Citizen Advisory Committees - Town of Ajax

Advisory Committees  

Be Heard! - Town of Ajax Committee Recruitment

The Town of Ajax invites interested and qualified residents to volunteer and apply for appointment to various Committees. Advisory Committees play a valuable role in the Town of Ajax as Council relies on its committees to provide insight and recommendation on emerging issues, policies and programs.  Town of Ajax Committee Members act as community ambassadors who assist with enhancing citizen and public involvement by providing input to Council.

Appointment Opportunities

Currently none available.

Town of Ajax Advisory Committees

The Town of Ajax currently has six Council Advisory Committees, relating to priority areas of the Community Action Plan:

Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Town of Ajax is committed to improving access to its citizens through the requirements of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 (ODA) as well as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The Accessibility Advisory Committee was established in 2002 to provide advice to Council on specific initiatives to be undertaken by the Town in order to prevent, identify and remove barriers that restrict people with disabilities from fully participating in Town programs services and/or facilities.

Diversity & Community Engagement Advisory Committee

The Diversity & Community Engagement Advisory Committee is responsible for connecting and engaging all residents of the Town of Ajax with their community and with the governance process. This is accomplished through understanding, discussion, community building and celebration. The Committee works actively to recommend opportunities to enhance community relations and inclusiveness, while embracing our diversity. As ambassadors, committee members nurture and promote a sense of belonging for every Ajax resident.

Environmental Advisory Committee

The Town of Ajax Environmental Advisory Committee works in conjunction with the Town to promote environmental sustainability and conservation of natural resources.

Heritage Advisory Committee

The Heritage Advisory Committee promotes and preserves the unique local history, including the natural, cultural and architectural heritage and serves to assist the community in understanding its beginnings, development and future. In addition, the committee serves as the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, 1990.

Recreation & Culture Advisory Committee

The Town of Ajax Recreation & Culture Advisory Committee serves to strengthen and increase recreational opportunities for all residents. Recreation is described in a broad sense that encompasses sport, arts and culture, general leisure programs, festivals and community events, as well as recreation infrastructure.

Transportation Advisory Commiitee

The Town of Ajax Transportation Advisory Committee advises Council on matters related to active transportation; transportation demand management in the areas of traffic, parking regulations and fees; development and use of new/existing on/off-street parking and active transportation facilities; the Ajax trail system; cycling networks and cycling initiatives; pedestrian connectivity; and transportation safety.

Town of Ajax Quasi-Judicial Boards

Quasi-judicial boards are charged with making decisions on behalf of Ajax Council.

Common Questions:

How are Members appointed to Advisory Committees?

Advisory Committee Members are appointed by Council. Members are appointed for a term to follow the term of Council (4) year commitment.

How many Members are appointed to the Advisory Committee?

Committees are comprised of up to 10 community members appointed by Council, 1-2 Town of Ajax staff liaisons, and 1-2 Council representatives.

How often do Advisory Committees meet?

Advisory Committees generally meet 10 times each year, usually once per month. Meetings last approximately 2 hours.

Are Advisory Committee Members paid?

No, they are volunteer appointments. Only appointed Members of the quasi-judicial Property Standards/Animal Services Appeal Committee and the Committee of Adjustment receive a small stipend for Committees participation.

What do Advisory Committees do?

Advisory Committees are charged with the task of providing program and policy advice to Council on specific municipal matters defined by formal terms of reference. Each Committee has its own unique mandate. Further information is available online by visiting each Committee's page.

Who should apply to become an Advisory Committee Member?

Any individual who meets the general application requirements and is interested in providing input on programs, services, policies and projects within the Town of Ajax is encouraged to apply!

For more information, please contact Sarah Moore, Committee & Accessibility Coordinator, by email or phone 905-619-2529 ext. 3347.