560+ Companies

22,000+ Employees

With a history of successful technology companies, world-class R&D capability, an entrenched culture of innovation, and support for businesses of all sizes, software is flourishing in Ottawa. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), data analytics, and artificial intelligence based solutions are under development at companies across the city, powering innovative technologies like autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, Smart City initiatives, and the Internet of Things.

Anchored by the top five (Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, IBM and EMC-Dell) enterprise software vendors, and homegrown global champions (Blackberry QNX, ProntoForms, You.i TV, Martello Technologies and Page Cloud), Ottawa is a world-class hub of software capability and innovative trailblazers.

With high a performing technology sector, Ottawa is a leader in scaling companies and taking them to the public markets. Consequently, homegrown software companies including Halogen, Kinaxis and Shopify raised more money in the public markets than every other city in Canada combined for the last five years. Coupled with Canada’s first enterprise SaaS accelerator (L-SPARK), and leading Canadian SaaS conference (SaaS North), Ottawa is the top destination for global innovation and technology talent.

Examples of Ottawa Software Brilliance:

BlackBerry QNX, is a leading supplier of safe, secure, and trusted operating systems, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Ford, Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on BlackBerry QNX technologies for their next generation of secure vehicle software platforms, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation systems, security and defence systems, and other mission and/or life-critical applications. This includes full software lifecycle management via secure over the air software updates. Founded in 1980, BlackBerry QNX is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with its products distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. In order to harness Ottawa’s R&D expertise, Blackberry’s QNX established its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) locally.

Started as a platform to sell snowboards, Shopify has emerged as one of the most exciting global players in the SaaS space, with its cloud based e-commerce platform. The growth of Shopify has kicked off a revolution in online retail, disrupting conventional bricks and mortar, and redefining the online store – making it possible for anyone to launch in a single day! Currently Shopify serves in excess of 377,500 businesses in about 150 countries, and is one of Canada’s top R&D spenders.

The key components of this cognitive computer’s machining learning “brain” were developed right here in Ottawa. IBM Watson is now revolutionizing healthcare, cybersecurity, the internet of things, and even game shows all over the world. Recently, The University of Ottawa and other academic partners announced a partnership with IBM to train Watson in the language of cybersecurity.

Understanding the caliber of tech talent in Ottawa, Ford Motor Co. Canada announced it will spend as much as $337.9 million on a new research and development centre in Ottawa that will focus on developing autonomous vehicles.


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