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Public Health offices will be open until 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Offices are closed from Christmas Day until New Year’s Day.

All offices open again on Monday, January 4, 2016. 

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Water samples

You can drop off water samples until Tuesday, December 22.

Regular hours and testing services resume on Monday, January 4. See our well water testing schedule for details.

Breastfeeding clinics

Drop-in breastfeeding clinics are running on December 24 and 30 in Guelph and Orangeville.

More information is available on the Breastfeeding Clinics page.

Physicians – vaccine distribution

  • Vaccine orders faxed to Public Health by December 17 will be ready for delivery or pick-up on December 23.
  • Vaccine orders placed by December 31 will be ready for delivery or pick-up on Thursday, January 7.
  • The regular vaccine distribution schedule will resume the week of January 11.
  • See the December 8 Advisory on Vaccine Distribution During the Holidays (PDF)

City of Guelph residents will have an opportunity this month to provide input into the development of a new animal control bylaw.

With the assistance of the Animal Control Bylaw Working Group (ACWG), the City is reviewing and consolidating its four animal control bylaws to make sure they meet the community’s needs for regulating poultry, and domestic and exotic animals in Guelph. The ACWG is proposing a number of bylaw recommendations including expanding animal licensing to include other animals (e.g. cats, reptiles, poultry), prohibiting all animals from running at large, and introducing limits on the number of dogs and cats for each household.

Four meetings will be held between November 19 and 26 at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, to give members of the public a chance to learn more about the review, ask questions, and to tell City staff what they think about the proposed bylaw recommendations.

At each interactive session, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Animal licensing
  • Animals in public spaces
  • Exotic animals
  • Limits on animals

Animal Control Bylaw Review Public meetings

November 19
9:30 a.m. to noon

November 24
9:30 a.m. to noon
6:00p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

November 26
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

As space is limited, advance registration is required. Register at

In addition to the public meetings, an online survey will be available on November 27 at The survey closes December 31 at 11:59 p.m.

All feedback received during the community engagement process will help the City of Guelph create a final draft bylaw for Council’s consideration in 2016.

Do you offer childcare/daycare from your home? Are you unlicensed (not contracted by the county)? If so, your feedback will help us shape future resources.

Please take our short, 5-minute survey. You could win a $100 grocery, coffee, or gas gift card for completing it!

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Start the survey.


Our offices and clinics will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 for the Remembrance Day holiday. Regular services resume Thursday, November 12, 2015.