Fast Facts About Waterloo Region

  • In the 2011 Census, Waterloo Region had 507,096 residents.
  • Post-secondary students number about 55,000, including 8,500 full-time and 4,000 apprenticeship students at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 30,000 at the University of Waterloo and 12,400 at Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Among the region's major employers are Sun Life Financial, Manulife Financial, Toyota Motor Manufacturing , Automation Tooling Systems (ATS), Babcock & Wilcox and Blackberry.
  • More than 400 high-tech firms operate in Waterloo Region. In addition to Blackberry, the list includes Descartes Systems, Open Text, Maplesoft, Dalsa, MKS and more.
  • On the Ontario Cost of Living Index, with Toronto at 100 as the baseline, Waterloo Region is 73.8.
  • The average home price in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2007 was $252,429. In Cambridge the average was $242,752.
  • More than 80 per cent of workers live less than 30 minutes from their workplace.
  • Some 42 per cent of commuters travel less than five kilometres to work; 9.2 per cent travel more than 25 kilometres.


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Community Services

Planning, Housing and Community Services
150 Frederick St.,
Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3

Phone: 519-575-4047
TTY: 519-575-4608
Fax: 519-575-4449

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