Economic Impact 2019-2020
Shaw Centre attracted more than 65,000 out-of-town visitors during the 2019-2020 fiscal operating year, boosting Ottawa’s economy by $150 million.
The Centre hosted 450 events including 74 in which the majority of the participants came from outside of the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
These conventions and trade shows supported approximately 1,649 jobs, resulting in $76M in direct and indirect labour income. This includes $47M in labour income that stems from 1,248 jobs that are supported directly by events held at the Ottawa Convention Centre. These events generated tax revenues for the federal and provincial reserves estimated at more than $54.5 million.
The Shaw Centre acts as a “stay-at-home export” because it attracts business to our nation’s capital that would otherwise go elsewhere. Aggressive marketing outreach in the global marketplace over the past few years in partnership with local hotels and Ottawa Tourism has paid off. This is evidenced by the $50 million estimated in economic impact on the city of Ottawa.