Employee of the City of Ottawa
Chosen as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2013:
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Feb 18, 2013)
Some of the reasons why City of Ottawa
was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers 2013
- has maintained a diversity and equity policy for over a decade to ensure the City's recruitment practices are equitable and inclusive
- in partnership with the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), developed the Equity and Inclusion Lens, a tool to help identify discrimination and systematic barriers to employment -- the focus of the Lens includes women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, the LGBT community, francophones, rural residents, immigrants, persons living in poverty and youth and senior citizens
- is a member of the Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN), a joint initiative between service providers and employers to help persons with disabilities find employment, and recently hosted a networking event for employers to increase their understanding of accommodation and accessibility
- hosts the annual "AccessAbility Day" to celebrate accessibility and inclusion -- participants of the event also had the opportunity to provide feedback on the City's transportation services, information and communication and human resources management
- manages an Aboriginal Working Committee, co-led by the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition -- the Committee works with community organizations to develop solutions to issues affecting Aboriginals (including employment) and recently hosted a one day event to promote Aboriginal awareness and inclusion
- participates in Algonquin College's Settlement to Employment Program (STEP) to provide work experience to internationally trained engineers and technologists
- also supports new Canadian job-seekers by offering mock interview workshops in partnership with LASI World Skills and also hosts coaching and networking events with Hire Immigrants Ottawa and the Job Match Network
"Growing up as a person with dyslexia you learn how to be a chameleon, you learn that itís better to blend into the background than to subject yourself to judgement. People donít typically place judgement on a person in a wheelchair who requires an elevator to get to work on the 8th floor but whatís your first thought of me when I tell you I need a software program to read for me? It is a truly terrifying experience to self identify and ask for help, far too often this is met with closing doors all around you."
— City of Ottawa Employee
Major Canadian hiring locations: Ottawa ON.
Percentage of employees who are women: 44.81%.
Of managers: 38.71%.
Percentage of employees who are visible minorities: 6.67%.
Of managers: 3.92%.
Average age of all employees: 40.5.
Full-time employees in Canada: 12,103.
Part-time employees in Canada: 4,849.
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