Ottowa, Ontario, Canada Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. Ottawa has a high standard of living, low unemployment. It is also rated the second cleanest city in Canada, and third cleanest city in the world. Ottowa has actively been supporting the growth of the games industry in the city.