Shaw Centre Community

A Healthy Business For The Local Economy

The Shaw Centre’s positive economic impact reaches far beyond the smiles that we bring out of planners, delegates, and event attendees. It touches the whole community.

Shaw Centre Community

A Healthy Business For The Local Economy

The Shaw Centre’s positive economic impact reaches far beyond the smiles that we bring out of planners, delegates, and event attendees. It touches the whole community.

Measuring Our Impact

Let’s do the math to see exactly how the Shaw Centre financially benefits the employers, employees, industries, communities and municipal budgets.

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.

$17

Million

Economic Impact – Direct Spend Broken Down

The $50 million in direct spending includes:

  • $17 million in attendee spending
  • $1 million in exhibitor spending
  • $11 million in production spending

Benefits of Shaw Centre – Tourism and Hospitality Sector

The 2019/2020 fiscal year in review

  • 56 events
  • 300,000+ attendees
  • 46 conventions including national and international conventions
  • The direct spending on convention centre events including out-of-town delegates, exhibitors and production estimated at $50 million
  • This direct spending contributes approximately $22 million to Ottawa’s GDP
  • Approximately 1,649 jobs are supported resulting in $6 million in labour income (This includes $47 million in labour income that stems from 1,248 jobs that are supported directly by events held at the Shaw Centre)

56

Events

$54.4

Million

Benefits of the Shaw Centre – Taxation Revenues

  • In total, $54.4 million in taxes for all three levels of government was generated in 2019/2020

Meetings and convention sectors positively impacted by Shaw Centre busine

  • Accommodation services
  • Food and beverage services
  • Retail trade, arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Information and cultural industries
  • Ground passenger transportation
  • Other transportation and warehousing
  • Car renting and leasing
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Real estate and renting and leasing

10+

Sectors

Other benefits of meetings at the Shaw Centre

  • Meetings promote investment, trade, communications and technology
  • Meetings bring education and professional development to the community
  • Meetings promote and support other business sectors
  • Meetings attract global expertise
  • Meetings build community profile
  • Meetings represent the high end of visitor spending

“Our 2019/2020 Annual report provides additional information on previous fiscal years.
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