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Kitchener-Waterloo is located in southwestern Ontario within close proximity to Toronto, London and Hamilton. The region offers:
  • A diversified economy in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, with plenty of employment opportunities;
  • Affordable housing;
  • A range of natural and recreational activities; and
  • An exciting and diverse academic environment.
Weather
Waterloo Region offers a four-season climate. Summers are warm, with temperatures in the high 20 degree Celsius range. We receive a moderate amount of snow during the winter, making outdoor activities like skiing, snowshoeing and skating possible. Green spaces are beautiful in the spring, and give way to a range of colours as the fall approaches.

Economy
We offer a mix of manufacturing, high-tech, financial services and other sectors. Several financial services firms base significant portions of their workforce in Waterloo Region. Several technology companies (including Blackberry) are based in the region. While the automobile manufacturing sector has seen declining employment, it continues to have a significant presence in the region.

Education
Kitchener-Waterloo is home to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University as well as award winning Conestoga College. University of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener were pivotal in establishing the new health sciences campus - home to the UW School of Pharmacy - and is positioned to become an innovative centre focused on medicine and health that will infuse education, diagnostics, treatment, research, and commercial applications in dramatic new ways. Also close by are Hamilton’s McMaster University and the University of Guelph.

Fun and leisure
Waterloo Region offers a wide range of activities, shopping and dining for all ages.

We have several museums including:
  • Doon Heritage Crossroads;
  • Waterloo Region Children’s Museum;
  • Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery; and
  • Woodside National Historic Site of Canada.
Our state of the art athletic facilities include:
  • RIM Park;
  • Kitchener Memorial Auditorium; and
  • Waterloo Recreation Complex.
We offer several family-friendly attractions such as:
  • Bingemans;
  • Chicopee Ski Club and Tube Park; and
  • Several golf courses – Grey Silo, Rockwood, Rebel Creek, Whistle Bear.
Our musical and arts providers include:
  • KW Symphony;
  • KW Little Theatre;
  • Centre in the Square; and
  • The Theatres of St. Jacobs.
Each season is filled with exciting events and festivals such as:
  • Oktoberfest;
  • Waterloo Ice Dog Festival;
  • Kitchener Blues Festival;
  • Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival;
  • Wonders of Winter; and
  • Waterloo Busker Festival.
You can also explore thousands of acres of parks and trails which include:
  • Waterloo Park;
  • Victoria Park;
  • Grand River Conservation Area; and
  • Walter Bean Grand River Trail.
Relocation links
Here are some sites you may use when relocating to the Kitchener-Waterloo Region:
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