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Get to Know Kitchener

Kitchener is one of the Tri-Cities in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, with the cities of Waterloo and Cambridge rounding out the trio. Locals affectionately refer to the region as KWC, as the three cities are often thought of as one general area, with residents frequently living in one town, while working in another. The Tri-Cities sit at the center of the Canadian tech world, with hundreds of start-ups and established tech companies creating a vibrant and innovative economy. The Tannery, an enormous former tannery, was transformed into office space and now serves as home to Communitech and Velocity Incubator, two tech hubs focused on advising growing start-ups. This is a city that loves to celebrate — whether it is at the annual Kultrún World Music Festival, the Kitchener Blues Festival, or at the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany — there’s always something fun to experience.

Living in Southern Ontario

Southern Ontario’s Toronto-Waterloo Corridor, which stretches from the Greater Toronto Area to the Tri-Cities in Waterloo, is a formidable tech hub. In fact, it’s North America’s biggest tech cluster outside of Silicon Valley and home to more than 15,000 tech companies, which employ more than 300,000 people. Thanks to this concentration of innovative entrepreneurship and economic development, the cities along the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor have grown into significant metropolises and dense suburbs, each with its own distinct personality. Though every town is different, they all share a commitment to the great outdoors, with beautiful hiking and biking trails crisscrossing the region and plenty of opportunities to sail, kayak, or canoe on Lake Ontario and its nearby tributaries. This region is incredibly diverse, with residents choosing to move to Southern Ontario from around the world, leading to a food scene that can only be described as epic and delicious.