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Expats moving to Ottawa will find a city with a rich culture and heritage that is home to a diverse mix of ethnic populations. The capital city of Canada, Ottawa is one of the country's political and economic powerhouses and a city at the forefront of technological advances.
Ottawa is a popular expat destination thanks to its good employment and academic opportunities, as well as the excellent quality of life and reasonable cost of living.
The city is home to a highly educated population and has more engineers and scientists per capita than any other Canadian city. While there are lots of opportunities for expats with experience in telecommunications, information technology, life sciences and the media, those seeking employment should be aware that competition for jobs in Ottawa is fierce. That said, it's a great place for those looking to pursue academic studies or professional development.
New arrivals will enjoy the vast array of activities on offer in Ottawa. From world-class fine dining to a host of arts and entertainment events, Ottawa has something to suit the tastes of any expat. The city also boasts a variety of living options, with accommodation in Ottawa including quaint townhouses, high-rise condominiums, cosy heritage apartments and large country estates located in Ottawa’s leafy suburbs.
Expats will find getting around in Ottawa fairly straightforward. Its public transport network makes it easy to travel across the city and those that enjoy cycling or walking will find that the infrastructure exists to make this feasible.
Ottawa is also a great place for expats with children. Not only does it provide a safe, clean and healthy environment in which to raise a family, it also boasts an excellent range of high-quality public and private education options.
Expats moving to Ottawa will also benefit from one of the world’s most highly regarded healthcare systems. Residents of Ontario have most of their healthcare needs covered by the province. Private healthcare and specialist treatment facilities are available to complement the public facilities.
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