Join one of Canada's most innovative communities!

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is home to 25 businesses that employ 300 people and together, contribute $90 million annually to the Region's economy. The airport is centrally located in southwestern Ontario (Canada), 45 minutes west of Toronto.

"Waterloo Region is a vibrant, welcoming community built on the foundations of entrepreneurship, innovation and education.  Centrally located and competitively priced commercial space with access to a large highly-skilled work force makes YKF the ideal place to locate your business."

Tony La Mantia, Chief Executive Officer - Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

Why Waterloo Region?

Diverse local economy 

From Google to Toyota, COM DEV to OpenText, Waterloo Region was built on innovation. We have a strong manufacturing base and are global leaders in a number of 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

 Strategic location
The airport is 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Toronto, located alongside Canada's superhighway 401. Three million people live within a one hour drive of the airport. 
Growing population
As one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, Waterloo Region is expected to grow 33% by 2031. We are the tenth largest urban area in the country. Our population is expected to reach 835,000 by 2041.  
 Access to world class talent
Waterloo Region is home to some of the finest academic institutions in the world. We are known for being the place where all things that will be important tomorrow are being created today. 
 Thriving aerospace cluster

Over 85 aerospace businesses are located in Waterloo Region. Together they employ more than 3,200 residents. Renowned companies in the local aerospace cluster include:

 Research and development

Waterloo Region is home to over 150 globally renowned research centres. A unique intellectual property policy at the University of Waterloo allows inventors to own their own ideas. There is no better place to conduct research and development. 

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

Shovel ready land available!

The airport has 32.5 acres of fully-serviced land available for development. Located minutes from Highway 401, this land is ideal for aviation-related businesses. Lots provide secure airside access, many with excellent roadside visibility.

 YKF Aviation Business Park Brochure

Location: Apron 7

  • 30 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

 YKF Aviation Business Park Brochure

Location: Apron 4

  • 2.5 acres available with secure access to a Code C Taxiway (B-737)

  • Suitable for smaller 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

YKF Apron 4 Development 

New unserviced land available!

Location: New Germany Lane 
  • 47 acres of unserviced land available 
  • Suitable for larger aviation-related operations 
  • Zoned to permit light-industrial, commercial and aviation related businesses

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