Canada’s National Capital Region

Quick Facts
Province(s): Includes parts of two Canadian provinces — Ontario and Quebec
Population: 1,148,800 in two major cities — Ottawa and Gatineau

Not only is Ottawa the capital city of Canada and the seat of the federal government, it is also a cosmopolitan centre bustling with foreign embassies, consulates, diplomats, culture and technological innovation offering an unparalleled quality of life. Not only is it the most affordable city in Canada and ranked among the world’s most desirable cities to call home, Ottawa’s rich array of services and natural treasures allow the citizens of this community to enjoy unparalleled health, comfort and economic security.

Key Advantages

  • Global technology centre where innovation prospers thanks to the 1,800 companies concentrated in the high-tech sector
  • Most educated workforce in Canada
  • Total amount of venture capital invested in Ottawa technology companies over the last decade amounted to over $4.7 billion CDN
  • Second largest concentration of science and engineering employment out of 316 North American cities, surpassed only by Silicon Valley
  • One of the world's top sites for R&D, conducting 90% of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research and development
  • Recognized centre for both academic and professional training with the highest percentage of university graduates and nearly half a million people speaking both English and French
  • Highest concentration of PhDs in North America
  • Highest internet connectivity in the country—100% of Ottawa’s schools, universities, hospitals, libraries, research institutes and municipal facilities are wired with high speed internet access
  • Invest Ottawa — Ottawa's lead economic agency supports and encourages incoming and outgoing investment and trade opportunities
  • 79,466 high tech workers, complemented by the presence of over 110,000 government employees providing contracts to local companies

Sector Strengths

  • Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Photonics
  • Semiconductors
  • Defence and security
  • Biophotonics
  • Life sciences
  • Wireless technologies
  • Environmental technologies
  • Clean energy
  • Electronic pay systems
  • Micro electromechanical systems