Located approximately 100 km west of Toronto, Waterloo region offers a unique blend of modern, energetic urban centers and scenic, rural landscapes and is easily accessible by road, rail and air.
In 2007, Waterloo was named the world's Top Intelligent Community in an international competition sponsored by the Intelligent Communities Forum.
Waterloo has a strong technology sector with hundreds of high-tech firms. One of the biggest technology companies in the city is Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry. Research in Motion has its headquarters in Waterloo.
There is a Chinese student’s community at the University of Waterloo and students can obtain help and information from Kitchener-Waterloo Chinese Students & Scholars Association. There are many great Chinese restaurants around and you can also shop at local Chinese supermarkets and at the farmers’ markets.