When Amanda Geller went looking for a new job in Ottawa’s tech sector it didn’t take long for her to generate leads. Five companies reached out to her before she settled on a new role at Firstlook Media Solutions, which builds websites for realtors. Between the city’s well-paying bureaucratic roles and its hot tech sector there are plenty of high-paying jobs to go around. Being able to quickly land a high-paying job is an important factor MoneySense considers when evaluating cities and it’s just one reason Ottawa takes the top spot as this year’s Best Place to Live in Canada.
Aside from a strong economy and high income, Ottawa also earns high marks being pedestrian- and transit-friendly. “There is not a lot of traffic in comparison to bigger cities like Toronto and Montreal,” says Geller. “We’re 10 minutes from downtown and pretty close to everything, even if we didn’t have a car.” She and her fiancé Todd Davies spend their weekends walking the shops and restaurants of ByWard Market or taking their dogs to the newly revitalized Lansdowne Park, a 40-acre historic sports, exhibition and entertainment facility. Come 2018, those areas will feel even closer; that’s when the city’s new light-rail transit line is due to open.
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