The Municipality has several advisory committees and has a general policy to establish the framework those committees are to work in. 

It is the policy of the Municipality to govern the procedure of Council Committees relating to administration and reporting through the system to Council.


The Municipality of Bluewater has been involved with the Provincial Communities in Bloom Program every year since 2010.

Blooms ratings awarded were: Five Blooms (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and Four Blooms (2010, 2011 and 2012).

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion and value of green spaces in urban settings. The program consists of communities receiving information and being evaluated either provincially or nationally by a volunteer jury of trained professionals on the accomplishments of their entire community (municipal, private, corporate and institutional sectors, citizens) on eight key criteria.

“People, plants and pride… growing together”

The Communities in Bloom Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month. Please click here to view agendas, minutes and the calendar.

Citizens may join the Committee to assist with planning evaluations. A green thumb is an asset but not a requirement. Please apply  to join the committee using this form.

Inquiries may be forwarded to the Secretary, Lacey Vander Burgt at 519-236-4351 ext 238 or 

2018 Meeting Minutes

2017 Meeting Minutes

2016 Meeting Minutes

2016 Community Profile Book



Under Section 28 of the Ontario Heritage Act, Council is authorized to establish, through by-law, one Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee that is made up of five or more people.

Under the Act, Council is also empowered to:

  • Designate individual property and designate districts or areas;
  • Issue or refuse permits to alter or demolish a designated property;
  • Repeal designation by-laws;
  • Purchase or lease individually designated Property;
  • Expropriate designated property;
  • Provide grants and loans to designated property owners;
  • Enter into easements and covenants with property owners;
  • Institute a prosecution for failure to comply with a designation by-law.

The Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee is representative of the community and, as such, is recognized as the legitimate vehicle for co-ordinating and conveying community concerns. The Committee plays an important role by enabling the community to participate more directly in the decision-making process.

Committee Mandate and Terms of Reference

In general, the role of the Committee is a dual responsibility:

  • To the Municipality - to advise council on heritage issues as defined by the statutory requirements of the Ontario Heritage Act as noted above and the requirements set out in the Heritage Section of the Official Plan as well as other assigned duties as defined by Council;
  • To the citizens - to help ensure that plans for change and progress are developed in a manner that recognizes the historical continuity of the community.

The Heritage Advisory Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month. The mandate is to promote the preservation and maintenance of architectural and/or historic buildings, cultural landscapes and natural heritage features. All meetings are open to the public.  Please click here to view agendas, minutes and the calendar.

Citizens interested in joining the Committee may apply using this form. More information may be obtained from Secretary Nellie Evans at 519-236-4351 ext 236 or   

The Municipalities of Bluewater and Goderich were proud hosts of the Ontario Heritage Conference from May 30 to June 1, 2019. 

Committee Meeting Minutes

Registry of Bluewater Heritage Properties

Heritage Approval application form

Heritage Plaque Information, Criteria and Application Form

Bayfield Heritage Conservation District Plan


The mandate of the committee is to ensure that Bluewater’s agriculture and rural interests are taken into account in the decisions and actions of Council and staff. The Committee will not have decision-making authority, but will make recommendations to Council on issues pertaining to agriculture, agri-business, rural affairs, and rural economic development. The Committee will also adopt the "Rural Lens" framework to bring focus to the potential impacts of proposed policies, decisions, and actions.

To view the Committee Terms of Reference, please click on the following link:  Terms Of Reference

The Agriculture & Rural Affairs Advisory Committee  meets periodically.  Please click here  to find scheduled meetings on the calendar.

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes