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Accessibility Advisory Committee

This committee advises Council on the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of its annual accessibility plan and other related issues.

Learn more about Accessibility in our City.

Active Transportation Committee

The Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) and its subcommittees facilitate ongoing communication between citizens and City Council. The ATAC is made up of representatives of community organizations and City departments who are dedicated to the continued implementation of the Active Transportation Plan. The ATAC oversees, reviews, and presents the ideas brought forth by the subcommittees to City Council. The ATAC is instrumental in defining the costs, processes, and challenges associated with moving the ideas of the subcommittees forward and for ensuring that these ideas support the goals laid out by the Active Transportation Plan.

The three sub-committees, which consist of citizens and representatives of interested community organizations, are:

  • Partnerships, Education and Programs Committee
  • Infrastructure Development Committee
  • Policy and By-Law Committee

The sub-committees assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects which improve active transportation in Thunder Bay. The subcommittees maintain communication with the ATAC via the Active Transportation Coordinator.

Partnerships, Education, and Programs Committee

The Partnerships, Education and Programs Committee provides outreach, education and developing partnerships with organizations promoting active transportation. The PEP is responsible for implementing community initiatives, such as educational campaigns to improve public awareness and understanding of Active Transportation.

Policy and By-Law Committee

The Policy and By-Law Committee is responsible for researching new ideas and standards and proposing new by-laws and changes to existing by-laws concerning active transportation infrastructure in Thunder Bay. Thunder Bay, as a resource-based city, is dependent on its transportation system for its economic well-being. Increasingly, the impact of our transportation system on the surrounding natural environment is a concern. The Policy and By-Law Committee take these issues and the needs and expectations of a variety of users into consideration to develop by-laws that address all the expectations of a multi-modal transportation system.

Infrastructure Development Committee

The Infrastructure Development Committee is responsible for researching ideas and providing recommendations for infrastructure that supports active transportation, including trails and commuter routes, bicycle-sensitive sensors, proper bike parking, and end of trip facilities for active transportation users.

Learn more about Active Transportation in our city by exploring our Biking, Walking and Trails page.

Animal Services Committee

This committee hears appeals relative to Restraint Orders under the provisions of the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law.

The Animal Services Committee hears appeals relative to Restraint Orders issued to dog owners where a dog has demonstrated excessive or unprovoked aggression under the provisions of the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law. A person appointed to the Animal Services Committee cannot be a member of City Council or an employee of the Municipality.

Learn more about Animal Services in our City.

Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee

This committee was established to develop a plan of action to combat racism in the community. Read more about the Anti-Racism & Respect Advisory Committee.

Audit Committee

This committee is responsible for providing oversight on matters relating to financial reporting.

The Audit Committee is responsible for providing, on behalf of City Council, oversight on matters relating to financial reporting and assurance that an effective control and governance framework is in place. To qualify for appointment to the Audit Committee, the nominee should have the following qualifications:

  • Appropriate academic qualifications in accounting and/or business management
  • Business experience and acumen
  • Independence of judgement
  • No financial self-interest in the Municipality

Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee

This committee is working to provide the civic leadership necessary to bring together business, industry and community leaders to find creative solutions to improve the City's appearance. Read more about the Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee.

Committee of Adjustment

This committee votes on minor variances, consents, and permissions. Council appoints members from the community. Councillors and employees of the Municipality cannot be members. This Committee meets monthly. If you would like to apply for a minor variance, consent, or permission, visit the Planning applications page.

City of Thunder Bay Appeals Tribunal

The body was established in 2018 and incorporates the roles, responsibilities and authorities of the former Committee of Revision, the Property Standards Committee and the newly conceived Taxi Licensing Appeals Committee.

Crime Prevention Council

This Committee provides advice to City Council on the development of an inclusive Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan and contributes to its implementation. Read more about the Crime Prevention Council.

Cultural Advisory Committees

Open positions

Public Art Committee - 1 open position

Grant Review Team - 2 open positions

Events Advisory Committee - 1 open position, plus 1 open youth position

Public Art Committee (PAC)

PAC assists Cultural Development & Events in the administration of the City's Public Art Program. It is mandated to provide expert community input on City of Thunder Bay public art policies, projects and procedures.

The PAC meets the second Monday of every month at 3 pm.

Learn more about Public Art.

Grant Review Team (GRT)

The Grant Review Team (GRT) assists Cultural Development & Events in the administration of the cultural funding portion of the Community, Youth and Cultural Funding Program. Cultural Funding is allocated in keeping with the City of Thunder Bay's Cultural Policy and the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan. The GRT adjudicates the applications submitted for cultural funding in the operating and project categories and recommends grant allocations to the annual budget process through Cultural Development & Events.

The GRT also evaluates the application and evaluation forms and process on an annual basis to determine if revisions are required.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the GRT please complete the following application package and submit as requested.

The GRT meets as required.

Read more about the Community, Youth and Cultural Funding Program.

Events Advisory Committee

The Events Advisory Committee provides advice, input and assistance to the Events Supervisor of Cultural Development & Events Dept. for the development of the City Events including Live on the Waterfront which runs from July to August, Canada Day on the Waterfront, Teddy Bear's Picnic, Kite Festival, Exploring Our Routes, Food Frenzy, Snow Day and Movie Nights on the Waterfront.

The Events Advisory Committee meets as required.

Read more about City Events.

EarthCare Advisory Committee

This committee oversees the implementation of the EarthCare Sustainability Plan 2014-2020.

Read more about the EarthCare Advisory Committee.

Heritage Advisory Committee

This committee provides recommendations for the conservation of heritage buildings, sites and resources.

The Heritage Advisory Committee advises City Council on the protection of Thunder Bay's built, natural, and cultural heritage. The Committee educates and promotes awareness of this heritage, so that future planning and development takes into consideration the rich history of these assets.

Members also recommend By-laws to establish processes for the conservation of heritage resources, monitoring, reviewing and taking protective actions on a property-by-property or area-wide basis and undertaking promotion programs to advise City Council and the public of the value of heritage resources.

The Committee is comprised of the following eleven members who shall be appointed by Resolution of Council.

  • Four (4) citizen appointees
  • One (1) Council appointee
  • One (1) Thunder Bay Law Association appointee
  • One (1) Thunder Bay Historical Museum appointee
  • One (1) appointee from the architectural or engineering community
  • One (1) appointee from the business community
  • One (1) student or young professional appointee
  • One (1) appointee from the aboriginal community

Citizen members of the Heritage Advisory Committee are appointed to staggered four (4) year terms.

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority

Focusing on flooding problems and control, water conservation and more.

Persons appointed to the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority would be interested in flooding problems and control, water conservation, land use and the development of forest recreation areas within the municipality.

Official Recognition - Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Committee

This committee is responsible for making recommendations to recognize individuals within the community.

Read more about the Official Recognition Awards and past recipients.

Sister Cities Advisory Committee

This committee provides advice and direction on implementing of the Twinning (Sister Cities) Policy.

At the heart of all sister city programs is a twinning agreement, signed by the mayors of each sister city, confirming the commitment of each community to the program. These exchanges promote:

cross-cultural understanding, municipal and technical cooperation, and most importantly economic development opportunities.

Sister Cities agree to send and receive delegations of various types, including political and business leaders, arts and cultural representatives, educators and technical experts.

Thunder Bay City Council has established a Twinning Relationship Policy and a Sister Cities Advisory Committee for the purpose of developing mutually beneficial economic and cultural interaction between communities. As economic development is the focus of Thunder Bay's program, municipal twinning provides an opportunity for both parties.

The City of Thunder Bay currently has five Sister Cities outside of Canada.

Read more information about our Sister Cities.

Thunder Bay International Airport Authority

Responsible for operation of the Thunder Bay Airport.

Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc. (TBIAAI) is a non-profit corporation responsible for operation of the Thunder Bay Airport. The Members and Directors of TBIAAI are nominated by Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Thunder Bay and District Labour Council and TBIAAI Directors to serve terms of three years.

One (1) Nominee from among the names submitted by the City of Thunder Bay will be selected by the TBIAAI.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Members develop policies and raise funds to support the presentation of exhibitions.

Members of the Board of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery develop policies and raise funds to support the presentation of exhibitions by Northwestern Ontario and Canadian First Nations artists, national and international travelling exhibitions, education programs and the development and maintenance of a permanent collection of art.

Thunder Bay District Health Unit Board

Members carry out duties assigned by the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

An interest in all aspects of the community with particular interest in public health is an essential qualification of Board Members. Persons should be prepared to carry out duties assigned by the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

Thunder Bay Parking Authority

Members should have a special interest in respect to the construction, maintenance, operation and management of municipal parking facilities.

Persons appointed to the Thunder Bay Parking Authority must be eligible to be elected a member of City Council. A person wishing to be appointed should have a special interest in respect to the construction, maintenance, operation and management of municipal parking facilities.

Thunder Bay Police Services Board

The role of this board is to oversee the provision of police services in the city.

The role of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board is to oversee the provision of police services in the City of Thunder Bay and on a contract basis to Oliver Paipoonge. The Board is the civilian trustee of the public interest as it pertains to police services in the community. A person appointed to the Thunder Bay Police Services Board shall be neither a member of the Council nor an employee of the Municipality.

Thunder Bay Port Authority

Members should have experience related to the management of a business, to the operation of a port or to maritime trade. Members of this Committee must be at least 18 years of age, Canadian Citizens, and should have a general knowledge of, and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community. Members must have relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, to the operation of a port or to maritime trade. Members cannot be elected members or employees of the municipal, provincial or federal governments or users of the port. In order to qualify, applicants for membership on this Committee must comply with the Thunder Bay Port Authority Code of Conduct applicable to all Directors. It is essential to receive, review and understand the qualifying criteria, prior to acceptance of the application.

Thunder Bay Public Library Board

Members should have experience in law, finance, fundraising or construction.

A person is qualified to be appointed as a member of the Board who is a Canadian Citizen, is of the age of eighteen, is a resident of the Municipality of the City of Thunder Bay for which the Board is established and is not an employee of the Board or of the Municipality. Experience in law, finance, fundraising or construction as well as previous Board experience are skills desired by the Library Board. An affinity for Public Library service is required.

Waterfront Development Committee

This Committee provides advice on the development of the City's 52-kilometre waterfront.

The Waterfront Development Committee provides advice to City Council on the development of the City's 52 kilometre waterfront. The Committee assists in making recommendations to City Council for future development of waterfront lands that achieve a balance in development of full mixed-use potential (industrial, commercial, residential, and open space) in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner.

Read more about Thunder Bay's Waterfront and the Waterfront Development Committee.

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