Neighbourhood strategy


Residents take the lead. The city supports them along the way. That's the vison behind Love My Hood - Kitchener's neighbourhood strategy.

We know that the best neighbourhoods are made by the people who live there. That's why Love My Hood provides more support, easy-to-use tools and increased funding for the projects you care about. You told us that you're ready to take action in your neighbourhood and we want you to know - we're here to help!

From community gardens to pop-up markets, neighbourhood movie nights to street parties - Love My Hood inspires neighbours to get together and make a positive change. Plus, you can make great memories in the process.

As we develop new tools and funding opportunities on things like community art or porch parties, be the first to find out about these new opportunities by signing up for our email updates.

Want to learn more about Love My Hood's eighteen action items to support Great Places, Connected People and Working Together? Read the full Love My Hood strategy. 

Community gardens

Community gardens provide access to fresh produce, connect neighbours, provide a sense of belonging and improve the look of neighbourhoods. Find out how to start a new community garden in Kitchener.

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.

Neighbourhood Placemaking Challenge

Improve a public place in your 'hood. Here are a few ideas:

  • Mural on a storage shed
  • Bicycle fix-it station on a trail
  • Pop-up lemonade stand on the sidewalk
  • Pollinator garden on a cul-de-sac

Apply today! Applications for grants of $1,000 - $2,000 are due April 9, 2018.The application deadline for larger grant amounts has passed. Read the full grant criteria.

 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.

Love My Hood was created by neighbours, for neighbours.

All of the action items in our plan are based on the feedback we received during our community engagement process, in which:
  • 5,343 people participated, which is three people for every street in Kitchener!
  • 3,842 hours of conversation were held, which is like talking about neighbourhoods for 160 consecutive days!

To see what your neighbours had to say, check out:

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