City Profile

Population: 137420

  • At 43%, Waterloo is above average in percentage of parkland that is under special policy protection for sensitive ecosystems.
  • Waterloo is one of 56% of cities that offers a community park group program.
  • At 56%, Waterloo is above average in ratio of parkland that is natural area.
  • Waterloo is developing its first woonerf, or ‘living street’, in the Northdale neighbourhood, which will include enhanced public space, trees and vegetation, and possibly a snow-melting system.
  • Waterloo’s annual Lumen festival of light, art, and technology uses participatory art installations in parks to engage communities with public space in new and non-traditional ways.
  • Following the installation of an artist-designed community harvest table that seats 200 in Waterloo Park, the city is expanding the harvest table initiative to other parks.
Data 2020


ha parkland per 1000 people

946 ha total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

530 total ha²


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

405 total ha


of total city land is parkland

6400 ha of total city area


Dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms


Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)


volunteers per 1000 people

1180 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Partners in Parks

Community park group program


Parks operating budget per person

$6,688,122 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

Community Benefits Charge³

¹Source: 2017 Statistics Canada. ²Increase from 2019 due to updated information. ³This tool was introduced in 2019 and is still under review. Previous Provincial legislation allowed 5% of development site or cash-in-lieu.

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