Ottawa is the most technology intensive city in Canada, with over 10% of its workforce employed in information and communications technology (ICT). The capital is a leader in autonomous vehicles, communications technology, digital media, fintech, govtech, 5G, photonics and SaaS. International tech giants and up-and-coming local start-ups alike call the city home from Amazon, Apple and Nokia, to Shopify, Klipfolio and Mindbridge.
Headquartered in Ottawa, the Shopify cloud-based e-commerce platform services 377,500+ businesses across 150 countries and is among Canada’s top R&B spenders.
Ottawa is a hotspot in autonomous vehicle R&D: Blackberry QNX is investing in autonomous vehicle R&D; Ford Canada has committed up to $337.9 million towards a new research centre.
Ottawa-based researchers, scientists and developers are building game-changing solutions in today’s disruptive technologies, from autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, next-generation networks and cybersecurity. This R&D community is supported by 65 government research labs and fuelled by graduates from STE programs at six local post-secondary institutions.
ICT in Ottawa:
- 77,000 Employed
- 980 companies: Amazon, Blackberry QNX, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Halogen, Huawei, IBM, Kinaxis, Martello Technologies, Mitel, Nokia, Page Cloud, ProntoForms, Shopify, You.i TV...
- Incubators/Research: Centre of Excellence In Next Generation Networks, National Research Council of Canada, Communications Research and Innovation Network, L-SPark – Canada's first enterprise SaaS accelerator, Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre
Source: Business Events Canada, 2019