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We are recognized as a great place to live, particularly as a mid-size community that offers a high quality of life.

weare_a growing city

Our city is ideally located in the Region of Waterloo - the 4th largest urban centre in Ontario and the 10th largest in Canada. As a city, we continue to experience significant economic investment that is transforming our city and our community.

weare_a young, diversified and highly educated community

Compared to many cities, Waterloo has a relatively young population that falls below the provincial and national average age. Over the years, our community has become more culturally diverse. We are also one of the most educated communities in Canada, based on percentage of population with a post-secondary education and degree - reflective of our post-secondary institutions and knowledge-base economy.

weare_a diverse and growing economy

Waterloo's diverse economy makes this city a great place in which to invest - our community is noted for a prominent insurance industry, a strong and growing manufacturing sector, world-class academic and research institutions and a revered technology centre - all of which are driving our economy into the next century.

weare_acclaimed for our education and research institutions

The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College offer some of the best education programs in the world. UW's intellectual property policy promotes significant economic spinoff in our community and our globally recognized think tanks attract the best and the brightest - keeping us in the global spotlight.

weare_proud of our reputation as innovative, collaborative and creative

Our long-standing history of supporting and encouraging innovation means that we share the same goals as local businesses and academics to ensure our city keeps moving forward with a dynamic technology sector in place. Our spirit of collaboration has created a unique eco-system where academics, entrepreneurs, government and established businesses all work together to propel our local economy and build our reputation as a technology and knowledge leader.



weare_an award-winning city

From urban design awards to architecture awards to sustainability awards to economic development awards - Waterloo wins local, provincial and global acclaim as a premier destination for success.

  • World's Most Intelligent Community (2007)
  • Municipal Award for Innovation (2014)
  • Top 20 World's Start Up Ecosystem (2013)
  • Top 50 Best Cities to Live in Canada (Monkey Sense national survey, 2013)
  • Top 10 Micro American Cities of the Future (FDI Magazine, 2013)
  • 4th Best Place to Invest in Ontario (Real Estate Investment Network, 2013)
  • 2nd in Canada to attract skilled and creative workers (City Magnets II Report, 2013)
  • Top 100 Canadian Public Spaces (Planetizen - Waterloo Public Square)
  • Sustainable Communities Water Award (FCM 2013 - GreenLab Rainwater Harvesting & Reuse Project) 
  • Sustainable Communities Transportation Award (FCM 2012 - Davenport Road)
  • Excellence in Economic Development Award (International Economic Development Counsel 2011 - David Johnston Research + Technology Park)
  • Governor General's Medals In Architecture (Royal Architectural Institute of Canada - Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery)
  • RIBA International Award (Royal Institute of British Architects, 2012 - CIGI Campus)
  • Age Friendly City (World Health Organization 2012)
  • IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant 2012

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