Ottawa, City of
City of Ottawa paramedics on duty

Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016):

  • City of Ottawa employees working at City Hall can enjoy a number of onsite amenities including a cafeteria (with healthy and special diet menus) and an onsite fitness centre, with subsidized membership, exercise equipment and instructor-led classes
  • City of Ottawa helps employees balance their work and personal lives through a variety of alternative work arrangements and maintains a workplace wellness and productivity network to provide employees with access to resources on physical, mental and emotional health and well-being
  • City of Ottawa encourages employees to develop their skills through in-house apprenticeships and training programs, a number of leadership training initiatives to help foster high potential employees and tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions
City of Ottawa bus operator at work   (Photo credit: Roger Lalonde)


Industry Municipal Government
Established in Canada 1855
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 12,220
Part-time employees in Canada 4,624
Average age of employees in Canada 41.1
Longest serving employee 45.3 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • City of Ottawa is one of Canada's most progressive cities when it comes to long-range transportation planning -- the City manages the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, which has a stated goal of creating a "world-class" pedestrian city and recently updated its Ottawa Cycling Plan, which includes the addition of segregated bike lanes downtown -- additionally, the City continues to expand its electric rail transit system for commuters
  • City of Ottawa maintains a "Green Fleet Plan" to address its own day-to-day emissions -- currently the City has over 35 hybrids, one electric vehicle and recently installed its first electric vehicle charging station at City Hall (also available to the public)
  • City of Ottawa hosts a unique "Environmental Excellence Award", presented annually to individuals and teams who develop projects to reduce the City's overall corporate environmental footprint or the community's entire environmental footprint -- employees also have the opportunity to nominate peers for the award
  • City of Ottawa updates its "Green Building Policy" annually and currently has 20 LEED certified buildings, including four Gold-certified and 10 Silver-certified structures -- the City is also undertaking major development projects that will target LEED certification, from the large Lansdowne Redevelopment project to the Ottawa Art Gallery expansion
Cyclist using one of the City of Ottawa's segregated bike lanes


Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 12,220
Senior executive who oversees initiatives General Manager, Environmental Services Department
Formal strategy/policy name City of Ottawa Official Plan (incorporates an Environmental Strategy and numerous environmental programs, from the City's formal cycling plan to a climate change action plan to parks management and development)
Green highlights Waste Explorer and the Recollect Tool (online tools to help residents find where and how to properly dispose of waste), Take it Back Program (partnership with over 700 businesses to provide reuse, recycling and proper disposal options), Greenhouse Gas Roundtable (hosted event with over 200 community participants to update the City's Air Quality and Climate Management Plan), Ottawa River Action Plan (currently supporting 17 ongoing projects along the the Ottawa River)
In-house waste reduction and recycling battery drop-off at 150 facilities, scrap metal collection, compact fluorescent bulbs
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital (annual spring city-wide clean-up campaign hosted since 1994), Bike to Work Month (in partnership with the Ottawa EnviroCentre), Adopt-a-park (encourages community involvement in park care), Community Environmental Grants Program (provides funds to non-profit organizations that are managing local, smaller-scale stewardship initiatives), Environmental Outreach Program (works with a variety of community organizations every year, including schools and hospitals)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Each department at the City of Ottawa is responsible for creating their own diversity plan as well as identifying a diversity champion or team to lead its implementation -- recent department initiatives include the Youth Futures leadership training program for new Canadian youth, visible minorities or individuals living in poverty, a pilot project to ensure the City's long-term care facilities are able to respond to the needs of aging LGBT individuals, and dedicated recruitment programs for Aboriginal youth
  • As part of its efforts to spearhead accessibility, the City hosts an annual Accessibility Day event to offer residents an opportunity to provide disability-related feedback on various issues -- and recently released the second edition of its Accessibility Design Standards, which ensure that all city-owned and operated spaces and facilities are inclusive and accessible
  • City of Ottawa's immigration strategy includes employment initiatives and economic development programs such as the Annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards, to recognize the achievements of new Canadians, and the Professional Internship for Newcomers Program, which provides temporary work placements for newcomers
Employees from the City of Ottawa celebrate 'raising the flag' at Pride Week


Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 12,085
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives City Manager
Formal commitment maintains a diversity and inclusion management working group, an Aboriginal working committee, corporate and departmental plans, a municipal accessibility plan and a youth summit action plan
Diversity highlights diversity cafe discussions on topics such as women, homophobia immigration, invisible disabilities and Aboriginal culture, internal equity and diversity awards for individuals and teams, equity and inclusion lens document and training, celebrations and events to commemorate international dates such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance and National Aboriginal Day, organized an International Student Celebration Event at City Hall to discuss immigration and employment
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Kagita Mikam (career fair for Aboriginal peoples), Hire Immigrants Ottawa, Ottawa Job Match Network, World Skills (new Canadians), Employer Council of Champions (member), Ottawa Local Immigrant Partnership, United Way (member of their Employment Accessibility Resource Network to help persons with disabilities find employment)

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