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Jan 29th, 2020

News release: Ottawa Community Housing Corporation named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2020

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(OTTAWA, ON) January 29, 2020 – Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) is honoured to have been named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the third straight year. OCHC is passionate about supporting its employees as they help to nurture healthy, safe and inclusive communities for tenants.

“We are proud because we make a difference every day. We are once again honoured to be named one of the region’s top employers. Ottawa Community Housing is an exceptional place to work because of our talented staff and their commitment to providing excellent service,” said Stéphane Giguère CEO of OCHC.

Now in its 15th 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 workspace; 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 provide support and services to approximately 32,000 tenants. 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.

“Our staff are leaders in their field and have received recognition for their work outside OCHC. We have also been recognized for our board and committee governance for the last three years. We strive towards the future, by continually trying to improve what we do and learning when we can excel and when we can do better,” said Giguère.

OCHC employees, and the programs they spearhead, have been recognized by many.

Four of our 24/7 Call Centre staff were awarded for their excellence in customer service by the Ottawa Regional Contact Centre Association.

“As Chair of Ottawa Community Housing’s Board of Directors, I continue to be proud of the organization’s work to foster a team environment and provide the best experience to our tenants. It is an honour to be named a top employer of the National Capital Region. This distinction recognizes OCHC as a great place to work,” said Councillor Mathieu Fleury.

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

“Staff are truly proud to work at Ottawa Community Housing Corporation. We work as if it is our own community and continually try to improve what we do,” 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 390 full-time staff, and 28 part-time staff.
  • The organization hired 51 new employees last year.
  • 36 students were hired last year for paid internships in all departments through the Summer Student Program.
  • OCH Employees raised $7,000 through the Workplace Charitable Campaign
  • The Employee Volunteer Program completed 12 projects with 199 employees for a total of 515 hours in 2019.

Media Contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Communications Media Specialist