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Our neighbourhoods are a reflection of who we are. We walk on our neighbourhood streets, we shovel our snow and we plant our gardens. This is where we live, and this is where things happen at a grassroots level.

The City of Waterloo has a number of resources for neighbourhoods, including grants and a neighbour-relations service. Your ward councillor and mayor are also here to provide guidance.

We have dozens of active neighbourhood associations that work to improve the quality of life in our community. If there is not one in your neighbourhood, you can consider starting one today. They are a great way to get involved and make a difference. We see that throughout the year, especially with the upkeep of outdoor rinks in the wintertime.

In the warmer months, our neighbourhood parks are hubs of activity with families out enjoying the greenspaces and fellowship. Our Parks Watch initiative aims to keep these areas safe.

Neighbourhood strategy

Over the past few years, many corporate plans, including the strategic plan, have indicated a need for a neighbourhood strategy to clarify the city's role in supporting residents in creating even more vibrant neighbourhoods.  Through public consultation, data analysis, and best practice research, staff will examine how the city can best position itself to support inclusivity, sense of belonging, social connections, neighbourliness, and place-making within neighbourhoods. 

We encourage you to learn more about our neighbourhood strategy.