City of Ottawa again among Canada’s top 100 employers


For the fifth consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been named as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada, based on a rigorous annual survey conducted for the Globe and Mail newspaper.


The survey compares employers with other organizations in their field and region to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Every employer on the top 100 list is considered an industry leader in attracting and retaining quality employees.


This is a remarkable honour that every City employee can share,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Through this Globe and Mail project, the City of Ottawa contributes to a shared catalogue of best employment practices for Canadian employers of all sizes. We are proud to be the only municipality that the Globe and Mail has selected as one of Canada’s top 100 employers for five consecutive years, and the only municipality on the 2016 list.”


Last year, the Globe and Mail recognized the City of Ottawa as a Top 100 Employer, a Top National Capital Employer and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.


Every year since the national competition’s inception in 2001, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers survey determines which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.


Employers are evaluated on:

  • Physical workplace
  • Work and social atmosphere
  • Health, financial and family benefits
  • Vacation and time off
  • Employee communications
  • Performance management
  • Training and skills development
  • Community involvement


In selecting the City of Ottawa, judges highlighted the City’s workplace wellness and productivity network, which provides employees with access to resources on physical, mental and emotional health and well-being, and the provision of fitness facilities with low-cost memberships at the largest work locations. They noted the City’s efforts to help employees achieve work-life balance through alternative work arrangements, and lauded the City’s support of ongoing employee education and in-house and online training programs.


“The City of Ottawa continuously works to create a positive, diverse and supportive workplace where employees are encouraged to strive for excellence,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “City employees remain dedicated to delivering client-focused services to our diverse communities.”


For information about career opportunities at the City of Ottawa, visit

OttawaStart Staff


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