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150 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4J3

Phone: 519-575-4400
TTY: 519-575-4608

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Council Info

From the May 11, 2016 Regional Council meeting:

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. Watch the Regional Council webcast

Social Housing Electricity Efficiency Program

Council approved about $635,000 for the Social Housing Electricity Efficiency Program (SHEEP). This program is funded by the province and will improve electricity efficiency in about approximately 120 units community housing units in Waterloo Region. Work may include replacing electric heating systems, upgrading to LED lighting, increasing insulation and installing more efficient windows.

Social Development Program changes           

The Region's Social Development Program, which funds programs that alleviate the negative impacts of poverty, will be restructured to make them more efficient and effective. It includes the Community Outreach Program, Emergency Food Hamper Program and the Counselling Collaborative, as well as some smaller programs. A Request for Proposal process will determine the lead agency to administer community outreach programs. The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, as the lead for the Food Assistance Network, will now act as the lead agency to oversee the provision of food security services locally and a number of local counselling agencies will continue to provide ongoing counselling services.

Community Grants and Economic Development and Promotion Grants

Council approved the 2016 Grants to Community Organizations and 2016 Economic Development and Promotion Grants to the organizations receiving ongoing grants in 2015, at the same level as they received in 2015.  Effective January 1, 2017, these grants and their budgets will be transferred to related Regional departments.  All current ongoing grants will be grandfathered for 2016 and 2017 while they are reviewed. Any recommendations regarding the future of these grants will be considered by Regional Council in 2017.  No additions to the grants program have been made for a few years and no new applications will be accepted in 2016 and 2017.  A working group will report back to Administration and Finance Committee in fall on a proposed framework for a new Community Innovation Grants program and any other outstanding matters relating to grants.


Water Source Protection Incentive Program

Council approved the new Source Water Protection Incentive Program to manage risks to municipal drinking water sources as required under the Grand River Source Protection Plan (SPP). Areas closest to the water supply wells will be prioritized for implementation.  In addition, Council approved incentives to upgrade or decommission private non-farm water supply wells in wellhead protection areas to match funding available to farmers through the RWQP.



The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $4,296,216.38 to Bel-Air Excavating and Grading Ltd. for Manitou Drive improvements, Homer Watson Boulevard to Bleams Road in the city of Kitchener.
  • $642,548.00 to Enseicom Inc. for transit shelters.
  • $608,137.88 to INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc. for a three year term for the on-going support of software services.
  • $217,072 to GM BluePlan Engineering Ltd. to provide engineering services for a Class Environmental assessment and conceptual design for the creation of Cambridge Zone 1 West Pressure.
  • $163,266.00 to Veolia Water Technologies Canada Inc. for the supply of a cloth media filter system, at the Conestogo Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • $162,387 to Alan Fyfe Equipment Ltd. for one aerial truck.

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
7:00 p.m.

For further information, contact: 

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


Region of Waterloo Rain Barrel distribution

This Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until they last you can purchase a rain barrel for the price of $40 cash at Cambridge Town Centre, Fairview Park Mall and Conestoga Mall. Waterloo Residents only, proof of address, cash only, one barrel per person per household.

For further information, contact: 

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

Regional Clerk's Office, 519-575-4420