18 years of age or older; and not be an undischarged bankrupt.

Composition: 8 public members, Mayor and 3 members of Council.

Ex-officios: City of Kingston CAO, Tourism Kingston CEO

Schedule of Meetings: Currently the Board meets the 2nd Monday of every month from 5-9pm with special meetings scheduled as required; the Finance Committee of the Board meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 8-9:30am; the HR Nominations Committee meets quarterly or as required.

Appointment: Terms are staggered – one, two or three years.

 

Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation Board of Directors

2 Public Members and 2 Tenant Members Required

The Board of Directors oversees the governance of Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation which operates social, affordable and market housing and administers the rent supplement program on behalf of the City of Kingston and the County of Frontenac.  The Board of Directors reports to City Council, the sole Shareholder of the Corporation.

Skills: This Board may interest individuals currently or previously active in the community and who are residents of the City, or the County of Frontenac, and who have a genuine interest in the quality of life and promoting equitable access for eligible applicants to affordable, safe and secure housing.  Board members must promote the benefits of social housing in the community in partnership with tenants, staff, public, and community groups.  Candidates must possess skills in leadership, policy, governance and strategic planning.

Composition: 3 public members, 2 tenants, 3 members of Council and the CAO of the City of Kingston or his designate.

Schedule of Meetings: The Board meets on the last  Monday of every month in the afternoon at 119 Van Order Drive

Appointment:  Public Member 2 year term, Public Member 3 year term, Two Tenant Members 1 year term.

 

Kingston Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board of Directors (Town Homes Kingston)

2 Public Members & 1 Tenant Member Required

The mandate of this Board is to provide and maintain a high standard of affordable, suitable, and community-integrated non-profit housing in Kingston.

Skills: This Board may appeal to individuals who are interested in the community and its housing needs, and in developing future housing. Board members must promote and advocate the benefits of social housing within the community. Interested applicants with business, leadership, expertise in the area of finance, governance and strategic planning capabilities would be an asset.

Composition: 5 public members and 2 members of Council.

Schedule of Meetings: 4th Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. at 610 Montreal Street.

Appointment: A 3-year staggered term.

 

Kingston Police Services Board

1 Public Member Required

Under the Police Services Act, for every municipality that maintains a police force, there is a requirement for a Police Services Board. This Board provides civilian governance of the municipal police force pursuant to the Police Services Act. Its responsibilities include determining objectives and priorities with regard to police services in the municipality and establishing policies for the effective management of the police force.

Skills: This Board may appeal to individuals with an interest in and commitment to participating in public safety and responsible police governance.  Applicants require an understanding of the police community, its values, and its needs; superior skills in leadership and management; administrative and budgetary experience; skills in conflict management, negotiation, and mediation; an ability to set organizational goals and priorities; and an ability to meet the significant time commitments of the position.

Note: Members cannot include a judge, a justice of the peace, a police officer, an employee of the municipality, or a person who practices criminal law as a defence counsel.

Composition: 1 public member, the Mayor and 1 member of Council.

Schedule of Meetings: The Board meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at mid?day in the Police Board Room, 705 Division Street.

Appointment: Term is 2 years.

 

Tourism Kingston Board of Directors

8 Public Members Required

Applications are being accepted from individuals who are interested in contributing their time and expertise to form the inaugural Board of Directors for Tourism Kingston, the Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Kingston. Directors are expected to actively participate in monthly board meetings as well as committee and special meetings scheduled as required throughout the year. Term appointments vary from one, two or three years.

Tourism Kingston will work in a coordinated effort with the City of Kingston, Kingston Accommodation Partners as well as local and regional partners to make Kingston a premier, four-season experience with a goal of increased visitation and visitor-related spending.

The Tourism Kingston Board of Directors will be represented by a diverse group of individuals, who bring their respective experiences, interest and ideas together to shape and support the Corporation's strategic and policy direction. The Board of Directors is a forward-thinking governance body which provides progressive leadership management to support the organization in the enhancing the visitor experience, leveraging Kingston's assets and development of new tourism product.

Skills: Interested applicants will preferably have a post-secondary education or relevant life experience, an understanding of current business, industry and community issues, financial acumen and previous board experience. A background in one or more of the following sectors is desirable but not exclusive to: hospitality, tourism development, cultural and heritage services, sport and recreation, conferences and conventions, retail trade, sales and marketing are an asset. Qualifications under the Corporations Act require that Directors be 18 years of age or older; and not be an undischarged bankrupt.

Composition: 9 public members, Mayor and 2 members of Council.

Ex-officios: City of Kingston Commissioner of Community Services/Deputy CAO, Economic Development Office CEO, Kingston Accommodation Partners Executive Director.

Schedule of Meetings: The inaugural Board of Directors will establish a meeting schedule.

Appointment: Terms are staggered – one, two or three years.


Working Groups

Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Visioning Community Working Group

1 Public Member Required

The role of the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Visioning Community Working Group is to contribute toward the development of the Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Vision. Members will provide feedback on the process, assist in key decision making, ensure inclusive community consultation, advise the City of relevant community issues, and be ambassadors for the project.

Skills: This Committee may appeal to individuals who demonstrate a distinct and informed interest in community planning and development (including, but not limited to: the conservation of natural or cultural heritage resources, transportation planning, brownfield remediation, open space planning, economic development, and/or the provision of public and social services), with the selection to represent a variety of stakeholders including residents, business owners and property owners in the area, as well as representatives from local community groups and non-profit organizations.

Composition: 4 public members, 1 member of Council and 11 Technical Representatives.

Schedule of Meetings: 5-6 meetings that will occur over a 12 month period. The first meeting of the working group will be scheduled in September, 2016.

Appointment: 1 year term, with the possibility of extending the term until the project is completed.

 

School Site Land Acquisition Community Working Group

6 Public Members Required

This working group, with guidance from City staff, will look at best land use on all former school sites that are expecting to become available for acquisition within the next 2 years based on the values, priorities, objectives, goals and financial constraints of the City of Kingston. This working group will examine the best balance of public and private interests for the neighbourhood and the whole city over the short and long term as well as the feasibility of alternative, creative, and innovative methods of financing land uses.

Skills: This Committee may appeal to individuals who demonstrate a distinct and informed interest in community planning and development (including, but not limited to: residential neighbourhood planning, open space planning, economic development, and/or the provision of public and social services), with the selection to represent a variety of stakeholders including residents, business owners and property owners from different areas of the City.

Composition: 6 public members from across the City.

Schedule of Meetings: Monthly with potential additional meetings as required.

Appointment: One year term, or until the project is completed.

 

Canada 150 Community Leaders Network

Community Leaders will act as official community voices for Canada 150 events in Kingston. In addition to serving as the point of contact for sharing information about Canada 150 - provided by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) throughout 2017 - Community Leaders may wish to get involved in local events and reach out to other communities to share ideas.

As the municipal designate for Canada 150 celebrations, Community Leaders will form part of a nationwide network. When national events are held in Kingston, our Community Leaders will be invited to participate and bring the municipal voice to the celebrations.

As prominent individuals in the community, Community Leaders will embody the diversity of the country, including the celebration themes and be called upon to encourage interest, inspire dialogue and stimulate engagement. Working with Kingston City Council, the Community Leaders will also promote connections with various associations and individuals, as appropriate.

Importantly, the Community Leaders network will serve as a legacy to Canada 150 celebrations with the ability to create nation-wide linkages for years to come.

Community Leaders will be invited to share information about Kingston on social media, using #Muni150 alongside the existing #Canada150 hashtag. FCM will also profile this impressive network via its communication channels and national events, such as the 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show taking place in Ottawa from June 1-4.

Duties include:

  • Being part of a Canada-wide network of municipal leaders for Canada 150 celebrations.
  • Being called upon to amplify the voice of Kingston to a local, regional and national audience.
  • Acting as the official voice of Kingston and being recognized for your role in the celebrations.
  • Championing the celebrations as the local voice and official designate for Kingston.
  • Being part of a national network of local voices for the future.

Skills: The FCM is looking for Community Leaders whose experience reflects upon the Canada150 themes:

  • Engaging and inspiring youth,
  • Diversity and inclusion,
  • Our environment,
  • National reconciliation and indigenous leadership.

Schedule of meetings: Meetings, events and scheduling will be coordinated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Appointment: Duration of project (2017)

 


How to Apply

All applications must be received by: November 15, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Visit www.CityofKingston.ca/committees for more information or to complete an online application. Applications are also available at City Hall (City Clerk's Department).

Submit the application and a brief summary of your interest, background and skill set to:

Diane Jackson,
City Hall 216 Ontario St.,
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3

Fax:  613-546-5232
Telephone: 613-546-4291 Extension 1375
Email: djackson@cityofkingston.ca

Personal information, as defined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with MFIPPA. Personal information collected on the application form will be used to assist in selecting appointees for the various civic bodies and may form part of the publicly available meeting agendas and minutes. If appointed to a civic body, your personal information may also be used by City staff to conduct committee and City business. Questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of this personal information may be directed to Janet Jaynes, Deputy City Clerk, 613-546-4291 Extension 1262 or jjaynes@cityofkingston.ca.

The Nominations Advisory Committee will make recommendations to Council. It reserves the right to check references and verify information contained in submissions.

Janet Jaynes, Deputy City Clerk
Telephone 613-546-4291 Extension 1262 jjaynes@cityofkingston.ca

Dated at Kingston this Friday October 28, 2016.