Invest Ottawa’s film and television sector focuses on the continued development, retention, competitiveness, and enhancement of the city’s film and television industry. In addition, it facilitates and issues various filming permits, promotes the region as a preferred industry destination and supports the development and growth of the local industry.
The Ottawa region facilitates an average of 700 filming days that translate into over $50 million of production, $20 million of which is spent directly in the local economy. With a local landscape that includes rivers and lakes, mountains, fields, and wetlands and a continental climate that ranges from hot and humid in the summer to cold and snowy in the winter, Ottawa offers a wide variety of shooting locations, competitive tax incentives, and an experienced and bilingual workforce.
Working with industry contacts and various levels of government, Invest Ottawa is working towards establishing Ottawa as a film friendly destination and premier shooting location.
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Companies with a specialization in film and TV.
Artists, freelancers and consultants.
Sector-specific academic programs across Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions.
Ottawa has a strong heritage in software.
Ciena is committed to making Ottawa and Canada a focal centre for its global R&D operations, and to maintaining significant technology investment and principal R&D functions in Canada.
The Ottawa Development Centre is crucial to Cisco’s global innovation strategy. The centre is home to a world-class team of engineers responsible for developing essential components that touch virtually every service provider and enterprise customer network in the world.
Over the past year we have appreciated the support provided by Invest Ottawa in helping us align our own strategy to grow and attract cleantech businesses and for participating in our ‘Cleantech in the Corridor’ initiatives.
Very, very, very rarely will I have to go outside of Ottawa for talent.
Ottawa has the right mix of engineers, artists and interaction designers who understand the true value of a great user experience.
We can sub in for city, country, big city, and small city. The community is also very supportive.
Bringing together technology professionals with established world class medical experts at Ottawa Eye Institute has helped us develop product we could never do in a different environment. A perfect place to live and play!
SWOT analyses of 19 vendors in the File Sync & Share space that will help us identify which ones to target for partnership/acquisition. Two reports from Ovum that help define the market. This type of information is impossible for a startup to obtain without Invest Ottawa and the proactive approach from their market research team.
BRAEBON has found the City of Ottawa to be an excellent locale from which to develop and launch our medical devices. Local institutions of higher learning provide an available pool of skilled resources, and access to Federal Government research facilities, such as NRC, facilitate the development of our cutting-edge technologies.
Calian was founded in Ottawa and this year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary in business. We have grown into a $236 million company employing 2,400 people across Canada serving both domestic and international customers. A majority of our business is in the defence sector and much of our success is due to the positive business climate in Ottawa and the tremendous relationship we have with our clients, partners and sector development organizations.
Ottawa has provided us with an exceptional environment for business growth. We are able to meet most of our staffing needs locally, by accessing the pool of highly talented and skilled labour that exists in the Ottawa area. We also benefit from the support available in Ottawa from federal, provincial and local government agencies, including access to the research capabilities and facilities of our local universities and national labs. And for our employees and their families, Ottawa provides a wonderful community to live in and a great quality of life.
Ottawa is a great city to work and play, it’s a beautiful city that offers everything that anyone could want for a great quality of life.
Ottawa is the natural national hub because the nation’s defence and security agencies are headquartered in the capital city. Ottawa also has direct channels to Washington and the U.S. defence and security market. Plus, federal export agencies and foreign embassies here can assist with the development of overseas markets.
Access to R&D talent, as well as university cooperation in conjunction with government support on all levels is also available. Funding through SR&ED and IRAP, as well as excellent federal and provincial assistance for export, EDC funding and other essential tools that support businesses, are in place as well.
There is a vibrant film and television industry alive in Ottawa.
As a result of the cumulative impact of the GrindSpaceXL workshops and follow-up meetings with advisors, we are now more well-rounded in knowledge and confident in our actions and next steps. We would not have been able to pay for this kind of expertise.
Invest Ottawa have been absolutely fabulous. We’ve been very lucky to have both the cast and crew that we have for this because they’re very, very professional and they drill down like a well-oiled machine.
With the help of the Regional Innovation Centre for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, we received $120,000 in Federal IRAP funding, another $25,000 in seed funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. This timely access to funds accelerated our company’s market entry for JetStreamHD by at least six months.
Ottawa’s mature technology ecosystem from thirty years of telecom innovation provides JDSU a strong talent pool for developing next generation optical and test solutions for the industry.
To compete more effectively, IBM believes health service delivery organisations (HSDO) must develop new business models, fuel innovation in R&D and drive greater discovery, and Ottawa offers an environment and resources ideally suited to these pursuits.
The space has been an invaluable one for us. I can’t imagine still running our business the way we were trying to before coming here. The staff, amenities and the meeting rooms are fantastic.
Ottawa is, I would say, really the epicentre of BlackBerry 10 development. The hardware core, the radio and the software, the OS comes from QNX (a BlackBerry subsidiary), all the integration with the chipset -all that is done in Ottawa.
GrindspaceXL has given us the confidence to pursue our entrepreneurial goals. Like anything, being an entrepreneur requires discipline and methodology. We brought the discipline and GrindspaceXL provided the methodology. It is a magic mixture.
We see the Ottawa R&D Centre playing a key role in the development of our Heterogeneous Network Strategy, developing small cell technology, as well as integrating Carrier Class WiFi capabilities as a part of that strategy.
The more innovative approach is the kind being adopted by Carleton and Algonquin, in which students study at both institutions consecutively so that they can take what they learn in human computer interaction at university and immediately apply it to their 3D software course at college.
There is a lot of opportunity in mobile – which is generating more talent and expertise in the city.
The impact of GrindSpaceXL will be felt for many years. In a nutshell it has helped us re-focus and become more engaged with our clients.
I am a huge supporter of the Cooperative Education Program. Our company benefits greatly from the skills, confidence and energy that the students bring to our Research & Development campus. They “hit the ground running” as new hires – it is a win – win relationship.
Invest Ottawa has been really helpful in challenging me to ask myself the right questions about my business and presenting the pros and cons about being an entrepreneur. The seminars and meetings I attended were always highly informative and to the point, providing me with valuable knowledge that could be directly applied my business.
The fundamental building blocks for any company start with great talent and Nordion has capitalized on Ottawa’s phenomenal skilled labour and in-house research expertise as a recognizable competitive advantage.
Ottawa has long been a nurturing ground for some of the world’s brightest minds in telecommunications.
We believe that Infinera Ottawa has been able to assemble the best coherent optical engineering team in the industry, helping us deliver high capacity optical transport solutions that our customers are using to build the next generation Internet.
Ottawa’s access to local and global partners coupled with the willingness of academia, government and industry to work together to attract and retain talent and businesses is part of the DNA that makes Ottawa a very appealing place to run a company.
Ottawa has a complete, mature technology ecosystem from 30 years of telecom innovation, a desire to lead in green wireless areas, and a right-sized city for a great balance of work and home life.
Ottawa is great for the locations – not far, little traffic – and people aren’t used to closing streets – people welcome it – they are happy. You can shoot downtown and then be in the countryside in 15 minutes. We also have the four seasons – we can have snow and also very hot and humid weather and the orange colours of fall.
Algonquin College turns out a lot of great animators, and even the ones that don’t come from Ottawa usually spend some time in Ottawa given the handful of animation companies, and the history – We have 30 years of animation in Ottawa.
We want to make Ottawa the world photonics center. Our goals really have no limits.
Ottawa is a city built on innovation, talent, entrepreneurship and R&D. These key attributes have played a critical role in contributing to Nordion’s success as a global company in the health science market.
It goes without saying that Ottawa has a great talent pool. During the decision making process that led to the establishment of Abbott Point of Care’s manufacturing plant in Ottawa, this breadth of talent was of utmost importance.
Alcatel-Lucent Ottawa is one of the major wireless product development sites in the company, and the Ottawa campus also houses key aspects of our Wireless ngConnect Program.
This town is just BRISTLING with talented people.
2013 marks Ericsson’s 60th anniversary in Canada. Now, as one of the top R&D investors in the country, we see the Ottawa R&D Centre playing a key role in the development of our Heterogeneous Network Strategy, developing small cell technology, as well as integrating Carrier Class WiFi capabilities as part of that strategy. Having invested nearly $4 Billion in Canadian R&D we are committed to the continual strengthening of Canada’s ICT ecosystem.
Canada ranks among the top 10 countries worldwide when it comes to spawning clean technology companies.
Ottawa’s rich talent pool, world-class academic and research facilities, and legacy of strong public/private collaborations have created an environment ideally suited to help HSDOs flourish and drive innovation.
The Canada Research Centre in Ottawa is not only helping Huawei strengthen our R&D capabilities, our team of Canadian innovators is helping lead our long-term global wireless roadmap. This research will help drive further investment into Canada, and ensure Huawei is an important contributor in the growth of Canada’s digital economy.