Ottawa: A Global Tech Hub

Ottawa is a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city, and the best place to learn, work, live, and play.

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Why Ottawa?

For decades, Ottawa has been a global leader in telecommunications technology. Today, Canada’s capital is one of the hottest and most diverse tech hubs in North America. (*Source: Conference Board of Canada, Q2 2023, **Source: CBRE, 2023)

Ottawa:

  • Has the highest concentration of tech talent in North America at 13.3% (CBRE, 2023) 
  • Has decades of disruptive tech expertise, capabilities and companies
  • Is the most educated city in Canada - 65% have post-secondary education (Stats Canada 2021) 
  • Has a consumer base of nearly 20 million within a 400km radius
  • Ranked second lowest for cost of living among top North American cities  (Global City Ranking from Mercer, 2023)
  • Ranked 1st in Canada and 7th in the world for best work-life balance (KISI, 2022)
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Access to Talent


Ottawa has the highest concentration of tech talent in North America at 13.3%. That’s higher than San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Washington and Toronto. Canada also offers a fast and predictable immigration process. In addition, our city is home to top-tier post-secondary institutions including Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité and the University of Ottawa that educate as many as 168,000 students with 17% specializing in STEM (28,000+).

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Tech Hub Showdown: Ottawa vs. Washington

Welcome to Part 5 of our Tech Hub Showdown series that compares Ottawa, Ontario, with American tech hotspots Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; and Silicon Valley, California (Bay Area). For our final showdown, Ottawa is stepping into the ring against Washington, DC. Ottawa is home to global tech giants, world renowned research centres, and […]

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Tech Hub Showdown: Ottawa vs. Silicon Valley (Bay Area)

Welcome to Part 4 of our Tech Hub Showdown series that compares Ottawa, Ontario, with American tech hotspots. Ottawa’s faced off against Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; and Denver, Colorado. For our fourth showdown, we’ll see how Ottawa stacks up against Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area of California. Ottawa is Canada’s tech hub with more […]

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Tech Hub Showdown: Ottawa vs. Denver

Welcome to Part 3 of our Tech Hub Showdown series that compares Ottawa, Ontario, with American tech hotspots. In previous face-offs, Canada’s capital went up against Austin, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts. Next to step into the ring is Denver, Colorado. Ottawa is a tech powerhouse with the second-highest concentration of scientists and engineers in North […]

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Ottawa is a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city, and the best place to learn, work, live, and play. The following tools highlight data and information on Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life so that you can make informed decisions about investing and growing in Ottawa.

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