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City of Ottawa hosts a career showcase at city hall   (Photo credit: Phil Renaud)

Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2020):

  • City of Ottawa maintains a Workplace Wellness and Productivity Network to provide employees with access to resources on well-being, physical, mental and emotional health, as well as training to help managers incorporate wellness into the workplace -- the city also organizes events for Mental Health Week on a number of related topics, including mindfulness and mental health, stress and financial counselling
  • City of Ottawa offers comprehensive learning and development opportunities for employees at various stages of their careers, including acting assignments or secondments (internal or external opportunities), coaching circles, job shadowing and special short-term assignments outside of an employees' current role
  • City of Ottawa designated June as Employee Recognition Month and manages an extensive program to celebrate and honour exceptional performance in a variety of areas, including creativity and innovation, diversity and inclusion, heroism and lifetime achievement
Employees at the City of Ottawa's emergency command centre  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1855
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 11,288
Part-time employees in Canada 5,692
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 47.1 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
Flexible 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
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why Ottawa, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

  • City of Ottawa organizes Diversity Cafes to provide employees with opportunities to talk about related experiences and issues -- recent topics include mental health, transgender awareness and francophone diversity in the workplace
  • City of Ottawa developed a municipal and immigration strategy in partnership with Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, which aims to improve the social and economic integration of newcomers and immigrants
  • City of Ottawa manages a Youth Futures program to provide leadership training, work experience and mentoring for immigrants, visible minorities and people living in poverty
Jephtée Elysée, City of Ottawa employee  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 11,288
Part-time employees in Canada 5,692
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives City Manager
Formal commitment Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach Unit responsible for overseeing the city's initiatives, Reconciliation Action Plan, corporate diversity plan, municipal immigration strategy
Recruitment initiatives participated in 26 outreach events and career fairs for diverse groups in 2018, hosted a Career Showcase at city hall to highlight employment opportunities and connect with community partners who support diverse groups, as well as local educational institutions, manages a 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, created the skills development program for young Somali adults (established in partnership with Somali Centre for Family Services, offers over 50 hours of training to prepare candidates for entry-level positions in recreation, culture and facility services)
Training and awareness training on leading a diverse workforce, Steps to Inclusive Hiring best practices, Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook to promote equitable and inclusive interactions between staff and residents
Diversity highlights hosted its 13th annual AccessAbility Day with the theme of physical activity and well-being, City Manager's awards include streams for diversity, events to commemorate important dates such as Ottawa Capital Pride, National Indigenous Peoples Day and Black History Month (to name a few)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Hire Immigrants Ottawa, Employment Accessibility Resource Network, YMCA-YWCA

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