An amazing career.
An even better life.
Afford the life you deserve.
When it comes to eating, entertainment, transportation and especially a roof over your head, Ottawa provides a metropolitan lifestyle without putting a strain on your wallet.
Housing prices are low
Housing is within easy reach for average income earners. The average median price for a single-family home in Ottawa is $501,200, considerably lower than Toronto’s $806,755, Vancouver’s $1.2 million and San Francisco’s $1.6 million. Ottawa’s salaries outpace other major Canadian cities and everyday expenses are slightly lower than average, making the city one of Canada’s most affordable major centres.
Minutes from the outdoors
Ottawa’s urban planners protected 200-square kilometres of “greenbelt” around the city for the enjoyment of its citizens. The city boasts more than 1,000 parks and four beaches, and many miles of cycling and walking paths. The historic Rideau Canal winds through the city centre, with walking and cycling paths and parkland on both sides. In winter, the canal turns into the world’s longest skating rink.
Ottawa is centered between Canada’s two biggest cities, Montreal and Toronto. You can hop on a morning train to Montreal for meetings and be back in Ottawa for dinner. A four-hour train ride or a one-hour flight takes you to beautiful downtown Toronto, the largest city in Canada with a population of 6 million.
High quality of living
Ottawa ranked 19th of 231 cities worldwide on Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey for 2019. 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.
We celebrate every season.
The annual outdoor concert began in 1998 and is now among the world’s biggest festivals. Held on the grounds of the Canadian War Museum, fans listen to their favourite bands alongside the Ottawa River.
The Tulip Festival marks the launch of spring in the capital. Thousands of tourists flock to the city to see a million tulips in bloom. Major’s Hill Park and Dow’s Lake are the centres of the 11-day festival, with music, cultural experiences and cuisine.
On Canada Day, July 1, Ottawa is the place to be. Parliament Hill is at the heart of the celebrations with free bands, live shows, and a grand fireworks finale.
Ottawa comes alive in winter with this three-weekend-long festival. Ice sculptures line the Sparks Street pedestrian mall, a block from Parliament Hill.