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 Council Info - November 1, 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.

Rain barrel distribution programs continues in 2018

The Region of Waterloo has been delivering several water conservation and efficiency programs since 1974. The Outdoor Water Conservation Program saves an average of 400 million litres of water per year. The Rain Barrel distribution program continues to be popular in Waterloo Region. In 2017, Water Services sold 2,400 (200 litre) rain barrels in one day. In 2018, Regional Council has approved the sale of an additional 2,400 rain barrels at a subsidized cost of $40 per barrel. 

Public art projects selected for ION LRT

Council approved the final designs and budgets for three additional public art projects that will be incorporated along the ION LRT corridor:

  • The Passenger by Brandon Vickerd as part of the Research and Technology Stop Improvements;
  • Arras by Lauren Judge and Elana Chand as part of the Fairway Transit Driver's Facility; and
  • Fabric of Place by Lilly Otasevic as a pedestrian area enhancement at the Albert McCormick Community Centre crossing

The initial selection of these artworks, along with the seven public artworks to be incorporated at ION LRT stops, was approved by Regional Council in February 2017.

Ontario Works discretionary benefits budget

The Region will offer Ontario Works Discretionary Benefits (OWDB) services in a variety of locations in closer proximity to participants which will allow a reallocation of $100,000 from bus tickets to other OWDB expenditures. The Region is also discontinuing OWDB funding for furniture and appliance repairs and purchases. OWDB includes a range of benefits that contribute to quality of life for participants (e.g. dental services and eyeglasses).

Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres

Council approved service agreements with KW YMCA, Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre and Cambridge Family Early Years Centre for the ongoing provision of early years services. The Region now has the new role of Consolidated Municipal Service Manager of these early years centres. The delivery of these services is moving from a shared service model to a single-lead agency model.

Regional staff respond to expert panel on public health

Region of Waterloo Public Health will respond to an Expert Panel report regarding possible Public Health restructuring. Regional staff believe Waterloo Region has been, and continues to be well-served by the current integrated approach to public health delivery. The Region does not support the recommendations of the Expert Panel as there is no evidence to suggest the recommendations would improve public health delivery or population health in Waterloo Region. Removing public health from the current integrated municipal structure locally has the potential to weaken the role of public health in our community and undo much of the good work that has been done.


The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $1,745,000 to Kemira Water Solutions Canada Inc. for Polyaluminum Chloride for Mannheim Water Treatment Plant for a period of five years starting Jan. 1, 2018
  • $874,800 to GE Water & Process Technologies Canada for the supply of Membrane Thickening Equipment for the Hespeler Wastewater Treatment Plant in the City of Cambridge
  • $562,982.59 to Strongco Corporation for the purchase of a Volvo L150 Loader.


For more information, contact: 

Bryan Stortz, Director, Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408
Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4400


Next meeting:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017