In this article:Read moreOn the one hand, the numbers may be impressive: The median household income in the country is $73,946.
On the other hand, you’re paying $7,100 more for your rent in Ottawa, which makes up 2.2% of the national median household.
But there are caveats to this, and many of them relate to how you choose to spend your time.
The average workweek in the capital, at 4.2 hours, is less than half of the rest of Canada.
You can spend an hour on a coffee break, a little more than two in the afternoon, and half an hour or more on the weekend.
The average commute time is six minutes.
To be sure, the median salary is considerably lower than the national average.
For example, the average full-time worker in Canada earns $62,400.
But for those who want to be productive, Ottawa is one of the best places to work, with average annual salaries well above the national level.
That’s because Ottawa has one of Canada’s highest paycheques.
That’s because we have a competitive labour market that rewards innovation and the best talent, says Jason Harte, the director of the Ottawa Economic Institute.
So the city has a huge pool of talent to attract that talent, Harte says.
“Ottawa is a great place to find a job and you’ll work hard and have a lot of time to get your foot in the door,” he says.
The city is also one of only two Canadian cities with the highest share of graduates who live in poverty.
Only Vancouver and Toronto have lower levels of poverty.
And with an abundance of tech and innovation hubs, Ottawa has also seen an explosion in tech start-ups.
And in 2015, Ottawa ranked as one of just five Canadian cities in the world where a single tech company was worth $500 million.
That means Ottawa has a lot to offer those who are seeking a job.
And for those looking for more income, there are plenty of options in the city.