National Region

Ottawa: An ideal city for engineering and computer science students

Second-highest concentration of engineering and science employment in North America

Out of 316 North American cities, Ottawa–Gatineau has the second-largest concentration of engineering and science employment, and is surpassed only by Silicon Valley. One in nine employees is an engineer or scientist. Students graduating in Ottawa will find many job opportunities available to them.

Source: Statistics Canada, May 2006.


Ottawa is an established global technology centre

With more than 1,900 technology companies employing nearly 75,000 people, Ottawa’s key industries include wireless, photonics, cleantech, life sciences, aerospace and defence, financial services and film, TV and digital media.

Source: Invest Ottawa Knowledge-based Industry Survey, January 2011.


Strong mix of multinational organizations and small-to medium-sized enterprises

Ottawa houses several multinational giants, including IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Huawei, Ericsson, Ciena, Avaya, Genband, Nordion, Iogen, PlascoEnergy, Aecon, Dessau, Pomerleau, Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Helicopter, Husky Energy AECL, Agnico-Eagle Mines, RIM and Corel. In addition, there are over 1,500 high tech companies with fewer than 50 employees, creating a strong and diverse, yet balanced, private sector.

Source: Invest Ottawa 

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