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Council Info - September 20, 2017

Council Info is a summary of discussion and the major items presented at Council meetings. It is circulated immediately following each meeting. You are encouraged to quote from and copy this information. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Region wants resident feedback on 2018 budget

Council approved a public engagement strategy for the 2018 budget. This encourages citizens to share their ideas about which Regional services they value in the upcoming budget. Community members can attend a meeting or provide input online through starting Oct. 3, 2017. All feedback will help inform future investment in Regional services.

Council approves proceeding with cogeneration facilities funding application

As part of the Green Municipal Fund, Regional Council has directed staff to submit an application for funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for the Waterloo, Kitchener and Galt Cogeneration Facilities. FCM provides low-interest rate loans, in combination with grants to implement capital projects that will improve environmental performance in municipal, energy, transportation, waste, and water sectors. The cogeneration facilities at the Waterloo, Kitchener and Galt Wastewater Treatment Plants will use biogas produced in the treatment of biosolids for the production of electrical energy. Waste heat will also be recovered to provide heat required at some wastewater treatment processes and for heating buildings.

Ontario Works Service Plan

Council approved the 2017 - 2018 Ontario Works Service Plan. Ontario Works (OW) provides basic financial assistance and employment services to participants with the goals of sustainable employment and increased financial independence. The Province requires municipal service managers to submit an OW service plan every two years. The plan summarizes service delivery information including service targets and strategies.

Grants to community organizations approved

Grants will be awarded to a number of community organizations as the Region prepares to enter a new funding model in 2018. Moving forward, the following organizations will be supported by the Region through purchase of service agreements:

  • Food Bank of Waterloo Region (2017 Grant: $24,047)
  • Kaljas Homes (2017 Grant: $11,306)
  • Community Justice Initiatives (2017 Grant: $20,046)
  • Volunteer Action Centre (2017 Grant: $27,591)
  • Wilmot Family Resource Centre (2017 Grant: $15,122)
  • Woolwich Community Services (2017 Grant: $15,122)
  • K-W Multicultural Centre (2017 Grant: $16,396)

In addition, the following community organizations will be funded through grants:

  • Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program (2017 Grant: $2,733)
  • Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region (2017 Grant: $9,156)
  • Waterloo Region Block Parent Program (2017 Grant: $5,000)
  • Independent Living Centre (2017 Grant: $9,291)


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $2,444,983 to Bestco Construction Ltd. for the Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant - Centrate Holding Tank Expansion and Plant A Diffuser Replacement in the city of Cambridge.
  • $604,800 to Eileen Roofing Inc. for the Waterloo Regional Housing - Shingled Roof Replacements.

For more information, contact: 

Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420


Next meeting:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017