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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.

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.

Youth Futures

Youth Futures is a six month bilingual program (February-August) that supports high school students, aged 16 to 21. The program helps high school students to succeed in post-secondary education and the work force, through leadership development, mentorship, employment placement, and post-secondary orientation. This experience aims to create equitable opportunities that helps youth build successful futures and strong communities.

Youth Futures is a partnership between the City of Ottawa, BGC Ottawa , and the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation. The program is funded, in part by the City of Ottawa’s Housing and Homelessness Investment Plan.