Ottawa

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

7
141/265
Details
Large apartment$1200.00
Medium apartment$1000.00
Rent index [score]0.69
Small apartment$860.00

Cost of Living

6
119/250
Details
5km taxi ride$8.00
A Cappuccino$3.20
A beer$1.80
A kilogram of Apples$2.40
Bread$1.20
Inflation [score]0.56
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$78.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$71.55

Startups

6
60/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups15
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.51
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Meetups [score]0.47
Meetups groups129
Meetups members42721
Number of investors54
Number of startup events in the last 12 months779
Number of upcoming meetup events48
Startup climate scene [score]0.56
Startup events61
Startup events [score]0.63
Startups [score]0.69
Total number of startups186

Venture Capital

4
103/222
Details
Venture capital [score]0.40

Travel Connectivity

2
210/265
Details
Airport hub26
Airport hub [score]0.19
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
97/252
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Canada/Ottawa
Traffic handling [score]0.66

Business Freedom

9
48/263
Details
Business freedom81.80
Business freedom [score]0.80
Freedom from corruption81.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.89
Lack of labor restrictions72.60
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.67
Time to open a business1.50
Time to open a business [score]1.00

Safety

9
43/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.91
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents31
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.95
Lack of guns [score]0.85
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.90

Healthcare

8
85/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.65
Healthcare quality [score]0.78
Life expectancy (years)82.17
Life expectancy [score]0.93

Education

5
50/239
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Ottawa
Best university ranking275
Country mean scores in PISA math test515.43
Country mean scores in PISA reading test523.12
Country mean scores in PISA science test525.44
PISA math ranking (high school)9
PISA ranking5
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.97
PISA reading (high school)2
PISA science (high school)6
Percent of happy students0.79
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.14
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.16
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.13
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.11
University quality [score]0.12

Environmental Quality

9
9/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.94
Cleanliness [score]0.95
Drinking water quality [score]0.89
Urban greenery [score]0.88

Economy

6
91/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area1.35
Currency for urban areaCAD
GDP growth rate0.03
GDP growth rate [score]0.45
GDP per capita$44843.44
GDP per capita [score]0.72

Taxation

7
21/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.96
Income tax level [score]0.50
Profit tax (% of profit)0.21
Time overhead to file company taxes131
VAT (Sales Tax)0.05

Internet Access

8
13/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)40.47
Internet access (download) [score]0.69
Internet access (upload) [score]0.95
Upload speed (Mbps)35.08

Leisure & Culture

6
117/264
Details
Art galleries64
Art galleries [score]0.66
Cinemas46
Cinemas [score]0.51
Comedy clubs16
Comedy clubs [score]0.69
Concert venues85
Concerts [score]0.56
Historical sites46
Historical sites [score]0.62
Museums42
Museums [score]0.60
Performing art venues86
Performing arts [score]0.56
Sport venues40
Sports [score]0.62
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.62

Tolerance

9
27/265
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.80
LGBT Equality Index82.02
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.84
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✖ Unequal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (5-year deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsVaries by Region
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rightsVaries by Region
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalityVaries by Region
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.91

Outdoors

5
86/265
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.22
Median peak in meters497.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Seaside waterbody1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)71.00
Water access [score]0.84
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Ottawa are in the 119th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$890$1,200
$1000
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$38
Monthly public transport$78
Lunch$13
-32%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Ottawa are above average. For this job type, Ottawa ranks 83rd for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Ottawa.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$56,009
Median salary
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Taxation

Personal taxation

Effective income tax rate

16%
For annual salary of $40000
20%
For annual salary of $80000

Value added tax (VAT)

5%
Standard tax rate. Different rates might apply for certain product categories.

Compared to other cities

60/265

Corporate taxation

Compared to other cities

10/262
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

30.80
Guns per 100 people
1.97
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
HIGH GUN CRIMELOW GUN CRIMEFEW GUNSMANY GUNS
North America
Europe
Asia
South America
Africa
Oceania

Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Ottawa in position 32 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa, Canada

240 Argyle Ave., Ontario K2P 1B9, Canada

Phone: (+1) (613) 563-4223, (+1) (613) 563-4265

Embassy of Canada in Kabul, Afghanistan

Street No. 15,, House No. 256, Wazir Akbar Khan

Phone: (011 93 (0) 799) 742-800

Startup Visa

Start-up visa
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
YesNoPermanent
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People in Ottawa

Population of Ottawa

1,089,000
248 /km²
245/264
Density (people per unit of area)
7%
Growth in 2015-2020
Ottawa

Demographics of Canada

Median age
42
Elderly people
18%
Life expectancy at birth
82
GDP per capita (in USD)
$44,843
108/262
Unemployment
7%
175/263

Languages

English proficiency score
100
1/228
Common spoken languages
English
French

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Software Engineer
9.23%
Project Manager
3.46%
Graphic Designer
3.08%
Administrative Assistant
2.69%
Sales Manager
2.69%
Account Manager
2.31%
Teacher
2.31%
Other
74.23%

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

246.7

Climate type

Warm Summer Continental

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Ottawa

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On living in Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital of Canada. The city is situated on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River, opposite Gatineau, Quebec. Ottawa is Ontario's second-largest city (behind Toronto) and Canada's sixth-largest municipality with a population of just under a million. The Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in Canada (behind Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary).

De facto, the city is bilingual: English is the first language of a majority of the population, but French is the first language of roughly 15%. Ottawa is home to Canada's largest French-speaking population outside of Quebec. Staff in most stores and restaurants speak both well and, in general, bilingualism is common.

Ottawa is home to many of the world's cultures; thousands of immigrants from around the world now call Ottawa home. The city is probably best known as the nation's capital but has grown rapidly due to a booming high-tech business sector which has earned the city the name "Silicon Valley North".

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Canada
12th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

8th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

36th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

29th

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

24th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

22nd

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

21st

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

3rd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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