Google setting up new Kitchener office

By Blair Adams

Google is expanding in Kitchener.

On Thursday afternoon, the company announced plans for a new office in the Innovation District – Google will be the flagship tenant of Phase 3 of the Breithaupt Block expansion. 

The new office will be located across from Google's current location at 51 Breithaupt Street.

Once completed, the offices will accommodate new Google employees, as well as the first Google for Startups Accelerator.

It's part of a three city announcement, which also includes Toronto and Montreal.

In a release, Google says the three offices will be able to accommodate up to 5,000 employees by the end of 2022.

“As the Toronto-Waterloo corridor continues to be a global centre of tech talent and innovation, it's the perfect place for us to expand our footprint, and help grow the next generation of founders in Canada,” said Steve Woods, Google Canada Engineering and Waterloo Site Lead.

The new Kitchener office will bring seating capacity to 3,000, more than doubling Google's current footprint in the region.

“Today's announcement signals to investors worldwide that Kitchener and Waterloo region's tech sector and creative ecosystem is globally significant — able to support fast growing and innovative companies like Google.” added Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The City of Kitchener is glad to celebrate the unprecedented growth of Google in our backyard and we look forward to supporting their continued success.” 

The city says Google's offices and employees are directly investing in Kitchener's vibrant downtown. 

Communitech estimates for every one job tech job that is created, five additional jobs are created across the rest of the economy.

No word yet on when Google's new Kitchener office will be up and running.

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