Regional Council: Making Decisions that Matter – March 23, 2022

Posted on Wednesday March 23, 2022

Members of Regional Council

 

With input from the community, Regional Council sets the direction for the Region as an organization and makes decisions that affect Waterloo Region residents every day. Here is a summary of the major decisions made by Council on March 23, 2022. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting. 

Council takes action to eradicate Islamophobia in Waterloo Region

Regional Council is working on a regional approach with area municipalities focused on recommendations from the Coalition of Muslim Women to help eradicate Islamophobia. Among the recommendations, the Region is recognizing January 29 as the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia, delivering anti-Islamophobia training to Regional staff, and funding the Coalition of Muslim Women’s Hate or Discrimination Reporting and Support Program. This work is part of the Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, created with the community to build a safe and well community for all. See the full list of actions to address Islamophobia.

Province studies how to improve inter-regional transit in Waterloo Region

The Region is participating in a provincially-funded study that explores how transit can be improved for residents between Waterloo Region and other regions. The study includes looking at bus connections between Waterloo Region and Guelph, which would help build ridership to support future two-way all-day GO Train service that promotes sustainable transportation and a thriving economy. Regional Council continues to advocate for two-way all-day GO to provide more train service and shorter travel times for residents who commute along the Toronto-Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor. A report will go to Council once the study is complete later this year.

Region awaits funding for electric GRT buses

With funding from the Government of Canada and Ontario, the Region intends to purchase 11 electric buses and charging equipment to provide the community an energy-friendly transportation service that promotes sustainable transportation, environment and climate action and a thriving economy. The Region is expecting a response about its funding request this spring, and if received, the GRT buses will carry passengers in fall of 2023. The electric bus pilot project supports Regional Council’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Region seeks public input for proposed roundabout at Fischer-Hallman Road and New Dundee Road

The Region is looking for feedback from residents about a proposed roundabout at Fischer-Hallman Road and New Dundee Road in North Dumfries to improve public safety. A roundabout is expected to reduce serious collisions and fatalities, improve traffic flow and generate lower green house gas emissions than a traffic signal. Public feedback will be shared as part of a report for Council approval in fall 2022. Have your say about the proposed roundabout until April 8.

Region makes progress on its Strategic Plan by achieving the community’s goals in 2021

Guided by the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, the Region achieved many of its 2021 Business Plan goals that help to build a world-class community. This work was a collaboration between the Region, community partners and residents.

Accomplishments include:

  • Record-breaking passenger growth at Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), with 700,000 passengers expected in 2022.
  • Keeping local businesses safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, by supporting 4,000 local businesses through the COVID-19 Safe Ambassador Program.
  • Advancing the future King and Victoria Transit Hub which will improve connectivity along the Toronto-Waterloo Region Innovation Corridor.
  • Endorsing the TransformWR Climate Action Strategy, which targets an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
  • Building 680 new affordable homes to date since 2021 as part of the Building Better Futures plan that will see the development of up to 2,500 new homes over the next five years.
  • Launching the Equity Investment Fund to improve the economic, social and cultural health and wellbeing of Indigenous, Black, racialized and marginalized groups.
  • Creating the Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, with programs that focus on Truth and Reconciliation and creating more equitable futures for all.

 

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