Our Mission…

Our Foundation is committed to resource development
for the Waterloo Catholic District Schools,
to support a comprehensive and equitable, quality education
within the context of our Faith-based learning community.


Our Story…

The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. (WRCSFI) was established in 1994 by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) trustees and administration. The purpose of this registered charity is to help offset the cost of programs and supports that were considered essential to the education of all learners in this community but not funded adequately by the Ministry of Education grants.
The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation focuses in three areas:


  • To support program enhancements important to our Catholic education community but no longer viable through Government funding
  • To support equity and opportunity for all our learners
  • To support the Faith component of Catholic education


Since 1994, the challenge of the WCDSB to meet its mission have escalated – Government funding has not kept up with the demands and rising costs, school boards have lost the option to generate much-needed funds from the local community property taxes and the Ontario Curriculum, legislated since 1996, is the most demanding, comprehensive curriculum in Ontario’s history. In addition the government and the community look to the school system to deliver and support more and more social programs.

Consequently, schools no longer have comprehensive arts, athletic, science and technology programs, school libraries do not have adequate print or technology-based resources, the Faith component of Catholic education is being strained. Unfortunately, the list of compromises to our students education goes on and on.

In response, the WRCSF has evolved into a dynamic, proactive, foundation, with a community-based board of directors, committed to supporting the mission of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, committed to ensuring that the potential in all learners is realized in 3 essential dimensions: mind * body * soul.

The WRCSF has launched an exciting new vision, supported by a comprehensive strategic plan, to ensure that its mission will be accomplished in the best interest of the 25,000 Elementary, Secondary and Adult learners in our Waterloo Catholic District Schools education community.



Manuel da Silva, Waterloo Catholic District School Board – Chair of the Board

“It is with heartfelt appreciation that I thank the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation for their ongoing support of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board vision. The dedicated board of director, assisted by hundreds of volunteers, contribute thousands of hours to raise funds and awareness for our students and the very fine work of our staff.  The result of their work continues to enrich our journey of improving student learning and nurturing the soul.”


Michael Schmitt, Waterloo Catholic District School Board – Director of Education & WRCSF Board Member

“The Foundation is important to our Catholic school system because of the financial support. As importantly, the Foundation collaborates with our schools to bring together and connects the broader Catholic community in Waterloo Region. The dedicated board of directors are champions for our children and for Catholic education. “

Registered Charity #89210 2286 RR0001
35 Weber Street West, P.O. Box 91116
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4G2