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. Anti-Black Racism + White Supremacy

    We at CCAWR stand in solidarity with our sister, @selamdebs who was the target of deeply harmful acts of anti-Black racism this weekend (Jan. 29th/30th).

    We condemn these violent acts of white supremacy and stand up against all forms of white nationalism, racism and discrimination.

    Please READ Selam’s statement to take immediate ACTION.
    All action matters, including sharing your voice to condemn racism and white supremacy and taking time to contact the police and local government officials to ensure Selam receives Justice.
  2. Dr Laura Mae Lindo’s experience as the head of the NDP Caucus

    See this link.

  3. Black History Month 2022

    Join the CCAWR, our partners and sponsors, as we kick off Black History Month 2022 with a 3-day online celebration of Black culture. Featuring local artistes and speakers, we will Celebrate, Educate and Advocate in Waterloo Region!

  4. ‘It really is about access’: Business incubator for Black entrepreneurs to launch in Waterloo region

    The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR) will soon launch an incubator aimed at Black entrepreneurs, with the first cohort of aspiring business owners set to begin in early 2022.
    “We’re beyond excited,” said Trevor Charles, a board member with the CCAWR and professor of biology at the University of Waterloo.


  5. Local Caribbean Canadian Association nets $2.9M to support Black entrepreneurs

    “With an investment of over $2.9 million the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region will be able to continue and expand their work supporting and fostering Black entrepreneurship. These investments are an important part of our strategy to help support Black businesses so that they can continue to play an important role in our community and our country.”


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  6. Conestoga College to support Black entrepreneurship programs

    The LiftOff program will have a strong focus on supporting female entrepreneurs, and will provide access for Black entrepreneurs to business advisory services, incubator and accelerator programming, entrepreneurial workshops, and one-on-one mentorship opportunities to help them start and grow their businesses.”


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

    Book your first or second dose.


  8. Select Rexall Pharmacies COVID-19 Vaccination Waitlist

    Walk-ins now accepted.


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

    Check this site often as details change regularly.


  10. 2022 CCAWR Scholarship Poster

    Click to see our latest Scholarship Program Poster.

  11. 2021 Scholarship Program

    Click to see the 2021 Scholarship Program – Year End Review.

  12. WRDSB System Navigator Form

    African, Caribbean and Black identifying students and families who wish to access the System Navigator Anti-Black Racism support should complete the System Navigator Form.


  13. $221 Million in Loans for Black Entrepreneurs


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


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


  16. Hire BIPOC