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Hydro Ottawa
A staff member of Hydro Ottawa at work in an operations centre   (Photo credit: Luther Caverly)

Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018):

  • Hydro Ottawa provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 90% of salary for up to 25 weeks) and parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 90% of salary for up to 10 weeks) -- additionally, the organization offers a generous IVF subsidy for parents-to-be (up to $15,000)
  • Along with helping employees save for the future, Hydro Ottawa maintains a dedicated engagement strategy for experienced employees and retirees -- as part of the initiative, the organization established a Retiree Association in the past year to encourage employees to stay connected
  • Hydro Ottawa manages "AMP UP", an employee suggestion program for ideas that help benefit the company, from increased revenues to lower costs and safer working conditions -- employees are entered into a draw for an additional vacation day for each of their suggestions
Hydro Ottawa employees volunteering their time and talent with Ottawa Community Housing  

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 650
Part-time employees in Canada 29
Average age of employees in Canada 43.3 years
Longest serving employee 43 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, 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
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
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

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

  • 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
  • Hydro Ottawa collaborated with Algonquin College to develop and deliver the College's 2-year Powerline Technician Diploma Program, with the College providing classroom instruction to students and Hydro Ottawa employees delivering safety and skills instruction in a practical field environment
  • Hydro Ottawa recently participated in Youth Futures, a program created by the City of Ottawa and the University of Ottawa to offer employment opportunities for high school students from low-income families and communities
Apprentices at Hydro Ottawa  

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 650
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
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 Youth Council to provide networking opportunities and generate insights on issues that involve youth at the organization, Engineering Intern Training and Development program for recent grads (includes a Professional Engineer mentor, separate from their supervisor), in-house apprenticeship programs for powerline maintainers, cable jointers, station electricians, meter technicians and system operators (offered in partnership with Algonquin College), is an approved powerline technician Training Delivery Agent for all four apprenticeship levels to certification

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • Hydro Ottawa focuses on developing diverse pipelines of talent and works with Employment Accessibility Resource Network and the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities at Carleton University to provide summer student employment opportunities -- and, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, piloted the Youth Futures program, 6-week employment opportunities for a high school student from a low-income family
  • Hydro Ottawa participates in National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA's Power of Trades initiative, a pre-employment program to help internationally trained tradespeople and immigrants access employment opportunities
Hydro Ottawa employees celebrating diversity at Capital Pride 2017 in Ottawa  
"My first Pride Week with Hydro Ottawa was truly inspirational and fulfilling as we had a transgender person speak to our employees about their struggles in the workplace while transitioning. Listening to their story and reflecting on the work the Pride Network was undertaking made me realize that the Pride Network was helping to bring down barriers LBGTQ people face in the workplace and that we were encouraging our employees to express themselves as who they feel they are." Nathan K., Labour Relations Advisor

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 650
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Human Resources Officer
Formal commitment Diversity Council
Employee resource groups Youth Council, Accessibility Council, Pride Network
Diversity training and awareness bias awareness training, cross-cultural competency training
Diversity highlights events for Mental Health Week including a speaker series, piloted external career mentoring program with InTac for new Canadians who have education in IT or finance, participated in Capital Pride Parade, partners with Ottawa Catholic School Board's JourneyUp! program to encourage young women in high school to consider a career in trades
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Hire Immigrants Ottawa (participates in related networking and coaching events and conferences), Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Hydro Ottawa is one of the largest municipally-owned producers of green energy with an expanding portfolio of hydro-electric production facilities in Canada and nearby New York state, additional solar power generation capacity, landfill gas generation facilities and a unique partnership to build a 4MW ion battery energy storage facility
  • Hydro Ottawa maintains an ongoing program to green its fleet, from a policy to reduce idling to replacing vehicles with more efficient, cleaner alternatives such as electric and hybrid cars, hybrid pick-up trucks, a hybrid bucket truck and flex-fuel vehicles -- the organization also recently partnered with Carlton University to study electric grid capacity in support of the ever-increasing number of electric vehicles on the road
Employees working on the implementation of Hydro Ottawa's Conservation and Demand Management Initiatives with various channel partners  

Highlights

Industry Electric Power Distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 650
Employee green team Hydro Ottawa Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Human Resources Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Sustainability Strategy (strategy has three priorities: reducing carbon footprint, greening procurement and supply chain, and building a culture of environmental sustainability)
Green highlights LED streetlight conversion project with the City of Ottawa, expanded paperless e-billing initiative (over 25 percent of its customers), printing rationalization program (reduced the number of printers and subsequent paper consumption), The Student Apprentice (a program to engage its summer students to make recommendations to senior personnel on how to improve environmental sustainability, past recommendations include the establishment of an employee Green Team and the Hydro Ottawa Mobile App to incentivize customers to make payments online)
Extended recycling tracks non-hazardous and liquid waste diversion rates, achieving a 92 percent diversion rate in 2016
Commuter amenities 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 Carbon 613 (local business initiative to help businesses achieve sustainability goals), Ellwood Energy Storage Project (4MW ion battery energy storage facility being built by Canadian Solar), Fridge & Freezer Pick Up program (encourages customers to use more energy efficient appliances), "peaksaverPLUS" program (residential energy management), saveONenergy Retrofit Program (commercial energy management)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, expanded hydro-electric production and solar power generation facilities (enough to power 82,000 homes), covered bicycle parking, 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.
Hydro Ottawa powerline technician

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 500 to 750
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 Engineering Intern, Apprentice Power Line Maintainer, Apprentice Station Electrician, Apprentice Cable Jointer, CAD/GIS Technician, Administrative Assistant, Communications Officer, Human Resources Assistant/Advisor, Accounts Receivable Settlement Associate, CDM Sales Support, Project Validation Agent, Meter to Cash Help Desk Agent, IT Service Desk Technician
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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