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Statistics and Facts

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Population and workforce

Our population has grown steadily over the past 20 years, both within Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo.

The most recent population estimate is 137,420 (end of 2017 estimate by the Region of Waterloo). The population figure includes students and other foreign/temporary residents.

Confirmed census stats are below, recognizing they do not include non-resident post-secondary students and other foreign/temporary residents.

 

1991

1996

2001

2006

2011

2016

City of Waterloo

71,181

77,949

86,543

97,475

98,780

104,986

Region of Waterloo

377,762

405,435

438,515

478,121

507,096

535,154

Province of Ontario

10,084,885

10,753,573

11,410,046

12,160,282

12,851,821

13,448,494

The average age of our population in 2016 was 39.0, a workforce's most productive years. These figures are from the various Statistics Canada censuses.

Business base

There is a broad range of businesses in Waterloo, from small startups to large companies.

Top five employers

  1. BlackBerry
  2. Manulife Financial Canada
  3. Sun Life Financial Canada
  4. University of Waterloo
  5. Wilfrid Laurier University

Top five manufacturers

  1. Onward Manufacturing Ltd.
  2. Raytheon Canada Ltd.
  3. Teledyne DALSA
  4. Northfield Metal Products
  5. Beresford Box

Top five financial institutions

  1. Manulife Financial Canada
  2. Sun Life Financial Canada
  3. Economical Insurance Group
  4. Equitable Life of Canada
  5. Faithlife Financial

Research centres

Local research institutions drive the spirit of innovation that defines Waterloo, helping to enhance our strong domestic and international reputation.

Here is a list of some of the 150 outstanding local research centres: