Expat Guide to Ottawa

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is in the province of Ontario and situated to the north east of the country. The city is rich in culture and has a population with a wide mix of ethnicities.

Ottawa is also a technological centre of excellence and the economic heart of Canada. There are many great reasons to visit or move to Canada and live in this wonderful city, and a reasonable cost of living is just one of them.

Working in the Capital

Ottawa is a global technology and business centre and an excellent city to live if you work in one of these areas, but there is a wide range of other occupations available if you have the right skills. This vibrant and enjoyable city has a population of approximately 900,000, most of whom live in the centre. Almost 90% of the Ottawa region comprises rural settings or farmland, and covers an area of 1,800 square miles. Anyone thinking of relocating to Ottawa can look forward to a wonderful mix of town and country.

The Family Friendly City

The city of Ottawa is classed as one of the world’s safest places to live, work and to raise your family. There is also a wide range of public and private schools, which teach in both English and French. The city has six universities and is well respected around the world for its numerous technology institutes and specialised learning programmes. Once you have achieved your educational goals there are plenty of activities to enjoy.

Culture and Leisure

If you love museums then you’re in for a treat; the city has a vast array ready for you to wander around, but you’ll need more than a few days. You could also listen to your favourite orchestra or watch a new play at the National Arts Centre. You can trace the history of Canada and discover what makes it such a desired place to live. Ottawa is also a sporting city including football, soccer and the most popular of all is hockey. The city's top team, the Ottawa Senators, play their games at the famous Canadian Tire Centre, where you can also see live concerts or even NFL basketball.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Once you’ve finished work or have travelled around the city on Ottawa's reliable transport system, it’s time to try out some of the bars, restaurants or nightclubs. For anyone who has never been to Ottawa before and is looking for a good night out, head for the ByWard Market district. This area sells fresh produce during the day, and really comes to life at night.