Google Canada moving into new development office in Kitchener this Thursday

Ian Hardy

January 12, 2016 9:45am

A year ago, Google Canada announced plans to expand its operations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area to accommodate the company’s rapidly growing engineering and development team.

Google first opened an office in Kitchener-Waterloo in 2005 and currently occupies space in the Tannery building in Kitchener, where Desire2Learn and Communitech also reside. In the coming days, it will officially move into the Breithaupt Block at King street.

The 185,000 square-foot office will officially be unveiled on Thursday, housing over 350 engineers working on various Google initiatives.

According to a report in the Globe and Mail, Google is planning to show off new virtual reality technology – hopefully something more than Cardboard – and other locally made products.


  • Andrew Gallagher

    Maybe they can work on bringing Android Pay/Google Fiber/Fi/Google Voice to Canada too? We can only hope.

    • Victor Creed

      Too many government restrictions for Voice or Fibre for that matter. As for Pay goes we’ve already seen what our banks think of another company putting their hands in the cookie jar (Apple Pay). Most of the lack regarding Google presence in Canada is due to restrictions most likely.

    • Chris Clark

      In 2008 or 2009 Google mentioned they were bringing Voice to Canada as soon as they can. I’m now convinced they gave up once they met our government.

  • robinottawa

    With the dollar not showing signs of recovery in the medium term, they are doing well with this investment, I think.

  • nonenone22

    Wow. Google moving into a new office is news.

    • I was happy to learn about this.

  • DroDro

    The building looks very nice. I studied in the building across the street and had seen the building constructed from scratch. Sometimes I even wished I could work there; but I am in a totally different profession!