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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.

We have dozens of active neighbourhood associations that work to improve the quality of life in our community. They are a great way to get involved and make a difference.

Neighbourhood associations are groups of people who live in the same neighbourhood that come together to initiate and maintain a wide range of programs and activities. We see that throughout the year, especially with the upkeep of outdoor rinks in the wintertime.

These groups instill a sense of belonging and work to meet the needs of the neighbourhood. Ultimately, they help improve the quality of life in the community.

Find out what neighbourhood association your house falls in using this boundary map.

Wards and councillors

Ward 1 Southwest – Scott Witmer

Ward 1 is home to rich and vibrant neighbourhoods, comprised primarily of single family homes and condominiums. It boasts five strong neighbourhood associations who host and organize community activities. There are four elementary schools, welcoming parks and many walking and biking trails throughout the ward.

Ward 2 Northwest – Karen Scian

The northwest side of Waterloo is quite beautiful – protected forests, several kilometres of trail, parkettes and pretty green spaces. It is a residential neighbourhood home to people of all ages – young professionals, young families and older generations – all living in detached homes, townhomes and retirement and assisted living facilities.

This neighbourhood has something for everyone – fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment at the Boardwalk Centre, several grocery options, banking services and fitness centres. Of particular fame are the Stork Family YMCA and the John M. Harper branch of the Waterloo Public Library. There are four elementary schools and one highschool in the area.

Ward 3 Lakeshore – Angela Vieth

At the heart of Ward 3 is Laurel Creek Conservation area. This beautiful space offers great trails and vistas, and cross country skiing, with rentals, in the winter.

Within this neighbourhood are several plazas, including the popular Toll Gate Plaza at the corner of Glen Forrest Blvd. and Toll Gate Blvd. It is home to a fabulous German bakery/café called the Bread and Bretzel Basket, as well as a convenience store and music school. And of course the Sobey’s plaza, located at Northfield Drive and Weber Street, is a reasonable walk from anywhere in the ward for banking, grocery needs and more.

Residents of the neighbourhood enjoy lots of trails and small parks as well as four elementary school playgrounds that have large fields for kicking around a soccer ball or hitting a few baseballs. There is great bus service including the iExpress at Albert McCormick on Parkside Drive.

Ward 4 Northeast – Diane Freeman

Ward 4 is located in the northeast corner of the City of Waterloo and home to many popular destinations including Conestoga Mall and RIM Park. The ward includes a mix of housing including co-operative living; assisted living; multi-residential and single family dwellings.  There is a new subdivision under construction west of RIM Park. The Eastbridge subdivision has one of the most active neighbourhood associations in the City of Waterloo. The ward is beautiful to cycle and walk through with views of mature trees and stunning estate homes located throughout parts of the Old Abby and Old Colonial Acres subdivisions. The Walter Bean Trail wraps around RIM Park and Grey Silo Golf course. This peaceful, winding trail includes beautiful views of the Grand River. 

Ward 5 Southeast – Mark Whaley

Fabulous Ward 5 can be simply pictured as all of Waterloo east of Weber Street and south of Lexington Road right to the city border. This huge swath of our city has some of our oldest neighbourhoods mixed in with our newest neighbourhoods and it is this blend of streetscapes that makes ward 5 unique. Trees tell a lot about the story of this section of the city.  Streets lined with mature older trees near the core of Waterloo are contrasted with sprightly young saplings along the boulevards of the newer areas. But the binding factor is that this is a ward dominated by single family homes. In fact, ward 5 is the most populous of all the wards in Waterloo. This special part of Waterloo is home to busy young families on streets with new trees the size of hockey sticks and folks who have seen their families grow up and away who want to sit back and enjoy the green canopy of trees that reflect their years of enjoyment in fabulous ward 5!

Ward 6 Central – Columbia – Jeff Henry

There is a wide diversity of neighbourhoods in Central-Columbia, from the large houses and treed streets of Beechwood, Sugarbush, and Maple Hills to the townhouses, duplexes, and apartments south of Keats Way and in Northdale. Clair Lake is a gathering place for much of the west side of the ward and the weekly farmer's market in Beechwood Park brings neighbours together over fresh local produce. The University of Waterloo, and much of the city’s research and technology action, is found at the centre of this ward. The vibrant and dynamic near-campus neighbourhood of Northdale is changing rapidly into the place where students and young professionals want to live, learn, work, and play.

Ward 7 Uptown – Melissa Durrell

Uptown Waterloo encompasses the urban core of the City. It spans from Union Street to Elgin, and is flanked west and east by Euclid Avenue and Willow Street. Featuring a wide selection of restaurants, amenities and entertainment venues, this eclectic neighbourhood has something to offer students, professionals, and families alike. Its close proximity to both universities and over 400 businesses, and easy access to the Grand River Transit system, make Uptown Waterloo ideal for students and commuters.

Uptown Waterloo has a strong sense of community and features three active neighbourhood associations: The West Neighbourhood Association, Mary Allen Neighbourhood Association, and the Uptown Waterloo Business Association (BIA). It is also home to the Mary Allen heritage district, Public Square, Waterloo Park, and the Uptown Loop. Throughout the spring and summer Uptown hosts a series of fantastic festivals and community events including the Jazz Festival, Busker Carnival, Comedy Festival, Open Streets, Ice Dogs Festival, and the Uptown Waterloo Country Festival.

Here is a list of active neighbourhood associations:

  • Beechwood/Bridlegate Homeowners' Association
  • Beechwood North Association
  • Beechwood Park Homeowners' Association
  • Beechwood South Association
  • Beechwood II Homes Association
  • Beechwood West I Homes Association
  • Beechwood West II Homes Association
  • Chippendale Common Condominium Complex
  • Clair Hills Neighbourhood Association
  • Craigleith Homeowners' Association
  • Eastbridge on the Grand Neighbourhood Association
  • Erb West Neighbourhood Association
  • Glasgow Heights I Homeowners' Association
  • Glasgow Heights II Homeowners' Association
  • Lakeshore East Neighbourhood Association
  • Lakeshore North Neighbourhood Association
  • Laurelwood Neighbourhood Association
  • Mary Allen Neighbourhood Association
  • Shamrock Co-Operative Homes Incorporated
  • Sunnydale Community Association
  • University Downs Neighbourhood Association
  • Upper Beechwood Phase 1 Association
  • Upper Beechwood Phase II Association
  • Uptown West Neighbourhood Association
  • Vermont Park Neighbourhood Association
  • Village on Clair Creek Management Trust
  • Waterloo North Condominium Corporation no. 49
  • Westvale Neighbourhood Association

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