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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Laurier Community Hub

Laurier excels at creating a culture of engagement that develops the whole person and builds reciprocal community relationships. The Government and Community Relations team supports Laurier strategy for Thriving Community by working with campus partners to identify and build enriching partnerships with community organizations and local, provincial, and federal government officials.

The Government and Community Relations team serves as a point of contact for our community. We are a bridge between Laurier and its communities. To discuss partnerneship opportunties with Wilfrid Laurier University, please contact our team at community@wlu.ca.

In this community hub, you will find resources from Laurier leaders on everything from education, staying fit from your living room and thought leadership to online music performances and staying on top of your professional development. Resources and events will be added regularly so please visit often.

Laurier Supports its Communities

​United Way

For over 30 years, Laurier staff, faculty and retirees have banded together to support our communities through Brant United Way and United Way Waterloo Region Communities. Laurier's partnership with United Way helps foster positive community relations, providing a big impact on individuals accessing these services.

Faculty and staff can log in to Connect for information on how to support Laurier's United Way campaign.

Canadian Blood Services

Laurier has joined forces with Canadian Blood Services as a Partner for Life. Every calendar year Laurier makes a pledge of blood donations. Since joining the program in 2010, Laurier has contributed more than 2,500 blood donations. Book to donate blood and add Laurier's partner ID: WILF001529 to be counted toward Laurier's total donation goal.

Our Laurier Community Campaign

Laurier faculty and staff support the community through the "Our Laurier" community campaign.

Community Opportunities

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Laurier Promotes a Thriving Community

We’re in this together and are working to help support our communities through the Laurier Community Hub. Learn about initiatives through the hashtags #LaurierCares #LaurierCommunity.


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Services Available to Community Members

We have many courses, programs and activities for you and your family:

Youth Programs

Continuing Studies and Professional Development

Arts and Culture

Athletics and Sporting Events

Research

Laurier has developed strong community partnerships that promote Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Laurier's faculty research laboratories support research projects that aim to provide a positive social impact, such as the Laurier Child Language and Math Lab.

Our researchers are engaged in both local research and Northern research. The following research centres have strong community components:

Services Available for Employers and Entrepreneurs

We can help your organization work with Laurier students and alumni:

  • Visit our Employers and Community Partners webpage for information on how you can recruit top talent.
  • If you’re looking for volunteers for your organization, you can connect with our Community Service-Learning office, which integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction to both enrich students’ learning experiences and strengthen communities.
  • Small business owners and entrepreneurs can book a free consultation with a Laurier expert.
  • Laurier Women Entrepreneurship Centre: Are you looking to start your own business? Have you recently started one but are struggling with how to make it successful? We are here to help! Applications are now open for the online "Start My Business" Bootcamps. 
  • Knowledge mobilization is about exchanging ideas between the wider world, local communities and Laurier researchers. We work to forge relationships within and outside of Laurier to evolve our knowledge base and share what we're working on with the university, the community and the world. We invite you to partner with us.

Services Available to Alumni

There are many ways you can stay connected with the university.

Alumni Association

Career Help

  • Whether you’ve just entered the workforce or earned your degree decades ago, Laurier’s Career Development Centre is ready to help you with your career planning. Take advantage of career fairs, workshops and individual career counseling. You can also register for the Alumni Employment Service, which will email job listings tailored to your skills from companies seeking qualified Laurier alumni.
  • Alumni can book an appointment to meet virtually with a career consultant. We can help with job search and LinkedIn profile strategies, resumé and cover letter reviews, career exploration, and further education research. Just log into Navigator to book an appointment that suits your schedule. We are here to support you in your career journey.

Duplicate Degrees

  • Do you need another copy of your degree/diploma, whether because of loss, damage, name change, or because you're applying to a job or educational program that requires an official copy? You can get one by filling out the Duplicate or Replacement Degree form, paying the $35 fee and submitting it to Enrolment Services.

Contractors / Vendors / Realtors

Requests for Proposals / Tenders

All RFPs and Tenders issued by the Facilities and Asset Management department are posted on MERX Canadian Public Tenders.

Contractor Safety

Laurier is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees, students and visitors. To fulfil this commitment, the university must ensure that all contractors and sub-contractors are meeting or exceeding the requirements and standards of health, safety and environmental legislation. Laurier's Contract Labour Policy and Contract Labour Program must be followed by all contractors prior to initiating work at Laurier.

Contract Labour Program / Contract Labour Policy

All construction activities must be carried out safely and in compliance with the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations. Laurier has developed a Contract Labour Policy for all employees that are hiring contractors to follow.

Advance planning and quality site preparations are important for a safer, environmentally conscious, well-organized construction site. The Contract Labour Program applies to all contractors, general contractors and subcontractors that provide services to Laurier. Laurier’s Contract Labour Program outlines the specific requirements and documentation needed for contractors prior to beginning work at Laurier.

In order to be approved for work at Laurier, all applicable documents outlined in the Contract Labour Program must be received by the Laurier project administrator and considered acceptable with respect to the specific project. The project administrator will review the documents taking into account the scope of the intended work.

The project administrator will consult with Laurier's Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM) office as required. All documentation must be valid for the duration of the project or must be resubmitted. Should the scope of the project change, a review of the submitted contract labour documentation should be conducted by the Laurier project administrator to ensure it is acceptable.    

If you have any questions specific to your project, please direct them to your Laurier project administrator. 

Conditions for Contractors Working on Laurier Property

A Contractor Safety Guidelines booklet is provided to contractors to inform them of Laurier's safety requirements.

Contact for Facilities and Asset Management

  • Ulrike Gross, assistant vice-president, Facilities and Asset Management: ulgross@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x4868

Payments and Reimbursements

Financial Resources processes non-payroll related payments or reimbursements for employees, non-employees, contractors and consultants.

The Expense Handbook provides a framework of accountability and transparency to guide the effective oversight and use of public resources by the Laurier community.

Direct payment related inquiries to Accounts Payable (acctpay@wlu.ca).

Contact Us:

Madison Cox, Director, Government and Community Relations

E: macox@wlu.ca

Matthew Grills, Officer, Government Relations

E: mgrills@wlu.ca

Contact us to schedule a virtual coffee chat to learn more about Laurier and tell us about your organization.

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