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

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

  • Hydro Ottawa provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents and offers new parents-to-be a generous subsidy for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) if needed (up to $15,000)
  • Hydro Ottawa offers a great head office that features an onsite cafeteria with healthy menus and take-home meals, as well as free access to an onsite fitness facility, complete with instructor-led classes such as yoga and boot camp and personal health consultations and fitness assessments -- outdoors, there are also volleyball and basketball courts for employee use
  • Hydro Ottawa supports ongoing employee development through tuition subsidies for job-related courses, financial bonuses for some professional designations (and subsidies for professional accreditation) and a variety of in-house training programs -- and also reaches out to the next generation of employees through apprenticeships in partnership with Algonquin College and summer employment opportunities
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Hydro Ottawa employees gave back to the community in their support of Christie Lake Kids
Hydro Ottawa employees at Community Action Day

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Established in Canada 2000
Parent company Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 642
Part-time employees in Canada 39
Average age of employees in Canada 44
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, compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Hydro Ottawa organizes "The Student Apprentice", a half-day program that provides students with an opportunity to present "value-added" ideas to the organization and interact with executives, including the organization's President and CEO
  • In partnership with Algonquin College, Hydro Ottawa provides training to students enrolled in the 2-year powerline technician diploma program and supported sutdents participating in the College's Applied Research Program -- students were tasked to improve last year's project, which was a prototype jacket for powerline training, to become a viable training tool for Hydro Ottawa's own Powerline Technician Program
  • Hydro Ottawa developed an interview skills course with Algonquin College to help Powerline Technician students write cover letters and resumes as well as prepare for interviews
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Hydro Ottawa partners with Algonquin College to train new power-line technicians

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 642
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives in-house apprenticeship programs for powerline maintainers, cable joiners, station electricians, meter technicians and system operators, engineer intern training and development program

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

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

  • Hydro Ottawa maintains an ongoing program to green its fleet, from a reduced idling policy to replacing vehicles with more efficient and cleaners alternatives where possible, such as electric and hybrid cars, hybrid pick-up trucks, a hybrid bucket truck and flex-fuel vehicles -- in addition, Hydro Ottawa recently co-led a study in partnership with Carlton University on electric grid capacity, to support the growing number of electric vehicles on the road
  • Hydro Ottawa reaches out to the next generation through the "Bright Ideas" safety and conservation contest, which extends to Ottawa-area elementary schools -- prizes include two draws for $1,000 for the purchase of classroom resources as well as classroom pizza lunches -- additionally, through the utility's "The Student Apprentice" initiative, summer students can make recommendations to senior management on how to improve environmental sustainability
  • Hydro Ottawa encourages its residential and commercial customers to conserve electricity through a number of energy saving programs, including the longstanding "Fridge & Freezer Pick Up" program (over 30,000 customers have used this program and moved to more energy efficient appliances), the "peaksaverPLUS" program to reduce residential peak energy consumption, and the "saveONenergy Retrofit Program" to help its larger commercial customers save energy
Hydro Ottawa's six hydroelectric facilities on the ChaudiƩre Falls generate than 270,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of green power each year
Onsite at one of Hydro Ottawa's landfill gas to energy projects
Hydro Ottawa is the largest municipally-owned producer of green power in Ontario, with a growing number of solar pad mounts and rooftops installed throughout the province

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 642
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Human Resources Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Sustainability Strategy (focused on three priorities, including reducing its carbon footprint, greening its procurement and supply chain, and building a culture of environmental sustainability)
Unique green initiatives helped to develop an in-house "Companies for Conservation" awards program to encourage commercial customers to reduce their own environmental footprints, developed an anti-idling policy for drivers and continues to green its fleet of vehicles (includes electric vehicles, hybrids, flex-fuel and even a hybrid bucket truck), expanded paperless e-billing initiative (over 25 percent of its customers), printing rationalization program (has reduced number of printers by 45 percent), The Student Apprentice ( a program to engage its summer students to make recommendations on how to improve environmental sustainability -- student groups present their ideas to senior executives)
In-house waste reduction and recycling track non-hazardous and liquid waste diversion rates, achieving an impressive 90.8 percent diversion rate in 2014
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Head office LEED Pending
Other location LEED Pending
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Hydro Ottawa has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Parent company Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 642
Part-time employees in Canada 39
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Distribution Engineer, Apprentice Power Line Maintainer, Apprentice Station Electrician, CAD/GIS Technician, Administrative Assistant
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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