Ottawa Tourism


Ottawa has the highest concentration of engineers and scientists of any city in Canada–74,500–and the second highest in North America. Between 2005 and 2012, Ottawa recorded the most patents per capita of any city on the continent. And the Capital’s homegrown technology sector has attracted over $4.7 billion in venture capital investment over the past decade. IEEE Ottawa was established in 1942, and is the largest and most active of all IEEE Canada sections, with 18 IEEE chapters, 2,000 members, four affinity groups and three student branches.

  • Engineering degrees are conferred by the University of Ottawa–ranked among the top 50 engineering programs in the world by Business Insider–and by Carleton University, whose program is among the best in the country.
  • Ottawa’s two universities, along with Algonquin College and Cité collégiale, count over 27,000 students enrolled in STEM programs
  • Post-secondary institutions conduct over $320 million in sponsored research annually.
  • Additional engineering research is conducted by the city’s community of leading Canadian and international technology companies, including DragonWave, Telesat, Zarlink Semiconductor, Calian Technologies, Ciena Telus, Alcatel-Lucent, among many others.

For more information see Meeting of the Minds: Engineering