Accommodation for Newcomers in Ottawa
Immigration Accommodation in Ottawa
As a new immigrant arriving in Ottawa one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Ottawa for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Ottawa may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Ottawa take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Ottawa, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Ottawa is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Ottawa guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Ottawa as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Ottawa is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Ottawa for new immigration arrivals.
Ottawa (, //; Canadian French pronunciation: [ɔtawɔ]) is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec, and forms the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 934,243 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada. In June 2019, the City of Ottawa estimated it had surpassed a population of a million.
Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. Its original boundaries were expanded through numerous annexations and were ultimately replaced by a new city incorporation and amalgamation in 2001 which significantly increased its land area. The city name “Ottawa” was chosen in reference to the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning “to trade”.
Ottawa has the most educated population among Canadian cities and is home to a number of post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions, including the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery, and numerous national museums.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Ottawa
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Ottawa may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Ottawa can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Ottawa
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Ottawa varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Ottawa use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Ottawa and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Ottawa for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Ottawa were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Ottawa area.
All renters in Ottawa have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Ottawa to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Ottawa
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Ottawa this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.