As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is the fourth largest city in the country with a population of 1.3 million within the Greater Ottawa region. It resides on the border of Ontario and Quebec on the south bank of the Ottawa River where it meets the Gatineau and Rideau Rivers and the Rideau Canal.
Ottawa is a global technology centre where innovation prospers, and a recognized centre for both academic and professional training. The region is home to more than 1,800 high-tech companies involved in the sectors of software, telecommunications, photonics, semiconductors, defence and security, life sciences, wireless technologies, professional services and contact centres. The region also has new and growing industry sectors such as biophotonics, environmental technologies, clean energy, electronic pay systems, and mobile and fixed broadband applications.
As a beautiful G8 capital, Ottawa is rich in culture and heritage, comprising of 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. Benefiting from a unique combination of urban convenience and accessible nature, Ottawa combines small-city life with a cosmopolitan vibe.
Boasting the highest number of residents with a post-secondary education in Canada, a bilingual rate of 44 per cent, and more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country, the strength of Ottawa's workforce has played a pivotal role in its emergence as a global technology centre.
The people of Ottawa are the secret to its success. They are a prosperous population with a per capita income that is among the highest in Canada. They are also youthful, entrepreneurial, highly-educated, and multilingual. In fact, cosmopolitan Ottawa prides itself on its ethnic diversity. The city continues to attract the best and brightest from all parts of the globe.