Making decisions that matter for September 21, 2022

Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2022

With input from the community, Regional Council sets the direction for the Region as an organization and makes decisions that help improve the lives of Waterloo Region residents every day. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Region continues to ensure safe and secure water supply as community grows

Regional Council approved the water and wastewater monitoring report for 2021, which shows that capacity continues to meet demands across the region as our community grows. The assessment also found the Region would meet water and wastewater demand to 2036 under the current capital program. This fall, the Region will assess future water demand and investigate new water sources so that the community can continue to enjoy a safe and secure water supply. The population in Waterloo Region is expected to grow to 923,000 people by 2051.

Council advocates for Child Witness Centre to address backlog

Regional Council will advocate to the Ministry of the Attorney General for an increase in funding to the Child Witness Centre. The funding would help address a backlog of youth who need support navigating the justice and criminal court system. Many of the youth have endured abuse, often at the hands of a close family member. Justice and criminal court system support falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Attorney General and is outside the Region’s funded mandate.

Council approves extension of design services for airport expansion

Council has approved an extension to the design services contract for the terminal building expansion at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The update includes approving standard costs associated with projects of this scope, and in this case includes support for the design of a baggage handling system, design of interim and permanent hold room food services, and design for the renovation and relocation of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The decision to increase design fees is all within the Council approved project budget. This project directly supports increased passenger capacity needed to accommodate a significant increase in passenger volume due to the introduction of new airline services.

 

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