Tri-Cities (Ontario)

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Tri-Cities
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo CMA
Metropolitan area
Downtown Kitchener skyline
Old Galt Public Library in Cambridge
Old Galt Public Library in Cambridge
Uptown Waterloo at King Street
Uptown Waterloo at King Street
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Government
 • Regional Chair Ken Seiling
 • Governing Body Waterloo Regional Council
 • MPs
 • MPPs
Area (2011)[1]
 • Total 827.43 km2 (319.47 sq mi)
Population  (2011)[1]
 • CMA 523,894
 • CMA density 576.7/km2 (1,494/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) (519) and (226)

The Tri-Cities, also known as Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo or Kitchener-Waterloo, is a metropolitan area located in Southern Ontario, Canada. It is centred on the cities of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo. These cities, as well as surrounding rural municipalities, collectively make up the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The census metropolitan area (CMA) had a population of 523,894 in 2016, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in Ontario, after Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton, and the tenth largest metropolitan area in the country. The tri-cities area is known for its high concentration of information technology companies – including BlackBerry Limited, OpenText, Kik, and Maplesoft – leading it to be frequently characterized as "Canada's Silicon Valley".[2][3] The Tri-Cities are also university towns with a large student population from the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Conestoga College.

The area is also known for its high concentration of Mennonites. There are many Mennonite churches in the area, serving the New Mennonites, Conservative Mennonites, Old Order Mennonite and the Mennonite Brethren.

Government[edit]

The region's governing body is the 16 member Waterloo Regional Council. The Council consists of the Regional Chair, the Mayors of the seven cities and townships, and eight additional Councilors - four from Kitchener and two each from Cambridge and Waterloo.

Prior to 1997, the Regional Chair was appointed by the Councilors, who were elected by the citizens of Waterloo Region. Beginning in the 1997 election, the citizens of Waterloo Region have directly elected the Chair. Of the nine regional municipalities in Ontario, Waterloo Region and the Regional Municipality of Halton are the only ones that allow for direct election of the Chair.

Ken Seiling has held the position of Regional Chair since 1985. The current membership of the Council is as follows:

Region of Waterloo Councillors
Regional Chair Ken Seiling
City of Cambridge Doug Craig (Mayor)

Karl Kiefer

Helen Jowett

City of Kitchener Berry Vrbanovic (Mayor)

Karen Redman

Tom Galloway

Geoff Lorentz

Elizabeth Clarke

City of Waterloo Dave Jaworsky (Mayor)

Jane Mitchell

Sean Strickland

Township of Woolwich Sandy Shantz (Mayor)
Township of Wellesley Joe Nowak (Mayor)
Township of Wilmot Les Armstrong (Mayor)
Township of North Dumfries Sue Foxton (Mayor)

Communities by population[edit]

Census Subdivision Population[4]
2011 2006
City of Kitchener 219,153 204,668
City of Cambridge 126,748 120,371
City of Waterloo 98,780 97,475
Township of Woolwich 23,145 19,658
Township of Wilmot 19,223 17,097
Township of Wellesley 10,713 9,789
Township of North Dumfries 9,334 9,063

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]