Welcome to #neighbourloo!

Posted On Tuesday September 08, 2020

The City of Waterloo extends a warm welcome to all students beginning their post-secondary education this fall, right here in Waterloo. 

“Selecting a university or college is a tough decision. Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are some of the highest ranked institutions in Canada, so our students made the right choice,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “This academic year is unlike any other, but I know our education leaders are doing their utmost to provide the best post-secondary experience possible whether students are on or off campus. I wish our students all the best.” 

City staff are collaborating with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, University of Waterloo’s Undergraduate Student Association, Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services, Waterloo Regional Police Services and Region of Waterloo Public Health, to welcome students and help them settle into the community. 

This collaboration provides several opportunities to engage with students at different times in September and throughout the school year to educate them about rental housing, parking, noise bylaws and property standards, as well as personal safety, fire safety, and the importance of avoiding large gatherings and house parties to help prevent the spread of COVID. Some of these opportunities include: 

  • Wilfrid Laurier University – virtual session – Sept. 3: Waterloo Fire Rescue and Laurier’s safety, health, environment and risk management (SHERM) office provided a virtual presentation to talk about fire safety on-campus and specifically cooking fires in residence units. The presentation was an opportunity to watch a demonstration video, listen to the presentation and ask questions via a virtual platform. 
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Campus Fest – virtual session – Sept. 10: Representatives from the City of Waterloo municipal enforcement services, fire services, arts and culture and neighbourhoods will attend this event to share information about bylaws, parking options, property standards, fire safety, arts and culture programming and neighbourhoods outreach. In addition, bylaw officers will use this opportunity to share information about the risks associated with large street gatherings and house parties, as they relate to students’ responsibility to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as the potential consequences they may face if they fail to abide by provincial and regional public health directives.  
  • City of Waterloo social media and website – The City of Waterloo will increase messaging on its social media accounts to direct students to the city’s corporate website, which was recently updated to make it easier than ever to find information on parking, noise and property standards, rental housing support and more. In addition, communication will also set clear expectations around inappropriate and dangerous behaviour associated with large gatherings, as well as expectations around the regional mask bylaw and our community’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID. 

Reports indicate that the majority of large classes will be online, resulting in fewer students moving into residence and off-campus housing. Due to the pandemic, and to abide by physical distancing protocols, students have been moving to Waterloo over the course of a series of days, staggering entry for key pick-ups and moving into residence. As a result, City of Waterloo staff will not close certain streets to redirect traffic as they have in the past, however, enforcement services staff will monitor the streets around the university area to ensure safe traffic flow. 

For more information, please contact City of Waterloo enforcement services at 519-747-8785.



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Shelly Reed
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