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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:

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

Employment Ontario Centre - 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor

Staff are available to provide you with on-site employment counselling, help with your job search, and answer questions about training and apprenticeship. Childcare is available on site and parking is free.  Learn about the different youth programs available, including Youth Job Link and Youth Job Connection.

Services available in the Youth programs include: 

  • Seasonal/part-time/full-time employment opportunities 
  • Career exploration and career management  
  • Job search, job readiness and job matching  
  • Summer employment 
  • Paid pre-employment workshop training 
  • Employment and Computer workshops

How to Apply

  • Drop-in: Employment Ontario Centre, 370 Catherine St. 1st. floor
  • Email:
  • Call: 613-580-2424 ext. 14372

Job skills workshops

Please drop-in at 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor, or call 613-580-2424 ext. 14372 to register for any of the following workshops. All workshops are delivered at 370 Catherine Street, 1st floor, unless otherwise indicated.

Computer workshops

Introduction to computers

Learn the basics of Windows and word processing

Date Time
Friday September 7, 2018 9:30 am to noon

MS Word 

Word processing using MS Word

Date Time
Friday September 14, 2018 9:30 am to noon

MS Excel

Learn the basics of using spreadsheets

Date Time
Friday September 28, 2018 9:30 am to noon


Learn how to send e-mail

Date Time
Tuesday September 11, 2018 9:30 am to noon

MS PowerPoint

Learn the basics about creating a presentation

Date Time
Monday September 17, 2018 9:30 am to noon

Employment workshops

Career Cruising

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

Date Time
Every Wednesday 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Social media

Learn about Social Media and job search

Date Time
Tuesday September 25, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Building a better résumé

Learn how to create an effective resume and cover letter that will get you that interview

Date Time
Tuesday September 4, 2018 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday September 20, 2018 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thursday September 20, 2018 Delivered at the Employment and Social Services Centre East 2339 Ogilvie Road. 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Acing the interview

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

Date Time
Thursday September 6, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Tuesday September 18, 2018 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Planning your career

Learn about the labour market, and how to use labour market information for career decision making

Date Time
Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am

How to shine in the workplace and keep your job

Learn techniques for being successful in the workplace

Date Time
Thursday September 27, 2018 9:30 am to 11:30 am

You September also be interested in participating in other employment-related workshops offered through the various Social Services Centres. For more information, visit: Job Skills Workshops.

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.