Ottawa Community Housing Corporation named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2021

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(OTTAWA, ON) February 2, 2021 – Following today’s announcement, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) is honoured to have been named one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the fourth consecutive year. We celebrate this recognition with our dedicated team of employees who work to build better communities.

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. Staff serve tenants with a variety of skills, include engineering services, accounting, safety and security, maintenance, tenancy administration and community development.

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.

Through the Employee Engagement Program OCHC employees have worked with the Ottawa Foodbank and the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities on three employee volunteer projects this year. Two took place at the Ottawa Foodbank Farm and the other at the Silver Springs Garlic Farm. In our communities, staff volunteers built seven raised garden beds, six planter benches and two picnic tables across seven OCHC communities.

Quotes

“As Chair of Ottawa Community Housing’s Board of Directors, in a challenging year, I have been astounded by the dedication and commitment OCHC Team have shown serving some of our city’s most vulnerable residents. It is an honour to be named a top employer of the National Capital Region.”

Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Chair of the OCH Board of Directors

“Our team has had to innovate and determine ways to continue to deliver services in a remote environment, while continuing to provide essential, front line service in a way that keeps both staff and tenants safe. We are very proud to receive this recognition, but are even more proud of our team, who makes a difference in the lives of tenants every day.”

Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer of OCH

“Recognition by the National Capital Region’s Top Employers shows that we are giving our employees the tools they need to succeed. We have pushed forward on some key initiatives, including launching our Diversity and Inclusion Champions Table and many other initiatives that engage our employees. We are proud of this recognition for the 4th consecutive year in a row.”

Shaun Simms, Vice-President, People, Culture and Communications, OCHC

Quick Facts

  • OCHC has 390 permanent, full-time employees are spread out between head office and five districts.
  • OCHC has worked closely with the City of Ottawa through the Human Needs Task Force to support at-risk tenants since the onset of the pandemic. Staff worked with partner agencies, such as the Red Cross, to do wellness checks on OCHC tenants. From March to January, they contacted more than 16,800 tenants by telephone. Staff and volunteers also knocked on more than 8,000 doors to provide tenants with food and information about support services.
  • Many industry leaders have recognized OCHC employees and the programs they spearhead. In the last year, staff has received recognition for sustainable new builds that increase affordable housing capacity while reducing the Corporation’s carbon footprint. Staff have also received awards for their work to transform OCHC’s corporate culture and for their efforts towards environmental sustainability – both with new builds and retrofits and through an engagement program that reduces consumption and diverts waste.

About OCHC:

OCHC provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
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Jennifer McIntosh
Communications and Marketing Specialist
613-914-9953
jennifer.mcintosh@och.ca