Community Updates

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a call to action for youth, and an opportunity to bring young leaders to the decision-making table as we build strong and vibrant communities for the future. You could receive a grant up to $30,000 for a youth-led project to address diverse and urgent local priorities in our community. Learn more here.

between the ages of 15 and 29 with bold ideas for how to help your community?

Community Services Integration


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Over the past few years, the Community Services Department at the Region of Waterloo has been integrating in order to better serve the community.

Please take a few minutes to watch a video that describes the changes and their benefits in more detail.  At this time, your Children’s Services contacts will stay the same.  However, with some staff movement during the transition to the new integrated model, how and who you connect within Children’s Services may change in the future. We will update you in the coming months.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barb Cardow at


Announcing the Grand Opening celebration of EarlyON|Water Street.

September 12th, 2019 at 2:00pm.
73 Water Street, Cambridge

This centre is operated by Cambridge Family Early Years Centre in partnership with the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo as Lead Agency.

EarlyON|Cedar Creek will open its doors in September 2019 with a Grand Opening celebration planned for Spring 2020.  This centre is co-located in Cedar Creek Public School in Ayr.

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Visit or follow them on Facebook or Twitter @EarlyONWR for more information.

KW4 Ontario Health Team

In July, the Ministry of Health categorized all Ontario Health Teams (OHT) expressions of interest into one of three categories. The KW4 OHT submission has been designated “in development.”

What is KW4?  It’s a group of LHIN-funded providers across health sectors from Kitchener, Waterloo, Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot and other sub-regions of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN including Cambridge and North Dumfries, Guelph and Wellington.

The “in development” designation is consistent with the expectations of the KW4 OHT signatory organizations, and we are continuing our planning efforts under the leadership of a new Steering Committee in anticipation of submitting a proposal at a time to be determined. If you would like more general information about Ontario Health Teams, the Ministry of Health continually updates the following page:

During the remainder of the summer, the planning focus for KW4 is reviewing the Ministry’s feedback on our initial submission and hiring a Transformation Lead to work closely with the Steering Committee to finalize a proposal and implementation plan for an eventual OHT. We are also looking at communication strategies to keep our signatories, supporters, consultees and community more consistently informed and engaged.

Healthy Living is beginning the stakeholder consultation phase of a multi-pronged research project examining existing alcohol use programs and strategies for women of childbearing age within the Region of Waterloo. They are going to be doing interviews either via telephone or in-person and/or focus groups if there are numbers and interest. Their goal is to use the findings from these consultations, in conjunction with other approaches to assist in the planning, implementation and improvement of strategies aimed at reducing high-risk alcohol use and alcohol-related harms for women of childbearing age.

If you might be able to help with this research, please contact Andrea Reist.