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Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the city itself has a lot of history. Canada’s Parliament building towers over the city, which, along with the famed Rideau Canal, makes it a picturesque place to live. It also borders Gatineau, Quebec, located on the north bank of the Ottawa River; together they form the National Capital Region (NCR).

Ottawa is the location of most federal government department headquarters, with lots of job opportunities in the public service. It is also home to many major technology and other companies.

With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country. According to Statistics Canada, it is said to also have the highest median incomes of any Canadian city.

With its close connection to federal government and Quebec border, it is also largely a bilingual town, with both English and French heard everywhere.

The Ottawa region has a population of more than 1.2 million.

Ottawa is also home to immigrants from a wide variety of countries with the majority being quite young—over 65 per cent are between 18 and 49.