Waterloo Region Housing Master Plan

The Waterloo Region Housing Master Plan maps out the vision for Waterloo Region Housing communities over the next two decades, including the creation of 638 affordable housing units in five communities. 

A plan to strengthen and grow communities

On November 5th, Regional Council approved a master plan for Waterloo Region Housing (WRH) to Regional Council. The plan looks for ways to create more affordable housing in WRH communities. It was developed between 2017 and 2019 with help from the community. The plan would:

  • Ensure that all WRH buildings are kept in good repair.
  • Build 638 units on five WRH properties over 10 years to address the growing waitlist for housing and requests for transfer.
  • Outline design guidelines for WRH

Tenants: what you need to know

If you live in Waterloo Region Housing, the answers to these common questions will help you learn more about how your community may be impacted by the projects described in the master plan. This FAQ will be updated to reflect your questions and feedback from upcoming information sessions and community consultations, and as we get further into the planning process. 

What is the Waterloo Region Housing Master Plan?
This plan has been years in the making, with help from the community. It has two main goals: to add more affordable units and to keep existing properties in good repair. The proposal includes enhancing five WRH properties over the next 20 years.
What changes are coming and why? 
The plan is to transform aging buildings so that more people who can’t afford market rent have a place to call home. It may also lead to expanded supports and new employment opportunities or skill development for people living in WRH communities. 
Will the changes affect my community? 
If approved, a total of 638 units will be built on five WRH communities listed below. If you do not live in these communities, revitalization will not impact you at this time.
  • 416 Kings Court, Waterloo
  • 140 Weber, Kitchener
  • Langs Drive, Cambridge
  • 82/84 Wilson, Kitchener
  • Mooregate Cres., Kitchener

These properties were chosen because of the condition of the aging buildings and opportunities to expand support for tenants on site.

When will these changes happen? 
It will take up to one and a half years to plan for these changes and we will consult with you as part of the process. In the coming weeks, community meetings will be held at each of the five sites to share information on potential impacts. Staff will support you through any changes that happen. 
Will I lose my home? 

No. If there is a need to temporarily move some tenants out of their communities, they will be supported into other accommodations until they can return to their new homes after the construction is completed. 

When will I know more? 
Regional Council will vote on the plan on Wednesday, November 13th. Once the plan is approved, we will hold information sessions in your community. These meetings will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn more about how you may be impacted. If you have a question we don’t know the answer to yet, we will make note of it and get back to you as soon as we can. 
Who do I contact if I have questions now? 

If you have questions, please contact your Community Engagement Specialist or call 519-575-4400. Please keep in mind that we are in the planning stages, so some questions cannot be answered until planning is complete.

  • 416 Kings Court, Waterloo and 140 Weber, Kitchener – Danielle Phillips ext. 1219
  • Langs Drive, Cambridge and Mooregate Cres., Kitchener – Lorraine Eisenporth ext. 7080
  • 82 & 84 Wilson, Kitchener – Lynda Fitzgerald ext. 1214

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