The Best Place in Canada to Start and Grow Your Business
As a beautiful G8 capital, Ottawa is rich in culture and heritage with many national institutions and historic buildings. Ottawa began as a bilingual city and is a place where our founding linguistic communities (French and English) have always lived and worked together. Adding to the multiculturalism, Ottawa houses Canada’s foreign embassies, consulates, and diplomats.
Ottawa’s citizens enjoy unparalleled health, comfort, and economic well-being, benefitting from a unique combination of urban convenience and accessible nature.
Ottawa is the Leading City in the Creative Economy
Ranked 1st out of 61 cities globally by the Martin Prosperity Institute for the diversity and creativity of its economy, driven by its high score in talent.
Source: Martin Prosperity Institute, August 2013
Second Highest Concentration of Science and Engineering Employment in North America
Ottawa-Gatineau has the second largest concentration of science and engineering employment out of 316 North American cities, surpassed only by Silicon Valley. One in nine employees is a scientist or engineer.
Source: Statistics Canada, May 2006.
Ottawa is an Established Global Technology Centre
With more than 1900 technology companies employing nearly 75,000 people, Ottawa’s key industries include Wireless, Photonics, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Aerospace, Security and Defence, and Film, TV and Digital Media.
Source: Invest Ottawa Knowledge-based Industry Survey
Strong Mix of Multinational Organizations and Small to Medium Sized Enterprises
Ottawa houses several multinational giants including IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Huawei, Ericsson, Ciena, Avaya, Genband, Nordion, Blackberry, and Corel. In addition, there are over 1500 high tech companies with less than 50 employees, creating a strong and diverse, yet balanced private sector.
Strong Entrepreneurial Culture
The total amount of venture capital invested in Ottawa technology companies over the last decade amounted to over $4.3 billion CDN.
Source: The Ottawa Report 2010
One of the World’s Top Sites for R&D
With 90 per cent of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research and development conducted here, Ottawa is one of the world’s top sites for R&D. The R&D infrastructure combines three major research engines: private, university, and government.
Source: City of Ottawa
Canada’s Most Connected City
Virtually 100 per cent of Ottawa’s schools, universities, hospitals, libraries, research institutes and municipal facilities are wired with high-speed internet access. No other city in Canada has the breadth and depth of fibre optic connectivity of Ottawa – making it Canada’s most connected city.
Source: Ottawa’s Rural Communities Network (ORCNet)
Paradise for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Ottawa is in the midst of a giant outdoor playground featuring mountains, beaches, camping, skiing, golfing, and hundreds of freshwater lakes. Ottawa has the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, over 850 parks, 300kms of biking trails, and more than 200km of cross-country ski trails to enjoy!
Source: City of Ottawa
A City for Culture and the Arts
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to a variety of national institutions, including the Museum of Civilization, the Museum of Nature, the Museum of Science and Technology, the National Gallery of Canada, and the National Arts Centre. Nightlife abounds in the Byward Market and on Elgin Street. A city of festivals, Ottawa hosts over 50 ranging from the Tulip Festival and Winterlude, to the Blues and Jazz Festivals, to the Dragon Boat and Hot Air Balloon Festivals.
The Least Expensive Canadian City for Cost of Living
Ottawa remains the least expensive Canadian city according to the latest Cost of Living Survey from Mercer Human Resource Consulting, the global leader for HR and related financial advice.
Source: Mercer HR Consulting Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012
- Ottawa’s total labour force, across all sectors, is more than 728,000 people
- Home to the Government of Canada, Parliament, the Supreme Court, and various other government organizations
- The Federal Government employs over 110,000 people
- Home to over 1,900 knowledge-based companies with over 75,000 employees
- Boasts the most stable employment rate in Canada
- More than 50 annual festivals including Winterlude, Tulip Festival, RBC Royal Bluesfest, and the International Dragon Boat Festival
- 300km of bike pathways, 50+ golf courses, 7 sailing clubs, 14 national museums, 13 art galleries
- MoneySense Magazine named Ottawa as one of the best cities in Canada to live in
- The Ottawa Capital region welcomes more than 7.3 million visitors annually
- Ranks as the most educated city in the country
- Boasts the highest number of residents with a post-secondary education in Canada
- Nearly half the population is under the age of 35 – making it one of the youngest cities in the country
- A bilingual rate of 44 per cent
- More engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country