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.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.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.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.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.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.Ottawa’s Highly Educated Immigrants

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our facilitator will be joined by a panel of New Canadians in this interactive session focused on creating dialogue among new internationally educated professionals (IEPs) and current teams in your workplace. We will explore and ... Read More
1:00 pm Creating the Workplace that Acco...
Creating the Workplace that Acco...
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore keys to successful accommodation strategies, focusing on: the relationship between cultural integration and accommodation; accommodating different cultural norms and reasonable practices in accommodation; systemic inclusion and accommodation; conversation ... Read More
1:00 pm Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Most intercultural conflict is related to perceptual differences. In this session we will discuss: developing strategies to identify and address communication style differences; learning when and how to address non-verbal issues of concern; using a ... Read More
1:00 pm Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Through research, we can now describe the profile of the person who adapts inter-culturally (both to culture and to workplace) most effectively. In this session we will focus on: exploring the adaptation process and the ... Read More
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