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About Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and Ontario's second largest city with a population of over 850,000. Located 450 km northeast of Toronto, Ottawa is the most bilingual major city in Ontario.

A large part of the job market in Ottawa is made up of positions requiring high levels of education. Some of these positions include engineers, scientists, computer programmers, doctors and nurses. In addition to these highly skilled positions, retail, tourism and manufacturing are also major sources of employment. Although Ottawa does not have as many large technology companies as it in the past, the number of smaller start-up businesses in this sector is growing.

The federal government is Ottawa's top employer. The government has work in many fields, including administration, communications, finance, law and scientific research.
However, securing a position in the federal government can be challenging. Many positions require both English and French proficiency. The hiring process can be very long and may include obtaining a security clearance, credit checks and criminal record checks.

Ottawa's top-ten industries, according to the 2006 census, are:

  • Public administration (21.2%)
  • Retail trade (10.4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9.9%)
  • Professional, scientific and technical services (9.5%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6.1%)
  • Construction (4.9%)
  • Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services (4.7%)
  • Manufacturing (4.6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (3.3%).

Useful links for Ottawa

Settlement Service Providers offering services in French:

LASI Compétence mondiales
219, avenue Argyle (613) 233-0453

Centre catholique pour les immigrants
219, avenue Argyle (613) 232-6934

Organisme communautaire des services aux immigrants d'Ottawa (OCISO)
959, rue Wellington Ouest, (613) 725-0202

Agence libanaise et arabe des services sociaux d'Ottawa
305-1385 Bank Street, 613-236-0003 ou 613-236-3111

Centre des services communautaires Vanier
290, rue Dupuis (613) 744-2892

Conseil économique et social d'Ottawa-Carlton -
649, chemin Montréal, bureau 202, (613) 248-1343