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City of Ottawa


Ottawa Facts

Population: 921,825 (2011)

Location – Central Canada
On the border between Ontario and Quebec.

Warm humid summers, cold and snowy winters.

Ottawa is one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. A thriving business and government centre, Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture.

Ottawa is home to a large number of foreign embassies and is a recognized centre for both academics and professional training. The city offers an open and welcoming environment to cultures from around the world, providing service in English, French, and many other languages.

Ottawa features:

  • Home to Canada’s Federal Government with over 110,000 government jobs
  • Over 1,800 advanced technology companies employing more than 76,000 people
  • One of Canada’s top sites for research and development
  • Highest number of residents with post-secondary education in Canada
  • More engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in Canada
  • 44 per cent of residents speak both English and French
  • North America’s least expensive major city to live in (Mercer)
  • One of the greenest capitals in the world, surrounded by 532 square kilometres of parks, forests and wetlands



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