This segment of our virtual series took place March 16, 2023 online via zoom.
Municipal amalgamation refers to the consolidation of multiple municipal governments into a single unit. This process involves the merging of local government structures, including councils, staff, and departments, into a single entity.
While many support this fusion of governance and feel this can result in a more streamlined and efficient government, it remains a controversial issue. Others identify the many possible negative impacts to the local communities, such as a loss of control and communal identity.
This meeting included featured guest speakers, presenting both facts and perspectives on amalgamation and the changes it may mean for Waterloo Region's municipal governance, followed by opportunity for questions and participant input.
Zachary Spicer, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, York University
Phil Marfisi, Governance Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Fan of Community Engagement
Debbie Chapman, Faculty Member Wilfrid Laurier University and Kitchener City Councillor, Ward 9
Doug Craig, Region of Waterloo Councillor and Former Mayor of Cambridge
Jim Erb, Region of Waterloo Councillor and Former Councillor for the City of Waterloo