The Case for #WhyOttawa

It took nearly two years to assemble all the pieces. Our team scoured research papers, websites, government statistics, and even blogs to find every shred of evidence possible. The result is a powerful presentation complete with rich visuals and more than 65 facts about Ottawa. Here are just a few:

  • Ottawa has the country’s most educated workforce.
  • Ottawa was voted the most sustainable city in Canada.
  • Ottawa has the second-highest concentration of scientists and engineers in North America.
  • Ottawa enjoys 2,084 hours of sunshine a year.
  • Ottawa is the least expensive city in Canada.The Case for Why Ottawa

I’ve had the honour of sharing this presentation with international business leaders in China, India and Brazil. Showcasing the tremendous benefits of doing business in Ottawa gives me a deep sense of pride—and now I want to give Ottawa’s business community access to this valuable business and marketing tool.

Our city is in a global race to recruit the best talent and the best companies to the region.

This presentation makes the case for why Ottawa is a prime location for top talent. It’s a message I hear time and time again from local business leaders like Tobi Lütke, co-founder and CEO of Shopify. The recently named CEO of the Year by Report on Business (The Globe and Mail) has grown Shopify from modest beginnings to a billion-dollar company, all in the shadow of the Peace Tower. Lütke told me recently, “This presentation highlights the reasons why Ottawa is a wonderful place to build great companies.”

One of our biggest supporters is none other than the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson. Watson, who is co-chair of Invest Ottawa’s Board of Directors, has participated in the evolution of the #WhyOttawa messaging. He told my team recently, “This presentation clearly explains why Ottawa is the best place in the country.”

Now it’s your turn to share this message. I’m challenging business leaders to share the #WhyOttawa presentation just once over social media, highlighting one thing that surprised them about their own city. Every time I give this presentation, I ask the crowd if they learned something new about Ottawa. And every time I ask it, a roomful of hands go up.

Visit our website at to view and download a copy of the #WhyOttawa presentation—which bestows upon our great city a new label: “the best place to work, play and grow”.



Bruce Lazenby is the President & CEO of Invest Ottawa, whose mission is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a business. It delivers collaborative economic development programs and initiatives designed to increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region and also markets Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. For more information, please visit



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