This is #MyOttawa

We WORK and INVEST
Where Talent Thrives

Come Grow with Us!

Andrée PaigeAndrée PaigeJenn LeaderRay EverettSean CochraneDarby MalloryNaina KansalTolga NizamDarrell WellingtonMichael CurranAndrée José PaigeAlison HunterAJ PaigeEmmanuel ReyVincent CoutureSean CochraneAndrew GarvenTolga NizamJessie-Lee WallaceCindy VanBuskirkKaren BrownriggWayne CuddingtonSueling ChingEric Jones JonesDarby MallorySean CochraneSean CochraneMelissa HowellChris CopeLynn LaddAdam DewarNicole MalloryPaul AkehurstAndrew FurinoJennifer McMullanNir Ben DavidSteve GeorgopoulosKassondra WaltersC Charbonneau joined as an Ottawa Ambassador!

Ottawa is home to a thriving business community, where economic resilience and an enviable quality of life continue to elevate us in global rankings. Our services, programs, education, training, and funding opportunities are just some of the reasons we attract such a highly concentrated talent pool.

FAST FACTS and QUICK LINKS

Ottawa’s LOCATION Is Ideal for Business and Travel

We’re Canada in One City

  • In 1857, Ottawa was chosen as the capital city of Canada because it was centrally located between the cities of Montréal and Toronto, next to the Ontario and Quebec provincial boundary. (source: Parliament of Canada)
  • Nearly 20 million people live within a 400 km radius of Ottawa, compared with 10 million for Montréal, 15 million for Toronto (Source: CBRE Group Inc., in an article in the Globe and Mail, August 2020).
  • Ottawa is less than an hour’s drive from the U.S. border (State of New York).

Ottawa Is Among the Most BUSINESS-FRIENDLY Cities in the Americas

Ottawa Is a Tech Hub for TALENT

A Global Tech Community for 3 Decades

  • Tech talent is always in high demand in Ottawa. A diverse tech hub offers job opportunities in the forefront of emerging tech innovations, including: SaaS, SeS, AI, autonomous vehicles, next-gen networks, 5G, cybersecurity, digital media, biotech, and more. (CBRE’s Tech Talent Report 2020)
  • For the second time in three years, Ottawa took the top spot for the highest concentration of tech talent in North America, outperforming high-profile tech hubs such as San Francisco/Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Montréal. (View video)
  • Over 1,750 knowledge-based businesses and 76,200 tech workers collectively, are based in Ottawa:
    • Life Sciences
    • Software
    • Digital Media
    • Communications Technology
    • Clean Technologies
    • Aerospace, Defence & Security
    • (Source: Invest Ottawa)

We Attract Job Applicants with ENGINEERING and DEVELOPER Skills

Powering Minds, Empowering People

There Are 100,000+ Federal GOVERNMENT Jobs in Ottawa

A World-Class Capital City

  • The population of the federal public service exceeds 100,000 people locally (Source: Statistics Canada). Of all federal government employees across Canada, 1 in 3 work in the National Capital Region (Source: Statistics Canada).

Ottawa Is Poised for Post-Pandemic Economic RESILIENCE

Our Businesses Have a Voice

A Well-Connected Community

Ottawa’s Business Community Remains CONNECTED

50+ Business Events Per Year

  • Ottawa businesses actively network and collaborate, with 50+ business networking events per year (which became virtual or hybrid during the COVID-19 pandemic). This includes the Ottawa Mayor’s Breakfast, CEO Talk, Fastest Growing Companies, Top Forty Under 40, Ottawa’s Economic Outlook Luncheon, and many more: View the Ottawa Board of Trade’s business events calendar.

A Community Growth Plan in Action

  • The Welch LLP Ottawa Business Growth Survey is an exclusive report based on surveys with hundreds of local business leaders that track their attitudes and confidence in the city’s economy.
  • Released annually, the Book of Lists is the result of in-depth local research about thousands of Ottawa-area companies. The publication contains over 35-40 lists in various business categories, providing key information about some of Ottawa’s most prolific industries, organizations, people, and business deals.
  • The Ottawa Business Journal is the leading source of business news, information and events for Canada’s national capital.

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