Become a Volunteer 

The Township of Scugog encourages residents to become involved with their community by volunteering to be a member on one of our committees. Our committees help to find ways to address issues in our community and work to improve the quality of life in the Township of Scugog.  Committee members can include residents from the community, Members of Council, Stakeholders in various organizations.

Committee members serve a four-year term and must be:

  • An eligible voter in the Township of Scugog
  • A Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years old (with the exception of Youth Members).
Please click the link below for current committee member opportunities 
Current 2021 Vacancy Ad

To apply, complete the Application for Appointment outlining your interest, experience and general knowledge concerning the appointment sought and forward to: 

Township of Scugog
Clerk's Office
181 Perry Street
P.O. Box 780
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7

You may also email your application to mail@scugog.ca or fax to 905-985-9914

Council currently has the support of the following committees:

 Scugog Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Scugog Accessibility Advisory Committee (SAAC) offers guidance and advice to Council and Township staff regarding accessibility issues. The Committee's goal is to identify, prevent and remove barriers for persons with disabilities to ensure all citizens can enjoy the full benefits our community has to offer.

The SAAC is a provincially mandated committee of Council. Each member appointed by Council to provide advice on accessibility for people with disabilities and the accessibility standards enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. People with disabilities must make up at least half the committee. 

Council members on this committee include:

  • Angus Ross, Ward 3 Councillor
  • Alternate, Ian McDougall, Ward 1 Councillor

If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

Tip of the Hat Award

The SAAC's Tip of the Hat Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their commitment to improve the accessibility of public services and reduce barriers for people with disabilities within our community. The award also helps the SAAC raise awareness of the importance of creating an accessible community.

 

For more information use the Township's meeting calendar to keep informed on the next SAAC meeting dates, minutes and agendas. 

 

 Blackstock Recreation Complex Advisory Committee

The Blackstock Recreation Complex Advisory Committee includes volunteers from the community and Township staff. The committee advises on, supports and promotes recreational activities and programs at the Blackstock Recreation Complex.

Council members on this committee include:

  • Wilma Wotten, Regional Councillor
  • Alternate, Angus Ross, Ward 3 Councillor

If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

 Committee of Adjustment/Property Standards/Animal Services
The Township of Scugog's Committee of Adjustment reviews applications for minor variances to the Township's Zoning By-law. The Committee of Adjustment includes four Council-appointed citizens.

What is a minor variance?

Minor variances involve a minor change to the Zoning By-law for a specific property. The Committee of Adjustment evaluates each application on a site-by-site basis and considers the following:

  1. Does the proposed variance maintain the general purpose of the Township of Scugog's Official Plan and the Zoning By-law?
  2. Will the proposed development be appropriate for the site?
  3. Is the proposed variance minor?

Apply for a minor variance

To apply for a minor variance, complete the Minor Variance Guide and Application and submit it to the Planning department.

Major variances and other changes

To apply for a major variance or any other change to the Zoning By-law not handled by the Committee of Adjustment, you must complete the Zoning By-law Amendment Guide and Application.

Legal non-conforming uses

The Committee also reviews applications for extensions, enlargements or variations for legal non-conforming uses. Legal non-conforming uses are not recognized in the current Zoning By-law but legally existed on the day the Zoning By-law was passed.

A legal non-conforming use should not continue on a long-term basis. A use that conforms to the Zoning By-law and the Official Plan should eventually replace any non-confirming uses of a property. 

  • The Property Standards Committee is a legislated, quasi-judicial body that hears appeals to orders issued by Township Property Standards Officers for violations under the Township of Scugog Property Standards By-law.
  • The Animal Services Committee is also a legislated, quasi-judicial body that hears appeals to orders issued by the Township Animal Control Officers for violations under the Animal Control By-law.
 Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Scugog EDAC meets quarterly and includes individuals representing sectors of our local economy. This committee identifies and implements programs and initiatives that help stimulate and grow our local economy.

Council members on this committee include:

  • Janna Guido, Ward 2 Councillor
  • Alternate, Wilma Wotten, Regional Councillor

 If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

 Scugog Environmental Advisory Committee

The Scugog Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) advises Council in the protection, enhancement, restoration and management of the local environment. The Committee also ensures that the community is working toward environmental sustainability.

Council members on this committee include:

  • Ian McDougall, Ward 1 Councillor
  • Alternate, Janna Guido, Ward 2 Councillor

 If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

Environmental Documents

150 Ways You Can Make a Difference!

 Community Grants Committee

The Community Grants Committee makes decisions about all applications for grant funding. The Committee also monitors and administers the Grants Fund Policy

Council members on this committee include:

  • Janna Guido, Ward 2 Councillor
  • Alternate, Lance Brown, Ward 5 Councillor

If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

If your community organization would like to request assistance from the Township of Scugog to deliver programs or special events, complete the Community Grant Application.

 Healthy Lake Scugog Steering Committee

The Healthy Lake Scugog Steering Committee researches short and long term solutions to the health, aestetics, climate impact, weed growth, eutrophication and other contributors that impact the enjoyment, fisheries, recreational activites and events on the lake.

Council members on this committee include:

  • Mayor Bobbie Drew
  • Alternate, Janna Guido, Ward 2 Councillor

If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

 Heritage Advisory Committee

The Scugog Heritage Advisory Committee aids in the protection and preservation of Scugog's heritage buildings and sites. Using the guidelines of the Ontario Heritage Act and the Township of Scugog Official Plan, the Committee:

  • Acts as a resource to residents interested in conserving structures of historic, architectural or cultural interest
  • Acts as a resource to Staff by reviewing development applications, providing feedback for compliance with the Urban Design Guidelines outlined in the Township's Official Plan
  • Establishes criteria for evaluating properties of architectural, historic or cultural value and interest
  • Promotes and encourages activities and programs related to the museum and archives

Heritage Strategic Plan

The Scugog Heritage Advisory Committee also supports the Township Heritage Strategic Plan, "Where Our Past Meets the Future."

Council members on this committee include:

  • Lance Brown, Councillor Ward 5
  • Alternate, Angus Ross, Councillor Ward 3

Those with an interest or knowledge of planning, architecture, local history, heritage buildings might consider submitting an Application to the Committee. 

The Heritage Committee along with Staff will provide advice on Heritage Permit applications that involve making exterior changes to buildings within the Township of Scugog's Heritage Conservation District (HCD). This includes changes to existing signs or new signs.

The Committee also provides input to property owners regarding their plans for external changes to properties listed on our Heritage Register.

You are encouraged to arrange a pre-consultation meeting with the Building department to confirm that your plans require a Heritage permit and to also determine if you require any additional permits, such as a Building Permit.

 Housing Advisory Committee

The Scugog Housing Advisory Committee advises Council about housing matters and supports programs that ensure an appropriate range and mix of housing options are available within the Township of Scugog. 

Council members on this committee include:

  • Wilma Wotten, Regional Councillor
  • Alternate, Ian McDougall, Ward 1 Councillor

 

Check out this years Housing Symposium.

November 2, 2019 click the link below for more information.

5th Annual Housing Symposium

 

If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

 

 Tourism Advisory Committee

The Tourism Advisory Committee advises Council on tourism services, activities and initiatives to promote the Township of Scugog. The committee will represent a variety of Tourism stakeholders and will work with staff to further tourism-focused strategic goals and initiatives as set out by Council.

Council members on this committee include:

  • Wilma Wotten, Regional Councillor
  • Alternate, Janna Guido, Ward 2 Councillor

If interested in joining this committee please submit an Application.

 Library Board

Library Board meetings are open to the public. Meetings are usually on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

The Boards' Library Policies meet provincial and local regulations related to public policy.

If you wish to address the Board about an issue, please email Amy Caughlin to be added to the next meeting agenda.

If you are interested in seeing any of the documents mentioned in the Board Minutes, please email Amy Caughlin for a copy.

The 2018 to 2022 committee members include:

  • Donna Ankrett
  • Louise Bardswich
  • Bonnie Bunting
  • Mark Lewis
  • Catherine Ann McGuigan
  • Colleen Simpson
  • Christy Stone-Curry
  • Deborah Watson

Council representatives include:

  • Janna Guido, Councillor Ward 2
  • Alternate, Angus Ross, Councillor Ward 3

 View the Council and Committee Calendar to learn about upcoming meetings. 

Youth opportunities

We encourage youth in the community to join committees as non-voting members. Youth membership provides:

  • Community hours for attending monthly meetings
  • Education and experience for your resume or university application
  • A service term the same length as a school term

Complete the Application for Youth Appointment to apply to one of our committees.