Why Waterloo

Build your career in a community like no other 

Canada’s leading tech ecosystem, Waterloo Region has a track record of future-forward ingenuity (ranging from the first search engine to the BlackBerry), 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 Built This: Video series

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

Tech of all sizes

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

Brands active in our community

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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 and the Future of Retail, 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 peer 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.

We're set to give you the skills for tomorrow

We’re home to three of the most-respected post-secondary institutions in Canada, complemented by specialized programming to help you keep up with our evolving workforce.  

Who's hiring

With hundreds of companies looking to fill technical and non-technical roles, Waterloo Region has the ingredients to fulfil any career journey.

400+ companies

900+ jobs

Career profile

Local stories of career progression and impact in Waterloo Region. 


‘The perfect place for creating a tech company’
‘The perfect place for creating a tech company’

Count Martin Basiri, CEO and co-founder of ApplyBoard, among those who wasn’t surprised one lick last month when Waterloo Region emerged at the top of CBRE’s list of The Next 25 Markets. Basiri, whose… (click here to read more)

Craig Daniels
2020-08-07 10:44 am - Featured

How a big-box retailer has helped Axonify grow and prosper
How a big-box retailer has helped Axonify grow and prosper

Axonify CEO Carol Leaman acknowledges that when her company signed the behemoth retailer Walmart as a client more than seven years ago, it was a pretty big deal. At the time, the Waterloo-based maker of… (click here to read more)

Craig Daniels
2020-08-06 8:00 am - Featured

Patty McCord, on life during, and after, COVID-19
Patty McCord, on life during, and after, COVID-19

Patty McCord, the former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix, is often looked to for answers, asked to gaze into her crystal ball and tell her audience how the tech and business universe is apt to unfold.… (click here to read more)

Craig Daniels
2020-08-04 4:46 pm - Featured

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