Your Family’s Needs

Whether you’re single, a couple with a baby or a family with a brood of budding hockey players you are going to have 101 questions about your new life in Ottawa. This page has been designed to help you find everything from schools
and shopping malls to walk-in clinics, arenas and fitness centres.


Tell us a little about your family so we can tailor your HHT (House Hunting Trip) to best suit your needs.


kidschoolbusOttawa’s public and private schools provide students in elementary and secondary schools with the opportunity to study in English or French, or both languages.

There are four publicly funded school boards in the Ottawa area:

Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est

Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

Here are the top schools in the Ottawa area among those ranked by the Fraser Institute:

      Elementary Schools (2007-2008 school year)

Kanata (Kanata) 10.0
Des Sentiers (Orléans) 10.0
Terre des Jeunes (Ottawa) 9.8
L’Étoile-de-l’Est (Orléans) 9.8
Le Prélude (Orléans) 9.6
Francojeunesse (Ottawa) 9.4
St Augustine (Ottawa) 9.4
Katimavik (Kanata) 9.1
Roger-Saint-Denis (Kanata) 9.1
Pionniers (Orléans) 9.0 9.0


       Secondary Schools (2008-09 school year)

Colonel By (Gloucester) 8.7
Earl of March (Kanata) 8.6
Nepean (Ottawa) 8.5
Lisgar 8.4
John McCrae (Nepean) 8.4
Gisele-Lalonde (Orleans) 8.4
All Saints (Kanata) 8.3
West Carleton (Dunrobin) 8.2
St. Joseph (Nepean) 8.2
Holy Trinity (Kanata) 8.2

Top Elementary Schools 2013
Abrarr Private School 9.4/10
Katimavik Elementary School 9.0/10
Hilson Avenue PS 8.9/10
La Source Elementary 8.7/10

Top Secondary Schools 2013
Colonel By High School 9.1/10
West Carleton High School 8.8/10
John McCrae High School 8.8/10

Private Schools

Private schools in Ottawa offer a variety of academic, specialty, and language instruction. Ashbury College, Elmwood School, Turnbull School and Lycée Claudel have a long tradition of serving the Ottawa community. To learn more about private school options in Ottawa, visit the Ontario Ministry of Education’s searchable private school database.

If you know the name of a school and would like to check its ratings based on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)

Another useful website is the Ontario Ministry of Education’s site.



childcareThe City of Ottawa offers an on-line search that can help you identify licensed child care programs in your area.



Ottawa has several top-notch medical facilities and health programs. The main hospitals that serve Ottawa and surrounding communities include:

 The Ottawa Hospital is a leading academic health sciences centre and offers service in both French and English at three campuses:

  • General Campus, 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6
    Telelphone: 613 722-7000
  • Civic Campus, 1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4E9
    Telephone: 613 722-7000
  • Riverside Campus,1967 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7W9
    Telephone: 613 722-7000

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) is located at 401 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8L1.
Telephone: 613 737-7600

The Montfort Hospital is located in the east end of Ottawa at 713 Montreal Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1K 0T2.
Telephone: 613 746-4621

The Queensway Carleton Hospital is located in the west end of Ottawa at 3045 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8P4.
Telephone: 613 721-2000

Family Physicians & Walk-in Clinics: Finding a family doctor is a challenge when you move frequently
but this list of available doctors should give you a place to start your search:

The Royal

If you require non-emergency medical attention prior to finding a new physician this list of Ottawa’sWalk-In Clinics will help you get the attention you need:


Sports & Recreation

hockeykidsThe City of Ottawa has a very comprehensive website (www.ottawa.ca) where you’ll find answers to your questions about recreational programs, City run facilities, parks or pools. You can even register online for courses and activities.


handsReligion & Worship

This site will help you find your nearest place of worship.

Places of Worship


tulipsOttawa is renowned for its festivals!

The Canadian Tulip Festival, a celebration of spring, is famous for its colourful garden displays throughout the city.

In the summer the capital comes alive with the sound of music courtesy of the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Bluesfest, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

In February Ottawa honours winter with a festival that attracts a million visitors to the city each year. Winterlude is a toast to our icy Canadian winters and includes stunning ice sculptures, ice slides, skating on the world’s longest skating rink and hot beavertail pastries!

Whatever you or your family fancies, chances are there’s a festival for it! Click on this link to discover Upcoming Events.



In addition to Ottawa’s popular daily newspapers the city is home to about 50 smaller publications including community and campus newspapers and publications focusing on specific topics such as business and entertainment.

Daily Papers
College & University
Community Newspapers

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Sun

Le Droit



24 Hours

Business Journal

Ottawa XPress

The Epoch Times

The Hill Times

Up Front


The Charlatan

The Fulcrum

Algonquin Times


Barrhaven Independent

The Barrhaven Weekender

Canada Chinese News

Centretown Buzz

Centretown News

Il Postino (Italian Community)

Kanata Kourier-Standard


Manotick Messenger

Nepean This Week

New Edinburgh News

News West

Orleans Star/Weekly Journal

OSCAR (Ottawa South Community Association Review)

Stittsville News/Weekend Signal

West Carleton Review