Ottawa is an enviable city in which to pursue academic studies or professional development in both English and French. The region’s six colleges and universities, plus numerous technology institutes and professional schools create a highly integrated and flexible education and training delivery system.
As part of Ontario’s high-quality education system, Ottawa offers a rich array of public and private schools for children from kindergarten to grade 12. While there is an abundance of opportunity to learn in English, French, French immersion and English as a second language, Ottawa also offers learning in a host of different cultures, languages and religions that reflect its diverse multicultural community.
The region’s six universities and colleges, plus numerous technology institutes and professional schools create a highly integrated and flexible education and training delivery system. In addition, a number of world-class events are hosted in Ottawa to support specialized and advanced learning.
Ottawa’s philosophy is that knowledge is the key to maintaining high standards of living and sustaining a competitive edge in today’s world markets. This city's emphasis on learning is reinforced by a dynamic business and technology sector that works in partnership with our educational institutions through various agencies, foundations and undertakings to ensure that the system meets the needs of industry through creative and timely programs that are focused on both today's needs, and those of the future.
Ottawa region universities
Ottawa region colleges
Advancing your career in research
Ottawa has a number of academic and industrial research networks. Driven by a world-class standard of excellence championed by institutions such as the National Research Council (NRC) and the Communications Research Centre(CRC), these networks include institutes and programs such as the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications(NCIT), Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), and the Ottawa Life Sciences Council (OLSC). Both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa also support advanced research activities. Contact any one of these organizations to learn more about how you can advance your career in research.
Ottawa's educational network includes a number of organizations that specialize in professional development and skills upgrading. Some of these include:
The University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA Program is a popular choice among seasoned working executives
The University of Ottawa’s Standard MBA Program is designed for candidates in the early stages of their professional careers
Carleton University's Sprott School of Business offers dozens of high-quality professional development programs
Queen’s University’s Centre for Enterprise Development offers a number of professional development courses in Ottawa
Forum for International Trade Training offers specialized training to businesses who want to increase their export capabilities
Vitesse Re-skilling Canada Inc. was created by the National Research Council, University of Ottawa and Carleton University to provide new software-engineering skills tailored to meet the requirements of industry and the special needs of under-employed or unemployed professionals
Ottawa is also home to the offices of hundreds of professional associations, many of whom offer specific training for their members.
Private post-secondary schools
Ottawa offers a wealth of private post-secondary schools which support a variety of curricula. These include professional development, vocational training, adult literacy, new language training, specialized career studies, reskilling in preparation for career transitions, continuing education, and more.
Private and Specialty schools
Canterbury High School (Arts)
Lycée Claudel School (French)
L’école secondaire publique De La Salle (French, Arts)
L’école Secondaire Publique Louis-Riel (French, Sports)
Ottawa public school boards
As part of Ontario’s excellent education system, Ottawa’s public schools provide high standards of learning in both official languages.
Bring your class to Ottawa
The National Capital Region awaits you and your students! Come and explore the many experiences awaiting you and your students in Canada’s Capital city. Ottawa offers a wide variety of educational and entertaining attractions. Our goal is to help you to give your students memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you're planning a day trip or an overnight trip, you'll find that our NCC Teachers’ Resource Centre gives you the helping hand you need to plan your trip more easily, faster and with great confidence. Come and experience Ottawa!
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