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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 (2019):

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

  • 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)
  • Hydro Ottawa celebrates exceptional performance and achievement through a number of award categories, including teamwork, integrity, excellence, customer service, co-worker service or community service, and "living our values" -- winners are recognized at an annual Employee Forum and Recognition Event and are also invited to the President & Chief Executive Officer Luncheon with members of the executive management team
  • 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 to encourage employees to stay connected
Hydro Ottawa apprentices standing in front of the company's fleet  

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 680
Part-time employees in Canada 29
Average age of employees in Canada 42 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, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
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 (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • 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 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
  • An industry partner with Algonquin College's Applied Research Program since 2013, Hydro Ottawa initiated a project to develop a Live Line Simulator -- multiple cohorts of students worked and built upon phases of a prototype jacket, ultimately leading to a patent application in 2017 -- the live line simulation jacket will be used to train Powerline Technician students and apprentices on how to work safely near high-voltage conductors
Hydro Ottawa employees participate in the Capital Pride parade  

Highlights

Industry Electric power distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 680
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, in-house career planning services, mentoring, 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 'quarterback', separate from their supervisor to coach, mentor and monitor progress), in-house apprenticeship programs for powerline maintainers, cable jointers, station electricians, meter technicians and system operators (offered in partnership with Algonquin College), provides field instruction to Algonquin College students in the Powerline Technician Diploma program, is an approved powerline technician Training Delivery Agent for all four apprenticeship levels to certification

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

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

  • Hydro Ottawa recently launched a Women's Council to help champion related initiatives and organized an offsite event with guest speakers to celebrate International Women's Day
  • In the past year, Hydro Ottawa expanded its mental health awareness involvement by participating in Mental Health Week activities and offering Not Myself Today resources for employees
Employee Jennie St-Martin sharing her personal story and perspective on creating accessible and inclusive workplaces at an event held by Hydro Ottawa's Employment Accessibility Resource Network  
Growing up my family faced a lot of challenges with mental illness. My one brother has schizophrenia and not until his early 30's did he finally recognize and accept help. My other two brothers suffer from depression, drug addictions and suicidal tendencies. Hydro Ottawa has helped me to better understand how to both cope and support my family, and to truly understand what it means to suffer from a mental illness. Here at Hydro Ottawa, it's about ending the stigma and being the support mechanism for those who need it. Without understanding what drives mental illness and the stigma that is attached to it, we will never truly understand the hidden stories and the challenges people deal with alone each day. Spencer W., Manager, Customer Experience

Highlights

Industry Electric power distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 680
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 Committee, Pride Network
Diversity training and awareness bias awareness training, cross-cultural competency training, is piloting training for mental health leadership certification
Diversity highlights events for Mental Health Week, external career mentoring pilot program with In-TAC for new Canadians who have education in IT or finance, participates 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 Employment Accessibility Resource Network, Hire Immigrants Ottawa (participates in related networking and coaching events and conferences)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Hydro Ottawa continues to expand its hydroelectric capacity as well as invest in alternative energy for the future, partnering with the City of Ottawa to install solar panels on eight municipal buildings as well as plans for additional installations on former industrial sites in the city.
  • In addition to ongoing efforts to green its fleet (from vehicles to boom trucks), Hydro Ottawa recently established a partnership with FLO, the country's largest electric vehicle charging network, to install 100 level two charging stations throughout the Ottawa area
Staff on Hydro Ottawa's conservation team presenting its message to the local community  

Highlights

Industry Electric power distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 680
Employee green team 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 greening of the fleet (40 percent of vehicles have green technology incorporated, from hybrids to battery power lifts and buckets on trucks), expanded paperless e-billing campaign for customers (and has planted over 14,400 trees as part of this campaign)
Building footprint includes new facilities being designed to meet LEED Gold standard, expanded hydro-electric production and solar power generation facilities (enough to power 82,000 homes), covered bicycle parking
Extended recycling tracks non-hazardous and liquid waste diversion rates, achieving a 90 percent diversion rate over the past decade
Commuter amenities partnership with FLO, Canada's largest EV charging network, to install 100 level two charging stations, walk to public transit, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Carbon 613 (local business initiative to help businesses achieve sustainability goals), Ellwood Energy Storage Project (partnership to build a 4MW ion battery energy storage facility), LED streetlight conversion project with the City of Ottawa, solar panel installation partnership with the City of Ottawa (installing arrays on eight municipal buildings and plans for installations on former industrial sites), partnership with the "Zibi" development project (sustainable development project)

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
Full-time employees in Canada 500 to 750
Parent company Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
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, mentoring, in-house career planning services, 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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