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Council Info - December 13, 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.

New home-based support program 

Council approved the framework outlining new policy direction for a Portable Home-Based Support Program for people who have transitioned from homelessness to housing and have complex support needs. This new approach is supported by research and learning from successful housing initiatives across North America. It will be supported by new provincial Home for Good funding which aims to end chronic homelessness in Ontario by 2025.

Council approves Community Innovation Grant (CIG)

A $25,000 grant will be awarded to the Mennonite Central Committee in partnership with Stirling Mennonite Church to implement the Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise in Waterloo Region. The CIG provides one-time grants to not-for-profit community organizations, partnerships or groups doing innovative projects that could lead to sustainable solutions to existing and emerging needs. The Raw Carrot Soup Enterprise is a social enterprise that provides meaningful, part-time employment for people with disabilities and barriers to employment.  Most often the individuals hired are on either Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  The Enterprise will prepare soup in a commercial kitchen and sell the soup in the community.  The grant will support the program during its start-up phase.

Region forwards input to Metrolinx Draft Regional Transportation Plan

Regional Council has approved forwarding its formal comments to be included in the Metrolinx Draft Regional Transportation Plan. Although Metrolinx's plan focuses mainly on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area which does not include Waterloo Region, the Region has provided input on fare integration, the freight by-pass line, provision of GO train service to Cambridge, all day, two-way GO service to Kitchener station, a link to the Waterloo International Airport, HOV lanes, marketing of service to Waterloo Region, the alignment of Metrolinx/Go Transit/Growth Plan planning areas, and the need for a funding mechanism for capital projects.

Sign by-law amendments considered

The Region is proposing some amendments to the existing Sign By-law enacted in 2010.  The purpose of the By-law is to regulate the placement of signs on Regional roads and road allowances in order to enhance public safety and to reduce the spread of signs in the road allowances that can cause safety concerns and visual blight.  Some of the suggested changes to the by-law will enhance road safety, reduce sign clutter, provide clarification and address concerns and complaints raised by the public. The proposed changes will be brought forward to a future Council meeting following notice to the general public.

New PATHS framework coordinates access to housing support

Council approved the new Prioritized Access to Housing Support (PATHS) framework. PATHS outlines how access to housing support is coordinated for people experiencing homelessness who have a greater depth of need related to finding and keeping a home. The new PATHS process will be supported by new provincial Home for Good funding which aims to end chronic homelessness in Ontario by 2025.

Provincial income security report

The Region will support a provincial income security report that advocates for sweeping changes to Ontario's income security system over the next 10 years. The changes would transform the system into one that provides equitable access to a system that provides adequate financial assistance and promotes economic and social inclusion. The report outlines a series of immediate actions and reforms that can be grouped into the following focus areas:

  • Achieving income adequacy
  • Engaging the whole income security system
  • Transforming social assistance
  • Helping those in deepest poverty


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $890,741.90 plus taxes to Toshiba of Canada Limited for supply, installation and service of multifunctional digital printers for a sixty (60) month contract.
  • $764,994.00 which represents a contract increase with GM BluePlan Engineering Ltd. for asset management system implementation.
  • $422,847.45 to CBM N.A. Inc. for miscellaneous bus parts for a three-year period with option to renew.
  • $268,730 plus taxes to Sona Constructors Inc. for decommissioning of the diesel pump building at the Waterloo landfill.

For more information, contact:

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

Council Info is also online.

Next meeting:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018