We're working with the City of Waterloo to make it easier for Indigenous communities to access public spaces to celebrate their culture and ceremony. This is part of our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Spaces
  3. Fees
  4. Eligibility
  5. How to book space for an Indigenous cultural or ceremonial event

COVID-19 updates

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in our communities has resulted in changes to our normal operations and service and program delivery. As we continue to respond to the pandemic, we kindly ask for your patience and flexibility as you work together with staff to carry out next steps in your event booking. With the situation evolving quickly, implementation plans, and event execution dates may need to be modified as a result of new developments and in the interest of community safety.


Spaces

Bookable spaces in Kitchener include:

  • meeting rooms at community centres
  • outdoor green space at city parks
  • picnic shelters
  • city-run arenas like The Aud

Visit our rental spaces page to see the full list of facilities.

A full list of bookable spaces in Waterloo is available on their website.


Fees

We're waiving rental-related fees for using city spaces for eligible Indigenous cultural and ceremonial events.

Rental-related fees include:

  • space rental fee
  • city fees for associated permits if applicable (example: tent permits)
  • insurance coverage (speak to your staff contact to discuss)

Depending on your event, there may be other fees you need to pay to the region or province.


Eligibility

To be eligible for waived rental-related fees, an event must meet all the criteria below:

  • be an Indigenous ceremonial or cultural event
  • be open and accessible to members of the local Indigenous communities
  • comply with all city policies and bylaws related to space rentals

How to book space for an Indigenous cultural or ceremonial event
Indigenous groups may book space for their eligible Indigenous cultural or ceremonial events by following the steps below.
Contact city staff with a booking request
  • For City of Kitchener facility and park bookings, please contact Josh Joseph, Manager of the Neighbourhood Development Office at 519-741-2200 ext. 7082 or by email.
  • For City of Waterloo facility and park bookings, please contact Pamela Albrecht, Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Services, at 519-747-8725 or pamela.albrecht@waterloo.ca.
City staff coordinate support
  • City staff will work closely with the event organizer to coordinate the booking details for a space depending on availability.
  • Some events may require permits. Staff can help provide support while navigating any City, Regional or provincial policies and permits.
  • Insurance is required. The amount of coverage needed varies depending on the event. Staff can answer your questions about what is needed.
Booking of space is scheduled at no charge to the event organizer 
  • City staff schedule the booking and waive fees required by the City (i.e. rental related fees, special event licenses and permits).