We fuel every step of your business journey.

Invest Ottawa helps accelerate your growth and success, leverage the best programs, people and places, and make your mark in Ottawa, a global tech hub and collaborative business community.

A multi-faceted organization created for you

Venture Development

Building a business? We’ve got it all. Programs and services from startup to scale up and beyond. Customized support for mainstreet and tech companies. Business mentors and advisors. Meeting spaces. An R&D complex and a prototyping lab. And great connections to all levels of government.

Global Expansion

Are you an international company looking to land and expand your global footprint? We’ll make it seamless to set up in Ottawa and manage every step of the process with you. Already here? We can help your enterprise scale globally by connecting you with talent, community leaders, R&D and business partners, potential funding sources, government programs and other essential resources and intel.

Talent Programs and Services

Looking for work in Ottawa’s knowledge-based or IT sectors? Seeking specific talent? Want to know more about living and working in Ottawa? Our comprehensive talent program has extensive resources for job seekers, talent scouts, hiring managers and businesses looking to expand to Ottawa.

Research and Development

Translate your ideas into reality at our prototyping lab with our full-service design studio, fabrication shop and digital media lab. Accelerate time to market and commercial adoption of your next-gen smart mobility, autonomous and connectivity solutions at Area X.O — a technology-rich, secure R&D complex.

Innovation Collaboration

Looking for inspiration and collaboration? Join us at Bayview Yards where we can connect you to our community and help take your thinking next level. Take advantage of our expansive array of programs, services, spaces, workshops, and productive personal introductions and connections.

From 2013 to 2022 (inclusive), Invest Ottawa has supported almost 14,000 firms from start-ups to global enterprises.


in capital helped raised for domestic companies


local jobs helped facilitated


in domestic and foreign direct investment attracted


hours of advisory services provided


people provided training through our Education Centre


Invest Ottawa 2023 Strategic Plan

Our updated five-year strategic plan aims to equip more entrepreneurs and companies for success, help create more high-value jobs, attract new investment, and drive the growth of Ottawa’s economy. We will help fulfil Ottawa’s economic potential as a collaborative business community and global tech hub for people from all walks of life.

Our refreshed plan establishes long-term goals and actions that will help our city seize key technological, business, and global market opportunities; achieve competitive advantage and economic impact.

Anchored in our vision, mission and mandate, our strategy builds on a rock-solid foundation:

  • The largest percentage of top tech talent per capita in North America
  • Decades of disruptive tech capabilities and companies
  • A rich tapestry of mainstreet businesses and inclusive communities
  • And moon shots for our community

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this process. We met with hundreds of key contributors who help drive the growth of our economy, including founders and entrepreneurs in startups, SMEs and multinationals; economic development partners; public funders; researchers; investors; and post-secondary institutions.