Why Waterloo

Reasons to live and work in Waterloo Region

Canada’s leading tech ecosystem, Waterloo Region has a track record of future-forward ingenuity (we invented search, the smartphone and blue-bin recycling), and thousands of amazing new companies continue to invent the future in everything from robotics to AI and human-computer interaction. 

We respect and encourage diversity, curiosity and collaboration; we make big bets on science, tech, creativity and innovation; and we do it together to create a better community, country and world.

We have a world-class community of tech

Our tech community is a collection of locally-grown companies and brands from around the globe who have chosen to land here and be part of the action. From scrappy startups, to rapidly-growing scale-ups and large global brands, we’re home to tech of all sizes. 

597 startups

188 scale-ups

144 corporates

Source: Communitech FY2020

You can build your career

With 443 companies, there are 3,578 jobs available today. Find your dream role by visiting our career listings. 

Work In Tech

Our companies want to meet you

Communitech Tech Jam isn't your typical job fair. It's a networking and hiring event where companies pitch to you to work for them. 

We connect qualified tech and non-tech talent to companies in the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor. Stay tuned for our next Tech Jam event in spring 2021. 

Tech Jam From Home

Featured companies in Waterloo Region

Here are a few companies doing some amazing work. 

Receive a top-tier education

Education is a priority here. 20 percent of our population are learners. 

Learn more on Why Waterloo

We Built This: Video series

Check out some of the amazing companies that have come out of Waterloo Region's tech community.

Career profiles

Local stories of career progression and impact in Waterloo Region. 

We pull together

In Waterloo Region, collaboration is the name of the game. It was the case in the early 1900s when the community would come together to build each others’ barns; it was the case in the early 2000s in the wake of the dot-com bubble; and it's the case today when faced with any sort of challenge. 

The most recent example? Acting collectively through acts of love, compassion and giving, Waterloo Region is using its superpower to get through the time of COVID-19 together.

We’re working hard to be future-ready

If 2020 has told us anything, our world has to be ready for change. As a community, we band together to ensure Canada remains prosperous as our world evolves and changes. 

Through collaboratives like the Future of Work & Learning coalition, the Future of Health, the Future of Retail and the Future of Cities, we bring people, companies, organizations and academia, together to help solve the problems of tomorrow, today. 


We're a diversified economy

In addition to our tech companies, our ecosystem is enriched by strong industries from food and beverage to automotive and manufacturing. 

We support each other

A huge variety of meetups, events and peer2peer groups exist here, allowing people to come together, learn from each other and make some friends in the process. Whoever you are and whatever your schedule, you’re bound to find the right fit.


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Budding firm shoots for consistency in medicinal cannabis

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Communitech mobilizes IP expertise to help bolster Canadian prosperity
Communitech mobilizes IP expertise to help bolster Canadian prosperity

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Meat subscription service truLOCAL acquired for up to CDN$16.8M

Waterloo Region-based meat subscription service truLOCAL has been acquired by EMERGE Commerce Ltd. (TSXV: ECOM) for a total purchase price of up to CDN$16.8 million. Founded in 2016 and based in the Communitech… (click here to read more)

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