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Internal Committees and Boards

Internal Committees are those for which Council has a direct funding responsibility. Internal committees are established by Council and to represent Carleton Place on a variety of matters that impact the municipality. 

Volunteer on a Town Committee or Board

Are you interested in how the Town works — or would you like to see a particular problem or issue addressed by the Town?

You may have the drive, interest and experience to sit on one of the Town's appointed boards / committees. In fact, the Town may need the benefit of your informed opinion or expertise in order to work as well as possible.

Please review the qualifications and exceptions listed below before filling out the application form.

Committee and board appointments will be made at the beginning of the term of Council and are in place for the 4-year term of Council.


To be eligible to serve on most committees or boards:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, a resident/business owner in the Town of Carleton Place, and be one of the following:
    • Canadian Citizen, or
    • Permanent Resident, a person who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada but is not a Canadian Citizen


The Environmental Advisory Committee has two (2) student, non-voting positions and are available to persons under the age of 18.

Application Process

  • All applications are forwarded to the Committee of the Whole via the Clerk’s Office.
  • The Committee of the Whole considers all applications and submits recommendations to Town Council.
  • Town Council approves recommendations.
  • Applicants approved by Town Council will be contacted directly by Town staff.

Current Openings

The Town is presently accepting applications for the following Advisory Committees and Local Boards. Terms of reference for each Committee and/or Board are available by clicking on the Committee name below:

Please note that some of the current terms of reference are under review.

Applications are to be submitted to:

Stacey Blair, Clerk, Town of Carleton Place


Members of the public who are interested in serving as a member of any of these Boards or Committees may fill out an application and submit to the Clerk at any time during the year.

Should a vacancy occur, applications can be reviewed by the Striking Committee.

Parks and Recreation Committee

The Parks and Recreation Committee has responsibility for the planning and operating of all Town buildings, parks and trails owned by the Town including the arena, pool, sports fields, tennis courts and other facilities and programs related to physical activities. 

Staff Contact: Joanne Henderson, Manager of Recreation and Culture

Child Care Committee

This committee shall oversee all municipal child care operations including its facilities.  Members ensure the continuing provision of quality child care programs to all children, and expand programs as appropriate.

Staff Contact: Tracey Friell, Manager of Child Care Services

Municipal Heritage Committee

The committee shall support the preservation or architecturally and historically significant buildings with the owner's cooperation, and support the continuing restoration of the Town Hall. Maintain a list of historically significant properties review and comment on any renovation projects proposed on properties on the above list.   

Committee Chair: Jennifer Irwin

Email: heritage@carletonplace.ca

Regular Meeting Time - Second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Carleton Place & Beckwith Museum

Environmental Advisory Committee 

The Carleton Place Environmental Advisory Committee provides environmental advice, recommendations and information to Council concerning all aspects of environmental issues related to public policies, programs and projects.

Committee Chair: Dena Comley cpeac@carletonplace.ca

Location - Carleton Place Public Library Boardroom

Agenda - April 2021


Anti-Idling - A Message from the Carleton Place Environmental Advisory Committee - Drivers in Carleton Place may have seen some new signs around town recently. That is because Carleton Place Town Council passed a new Anti-Idling By-law to help reduce unnecessary idling.

The idea behind the by-law is simple. If most Canadian drivers limited idling to three minutes a day, over the course of a year, 1.4 million fewer tonnes of CO2 emissions would go into the atmosphere. Fewer air pollutants would also be released.

Reducing idling would save money, as well. Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it, according to Natural Resources Canada.

Many drivers mistakenly believe it is more harmful to turn off their engine and re-start it than to idle. Studies have shown that restarting the engine numerous times has little impact on components like the battery and starter motor.

Many vehicle components will only warm up when the vehicle is moving. No more than 30 seconds of idling is needed, even on the coldest of days, to get the oil circulating through the engine.

We hope that everyone will do their part to reduce CO2 emissions, improve our air quality, and save money at the same time. Remember, idling gets you nowhere.

Municipal Drug Strategy Committee

To address alcohol and other drug problems through communication and collaboration across the four pillars of prevention, enforcement, harm reduction and treatment to meet the needs of the Town of Carleton Place.

Committee Chair: David Somppi

Urban Forest/River Corridor Advisory Committee 

This Committee provides Council with comments on river corridor activities and/or urban forest  and communicates with the Town Council/staff on proposed development and maintenance, which may affect the river corridor and/or urban forest within the Town.

Committee Chair: Jim McCready

Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Committee shall advise the Council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation of accessibility reports and such other matters for which the Council may seek its advice.

Committee Chair: Kory Earle

May 26th, 2022 - Agenda

Library Board

The Library Board is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the Library and to provide quality library service for all sectors of the community.

Regular Meeting Time – Third Wednesday of the month or as determined by the Committee

Staff Contact: Meriah Caswell, Manager of Library Services

Police Services Board

To ascertain that the Town and the Provincial Police work to secure the safety of the people and property of the Town in accordance with the Ontario Police Services Act, and the Town’s agreement with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). And to periodically evaluate the status of that policing, its management and to hold accountable the OPP management if the policing and its costs are not carried out within the financial limits of our agreement with them and the Towns financial resources.

Committee Chair: Toby Randell

January 16th, 2023 Agenda - Please note, documents under the information/correspondence are available upon request. Please email stuffin@carletonplace.ca