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Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2022):

  • Hydro Ottawa celebrates exceptional performance and achievement through a number of awards, including the Living Our Values award, the CEO's Award for Innovation and Productivity, awards for leadership excellence, emerging leaders and safety excellence, and the President's Commendation for Safety
  • Hydro Ottawa manages the Brighter Tomorrows community investment program, which focuses on three priority areas of education and capacity building; renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation; and health, safety and wellness -- and encourages employee involvement with a paid day off to volunteer and matching employee donations
  • Hydro Ottawa provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 90 per cent of salary for up to 25 weeks) and parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 90 per cent of salary for up to 10 weeks)
Staff at Hydro Ottawa meet in one of the office's collaborative spaces  

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 17
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 43 years
Benefits note Hydro Ottawa has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,500 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting
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, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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 Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Hydro Ottawa’s annual Go Paperless campaign in partnership with CHEO encourages customers to opt for e-billing or automated payments, donating $5 to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) for every customer that registers -- since the partnership with CHEO began in 2015, the utility has raised nearly half-a-million dollars for the hospital
  • Hydro Ottawa's food service operations use a four-stream waste collection system that includes a unique onsite dehydration of organic materials for compost, as well as using sustainable takeout food packaging that is biodegradable or compostable
  • 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 (with plans for additional installations) and the expansion of hydroelectric facilities in Québec and New York -- and has become the largest municipally owned producer of green power in Ontario
A power line apprentice at Hydro Ottawa   (Photo credit: Zambonin)

Highlights

Industry Electric power distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 650
Part-time employees in Canada 17
Employee green team Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Human Resources Officer
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Sustainability Roadmap (updated strategy working towards the designation of a Sustainable Electricity Company, managed by the Canadian Electricity Association)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights continues to expand and update its green power generation portfolio to become the largest municipally owned producer of green power in Ontario (including a mix of hydroelectric, solar and landfill gas power generation)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, new facilities are being designed to meet LEED Gold standard, building automation systems, new head office facility features water conservation systems that include a 55% reduction in water use, cool (reflective) roofs in new constructions
Extended recycling four-stream waste collection system includes the onsite dehydration of organic materials for compost, diversion initiatives for solid and liquid wastes (has consistently achieved a 90% diversion rate for non-hazardous materials)
Commuter amenities covered bicycle parking, greening of the fleet (40% of vehicles have green technology incorporated, from hybrids to battery-powered lifts and buckets on trucks), partnership with the City of Ottawa to install EV charging stations at municipal facilities (also for public use) and 8 additional Tesla super-charging stations at a downtown shopping mall, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships Envirocentre/Carbon 613 (local business initiative to help businesses achieve sustainability goals), MaRS Advanced Energy Centre (partnership to explore innovation opportunities), solar panel installation partnership with the City of Ottawa (has installed capacity to power up to 300 homes for a year and planning for new solar farm installations), continues to expand paperless billing programs (over half of its customers have moved to paperless billing), partners with local schools sponsoring two educational energy programs for kindergarten and elementary school students, Envari Energy Solutions (established the service to help large commercial, industrial and public infrastructure customers reduce their energy consumption and costs -- through a LED conversion initiative, the City of Ottawa has reduced street lighting energy consumption by 60%)

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 employees working in one of many collaboration spaces throughout the facilities

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, 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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