Resources, Reports and Census Bulletins

Waterloo Region's community profile describes our economy, key sectors, workforce, lifestyle, education, talent, demographics, transportation, cost of living/doing business and our innovation culture.

Census Bulletins
Building Activity Reports
Business and Labour

2020 was a year of economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This uncertainty was reflected both locally and nationally according to annualized data gathered in the 2020 Labour Force Survey.

The total population of those age 15 and over in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo Census Metropolitan Area (KCW CMA) was 492,900, of which, 338,600 were considered to be in the labour force (employed or unemployed). This results in a participation rate of 68.7 per cent, which is higher than the provincial and national averages.

The KCW CMA had an employed labour force of 306,200 people in 2020. This is the number of employed people who live in the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo, and the Townships of Woolwich, North Dumfries, and Wilmot. There were 16,500 fewer employed people in the CMA in 2020 than in 2019. Of the 16,500 jobs lost, 83% were part time jobs.



Central Transit Corridor Monitoring Reports

The total population of Waterloo Region is estimated at 673,910 as of year-end 2023, including university and college students who would normally be residing in the Region while they study at our local institutions. This is an increase 28,490 people, a growth rate of 4.4% from year-end 2022. Based on this estimate, over the past 15 years the region's population has grown an average of 1.6 per cent per year.

There are two commonly referenced 2021 population figures for Waterloo Region. Statistics Canada released results from the Census of Canada showing a 2021 Census population of 587,165. Additionally, the Province of Ontario outlines population forecasts in the Places to Grow - Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. For 2021, the estimated Places to Grow population for Waterloo Region was 617,000. The Places to Grow population includes a four per cent undercount, but excludes domestic students.

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