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Working in Ottawa

A bilingual city in Canada’s National Capital Region, Ottawa is ranked among the world’s most desirable cities to call home.

With a population of 1 million, it is one of the most scenic capital cities in the world and one of the top cities in Canada to raise a family.

The great outdoors. Do you like green spaces, physical activity, and the great outdoors? Ottawa is a big city with a small-town feel, with parks and trails for skiing, cycling, and swimming close to the downtown core. Take a tour of Gatineau Park, the National Capital Region’s conservation park.

Culturally captivating. Are you a cultural maven? Look beyond the veneer of our nation's capital and find a rich cultural landscape that includes museums of international renown, centres for performing, media, and visual arts, and more cultural events and music festivals per capita than anywhere else in Canada.

Big city, small towns. Perhaps rural living is more your speed? Historic towns and villages surround the Ottawa region. Enjoy the country life while still being a short commute to the downtown core.

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Resources for international candidates


Are you an international candidate looking for a nursing position?

Find out about the necessary visas and work permits needed to start your career with us.

    • Consult the Ontario Nominee Program to help you get started.
    • Health Force Ontario is a good resource to help you navigate the Ontario health care system.
    • To learn more about the Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals and their resources, visit the centre’s webpage.

If you are an Internationally Educated Nurse, you must apply to a college that can assess your credentials and determine if it is equivalent to the education of an approved Canadian university baccalaureate degree nursing program.

Locally, Ottawa has community organizations to support you in your job search efforts in the region. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them: