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Kendra Martin
Communications Coordinator
1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON
N0B 1S0
Phone: 519.846.9691 x220
Email: Click to send email

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Communications Coordinator is responsible for providing clear, relevant and timely information about the Township's programs and services.​

On February 27th, 2018 Meeting Shared Network Canada  hosted a public meeting in regards to a Wireless Telecommunications Antenna.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, please review the meeting information package here:  Shared Network Canada Feb 27 2018 Meeting Information Package.pdf 

Note: This public information session was facilitated by the Applicant and is not a Township of Centre Wellington meeting.

Current Survey Opportunities 

We want to hear from you!  To ensure we are engaging the public, staff have surveys available for input on many
on-going projects.  

SWIFT Survey
SWIFT is looking to find out about your Internet service and usage to help build broadband for everyolne.  THey are collecting information about how residents, farms and businesses currently use the Internet.  This 15-minute survey will help them determine where they will invest their funding.  Please take a few moments to fill out the survey now​.


Haylock/Youngblood Ontario Municipal Board Update

Since 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington and the County of Wellington have been parties to an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeal regarding development applications on South River Road in Elora.

The County and Township have employed a team of experts in hydrogeology, geoscience, ecology, forestry, municipal infrastructure, stormwater management, traffic, cultural heritage, urban design and land use planning. As mandated by the OMB, the process has included numerous meetings and formal mediation amongst the parties, including the municipal and developer experts.

Based on the changes to the development applications as a result of this extensive independent multi-disciplinary expert peer review and OMB mediation process, Township of Centre Wellington Council passed a resolution (see attached) supporting approval by the OMB of a proposed residential development at a special council meeting on January 23, 2018.   The OMB hearing on this matter will commence on January 29, 2018 at Township Council Chambers.

On January 23, Council approved the following objectives to establish a residential development that will: 

  • Maintain the character of  and  achieve compatibility with the surrounding neighbourhood;
  • Protect and enhance the natural heritage resources in the area of the subject lands;
  • Protect ground and surface water resources in the area;
  • Protect the quality and quantity of private water wells;
  • Address all identified potential transportation and traffic issues through agreed upon improvements to the subdivision's internal and external road system and appropriate draft plan conditions; and
  • Achieve appropriate density, with higher density development well separated from existing homes.

The OMB is an independent, quasi-judicial, administrative tribunal responsible for handling appeals of land-use planning disputes and municipal matters. For example, appeals to the OMB could involve official plans, zoning bylaws, plans of subdivision or minor variances.  When people are unable to resolve their differences on these types of community land-use planning issues, the OMB provides a public forum for appeals.

The OMB hearing on this matter began on January 29 and was set for 7 days.  Four additional days have been set as more time is required to complete the process.  The hearing will continue from April 3-6, 2018 in Council Chambers. 

The Township has trust in this on-going process and will update the community when the Ontario Municipal Board proceedings are complete. 

Review the Council Resolution for the OMB and Minutes of Settlement here​.​

Review the witness statements for the Haylock-Youngblood subdivisions here.

MacDonald Trust Fund Guidelines and Application

Do you have an idea or project that you would like Council to consider as part of the MacDonald Trust Fund application process?  This is your opportunity to make a difference in Elora! 

In 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington received a very generous gift from Jack R. MacDonald in the amount of $3.436 M that must be used for the long term positive impact in the former Village of Elora. Council approved $1.805 M to be used towards enhancement of Downtown Elora in the means of reconstructing the Victoria Street Bridge for pedestrians, and the public realm improvements to West Mill Street. ​

Council has determined to use the remaining $1.509 M towards exciting projects/ideas proposed by the community.​

The MacDonald Trust Guidelines are intended to provide clarity on the process, commitments and expectations by The Township to community individuals and/or Organizations who are pursuing the implementation of enhancements in the former Village of Elora.  The projects brought forward are to promote healthy sustainable community amenities, programs and/or services for the benefit of Centre Wellington residents and visitors, with the intent of enhancing the overall wellbeing of the community.

If you have a question about the process, please email    The application process closed on January 31, 2018.

MacDonald Trust Fund Guidelines
Former Village of Elora Boundary Map

MacDonald Trust Fund Report to Council, August 2017

Connect CW

It's time to Connect CW!
Our new online engagement website allows you to:

  • ​​Have a voice on Township initiatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
  • Empower our residents to be more active in shaping our community and future.
  • A one stop shop to learn about all of the major projects taking place in your Township.
We will listen to what you say, take your opinions into account and report back to you on how community input contributes to key decisions.
So what are you waiting for? It's time to Connect CW​!  Make CW a great place to live, work and play in.


Ontario Taking Action to Protect Clean Water

Ontario is taking action to protect the province's water resources for future generations by proposing a two-year moratorium on new or expanded water takings from groundwater by bottling companies, as well as stricter rules for renewals of existing permits.  The proposed moratorium is the first of a number of steps the province will be taking to further protect Ontario's clean water.

This news applies to the Middlebrook well.  No permits will be issued at this location before 2019.

Read the full News Release issued by the Province​

View details of this decision on the Environmental Registry 


The Township has several eNewsletters that you can subscribe to.  This is a great way to stay up-to-date about all of the fantastic things happening in Centre Wellington.  From Tourism to the Fergus Grand Theatre to Corporate eNewsletters, we have something for everyone, sign up today!

Media Releases

To keep residents informed about decisions that impact them, information about programs and services, special events and upcoming initiatives, media releases are shared.  View past media releases and the latest news.

Social Media

The use of social media allows the Township to reach out and engage with you!  We want to share timely, accurate, accessible and transparent information, and we can do this through Facebook and twitter.  These channels are the newest way to communicate with you about programs, services and news affecting our community.

Follow us today on Facebook and Twitter and join the conversation!

Township of Centre Wellington's Social Media Policy

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

We love to engage with you, whether it is at a Town Hall or an upcoming public meeting.  Here is a list of upcoming engagement opportunities:​​​​​

Please see below for a list of our upcoming Town Hall meetings

Town Hall Meetings

Each year, four town hall meetings are held to give residents the opportunity to meet the Mayor, Councillors and find out what is happening in their community.  Join us at one of our town halls to learn more about Council decisions, upcoming events and to ask the questions you would like to know the answers to!​​
Spring Town Hall in partnership with the CW Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, April 17, 2018, 7 p.m. Victoria Park Seniors Centre, 150 Albert St. W. Fergus
This exciting presentation followed by a question and answer period will focus on the business community, economic development and growth.

Door to Door Sales

Township staff would like to advise that we do NOT go door to door to sell anything.  If we need to discuss, inspect or complete a repair, we will contact you in advance, by mail, or by phone to schedule a time.  If Township staff visit your home, they will have proper identification and will typically be in an official Township of Centre Wellington vehicle.

 For questions or concerns on door knockers or telemarketers, please contact the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services (1-800-889-9768) or the Township of Centre Wellington Infrastructure Office at 519-846-9691 ext. 905.

Council & Committee of the Whole Meetings

Residents are welcome to attend Council and Committee of the Whole meetings, taking place in Council Chambers.  If you are not able to join us in person, we are now live streaming!  View our upcoming meeting dates or watch live.