How to apply for jobs online at the City of Ottawa

System Requirements

To register or apply for a job online, you'll need:

  • Internet Explorer (version 6 or 7) OR Firefox (2 or higher). If you use a browser that is not listed here, you may experience rendering or navigational issues
  • Adobe Reader (7.1 or higher)
  • JavaScript enabled
  • Popup blocker turned off

Browse Jobs

Browse jobs at by:

  • Clicking Search Jobs (A Career Search window will open)
  • Leave search criteria blank and click Start to view all jobs


You can register at by:

  • Clicking First Time Visitor Register ( A Career Search window will open)
  • In this window, fill in the mandatory fields indicated by the asterisk (*). Create a unique User Name and Password, click Create Your Profile
  • Once you register, you will enter the eRecruitment tool
  • Start building your Profile/Resume by clicking My Profile/Resume tab

Building your Profile/Resume

Complete the 7 steps listed below to build your Profile/Resume. Help documents for each step can be located by clicking the HELP link on each page.

  • Personal Data
  • Education/Training
  • Work/Volunteer Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Additional Information
  • Attachments
  • Preview

Applying for Jobs

Once your Profile/Resume is complete, apply for jobs by:

  • Clicking My Career Opportunities tab to view the Career Search screen
    • Leave search criteria blank and click Start Search to view all jobs
    • Click on the underlined title of the Job you are interested in viewing
    • A new window will open with the job poster
    • To apply, click Apply otherwise close the window and return to the job search screen
  • Once you click Apply, a window opens to lead you through the application process. Complete every step of the application process (does not have to be done in order)
  • If you are not ready to submit your application, click Close at any time to create a ‘draft’ application. The window will close and return you to the Career Search page
  • If you are ready to apply, go to step 9 (Review Application). Click Send Application. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address
  • If you have not received a confirmation email, you have not successfully applied for the position.  Your application may bestill in “draft” status.  You will need to finalize it by clicking “submit”

Checking on your Application Status

A list of applications you have submitted or have in draft status can be found anytime by:

  • Clicking My Applications tab and review the application status column
    • In Process indicates applications that you have submitted
    • Draft indicates the application has not been submitted
    • Withdrawn indicates the application has been withdrawn
  • To update your Profile/Resume:
    • Follow the tab labeled My Profile/Resume and update your information as required. However, changes to your profile/resume (i.e. steps 1-6) will automatically update all your applications (past and present). Changes you wish to make in your application questionnaires will require you to withdraw your application and resubmit
  • To withdraw your application
    • Click the grey box at the left-hand end of the row to highlight your application
    • Click delete/withdraw and answer the questions
  • If you are the successful candidate, you will be notified of your job offer by email.  The email will direct you to login to eRecruitment where the offer letter will be available under a new tab, ‘My Job Offers’

Other ways to apply

By mail:

City of Ottawa
Recruitment & Staffing
110 Laurier Ave. West, 5th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1


View Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information on applying to jobs online.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.