Why Waterloo?

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Why work at the University of Waterloo

With over 5,000 employees at the University of Waterloo, our campus community is a city within a city consisting of almost any career imaginable. We are faculty, administrators, engineers, architects, police, graphic designers, librarians, chefs, lawyers, healthcare professionals, skilled trades and researchers. Imagine the possibilities!

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The University of Waterloo has achieved Gold certification in Excellence Canada's Excellence, Innovation and Wellness (EIW) program, which recognizes the University for its exceptional organizational and workplace practices. While other Canadian universities have achieved department certification, we are the first university to achieve certification across our entire institution. 

“Certification under the EIW Standard has enabled us to build upon the strong traditions of quality and innovation we have at Waterloo,” says Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources. “Our success demonstrates that we meet a very high-quality standard when it comes to our initiatives, practices, procedures, and governance.”


As an employee, you will enjoy a defined-benefit pension plan, an extended health care plan, dental benefits, and group life insurance. View the Pension and Benefits Employee Booklet (PDF) for more information. In addition, Waterloo offers tuition benefits for employees and their children. The University of Waterloo also has a variety of associations and committees that give employees a voice to work with the University’s senior administration on employment policies, benefits, compensation, and other organization issues.

Career development

You’ll also enjoy significant opportunities to grow your career through leadership training, organizational development workshops and secondments. Faculty and staff at every level can take advantage of confidential career advisement and coaching through our employee career advisors.

Campus community

We provide a welcoming, inclusive environment where every member of our campus community can achieve their full potential. Our on-campus amenities include theatres, art galleries, full athletic facilities, extensive green space — including a 109-hectare environmental reserve — and more. Parents can take advantage of various campus resources such as on-site child-care facilities, as well as children’s programs and summer camps.

One of Canada’s best cities to live and work

The University of Waterloo is proud to call Waterloo Region home. Situated approximately 100 kilometres west of Toronto and easily accessed via Highway 401, the Region blends big-city amenities with a small-town sense of community. Roughly 600,000 residents are spread across the thriving urban centres of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, as well as rural townships where horse-drawn Mennonite buggies are still a common sight.