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Ottawa lies in southeast Ontario where the Ottawa, Rideau and Gatineau Rivers meet. As Canada’s capital city, the metropolis is a political and economic powerhouse. Expats moving to here can appreciate the fact that, while at the forefront of technological advances, Ottawa also prides itself in conserving its heritage and culture.
A cosmopolitan city with a welcoming environment, Ottawa is home to a diverse mix of ethnic populations. Expats from all over the world are drawn to this North American capital, largely thanks to its attractive employment and academic opportunities.
The city is home to a highly-educated workforce – boasting more engineers and scientists per capita than any other Canadian city. As such, expat families relocating with children can rest assured that Ottawa affords an excellent range of affordable, high-quality public and private education options.
The diverse job market encompasses sectors from information technology to life sciences and academia. But expats seeking employment should be aware that competition for jobs in Ottawa is fierce.
Fortunately, new arrivals are sure to enjoy Ottawa’s high quality of life. Expats will benefit from one of the world’s most highly-regarded healthcare systems. Residents of Ontario have most of their healthcare needs covered by the province. Private healthcare and specialist treatment facilities are available to complement the public facilities.
Despite being Canada’s capital, the city has one of the lowest costs of living in the country. House hunters are sure to find accommodation in Ottawa to suit their budget and preferences – from quaint townhouses to high-rise condominiums, and cosy heritage apartments to large country estates located in Ottawa’s leafy suburbs.
Each neighbourhood has something to offer, and there are endless things to see and do. ByWard Market in the heart of the city is a particular favourite among younger expats as it boasts trendy bars and a buzzing nightlife. Nearby Parliament Hill is a must see with its bold Gothic revival architecture.
It’s easy to get around the various areas too, thanks to an extensive public transport network and infrastructure for cycling and walking.
Of course, there are both pros and cons to relocating to Ottawa, and the icy winters are a downside for those who don’t like the cold. However, expats can make the most of it – perhaps they can even experience ice skating on the world’s largest outdoor rink. Overall, expats are sure to benefit from Canada’s inclusive social policies and be rewarded by Ottawa's rich quality of life.