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House of Commons Administration
House of Commons Administration employees working in a new open-concept work area  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why House of Commons Administration was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018) :

  • The House of Commons Administration offers exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (up to 93% of salary for up to 52 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for up to 37 weeks) -- additionally, employees have the option to extend their leave to an unpaid leave of absence and can take advantage of onsite daycare when they are ready to return
  • As part of the organization's efforts to recruit and retain individuals from a broad range of backgrounds, the House of Commons Administration maintains a dedicated Diversity Council and a Workplace Inclusion Program
  • In addition to 4 weeks of starting vacation, the House of Commons Administration offers a variety of flexible work arrangements to help employees balance work and their personal lives, including flexible hours and telecommuting
House of Commons Administration employees taking a break in front of the living wall  

Employer Background

Industry Legislative Bodies
Established in Canada 1867
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,845
Part-time employees in Canada 552
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 12.1%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.2 years
Longest serving employee 46.72 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in the heart of downtown Ottawa inside the Parliamentary Precinct, the House of Commons Administration's head office is called Centre Block and is composed of the Senate foyer, Senate chamber, the rotunda, Hall of Honour, the House of Commons foyer and the House of Commons chamber, the layout, design and colours inside the House of Commons chamber reflects Canada's history, and many of its ceremonies and traditions recall a time before Canada became a nation, other workplace features include ongoing shuttle service between Parliamentary Precinct buildings and parking areas, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals, (a total of six cafeterias and canteens are located throughout the Precinct)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Jack Purcell Recreation Centre, fitness club, Confederation Park, Major's Hill Park, Gatineau Park, daycare, restaurants, National Arts Centre, CF Rideau Centre, Byward Market, Ottawa Public Library

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Recent social events annual Open House hosted by the Clerk's management group, holiday reception hosted on Parliament Hill during working hours, breakfast reception hosted by the Speaker, tea party to commemorate Persons Day
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications town hall meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note House of Commons Administration has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan note House of Commons Administration has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information learn-at-lunch sessions on topics such as stress and resilience, organizational change, mental health and addiction, and healthy living
Family-friendly benefits note House of Commons Administration has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
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, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note House of Commons Administration has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition long-service awards and recognition breakfast
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 48 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs guided Parliamentary tour and House Overview to provide new employees with important information, unique "Many Facets of Parliament Hill" program (participants learn about their new workplace, explore little-known places on Parliament Hill and connect with colleagues from various parliamentary institutions), Clerk's leadership program for senior managers, Clerk's extended management retreat

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 736 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way
Community highlight The House of Commons Administration focuses its charitable efforts on poverty, communities and youth. Additionally, the organization participates in the annual Workplace Charitable Campaign, a fundraising campaign in support of United Way, Centraide Outaouais, HealthPartners and other registered Canadian charities.

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

Here are some of the reasons why House of Commons Administration was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Each year, House of Commons Administration selects 40 students from CEGEPs and high schools across Canada to participate in a dedicated Page Program -- students have the opportunity to witness the legislative process firsthand and work on a part-time basis during their first year of study at a university in the National Capital region
  • House of Commons Administration manages a summer student employment program, offering positions in a variety of disciplines including information services, finance, procedural services, the Office of the Clerk and human resources
Students participating in the House of Commons Administration's Page Program at a welcome session for the new recruits  

Highlights

Industry Legislative Bodies
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,681
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives in partnership with other parliamentary institutions, House of Commons Administration manages the Many Facets of Parliament Hill program to provide employees with a unique opportunity to understand the history behind their workplace, explore little-known places on Parliament Hill and connect with employees from different parliamentary institutions

The Career Directory

House of Commons Administration has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Charles Robert, Clerk of the House of Commons and a page in the Chamber during Question Period

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Legislative Bodies
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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