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

Feb
27
Tue
1:00 pm Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Feb 27 @ 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
Mar
21
Wed
8:00 am Employer’s Summit & Awards
Employer’s Summit & Awards
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The annual Employers’ Summit is a premier event that brings together over 100 business, government and civic leaders in a program designed to engage participants in a dialogue about the effective integration of skilled immigrants ... Read More
Mar
22
Thu
12:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 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
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