Facts and Stats

Clear, concise, and easy to use. HIO Fact Sheets provide Ottawa-specific statistics about the changing nature of our local population and labour market, and the vital role of immigration as a source of skilled labour.

Ottawa Continues to Attract Immigrants

Newly released data from the 2016 Census shows that Ottawa continues to attract immigrants from around the world. In the last five years, over 30,000 immigrants have arrived in the capital region, adding to the rich diversity of the city.Download Ottawa Continues to Attract Immigrants

Ottawa’s Demographic Shift

The National Capital’s demography and labour force is changing; a growing number of retirements, fewer young labour force entrants, growing diversity and net labour force growth fueled by immigrants with international training, global networks, diverse cultural backgrounds and expertise in a broad range of fields.Download Ottawa’s Demographic Shift

Ottawa’s Underutilized Immigrant Workforce

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, recent immigrants to Ottawa who held a university degree had an unemployment rate of 14.8%, more than three times higher than their Canadian-born counterparts. Immigrants are also more likely to work in jobs not commensurate with their skill levels and training.Download Ottawa’s Underutilized Immigrant Workforce

The Growing Diversity of Canada’s Capital

An increasing number of Ottawa’s businesses and public sector organizations are recognizing the strategic importance of building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which they operate and service. There is no doubt that Ottawa’s ethnic and cultural diversity have changed, and will continue to do so well into the future.Download The Growing Diversity of Canada’s Capital

Ottawa’s Aging Workforce

Ottawa’s employers will see an elevated number of retirements in the years ahead, as the baby-boomer retirement wave begins to crest. During the period 2001 to 2011, the number of employed persons in Ottawa aged 55 and over increased by 78%, more than five times the 14% growth rate of the overall workforce.Download Ottawa’s Aging Workforce

Ottawa’s Highly Educated Immigrants

Among Canadian cities, Ottawa ranks first in terms of the percentage of the labour force with a university degree. In fact, Ottawa’s labour force includes 361,000 individuals with a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, representing 70% of the total. It’s an enviable advantage for local employers seeking top talent.Download Ottawa’s Highly Educated Immigrants

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session we will explore and build the foundation of effective communication between new Canadians and their Canadian employers. Curriculum topics include: perception – and how it affects workplace communication; understanding how cultural ... Read More
1:00 pm Employer Learning Forum
Employer Learning Forum
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fostering Inclusive Workplaces: Winning the Competition for Talent Are you looking for innovative ways to recruit and retain talent for your organization? 63% of Ottawa Businesses report talent acquisition and retention as a top issue ... Read More
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive learning session we will explore how the sending and receiving of messages during the interview can lead to misinterpretations and misconceptions. We will use a paradigm to build skills that are interpreted ... Read More
1:00 pm Performance Management and Feedback
Performance Management and Feedback
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore effective communication techniques for providing internationally educated professionals with day-to-day as well as performance evaluation feedback; use information on perceptual differences, communication styles and cultural conditioning to explore ... Read More
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