Clean and green technology



Kitchener has always been on the leading edge when it comes to sustainability and environmental protection. Our community's commitment to the environment was first demonstrated when the very first full-scale community wide Blue Box Recycling System was implemented in 1983 in the City of Kitchener.

A series of financial incentives are attracting business and residential developments downtown, enabling more people to walk, cycle and take public transit - a top priority in the minds of creative, energetic young talent and an important step toward preserving our local environment.

In Kitchener, brownfield remediation has not only helped the local environment but also the economy over the last few years as we turned our attention toward our existing Brownfield sites - creating strategies to clean them up to make them prime pieces of real estate once again. These sites have exceptional potential, offering prime locations, existing infrastructure and a solid return on investment.

We also offer a guide providing keys to green energy business success


Kitchener is well-known for innovative technologies and services across a broad range of energy, engineering and sustainability subsectors, particularly for talent, R&D and industry in solar, water, wind and environmental engineering.


  • 2,300 (2017) undergraduate students in the University of Waterloo's (UW) Faculty of Environment, with half of those in a co-op program, and hundreds more in graduate school.
  • 4,000 (2017) undergraduate students at Wilfrid Laurier University enrolled in Geography and Environmental Science courses and 100+ graduate students.
  • Conestoga's School of Engineering and Information Technology has highly regarded programs in fields such as civil engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing, programming and software engineering, which are in high demand by today's alternative energy and sustainability industries.

Local research and development

Government support

Kitchener - your key to green energy business success

The City of Kitchener is situated in the centre of Waterloo Region, an ideal place for business and living.A centre for advanced technology in the Canadian economy, the region thrives on a young, educated and skilled community of talent and a dynamic spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that are among the keys to your success.

And on top of all that, Kitchener is a place where you can work on cutting-edge green technology for global markets - and still enjoy a 10-minute commute to the office! These advantages, and many others, are encouraging new business in a wide range of areas including specialized, high technology sectors such as:

  • Leading-edge digital media
  • Education and knowledge creation
  • Life sciences, biotechnology
  • Advanced high technology manufacturing

Doing Business in Kitchener

Whether relocating, expanding or forging new opportunities, Kitchener is a great place to do business. Located in the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle and within an hour's drive of metropolitan Toronto, Kitchener offers everything you need to establish or grow your business success.

Invest in your future here and enjoy:

  • Access to a pool of top talent from Canada's best constellation of colleges & universities
  • Being part of a region that is an internationally known hotbed of innovation and cutting-edge research
  • Convenient access to Canada's most direct routes to multiple US markets
  • One of the best networks of businesses and support organizations anywhere

Did You Know?

  • Kitchener's economy continues to outperform the rest of Canada, with leading indicators consistently placing Kitchener at the top of CMAs (census metropolitan areas)
  • Ideally located and accessible to North America from southern Ontario,Waterloo Region is the most economically intensive area of Canada
  • The Kitchener business community consists of approximately 28,000 businesses of which approximately 1,575 are in the manufacturing sector
  • Waterloo Region offers a youthful, educated and skilled labour force in excess of 270,000

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