Situated on the south bank of the Ottawa River, the capital of Canada has a metropolitan area population of about 1.5 million.
As Canada’s political centre, the biggest employer in the city is the federal government, however, the high-tech industry, tourism, and healthcare also represent significant economic activity.
The federal government is the city's largest employer, employing over 110,000 workers in the region. The National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa is also the main command centre for the Canadian Armed Forces and hosts the Department of National Defence.
Ottawa is one of the top advanced-technology centres in North America, with more than 70,000 high-tech jobs. The concentration of companies in this industry earned the city the nickname of "Silicon Valley North." Most of these companies specialize in telecommunications, software development, and environmental technology.
Ottawa has the largest rural economy among Canada's major cities. Its agricultural sector represents close to 300,000 acres of land, farmed by more than 1,300 agricultural operations, employing approximately 10,000 people.
Tourism is also an important part of Ottawa's economy, attracting over 7 million tourists annually.