Waterloo is one of the three cities which form Regional Municipality of Waterloo.
Known as “the Hartford of Canada,” and part of “Canada’s Technology Triangle,” Waterloo is the base for many high-tech companies and insurance companies. Walking in Waterloo, you may come across to some notable Waterloo-based high-tech companies like Dalsa, Descartes Systems Group, Maplesoft, MKS Inc., ON Semiconductor, Open Text Corporation, Blackberry, Sandvine, Manulife, Sun Life Financial, Equitable Life of Canada, and Economical Insurance.
Many other global top IT companies have established major research and development branches in Waterloo to take advantage the concentration of high-tech employees in this area. These companies include Google, Oracle, Intel, McAfee, Sybase, NCR Corporation, Electronic Arts and Agfa.
Google Waterloo, one of the best choices for UWaterloo co-op programs and internships, has an office of around three hundred developers and continues to expand.
Blackberry, one of the tycoons in telecommunications industry and founded by a UWaterloo graduate, has its headquarters within sight of the UWaterloo campus.
A work permit for both interns and full-time employment in Canada is much easier to apply for than in the United States. Most new graduates get a three-year work permit as soon as they graduate. Moreover, a job offer is not required for a work permit. About four weeks after an application is made, a work permit is automatically granted.