Regional Awards and Recognition
The Region of Waterloo provides more that 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing population of 550,000 people. We are committed to creating an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community through leadership and a wide range of innovative programs and services to the community in which we serve. The Region of Waterloo has been recognized as a leader by federal, provincial and professional organizations.
January 20, 2016
FCM recognizes Region of Waterloo for local leadership in green infrastructure
Ottawa, ON -- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is announcing the recipients of the 2016 Sustainable Communities Awards, showcasing the very best in local environmental practices. Canada's municipalities are recognized as consistent drivers of innovation, delivering local actions that lead to national results. Primary among them is reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Region of Waterloo was recognized in two categories:
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. Breithaupt Block Redevelopment Project
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. Climate Action Plan: Living Smarter in 2020*
Read the FCM full release here: http://bit.ly/1Qe93a1
July 10, 2014
Region of Waterloo a finalist for the 2014 Community Conservation Awards
Waterloo Region - Region of Waterloo is among nine finalist communities in this year's Community Conservation Awards, which focus on promoting province-wide energy conservation. The Region has been recognized for its commitment to energy-savings initiatives and is a finalist for the 2014 Community Conservation Awards. The awards are a collaborative effort supported by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA). Read the full release.
July 08, 2014
Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) ranked the 16th busiest Airport in Canada in 2013
Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo International Airport is now ranked the 16th busiest Airport in Canada according to Statistics Canada Annual Aircraft Movement Statistics Report for 2013. This report tracks aircraft movements (a take off or a landing) and is used by Transport Canada and NAV CANADA for measuring the workload of air traffic controllers, aircraft activity on air routes and runway utilization.
In 2013, a total of 106,808 aircraft movements where recorded at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, an increase of 3.2 per cent over 2012 - the busiest year in a decade. Airports of similar rank include: Abbotsford (ranked 14), Toronto's Billy Bishop (ranked 15) and Winnipeg's St. Andrews (ranked 17).
"In addition to being the 16th busiest airport in the country, the Region of Waterloo International Airport recently became the busiest general aviation airport in Ontario. Read the full release.
June 25, 2014
Regional Council receives national award for Community Building Strategy
Waterloo Region - Regional Council accepted a 2014 National Urban Design Award at tonight's meeting for the Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy.
The award from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, recognizes "individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have contributed to the quality of life in our Canadian cities and their sustainability." In 2014, projects in 12 communities across Canada were recognized.
Read the full release.
June 11, 2014
Winning Grand River Transit Advertising Campaign
Grand River Transit won this year's CUTA Corporate Leadership Award for Marketing and Communications for its imaginative 202 iXpress campaign.
The Get There Faster campaign launched in summer 2013 and featured a cheetah, superhero and race car driver taking the bus. It highlighted the GRT's latest express route, the 202 iXpress which transports riders from the Boardwalk to Conestoga Mall with fewer stops. The campaign was executed through social media, cinema spots, household mailers and print ads.
Each year, CUTA recognizes exceptional Canadian transit agencies and the work they do. Other categories include Environment, Innovation and Safety and Security.
The award was handed out at CUTA's Annual Conference in Gatineau, Quebec in early June. Watch the commercial.
May 7, 2014
Region of Waterloo wins gold, silver and award of excellence for GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Waterloo Region - Regional Council was presented with three GIS awards tonight for Best Web GIS, Best Public Sector GIS and for innovation in the field of GIS.
The gold and silver awards, presented by the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), recognized the Region's web applications and internal tools created to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Esri Canada gave the award of excellence for implementing 16 unique applications across the organization enhancing overall customer service. Read the full release here.
April 17, 2014
The Region's Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy Wins RAIC Award
The Region's Central Transit Corridor - Community Building Strategy has won an award from Canada's top architecture body, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.
The transit corridor strategy puts the region far ahead of other communities close to its size in the province. It combines urban design standards, transit and transportation planning and expected demand for property around Ion Light Rail Transit stations to envision a future where construction of strip malls and suburbs can be curbed in favour of high density development along the path of the Ion Light Rail Transit system. Read media coverage here.
April 1, 2014
Region of Waterloo Recognized for Implementing GIS Across Its Enterprise
16 unique applications launched over the last three years improve effectiveness and efficiency
LONDON, Esri Canada User Conference - April 1, 2014 - Esri Canada today presented the Region of Waterloo with an Award of Excellence for leveraging Esri technology to implement a GIS platform that improves collaboration within and across departments, makes staff more efficient and productive, and enhances customer service. By consolidating various organizational functions onto a centralized enterprise platform, the Region has made it possible to develop innovative mapping applications to support their strategic priorities.
Read Esri's full release here - http://esri.ca/en/content/region-waterloo-recognized-implementing-gis-across-its-enterprise#.dpuf
February 12, 2014
Region of Waterloo recognized as a GHG Reduction Champion!
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) today celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program by recognizing five more communities that have excelled in meeting the initiative's goal of raising awareness of climate change and taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The Region of Waterloo was one of five communities recognized. As a relatively new member to the PCP program, since April 2010, the Regional has worked hard to develop a comprehensive climate action strategy for Waterloo Region. In October 2013, the Region achieved milestones four and five for corporate operations -- a new record for completing the PCP milestone framework. The Region released its community-wide action plan shortly after, earning milestone three for the community in December 2013. As an upper-tier regional municipality, Waterloo's approach to reducing GHG emissions has emphasised collaboration and shared objectives by working closely with local municipalities as well as several community partners. The Region is relying on initiatives such as a new bus rapid transit and light rail transit service, a regional network of electric vehicle charging stations, and green bin organics diversion to reduce methane generated at the regional landfill to achieve a community-wide reduction target of six per cent below 2010 levels by 2020 (full release)
February 11, 2014
Moody's maintains Region's Aaa (Triple A) credit rating
Waterloo Region - Moody's Investors Service has rated the Region of Waterloo with the highest credit rating possible for the 14th year in a row. The Region's Aaa rating reflects sound and stable financial management, a low debt burden and consistency in achieving positive operating outcomes.
The Region of Waterloo's debt burden is low when compared to its Canadian peers. These low debt and debt servicing ratios illustrate the Region's successful fiscal track record and high degree of flexibility - two key characteristics supporting the Aaa rating. (full release)
January 16, 2014
Record passenger traffic for the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) in 2013
Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is proud to announce 2013 was another record-breaking year for passenger traffic. A total of 138,733 passengers travelled through the air terminal building which is a 15 per cent increase over 2012, which was also a record-breaking year.
"2013 was the busiest year ever at the Airport. We want to thank everyone who made the choice to support our airline partners American, Bearskin, Sunwing and WestJet and to fly from Waterloo Region," said Chris Wood, Airport General Manger, Region of Waterloo International Airport. "The airlines are seeing an increase in advance bookings and the use of one-stop connections to destinations throughout the United States, Canada and the world. We are confident that our passenger numbers will continue to grow in 2014, as we work with existing and new carriers to bring more air service options to our community." (full release)
December 11, 2013
The Region of Waterloo was recognized by the 2013 Ontario Concrete Awards for the Fairway Road Grand River Bridge. The award was presented in the structural design innovation category.
This annual competition focuses on the achievements of owners, designers, contractors and suppliers that have made concrete their construction material of choice.
The Fairway Road Bridge is the first new roadway bridge over the Grand River in at least 40 years. Built using more than 23,000 tonnes of concrete, the pre-stressed, post-tensioned concrete, cast-in-place segmental cantilever construction was chosen to avoid the need for piers and temporary supports in the Grand River. It is one of only a dozen bridges of its kind in Ontario and known for its durability. (full release)
June 26, 2013
The Region of Waterloo's "Touchpoints" commercial campaign has been awarded a Gold Quill Award of Excellence by the International Association of Business Communicators.
The six commercials, which highlight a variety of Regional programs and services, are currently being aired on CTV and social media. They originally aired in August/September 2012.
The commercials were produced by PrismaLight and feature staff members and their families.The Touchpoints commercials can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/OehMur.
January 30, 2013
Moody's Investors Service has rated the Region of Waterloo with the highest credit rating possible for the 13th year in a row.
The Region's Aaa rating reflects sound and stable financial management, a low debt burden and a strong liquidity position.
The Region of Waterloo's debt burden is low when compared to [its] Canadian peers. These low debt and debt servicing ratios illustrate the Region's successful fiscal track record and high degree of flexibility - two key characteristics supporting the Aaa rating. (full release)
October 02, 2012
Waterloo Region Museum receives (LEED®) Silver Certification
Waterloo Region - The Waterloo Region Museum has received a Canada Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver Standard designation for environment design in the museum building.
"Throughout the design and construction of the Waterloo Region Museum, a number of environmental features were incorporated into the building that maximizes environmental benefits," said Tom Reitz, Waterloo Region Museum General Manager and Curator. (full release)
August 21, 2012
Region of Waterloo and partners win the Peter J. Marshall innovation award
Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo along with York Region, the Cities of Brampton, Burlington and Hamilton, the Town of Oakville, and the London Transit Commission have jointly received the Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award at the 2012 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference in Ottawa. The award recognizes the Transit Inventory Management Services (TIMS) project - an initiative that involves multiple transit authorities consolidating their parts procurement through a single North American supplier. (full release)
June 06, 2012
Canadian Urban Institute names two Regional partners award winners
Waterloo Region -The Urban Leadership Awards program is an annual initiative of the Canadian Urban Institute designed to recognize those who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in Canada's cities and urban regions. This year, two out of a possible 11 Urban Leadership Awards have been awarded to Region of Waterloo partner projects for improving the quality of life in Canada's cities and urban regions and making our cities healthier, safer and more dynamic places to live and work. (full release)
March 07, 2012
Region of Waterloo recognized for leadership role in celebrating and protecting heritage
Waterloo Region -The Region of Waterloo will accept the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership at today's Regional Council meeting beginning at 3:15 p.m.
"The Region of Waterloo is honoured to receive the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership," said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. "The Region has had a long involvement and commitment to heritage conservation and promotion and we are dedicated to being good stewards of the Region's heritage resources and promoting the same in the broader community." (full release)
February 10, 2012
Ontario Parks Association presents Region of Waterloo
KITCHENER, ON - The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) presented the "Protecting Tomorrow Today®" award to the Region of Waterloo for its work to reduce salt used for winter de-icing of parking lots, roads and walkways. Salt can have long term effects on our environment, vegetation, and our waterways. The OPA motto "Protecting Tomorrow Today" is a commitment to civic beautification and the advancement, protection and conservation of parks, open spaces and the environment in the Province of Ontario. (full release)
January 18, 2012
Moody's maintains Region's Aaa credit rating
Waterloo Region - Moody's Investors Service has again rated the Region of Waterloo with the highest credit rating possible. The Region's Aaa rating reflects sound and stable financial management, a low debt burden and a strong liquidity position. The Region of Waterloo's debt burden is low when compared to [its] Canadian peers. These low debt and debt servicing ratios illustrate the regional municipality's high degree of fiscal flexibility and successful fiscal track record - two key characteristics supporting the Aaa rating." (full release)