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Ottawa's workforce

Ottawa has:

  • The highest number of residents with a post-secondary education in Canada
  • A bilingual rate of 44 per cent
  • A high percentage of people who speak multiple international languages
  • A young, entrepreneurial workforce
  • More engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country

In fact, the city continues to attract the best and brightest from all parts of the globe.

These are great assets for businesses looking to establish themselves in an area where a multilingual workforce is easily available to serve customers worldwide.

In recent years, all sectors of the community have banded together to strengthen educational opportunities and interactions between academic institutions and businesses. The goal is to create a community that continually shapes its workforce — providing learning opportunities that start at kindergarten and continue through to the post-secondary level.  

Research and development in Ottawa

Ottawa has a dynamic and comprehensive research infrastructure built on government, university and industry collaboration.

Some of Canada’s most notable research and development organizations are located in Ottawa:

  • National Research Council – Canada’s leading government R&D organization is a major force in Canada's drive to strengthen innovation. NRC undertakes research programs in a wide variety of areas, including micro structural sciences, information technologies, chemical process and environmental technologies, astrophysics, molecular sciences, metrology, construction technologies, biological sciences, aerospace, surface transportation and hydraulics. Its Ottawa campus houses specialized facilities that are accessed by companies and research organizations around the world. NRC also offers incubation services to help with the commercialization of viable technologies.
  • Communications Research Centre – CRC provides research in terrestrial wireless communications systems and components, satellite communications and radio propagation, rural and remote broadband access, broadcast technology and broadband network technologies. The Centre offers incubation services for the commercialization of viable technologies.
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Canada’s leading agricultural research organization has a number of research facilities and initiatives, including the Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre in Ottawa, where research is focused on grains and oilseeds for eastern Canada.
  • National Sciences and Engineering Research Council – NSERC interacts with universities and industry to promote research and help make strategic investments in science and technology.
  • Ottawa Life Sciences Council – OLSC is a private- and public-sector partnership committed to stimulating the growth of the life sciences sector in the Ottawa area.
  • Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) – As a key underpinning of Ottawa’s research community, CISTI is one of NRC’s most visible service institutes and houses one of the world's largest onsite libraries. It offers access to most of the world’s research literature and information in science, technology, engineering and medicine. 

As well, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa actively participate in fundamental and applied research in a variety of disciplines.

Ottawa companies may qualify for assistance from NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), which has a network of specialized Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs) and is Canada's premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized Canadian enterprises. Companies may also benefit from provincial research programs through the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Planning and Growth Management Annual Report 2014

Planning and Growth Management Annual Report 2014 - Book CoverAnnual Report 2014 [ PDF 12.029 MB ]

The Planning and Growth Management Department is made up of five inter-connected branches and over 450 employees. This report is a summary of what we accomplished in 2014 under John Moser's leadership as General Manager. It includes interesting facts and some photographs of the individuals and teams responsible for the work or achievement. In addition to those recognized, many others have helped support these initiatives. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this report, and all our dedicated staff for carrying out the daily business of the department.

Last year was another busy one for the department. The information contained in this report clearly paints that picture. We continue to work hard with our stakeholders, which include local residents, experts and consultants, trades and businesses, City Councillors, novice builders and established developers. We consider our stakeholders as partners, and our approach to service delivery embraces open communication. We work together to shape the growth of the city.

Although planning themes are constantly changing and evolving, we want to continue to emphasize design excellence as part of the city building agenda. Well designed buildings reflect the people they serve, and the environment they occupy. Good design allows us to promote and support strong connections, so that people can easily move around, no matter how they travel. A strong focus on our built form and public places and spaces will ensure that the work we do will help better plan for the city's future.

Michael Mizzi
Acting General Manager
Planning and Growth Management

Equity and inclusion lens

A message from the City Manager

I am pleased to present the Equity and Inclusion Lens. This is a tool that was developed in 2009, in partnership with City for all Women Initiative and the generous contribution of the community. All this was made possible thanks to a partnership grant between the City of Ottawa and Status of Women Canada.

The Lens will enable us to be systematic, consistent, and coherent in our efforts to promote equity and inclusion in all the work we do. It will help us understand and respond to the needs and aspirations of our increasingly diverse population; recognize and engage the skills, experience and knowledge of all our residents; create policies, programs and services that address systemic barriers; and attract, promote and retain a talented workforce.

The Lens will support the work of Council, management and staff, and our business and community partners. It is central to supporting the City's Service Excellence commitments and initiatives.

Incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion in our day-to-day work is no longer an is essential to our success as a service organization. Make the Lens part of your daily work — incorporate it in your strategies and frameworks, and reflect it in your goals and outcomes. In doing so, we will demonstrate that Ottawa is a City for everyone!

Steve Kanellakos

Equity and Inclusion Lens Cover

Handbook - Equity and Inclusion Lens [ PDF - 7.6 MB ]

A Guide for Municipalities - Advancing Equity and Inclusion (PDF - 1, 842 KB)

Diversity Snapshots:

Planning and Growth Management Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2015

Collage of the Planning and Growth Management Annual Report StorymapThe Planning and Growth Management department is made up of five unique and interrelated branches. Our staff complement is over 400 strong. We are the professional, administrative and technical staff who implement the City's growth and development vision.

We take pride in connecting people and ideas to inspire, plan and build a liveable, inclusive and sustainable Ottawa.

This presentation profiles some of the department's 2015 accomplishments using new story map technology.

I am proud of our work and I hope that you enjoy our story.

Michael Mizzi
Acting General Manager
Planning and Growth Management Department