City of Waterloo launches Hey Neighbour! block connector program

Posted On Monday June 01, 2020

The City of Waterloo is recruiting residents to become neighbourhood leaders for a block connector program called Hey Neighbour! This program aims to build relationships between neighbours by sparking community-building, connecting neighbours residing in close proximity to each other to:

  • share information;
  • support one another; and
  • build a sense of community in good times and challenging ones.

“Initiatives like this are incredibly valuable to residents,” says Mayor Jaworsky. “When the COVID-19 state of emergency was first declared in March, a block connector in the Foxhunt area of Ward 4 launched a Facebook group. Its members are connecting with each other and sharing resources that residents are finding helpful. We’re hopeful that other areas of the city without formal neighbourhood associations will find this beneficial, especially during this time.”

Block connectors can reside in any neighbourhood block or area in Waterloo; including multi-residential housing such as apartment buildings, condos or other clustered homes. Areas can be inside and outside of existing neighbourhood and homes association boundaries. Participation is voluntary, interested individuals can reach out to city staff to express an interest in developing connections with neighbours in a set area surrounding their residence. Interested block connectors will be asked to have three to four hours per month to contribute to the initiative and value diversity and relationship building.

Those interested in becoming a block connector will participate in a virtual orientation session to discuss the program limitations under the pandemic; and will work with staff to coordinate connection opportunities that are appropriate for their area.

Residents can get involved by:

  • Connecting with city staff about how to become a block connector;
  • Joining a block connector-led group in their area; or
  • Helping get the word out about this program.

The first round of applications will be accepted until June 25 at midnight. Applicants are welcome from all areas of the city. Program organizers are especially interested in hearing from applicants in the following areas:

  • Beaver Creek Meadows (Erbsville Road/Conservation Drive/Beaver Creek Road)
  • Carriage Crossing (Country Squire Road/Millenium Drive/University Avenue)
  • Conservation Meadows (Conservation Drive/Erbsville Road/Benjamin Road/Westmount Road North)
  • Dearborn (Lexingtion Road/King Street/Connestoga Parkway)
  • Erb West (Fischer-Hallman Road/Erb Street West/Keats Way/University Avenue West)
  • Lincoln Heights (Lincoln Road/Weber Street South/University Avenue East/ East/Bluevale Street North)
  • Moses Springer (area surrounding Moses Springer Community Centre)
  • Northdale (Columbia Street/Albert Street/University Avenue/King Street)
  • University Downs (University Avenue East/Bridge Street West/Woolwich St.)
  • Bridgeport Road/Weber Street/Erb Street/Conestoga Parkway
  • Erb Street/Westmount Road/University Avenue
  • Lexington Road/ Bridge Street/University Avenue/Conestoga Parkway


For more information, and to apply to be a block connector, please visit waterloo.ca/neighbourhoods

Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant
shelly.reed@waterloo.ca