Local Input to the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel

Oct 18 2013

Regarding the multiple but connected consultations on poverty reduction, Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo raises the importance of integrated systems and different Ministries working together. Equally, there are more meaningful and more accessible ways the government can work on poverty reduction with local partners across the province.

Reducing Poverty for Everyone - Message from Kitchener-Waterloo

Oct 4 2013

At today's Poverty Reduction Consultations in Kitchener, the community was determined to broaden the focus of the strategy in Ontario: Increase Social Assistance Supports, Increase Labour Standards and Minimum Wage, Invest and Lift everyone out of poverty. The regional priorities remain housing and health. The Minister of Community and Social Services, Ted McMeekin said: "No one is guilty for needing assistance and we are all responsible for finding solutions".

Read the consultation submission from the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group and see the faces and the voices from the Waterloo Region participants on our facebook album.

Community Consultations on Poverty Reduction

Sep 23 2013

As we enter the Fall of 2013, we would like to look back at our January Resolution and see how we have been following through. Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group will co-host with Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener Waterloo, a community consultation on September 27 at Mary's Place in Kitchener.

Information Supports to Waterloo Region Newcomers

Sep 18 2013

Waterloo Region Settlement Services Directory is being created as the first outcome of the Building Local Information Support to Ontario Newcomers Project. Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region is one of the two pilot sites working with the Local Immigration Partnership to create firm bridges between the two sectors and at the same time contribute to the creation of anonline training for communities across Ontario .

The learning website has been launched at the 2013 InformOntario Symposium "Common Ground" in Markham and is open to InformOntario members and their local partners working together to create comprehensive, reliable and sustainable information resources.

20th Festival Grand Finale October 27

Sep 13 2013

September 30th, 2013 marks the end of this year’s Festival of Neighbourhoods. Register any neighbourhood get-togethers held between October 1st, 2012 and September 30th, 2013 to enter the $10,000 capital improvement grant draw, and to receive recognition for the positive outcomes of bringing neighbours together.

Read more about this Summer Festival Blitzes, Summer Early Bird Winner, Ward Challenge and more in September issue of thE-Neighbour.

ConnectKW Project Worker Contracts

Sep 3 2013

The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo has opportunities for youth ages 15 to 30 years to get work experience. Project workers will assist with achieving the objectives of ConnectKW, a network of public internet access sites across K-W. Project Workers will provide technology training at various community sites through small group workshops and in one to one coaching.

UPDATE: Deadline for applications is extended to Monday September 30th, 2013 at 4 PM

Community Information Centre Pamphlets 2013

Aug 29 2013

NEW and IMPROVED: Our information pamphlets have been revised and updated. They are better than ever before! The pamphlets are available for download on our Get Informed Page.

Come visit our Information Resource Centre on the third floor at 151 Frederick St. in downtown Kitchener. We enjoy sharing resources with guests!

Community Conversations Matter

Aug 1 2013

Community conversations bring together community members, tell us new things about our community and the more involved a person is, the more integrated into their community they will feel. Festival of Neighbourhoods has partnered with Tamarack who sponsors the Community Conversations Award - join in and tell us about your neighbourhood.

Read the new Festival of Neighbourhoods blog to learn about a community conversation at the Courtland-Shelley 20th anniversary barbecue on June 3.

On a related note, Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo's staff and board members had a conversation this past March about communities that was captured in the document, Seeking Community – Wonderful Wandering Wondering Conversations .

Poverty Free KW invites Minister McMeekin for a visit

Jul 24 2013

Dear Minister McMeekin, We are following with interest and concern your informal 20-city tour on the Social Assistance Review Commission Report. We value this effort to validate what people think about the recommendations in this report and the process that has led to this point. We also invite you to come to Kitchener-Waterloo to hear about local contributions that have been made to the process to date.

Throughout all previous consultations, our message has been clear. It is time for action on the following: Raise the rates, Protect the well-being of people with disabilities, Reduce poverty for everyone.

Empowerment through Information

Jul 19 2013

Social Planning Council Board members and staff got together on July 18 to talk about the work we are doing, and about the the directions we can go in the future. It was wonderful to hear how much commonality there was around what we bring to the community: Quality Information Services, Empowerment through Information, Advocacy at Individual and Community Level, Social Planning and Development, Incubator Infrastructure, Relationship Building in the Community, Inclusive of Everyone Who Comes through Our Door! Come to visit us and see what we mean.