The latest OCRI (Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation) Ottawa Facts email hit my inbox last week while I was taking time off. They provided some great statistics, and it certainly looks as if tech is back in Ottawa. Unemployment is down, and below the national average. Between June 2006 and January 2006, high tech employment rose from 71,000 to 76,200, and the number of technology companies increased from 1740 to 1811. Best of all, Ottawa is still one of the lowest cost places to live and do business in the country. The average resale price of a home in January 2006 was just C$244,000.