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.
Source: Communitech 2020
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 rapid screening pilot program launches in Waterloo Region
A first-of-its-kind program will make free, self-administered rapid antigen screening available to employees of small- and medium-sized businesses in Waterloo Region to help stop the spread of COVID-19.… (click here to read more)
2021-04-12 11:27 am - Featured
Women founders will play key role in post-pandemic recovery
Women entrepreneurs and workers will play a key role in the post-pandemic economic recovery, yet, in the interim, they are bearing a disproportionate amount of the stress and strain caused by the pandemic,… (click here to read more)
2021-04-08 4:21 pm - Featured
Q+A: Chris Albinson brings the world to Waterloo Region
Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute sounds like an unlikely gateway to the world, situated, as it was, in a small city better known for its prisons. Still, for a precocious ’80s teen named Chris… (click here to read more)
2021-04-08 10:37 am - Featured