Care and Precautions for Unsheltered NOW

Petition on 24hr emergency shelters

TEMPORARY 24/7 EMERGENCY SHELTERS NEEDED : As a part of the Community Support Control Group’s pandemic response, the A.R. Kaufman YMCA in Kitchener serves now as a temporary overnight emergency shelter (9pm to 8am), currently accommodating people who were at the St. Mark’s overflow but with fewer beds. (read a testimony of one of the guests at St. Marks) The facility will also have capacity to serve as daytime and as overflow from other shelters once additional staffing is in place. However, we still need over 200 additional 24/7 spaces only in KW. We do not know how many unsheltered individuals are at this time in Cambridge and the townships. The petition for opening public and private facilities, funding and staffing of the additional shelter spaces is still open.

Coronavirus Community Update

Updated April 3, 5pm 

Coronavirus Community Update

FREE TRANSIT until May 31st
Region of Waterloo's new dashboard for COVID19 data tracking; and
a weekly Coordinated COVID-19 Response Newsletter page you can subscribe to - read the April 3rd newsletter.

Leave home only for essential reasons: to access health care services; shop for groceries; pick-up medication at the pharmacy; walk pets when required; and support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs. 

Make sure to review the Public Health Self-Assessment steps and the interactive provincial self-assessment tool. Self-isolate if needed and plan for the help and assistance you may need. Read about the difference between distancing, isolation, quarantine and lockdown from

Media updates, government and essential services updates, local businesses, mental health in times of physical distancing... what do you need to know or want to share? Write to us at

Postponing Tax Clinic until further notice

Mar 15 2020

We will be closing Social Development Centre, Civic Hub and postponing tax clinics until until further notice as a precautionary measure, for our staff, volunteers and community members. We hope to resume scheduling of the meetings as soon as it becomes possible. For the time being, email us at or leave a messate at the tax clinic extension at 519-579-3800.

Homes 4 All

Mar 5 2020

Homes 4 AllSince November 2019, a number of lived experience groups and community members concerned about the housing crisis and homelessness in the region, have been gathering weekly to learn, share information, tell stories and take on small steps and meaningful actions towards solutions. Through collective storytelling, they have created a set of recommendations, an info sheet, content for a radio show, and Forum Theater sessions to support each other as we unpack hurt and trauma of being precariously housed and absent in mainstream decision making to address the humanitarian crisis in the region as a consequence of prolonged insecurity of income, housing, (mental) health and addictions care. Please read the recommendations shared with all affordable housing strategy teams in the region and subscribe to the ‘Homes 4 All’ podcast/radio show at CKMS Radio Waterloo 102.7. There are meaningful grassroots solutions, and we all have a role to play. Tell us what you can do. 

Grassroots Connection, 2020 Annual General Meeting

Feb 27 2020

2020 AGMHigh speed Grassroots Connection to tech sector in Waterloo Region. What would that look like? Join us as we explore technology sector in support of social justice work in the community on April 7th, during our Annual General Meeting, 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Civic Hub. If you are in environment, arts, peace, culture, spirituality, housing, democratic reform work, we hope you get connected to our work and become a member, or you decide to impact our strategy by joining the Board. Find all about our work in 2019 in the Activity Report and let's connect soon!

Civic Hub Waterloo Region

Civic Hub Waterloo Region

Trudy Beaulne had many bold ideas, and her vision to build a more caring and just world was grounded in connections among grassroots, resident-led groups who share resources, knowledge and grow together. Civic Hub is a collaborative and inclusive space, where grassroots is anchored, where faces go with names, and where energy and ideas are activated. 

CRA Supports to Charities and Nonprofits March 2020

The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  There has been an update by CRA with respect the Wage Subsidy for Employers.  This can be summarized as follows:

2020 Tax Clinic

Feb 11 2020

2020 tax clinicWe will be hosting free income tax clinics starting March 2nd and running to April 30, 2020.  We are offering bookable appointments and drop-off services.  Our hours will be Monday and Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm and Tues and Thurs 9 am - 5 pm. Call or email to schedule a time:  519-579-3800 or To ensure that your return is completed accurately, please prepare all of the necessary documents as it applies to your situation from the tax clinic check list. Please note that if you are not receiving Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), we can assist you in applying for it, even if not all the household members have filed taxes. 

Positions Open - Interactive Mapping Prototype Project

Jan 2 2020

ON Trillium LogoThe objective of the Ontario Job Creation Program is to support Partnership projects that provide participants with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience, which will improve their long-term employment prospects. Qualified individuals with a university degree or relevant experience, currently on Employment Insurance or having been on Employment Insurance in the last three years, are invited to apply for the positions Urban/Social Planning Research Assistant and GIS Mapping/Web Developer

3rd Multicultural Connection

Dec 2 2019

Multicultural Connection WRThe Multicultural Connection continues to offer networking and supports among ethnocultural groups in Waterloo Region. With guests from Cambridge, the Portuguese Club and the Islamic Centre, the Arab Women and Afghan Associations, as well as Peace for All International, we have heard experiences of well rooted and more emergent groups. The challenges explored were how to ensure youth participation for sustainability, and advocacy for accessible funding from local, provincial and federal funders. The dialogue continues through the collaboration of the Immigration Waterloo Region, Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region and Social Development Centre Waterloo Region.