Ottawa Population 2024

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city located in located in south eastern Ontario, on the south bank of Ottawa, 400 km east of Toronto and 190 km west of Montreal. It is the sixth largest city by population in Canada with population over 989,657. The size of Ottawa is 4715 square kilometres.

Based on our research, Ottawa population will reach 1,061,160 (around 1.06 million) by end of 2024.The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 0.89% over last twelve years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate. The estimation will adjust once Statistic Canada publishes census data.

Population Growth of Ottawa

Looking back last twelve years of Ottawa’s population, the growth rate is very consistent and strong ranging from 0.84% to 0.93%, adding around 8,589 to 9,252 people each year to the overall population. Lot of workers was moving to Ottawa to take advantage of safe and friendly neighbourhood there, which contributes to the population growth. Between census year of 2011 and 2016, Ottawa population had increased by 44,065 people or 4.7% in percentage wise which is average growth rate compared with other cities in Canada.

Year Population Growth Rate
2011 945,592 n/a
2012 954,405 0.93%
2013 963,084 0.91%
2014 972,074 0.93%
2015 980,663 0.88%
2016 989,657 0.92%
2017 998,431 0.89%
2018 1,007,121 0.87%
2019 1,016,111 0.91%
2020 1,024,951 0.87%
2021 1,034,203 0.90%
2022 1,042,933 0.84%
2023 1,051,790 0.85%


Demographics of Ottawa

According to Canada census, Ottawa is an extremely diverse city, with a huge number of ethnic and cultural groups living there. In 2016, the most commonly ethnic origins overall White(69.1%),Aboriginal(4.6%), First Nations(3.2%),Métis(1.4%),Inuit(0.2%), South Asian(4.2%),East Asian(5.1%),Chinese(4.5%),Japanese(0.3%),Korean(0.3%),Black(6.6%),Southeast Asian(2.6%),Filipino(1.3%),

In terms of language, 37.6% of the population can speak both languages as of 2016. Many people living in Ottawa can speak both English and French. 62.4 percent of the population consider English as their mother tongue while 14.2% of the population consider French as their mother tongue.

The religious makeup of Ottawa is: Christian (65%), No religion (22.8%) Islam (6.7%), Hinduism (1.4%), Buddhism (1.3%) and Judaism (1.2%).

From age prospective, according to the Statistics Canada Census, in 2016, Ottawa’s median age of 40.1 that is both below Canada national average age. People under 15 years account for 16.7% of the total population, while those of retirement age (65 years and older) made up 15.4%.

Population Density of Ottawa

Ottawa’s population density is 334 people per kilo square meter that is very low compared with other cities like Vancouver or Toronto.

Facts About Ottawa

  1. Founded on September 26, 1826, As a Christian town of Ireland and France, Ottawa merged as a town on January 1, 1850, and replaced it with “Ottawa” on January 1, 1855, and developed into a political and industrial technology center in Canada, becoming a large city with a multicultural, high standard of living and low unemployment.
  2. Ottawa, Canada currently holds the world record for the largest community hug, consisting of 10,554 people at the “Power Forest” event back in 2010.
  3. The city’s second-largest source of economy is tourism. Every year 2.5 million tourists come to Ottawa, that is far more than Ottawa’s population.
  4. Ottawa is the seventh coldest city of the world. Many colder ones include Ulaan-Baaatar in Mongolia, Astana in Kazakhstan, Moscow, Russia, Helsinki in Finland, Reykjavik, Iceland and Tallinn in Estonia.
  5. A whopping 444.1 centimetres of snow fell during the winter of 1970-71. The average annual snowfall in Ottawa is 236 centimetres (92.8 inches).
  6. About 25% of Ottawa residents were born outside of Canada.
  7. In Ottawa, there are 35 major festivals. The Canadian Tulip Festival , held every May, is one of the most famous in the world.
  8. Ottawa is home to over 1,800 technology companies – with more than 76,000 employees.


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