Ottawa - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

It seems like everyone is an expat in Ottawa, which is nice. The expat community in the city is everywhere. I feel as though the embassy community morale seems to be lower, and likely because of LQA, understaffing, and lack of a community among personnel. - Sep 2023

There are lots of expats, but I don't get the sense that there is a "community." This is probably especially true for Americans -- we blend right in. - Aug 2015

There is no expat community. Morale is low at U.S Embassy. No one is there who picked it because it is Canada, rather because of medical issues, family issues in the USA, special needs issues with kids. Anything but being interested in the work. - May 2014

Invisible. - Jul 2013

Not sure. We blend in pretty well here, so I don't rely on the expat community too much. There are lots of embassies, multinational companies, etc so I suspect it's decent sized. - Jan 2013

Large. It seems no one is from Ottawa. We have met a lot of other expats through our kids' schools. - Dec 2010

Very large, but it is hard to tell, since most Americans just blend in with their Canadian neighbors. - Aug 2010

Large enough but not huge. The embassy/diplomatic crowd is pretty stuffy and probably on par with what exists in most places. And like the political/parliamentarian types, they typically stay within their own little social circles and don't generally mix with the "locals" so much...probably further skewing the impressions people get of this city. - Nov 2009

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