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City of Guelph residents will have an opportunity this month to provide input into the development of a new animal control bylaw.

With the assistance of the Animal Control Bylaw Working Group (ACWG), the City is reviewing and consolidating its four animal control bylaws to make sure they meet the community’s needs for regulating poultry, and domestic and exotic animals in Guelph. The ACWG is proposing a number of bylaw recommendations including expanding animal licensing to include other animals (e.g. cats, reptiles, poultry), prohibiting all animals from running at large, and introducing limits on the number of dogs and cats for each household.

Four meetings will be held between November 19 and 26 at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, to give members of the public a chance to learn more about the review, ask questions, and to tell City staff what they think about the proposed bylaw recommendations.

At each interactive session, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Animal licensing
  • Animals in public spaces
  • Exotic animals
  • Limits on animals

Animal Control Bylaw Review Public meetings

November 19
9:30 a.m. to noon

November 24
9:30 a.m. to noon
6:00p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

November 26
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

As space is limited, advance registration is required. Register at

In addition to the public meetings, an online survey will be available on November 27 at The survey closes December 31 at 11:59 p.m.

All feedback received during the community engagement process will help the City of Guelph create a final draft bylaw for Council’s consideration in 2016.

Do you offer childcare/daycare from your home? Are you unlicensed (not contracted by the county)? If so, your feedback will help us shape future resources.

Please take our short, 5-minute survey. You could win a $100 grocery, coffee, or gas gift card for completing it!

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Update November 12, 2015: This initiative is currently on hold. If you would like to get tested, please make an appointment at one of our sexual health clinics


Getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea is now as easy as 1-2-3! Just print out an online form and take it to your closest LifeLabs, then pee in a cup.

Poster: "pulling an all-nighter?"

If your test is positive (chlamydia or gonorrhea was found in your urine), a public health nurse will contact you to discuss options for treatment.

Our offices and clinics will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 for the Remembrance Day holiday. Regular services resume Thursday, November 12, 2015.