The Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo region – also known as the Tri-Cities is a vibrant region experiencing significant growth.

A great place to live and work

Big-city lifestyle, small-town friendlyness

  • A strong knowledge-based economy with tremendous employment opportunities in the high-tech, innovation, education and insurance sectors.
  • An enviable lifestyle that pairs big-city sophistication with small-town friendliness.
  • Expansive natural spaces including over 300 parks and 200+ km of walking and hiking trails. Plus, there’s the beautiful Grand River, where you can go canoeing, fishing, kayaking, tubing, hiking and camping.

Great places to live, work and play

  • Plenty of recreation options, with everything from golf courses and skating rinks to world-class sports and entertainment facilities like The Aud.
  • A beautiful, revitalized downtown with plenty of history and surrounded by numerous amenities.
  • Excellent transit options to get you around town and into Toronto.

Growing strong

The Tri-Cities area is going through rapid urbanization, with condos being built and new, young demographics moving in. Whether they’re employees for the area’s expanding knowledge-based industries or Toronto commuters taking advantage of housing prices and quick GO access to the city, the population is expanding.

In fact, the City of Kitchener – which currently has a population of about 234,000 – is forecasted to grow to 265,555 by 2021, increasing by about 4,000 per annum.

Demographics and Statistics

City

Kitchener

Population

233,222

Population % change 2011 to 2016

6.40%

Population Density Per Square Kilometer

1,705.2

Region

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

Population (2016 Census)

517,300

Unemployment Rate (Feb 2017)

5.30%

Single-Detached New Home Starts (2015)

995

Multiples New Home Starts (2015)

2,217

Rental Market Vacancy Rate (Oct 2015)

2.40%

2 Bedroom average rent ($)

$997

Area

Kitchener-Waterloo Area

No. of MLS Sales (2016)

6,655

% Increase, 2015 to 2016

18.10%

MLS Average price ($) (2016)

$387,404

% Increase, 2015 to 2016

10.80%

Source:CMHC, MLS, Statistics Canada, Local Association of Realtors

Photos of Kitchener-Waterloo region