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Council Info - June 28, 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.

Child care subsidy, special needs resourcing and infant spaces approved

Council approved Provincial funding to increase access to new child care spaces, child care subsidy and special needs resourcing for a total of $6,143,072. Included in this approval is three additional spaces for infants and one additional full-time teacher at the Elmira Children's Centre.

Progress report for Housing and Homelessness Plan

Council approved a progress report for the 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan 2016/2017. Local planning, service delivery, and quality assurance practices in the areas of housing and homelessness have been in place for more than a decade. However, the pace of change has intensified over the last number of years to accommodate shifts in policy and calls for system improvements at the federal, provincial, and local levels. The Region's progress report highlights key policy directions that are shaping our priorities related to the implementation of the local 10 Year Plan.

New all-way stop in Wilmot Township

Regional Council approved an all-way stop at the intersection of Waterloo Street and Huron Street in the Township of Wilmot. This decision was based on the Region's traffic and collision analysis and public consultation.

Two intersections approved for Region's all-way stop pilot project

The intersections of Erb's and Sandhill Roads and Queen Street and Huron Road will be converted to all-way stops as a pilot project. Although these intersections would not normally meet Region's requirements, the intersections will be monitored annually for collisions to confirm the benefits of all-way stop control, strictly from a safety perspective. It is anticipated that collisions at these locations will be reduced by 70 per cent based on past Regional studies.

Supports for people impacted by opioids

Council approved the addition of 2.5 full time equivalent staff to expand supports for people impacted by opioid addiction and overdose. Recently, the Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care announced new measures to be implemented to address the current opioid situation in the province. The province is providing funding for every board of health in Ontario to hire more front-line workers, such as addiction outreach workers and nurses, to help municipalities expand supports for people impacted by opioid addiction and overdose. This will allow communities to improve addiction outreach, education and planning while working on early warning and surveillance of opioid overdoses.

Legal aid funding for immigration and refugee law services

The Region of Waterloo will ask the Federal and Provincial Governments to provide adequate funding to Legal Aid Ontario to avoid cuts to its immigration and refugee law services. Legal Aid Ontario has announced its intention to cut 40 per cent of all refugee and immigration law services beginning July 1, 2017 due to budget constraints. Waterloo Region is a resettlement community for many immigrants and refugees. It is also a hub for refugee claimants who have arrived in this community seeking Canada's protection. Over 22 per cent of the population is immigrants and refugees. Each year around 100 refugee claimants arrive in Waterloo Region. There are currently around 1,000 claimants whose cases are pending in Waterloo Region. Those vulnerable residents will be directly impacted by the proposed cut to the immigration and refugee law program.

MobilityPLUS business plan approved

Council approved the MobilityPLUS Business Plan for 2017 to 2021. The plan is based on a review of existing specialized transit services and includes a comparison to service levels provided in similarly-sized municipalities. Community consultation helped determine the future direction for specialized transit service delivery in Waterloo Region. The plan's vision, "Universal access, where customers matter and independence is valued," includes a focus on access to appropriate mobility options that meet the travel needs of the customer, while remaining effective and efficient to ensure maximum service availability to all customers. The full plan is available at www.grt.ca.

2018 Regional budget schedule

Council approved the schedule of the 2018 Regional budget. The budget will be approved by mid-December, prior to the start of the fiscal year. 

  • Budget Committee Overview - October 24, 2017
  • Budget Committee detailed review day 1 - November 22, 2017
  • Public input - November 22, 2017
  • Public input - December 5, 2017
  • Budget Committee detailed review day 2 - December 13
  • Budget approval - December 13, 2017

The benefits of earlier budget approval include: Capital project tenders can be issued earlier and may result in more favourable pricing; fees and charges can come into effect earlier; it is a more efficient use of Council and staff time; maintains budget process continuity; and good optics of approving a budget before the fiscal year starts.

Tenders/Contracts:

The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $2,292,017.17 to Capital Paving Inc. for miscellaneous roadwork at various regional locations; $110, 55114 for roads rehabilitation; and $114,368.74 for an increase in project cost for Bridge Street multi-use trail construction.
  • $1,685,595.80 to Network Sewer and Watermain Ltd. for Waterloo landfill leachate forcemains (leachate control).
  • $1,350,652 to BGL Contractors Corp. for disinfection upgrades at Cambridge well houses.
  • $1,170,771 to Ball Construction Ltd. for bus pads and shelters at various locations throughout Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo.
  • $595,930 to Associated Engineering (Ont.) Ltd. to provide engineering consulting services for preliminary design, detailed design, contract administration and construction inspection services for King Street East,  Highway 401 westbound off-ramp terminus to Freeport bridge and Sportsworld Drive, King Street East to Gateway Park Drive.
  • $285,000 to WSP Canada Inc. to provide planning and engineering services for a feasibility study, preliminary design, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation for the Separated Cycling Network Pilot Project. 

 For more information, contact:


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

Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420

 

Next meeting:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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