Cookie policy

The Invest Ottawa website makes use of cookies to optimize and improve the functionality of our websites. As we aim to protect your privacy and improve the user-friendliness of your visit to our website, we feel it is important that we outline in this policy how and why we use cookies.  

What are cookies? 

Cookies are small and simple text files that are stored by your computer or mobile device when you use our website. Nearly all existing websites make use of cookies. 

By using cookies, it will be easy for you to surf our website, that when you visit our website the information and content is tailored to your preferences and we otherwise personalize your experience while interacting with our website. Information we collect through the use of cookies and similar technologies enables us to understand how our website is being used and how we can further improve it.  

Your options 

We can only place cookies if your browser allows the use of cookies. It is your choice to either accept or refuse cookies and there is always the option to revoke your permission for us to place cookies. 

If you do not want to receive cookies at all, you can adjust the settings of your web browser to fully block the use of cookies. In this case, some functionalities on our website may be deactivated, such as you may not be able to open an account, make an order or use our chat function. You can also adjust the settings of your browser to be informed by your browser when a cookie is placed. 

Third party cookies 

Third parties, such as service or analytics providers, may also place cookies on your computer when you visit our website. Third-party cookies enable third-party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website or service you are using (such as interactive content and analytics). These cookies belong to and are managed by these other parties. You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse cookies. If you disable cookies in your web browser settings, no cookies can be placed on your device. In the event that you allow cookies, the privacy and cookie policies of these third parties apply. 

In general, the following third party cookies may be set when you visit Invest Ottawa’s website:  

  • Google Analytics – We use Google Analytics, including Google Analytics cookies, to collect anonymous traffic data to help us analyze how members and visitors access and use our website, and for other analytics services relating to website activity and internet usage. Learn about how Google uses data from Google Analytics and how to opt out from Google Analytics by following the links in the table below: 

Table of Third Party Cookies 

Third Party  Privacy Policy  Purpose  Your Choices 
Google  Google Privacy Policy  Advertising served and measured by Google Ad Manager and Google Marketing Platform  Google Opt Out 
Google Analytics   Google Privacy Policy  Analysis of Altitude-Sports usage patterns  Google Analytics Opt Out 


Which cookies do we use? 

Functional cookies 

Functional cookies ensure that our website functions correctly. Examples include the saving of browser settings. These cookies cannot be deactivated but these cookies have no impact or limited effect on your privacy as no personal information is collected or transmitted to us. Among other things, these cookies ensure that: 

  • Your preferences, such as your region, are saved;  
  • The load on the website is balanced, keeping it functional and available; and 
  • The misuse or potential problems on our website can be detected. 


Examples of functional or necessary cookies we use include the following: 


Name  Purpose  Expiration time 



used to store a few details about the user such as the unique visitor ID  12 months 
_gcl-au    5 months 
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary  Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the “Necessary” category .  1 year 
cookielawinfo-checkbox-functiona  The cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin to record the user consent for the cookies in the category “Functional”.  1 year 
cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance  Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to store the user consent for cookies in the category “Performance”.  1 year 
cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics  Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the “Analytics” category .  1 year 
cookielawinfo-checkbox-advertisement  Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the “Advertisement” category .  1 year 
cookielawinfo-checkbox-others  Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to store the user consent for cookies in the category “Others”.  1 year 
XSRF-TOKEN  This cookie is set by Wix and is used for security purposes.  1 year 



Analytical cookies 

We may use Google Analytics or other analytics providers to collect statistics about the use and users of our websites. By measuring the use of (specific parts of) the websites, we can improve our websites for the benefit of the users. We further use these statistics to measures the number of our visitors, the duration of the visit of each visitor, how visitors navigate through the different pages on our website, consider which sections of our website need adjustments or should be revised, and optimize our websites in general. 

The Analytics cookies provide us with the following data that will be stored in our web analysis system, such as:  

  • The IP address;  
  • Traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached our site;  
  • Operating system;  
  • Screen size; 
  • Which pages and subpages are visited on the website; and 
  • The duration of the visit or use of the website and its subpages. 


The following analytics cookies used on our websites are: 


Name  Description  Expiration Time 
_ga  The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.  2 years 
_gid  Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.  24 hours 
vtsrc  Contains campaign related information for the user.   90 days 
_fbp  This cookie is set by Facebook to display advertisements when either on Facebook or on a digital platform powered by Facebook advertising, after visiting the website.  3 months 
test_cookie  The test_cookie is set by and is used to determine if the user’s browser supports cookies.  15 minutes 
_gcl_au  Provided by Google Tag Manager to experiment advertisement efficiency of websites using their services.  3 months 
_gat_UA-91289712-1  A variation of the _gat cookie set by Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager to allow website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. The pattern element in the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to.  1 minute 
_ga_8P5KSH0306  This cookie is installed by Google Analytics.  2 years 
_gat_gtag_UA_91289712_1  Set by Google to distinguish users.  1 minute 
cusid  ClickDimensions sets this cookie to establish and continue a user session with the site.  30 minutes 
cuvon  ClickDimensions sets this cookie to store the last time a visitor viewed a page.  30 minutes 


Browser settings 

If you do not want websites to store cookies on your computer you may adjust your browser settings. You will then be given a warning before cookies are placed. You could also adjust your settings to the extent that your browser refuses all cookies or only those from third parties. You can delete cookies that have been placed. Please note that you have to adjust the settings for each browser and computer you use. 

Please note as well that we cannot guarantee that our website will function properly if you do not want to accept cookies. It could be that some functions of the site are lost or that you may not see certain features at all.  

Deleting cookies 

You may choose not to accept cookies through a setting on most browser, or you can choose to be notified each time a cookie is set. If you choose to refuse cookies. Or if you delete cookies, you may not be able to use all the features of our websites.  

Our privacy policy 

You will find more information on how Invest Ottawa uses your personal data in our Privacy Policy. Our Privacy Policy can be found here. 


If you have questions or complaints about the use of cookies by Invest Ottawa, or would you like to respond to our cookie policy, please contact us by emailing at [email protected] .    

This cookie policy was last updated on May 2022.