The Ottawa region has three basic
types of businesses: export companies serving markets all around
the world; regionally focused companies serving Ottawa residents
and businesses; and our rural economy.
Ottawa is a global technology and business centre as well as a
world class tourism and convention destination. More than 1500 companies
are involved in key growth sectors such as telecommunications, software,
photonics, semiconductors, defence and security, life sciences,
tourism, wireless technologies, film and video, multimedia, professional
services and contact centres. The region also benefits from the
entry of new seed industry sectors such as biophotonics, environmental
technologies, electronic pay systems, and micro electromechanical
Ottawa is home to dozens of federal government organizations, as
well as scores of foreign embassies who provide trade links to their
own domestic businesses. On the regional front, Ottawa benefits
from a rich array of retail, hospitality and service companies.
Ottawa is also the agricultural capital and economic centre of Eastern
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