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Committees and Boards

Our various committees and boards provide information and advice to council and city staff on a wide range of topics. We have three different types of committees: 

  1. Standing committees: review staff reports and make recommendations directly to Council. They are made up of only members of council.
  2. Advisory committees: advise council and city staff on matters related to their mandate. They can be made up of members of council, members of the public, and subject matter experts.
  3. Legislative committees: operate under the specific authority of guiding legislation. They can be made up of members of council and members of the public. 

Join a committee or board

Council usually appoints applicants to the various committees and boards in the fall. However, you can express your interest by applying at any time. We will keep your application on file until positions are available. 

Review our committee and board application process.


Join a Committee meeting in-person or watch on the


The Administrative Policies Committee reviews City policies regarding accounting, assets, human resources, bylaws and policies. 

The Appeals Committee conducts hearings to discuss appeals related to property rules.  

The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee makes sure that arts and culture are included in City plans and policies in a way that helps our community.  

The Arts, Recreation, and Community Policies Committee reviews policies related to accessibility, community programs and social services (children and senior).

The Committee of Adjustment considers applications for minor zoning variances and land division requests.

The Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation Policies Committee reviews policies related to active transportation, climate leadership, energy, utilities, and waste. 

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee advises the City's staff and Council on policies and programs that aim to eliminate workplace barriers and promote diversity and inclusion. 

The Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee works to ensure an understanding of housing services, affordable housing, and homelessness issues and initiatives. 

The Kingston Environmental Advisory Committee collaborates with experts and community representatives on projects that align with the City Council's environmental priorities and community plans.  

The Kingston Heritage Programs Committee addresses various cultural heritage matters and related projects in the city. 

The Kingston Heritage Properties Committee makes recommendations to Council on matters of heritage conservation in built form.

The Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee advises Council on disability accessibility, particularly regarding our compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).  

The Nominations Committee suggests to the Council the appointment of committee members and external boards and commissions as outlined in the Public Appointment Policy.   

The Planning Committee reviews applications made under the authority of the Planning Act, along with staff reports related to land use planning matters. 

There are other committees and boards that we do not directly manage, but that council members still sit on to represent shared responsibilities, interests, and goals. Some of them also have spots for members of the public. 

Contact Us

City of Kingston
City Hall
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
Phone: 613-546-0000
Fax: 613-546-7816

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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