Civic & Social Innovation

"The strength that comes from human collaboration is the central truth behind civilization's success and the primary reason why cities exist...we must free ourselves from our tendency to see cities as their buildings, and remember that the real city is made of flesh, not concrete." - Edward Glaeser

Re-imagining and shaping the future of Canada's city

With a population reaching 1 million, Ottawa is in the midst of an exciting transition from a 'big small city' to a 'small big city'. With this growth comes many complex, interconnected challenges - but also an extraordinary opportunity and capacity for creative and innovative solutions.

A shared community asset since Day 1, Impact Hub Ottawa has become the home for civic and social innovation in Canada's capital. We aim to break through traditional silos and domains to bring together passionate people and brilliant ideas from across the public, private, and community sectors.

Together with our cross-sector community of change-makers, we are co-creating a 21st-century platform for collaborative problem-solving where citizens, institutions, businesses, and government can come together to share knowledge and resources, learn from each other's successes and failures, experiment with new ideas, and create a brighter, more optimistic future for our city.

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Join our community

Be part of a professional network of people and organizations working to 'do good better'.

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Develop your capacity

Gain the knowledge, tools, networks, and support you need to take your idea to the next level.

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Make an impact

Get involved and engage with your city in a way that's most meaningful to you.

Advancing innovation through collaboration

City-building, innovation, and 'doing good' are no longer the sole domain of government, business, or the philanthropic sector. Our most pressing challenges weren't created by any one organization or sector, and no single entity has the resources, capacity, or answers to solve these issues alone. We need to better harness the diversity of lived experiences and and wealth of talent of our greatest assets - the citizens who are best positioned to deeply understand the challenges facing our city and re-imagine its future possibilities.

The Hub partners with like-minded organizations to create opportunities that activate our collective ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit and fully realizes the creative and innovative potential of our citizens. We believe that cross-sector collaboration, social innovation, and civic entrepreneurship are powerful assets with which to create meaningful change and social impact for the public good.

Whether you've lived here your whole life, or you moved here for work, school, family, or new opportunities, we invite you to join your fellow citizens who care about our capital - what the late Jean Pigott called "every Canadian's second hometown" - and work with us to make it a better place for all.

Get Involved

The work of city-building is never finished, and requires the relentless pursuit of progress, an idea that is beautifully illustrated by our official motto, "Advance-Ottawa-En Avant". Join our movement to collectively reimagine, transform, and co-create our future city.


Attend an Event

The Hub helps to convene, connect, and inspire. Join us and broaden your network of like-minded dreamers and doers - and potential collaborators and partners.

Ottawa Civic Tech Meetup

Ottawa Civic Tech (YOWCT) is a community of citizens from diverse sectors and experiences who are interested in better understanding our complex social and civic challenges and building solutions at the intersection of technology, design, data, policy, entrepreneurship, advocacy, and…

IP and Privacy For Digital Health Technology

Join us for an overview of why you should be thinking about IP, and the common types of IP that are available, e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc. The discussion will also touch on two important aspects that came out of…

Civic & Social Innovation in Action

Impact Academy 2016-2017: Meet the Impacters

Late last year, we kicked off our 6th cohort of Impact Academy and welcomed 25 new social entrepreneurs to the Impact Hub Community. For the past 3 months they have been working hard, developing their projects, and taking their ideas…

Congratulations to the 2016 Ottawa Social Impact Award Recipients

When Impact Hub Ottawa and our partners at the City of Ottawa were first discussing the idea of an “award” for social innovation, we knew it had to be meaningfully different than the many programs that already exist to recognize…

Summer Recap

Happy September, Ottawa! We’ve certainly had a fun and productive summer, and we hope you did too. Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to since our last update back in June: Artist-in-Residence In July, we welcomed Megan…

Artist-in-Residence Pilot Project

Guest post by Hub’s new Artist-in-Residence Megan Monafu One of the things I love most about the Impact Hub team is that they are willing to take a risk. In this case, a risk on a new arts project, and,…