Digital media

Suburbs

Kitchener has quickly become a hotbed for new, interactive media. With new research, development, and commercialization of media technology, this sector is seeing rapid growth as digital media startups are increasingly looking to Kitchener as an ideal location.

Waterloo Region, along with Toronto and Ottawa as the top three markets for IT investment in Ontario, is the fifth most active digital media market in Canada. In the last decade, investment in the Kitchener area has more than doubled, reflecting the region's ability to consistently generate compelling deal-flow.

The current operations of Kitchener businesses in this sector focus on:

  • 3D imaging for other sectors such as Life Sciences, Gaming, and Architecture
  • Internet media
  • Digital publishing
  • Gaming and animation
  • Digital music production and electronics

The Communitech Hub opened in downtown Kitchener in 2010, a nucleus of innovation both in Kitchener and on a national scale, housing several entrepreneurs and startups as well as bigger players like Christie Digital. Located in the redesigned, state-of-the-art Tannery, The Communitech Hub shares space with dozens of startup tech companies, enterprise Corporate Innovation Labs (like GM and Thomson Reuters), and successful local e-learning company D2L.

The Communitech Hub is a unique facility dedicated to the growth and commercialization of the digital media industry by bringing together entrepreneurs, multinational companies and academic institutions, as well as mentoring tenant startups, fostering strategic partnerships, and helping big ideas secure funding. It has played a key role in more than $750-million worth of company acquisitions and fostered the creation of more than 100 new digital media companies in Kitchener.

People/talent

  • 1,700 undergraduate and nearly 300 graduate students at the University of Waterloo's  School of Computer Science
  • Conestoga College's School of Media + Design welcomes 3,000 students annually in Information Technology and Computer Technology programs
  • Wilfrid Laurier University has undergrads and grads in BSc/MSc Computer Science
  • Local surplus in computer programmers, software engineers, and technical and managerial occupations in information systems

Leading companies

Local R&D 

Government support

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