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Council and Committee Members and Responsibilities

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings are held every third Monday commencing at 6:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. Download a calendar of all meeting dates.

Members of the public may address Council concerning an item on the agenda, provided they have appeared before the appropriate Standing Committee and are in opposition to the Committee's recommendation, by submitting a written request to the City Clerk by fax at 905-436-5697 or by email to clerks@oshawa.ca before noon the Thursday preceding the Monday Council meeting. Speakers are limited to 5 minutes. Please review these Formatting Tips for Accessible Power Point Presentations.

Standing Committees of Council

There are four Standing Committees of Council:

Community Services Committee

The Community Services Committee is made up of six members:

  • Councillor Chapman, Chair
  • Councillor England, Vice-Chair
  • Councillor Marimpietri
  • Councillor Neal
  • Councillor Pidwerbecki
  • Mayor John Henry, Ex-Officio

The Community Services Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to council resulting from the operations of Animal Services, Fire Services, Parks and Environmental Services, Recreation and Culture Services and Works and Transportation Services.

Community Services Committee meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. every third Thursday. Download a calendar of all Standing Committee meeting dates.

Members of the public may direct questions or request to address Committee concerning an item on the agenda by submitting a written request to Melissa Pringle, Committee Co-ordinator, at 905-436-3311 ext. 2212, or by email to mpringle@oshawa.ca before 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the Thursday Committee meeting.

Corporate Services Committee

The Corporate Services Committee is made up of six members:

  • Councillor Bouma, Chair
  • Councillor Sanders, Vice-Chair
  • Councillor Diamond
  • Councillor Neal
  • Councillor Wood
  • Mayor John Henry, Ex-Officio

The Corporate Services Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to Council resulting from matters under the authority of the Corporate Services Department including City Clerk Services, Corporate Communications, Corporate Policy, Projects and Performance, Facilities Management Services, Human Resource Services, Information Technology Services, Municipal Law Enforcement & Licensing Services and any outside agencies reporting to Council on matters similar to matters listed under the authority of the Corporate Services Committee..

Corporate Services Committee meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. every third Monday. Download a calendar of all Standing Committee meeting dates.

Members of the public may direct questions or request to address Committee concerning an item on the agenda by submitting a written request to Mary Medeiros, Manager, Support Services, at 905-436-3311 ext. 2239, or by email to mmedeiros@oshawa.ca, before 4:30 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the Monday Committee meeting.

Development Services Committee

The Development Services Committee is made up of six members:

  • Councillor Aker, Chair
  • Councillor Pidwerbecki, Vice-Chair
  • Councillor Chapman
  • Councillor Marimpietri
  • Councillor Sanders
  • Mayor John Henry, Ex-Officio

The Development Services Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to Council resulting from the operations of Planning Services, Building Permit and Inspection Services, Engineering Services, Economic Development Services (including the Oshawa Municipal Airport) and Administration and Accessibility Services.

Development Services Committee meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. every third Monday. Download a calendar of all Standing Committee meeting dates.

Members of the public may direct questions or request to address Committee concerning an item on the agenda by submitting a written request to Melissa Pringle, Committee Co-ordinator, at 905-436-3311 ext. 2212, or by email to mpringle@oshawa.ca before 4:30 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the Monday Committee meeting.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is made up of six members:

  • Councillor Diamond, Chair
  • Councillor Aker, Vice-Chair
  • Councillor Bouma
  • Councillor England
  • Councillor Wood
  • Mayor John Henry, Ex-Officio

The Finance Committee is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to Council resulting from matters under the authority of the Finance Department including Audit matters and any outside agencies reporting to Council on matters similar to matters listed under the authority of the Finance Committee.

Finance Committee meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. every third Thursday. Download a calendar of all Standing Committee meeting dates.

Members of the public may direct questions or request to address Committee concerning an item on the agenda by submitting a written request to Melissa Pringle, Committee Co-ordinator, at 905-436-3311 ext. 2212, or by email to mpringle@oshawa.ca, before 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the Thursday Committee meeting.

Advisory Committees

Heritage Oshawa

Heritage Oshawa is responsible for advising and assisting Council on matters related to heritage conservation of individual buildings of historical and/or architectural significance, and to encourage and promote heritage conservation within the City. The City staff advisor to Heritage Oshawa is Margaret Kish. More information on Heritage Oshawa.

Members of the public may direct questions concerning Heritage Oshawa to Laura Davis, Advisory Committee Co-ordinator at 905-436-3311 ext. 2475, or by email to ldavis@oshawa.ca.

Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee is responsible for advising and assisting the City including the City's agencies, boards and commissions in developing and facilitating strategies and actions toward a barrier-free Oshawa with a goal to improving the quality of life for those with disabilities. The City staff advisor to the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee is Lynda Lawson. More information on the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Members of the public may direct questions concerning the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee to Laura Davis, Advisory Committee Co-ordinator at 905-436-3311 ext. 2475, or by email to ldavis@oshawa.ca.

Oshawa Airport Advisory Committee

The Oshawa Airport Advisory Committee is responsible for advising and assisting City Council on matters related to the Oshawa Municipal Airport. The City staff advisors to the Oshawa Airport Advisory Committee are Cindy Symons-Milroy and Steve Wilcox.

Members of the public may direct questions concerning the Oshawa Airport Advisory Committee to Laura Davis, Advisory Committee Co-ordinator at 905-436-3311 ext. 2475, or by email to ldavis@oshawa.ca.

Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee

The Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee is responsible for advising, assisting and educating Council, staff, and the community with respect to the protection, enhancement, restoration, management and appreciation of the natural and built environments. The City staff advisor to the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee is Suzanne Elston. More information on the Oshawa Environment Advisory Committee.

Members of the public may direct questions concerning the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee to Laura Davis, Advisory Committee Co-ordinator at 905-436-3311 ext. 2475 or by email to ldavis@oshawa.ca.

Safe City Oshawa Partnership

Safe City Oshawa Partnership is responsible for working with and mobilizing the community to build a safe Oshawa where everyone is free to live, work, learn and play. The City staff advisor to Safe City Oshawa Partnership is Helen Break. More information on the Safe City Oshawa Partnership.

Members of the public may direct questions concerning Safe City Oshawa Partnership to Laura Davis, Advisory Committee Co-ordinator at 905-436-3311 ext. 2475, or by email to ldavis@oshawa.ca.

Note:  If you require further information concerning City Council, its Standing Committees or the Advisory Committees of Council, please call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311.