Love my hood


Great cities are made up of great neighbourhoods - people working together to make our community a safe, thriving and welcoming place we're proud to call home. Be a part of the movement. Improve a public place, plan an event or take advantage of the programs, opportunities and resources available to you.

#lovemyhood - Neighbourhood Strategy

Residents take the lead. The city supports them along the way. That's the vision driving Love My Hood, which provides more support, easy-to-use tools and funding opportunities on things like community gardens, traffic calming, street parties and more. Find out how the city can help you make your neighbourhood even better.

Neighbourhood matching grant

Need cash for a cool idea? We can help! Up to $15,000 available for projects that renew a public place, strengthen relationships between neighbours or foster neighbourhood pride. Learn how you can get funding to support positive change in your neighbourhood.

Community gardens

Kitchener has more than 30 community gardens throughout the city, where people come together to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in designated plots. These gardens are organized and led by groups of passionate volunteers. Learn more about how you can get involved. 

Resident-led traffic calming

Do you want to slow traffic, bring awareness to pedestrian safety issues or add beauty to a neighbourhood? Here are a few creative ways: 

  • Painted crosswalks
  • Roadway painting, like intersection murals
  • Planter boxes on the boulevard
  • Neighbourhood lawn signs
  • Temporary or "pop-up" measures
  • Alternative uses of parking spaces

To get started, read the Easy Steps Guide for Resident-led Traffic Calming.

Neighbours Day

Neighbours Day is an annual event that encourages residents and organizations to host fun activities for everyone in the area, while giving residents an opportunity to learn about programs, services and support available at our different facilities. Learn how you can get involved.

Festival of Neighbourhoods

The Festival of Neighbourhoods program encourages neighbours to build stronger relationships with each other through organizing gatherings, activities and events. With tips, resources and activity guides, you have lots of support to bring your ideas to life. Plus, you could win a neighbourhood improvement grant! Find out more.

Neighbourhood associations

We all benefit from an amazing network of neighbourhood associations across the city. These volunteer-run organizations create social opportunities and run recreational programs right in the heart of your neighbourhood. Find your nearest neighbourhood association.

Community centres

Our community centres provide places for neighbours to meet, learn new things and enjoy a wide variety of recreational programs and other services. Learn more about these services.

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