With impressive features such as convenient LRT access, the University of Waterloo (the hub for innovation and impressive talent), and the Research & Technology Park, the Idea Quarter is home to 175 brilliant companies.

And that’s not all — there are even more exciting buildings & features in the works, and rapid growth ready to take place. 5 years from now, there will be 3.2M square feet of space, 16,500 workers, and 150 new companies.  There’s plenty of room for the Idea Quarter to continue to expand throughout the region and reach new heights. Come be part of it.

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CanFirst Capital Management is a private equity real estate company that acquires properties in Canada’s major markets with the objective of creating value through proactive asset management. The Factory Square Campus located in the heart of Waterloo Region’s Idea Quarter is CanFirst’s latest offering in Waterloo. Enjoy Onsite amenities such as a full-service restaurant,  juice bar and specialty coffee shop. The campus also boasts a spectacular open-air courtyard, free parking and direct LRT access.

Visit CanFirst and Factory Square Campus.


The David Johnston Research + Technology Park provides a powerfully supportive base for radical, high impact research. Today, greater than 70% of the world’s GDP (gross domestic product) runs on software created by companies in the R + T Park. Join those who seek commanding commercial advantage through technological leadership. The talent of the university community is ready and willing.


The Accelerator Centre is an elite incubator dedicated to building strong, lasting, globally competitive technology firms; and to commercializing advanced research technologies. Over the past 10 years the Accelerator Centre has supported more than 300 companies, including some of Waterloo Region’s most prominent businesses, such as Miovision, Clearpath Robotics, Kik, Axonify and Magnet Forensics.


The Cora Group Inc. is a premier developer and manager of Class A office space in the Waterloo Region. Our properties situated within Waterloo’s emerging Idea Quarter, are built for sustainability using state of the art
LEED building principles. They are perfectly suited to entrepreneurs, growing technology and professional services companies and are tailored to the needs of today’s millennia workforce. Contact us to discuss immediate development opportunities at


Marsland on Graham Way is home to SAP. Marsland Centre Ltd is a high-value-added space provider that develops, owns and manages a portfolio of commercial, industrial, and residential real estate primarily in Waterloo, concentrating on custom turnkey office and light manufacturing space for knowledge-based industries in the technology and financial sectors.


The Waterloo Innovation Network, headed by Bay Street financier Michael Wekerle, owns a cluster of six buildings in the Idea Quarter featuring hyper growth companies like Magnet Forensics and Auvik.


University of Waterloo – In the heart of Waterloo Region and the Idea Quarter, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology, engineering and health sciences research, ideas that will change the world are at the heart of who we are.