About Ottawa2018-09-13T18:09:46-04:00

Welcome to the beautiful city of Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s capital and forth largest urban region in Canada; a compact, clean city with more than one million people of which around %66 percent live in Ottawa and %34 percent live in neighbouring municipalities. Ottawa is located in Ontario and borders with Gatineau, Quebec, therefore, you can find English and French are widely spoken in the city.

Ottawa was founded in 1826 and named Bytown after Lieutenant Colonel John By, the engineer of the Rideau Canal, until it was renamed to Ottawa by Queen Victoria in 1855, and then declared capital city of Canada in 1857. Since then Ottawa has evolved to be a centre of culture and politics of Canada.

Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is a home to world-class museums, national sites, landmarks, galleries and festivals including the Rideau Canal (The world’s longest skating rink and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Canadian Nature Museum and the National Aviation Museum, Byward Market, Winterlude, Tulip Festival, Dragon boat festival and many local and international festivals.

According to the Conference Board of Canada; Ottawa is one of six cities in the country receiving top marks for attracting newcomers, Ottawa ranked well in four key categories: Society, education, innovation, and economy amongst other cities.


Ottawa has a rich ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity with strong economy, therefore, the city has emerged to be the second largest destination for immigrants to Ontario, after Toronto, and is a major attractor of Francophone newcomers.


According to the most recent population census, approximately half of Ottawa and the surrounding region’s population is Anglophone, while a third is Francophone.  Nearly half of the residents – combining Ottawa and Gatineau – speak both English and French.

Public Transportation

To get around the city, there are three public transportation that you can use:

  • The OC Transpo bus system.
  • The O-Train which runs on an 8 km railway from north to south
  • The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) which travels back and forth across the bridges between Ottawa and Quebec and transports people throughout Gatineau.


The CMHC – Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Newcomer’s Guide to Canadian Housing provides you with necessary information about renting or buying a home in Ottawa. You can also visit the links below to find out more about Ottawa neighbourhoods:

Frequently Asked Questions

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