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  • Alberto Mendez

    When I started my new business in Ottawa, I found several contacts in expat circles due to the InterNations Ottawa community.

Welcome to the InterNations Expat Community Here in Ottawa!

Hello, and welcome to our expat community in Canada's capital, Ottawa. With InterNations, you have access to an expansive library of guides, advice, and insider tips especially collected to support expats. Take advantage of our wealth of information to answer your questions like, "what careers require a license?" and "how do I prepare for a chilly Canadian winter?". You'll also find valuable advice in our forum, where our friendly expats are always happy to share their first-hand experiences as you begin your exciting new life in Ottawa.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you are moving to another country or going on a business trip somewhere — our communities around the world are there to make you feel at home wherever you are. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Barcelona or Chennai.

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Culture, Sports, and High Salaries in Ottawa

With the second-highest salaries in Canada and the country's most educated workforce, competition for the best jobs in Ottawa can be fierce; expats who secure employment before relocation have a big advantage. Main industries include telecommunications, IT, life sciences, the media, health and social services, education, high-tech industries, and manufacturing. Expats who can fluently speak both English and French will find more open doors into the job market. Sports enthusiasts are spoiled for choice, with ice hockey, football, baseball, and soccer played at large stadiums such as the Canadian Tire Center. Culture lovers can head to the Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Gallery, or Museum of Nature for a wide variety of exhibitions, or attend the National Arts Center to see classical music, theater, and dance. Find lively nightlife in the Byward Market district or head to the Casino du Lac-Leamy. Shoppers can choose between the designer boutiques of the Rideau Centre and enjoy the more unusual and unique offerings of Byward Market. Expats wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city can reconnect with nature at one of the many inner city parks or more expansive national parks such as Gatineau Hills. Ottawa also hosts a sailing club and the largest ice rink in the world.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Warsaw or Milan, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Meet Fellow Expats with InterNations Events

With InterNations you are invited to socialize, network, and have fun with fellow expats already living in Ottawa at our regular events and get-togethers. Our groups will also put you in touch with like-minded expats who share your interests in arts and culture, outdoor activities, salsa dancing, and photography. InterNations gives you access to a range of resources to ensure your relocation is as worry free as possible and you build a fulfilling new life in Ottawa.

Join Our Exciting Events in Ottawa

Attend our monthly events and activities for Ottawa expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

May 18, 2024, 12:00 AM
56 attendees
Please join us at Jack Astro's Bar & Grill, Lansdowne on Friday, May 17th to meet up with your fellow InterNations members, network, make new friends, grab a drink or a bite. Let's make the most of th
Apr 28, 2024, 1:00 AM
29 attendees
Let's meet this coming Saturday at Craft's Beer Market, Landsdown (the Glebe). Come to meet with new friends or catch-up with old ones. Have a bite or taste one of almost 100 local beers. No agenda
Mar 28, 2024, 11:00 PM
33 attendees
Dear InterNations Ottawa community! Do not miss the first event of the spring. This time we will be meeting at "Ottawa's Original Party Pub" - The Presott on Preston, Little Italy. Prescott is one of
Feb 1, 2024, 12:00 AM
45 attendees
Dear Members. We are already into the first month of the new year. Let's celebrate the new year together at Ottawa's center (literally). There is plenty of parking in the Byward and Rideau Center par

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  • Alberto Mendez

    When I started my new business in Ottawa, I found several contacts in expat circles due to the InterNations Ottawa community.

  • Mireille Auffret

    In a big city like Ottawa, it was great to get some tips from fellow expats on how to find a good real-estate agant and a new appartment.

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