The Immigration Partnership hosts or co-hosts awards to recognize stakeholders who have made important contributions to the settling and community integration of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region. 

2023 Newcomer Landlord Award

Waterloo Region has always welcomed immigrants and refugees. The Newcomer Landlord Award recognizes landlords that go above and beyond to provide innovative, flexible, caring and affordable housing solutions for recent immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region. The award was founded in 2016 in response to an outpouring of support for Syrian refugees. The Award is presented as part of Waterloo Region's National Housing Day celebrations in November.

The 2023 Landlord Award nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for more information about award winners and the November National Housing Day event in Waterloo Region.


 2022 Newcomer Landlord Award Recipients

2022 newcomer landlord award recipients on the stage receiving the awards

The 2022 Newcomer landlord Award was presented on November 22 as part of the Region of Waterloo’s National Housing Day Celebration to six recipients. Chosen by a selection committee of community partners and landlords, the winners were celebrated for helping the newest members of our regional communities find home.

Honourees included: Lisa Weiler Haskins and Richard Hamming; Heidi Sproul; the Woolwich Community Health Centre; Open Homes KW, Moe Hansrod (KW Property Management); and Chinh Pham, Tho Tran and Tony Pham. Read their amazing stories of generosity here. 

At the ceremony, the Region of Waterloo also recognized the outstanding work of non-Profit and co-op housing providers who play an integral role in the housing system and, alongside other housing and support partners, build community together in Waterloo region. Heartfelt moments were lived during the ceremony that was highlighted by stories of solidarity and resilience.

Congratulations to all honorees! Thank you for the important work you do in helping create a welcoming community where everyone feels at HOME!

"This is Home" 

This is Home Poster

To celebrate the 2021 Newcomer Landlord Award, the Immigration Partnership, Compass Refugee Centre and Reception House Waterloo Region have created the "This is Home" video series featuring the journey of newcomers to find a home, as well as landlords who have helped create a caring community that supports immigrants. Visit our YouTube Channel to learn about the stories of Saul, Maria, Saada family and Khalifa family.

Read inspiring stories of previous Newcomer Landlord Award winners:

Watch some testimonials from the 2019 Newcomer Landlord Award winners and  learn how they have been helping recent immigrants and refugees find a home: Jake Benjamins, Vive Development and Frank and Marlene Hoekstra. Also learn how Reception House Waterloo Region and landlords work together to create housing solutions for immigrants and refugees here.


2019 Newcomer Landlord Award Winners

Contact Immigration Partnership if you are interested in providing housing solutions for recent immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region.