City of Waterloo council summary October 4, 2021

Posted On Monday October 04, 2021

** The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at today's council meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Council approves plan to enhance resident participation in planning process

Following a comprehensive review of community participation and engagement in the city’s planning process, Council has approved a plan that will provide greater opportunity for resident involvement in the planning process.

Enhancements include educational videos, improved signage, simplified language and easier access to information and engagement opportunities.

This work aligns with Council’s strategic pillar of equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging.

Council contributes financially to Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives

Council will provide $15,000 to the Immigration Partnership Fund for Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives. This funding will help assist local groups and provide the flexibility to respond to the specific needs of Afghan and other refugees.

The end of the 20-year military presence, along with the rapid collapse of the Afghan government, has led to displacement of thousands of people who have left their homes to seek shelter in neighbouring countries.

The City of Waterloo has a long history of working together as a community and providing assistance to organizations assisting in times of international crisis and need.

Council approves MOU for proposed hydro merger

Council has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a proposed merger between Waterloo North Hydro and Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. The City of Waterloo is the majority shareholder of the WNH.

Once the MOU is approved by the remaining municipal shareholders, a four-week public engagement process will begin, giving the community an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the proposed merger, ask questions and leave comments.

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