Free Tax Clinics in Waterloo Region - 2014

Feb 27 2014

Tax time can be a stressful time if you're not sure where to go to get your taxes done without paying an arm and a leg. This list of free tax clinics in Waterloo Region includes clinics that are targeted towards individuals or couples who are seniors, who are newcomers, or who have a disability. Check the list for the clinic that's right for you. If you know of a clinic that we've missed, please call 519-579-3800 or email us at

Social Action and Justice Youth Award Sponsorship

Feb 24 2014

Are you ready to be impressed? Kitchener Youth Action Council is preparing amazing nominations for awards such as Arts and Culture, Caregiving, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Leadership, Sports and Recreation, Unity in Diversity, and more. Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is sponsoring the Social Action and Justice Award as in previous years. Nominate and support a young person you have seen in action and help us make an impact on many young people in our city. Save the date for the Awards Ceremony, May 7 from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall.

Offices and Resource Centre Closed for Family Day - February 17, 2014

Feb 14 2014

The Social Planning Council of K-W and Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region Offices and Resource Centre will be closed this Family Day, February 17, 2014.

We'll be open again on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 9am sharp at 151 Frederick Street, Suite 300.

Happy Family Day!

March Break Camps in Waterloo Region - 2014

Feb 13 2014

Are the kids home from school for March Break and you're stuck at work this year? Here's a list that our enquiry counselors have compiled of March Break camps happening around Waterloo Region this March 2014 to help you give your kids an unforgettable March Break!

Click Read More to download the PDF of the March Breaks Camps list. Email us at if you know of a March Break Camp that's not on our list!

Family Day Activities List - Fun for the Kids and the Whole Family this Family Day!

Feb 12 2014

If you need some ideas about activities and events to keep both you and the kids occupied this Family Day, look no further! Our enquiry team has searched through event listings, internet postings and newspapers to compile a list of fun Family Day activities to make your 2014 Family Day jam-packed full of fun!

Click Read More to download the PDF. If you know of an activity that isn't on the list, feel free to email us at and we'll add it to the list.

Life in Communities Today

Feb 10 2014

We have spent an energizing day talking about what community means in today's face paced living and today's consuming of things and experiences. Do you choose communities you join by how big, far or demanding they are, or do you make the best of your neighbourhood and your work place you are tied to anyway? Are online communities superficial or an escape? If the good old days are never coming back, what is it we can do to keep nurturing deep and meaningful relationships?

Local Discussions on Taxation

Feb 5 2014

kitchen table talks 2011“Taxes are the way we pay for the things we decide to do together, and we are stronger together." - powerful words spoken by Alex Himelfarb that seemed to echo at the Kitchener City Hall during the book launch of the "Tax Is Not A Four Letter Word".
We are ready to share with you some of the first conversations held on taxes and public services in 2011 Kitchen Table Talks, and the discussion that took place at the workshop after the book launch. You can view videos that recorded the guest speaker and panel presentations at our YouTube Channel.

Ontario Pre-budget Consultation- Asking the Government to Follow

Feb 3 2014

Poverty Free KWThe Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group has dedicated its stretched resources to pass its knowledge and experience to different government bodies. We are still waiting for a holistic vision and approach regarding poverty elimination in Ontario that shows our political leadership has heard what has been said in our community and in communities across all of Ontario.

Read the submission as a response to the Ontario Government Priorities: Invest in People, Infrastructure and Business

Well-paid Workforce is Good For Business

Jan 31 2014

The announcement was made January 30, 2014 by Premier Kathleen Wynne that the Ontario minimum wage will be increased from $10.25 to $11.00 an hour starting June 1, 2014 and furthermore, will be adjusted according to the Canadian Price Index.

Those of us who are earning more, may too easily underestimate the extent to which low wages limit what people are able to do and how well they can take care of their material needs for even basic shelter, food, clothing and health. If we agree that someone working full time full year should not be living in poverty, then we need to agree we either pay adequate wages or we invest our tax dollars to reduce the impact of low wage employment.

VisitAble Housing Initiative In Kitchener-Waterloo

Jan 30 2014

Visitability Project - Collaborative Knowledge Building and Action for Visitable Housing In Canadian Cities has come to Kitchener-Waterloo. Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo is the local coordinator of the KW Visitability Task Force and will be contributing its longstanding experience and mobilization of knowledge to support the initiative in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies. The first planning meeting of the Task Force is held on January 30th and launches a process that will unfold until September 2015.