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How to find a job in Ottawa

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A strong labour market in the Ottawa region for the past while means job opportunities haven’t been this vast in years. If you’re looking for a new job in the Ottawa area, here are some sites and resources to check out.

Happy job hunting!

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Job listings

Major employers in Ottawa

Here is an unofficial list of some of the larger employers in Ottawa, who often may have job opportunities available.

An annual list of the top employers in Ottawa is published by Canada’s Top 100 Employers . The latest list is available at canadastop100.com/ottawa.

Job ideas

Here are some outside-the-box ideas we saw listed recently in Ottawa:

  • Bagel baker
  • Security screening investigator at CSIS
  • Personal chauffeur
  • Airport ramp attendant
  • 911 call centre clerk
  • Economist

Job help and career coaching

There are a variety of resources available to help you find a job, get training or navigate career confusion. Here are some sites to check out.

Info on Ottawa’s economy and job market

Via the City of Ottawa:

  • As Canada’s capital city, Ottawa is a member of the G8 group of cities

  • Fourth largest city in Canada by population

  • Second largest city in Ontario by population

  • At 2,796 sq. km, Ottawa is larger than the cities of Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton combined

  • More than $40 billion GDP

  • More than $2.5 billion in venture capital investments since 2000

  • One of the principal advanced technology centres in North America, with more than 70,000 high-tech jobs

  • More than 25,000 employers

  • More than 500,000 jobs

    The top five industries, by share of contribution to city GDP, are: High tech; federal government; finance, insurance, real estate; trade; and health and education.