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 Council Info - October 11, 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.

Home For Good Funding Approved

In May 2017 Region Housing Services submitted a proposal to the Ontario Ministry of Housing for funding under a new initiative called Home For Good (HFG) that was designed to further the Province's goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025. The Region's proposal was successful. This additional funding will provide support services and rent assistance to people who are experiencing chronic homelessness. Regional Council has authorized the increase of the 2017 Operating Budget for Housing Services by $116,625, with no increase in costs to the Regional levy and authorizes that the Commissioner of Community Service execute agreements and documentation to advance funding for the program. One additional full-time Housing Services staff will be hired within Housing Services to support the program planning and delivery and will be funded through Provincial revenue.


Council approves King Victoria Transit Hub Partners Inc. for transit hub Request for Proposal

The King Victoria Transit Hub Partners Inc. (a consortium of three companies) successfully responded to the Region's Request for Qualifications call for building the new transit hub at King and Victoria Streets, and has qualified to participate in the Request for Proposal process. Connecting people to work, retail and living space through ION light rail transit, Grand River transit, expanded GO train and bus service, VIA Rail and Greyhound, the transit hub will be accessible by bike, foot, and vehicle. The project directly connects the region to the Toronto-Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor. The King Victoria Transit Hub Partners Inc. is made up of Perimeter Development Corp., EllisDon Capital Inc. and the Kilmer Group.

Recommended Route for Iron Horse Trail to Future Transit Hub selected

Regional Council has endorsed a recommended route for the Iron Horse Trail connection to the Future Transit Hub at King and Victoria Streets in Kitchener. After public input and consultations, the project team which consisted of Regional and City of Kitchener staff as well as consultants recommended the Hybrid 2-3 route alternative. Aspects of this option include a multi-use trail which is entirely off-road, does not involve a railway crossing or impacts on railway operations and could be implemented in the short and mid-term and by the time the Transit Hub is operating. This option also promotes the use of the trail as long sections go through Raddatz and Cherry Parks.    
Detailed design and interim implementation will proceed for the Hybrid 2-3 Alternative pending property acquisition.


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $1,998,031.00 to CH2M HILL Canada Limited for the detailed design and services during construction for the Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades in Cambridge.
  • $1,480,042.66 to Thomson Technology Power Systems for the supply of equipment for the Galt Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cambridge.
  • $380,296.00 to Frank Cowan Company Limited for the 2018/18 General Insurance Program for Waterloo Region Housing.
  • $123,894.50 to IBI Group Professional Services (Canada) Inc. to provide engineering consulting services for detailed design review, tendering, contract administration and construction inspection services for Weber Street Reconstruction from Queen Street to Borden Avenue in the City of Kitchener.

For more information, contact:

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

Council Info is also online.


For more information, contact: 

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


Next meeting:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017