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Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region Immigration Portal

Immigrants from all over the world have made Waterloo Region their home. Just an hour's drive from Toronto, the area offers a mix of modern cities and beautiful countryside.

Waterloo Region is home to over 500,000 people and is made up of three bustling cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, plus four scenic predominantly rural townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

The region has historic landmarks, a broad selection of excellent restaurants, thriving farmers' markets, art galleries, museums, antique shops, factory outlets and walking trails along the Grand, which is a designated Canadian Heritage River. The entertainment scene offers a wealth of live theatre, concerts by local and visiting artists, and performances by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary education institutions like the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and world-class skills and talent.

It’s an active, thriving place to live, work, study and invest. Explore your possibilities at Waterloo Region municipal immigration portal.

For more information on housing costs and trends, please visit the section for Waterloo Region (Cambridge) on the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) website.


A diverse, exciting community, Waterloo’s residents enjoy the region’s high living standards and rich culture shaped by immigration from all parts of the world. Newcomers can choose to live in a mid-sized city community or the countryside.

Picture of Waterloo Civic Centre

 Waterloo Region and neighbouring cities:
Cities Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo
Proximity to Toronto 98.4 km 107 km 113 km
 Waterloo Region and neighbouring cities (cont.):
Townships North Dumfries Wellesley Wilmot Woolwich
Proximity to Toronto 114 km 135 km 121 km 112 km

*Single detached dwelling

 Population size of Waterloo Region:
Population 534,900 residents
 Major industries in Waterloo Region:
Key industries Advanced technology
 Climate in Waterloo Region::
Average temperatures January July
Years: 1971-2000 -7.1C 19.8C

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Cycling in Waterloo Region

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Waterloo Region's economic development - Canada's Technology Triangle Inc

The Waterloo Region municipal immigration portal is funded and administered through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, as part of the Municipal Immigration Information Online (MIIO) Program. Visit the Cities and Towns of section of for other municipal immigration portals.