Bright Future

Why Orléans?

As the easternmost neighbourhood in the City of Ottawa, Orléans is recognized as an ideal community just outside the downtown core. Surrounded by green spaces, and home to one of the most beautiful waterfronts of the Ottawa River, Orléans offers many advantages for locating your business, raising your family, and being an integral part of this vibrant community.

Rich History

Originally a Franco-Ontarian town, you can see the French influence throughout Orléans. At the heart of the community is St-Joseph. The Boulevard was named after the Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St-Joseph, which still is a landmark today. The Boulevard is the original “main street” and thoroughfare for Orleans.

Bright Future

Today our neighbourhood is growing, prosperous and increasingly diverse.

  • With a population of 121,000 and still growing, Orléans has been one of the fastest growing boroughs in Ottawa.
  • The average household income is $130,200. Almost 60 percent of households bring home more than $100,000 annually. This makes Orléans one of the wealthiest communities in Ottawa.
  • Orléans prides itself as an affordable Ottawa neighbourhood for families with children, and increasingly for a younger professional demographic.
  • With over 33 percent of households speaking French, we also have a growing group who speak languages other than English and French.
  • Orléans has a highly-educated workforce. Over 65 percent of all Orléans residents have achieved a post-secondary diploma or degree. Fully 34.7 percent of our population have a university degree.
  • Orléans also has the second-highest ratio in Ottawa for daily trips that stay right in the community. In 2011, 67 percent all daily trips by Orléans residents stayed here. That’s good news for businesses who want to open for business here.
  • Proximity to downtown, the Ottawa River and Petrie Island, walking and bike trails, an arts and culture hub, and several recreation facilities, all converge to make Orléans an ideal place to live, work and stay.

Focus on St-Joseph

  • Almost 400 businesses along approximately 4 kilometers of St-Joseph Boulevard.
  • Many of our businesses are independent, and family owned and operated.
  • Major sectors of the Heart of Orléans district include: health and wellness (37 percent of all businesses); professional and other services (33 percent); restaurants, food and beverage (14 percent); and retail (10 percent).
  • Growing and targeted sectors include: unique food and beverage; small high tech and knowledge-based business; and boutique retail.
  • Recent market research shows the main reasons people frequent our district include: restaurants and dining, our high-quality services, special events, and shopping.
  • Consumers also value local and independently-owned businesses, the convenience of St-Joseph Boulevard, and the level of service we provide.
  • The district offers something unique in Orléans – an authentic experience of independent businesses, a place to connect with business owners and residents, and a sense of community.

Background Information

If you’d like to learn more about the Heart of Orléans BIA and how it works, here is our BIA Backgrounder.

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