By becoming a Bee City Region, the Region of Waterloo will be able to establish a core group of individuals whose mandate will be to provide leadership to our local municipalities, local communities (neighbourhood, school, faith) and individuals who are interested in learning more about pollinators as well as becoming involved in hands-on projects. The Region will also be able to highlight and celebrate initiatives already in place and further engage local residents in an environment of creativity and innovation which will promote a healthier life for our community.
The Region of Waterloo will initiate and engage in conversations with and among municipalities, local communities and individuals about how to grow local healthy food and how to reduce or eliminate chemicals that are harmful to pollinators, the food system and the planet. Finally, by becoming a Bee Region, we will be able to provide liaison opportunities between rural landowners (agricultural and non- agricultural) and urban residents to promote and encourage sharing of knowledge about pollinators and their role in ecosystem functions, food production, and healthy lifestyles.
The Region of Waterloo has 3 Bee Cities designated (Waterloo, Kitchener and Wellesley Township) and a Bee Campus (Wildfred Laurier University). The Region’s Community Environmental Fund funds a number of community-based pollinator garden projects each year as well as several school-based pollinator projects.
In addition to specific pollinator garden projects, the Community Environmental Fund also provides funding for habitat restoration projects, some of which take place on private land, and others on public/municipal lands.