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Council Info - March 22, 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.

Emergency shelter program aims to end and prevent homelessness

Regional Council approved a framework that will see Region-funded shelters come together as one coordinated system. Their focus will be helping to prevent shelter stays if there are better housing options available, and helping those in shelter find housing as quickly as possible. Under the new framework, people who enter a shelter will be helped to develop a housing plan within the first 48 hours of their stay. If they leave and later enter another shelter, the housing plan will follow them. This means people won't have to tell their stories multiple times. If they need more support to find and keep their housing, they will be seamlessly connected to a worker that can help them do that.

TravelWise Program extended

Council approved the TravelWise program for another year. TravelWise is a public-private initiative that encourages employees to take transit, cycle, walk, and carpool to work. Participating workplaces pay a membership fee to the Region for employee access to online carpool matching software, discounted transit passes, emergency ride home reimbursement, and other tools and services. Regional Council also supports, in principle, TravelWise's collective drive-alone reduction goal of five per cent below 2015 levels by 2020.  

University U-Pass cards to be used with electronic fareboxes
The Region will enter into agreements with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University to allow the electronic validation of U-Passes for Grand River Transit Services. This will allow students to use their student IDs (U-Passes) with the Region's new electronic fare system. This will reduce passenger boarding times and allow the Region to add or remove ID cards as student enrollment status changes.

Public Health gives feedback on Ministry standards

Region of Waterloo Public Health will provide the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care with feedback on their draft standards for public health programs and services. These standards are meant to build stronger integration between public health units and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Staff have noted that the draft standards may increase resource requirements in the areas of:

  • LHIN-related work;
  • annual service plan submissions;
  • visual screening services; and
  • engaging with Indigenous populations.

The Ministry has stated that any changes will be revenue neutral. There is not enough detail related to program changes for the Region of Waterloo to fully understand program impacts at this time.


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $25,344,374 to Motorola Solutions for the supply, installation and maintenance (15 years) of a voice radio system. The Regional Voice Radio System provides reliable, public-safety grade, two-way voice radio communications for Waterloo Regional Police Service, municipal fire departments, Region of Waterloo departments and various area municipal operations departments. It serces as the primary link between 911 dispatch and Police and Fire personnel.
  • $11,573,000 plus taxes to Coco Paving Inc. for rural road resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation at various locations in the townships including North Dumfries and Wilmot.
  • $6,548,041.43 plus taxes to Capital Paving Inc. for reconstruction of Regional Road 4 (Ottawa Street) from Imperial Drive to Alpine Road, Kitchener.
  • $5,327,487 plus taxes to New Flyer Bus Industries Canada ULC for nine ION branded buses.
  • $4,862,500 plus taxes to Steed and Evans Limited for improvements to Sawmill Road and Northfield Drive, Conestogo.
  • $282,815 plus taxes to Overland Custom Coach (2007) Inc. for three wheelchair accessible mini buses for Grand River Transit MobilitiyPLUS.
  • $204,826 plus taxes to Demers Ambulance Inc. for two Type III Ambulances.
  • $217,368 plus taxes to Guild Electric Ltd. for pavement markings applications.

For more information, contact:

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

Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420


Next meeting:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017