Join one of Canada's most innovative communities!

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is located in Waterloo Region, in southwestern Ontario, Canada - just 45 minutes west of the Greater Toronto Area. Known as “Canada’s Silicon Valley”, the Region boasts the second largest number of start-ups in North America. Poised for continued growth, the Region's young, affluent population is expected to reach 742,000 by 2031.

"As Canada's largest provider of private charter jets Chartright is continuously looking for new markets and infrastructure to support growth. The Region of Waterloo International Airport offers world-class facilities and services and is located in the heart of a thriving business community. Capability and market make this airport a unique combination."

Adam Keller - President, Chartright Air Group

Why Waterloo Region?

A strategic location with the right demographics

The Region of Waterloo International Airport is 45 minutes west of the Greater Toronto Area, located alongside Canada's Highway 401. Three million people - 10 per cent of Canada’s population - live within a one-hour drive of YKF.  Waterloo Region is part of a broader economic region in southern Ontario call the “Golden Horseshoe” which is home to 9 million people.

With its young, fast-growing, affluent population, the Region is the ideal place to grow your business:


 Demographic  Waterloo Region  Canada
Population  583,500 (+5.5% v 2011)  35.2M (+5% v 2011)
Median Age  38.5  41.2
Average Household Income  $86,930  $80,940

 *Data from 2016 national census

 A forward-looking, diversified economy

Real Gross Domestic Product in Waterloo Region climbed from $25.39 billion in 2014 to $26.51 billion in 2016, exceeding Canada’s national growth rate.  

From Google to Toyota, COM DEV to OpenText, the Region was built on innovation. It has strong technology and manufacturing bases, and is a global leader in many sectors, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing 
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Automotive, Connected and Autonomous
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Food Processing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Quantum and Nanotechnology
  • Security 

For more information about Waterloo Region's economy please visit Waterloo EDC.


Logos of Waterloo Region Businesses


Leader in research, development & innovation

There are over 150 globally renowned research centres located in Waterloo Region, including:

Waterloo Region is the second largest innovation super cluster in North America. We have an established community support system that helps new technology companies start, grow and succeed.
 Thriving aerospace sector

Established in 1932 the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) based at YKF is one Canada's top professional flight training schools. WWFC provide accredited aviation programs in partnership with the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. 

With nine colleges and universities within commuting distance (approximately one hour), offering a combined 23 aerospace-related programs, Waterloo Region is home to a thriving aerospace cluster. Collectively there are over 85 aerospace businesses based in our community that employ more than 3,200 residents. Companies include:

Access to world class talent

Waterloo Region is home to some of the finest academic institutions in the world. Many rank among the top 100 global institutions. Eight universities and colleges are within commuting distance, and together they offer 22 aerospace-related programs.  Academic institutions located in and around Waterloo Region include:

YKF is also home to the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC), one of Canada’s largest professional flight schools. WWFC offer accredited academic programs and early entry programs with airlines to develop and hire new pilots.

Shovel ready land available

The airport has 8.5 acres of fully-serviced land available for development. Located minutes from Highway 401, this space is ideal for aviation-related businesses. Lots provide secure airside access, many with excellent roadside visibility.

Location: Apron 7

  • 8.5 acres available with secure access to a Code D Taxiway (B-757)

  • Suitable for larger aviation-related operations 
  • Fully-serviced including: water, sanitary and storm sewers, electricity, gas and telecommunications. Excavated to grade.

  • Zoned to permit light-industrial, commercial and aviation related businesses

Additional opportunities available

The Region of Waterloo International Airport also has commercial office space, garage facilities and over two hundred of acres of unserviced land available for development.