Doing Business in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is among Canada's fastest growing communities, with a population expected to reach 729,000 by 2031 and a younger-than-average workforce.  

Waterloo Region straddles Canada's busiest transportation corridor, Highway 401. We are 100 kilometres west of Toronto and less than two hours from major Canada-U.S. border crossings at Niagara and Detroit/Port Huron. 

National railroads serve the region, and The Region of Waterloo International Airport, with daily flights to Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal, offers convenient service to domestic and international destinations.

Access to education

This area enjoys exceptional access to post-secondary education. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning together enrol 55,000 full-time students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 co-operative education students. Three international think tanks, the Institute for Quantum Computing, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) are based in Waterloo.

Worthy of investment

Waterloo Region operates under a two-tier system of local government. As the upper tier, the Region of Waterloo operates region-wide services such as water supply, waste management, planning, social services, public health, Emergency Medical Services/Land ambulance, Regional roads and Traffic signals and signs,  public  and specialized transit and the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

Seven area municipalities, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot, Woolwich, and North Dumfries, make up the second tier. They provide services and programs specific to their community, such as parks and recreation.