Government Services

As a newcomer to the province what government services are available to you. 

Canada Post
Child Care Information
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
The OCC provides networking, professional and business development opportunities and member benefits an services directly to business.  it also provides its members with a united voice of business representation through effective research, consultation and liason with key decision makers and influences.
Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Citizen, read by 80 percent of English newspaper readers.  Sunday to Saturday. 

Ottawa International Airport
Welcome Wagon Ltd
Hitting the Pavement

-Tim Lougheed & Elizabeth Howell

How to get around one of Canada's largest cities.

Although a couple of rivers and a canal run right through the centre of town, the best way of getting around this city is on hard pavement. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for doing so. A spiderweb of bicycle paths criss-cross rural and urban locations, and there’s always the Transitway bus network if you need to get where you’re going a bit faster. Whether you travel by plane, train or automobile, remember to carry a map with you to keep your directions straight.

Getting Licensed
Licensed drivers moving to Ottawa from out of province must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) recognizes and exchanges licenses from other Canadian provinces and most U.S. states.

For a list of other jurisdictions with recognized licenses, go to: If the jurisdiction isn’t on this list, obtain a letter – on official letterhead – from the licensing authority in that jurisdiction, or from its Canadian representative, confirming you’re licensed and outlining your driving experience. This letter becomes part of your application to the MTO.

An already-licensed vehicle brought into Ontario must be registered at an MTO offi ce within 30 days. You’ll need the original registration in your name, your Ontario insurance company’s name and policy number, a Safety Standards Certifi cate (SSC) deeming the vehicle roadworthy, and a Drive Clean Vehicle Emissions Pass Report.
For details, call 1-800-387-3445 or visit

To the south, Ottawa is connected to Highway 401, one of the world’s busiest highways, by Highway 416. The Trans-Canada Highway (#17; Hwy #417 on a map) runs through Ottawa, where it’s known locally as The Queensway; it begins west of the city and stretches eastward to the Quebec border near Montreal, where it becomes Autoroute 40. These four-lane highways are congested during rush hour, around 8 or 9 a.m., and 4 or 5 p.m. Likewise, the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec – and its six bridges – challenge commuters living and working on opposite sides of the river.

Public Transit
Ottawa’s public transit is provided by OC Transpo, which operates over a hundred bus routes between Gatineau, Kanata, Barrhaven, Orleans and the city centre. Routes connect with the O-Train, a light-rail service linking South Keys Mall, Carleton University and LeBreton Flats, and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais, which serves Gatineau. The best service is along the Transitway, a network of bus-only corridors providing rapid transit 22 hours a day. Go to or call (613) 741-4390 for fares, schedules and routes.

Air Travel
Thanks to recent upgrades, Ottawa International Airport now offers direct flights to and from many destinations in North America and beyond, without need for connections in Montreal or Toronto. Direct flights to major North American hubs provide easy connections to major destinations worldwide. OC Transpo Route 97 connects directly to the airport. Go to or call (613) 248-2000.

Rail Service
Just four kilometres from downtown, Ottawa’s VIA Rail station allows you to connect with major destinations across Canada. The Transitway links to the train station, which is just one stop east of major interchange Hurdman Station.  Go to or call 1-888-842-7245.

Travelling by Bus
Ottawa’s inter-city bus station at Catherine and Kent streets downtown provides economical access to most Canadian cities through private operator Greyhound. Some OC Transpo routes run right by the station, making it easy to transfer from one bus system to another. Greyhound trips to Montreal run hourly, and there are also several express buses daily to Toronto. Go to, call 1-800-661-8747, or call the station at (613) 238-5900. MTO