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Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2021):

  • Hydro Ottawa manages the Brighter Tomorrows community invest 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 invests in the education of current and future generations with tuition subsidies for job-related courses for employees, as well as academic scholarships for children of employees (up to $2,500 per child per year)
  • 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) -- additionally, the organization offers a generous IVF subsidy for parents-to-be (up to $15,000)
Hydro Ottawa employees participated in Bell Let's Talk Day last year  

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 701
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 39.4 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
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
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, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)

COVID-19

Pandemic response moved as many employees as possible to work-from-home arrangements early in the pandemic, provided regular online updates for employees and their families, hosted virtual celebrations throughout the year to keep employees in touch

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

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • As part of Hydro Ottawa's in-house "Go Paperless" campaign to encourage customers to move to electronic billing and payment methods, the company has planted over 14,000 trees in the Ottawa region
  • 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 -- working towards its modest goal of becoming the "largest municipally-owned producer of green power"
  • 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 2 charging stations throughout the Ottawa area
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 686
Part-time employees in Canada 34
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 greening of the fleet (40 per cent of vehicles have green technology incorporated, from hybrids to battery-powered lifts and buckets on trucks), expanded paperless e-billing campaign for customers (and has planted over 14,400 trees as part of this campaign), focused on expanding its green power generation portfolio to be the largest municipally-owned producer of green power (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 being designed to meet LEED Gold standard, hydroelectric production and solar power generation facilities (enough to power 82,000 homes), covered bicycle parking, building automation systems, new head office facility features water conservation systems that include a 55 per cent reduction in water use
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 per cent diversion rate for non-hazardous materials)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships Envari Energy Solutions (established the service to help large commercial, industrial and infrastructure customers reduce their energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and costs), 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), partnership with the FLO network to install 100 Level 2 charging stations for residential customers, solar panel installation partnership with the City of Ottawa (has installed capacity to power up to 300 homes for a year thus far), ongoing partnership with the "Zibi" project (sustainable development project incorporating sustainability and green design)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Hydro Ottawa was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • Hydro Ottawa participates in the Youth Futures 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 is used to train powerline technician students and apprentices on how to work safely near high-voltage conductors
  • Hydro Ottawa offers aspiring individuals an entry point into the workforce through various apprenticeship programs, such as powerline maintenance, power cable maintenance, and station electricity, to name a few -- the organization also provides journeyperson apprentices with nation-wide certification and covers preparation and certification fees
Hydro Ottawa employees meet at one of the head office's collaborative workspaces  

Highlights

Industry Electric power distribution
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 701
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities engineering intern training and development program (includes a professional engineer "quarterback", separate from their supervisor, to coach, mentor and monitor progress), Student Hack-a-Thon (previously called the Student Apprentice competition, students work to provide new ideas and solutions to the organization's real business challenges)
Additional highlights Student Living Our Values Award presented to a summer co-op student who best embodies Hydro Ottawa's organizational values, 3-year pilot project called "We Saved You a Seat" (part of Algonquin College's Powerline Technician Diploma Program, aims to reserve 30% of classroom seats for women in STEM programs), Hydro Ottawa Women in Powerline Award ($2,500 scholarship awarded to a first-year female student in the Algonquin College and Hydro Ottawa Powerline Technician Diploma Program)
Dedicated employee resource group Youth Council provides networking opportunities and insights on issues that involve youth at the organization
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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 placements available in communications, human resources, customer service, field operations, engineering, finance, and IT, 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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