Why Waterloo?

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Where can Waterloo take you?

Your career is more than a job. It’s part of your identity and the impact you have on the world. It’s also how you spend a third of your life. Why not join an organization that helps you make it great?

Find your impact

With over 5,000 employees at the University of Waterloo, our campus community is a city within a city where you can pursue almost any career imaginable. We are faculty, administrators, engineers, architects, police officers, graphic designers, librarians, chefs, lawyers, healthcare professionals, skilled tradespeople, researchers and more.

Together, we combine our strengths to power one of the most innovative institutions in the world. As global challenges grow more complex, we’re part of the solution. Join us as we work to develop future-ready talent, advance real-world solutions and strengthen the sustainability and diversity of our communities.

There’s a place for you at Waterloo.

Join a culture of excellence, innovation, and wellness

You’re continually striving to reach higher, and so are we. We’ve been recognized for our spirit of excellence, which is woven into everything we do — from supporting students to researching new solutions.

A Gold Recipient of Excellence Canada's Excellence, Innovation, and Wellness (EIW) Standard, we’re committed to fostering a world-class workplace culture that supports employee success and wellbeing.

While other Canadian universities have achieved department certification, we are the first university to achieve certification across our entire institution.

“ Excellence Canada certification [...] will allow us to validate our commitment to excellence at Waterloo. It will support us in meeting strategic initiatives, sustaining innovative ideas and solutions, engaging and retaining students and employees; as well as assist us in upholding the health and well-being of our employees.”-

James Rush, Vice-President, Academic & Provost, University of Waterloo.

Tap into competitive employee benefits

On top of a job you love, you’ll have access to comprehensive benefits, as well as opportunities to shape the future of your workplace.

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Support your well-being

As an employee, you’ll enjoy a defined-benefit pension plan, an extended health care plan, dental benefits and group life insurance. Browse through the Pension and Benefits Employee Booklet (PDF) for more information.

Keep on learning

Keep on learning

Working at a world-class university gives you access to countless learning opportunities. Take advantage of Waterloo’s tuition benefits for employees and their children, as well as professional development opportunities.

Have your say

Have your say

Waterloo employees have a voice. Join one of many associations and committees to work with senior administration on employment policies, benefits, compensation, and other organizational issues.

Shape the career of your dreams

Curiosity, exploration and risk-taking are at the heart of our institution. In teaching, research, academics, and entrepreneurship, we strive to achieve more. And we support our team in doing the same.

As a Waterloo employee, you’ll have significant opportunities to grow your career through leadership training, organizational development workshops, secondments and more.

With confidential career advice and coaching for all faculty and staff, we’re here to help you plan your best future.

Find a community where you belong

To do our best work, we all need an environment where we feel like we belong and our ideas matter. Our welcoming, inclusive campus community fosters a workplace culture that’s all about helping each other achieve our full potential.

Get all the perks of campus life

The living is easy on campus! Our amenities include theatres, art galleries, full athletic facilities, extensive green space — including a 109-hectare environmental reserve — and much more.

Parents can take advantage of various campus resources, such as on-site child-care facilities, children’s programs, and summer camps.

Put down roots in one of Canada’s best cities to live and work

Enjoy life in a growing community that blends big-city amenities with small-town warmth. The University of Waterloo is proud to call Waterloo Region home, where our shared values of innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity are reflected in a booming tech sector and vibrant urban centres.

Situated roughly 100 kilometres west of Toronto and easily accessed via Highway 401, the Region has more than 600,000 residents spread across Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, as well as rural townships where horse-drawn Mennonite buggies are still a common sight.


The campus community takes part in Thrive Week, a series of events focused on  building positive mental health for University of Waterloo students, staff, and faculty.

City of Waterloo

In the city of Waterloo, you'll find yourself in the company of dreamers, entrepreneurs, and creatives — not to mention cool coffee shops, trendy restaurants, cultural events, and local experiences you can't have anywhere else.