Council supports region’s application to establish a consumption treatment services site at 150 Duke St. W.

Tonight, Kitchener City Council voted on a motion to support the Region of Waterloo Community Service Committee’s recommendation to apply to the province to support the establishment of a consumption treatment services (CTS) site located at 150 Duke St. W. Recognizing the urgent need for this life-saving service, Kitchener councillors also voted in favour of the region’s recommendation to set up a temporary CTS site while they await approval from the province. 

The City of Kitchener will continue to work closely with the Region of Waterloo in their efforts to establish a CTS location in downtown Kitchener.

City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo to proceed with joint AMPS system to improve parking penalty processes

Kitchener councillors voted in favour of approving by-laws that would establish an Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) for parking. The City of Kitchener has partnered with the City of Waterloo to jointly develop and implement the AMPS system, which will change the way parking tickets are adjudicated as provided for in the Municipal Act, 2001 and O. Reg. 333/07. The AMPS system will replace parking tickets with penalty notices, giving the municipality the discretion to resolve parking penalties by way of review by a screening officer or a hearing, without having to go through the courts. The new system was approved by Waterloo’s city council last week and will take effect on June 3, 2019. 

Penalty notice holders that disagree with a screening officer’s resolution can request to appear before a hearing officer – an independent, third party contractor, who will conduct hearings for parking penalties issued in both cities. With parking adjudication no longer subject to provincial court schedules, it is anticipated that wait times to resolve a parking matter will be reduced from eight to nine months to approximately two to three months. Hearings will take place once a month in each city, with several matters being adjudicated on each date. With all hearings, the decision made by the hearings officer will be final and binding. 

To learn more about AMPS, visit www.kitchener.ca/parkingticketpayment 

 

For more information:

Nicole Amaral
Interim Communications Director
Communications and Marketing
519-741-2200 x 7861
nicole.amaral@kitchener.ca