State of the Region

State of the Region 2024

Our community is on the cusp of an exciting future. Growth and change are on the horizon, with Waterloo Region poised to become home to one million people by 2050. 

Change can seem intimidating. But it is also an opportunity: an opportunity to plan for our future and shape the change that lies ahead. 

“1 Million Ready” was the theme of the 2024 State of the Region, held May 24 at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Regional Museum. The event explored how the work to prepare Waterloo Region for the future must start now. 

Regional Chair Karen Redman delivered her own remarks, then hosted a panel discussion about how we make a community where people want to live and work, and what’s needed to ensure there’s room for everyone. Joining her at the event were: 

How might a “1 Million Ready” mindset transform our community? Watch the full recording of the 2024 State of the Region to find out. 


State of the Region 2022

On April 29, 2022, Regional Chair Karen Redman welcomed Chris Albinson, Clarence Cachagee and Dr. Suzanne Kearns for a series of engaging conversations. These community leaders spoke about what connects them and their work to the Region of Waterloo.

Watch the full video here. 

 State of the Region 2021

On February 26, 2021, Regional Chair Karen Redman outlined Council’s vision for our community at a virtual fireside chat, moderated by Nicole Lampa. Regional investments were the focus and how they impact the lives of all people in Waterloo Region and make us more resilient in a post COVID-19 world. 

Attendees also had a chance to network with Regional Councillors and explore important topics such as equity, business supports and affordable housing.

Watch the full video here. 

 State of the Region 2020

On January 28, 2020, Regional Chair Karen Redman delivered the first ever State of the Region address. Chair Redman’s remarks highlighted the many things we have to celebrate in Waterloo Region as well as the challenges we must overcome.

"We are a community that has a long track record of working together to make change happen," she said. "We have a way of finding collective, innovative solutions — made in Waterloo Region solutions."

Chair Redman focused on themes of connection, future-focus and resilience throughout her remarks.

“The story of Waterloo Region is about connecting communities, carving our own path towards the future, and always remaining resilient. In all that we do, we are looking upstream, building bridges for our citizens, our neighbourhoods, our communities. For our residents here and now and for those who will come next.”

Read the whole speech here.

Watch the full video here.

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