What We Have Accomplished

Our industry and commerce makes Waterloo an attractive destination for new residents. We have an active knowledge economy that continues to grow as a national beacon for innovation. The two universities are steps from Uptown. Waterloo is known in the global tech sector as Quantum Valley of the North.

Vibrant Neighbourhoods

  • Collaborated with local uptown residents resulting in the Uptown West Neighbourhood Association representing the area bound by Westmount, John, King, and Erb. Assisted in the new annual MacGregor/Albert Neighbourhood Association “Welcome new neighbours BBQ”!
  • Advocated for and worked with the Uptown West Transportation Task Force resulting in several positive initiatives including; Allen, Avondale and John remaining designated local roads in the City’s Official Plan, annual traffic counts in the neighbourhood to monitor intensification effects, traffic calming measures at Park and Allen, and a thorough report with traffic calming measure recommendations for the future.
  • Neighbourhood matching-funds program, that has contributed to shade sails in the Brighton Yards Coop, the Uptown West Message board, and many other grassroots initiatives.
  • Our council has focused on the Northdale neighbourhood, receiving the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant in 2013, and has begun to implement the recommendations from the report.

Economic Vitality

  • New festivals like Open Streets and innovative urban design has been an important part of economic ‘place making’ that continues to attract global talent to Waterloo
  • New John M. Harper District Branch Library and Stork Family YMCA facility
  • joined Kitchener, Cambridge as a StartUp Canada Community.
  • Moving forward with Culture Plan
  • LPGA Classic has become an economic engine annually, generating over $20 million for our local economy, and half a million going to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation.
  • Waterloo debt is the lowest it has been in the past ten years.
  • Beginning an asset management plan
  • Canada’s Technology For Food initiative
  • Approved a brownfield community improvement plan
  • Continued support and advocate for Two Way Full Day GO Service from Toronto to Waterloo Region.
  • Spearheaded the Food Truck Bylaw pilot project. Waterloo was one of the first city’s in Canada to adopt a food truck bylaw.

Getting Around

  • Ion Rapid Transit project. The City is working with Uptown BIA and Region to ensure a strong communication and construction plan is in place for existing businesses and cultural events. Construction begins September 2014.
  • Silver Bicycle Friendly Communities Award.
  • Support and Advocate for the Master Transportation Plan and the complete street initiative
  • Additional resources focused on active transportation trails. 130 km of trails, 50 km of on-road bike lanes
  • Continued support and advocate for Two Way Full Day GO Service from Toronto to Waterloo Region.
  • Safer School Zones – Elizabeth Ziegler, Empire Public School, and Our Lady of Lourdes have 40km/h zones around the schools for safety

Sustainability and Our Living Environment

  • Additional resources focused on active transportation trails. 130 km of trails, 50 km of on-road bike lanes ClimateAction Waterloo Region to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 6% by 2020
  • Approximately 100 energy and water saving measures across city-owned facilities
  • Winner of the FCM Sustainable Communities Water Award for the GreenLab Rainwater Harvesting & Reuse Project.
  • Improved urban parks, like the expanding Mary Allen Park and Waterloo Park redesign, are important for the quality of life in our Uptown neighbourhoods

Pubic Engagement

  • monthly newsletter – Lowdown on Uptown, read by thousands of residents to keep them up to date on Uptown.
  • daily/weekly posting on social media sites

Healthy and Safe Community

  • Waterloo’s status as an age-friendly city makes this an attractive place to live for people of all ages – World Health Organization designation as an Age Friendly City
  • Waterloo Park splash pad is free for everyone to enjoy.
  • Opened the Skateboard Park in Waterloo Park
  • Approval of the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging