Committees of Council

Environment and Energy Innovation Committee

The purpose of the Township's Environment and Energy Innovation Committee is:

  1. To provide leadership within the community in environment and energy conservation.
  2. To protect and enhance our natural environment and to educate our residents on innovative ideas that are available to make our community more energy efficient.
  3. To support the goals of Future Oxford and the County of Oxford's goal to be zero waste by 2025 and 100% renewalbe by 2050. 

Environment and Energy Innovation Committee meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal Office in the Council Chambers. All Committee meetings are open to the public. View upcoming meeting dates, agendas and meeting minutes below. 

Engage and Inform Committee

The purpose of the Township's Engage and Inform Committee is to create a community where everyone feels a sense of belonging and actively engages in the community. Key themes of the Committee which direct their work include:

  1. Social Responsibility 
  2. Communication
  3. Active Living
  4. Safety and Security 

The Engage and Inform Committee meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office in the Council Chambers. Committee meetings are open to the public. View upcoming meeting dates, agendas and meeting minutes below. 

SWOX Zero Waste Facilities Committee

The purpose of the Zero Waste SWOX Facilities Committee is to review and provide advice and recommendations to Council, staff, hall and park committees, user groups and residents on the Township’s transition to zero waste facilities.

As stated in the Oxford County Zero Waste Plan and according to a 2006 Natural Resources report, “every year approximately $1 billion worth of recoverable materials are lost to landfills across Canada.” In addition to resource and energy losses, significant benefits to Oxford’s environment and economy can be found through better management of resources.

The Committee's responsiblities include:

  • The purpose of the Zero Waste SWOX Facilities Committee is to make recommendations to Council to define “zero waste” for Township facilities;
  • To conduct a baseline of outputs from Township facilities to see where the Township is currently, and report to Council following the implementation of zero waste to show progress and success of transitioning to zero waste;
  • To facilitate the Township’s transition to zero waste as defined by the Committee;
  • To develop a communications plan to residents and users of Township halls, parks and facilities regarding the Township’s transition to zero waste
  • To explore the options and associated costs that will be a result of the Township’s transition to zero waste;
  • To explore the various methods and options available for dealing with waste generated within Township facilities;
  • To periodically report to Council on the status and outcomes of the Township’s transition to Zero Waste until the end of the current term of Council.

SWOX Housing Opportunities Committee

The purpose of the SWOX Housing Opportunities Committee is to make recommendations to Township staff and Council with respect to addressing attainable housing needs and initiatives within the community, including any recommendations during Township budget deliberations with respect to housing initiatives and/or proposed capital expenditures. The Committee is tasked to seek opportunities to work with the County of Oxford in their 100% housed commitment.

The Committee's responsiblities include the following:

  • Assist the Township and provide recommendation on taking a leadership role with respect to the consideration of various housing options within the Township and the County of Oxford;
  • The SWOX Housing Opportunities Committee acts as a resource, information gathering and advisory body to Township Council on housing needs within the community;
  • Monitor and obtain information on the local housing market and identify trends and emerging housing needs in the community and recommend action where appropriate;
  • Provide advice and make recommendations regarding affordable housing initiatives and priorities within the community;
  • Explore options for facilitating outside partnerships/involvement for new housing;
  • The committee will not be directly involved in providing social housing within the community (this is an upper tier responsibility). However, may consider facilitating discussion in this regard should the opportunity arise with available land or interest from developers.

2020 Committee Agendas and Minutes

Committee / Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
Environment and Energy Innovation Committee - December 4th, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Engage and Inform Committee - December 4th, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Environment and Energy Innovation Committee - January 8th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Engage and Inform Committee - January 13th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Environment and Energy Innovation Committee - February 5th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Engage and Inform Committee - February 5th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Environment and Energy Innovation Committee - March 4th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Engage and Inform Committee - March 4th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Environment and Energy Innovation Committee - June 3rd, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Engage and Inform Committee - June 3rd, 2020 Agenda Minutes
SWOX Housing Opportunities Committee - June 26th, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Environment and Energy Innovation Committee - July 2nd, 2020 Agenda Minutes
Engage and Inform Committee - July 2nd, 2020 Agenda Minutes
SWOX Housing Opportunities Committee - July 14th, 2020 Agenda Minutes

Committee of Council Volunteer Application Form

Currently accepting applications for:

  • Township’s Environment and Energy Innovation Committee
  • Engage and Inform Committee

The Township of South-West Oxford is committee to creating a sense of well-being, belonging and active engagement in our community. This applicaiotn forms provide the opportunity for you to express your interest in volunteering on one of the Township's Committees of Council. 

Applicants will be contacted using the method indicated on the application form. We appreciate all applications, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk at 519-877-2702 / 519-485-0477 ext. 7023.

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