Regional Council: Making decisions that matter September 22, 2021

Posted on Wednesday September 22, 2021

The following is a summary of the decisions made at the Regional Council meeting on September 22, 2021. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Region to mark Truth and Reconciliation Day with support for Indigenous events, and learning opportunities for staff

The Region of Waterloo will commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 with support for Indigenous events and learning opportunities for staff. The Region will offer free access to Regional facilities to lead Indigenous cultural and ceremonial events, and a policy is being developed that will support access to these facilities for Indigenous events throughout the year. The Region will also provide staff with opportunities to take part in education, quiet reflection, and acts of reconciliation on September 30 to honour lives lost and learn about the experiences of survivors of the residential school system. The Region continues to work with municipal partners and Indigenous communities to move towards reconciliation and improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities in Waterloo Region.

Council approves pilot transit service for Breslau

People living and working in Breslau will have access to public transit in the spring, and residents across Waterloo Region will have the option of taking the bus to the Region of Waterloo International Airport when they travel. The eight-month pilot program will offer on-demand bus service nine hours a day to and from Breslau, Monday to Friday. On-demand transit has no fixed route, uses smaller vehicles and customers book their ride in advance. Breslau is a fast growing area, home to key destinations such as the airport, large employers, new subdivisions, and a future GO Transit station. The pilot is a partnership between Grand River Transit and Metrolix. 

Transit supportive strategy to facilitate affordable housing along ION route

Regional Council approved the 2021 supportive strategy for Cambridge that includes $775,000 to be used towards facilitating more affordable housing along the Stage 2 ION route. As part of the 2021 plan, Council also approved the purchase of nine long-term bicycle storage facilities at locations near the ION Bus/Stage 2 ION stations.

Region progresses on plan to add 96 affordable housing units in Cambridge

Regional Council has approved an architect for the redevelopment of a Waterloo Region Housing property in Cambridge that will create new affordable housing. The redevelopment of 581-595 Langs Drive will add 96 new units to the property, for a total of 134 affordable units. The new units will be a mix of sizes, bedrooms, and finishes to meet community and accessibility needs in Cambridge. IBI Group Architects will provide architectural and engineering services for the project.

Have your say in the Region of Waterloo’s plan and budget for 2022

Council is inviting residents to give feedback about Regional programs and services to help them decide how they’ll be funded in the budget for 2022. The budget is a plan for how money is spent on resident-centered services. These services help our community achieve its most important goals of a thriving economy, sustainable transportation, environment and climate action, healthy, safe and inclusive communities and responsive and engaging public service. Residents can have their say at www.EngageWR.ca/Budget2022 from Thursday, September 23 to Thursday, October 21. Community members are also invited to tune in or attend a Budget Committee meeting on Monday, November 1 or Monday, November 22.

Council submits high priority public transit projects for federal funding

The Region has submitted $90 million in high priority capital projects for funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) that work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainable transportation. Regional projects include the procurement of electric, hybrid, and articulated buses, the Northfield storage and maintenance facility, and cycling facilities at Highway 401. Projects that qualify for ICIP must improve capacity of public transit infrastructure, quality or safety of transit systems, or improve access to public transit.

 

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