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Are you in the Kitchener Waterloo area or thinking about a move? Read through this important area information we've gathered that might inspire you or give you some career ideas.
The Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie Economic Region, anchored mostly by the tri-cities of Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, is a vibrant area of Ontario that has a variety of industries and areas of economic growth.
With a strong history in post-secondary education with prestigious institutions including University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Guelph, this region is also establishing a reputation for innovation from major high-tech industry leaders, while also remaining an important region for manufacturing, which accounts for approximately 20% of the region's employment.
With an expected population of over 820, 000 by 2018, it is becoming a key educational, cultural and economic hub of Canada.
Key Industries in the Region:
As mentioned, manufacturing is a large player in the jobs market, accounting for roughly 20% of jobs in the area.
Other key sectors include:
Due to the area’s variety of industries, it has rebounded well from the recession, despite big-name company layoffs (Research In Motion aka Blackberry).
The unemployment rate in the region varies--it was reported in 2015 as low as 3.7% in the Guelph region--and is on average 6.4%, much lower than the national unemployment rate.
The biggest job growth trends can be seen in the service sectors such as education, health, accommodation and food services industries, as well as in construction.
With the development of the Waterloo Rapid Transit, the investment in infrastructure will increase not only jobs in transit construction but also private sector and housing construction along developed routes.
The region has invested a great deal into start up businesses, and it's paid off: there has been substantial growth in high tech sector, which attracts people from a variety of industries, to not only design new tech, but to also manufacture their designs as well.
There are research commercialization hubs (such as the Accelerator Centre and Communitech Hub) that attract companies and talents from all over the world, which has led to over 1,000 technology firms existing in the area, including some of Canada's largest software, hardware, e-learning and satellite companies.
(Source: Waterloo Region Official Website)
There are many industry leaders such as Toyota, Rimowa, COM DEV, Christie Digital, OpenText, Desire2Learn, Google, Manulife, SunLife, Loblaws, Blackberry and Home Hardware within the region.
According to Canada’s Top 100 Employers, here is a list of the top employers in the area:
The Centre for International Governance Innovation
COM DEV International Ltd.
Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.
Economical Mutual Insurance Company
Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada, The
Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc.
Gore Mutual Insurance Company
OCAS Application Services Inc.
Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan / Regime d'assurance des enseignantes et des enseignants de l'Ontario (OTIP / RAEO)
Royal Canin Canada Company
St. Mary's General Hospital
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. / TMMC
The most in-demand jobs from a 2014 study by Canadian business include: professional services (that’s everything from an architect to a lawyer), agriculture/manufacturing, insurance, healthcare and telecommunications, media and technology. Check out the whole list here.
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