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Jan 30th, 2019

OCHC Named One of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2019

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January 30, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) is honoured to have been named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second straight year. OCHC is passionate about supporting its employees as they help to nurture healthy, safe and inclusive communities for tenants.

“OCHC is about people helping people, and our team strives to achieve higher standards each and every day. It’s a privilege and an honour to be named one of the region’s top employers and to highlight our talented and innovative team that continue to make OCHC an exceptional place to work,” said CEO Stéphane Giguère.

Now in its 14th year, the National Capital Region’s Top Employers is a special designation that recognizes industry leaders throughout the National Capital Region that offer exceptional workplaces.

Employers are evaluated based on eight criteria: physical work space, work atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development, and community involvement.

OCHC employees are instrumental in providing support and services to approximately 32,000 tenants and the management team works tirelessly to provide its staff with an environment where they can work, grow, learn and share their passion for helping others. The values of collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence are at the core of everything OCHC does.

“We are so proud of our team’s achievements. Recently, one of our employees was recognized for his more than 20 years of service at OCHC with the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s Lifetime Service Award. That’s the kind of exceptional people who work here,” said Giguère.

OCHC employees, and the programs they spearhead, have been recognized by many – including our partner agencies and the local business community.

OCHC was also awarded a VOscar in 2018 for Outstanding Volunteer Program, which is given to a non-profit organization in the Ottawa area that has built a thriving volunteer program. OCHC was also awarded a 2018 BOB (Best Ottawa Business) Award for its performance in social entrepreneurship; another example of its innovation and continuous improvement.

“As Chair of Ottawa Community Housing Corporation’ Board of Directors, I am proud of the organization for being named a top employer of the National Capital Region. This distinction recognizes OCHC as a great place to work and is a testament to the passion of our team”, said Councillor Mathieu Fleury.

The OCHC team has launched many innovative programs and is dedicated to providing tenants with meaningful opportunities to succeed and creating brighter futures.

“Staff are truly proud to work at Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. Our team is changing lives at OCHC,” said Giguère.


About Ottawa Community Housing Corporation: OCHC is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa and the second largest in Ontario. The organization prides itself on nurturing safe, healthy and inclusive communities. Ottawa Community Housing currently administers approximately 15,000 homes and houses close to 32,000 tenants including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with disabilities.

Quick Facts:

  • OCHC has 367 full-time staff, and 22 part-time staff.
  • The organization hired 50 new employees last year.
  • Upwards of 50 students were hired last year for paid internships in all departments through the Summer Student Program.
  • OCHC refreshed its Learning and Development Policy to take a more holistic view and promote a range of continuous learning options.
  • OCH Employees raised $14,000 through the Workplace Charitable Campaign

The following milestones were celebrated in 2018:

  • 5 employees with 30 Years of Service
  • 2 employees with 25 Years of Service
  • 1 employee with 20 Years of Service



Featured (left to right): Gwen Cox (Department Coordinator, Organizational Effectiveness), Cindy Newell (Director of Human Resources), Stéphane Giguère (Chief Executive Officer), Shaun Simms (Vice President, People and Culture), and Valerie Poirier (Business Analyst).

Media Contact:

Nathaniel Mullin

Communications Media Specialist