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OCHC and MP Chandra Arya celebrated student employees working at the corporation as part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program

OTTAWA August 15, 2018  – This morning, Stéphane Giguère, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, and Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament for Nepean, presented certificates to OCHC’s student employees taking part in this government’s Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Once again this year, Ottawa Community Housing is thrilled to be able to provide students with the opportunity to gain real-life workplace experience by being hired at OCHC through the Canada Summer Jobs Program,” said Giguère. “Students are employed in a variety of roles, in many departments across the corporation, and through the promotion of learning and education in the workplace, students have the opportunity to be better prepared for their future careers.

This placement for students is made possible with the financial support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs Program.  The Program provides wage subsidies for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses. This year, OCHC received a total of $127,680 in funding and was able to hire over 50 students.

Canada’s youth aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re the leaders of today. With the Canada Summer Jobs Program youth are able to gain valuable work experience, enabling them to grow in their career paths early on. We’ve seen the youth unemployment rate drop ‎2.3 per cent over the past two years and we know that these kinds of programs make a real difference in helping youth kick-start their‎ careers.

During his visit to OCHC, Arya met with the 18 students who work or live in his constituency and presented them with certificates for their participation in the program. Arya talked about the positive impact of working for OCHC and thanked the students, as well as OCHC employees for their time and commitment in delivering services to 32,000 tenants. CEO Stéphane Giguère was also presented with a certificate in recognition of OCHC’s participation in the program and in employing students who are learning and helping build stronger communities.

Quick facts – 2018 Summer Students Program

  • OCHC received $127,680 in funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program
  • OCHC was able to employ 52 students
  • The funding covers close to 40% of the total salary for each student

The departments/positions the students are in include:

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Architectural Field
  • Business and Technology
  • Chief Executive Office Administrative
  • Community Safety Services Administrative
  • Development Field
  • Finance
  • Graphic Designer/Videographer
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Analyst

Other Resources
Canada Summer Jobs Program

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About OCH

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) provides approximately 15,000 homes to over 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 awarded National Capital Region Top Employer in 2018.


Melany Chretien, Manager of Corporate Communications

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