Continuing 150 plus years of attentive care to students, parents, and the community.

In 1858, with the help of five young women from the community of St. Agatha, Eugene Funcken, C.R. established a residential care home for eight children left without care after fire ravaged their homes.  The original residential care home was an old log tavern rented from Peter Tschirhart . In 1868, a new residential care home was built at a cost of $5,000.00 on nine acres of land donated by Nicholas Dietrich

In 1870 Funcken travelled to Milwaukee to apply to Mother M. Caroline for the School Sisters of Notre Dame to take charge of the Residential care home. His request was granted, and in 1871 Mother M. Joachin and Sister Hunigundis arrived to take charge of the twenty children living in the residential care and learning facility.  In 1875 the separate school was added and supported solely by the people of St. Agatha Community. By 1902 the institution was enlarged to accommodate increased numbers of students that require the care and devotion of the institution. In 1966 Notre Dame of St. Agatha became a non-denominational residential care institution for all students across the region.

Canadian Independent College (CIC Waterloo) continues the great history of passion and care towards its student population and community at large. The modern campus in located on 6.4 acres of picturesque valley in the Waterloo Region.

Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community located in the heart of southwestern Ontario’s greenbelt. We have all the amenities of a large urban centre while still maintaining the charm and character of a smaller rural community. With a population of more than 540,000 people, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario.

Waterloo is home to two of the highest-ranked universities in the country: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University and attracts some of the best and brightest talent from around the world.

CIC Waterloo is within an hour drive to Toronto Pearson International Airport and several prestigious universities such as University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, and University of Guelph.

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