Ottawa, City of
City of Ottawa paramedics on duty

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)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

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

  • City of Ottawa's Official Plan is truly a living document, featuring measures to enhance the quality of the natural environment -- the plan includes initiatives to address air quality and climate change, energy conservation and demand management, an environmental management plan, green spaces for public use, infrastructure, transportation (with a strong emphasis on integrating cycling, transit and walking), waste management, water resources, and wildlife management strategies
  • City of Ottawa maintains a Green Building Policy to ensure that all newly constructed city buildings greater than 500 square metres are designed to a minimum LEED certification standard -- the City currently has 23 buildings that have achieved LEED certification standard, including Gold and Silver certification
  • 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 -- the City also continues to expand its LRT system with the new east-west electric Confederation Line set to open in 2018
City of Ottawa bus operator at work   (Photo credit: Roger Lalonde)


Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 12,085
Employee green team formal interdepartmental teams to address specific issues across the city
Senior executive who oversees initiatives General Manager, Environmental Services Department
Formal strategy/policy name City of Ottawa Official Plan, City of Ottawa Strategic Plan (includes Sustainable Environmental Services as one of seven strategic priorities)
Green highlights Anti-Idling Policy (employee training and 3-minute bylaw), (online carpool system operated by the City) and partnership with local car-sharing service, extensive bike lane system and new LRT system (ongoing expansion to open in 2018), Take it Back Program (partnership with over 600 businesses to provide reuse, recycling and proper disposal options), Schoolyard Tree Planting Program (grants for tree planting initiatives at Ottawa schools), 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 environmental projects along the the Ottawa River)
Extended recycling battery drop-offs, scrap metal collection, compact fluorescent bulbs, organics, metals
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Month (in partnership with the Ottawa EnviroCentre), Adopt-a-park (encourages community involvement in park care), Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital (annual city-wide spring clean-up campaign hosted since 1994), 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), Community Gardening Network (over 50 community gardens within the City)
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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