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Council Info

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.

Oct. 19, 2016

Council approves infrastructure projects to receive funding

Council approved a list of projects to be funded by the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) - Phase One. The Region was allocated up to $34.9M to spend on eligible projects. Transit projects chosen include:

  • Fairview Park Mall Transit Terminal
  • University of Waterloo Transit Plaza
  • Northfield Drive Transit Facility
  • Transit vehicle replacements.

Funding through the PTIF will now ensure that these projects will proceed.

Transit safety plan approved ahead of ION launch

With the launch of ION, significant changes to transit security monitoring, deployment and a Proof of Payment Fare strategy on ION trains is required. Regional Council has approved a plan to ensure overall safety and security in the transit system as well as deter fare evasion. The plan also includes plans for a public awareness campaign of the new proof of payment fare program.  

Council approves Paramedic Services Master Plan

Council approved in principle the Paramedic Services Master Plan, subject to budget approval. Council also approved "unit utilization" targets that will help achieve ambulance response time targets. The Region will ask the Minister of Health to:

  • improve triage software;
  • fund in-vehicle data terminals;
  • support efforts to consolidate 911 Police, Fire and Ambulance communications with the Region of Waterloo;
  • provide ongoing funding to offset hospital offload delays, and
  • explore funding for a Community Paramedicine program in conjunction with community healthcare partners.

Region gives input on National Housing Strategy

Council approved the Region's input to the proposed National Housing Strategy. The Region's position is that federal and provincial levels of government should:

  • Provide adequate, regular, long-term capital for new affordable housing units that will assist municipalities and housing providers with long-term planning and building capacity. 
  • Provide funding for the repair and maintenance of our existing housing stock.
  • Provide funding that is less prescriptive to allow those administering housing and homelessness programs the flexibility to meet local needs.
  • Provide sustainable supportive housing funding and a clear vision for ending homelessness in Canada.  

A National Housing Strategy should address the full range of housing. In addition to helping preserve existing affordable rental housing, it should also stimulate new rental housing construction in the private market.


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $4,084,064 to the House of Friendship's Community Outreach Program beginning January 1, 2017.
  • $780,567 (which includes an increase of $189,000) to Conestoga Rovers & Associates for compliance monitoring and annual reporting at the Waterloo Waste Management site.
  • $368,798 to Frank Cowan Company Limited for the 2016/17 General Insurance Program for Waterloo Region Housing (plus Housing Services Corporation fee and all applicable taxes).
  • $326,000 to Tri County Equipment and Repair for the factory certified rebuild of an Al-Jon Compactor.
  •  $307,900 to MTE Consultants Inc. to provide engineering consulting services for the detailed design, inspection and contract administration services associated with the Fairway Road North Widening from Lackner Boulevard to Pebble Creek Drive/Upper Mercer Street. 

Next Council meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
7 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408

Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420