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Ottawa is one of the most diverse tech hubs in North America with expertise in SaaS, AI, autonomous vehicles, next-gen networks, 5G, cybersecurity, digital media, biotech and more. In 2020, Ottawa ranked #1 in North America for tech talent concentration.

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Our Sectors

Invest Ottawa supports seven high growth Knowledge Based Industries (KBI) that collectively employ 68,000 people in 1,750 companies.

Life Sciences


Digital Media

Communications Technology

Clean Technologies

Aerospace, Defence & Security

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Join our Tech Sectors

Life Sciences

130 companies, more than 6,000 employees

As home to Canada’s federal government, Ottawa offers many supports for life-science innovation. Academic researchers, centres of excellence and world-renowned hospitals all feed into the ecosystem. Nordion, DNA Genotek  and  Best Theratronics are industry leaders based in Ottawa.


More than 560 companies, more than 22,000 employees

Ottawa is a hotbed of software innovation. Companies across the region work in software-as-a-service (SaaS), data analytics and AI. Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Blackberry QNX and Page Cloud are examples that feed into autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, smart city initiatives and the Internet of Things. Shopify, Halogen and Kanaxis have raised record amounts of money to propel their growth.

Digital Media

170 companies. 1,600 employees

Gaming, animation and virtual, augmented and mixed reality are explored by Ottawa’s digital media companies, such as  Magmic, Arctic Empire and  BitHeads. Multiple tax credits and easy access to highly qualified graduates from two universities and one college support the sector.

Communications Technology

250 companies, 21,000 employees

Ottawa’s high-tech roots are in communications technology. The city is a world leader in shaping the global wireless industry. First-class research and development facilities include the David Florida Laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency’s assembly and testing centre. Established companies include Mitel, Ciena, Nokia and Ericsson.

Clean Technology

240 companies, 5,500 employees

Clean technologies have put Canada on the global map, and Ottawa is at the heart of this work. Federal laboratories and research agencies support and innovate alongside private-sector companies to create the next breakthroughs. Private-sector innovators include Thermalfrost, GAN Systems,  Zibi  and  Clearford Water Systems Inc.

Aerospace, Defence and Security

190 companies, 10,000 employees

A network for research and development infrastructure, strong multinational companies and post-secondary institutions support ADS in the capital. Leaders in this sector include Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and MDS.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

86 companies, 21,000 employees

The first street test of a self-driving car in Canada took place in Ottawa in 2017. Now the city is home to world-class test facilities, including a 1,866-acre fenced and gated private facility with 16 kilometres of paved roads. Ottawa’s CAV test facilities serve as a testing ground for automakers and CAV technology innovators such as Ford,  QNX Blackberry,  Lixar, Arcane Four  and  Studio 63.

Find your community in Canada’s largest tech park

Ottawa’s Kanata North Technology Park is Canada’s largest, with more than 540 companies and 23,000 employees. These businesses contributed $13 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2018 and continue to offer high-calibre tech jobs. You’ll recognize global tech leaders such as QNX Blackberry, Amazon Web Services, Nokia, Cisco, Nordion, Calian and Mitel located in the park.

map of Kanata North

Tech Scene Events

Tech Events designed to keep you connected and engaged

Tech Tuesdays: The first Tuesday of every month, Terry Matthews’ Wesley Clover Foundation hosts a free community networking and presentation event. Through LinkedIn, you can connect with attendees ahead of time to arrange strategic meetings on site.

AccelerateOTT: This one-day entrepreneurship conference hosted by Invest Ottawa strives to equip, connect and create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and firms, helping to catalyze their growth and commercial success.

TEDxKanata: Once a year, Ottawa’s most engaging experts come together to talk about their visions on a pre-selected theme. 2020’s theme was IGNITE! and it brought together high-profile CEOs to discuss everything from AI and neuroscience to the global energy transformation and diversity.

Bayview Meetups: Local groups hold meetups at Bayview Yards. Ottawa AI, Ottawa Cyber and Women in Blockchain have all seized this opportunity.