The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region is a non-profit organization serving Waterloo Region’s Caribbean community. Organized in 1975, we are committed to strengthening and enhancing the quality of life of families and individuals by providing culturally sensitive programs, support, resources, education and training.

The CCAWR aims to promote the social, cultural and economic interests of, and advocate for, the Caribbean community in the Region of Waterloo.


Our Events

Persons of Distinction 2017


The CCAWR initiated the Persons of Distinction ceremony to honour individuals who have contributed to the region and the community in a meaningful way. It is our way of saying “thank you”. The event will be held on April 29, 2017.


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Black History Month is recognized in February every year through events hosted by various community organizations. It is an opportunity to celebrate and remember the people and events in the history of the African diaspora who have contributed to the development of the Canadian society. Look out for upcoming events in your area.


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The CCAWR Family Brunch is one of the main fundraiser events for the organizations Scholarship Program. It is an annual event usually held in June and is hosted by the CCAWR to raise money for the Scholarship Fund. The event offers great entertainment, food, features a guest speaker, and of course a time to meet up with some old friends.


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The Awards of Excellence presentation ceremony is usually held in September, at which time all awardees are presented with their scholarships. The CCAWR Scholarship Fund was started in 2002 and provides tuition awards to students of Caribbean heritage in the Waterloo Region community as they move ahead to university or college. The award has steadily grown from $500 to $1,5000 over the years, and we will be undertaking new initiatives that increase the level award.


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News You Can Use

  1. Region of Waterloo COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration

    Check this site often as details change regularly.

    Pre-registration is only for eligible groups. The fastest way to receive an appointment is to provide an email or text (mobile phone number) when you pre-register. It may take 4-6 weeks to be contacted for an appointment.


  2. Select Rexall Pharmacies COVID-19 Vaccination Waitlist

    Check this site often as details change regularly.


  3. Select Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacies COVID-19 Vaccination Waitlist

    Check this site often as details change regularly.


  4. New Innovation Hub to Help Black Entrepreneurs Grow Business

    Black entrepreneurs can feel discouraged without peer mentorship, says Vincent Bowry.


  5. RBC Capital Markets Canada Pathways Diversity Scholarship Program

    RBC is offering Internship Summer 2022 and $10,000 to post secondary students.  RBC Pathways aims to recognize and reward outstanding undergraduate students studying full-time at a Canadian university or college who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour. Application deadline: May 17, 2021, 11:59pm ET.


  6. Community Justice Initiatives – Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

    The primary role of the Community & Volunteer Engagement Coordinator is to oversee and provide direction to CJI communications, community engagement activities, the volunteer program and provide support to the fund development committee.  This posting will be open until May 7, 2021 at 4 p.m.


  7. Virtual Job Information Fair for Indigenous and Racialized Individuals

    On Tuesday, April 27 from 6pm – 7:30pm, we are hosting a virtual job information fair for Indigenous and racialized individuals.


  8. $221 Million in Loans for Black Entrepreneurs


  9. Summer Intern, Waterloo Region Black Innovation Centre

    The CCAWR has secured funding for two (2) summer interns for Summer 2021, in support of the development of the Waterloo Region Black Innovation Centre.

    WRBIC Summer Interns

  10. Scholarships Recognize Achievements of Black Students – Waterloo Record Article!


  11. Words of advice and inspiration from young people in Waterloo region who won this year’s Awards of Excellence


  12. Hire BIPOC


  13. Region Announces Members of Anti-Racism Advisory Working Group