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Kitchener-Waterloo, known as the twin cities, is located in the southwest part of the province of Ontario. Using the 401 highway as a reference point, it is situated approximately 100 kilometers west of Toronto and approximately 300 kilometers east of Windsor.
Being only a one to one and a half hour drive to Toronto means that many people are willing to commute and real estate is quite reasonable.
The twin cities are only a two hour drive from the US border of Buffalo and three to four hour drive from Detroit, Michigan. Accordingly, many industries can thrive in the area. Such companies such as Toyota Manufacturing, Sun Life Financial and Manu Life have made a home for themselves here in the Region. The area has transformed itself over the past two decades with many old and labour intensive industries being replaced with High Tech jobs.
Surrounding the cities is a great deal of workable, thriving farmland and many smaller towns and villages. This provides another strong economic basis for the area as shown by the presence of Maple Leaf Foods and the ongoing success and durability of the Kitchener and Waterloo and St. Jacobs Farmer's Markets.
The Mennonites form a distinctive part of the local agricultural business. Their unique cultural and religious style adds greatly to the character and charm of the area. The strong German background of the community is reflected in the strong appeal of the world famous OKTOBERFEST celebration.
The whole area is very proud of the Centre-In-The-Square, where the best of North American/Canadian entertainment and culture is showcased on a regular basis.
The high profile and strong presence of two world class universities forms a solid technological basis for research and development and related spin off businesses.
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