Kitchener-Waterloo is located on the Haldimand Tract, the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Today the Haldimand Tract is home to a diverse group of Indigenous people, as well as the Anishnaabe and the Haudenosaunee.
The Waterloo Region, consisting of the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich, is home to Canada’s fastest-growing technology sector and is part of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor. Located approximately one-hour west of Toronto, the Waterloo Region offers a unique blend of modern, energetic urban centres and scenic, rural landscapes, and is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
Waterloo Region is renowned for higher education and research. In addition to Laurier, it is home to the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. Internationally recognized research organizations also make their home in Waterloo: The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Balsillie School for International Affairs and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.
The community has a reputation for innovation, where a new generation of entrepreneurs is ready to invent the future. Communitech, an internationally recognized, industry-led innovation centre, calls Waterloo home, as do tech companies like Desire2Learn, OpenText, Shopify, Google, Oracle, Vidyard and Igloo. Some of the country’s largest insurance and financial companies have their Canadian headquarters here, including Sun Life Financial, Manulife Financial, and Economical Insurance.
Kitchener and Waterloo have vibrant cultural scenes and host many major events throughout the year. Their historic German roots are celebrated on a grand scale during Oktoberfest, the largest Bavarian festival outside of Munich, Germany. Farm-fresh food is never hard to find at the region’s two popular farmers’ markets: the Kitchener Market and the famous St Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Waterloo Region offers more than 150 kilometers of community trails that are ideal for walking, jogging, cycling and bird watching.
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