Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities: Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener, and four rural townships: North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.

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Waterloo region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario. It is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary education institutions and world-class skills and talent. An ever-growing component of our population, there were 58, 860 students enrolled at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College in 2013 — more than 10% of the population of the entire Waterloo Region.

Also known as Canada’s Technology Triangle, the Region’s dynamism and its future is woven from the threads of industry employing advanced technology in their product development and manufacturing processes, as well as using advanced technology as a key driver of business competitiveness. The Region’s Advanced Technology Cluster crosses many sectors, and its’ innovation prowess is reflected in the 30,000 people employed here at 1,000 Information Technology companies. Competitive business costs and the most diverse economy in Ontario drive the continued expansion of the advanced technology cluster. The University of Waterloo’s revolutionary intellectual property policy started the wave of entrepreneurship that propelled the technology and innovative culture of this community.

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The City of Waterloo was named the world’s Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007 by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF). This great honour acknowledges communities that understand the enormous challenges of the Broadband Economy and have taken conscious steps to prosper in it.

Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities: Waterloo, Cambridge, and Kitchener, and four rural townships: North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.

People in park

Waterloo region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario. It is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary education institutions and world-class skills and talent. An ever-growing component of our population, there were 58, 860 students enrolled at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College in 2013 — more than 10% of the population of the entire Waterloo Region.

University of Waterloo building

Also known as Canada’s Technology Triangle, the Region’s dynamism and its future is woven from the threads of industry employing advanced technology in their product development and manufacturing processes, as well as using advanced technology as a key driver of business competitiveness. The Region’s Advanced Technology Cluster crosses many sectors, and its’ innovation prowess is reflected in the 30,000 people employed here at 1,000 Information Technology companies. Competitive business costs and the most diverse economy in Ontario drive the continued expansion of the advanced technology cluster. The University of Waterloo’s revolutionary intellectual property policy started the wave of entrepreneurship that propelled the technology and innovative culture of this community.

Closeup of Person working on a computer chip

The City of Waterloo was named the world’s Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007 by the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF). This great honour acknowledges communities that understand the enormous challenges of the Broadband Economy and have taken conscious steps to prosper in it.

Perimeter Institute building