Tech and Digital Media

Waterloo Region is a growing ecosystem of more than 1,570 tech-related businesses. Our community is home to Canada's largest tech, software, satellite and eLearning companies, and one of the world's top producers of visual technology displays.

To ensure Waterloo Region remains competitive we have created a business environment that fosters growth. Waterloo Region's business environment offers a survival rate of first-year information and communications technology (ICT) start-ups at almost double the global industry average. This is supported by the lowest R&D tax and corporate investment tax rates among the G-7. In the 2017 fiscal year, Waterloo Region tech companies attracted $291.1M in venture capital, a 14% increase from the 2016 fiscal year.

In addition, the integratedToronto-Waterloo innovation corridor ranks 16th among Top 20 Global Start-up Ecosystems. This ecosystem can be seen through membership of one or our incubator hubs, Communitech. In 2017, Communitech had 1,266 technology members, this includes start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and large corporations.

Waterloo Region also has the highest concentration of the Information Technology and Analytical Instruments sector, based on population.  

Our community has many of Canada's top and renowned ICT companies such as:

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