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Employment Survey - Questionnaire

Every five years since 1976 the City of Ottawa's Planning Department conducts an enumeration of all employers in the region to determine the location of full and part time jobs.

The data collected from the survey is extensively used for economic development purposes and for long-range transportation and land use planning. The City of Ottawa also uses the information for planning public transit and roads, as well as for employment projections. All employers are requested to provide employment information to assist in accurately planning for our community.

Thank you for taking the time to help us with this important study. Your co-operation and assistance are most appreciated. The last day to respond to this survey is: July 29, 2022.


Should you require additional information, please contact:

Eva Walrond, MCIP, RPP
Planner II, Research and Forecasting
Economic Development and Long Range Planning
Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 27592

Quick Facts

As the capital of Canada, the City of Ottawa is home to close to one million people and is the fourth largest municipality in the country. With a vibrant technology sector, high median household income and affordable living costs, Ottawa is a great place to live, work and play. Here are some quick facts about Ottawa.

Statistics on Ottawa’s economy with the largest tech park and federal employment node in Canada. 566,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 6.3 per cent

Statistics on Ottawa’s geographic size of 2,796 square kilometres. Ottawa is larger than the cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal combined.

Statistics on Ottawa’s median family income of $102,000 and average housing costs of $394,000, based on 2016 information.

Statistics on Ottawa’s population 970,000 versus the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) of Ottawa and Gatineau 1.3 million, based on 2016 information.

Statistics on Ottawa’s talented, young, entrepreneurial workforce with a bilingual rate of 44 per cent and more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capital than any other city in Canada.