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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lent his star power to help Google Canada open its new engineering office in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., highlighting his government’s promise to invest in innovation, and infrastructure. The space boasts a climbing wall and a secret room. It will host more than 400 engineers working on hardware and software products for the global Internet giant. Google has been in the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 2005.

A group of junior code-makers take part in a virtual reality demonstration during the unveiling of Google's new Canadian engineering headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Jennifer Flanagan, President and CEO of Actua, take part in a virtual reality demonstration at the new Google Canada Development headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

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Software engineer Dalya Gershtein scales the climbing wall at the new Google Canada office. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recounted how at a previous visit to Google’s Montreal office he rode a unicycle and tried a climbing wall, and regretted that kind of photo opportunity didn’t fit with “the stature that comes with my new job.”

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The library inside Google's new Canadian engineering headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

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Employees work in one of the many colourful areas of Google's new Canadian engineering headquarters.

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An employee works on some hardware ideas in the Makers Lab of Google's new Canadian engineering headquarters.

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A Google employee walks into a secret room behind the blue library. Google’s new office is the major tenant in a glass-and-steel building in downtown Kitchener, part of the redevelopment of a row of factories first built in 1902 and known as the Breithaupt Block.

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Google has been in the Kitchener-Waterloo area since 2005 .

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plays a game to officially launch Google's new Canadian engineering headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

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The U.S.-based company’s Canadian arm has signed a 10-year deal to occupy 185,000 square feet of the facility.

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