City of Ottawa
The City of Ottawa is the area's municipal government. With over 17,000 employees working in over 100 different business lines, the City provides the majority of the services residents and businesses count on each day. The City works with its businesses and external economic development agencies to encourage economic growth, and procures about $750 million each year in goods and services from 12,000 vendors including 7,200 Ottawa suppliers. The City promotes sector/cluster and small business development, works with the community to attract major sporting events, and promotes rural economic development. It also undertakes market data collection and analysis, external marketing and investment attraction, and promotes labour force and skills development. The City's Business Advisory Committee provides regular input to City Council and staff on matters affecting local businesses.