Waterloo Region Commercial Overview
The Region of Waterloo is a vibrant community of opposites. Rooted deeply in agricultural history — and at the same a renowned hub of innovation — the Region’s enviable growth and stability is a powerful testament to its diversity of people and industries. Drawn by land availability, easy highway access and growing infrastructure, the Region is home to key Canadian players in the manufacturing, logistics, technology and finance sectors.
As the fourth largest metropolitan area in Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge (the Tri-Cities) boasts a population of over a half-million people, while 3+ million more live within an hour’s drive. Close to the GTA and other major centres (such as London, Hamilton and Niagara), the Region is centrally located and close to three major U.S. border points.
Dubbed “Silicon Valley North”, the region is known for its ability to attract tech companies, among them Google, Communitech, OpenText and Maplesoft. A wealth of renowned post-secondary institutions fuel the highly-educated workforce. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College and University of Guelph each within 30 minutes of one another, stand out as powerful Canadian leaders in thought and innovation.