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Located within Canada’s Technology Triangle, Waterloo experiences the benefit of a smaller, well networked community, balanced with the synergies of global recognition and international opportunity.

Surrounded by green farmland and fresh air, our city is a modern, vigorous academic, business and industrial community.

Waterloo is small enough to offer the best lifestyle, while close to all the amenities of the larger metropolitan areas. It is no wonder that a Money Sense national survey ranked Waterloo among the Top 50 Best Cities to Live in Canada (2013).

City population: 131,100, including student population (2013)

Regional population: 550,000

Median age: The median age in Waterloo is 37.6 years. In comparison, the median age of Ontario was 40.4 years (2011).

Waterloo ranks very high in such aspects as education, average hours worked, wage and salary rates, cost of living, responsive city government, low level of union activity and value added by manufacturing.

  • A broad range of housing from traditional neighbourhoods to urban condos
  • Our city remains among the safest in Ontario
  • An extensive trail network, several green spaces and parks and world-class recreational facilities
  • Excellent educational system for students of all ages
  • A strong economy bolstered by a thriving manufacturing base, a prominent financial sector and very active academic and technology industries
  • Incredible shopping opportunities across the city – unique shops and boutiques in the uptown core, two regional-scale shopping centres and many neighbourhood retail options
  • Conveniently located close to other amenities including the Waterloo Region International Airport, local museums and galleries, St. Jacob’s Market and more

As a community, we offer a high quality of life that has successfully attracted and retained many businesses, setting the stage for future growth and expansion.

 

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We continue to experience significant economic investment based on a well-defined economic strategy that supports innovation, collaboration and culture.

  • Over. $2.3 billion in construction value in the last five years, including:
    • $345 million in construction value in the uptown core
    • $375 million in the construction of academic buildings
  • Over 1,200 residential units approved or under construction in the uptown core, with more on the way
  • Over 1.5 million sq.ft. of office space constructed in the last five years, including:
    • 80,000 sq.ft. medical building the The Boardwalk centre
    • Several buildings in the David Johnston Research & Technology Park, including the 102,000 sq.ft. AGFA building
    • First building in the ExChange campus on Weber Street
    • Several buildings in the BlackBerry North Campus
  • Significant economic spin-off from a host of major cultural and recreational events such as the Sun Life Financial Uptown Waterloo Busker Festival, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic and over 400 activities, events and festivals hosted in Waterloo Public Square

 

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