Housing, Transit, & Community Development

This policy paper aims to illustrate what students believe to be underappreciated issues and concerns in their municipalities. Though tensions tend to run high between temporary and permanent residents in cities with post-secondary institutions, universities contribute largely to the growth of local economies. Given the significant impact that universities have on their communities, attention should be paid to maintaining and strengthening relationships between university students and their municipalities.

Tensions tend to run high between temporary and permanent residents in cities with a post-secondary institution. Even under these circumstances, universities contribute largely to the growth of local economies. The University of Waterloo’s Economic Impact Study in 2013 found that the catalyst for growth in the Region of Waterloo is largely due to the university and its emphasis on innovation and co-op programming.[1] Given the significant impact that universities have on their communities, attention should be paid to maintaining and strengthening relationships between university students and their municipalities.



[1] Pricewaterhouse Coopers, University of Waterloo Economic Impact Study: 2013 Highlights (Waterloo: University of Waterloo, 2013).