General Resources

Are you new to Ottawa? Here are a few useful websites to help you get to know the city better.

The City of OttawaThe City of Ottawa website provides information for residents, businesses, and visitors, including the latest news and updates.

OC Transpo/LRT – The Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission (OC Transpo), is the city’s public transit agency. Its website provides live updates, routes, and fare information.

City of Ottawa Zoning and E-MapsGet answers to your questions about locations in the city by using geoOttawa’s interactive map tool.

Ottawa Real Estate

Looking for local housing-related information? See the useful resources below.

The MLSThe multiple listing service (MLS) is Canada’s largest and most trusted database of real estate listings. Available through, it makes searching for homes simple.

The Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) – Find information about open houses, listings, and more on the Ottawa Real Estate Board’s website.

Land Transfer Tax Information – Details about land transfer taxes in Ontario can be found on the Ministry of Finance website. You can also use the land transfer calculator on OREB’s site.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) – CMHC is Canada’s housing authority. It serves many functions, which include providing mortgage insurance.

Local School Boards

You can learn more about local schools and the high-quality of education they offer using the Ottawa community resources below.

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) – Find out more about OCDSB’s 143 schools, which include 113 elementary options (with two special education sites), 25 secondary options, and five secondary alternate sites.

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)OCSB is a publicly-funded separate school board that operates 82 schools in the Greater Ottawa Area.

Ottawa French Public School Board (CEPEO)The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, also known as CEPEO, is the public school board responsible for French language education in Eastern Ontario, including Ottawa.

Ottawa French Catholic School Board (CECCE)The CECCE (or Centre-East French Catholic School Board) is Ontario’s largest French language school board. It operates 41 elementary schools, 10 high schools, and a school for adults.

Moving Information

If you’re moving to Ottawa from outside of the country, here are some organizations you may want to familiarize yourself with.

Canada PostCanada Post is the country’s primary postal operator. Their website offers information on postage rates, service outlets, preparing shipments, and more.

Ministry of Transportation (MTO)The Ministry of Transportation is responsible for the maintenance of the provincial highway system, the licensing of vehicles and drivers, and the policing of provincial roads.

Utility Companies & City Services

From transferring your hydro to getting familiar with the garbage and recycling schedules,  moving often means learning the basics.

For general information about local utilities and services, click on the appropriate logo below.

Enbridge Gas
Ottawa Hydro
Rogers Cable
Ottawa Garbage & Recycling
Bell Canada
Ottawa Water