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Below you'll find some of the projects City of Cornwall staff are working on. Each page provides information on the scope of the project, the timeline and the opportunities for residents and businesses to participate in the conversation.

Current Consultations

 Housing Revitalization Study

The City of Cornwall Social & Housing Service Department, as Service Manager for Social Housing in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry is conducting a Housing Revitalization Study.

The desired outcome is to create a long-term strategic plan which provides clear and achievable strategies to most effectively meet the current and future demand for social and affordable housing in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

English Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7GM37J9

French Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S6MWQG5

The survey will remain open from June 1 to June 21.

An in-person engagement session was held on Thursday, March 12. The online survey was delayed due to COVID-19.

To learn more about housing in Cornwall, click here.

To send comments directly:
Mellissa Morgan
613-930-2787 ext. 2368
Click here to email
PO Box 877, Cornwall ON K6H5T9

 Electoral System Review

City of Cornwall Council has requested that administration consult with the public about the size of council, and whether councillors should be elected through the ward system.

A four-question online survey is now available: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2DMX97

The survey will also be made available through both print newspapers. A randomized selection of 2,000 addresses will receive a copy of the survey in the mail.

The survey will remain open until June 15, 2020. All eligible voters in the City of Cornwall are encouraged to participate.

A public open house for this consultation has not been scheduled due to the restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


On January 14, 2019, Council voted to explore the reintroduction of wards.

On November 25, 2019, Council received a report outlining the process of undertaking an electoral system review.

To learn more about City of Cornwall Council, please click here.

 Recreation Master Plan Update

The City of Cornwall is updating its Recreation Master Plan to identify community priorities for parks and recreation services over the next ten years.

Through public input and research, the Master Plan will be an actionable strategy that can readily adapt to changes in the community and emerging trends. It will assist the City and stakeholders in making strategic investments to ensure a healthy community, improve the quality of life for residents, and encourage a strong economy and sustainable environment.

The Master Plan will explore topic areas including:

  • Indoor and outdoor recreation facilities – a particular focus will be placed on outdoor aquatics and the Benson Centre lands;
  • Parks and open spaces – a particular focus is placed on the role of Guindon Park; and
  • Programs and services.

We want to hear from you!

Public and stakeholder consultation is critical to developing a plan that responds to community needs. We want to know how you use parks, facilities, and services, as well as how we can improve public spaces and services for future generations.

Note: In-person consultation events will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be scheduled at an appropriate time in the future.

Over the coming months, there will be a number of opportunities to get involved:

  • Fill out a Community Survey (the survey closed on May 18 - stay tuned for further updates).
  • Attend a future Public Open House to learn about the project and to provide your input.
  • Submit written comments by clicking here to email.

A public meeting will be held near the end of the planning process to present the Draft Master Plan and gather additional feedback. Stay tuned for updates!

 Comprehensive Zoning By-law Review
To learn more about this consultation, please visit the project page by clicking here.

Previous Consultations

 Municipal Organics Diversion
During public consultations in 2018, residents expressed interest in a curbside organics diversion program. The Government of Ontario has also indicated that municipalities should work towards a reduction in food waste, as well as resource recovery from food waste.

The City of Cornwall has undertaken public consultations to further investigate what a municipal organics diversion program could look like.

The survey is available in English by clicking here.

The survey is available in French by clicking here.

So far, the survey has been made available in-person at the following locations:

  • Benson Centre on October 22
  • Cornwall Public Library on October 23
  • Cornwall Square on October 24
  • Aquatic Centre on October 27
  • City Hall on November 4 and 6

The City of Cornwall has also mailed 1,000 paper copies to randomized addresses in the City of Cornwall.



Waste Management Division
Click here to email
613-930-2787 ext. 2589

 Arts & Culture Centre

What's at stake

The City of Cornwall has purchased the former BMO building on Pitt Street with the goal of completing renovations for an arts and culture centre. This property serves as an ideal location for a centralized arts centre and an opportunity to inject further culture, economic activity, and development into the Central Business District.



On July 5, 2016, +VG Architects submitted their final report for the Arts and Culture Centre Feasibility Study. Please click here to read the report.

On October 11, 2016, City staff submitted an administration report to Council regarding the Arts and Culture Centre Feasibility Study. The floor plans contained in the report are only considered to be conceptual, and the actual design drawings for the conversion project would be the product of a capital project, approved in the 2019 budget. Please click here to read the report.

In 2018, the City purchased a building at 159 Pitt Street to be used as an Arts and Culture Centre. On June 19, staff provided an update to council about the Arts and Culture Centre. Please click here to read the report.

On July 26, 2018, the facility was opened to the public to consider plans suggested by the consultants for a black box theatre. 

On June 24, 2019, City staff presented an update to Council. Please click here to read the presentation.


To share your thoughts, contact:
James Fawthrop
Division Manager, Parks and Recreation
City of Cornwall
613-938-9898 ext. 4026

 Community Cats

What's at stake

The City of Cornwall is considering strategies to reduce the cat population to manageable levels. 



On May 14, 2018, City staff submitted an interim report to council outlining the proposed strategies. Please click here to read the report.

In February and March 2019, the public commented on the proposals provided in the interim report through an online survey.


To share your thoughts, contact:
Christopher Rogers
Chief Building Official and By-Law Enforcement Supervisor
City of Cornwall
613-930-2787 ext. 2345

 Fire Hall

What's at stake

Consultants are investigating the feasibility of developing a Fire Station and Training Centre in Cornwall. The proposed facility is intended to improve the quality of emergency response service in Cornwall.



On September 25, 2018, consultants held a public consultation at the Benson Centre to provide information, seek feedback and offer residents the opportunity to provide input.


To share your thoughts, contact:
Jeff Weber
Acting Fire Chief
Cornwall Fire Services
613-930-2787 ext. 2338

 Waterfront Plan

Consultations complete!

Our thanks to City of Cornwall residents and stakeholders who participated in the engagement process.

To read the updated waterfront plan, please click here.


What's at stake

The City of Cornwall is updating the 2007 Waterfront Plan. This study will provide a vision for the future of the City’s waterfront and align its objectives with those of the newly adopted Official Plan, the Provincial Policy Statement, and other local plans and guidelines. The Waterfront Plan will build upon its previous iterations while also providing a new and progressive framework for addressing the important economic, social, cultural, and environmental benefits the waterfront offers to the City and to its diverse residents and visitors year round.

The City’s entire waterfront area covers approximately 16 kilometers from Guindon Park in the west to Gray’s Creek Conservation area in the east. The waterfront area is divided into five (5) subsections due to unique characteristics, topography, environmental conditions, and land ownership patterns. These sections include:

1. Guindon Park

2. Canal Lands

3. Lamoureux Park

4. Harbour to College

5. East Front

Each study area is described in terms of their geographical boundary, key characteristics and history. The history of Cornwall’s waterfront is a significant factor in the current form and future potential for development of all types. Please refer to the 1989 Waterfront Plan and 2007 Waterfront Plan for more information. 




To share your thoughts, contact:

For more information or if you would like to be added to the mailing list in order to stay informed on upcoming events and the latest news, please contact Mary Joyce-Smith, Division Manager of Planning Services, and refer to Cornwall’s Waterfront Plan Update when making enquiries.

Mary Joyce-Smith
Division Manager, Planning Services
Department of Planning, Development and Recreation
100 Water Street East, P.O. Box 877, 2nd Floor
Cornwall, ON K6H 5T9
Phone: 613-930-2787 ext. 2312

Ten Year Housing Plan Review

The City is undertaking a review of the Ten Year Housing Plan. The review will help determine how effectively the plan is responding to the housing and homelessness needs of the community.

As part of the City of Cornwall's 5 year review of its Ten Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, we are seeking perspectives and ideas from individuals with lived experience or who have previously accessed housing services.

Our review process provides an opportunity to re-examine local housing issues and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies set out in the Plan. It also provides the opportunity to reconsider actions that are necessary to promote more effective solutions and your opinion matters to us. 


Background Information

In 2014, the City of Cornwall created a 10 year plan to address issues of housing and homelessness in the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

The 10 year plan documented who lives in the service areas as well as the housing and homelessness challenges they face. It also looked at solutions to address these challenges, identifying what actions made the most sense given the priority needs, and set out 10 key strategies to address housing and homelessness issues.

Each year, the City provides a formal status update on actions undertaken in support of the plan. These updates and the 10 year plan can be viewed on Cornwall’s website by clicking here.


For more information about Housing in Cornwall, please click here.

For more information about the Homelessness Prevention Program, please click here. 

For more information about homelessness in Cornwall, please click here.


If you have questions, contact:
Tammy Marcil
Social & Housing Services
613-930-2787 ext. 2309

Study of Brookdale North Sanitary Servicing EA

Report to council

On Monday, May 28, EVB staff presented a report to council.

Please click here for more information.


Public Information Centre

The City of Cornwall provides wastewater collection and treatment services to properties within its municipal boundaries.  It has been identified that the Brookdale Avenue North Area, between Tollgate Road and Cornwall Centre Road, would benefit from sanitary services.  The City has determined that a single sewage pumping station solution is the preferred solution to provide servicing to this area.  The works are planned to be completed at an estimated cost of $7,000,000.

This project is being planned under Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. Subject to comments received as a result of this Notice, and the receipt of necessary approvals, the City intends to proceed with the design and construction of this project.

The City is making preliminary study material and plans available for public review.  On Tuesday April 16, 2019, between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm, the public is invited to attend a Public Information Centre at the following location:

Location:     MacEwen Room, Benson Centre, 800 Seventh Street West, Cornwall.  

For more information on the project, or on the planning process being followed, contact the City’s consultant: EVB Engineering, 800 Second Street West, Cornwall, ON K6H1H6, (613) 935-3775, x200; attention Mr. Josh Eamon, President at josh.eamon@evbengineering.com.


Initial Information

The City of Cornwall provides wastewater collection and treatment services to properties within its municipal boundaries.  It has been identified that the Brookdale Avenue North Area, between Tollgate Road and Cornwall Centre Road, would benefit from sanitary services.  The City has initiated an environmental assessment to determine the most effective manner of providing sanitary servicing to this area. This project is being planned under Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment.

For further information on the project, or on the planning process being followed please contact our consultant, Josh Eamon, President, EVB Engineering, 800 Second Street West, Cornwall, Ontario, K6J 1H6 Telephone: (613) 935-3775, x 200 or at josh.eamon@evbengineering.com.

Public input and comment are invited, for incorporation into the planning and design of this project and will be received until Friday April 10, 2019.  Subject to the identification of a preferred solution, comments received and receipt of the necessary approvals, the City of Cornwall intends to proceed with the planning, design and construction of this project, to be completed by early 2020.


To share your thoughts, contact:

Josh Eamon
President, EVB Engineering
613-935-3775 ext. 200

Solid Waste Management Master Plan

What's at stake

The City of Cornwall is updating the Solid Waste Management Master Plan. The City is considering garbage bag limits, mandatory recycling, and changes to bulk item pickup. 



On May 28th 2018, City staff put forward their proposal to council. Click here to read the report.

On July 12th 2018, City staff held public consultations regarding the proposed changes. Click here to view the presentation materials.

On March 4th, 2019, City staff submitted a report to council regarding the proposed waste management by-law. Click here to read the report.

On March 25th, 2019, City staff submitted a new waste management by-law. Click here to read the by-law.

As of April 1, 2019, garbage limits of 6 bags or 3 containers began in Cornwall. Click here for more information.


To share your thoughts, contact:
Waste Management Division
City of Cornwall

Water Meters

Initial Council Request

The following item was moved at the Monday, January 14 meeting of council. Please click here to read the minutes.

"Whereas the City of Cornwall must strive to be fair when it assesses fees and taxes to its residents; and Whereas most utilities such as internet, heat and electricity administer fees based on usage; and Whereas water usage in Cornwall can easily compared to the utilities listed above; Therefore, be it resolved that Administration prepare a report detailing the benefits and short comings of the City of Cornwall implementing a fully water metered system; Further be it resolved that along with the report that Administration seek input from the residents of Cornwall by whatever means necessary."


Online Survey

From October 8 to 27, 2019, the City of Cornwall accepted feedback from residents regarding water meters. While the majority of answers were collected online, the survey was also made available in-person through pop-up engagement opportunities at the Benson Centre, Cornwall Public Library, and Cornwall Square, as well as a free swim at the Aquatic Centre. Surveys were also made available at the Centre Charles-Emile Claude.

The questions were as follows:

  1. Do you feel water meters can help conserve our drinking water supply?
  2. Do you feel water meters and rebate/incentive programs can work together to conserve water?
  3. Do you feel a household with a water meter would use less water than a non-metered household?
  4. Do you feel water conservation can help keep water rates from increasing?
  5. Knowing the water consumption information provided by a water meter installed at your household, would you implement measures to conserve water?
  6. Please provide commentary regarding water meters and their impact on water conservation. Please click here to read the answers to this question.
  7. Do you feel water meters are helpful in order to monitor water usage if your bill contained consumption information similar to your electricity and natural gas bills?
  8. Do you feel the actual consumption of municipal water recorded by a water meter would provide a more equitable billing mechanism? That is, householders would pay for what they consume.
  9. Based on the consumption information (and associated charges) provided by a water meter installed in your home, do you feel you would initiate water conservation measures in order to minimize your water billing?
  10. If the City implements a city-wide water meter program, are you in favour of financing the program over 10 years at an estimated cost of $95 per year per household?
  11. Please provide commentary regarding the economics associated with the proposed city-wide installation of water meters? Please click here to read the answers to this question.


Additional Information

This information was made available in the survey:

Cornwall is the last major municipality in Ontario that does not have water meters to measure residential water consumption. Today, at least 98% of municipal water customers in Ontario have water meters, and pay by how much water they use (volumetric rates). The average person in Ontario consumes about 250 litres of water per day. The average City of Guelph resident consumes the least amount at 160 litres per day. The estimated average City of Cornwall resident consumes 350-400 litres of water per day.

Over the previous 10 years, the City of Cornwall has undergone multi-million dollar projects to upgrade and increase capacity at the Water Purification Plant that produces our potable water, and at the Wastewater Treatment Plant that treats wasted potable water. The projects mentioned above have provided significant level of service improvements to the municipality for both residents and the business community.

Research from other communities from across the province and country has demonstrated that a water meter program can help reduce operating costs and defer the need for large capital investments. The estimated cost of a city-wide residential water meter program in Cornwall is $12 million. The savings over a 10-year period is estimated to be in the millions of dollars and each water meter program has resulted in savings that exceeded the initial investment.

Currently, Cornwall's residential water invoicing system calculates a household water bill based on a static price per water fixture (taps, toilets, tubs, swimming pools, etc). This type of billing system is not used in any other municipality in Ontario and is considered systematically inaccurate and ineffective to promote water conservation.


Report to Council

On Tuesday, November 12, staff reported back to council regarding the results of the online survey, and the 

Council moved to accept the report. Please click here to read the report. Please click here to read the attached discussion paper.


What's Next

Council has directed administration to develop a water conservation and servicing master plan and fund the plan from the Water Works Reserve. The water conservation and servicing master plan will be presented to council for consideration at a subsequent meeting.



Carl Goodwin
Division Manager, Environment
Click here to email
613-930-2787 ext. 2582

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