Find out here if you live in Ward 2.

As your Ward 2 Councillor, I will be:

  • A full-time Councillor who will return your calls
  • Committed to making our parks clean
    and beautiful
  • A champion for a safe and fun downtown
  • An advocate for a better quality of life
    for you and your family
  • Accountable to you for every tax dollar
    we spend

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your candidate for Councillor in the upcoming Barrie Municipal election on October 22.

My engineering and business education have provided the foundation for my 28-year career with the City of Barrie, most recently serving as General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management. My academic credentials include a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

I care about the quality of life in our community.

I am knocking on doors now and I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks. I am excited to share my election platform with you and I would like to hear your concerns and issues.

Richard Forward's Signature

My Contributions to Building a Better Barrie

The heart of a community is its downtown. Our identity and history today were forged on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, as people settled in the downtown. My twenty-eight years of municipal experience in Barrie have provided me with the opportunity to help build a better Barrie through leadership roles on numerous projects and programs to enhance the downtown, to beautify the waterfront and public spaces, to address homelessness, to protect the environment and our drinking water, to enhance active transportation, and to manage tax dollars.

Committed to Public Service

I am dedicated to public service and strongly believe in giving back to my Community. I have had the privilege to use my education, experience, and skills over the years to help those less fortunate both at the local level and globally. I will continue to champion and promote a culture of helping others improve their quality of life.


“As past chair of the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) I have always appreciated Richard’s leadership and commitment to making our downtown vibrant and a great place to shop, dine and play.”

Janet Kemp

Owner, Janet Kemp Ladies Fashion and Past Chair, Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)

“Richard is highly regarded by the Barrie Professional Firefighters Association for his leadership and commitment to the safety of our Community.”

Kevin White

President of the Barrie Professional Firefighters Association

“A healthy and vibrant community exists when all its citizens have access to the basics in life such as shelter, food and education and use those resources to lead productive lives. Richard Forward’s commitment to affordable housing and addressing the urgent and critical needs of the homeless is well known and respected and I know from experience when he says he will commit to doing something, it will get done.”

Tom Coon

Past Chair, Barrie Pathways to End Homelessness and Retired President & CEO of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

“, an international disaster relief organization, has responded 191 times to over 67 countries. Richard Forward is a volunteer with our organization and has deployed on multiple missions to bring safe drinking water and humanitarian aid to the world including missions to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, Iraq, Philippines, Ukraine, and Haiti. Richards leadership skills and water knowledge is invaluable to our organization in providing aid around the world.”

Rahul Singh, Order of Ontario

Founder of the David McAnthony Gibson Foundation (DMGF) and GlobalMedic

“In my experience, Richard has always been one of the 'forward' thinkers on City staff.  A thorough researcher, and one who has always had the 'best for Barrie' as his priority – whether it be for engineering infrastructure, or arts and culture.”

Marshall Green

Local lawyer and community volunteer

“Working with communities around the world, I preach the power of tireless champions who are always working to make their communities a better place to live, invest in, and visit - even when it’s not the easy choice and while taking hits along the way. Richard is one of those champions that I wish all cities had - and that many cities say they wish they had!”

Roger Brooks

Author, speaker, destination expert

How can we move Ward 2
Forward together?

Understanding the issues that matter to the constituents of Ward 2 is of the greatest importance to me. Share your concerns and let’s start a dialogue around change.

For information, call 705-229-6142,
use the contact form, or
send Richard an email.