Ottawa: Where Talent Comes to Work, Play and Grow

Key Advantages 

  • 100% high-speed Internet connectivity in schools, universities, hospitals, libraries, research institutes and municipal facilities
  • 90% of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research and development is conducted in Ottawa
  • Over $475 million CDN invested in Ottawa IT companies in the last five years
  • The most educated city in Canada with 61% of workers having a post-secondary degree and the highest concentration of scientists and engineers in Canada
  • Home to over 65 national and academic research labs
  • Ranked as one of the least congested, fastest growing and affordable cities in North America


1,318,122 (Ottawa - Gatineau Region)

Canada's capital city

Key Sectors

Cleantech - Ottawa hosts Canada’s largest concentration of clean energy and technology researchers in academia, federal labs and companies. What makes Ottawa unique is this convergence of public, private and academic expertise. Areas of focus include: renewable energy generation, energy infrastructure and energy efficiency; water treatment, waste diversion, conversion and management; and, remediation, green buildings and resource efficiency in built environments. MORE....


Communications Technologies  - Ottawa is an established, internationally recognized centre of excellence in communications technologies encompassing telecommunications, semiconductor, optical technologies and wireless systems, as well as converging opportunities with photonics, optics and life sciences. The world’s largest wireless telecommunications network equipment companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei are developing their next generation products in Ottawa. MORE....


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Digital Media - Ottawa-based digital media companies create cutting-edge digital technologies backed by the city’s longstanding history of software expertise. Ottawa’s strengths are now built on a strong game development culture, robust engineering and software talent networks and an exceptionally creative workforce. It’s a formula that’s generated a history of successes and scores of globally-recognized game titles.  MORE....


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Aerospace, Defense and Security - As a G7 capital city and headquarters for most federal government departments, including the Department of National Defence, Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Communications Security Establishment Canada and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Ottawa is the national hub for Canada’s defence and security sector. Ottawa’s aerospace, defence and security industry is home to over 300 companies, employing in excess of 17,000 people. MORE....


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Life Sciences - Within Canada, Ottawa is a leader in transforming biotechnology into a new focus for economic activity. The nation’s capital enjoys a combination of strong government support, innovative academic institutions, and leading private companies. This unique combination helps facilitate industry growth and the sustainability of research-focused activities. MORE....


Software - Ottawa’s strong software sector provides industry-leading solutions in enterprise and web applications, e-security, graphics programs, development and more. An estimated 20,000 people are employed in the software industry with over 500 companies in the region. Ottawa’s highly skilled software professionals and world-class R&D capability make it an ideal location for software-development activities. MORE... 



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