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Moving to Ottawa? Relocation resources for Canada’s “cool capital”

Submitted by on August 9, 2010 – 7:30 am5 Comments

If you’re relo­cat­ing to Ottawa, we’ve got some resources for you.

We’ve updated our Living Abroad in Canada: Ottawa page with a list of resources about Ottawa jobs, real estate, schools, and more.

And if you’re just think­ing about relo­cat­ing to Ottawa, you may want to know what’s so spe­cial about Canada’s national capital.

First of all, your dol­lar will go far here. Ottawa’s cost of liv­ing con­sis­tently ranks among the least expen­sive of any Canadian met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the aver­age (resale) home in greater Ottawa cost just over $300,000 in 2009, com­pared with roughly $400,000 in the Toronto met­ro­pol­i­tan region and nearly $600,000 in Vancouver. In this year’s Forbes rank­ing of The Cheapest Canadian Cities To Buy A House, Gatineau, Quebec (just across the river from Ottawa) was rated one of the four cheap­est Canadian real estate markets.

But the qual­ity of life in Ottawa scores highly as well. In fact, in the MoneySense 2010 Best Places to Live sur­vey, Ottawa ranked #1 in Canada.

And the Washington Post recently dubbed Ottawa “Canada’s cool cap­i­tal,” call­ing it a “lively, smart, quirky and con­fi­dent” place:

…If any­thing now char­ac­ter­izes the city, I’d say it’s an unself­con­scious cool. There’s a proudly indie aes­thetic in its neigh­bor­hoods, but with­out the hip­ster pos­tur­ing of Toronto. Unlike language-​​obsessed Montreal, the city has a relaxed atti­tude toward bilin­gual­ism — every­thing here comes in both offi­cial lan­guages — that lends Ottawa an easy cos­mopoli­tanism. And there’s a buzzing food scene

If you’re con­sid­er­ing life in Ottawa, good places to start your research are Ottawa Tourism (the city’s offi­cial guide for vis­i­tors) and Live in Ottawa, the city of Ottawa’s use­ful guide to liv­ing and work­ing in the cap­i­tal region.

And check out our Living Abroad in Canada: Ottawa page for lots more resources.

Ottawa “apart­ment for rent” photo ©Carolyn B. Heller


  • Rosalie says:

    I have French European nation­al­ity and want to relo­cate to Ottawa what are the requirements?

  • Canister Set · says:

    when we are look­ing for apart­ment for rents, we usu­ally choose those with very clean rooms :”;

  • Zhu says:

    Great list resources! I immi­grated to Canada and set­tled in Ottawa, it’s a nice place to live in with a lot of oppor­tu­ni­ties and a great loca­tion, in between Montreal and Toronto.

    • Bob says:

      Hi! My spouse and I are plan­ning to immi­grate to ottawa by next year but my hes­i­ta­tion is with regards to job oppor­tu­nity. My wife is a nurse in our coun­try (Philippines)and me is work­ing as net­work engi­neer. Appreciate your advice…


      • Zhu says:

        There are plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties in Ottawa, includ­ing two major hos­pi­tals. Ottawa is also and IT city. What kind of infor­ma­tion are you look­ing for?