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 Kitchener, Ontario

 

Kitchener is centrally located in Waterloo Region, in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. It's just one hour from Toronto and a couple of hours from the borders at Buffalo and Detroit. In fact, Kitchener is within two hours' driving distance of some 10 million people.

 

As part of Canada's Technology Triangle, Kitchener boasts a true mix of traditional and new economy businesses. With a population of over 233,000, Kitchener is a great destination for people looking for the opportunities of a larger metropolitan area but who equally want a community that maintains a sense of friendliness more often associated with smaller towns.

 

 

Renting in Kitchener…By the Numbers

April 2015

Bachelor

1 Bedroom

2 bedroom

3+ Bedroom

Total

Number of units by Bedroom Type

611

6,182

10,621

910

18,324

Average Rent

$700

$825

$951

$1,159

$912

Vacancy Rate

**

2.6%

3.0%

**

2.7%

Data from Canada Mortgage and Housing, Housing Market Information Portal, https://www03.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/hmip-pimh/en#Profile/3530013/4/Kitchener%20%28CY%29

 

 

Transportation in Kitchener

  • Public Transit – Grand River Transit (GRT), operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, provides public transit services in and between the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. 85% of GRT buses are wheelchair accessible. Grand River Transit (GRT) operates the specialized transit service MobilityPLUS to provide transit services to those in our community who are unable to physically access conventional GRT bus services.

    In addition to the many local routes, GRT operates GRT iXpress routes. These are designed to transport riders along the fastest, most efficient route with fewer stops along the way.

    The Charles Street Transit Terminal located 15 Charles St. W. in downtown Kitchener, is the hub for many Kitchener-based Grand River Transit routes. Satellite hubs are located at:
         - Fairview Park Mall Terminal, 2960 Kingsway Dr., Kitchener
         - Highland Hills Mall Terminal, 875 Highland Road W., Kitchener
         - Forest Glen Plaza Terminal, 700 Strasburg Road, Kitchener
  • Trains and Buses – Commuters have access to a variety of Go Services through Kitchener GO, at 126 Weber Street. This includes both GO train and Go bus service to Guelph, Acton, Georgetown, Brampton and a variety of stations within Toronto including to Union Station to name but a few.

    Train service with Via Rail or bus service with Greyhound Bus Lines is supported from stations in Kitchener.
  • Roads–Kitchener is serviced by a well established network of regional and provincial highways including Highways 401, 85, 8, and 7 making it easy to travel throughout Southern Ontario and beyond.
  • Air – From Kitchener, residents can access Toronto’s “Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport, and the Waterloo Regional Airport.

 

Health Care in Kitchener

  • The Grand River Hospital (GRH), the Region of Waterloo’s largest community hospital with 630 beds, is located in Kitchener. Grand River Hospital operates from two primary sites, as well as from a number of nearby buildings.
    • The Freeport Site at 3570 King Street East, Kitchener is GRH’s location for complex continuing care, rehabilitation programs, several outpatient clinics, satellite renal services, specialized mental health, and more.
    • GRH’s Kitchener-Waterloo Site at 835 King Street West, Kitchener provides cancer care, critical care, emergency services, laboratory medicine, maternal-child programs, medical imaging, medical programs, inpatient mental health, paediatric care, pharmacy services, renal services and surgery.
    • At 850 King Street West across the street from the KW Site, a number of outpatient mental health services are offered.
  • St. Mary’s General Hospital is also located in Kitchener. It is a 191 bed adult acute care hospital with Centers of Excellence in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Respirology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Ophthalmology and Urology.
  • The University of Waterloo's Downtown Health Sciences Campus also includes the Centre for Family Medicine and an integrated primary care clinic, where new doctors train and where a family health team includes physicians, nurse practitioners and other health professionals.

 

Education in Kitchener

  • In Kitchener, education is supplied through the two school boards; the Waterloo Region and Waterloo Catholic District School Boards. There are almost 60 elementary schools, 8 secondary schools and one catholic adult education school to meet the needs of families moving to Kitchener. Kitchener is also host to a number of private schools that offer varied educational programs to all age groups.
  • Residents of Kitchener can readily access two of Canada’s leading universities: the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University which have their main campuses in Waterloo just a short distance away. Within an hour’s drive of Kitchener, residents have access to a full range of other universities and community colleges.
  • Kitchener itself is home to the University of Waterloo (UW) health sciences campus in downtown Kitchener, which is anchored by its School of Pharmacy. Wilfred Laurier University (WLU) Faculty of Social Work, which also is located in downtown Kitchener, offers professional social work programs at the master and doctoral levels.

    For those interested in corporate training and professional development opportunities, the University of Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning located on Gage Street in Kitchener can provide the certification and skills needed to build careers and expand horizons.
  • Kitchener is also home to the widely-respected Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Conestoga delivers more than 200 career-focused programs, and a range of degree offerings, including Ontario’s only college-based, accredited engineering degrees. The college is one of the province’s top two providers of apprenticeship training and a leader in the provision of Second Career and academic upgrading programs.

 

Things to Do and See in and around Kitchener

  • Kitchener offers theatre, music, galleries, great book stores, and festivals and lots of activities to enjoy the great outdoors. From intimate performance spaces to the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, other contemporary galleries, mainstream stages and a host of historic sites, Kitchener has a wide range of cultural activities to meet anyone’s taste.
  • If you are more interested in festivals, there’s the Kitchener Waterloo Oktoberfest, the Blues Festival plus of host of other events that celebrate the diversity of the city and region.
  • For outdoors enthusiasts, Kitchener boasts of having 304 parks, 115 playgrounds, more than 200 kilometres of community trails and thousands of acres of groomed and natural green spaces.
  • Start your own tradition with a Saturday visit to the Kitchener market for fresh produce, cheese, flowers, tender meat, homemade treats, original crafts and more or visit one of the many shop and malls throughout the area.
  • Check out the full range of events and activities at: Explore Waterloo Region or the City of Kitchener

  

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