The Waterloo Centre for German Studies has the following mandate:
- To conduct research on the language, culture, and civilization of German-speaking peoples, from both historical and contemporary perspectives
- To provide a wide range of educational and cultural activities for the academy and the broader community
- To engage with German-Canadian heritage
Built by German settlers and immigrants, Kitchener-Waterloo is a significant German heritage centre in Canada and is home to the greatest density of German-Canadians in the country. A large body of knowledge about German-Canadian culture and the German-speaking peoples exists here. The idea to found the Waterloo Centre for German Studies goes back many years.