Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Locate Ottawa?

Locate Ottawa is a website that allows users to identify and locate commercial property that is available for lease, rent or purchase. The website also contains workforce demographics, business information, and interactive maps. The data is created and displayed using a Geographic Information System (GIS) that combines layers of information in order to better understand comprehensive details about a specific location. The website is provided by the City of Ottawa, and is FREE.


2. How are commercial properties listed in Locate Ottawa?

Any commercial broker, property owner, developer, or similar real estate entity can list available commercial or industrial property. There is no cost to participate. Locate Ottawa serves as a free, dynamic and comprehensive listing system for brokers and interested companies. With their informed list of leads, website visitors can contact the respective brokers directly about specific properties. Linked to the City of Ottawa frequently-trafficked website, Locate Ottawa promotes the properties listed.


3. How do commercial real estate professionals get access to Locate Ottawa?

It is as easy as 1-2-3. (1) The company calls the City of Ottawa’s Economic Development staff to obtain an individual, secure, company login and password. (2) The company's designated listing administrator enters data directly into a user-friendly form; and (3) Once the information is saved, users can instantly see all data entered on the property including available square feet, rates, photographs, and any other details provided by the company.


4. How do users access Locate Ottawa?

Anyone can access this tool by visiting the website (Locate Ottawa). The easy-to-use, browser format lets anyone with an Internet connection to access the maps, properties and GIS-based data found on this website.


5. How is Locate Ottawa different than other site selection sites/services?

Locate Ottawa is unique. In addition to the commercial property listings and the demographic and economic information that is available, Locate Ottawa offers access to a breadth of important proprietary local data that is critical to relocation and/or expansion decisions. (e.g., site-specific advantages and opportunities of each unique business location).


6. What type of properties will be listed?

Commercial, industrial and retail properties will be catalogued and displayed on Locate Ottawa.


7. How will the website connect interested parties to the listing broker?

The contact information, which is provided by the real estate professional, accompanies each property listing and can be viewed on the map.


8. What types of companies are using Locate Ottawa?

Commercial and retail firms are taking advantage of this free service.


9. How often will data be updated?

Commercial real estate professionals can update their data at anytime, meaning that the inventory of available properties should be current. Other information available on the website, including demographic data, will be updated on an annual basis, or as data becomes available.


10. What kind of information can users access?

Locate Ottawa offers site location data for each available property, such as asking price, square footage, property description, brokerage company and broker contact information, and other vital information. When considering a specific property, users can also query the local demographics and workforce data in any radial vicinity of the property in order to assess market synergies and competition. In addition, "layers" of information (e.g., ward boundaries, BIA districts, parks, etc) can be turned on and off on the interactive map display.


11. Why is the City of Ottawa investing in Locate Ottawa?

The City of Ottawa recognizes the importance of expanding and sustaining its business community and is therefore committed to making the prospect of "doing business" as easy as possible. Current research suggests that 80 percent of initial site selection screening is done through the Internet. Likewise, with the growing number of people conducting business on the Internet, Locate Ottawa provides an invaluable, real-time service to the many businesses that contact the City of Ottawa seeking site selection information.


12. How will companies know about the Locate Ottawa GIS site? How is the City of Ottawa marketing it?

There is a link to Locate Ottawa on the City of Ottawa website and on other frequently trafficked sites. The City of Ottawa and its partners will also promote Locate Ottawa in all marketing materials.


13. What is GIS?

GIS is an abbreviation for the term "Geographic Information System". A GIS combines layers of geographic information in order to provide a more detailed picture about a given location. In the case of Locate Ottawa, the Internet-based GIS helps businesses to identify optimal business locations based on available commercial property, location differences, demographic variations and business industry characteristics. Locate Ottawa allows website users to customize the analysis to their specific needs.