Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa, the second largest city within the province of Ontario, is also the political capital of Canada. The city lies on the Ottawa River approximately 200 kilometres west of Montreal and 400 kilometres North-East of Toronto. With a population of approximately 900,000, it is the fourth largest municipality in the country and second largest in Ontario. According to the “Mercer Human Resource Consulting Quality of Living Survey” Ottawa has the 2nd highest quality of living of any city in the America’s and 14th highest in the world

Diversity characterises so much of Ottawa. While English and French are the predominate languages, you will hear many others spoken on the streets. Ottawa honours a long tradition of culture and history in the many world-class institutions in the city; the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Gallery of Canada, to name a few.

Ottawa is a global technology and business centre as well as a world class tourism and convention destination. Professional services, tourism, photonics, life sciences, software and communications, telecommunication and microelectronics are among the various industries prominent in Ottawa. Ottawa is also home to 120 international embassies (who provide trade links to their own domestic businesses), many advanced technology companies and more than 75,000 federal government employees.

Ottawa is serviced by three major highways and enjoys prominent rail access, which provides direct connections to other Canadian cities and major US border crossings. As the 5th busiest passenger airport in Canada, the Ottawa International Airport connects Ottawa to the world.