Advisory Committees & Boards - Town of Ajax
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Advisory Committees & Boards

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 no vacancies available

Committee & Boards Quick Links

The Town of Ajax currently has six Council Advisory Committees, relating to priority areas of the Community Action Plan, and two Quasi-Judicial Boards:

Advisory Committees

Quasi-Judicial Boards

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.

Monthly meetings are held in the River Plate Room, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted one week prior to the meeting date. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

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.

Monthly meetings are held in the River Plate Room, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted one week prior to the meeting date. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

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.

Monthly meetings are held in the River Plate Room, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted one week prior to the meeting date. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

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.

Monthly meetings are held in the River Plate Room, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted one week prior to the meeting date. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

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.

Monthly meetings are held in the River Plate Room, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted one week prior to the meeting date. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

Transportation Advisory Committee

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.

Monthly meetings are held in the River Plate Room, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agendas are posted one week prior to the meeting date. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

Quasi-Judicial Boards

Quasi-judicial Boards are made up of Ajax residents and are supported by staff advisors. Such Boards are authorized to make decisions on behalf of Council in relation to the Town's Dog and Cat, Property Standards, and Zoning By-laws.

Committee of Adjustment

Monthly meetings are held in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request. 

For details regarding the Committee of Adjustment, contact Sean McCullough, Development Planner, by phone at 905-619-2529 ext. 3234 or by email.

Property Standards / Animal Services Appeal Committee

Quarterly meetings are held in Council Chambers, Town Hall, 65 Harwood Ave. S., unless otherwise posted. Agenda will be posted 5 days in advance of the meeting. Assistive Listening Technology is available on request.

For details regarding the Property Standards / Animal Services Appeal Committee, contact Derek Hannan, Manager of By-law Services, by phone at 905-619-2529 ext. 3344 or by email.

Common Questions:

How are Members appointed to Advisory Committees?

Advisory Committee & Board Members are appointed by Council. Members are appointed for a term to follow the term of Council, approximately a 4 year commitment.

How many Members are appointed to the Advisory Committees & Boards?

Advisory Committees are comprised of up to 10 community members appointed by Council, 1-2 Town of Ajax staff liaisons, and 1-2 Council representatives. Quasi-judicial Boards are comprised of 5 community members appointed by Council.

How often do Advisory Committees meet?

Advisory Committees generally meet 9-10 times each year, usually once per month. Meetings last approximately 2 hours. The Committee of Adjustment meets monthly and the Property Standards / Animal Services Appeal Committee meets quarterly.

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 participation.

What do Advisory Committees & Boards 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 above through each Committee's Terms of Reference. Quasi-judicial Boards are authorized to make decisions on behalf of Council in relation to the Town's Dog and Cat, Property Standards, and Zoning By-laws.

Who should apply to become an Advisory Committee or Board 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.