Start-up City: The Technology Scene is Fuelling Jobs in Downtown Kitchener    20 April

As Blackberry continues to execute its turnaround plan, the city once driven by Blackberry is now booming from start-ups and other major companies flocking to Kitchener and creating jobs.

Communitech Digital Media Hub located in The Tannery District in downtown Kitchener is the driving force behind fostering new start-ups, creating jobs and company growth.


Today, Communitech is an industry-led innovation centre that supports, fosters and celebrates a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies. We support companies at all stages of growth and development—from startups to rapidly-growing mid-sized companies and large global players—and we have fun doing it.” – Communitech


In addition to the vast variety of start-ups in the area, Kitchener is also home to high tech companies who are fuelling the city with jobs including big names such as Google, Shopify, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo University and Wilfrid Laurier University.


Major employers within the Kitchener area include:

• ATS Automation
• Blackberry
• Brightspace
• Com Dev International
• Communitech
• Christie Digital Systems
• City of Kitchener
• City of Waterloo
• D2L (Desire2Learn)
• Dare Foods
• Descartes
• Economical Insurance
• Google
• Grand River Hospital
• Krug
• Manulife Financial
• Miovision
• Netsuite
• Opentext
• Perimeter Institute
• PTC Integrity
• Rogers Communications
• Sandvine
• Shopify
• St. Mary’s General Hospital
• Sun Life Financial
• Teledyne Dalsa
• Thalmic Labs
• Toyota Manufacturing
• Ultra Manufacturing
• University of Waterloo
• Wilfrid Laurier University