Highlights of Waterloo Region


Please note that the information in this document is based on the 2016 census, and Statistics Canada’s definition of the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo census metropolitan area.

All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve good jobs and decent working conditions.
  • 12.2% of people in Kitchener-Waterloo are living below the poverty line. 

  • 24.9% of Kitchener-Waterloo households have $40,000 or less after taxes.

  • 22% and 27% of people in Kitchener and in Waterloo, respectively, have public and social sector jobs.

All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve a bright future.
  • 34.9% of young adults (aged 20 to 34) in Kitchener-Waterloo are living with at least one parent.
All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve equal pay for equal work.
  • Women in Kitchener-Waterloo earn nearly 68 cents for every dollar that men earn.
All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve access to workplace benefits, such as vision, dental, and prescription drug coverage
  • 10.0% of Kitchener-Waterloo workers are self-employed

All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve to retire with dignity.
  • 14.5% of the Kitchener-Waterloo population is 65+ years old.
  • 69.4% of Kitchener-Waterloo households are saving.
All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve affordable housing
  • 32.1% of people in Kitchener-Waterloo rent.

  • 23.5% of people in Kitchener-Waterloo are not living in, and not able to access, acceptable housing.

All people of Kitchener-Waterloo deserve better transit and infrastructure.
  • 22.8 minutes is the average commute for workers in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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