Welcome to #neighbourloo!

Posted On Tuesday August 27, 2019

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

“Our students have chosen a great university or college in a progressive city,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “We’re working hard to be an equitable community, leading the world in learning, discovery and caring. We look forward to supporting our students, and working with them throughout the year to help us achieve our community vision.” 

City staff will collaborate 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 and Waterloo Regional Police Services, to welcome students and help them settle into the community. 

City staff and community partners will engage with students at different events throughout September to educate them about rental licensing, active transportation, parking options, bylaws, property standards, personal safety, fire safety, and more. These events include: 

  • Wilfrid Laurier University – on campus – Sept. 3: Waterloo Fire Rescue Services will be on campus to educate first year and returning students of the importance of fire safety. This includes a room burn and cooking trailer demonstrations at Northdale Campus. Attendance is mandatory for all first year students. The room burn will show how quickly a fire can spread and how important it is to have a working fire alarm and escape plan. The cooking trailer demonstration will show the correct way of extinguishing an unattended pot on stove. These demonstrations will involve our public education officer, on duty fire crews and senior staff. 
  • WaterlooFest – Sept. 5: This is a joint orientation drop-in event for first year students from University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. They will visit Waterloo Public Square from about 4 – 7:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, booths with uptown businesses and community service providers, as well as entertainment for all to enjoy. City of Waterloo municipal enforcement officers, various program staff and members of our neighbourhoods team will be on hand to meet and greet students. 
  • Wilfrid Laurier University CampusFest – Sept. 6: City of Waterloo municipal enforcement and fire rescue services will attend this event to share information about bylaws, parking options, property standards, fire safety and more. This event will take place at the soccer fields from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Veteran’s Green tent event – Sept. 11: Municipal enforcement officers will engage with students and share information about bylaws, parking options, property standards and more. This event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University Avenue West and Hazel Street.   
  • MacGregor Albert Community Association BBQ – Sept. 14: This annual event will take place on Fountain Street (between Central and Young) from noon to 2 p.m. All residents and students in the neighbourhood are invited to attend to meet new and current neighbours. 
  • Doorknocker campaign in uptown Waterloo – Sept. 24: Municipal enforcement officers and various community partners will visit students to set expectations about behaviour, and to share information about personal safety, fire safety, and the importance of being a good neighbour. The campaign will run from 6 – 8 p.m. 


Temporary traffic redirection during the Labour Day long weekend

Thousands of students are moving to Waterloo on Saturday, Aug. 31, Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2. We will redirect traffic on certain streets to make the transition as smooth as possible. We ask residents to consider these changes when heading out on the long weekend. 

Lester Street

  • Lester Street will be one way, northbound traffic only, from Seagram Drive to Columbia Street West
  • No access to Lester Street (south) from University Avenue West
  • No access to Lester Street (north) from Columbia Street West
  • No left turns onto Columbia Street West from Lester Street (north)
  • No left turns onto University Avenue West from Lester Street (south)
  • No through traffic from Lester Street (south) across University Avenue West

Spruce Street

  • Spruce Street will be one way from Hickory Street West to Columbia Street West
  • No access to Spruce Street from Columbia Street West

Sunview Street

  • No left turns from Columbia Street West to Sunview Street

Regina Street North

  • No right turns onto Regina Street North from University Avenue East

Emergency no parking

  • Bricker Avenue from King Street to Clayfield Street
  • Regina Street from University Avenue to Hickory Street
  • Marshall Street from Brighton Street to Regina Street
  • Balsam Street from Hazel Street to Hemlock Street
  • Larch Street from Balsam Street to Hickory Street

One-way streets

  • Spruce Street -  northbound traffic only
  • Regina Street – southbound traffic only


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



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