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An amazing career. An even better life.

Calling All H-1B Visa Holders in the US

Blaze Your Own Trail in Canada’s Capital: Build a Career and Life You Love in Ottawa

Did you know effective July 16, 2023, the Canadian Government is offering a new Open Work Permit (OWP) program for holders of United States H-1B visas. Get further information here.

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Are you an ambitious and talented professional holding an H-1B Visa in the United States? We want you in Ottawa! Join us to create the career and life of your dreams in Canada’s Capital.

Make your mark in a global tech hub that embraces diversity, innovation, and growth. Come and achieve your full potential and blaze a new trail to success.

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We are here to help you every step of the way with unparalleled support. Let us help you find your next career opportunity; connect you with trusted experts to facilitate the immigration process; and take advantage of everything our city has to offer!

Let’s get you on a path to success:

  • Speak to a Talent Experience Team Member
  • Register for H-1B and Why Ottawa Information Sessions
  • Subscribe to Talent Updates Via Our Newsletter
  • Apply for H-1B Specific Ottawa Talent Pools
  • Receive Settlement Support
  • Receive Support for Family Members

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Why Choose Ottawa? Here’s our top 10 for professionals like you:

Top Positions

Dynamic Ottawa startups, scaleups, SMEs and large tech firms are searching for accomplished professionals like you! This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Software Engineers, Architects and Developers
  • Hardware Engineers, Architects, Designers and Developers
  • Telecommunications & Network Engineers
  • Data Scientists & Analysts
  • Cybersecurity Specialists
  • Cloud Architects & Engineers
  • Test Engineers
  • AI & Machine Learning Engineers
  • Product Managers
  • Executives
  • UI/UX, Customer Experience & Success Specialists
Thriving Tech Hub

Ottawa is a global tech hub with 1,750+ tech companies, 88,000+ tech workers, and North America’s highest concentration of tech talent. As an H-1B Visa holder, your expertise is in high demand here. We have ample opportunities to join and collaborate with top-tier tech companies like Shopify, IBM, Amazon, Apple and Ford, breakout startups, and more than 65 research labs. Come blaze your trail and make a real impact.

Disruptive Tech Innovation

Ottawa is renowned for our cutting-edge R&D and innovation in SaaS, cybersecurity, AI, machine learning, robotics, advanced networks and 5G, health tech and life sciences, smart mobility, IOT and many other disruptive technologies. Innovators are fueling the ICT, life sciences, defence, security, aerospace, smart mobility, cleantech and software…to name a few. Join us and revolutionize the future.

Unparalleled Quality of Life

Our city is consistently rated one of the best cities to live in Canada and raise a family. Enjoy a clean and safe city with 1,000 parks and greenspaces, four beaches, many cycling and walking paths, and the world’s largest outdoor skating rink. With world-class education, transportation, and a vibrant arts, sports and entertainment scene, you’ll find everything you need to create a fulfilling life for yourself and your family.

Quality Healthcare

There are four major hospitals to support you in Canada’s Capital. This includes the Ottawa Hospital, one of the largest teaching and research hospitals in the country, which is creating a $2.5 billion hospital of the future. We are also home to the Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada’s largest cardiovascular research centre, and five of Canada’s top hospital research institutions. This top-quality healthcare is here to support you and your family.

Welcoming and Inclusive Community for All

Ottawa boasts a warm and diverse community that embraces people from all walks of life. It offers a world of cultures, customs and ideas, making it a city where you can truly belong. From 180+ lively festivals and cultural events to supportive networks, you’ll find a strong sense of belonging and a community eager to connect, collaborate, and celebrate together.

Faster, Trusted and Predictable Immigration Process

We are here to help you take advantage of Canada’s many immigration programs. This includes the opportunity for up to 10,000 HB-1 Visa holders and their dependents to work in Canada. We are here to help you leverage Canada’s reliable and transparent immigration processes, dedicated immigration account managers and effective pathways to Permanent Residence.

Competitive Compensation and Cost of Living

Compensation in Ottawa is competitive compared to other major tech hubs when considering the overall cost of living within our region. While individual salaries vary by role, company, and industry, tech and business professionals like you enjoy competitive salaries, benefits, and additional perks that align with the cost of living in our city. When coupled with our unparalleled quality of life, Ottawa offers a rare experience for you.

Ottawa’s expenses are slightly lower than average, making our city one of Canada’s most affordable North American major centres. Your dollars go further in the Capital. We know your goals, circumstances and lifestyle are unique. Our team is here to review the latest cost of living data and great opportunities to help your chart the path of your dreams.

Canada’s Most Educated City

You will be in great company in Canada’s Capital. Ottawa has the most educated workforce in the country. Today, 61% of our labour force has a post-secondary degree. Our region is also home to eight post-secondary institutions and 164,000+ students each year. Acquire world-class education, support, and an unforgettable student experience here.

Proximity to the United States

Located just across the border from major U.S. cities and anchored by an award-winning international airport, Ottawa offers you the unique advantage of being able to stay connected to the U.S., Canada and the world. 20+ million people live within 400 kilometres of our city. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, you can easily explore the diverse landscapes and business opportunities on both sides of the border and beyond.

Your career matters to you — and so does your quality of life.

This site will take you one step closer to building an amazing career, and an even better life in Ottawa.

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How do we help?

We connect tech and business candidates with hiring knowledge-based industry employers across the Ottawa Region and act as a liaison throughout the recruitment process.

What do you need to do to take advantage of this initiative?

Join the talent pool and apply for the job categories that best fit with your skillset.

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A career in Ottawa is an exciting opportunity

AccelerateOTT 2022

Canada’s top tech hub

There are close to 2,000 knowledge-based businesses in Ottawa and 77,000 people work in the region’s Information Communications Technology workforce. With over 11% of Ottawa’s workforce working in tech, Ottawa ranked number one for concentration of tech jobs in North America in 2020.

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Best ranked city to live in Canada

Canadian Business magazine called Ottawa Canada’s best place to live based on incomes, car ownership, employment rates, housing, weather, and lifestyle. The Conference Board of Canada gave the capital high marks for welcoming newcomers.

Learn more about living in Ottawa →

Best ranked city to live in Canada

Canadian Business magazine called Ottawa Canada’s best place to live based on incomes, car ownership, employment rates, housing, weather and lifestyle. The Conference Board of Canada gave the capital high marks for welcoming newcomers.

Learn more about living in Ottawa →

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