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I live in Ottawa and You Should Too!

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Why should you consider coming to (or staying in) Ottawa to find a job?  Did you know that since 2010 Ottawa has been ranked by MoneySense as the best city in which to live, work and play?

Ottawa offers a number of benefits to job seekers that make it stand out from the Torontos, Montreals and Vancouvers of the country.  Granted there aren’t too many comparables to the big three but you get the gist.

So what is it that makes Ottawa so attractive?

Job Security

Ottawa is a government town, meaning the job market in Ottawa has a built-in stability that most other cities cannot offer.  In addition, government employees are unionized, meaning wages are set and have established pre-negotiated raises.

Consulting

The Government of Canada is one of, if not, the biggest buyers of consulting services in the country.  During the economic uncertainty and employee cuts at the beginning of 2013, the GoC will have to rely on outsourcing more of its projects rather than rely on internal resources.  Those in the field of Professional Services in Ottawa should be prepared for a number of opportunities to wash their way come the March 31, the new fiscal year for the GoC.

Housing

Living in Ottawa is not cheap.  However, it is less expensive than the big three and offers nearly all the amenities of Canada’s major cities.  According to MoneySense, Ottawa, ranked 134 out of 190, handily beat out Montreal (174), Toronto (178), and Vancouver (190 – dead last) with an average house valuing at $335,300.

Culture

Residents of the other major urban centres will often cite that “nothing” happens in Ottawa.  While on the surface that could be a common perception Ottawa is rich with history, has some of Canada’s finest museums and galleries and, if you are willing to be a little proactive, you will find that there are numerous festivals, events, concerts and an abundance of nightlife in the market.  You just need to be willing to look!

Proximity

One other attribute often overlooked is the proximity of Ottawa to both Montreal and Toronto.  Living in Ottawa is almost paramount to living in both cities with all the benefits and none of the drawbacks.  Quick trips to enjoy the festivals, concerts and sporting events can be made with little effort or cost.  Additionally, for those who consult, you have two major markets in your backyard to explore that are both easily accessible and lucrative.

Of course, there are other benefits to living and working in Ottawa, and places where the city could improve.  MoneySense customarily releases its rankings in March, so 2013’s rankings should be revealed presently. It will be interesting to note if Ottawa can maintain top spot nation-wide.

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As the Director of Professional Services for MGIS I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with our clients, prospects, consultants and network partners on a daily basis. I have been hands-on and successful with finding, writing proposals and placing resources through TBIPS, TSPS, SBIPS and THS, along with private sector clients. I am always excited to meet new people to discuss the challenges they face and strategies for overcoming those barriers.

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