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Jobs for youth with the City

Working at the City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers rewarding career opportunities. Working at the City benefits neighbours, local businesses and visitors alike by helping make Ottawa one of the best places in the world to live.

Visit Jobs with the City to find out about full-time and part-time opportunities at the City of Ottawa. There, you will also find frequently asked questions (FAQs) and how to apply online. A number of seasonal part-time opportunities are also available in Recreation and Culture.

For all inquiries please contact the HR Service Centre at 613-580-2424, ext. 47411.

Lifeguard and swimming instructors

If you are thinking of applying for a position with the City of Ottawa as a lifeguard or swimming instructor, there are certain hiring and screening requirements that must be met. National Lifeguard Service (NLS), Standard First Aid, CPR level-C, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI), LSS Lifesaving Instructor, Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and Oxygen Therapy or Airway Management represent pre-requisites for hire with the City of Ottawa. A complete list of certification courses is included in the Certification section of the Specialty Swimming eGuide.

Visit Jobs in Aquatics for additional information about the entry-level qualifications, hiring process and screening requirements. You can also email the Aquatics Hiring Team at

Summer Student Employment Program

Hunting for a summer job is actually a winter job! The prime objective of the Summer Student Employment Program is to give students experience in a dynamic work place environment and offer learning opportunities that will develop and improve their skills for future employment.

Check out the great opportunities that are available for Summer Jobs with the City of Ottawa. Find out about eligibility criteria, browse through an Important Facts and Information section, and learn all you need to know about Criminal Record Checks. Remember to look for the application deadlines (usually near the end of February every year)... they may differ according to the job category.

Help finding a job

EO virtual services available during COVID-19 closures

The City of Ottawa Employment Ontario is open virtually!

Our Employment Specialists can help you:

  • Write your resume and cover letter
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Find information on apprenticeships
  • Register for free live online employment workshops
  • By offering employers financial incentives to hire you
  • Receive financial support for attending online workshops (for youth aged 16-29)
  • With online applications for financial help such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Register for online training - Over 150 interactive courses to help you get a job, including:
    • Career planning
    • Building a resume and cover letter
    • Help with networking and interviewing
    • Building effective communication, customer service, problem solving, teamwork, and time management skills

Please contact us to find out how we can support you and your job search:

By email:

By phone: 613-580-2424 ext. 14372

Online employment workshops

Career Cruising

Try out the amazing Career Matchmaker, and explore and find the career of your dreams.

Date Time
Friday January 7, 2022 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Friday January 21, 2022 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Building a better résumé

Be better prepared to write an effective resume: Learn how to structure your resume and best describe your work experiences and accomplishments.

Date Time
Tuesday January 4, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday January 18, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Monday January 20, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Acing the interview

Learn how to prepare yourself for an interview and explore common interview questions

Date Time
Wednesday January 5, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Wednesday January 19, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday January 25, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Success in the workplace

Tips and tools to help you land the job you want, succeed in the workplace, and move ahead in your career

Date Time
Thursday January 6, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Thursday January 20, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

How to make the most of a virtual job fair and interview 

Learn how to stand out and get noticed in a virtual job fair and interview

Date Time
Tuesday January 13, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am

How to apply for City of Ottawa jobs

Learn how to create an external profile in e-recruitment and apply

Date Time

MS Word

Introduction to MS Word

Date Time
Thursday January 27, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

MS Excel

Introduction to MS Excel

Date Time
Monday January 17, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Apprenticeship workshop

Learn about skilled trades and apprenticeship

Date Time
Friday January 14, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Getting ready for job search

Learn the importance of self-care in job search and how self-discovery can improve your job search outcomes

Date Time
Monday January 10, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Explore your training options

Explore different training options

Date Time
Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Social Media and job search

How to use Social Media as a job search tool

Date Time
Wednesday January 26, 2022 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

SAO information session

Learn about our free training program, focused on light and heavy duty cleaning/Hospitality, which includes skills training, workplace skills and job search supports

Date Time
Tuesday January 11, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tuesday January 25, 2022 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tuesday January 11, 2022 - in french 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Tuesday January 25, 2022 - in french 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Resources at the Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library has resources and services that will support you when you are looking for a job, changing careers, going to school, or upgrading your skills.

Get one-on-one assistance with career planning, job hunting research, and resumes. Email: to make an appointment.

Student work placements

To inquire about completing an unpaid work placement at the City of Ottawa as part of your academic program at school, please contact the HR Service Centre at, via 3-1-1 or 613-580-2424 ext. 47411

Starting a business

Information about starting a business

The City of Ottawa has compiled a list of resources and contact information for starting and growing your business. You may also want to check out:

Entrepreneurial services

Public Library (OPL) Business Services

Public Library (OPL) Business Services offers new entrepreneurs a range of information from marketing to how-to-start a business. Business librarians provide one-on-one business consultations, by appointment, at all library branches. Contact your local library branch or email a business librarian directly to make an appointment:

Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa (the City of Ottawa's economic development initiative) offers a number of services to people who are thinking about self-employment or who are interested in growing their business. In addition to seminars and networking opportunities, Invest Ottawa offers advice on starting a business and mentorship from people who have experienced the opportunities and challenges of self-employment.

Ottawa Home Based Business Guide

The Ottawa Home Based Business Guide assists entrepreneurs looking to start a home-based business, as well as for existing home-based business owners looking for additional resources.

Permits and licenses

BizPaL is an online, one-stop service for entrepreneurs that simplifies the process of finding information on business permits and licences from all levels of government - federal, provincial, and municipal. Simply answer a series of questions to obtain a list of permits and licences specific to your business activities, which includes basic information and links to more details where available.