Council Info for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Posted on Wednesday October 09, 2019

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.


Council declares climate emergency

By declaring a climate emergency, council plans to provide continued support to climate action at the Region and in the community. Council directed staff to work with Climate Action Waterloo Region to investigate tools to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions including the possibility of implementing a carbon budget. The Region previously committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from 2010 levels by 2050.

Affordable rental housing projects approved

Council approved two affordable housing projects worth almost $5.5 million in federal and provincial funding.

  • MennoHomes Inc. will construct a multi-use development at 544 Bridgeport Road, Kitchener. It will include 45 affordable rental units, flexible worship space, a commercial kitchen, a community room, and offices space. The Region will provide capital funding for 30 of the 45 units with $3.8 million.
  • Maxwell Building Consultants will construct a 13-unit apartment at 18 Guelph Street, Kitchener. The three storey stacked townhouse will have 10 one-bedroom, two three-bedroom, and one five-bedroom units. The Region will provide capital funding for 13 units with just under $1.7 million.

Both projects will also receive grants totalling $886,000 to offset Regional development charges.

South Boundary Road to be named after local prominent citizen

Regional Council approved the renaming of South Boundary Road, a new east-west arterial corridor that will run from Water Street (Highway 24) to Dundas Street (Highway 8) within Cambridge and North Dumfries, will now be known as  McQueen Shaver Boulevard. Dr. Donald McQueen Shaver O.C. was born in Cambridge (formally known as Galt). He was the founder of Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms Ltd and was its Chairman and C.E.O. for 35 years. Dr. Shaver's residence was part of the former farm that South Boundary Road traverses. The route also has a relationship to his second Cambridge farm on Shellard Road. The Shellard Farm, as it was known, became the second family home and an active research facility for both poultry and beef cattle.  After his retirement, Dr. McQueen Shaver continued his lifelong advocacy for a sustainable agricultural industry. A research facility at McGill University is also named in his honour.



The following tenders/contracts were approved by Council:

  • $18,279,671 to Brock Solutions Inc. for engineering, integration and implementation services for the SCADA upgrade program.
  • $18,057,866 to Stone Town Construction Limited for the Strange Street Water Supply System.
  • $1,061,027 to Capital Paving Inc. for Research and Technology Park Station area improvements.
  • $600,000 to Steed and Evans Limited for winter maintenance of the separated cycling lane pilot network.
  • $365,650 to Strik Baldinelli Moniz Ltd. for Waterloo Region Housing bathroom renovations.
  • $228,920 to Waters Limited for one tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometer.
  • $191,173 to Agilent Technologies Canada Inc. for one inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer.
  • $171,250 to Creative Carriage Ltd. for one Low Floor Wheelchair Accessible Mini Bus.


Next Council Meeting
October 30, 2019 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact:

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



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