Shaw Centre

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Economic Impact 2013-2014

Shaw Centre attracted over 40,500 out-of-town visitors during the 2013-2014 fiscal operating year, beginning April 1,  that boosted Ottawa’s economy by $77 million in 2013-2014, according to an economic impact study conducted by Shaw Centre.

The study analyzed spending on the 30 conventions and tradeshows held at the facility in 2013- 2014 that drew at least 25 percent of participants from outside the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

The study found these conventions and tradeshows attracted 32,000 delegates and attendees from outside Ottawa, over 7,000 staff members that represented more than 1,800 non-local exhibitors. These events also generated tax revenues for the federal and provincial reserves estimated at more than $30 million.

“This report reconfirmed OCC as a major contributor to Ottawa’s economy and a key partner to local businesses,” said OCC President and CEO Patrick Kelly. “From our beautiful downtown hub, exhibitors and guests radiate out to hotels, shops and restaurants, eager to spend time and money in our spectacular city.”

The newly re-built Shaw Centre opened in April 2011. Being a G8 capital, Ottawa needed a new convention centre that could accommodate large scale events. The centre is a ‘stay-at-home export’ as it attracts business to our nation’s capital that would otherwise go elsewhere. The aggressive marketing outreach in the global marketplace that has taken place over the past few years in partnership with local hotels and Ottawa Tourism has paid off. This is evidenced by the 1,000 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced) that are supported solely by the convention business accommodated by Shaw Centre in the third year of operation and the $77 million estimated in economic impact to the city of Ottawa.


The $77 million in direct spending includes:

Benefits of Shaw Centre – Tourism & Hospitality Sector

The 2013 - 2014 fiscal year in review

Benefits of Shaw Centre – Transportation Sector

Both out-of-town and local event guests use Ottawa's taxi, limousine, car rental and shuttle services. With its expanded operations, the Centre will continue to support the local transportation industry by:

Benefits of a new Ottawa Convention Centre – Taxation Revenues


Major industries affected:

other benefits of meeting

Our Annual Reports provide additional information on previous fiscal business years

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55 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, ON
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