Nestled on the banks of the majestic Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful G8 capitals in the world.

A thriving international technology and business centre and world class tourism and convention destination, Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture.It 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 a host of other languages. The city’s residents enjoy an enviable quality of life that is recognized throughout the world.

Find answers to a number of popular questions about Ottawa.

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Quick Facts

  • A population of over 1.4 million makes the Ottawa region the fourth-largest urban area in Canada
  • Ottawa is home to a multitude of successful high tech companies
  • Ottawa is also the home of government organizations such as the Government of Canada, Parliament, the Senate, and the Supreme Court of Canada
  • More than 1,500 advanced technology companies employ more than 65,000 people
  • With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country
  • $1.3 billion CDN in venture capital was invested in Ottawa technology companies from 2000 to 2002
  • With 90 per cent of Canada’s industrial telecommunications research and development conducted here, Ottawa is one of the world’s top five sites for R&D
  • Canada’s Capital region welcomes over 7 million visitors per year, who spend over $1.3 billion
  • The Capital’s tourism and convention industry generates more than $2 billion in economic activity
  • Ottawa has 30 museums- the highest concentration of museums of any region in Canada
  • Festivals abound including the world’s largest chamber music festival late summer, the world’s largest tulip festival in Spring, the world’s second largest Blues festival (second only to Chicago’s blues festival) and the ever popular Jazz festival and Busker’s festival among many others!
  • According to Statistics Canada, families in Ottawa had the highest median incomes of any Canadian city in 2001
  • Ottawa ranks in the top 20 list worldwide for quality of life
  • Languages spoken include English (50%), French (32%) and a host of other languages including significant capabilities in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic