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City of Ottawa public health employees dragging for ticks to test for Lyme disease.  

Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):

  • City of Ottawa manages an extensive employee recognition program to celebrate and honour exceptional performance and achievement in a variety of areas, including creativity and innovation, diversity and inclusion, heroism and lifetime achievement
  • City of Ottawa maintains a Workplace Wellness and Productivity Network to provide employees with access to resources on physical, mental and emotional health and well-being, and offers a variety of workshops and training to help managers incorporate wellness into the workplace
  • City of Ottawa supports employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, ranging by employee group, and provides flexible work arrangements to help them adapt to their new roles as parents (also ranging by employee group)
Staff of the City of Ottawa leading a fire services training exercise  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1855
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 12,069
Part-time employees in Canada 4,582
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 46 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
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Scope of charitable involvement local, national

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • City of Ottawa maintains a dedicated Diversity and Inclusion Unit to help employees resolve discrimination issues, create training programs to raise awareness, and promote inclusivity in the workplace and the broader community
  • City of Ottawa hosted a learning and networking evening for employer and job-seeker members of EARN (United Way's Employment Accessibility Resource Network) and partnered with EARN to host AccessAbility Day 2017, where employees and members of the public learned how to remove barriers and build more inclusive workplaces
  • City of Ottawa organizes Diversity Cafes to provide employees with opportunities to talk about related experiences and issues -- recent topics include disability accommodations in the workplace, mental health in the workplace, and newcomers to the City of Ottawa
Employee Aline Borba Maia Oliveira (front left) with the City of Ottawa's Organizational Health team, which was nominated for a City Manager Award of Distinction in 2018  
"As a newcomer to Canada, I feel privileged to work at an organization that doesn't overlook skills acquired in a different country - but values them as a new, unique perspective I bring to my team. When I arrived for my interview, I noticed the panel included diverse employees and that made me feel like I could belong here, and my background was not as something to overcome, but rather, an asset. My work is a big source of meaning in my life, and being welcomed by my manager and my team made an enormous difference in the process of building a life for me here in Canada." Aline B., Organizational Health Consultant

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 12,069
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives City Manager
Formal commitment Diversity and Inclusion Unit responsible for overseeing the City's initiatives, equity and diversity policy, accessibility policy, municipal immigration strategy
Diversity training and awareness training on a variety of topics, including leading a diverse workforce and cultural diversity (such as Aboriginal and First Nations Awareness), Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook to promote equitable and inclusive interactions between staff and residents
Diversity highlights manages Youth Futures program for immigrants, visible minorities and people living in poverty, Fire Services delivers an annual week-long camp to provide career experience to female youth, Community and Social Services organizes 6-month Aboriginal Youth Employment and Certificate training program, internal Diversity Champion program, City Manager's awards include streams for diversity
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Employer Council of Champions (committed to hiring skilled immigrants), Hire Immigrants Ottawa and Public Sector Working Group (hosted coaching event), Aboriginal Working Committee (consists of employees and community members, advises the City on Truth and Reconciliation and other related topics), Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (participant of the Equity Project)

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