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Workforce and demographics
  • find data on Waterloo's population and workforce and top hiring companies in the city
  • view to the community profile by EDC
Tax increment grants
  • learn about the Brownfields Community Improvement Plan and the Northdale Community Improvement Plan
  • apply for a tax increment grant
Community improvement plan
  • apply for grants and loans offered to property owners and tenants in Waterloo
  • learn about the Uptown fa├žade grant and other year round grants
Commercial property tax estimator
  • add a commercial, residential or industrial address to use the estimator
  • see a breakdown of where your tax dollars go
Business directory
  • search and view businesses registered in our directory
  • add your business to the directory
Uptown sidewalk patios
  • find out how to apply for a patio in the uptown district
  • learn if your business is eligible
Film and television office
  • find contact information for city staff who support local film and television production
  • get started on a permit application
Small business centre
  • get help from the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre for new or existing businesses
  • find programs for equity-deserving entreprenuers
Get a business licence, permit or grant
  • apply for business licences, permits and grants
  • learn what your business requires