Ottawa Tourism

Health & Life Sciences

Ottawa’s world-class health and life sciences sector offers an unparalleled wealth of expertise from which to draw upon to build convention programs and attendance. Ottawa is headquarters to Canada’s federal government, including departments directly responsible for health regulation, protection, promotion and research funding. It’s the city where the world’s first pacemaker was developed in 1950 (National Research Council). It’s home to the Canadian Stroke Network and the Stem Cell Network, both doing and funding vital work. Important research and breakthroughs are also being made at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, CHEO Research Institute, and Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation.

  • Over 140 companies with a primary focus on life sciences, including medical device development and manufacture, health information technologies, and biopharmaceuticals
  • 20 research institutes with a focus on life sciences are based here
  • 20 sector-related associations are based here
  • $156 million is invested in research annually at Ottawa’s hospitals

Ottawa’s universities are home to 35 Canada Research Chairs in the area of health and life sciences.