UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Searching for a job can be challenging at any time but now this process can seem even more daunting. The staff of the Ottawa Public Library have brought together this collection of resources to help with your search. There are a variety of government and non-profit agencies that are working to get Canadians back to work as quickly as possible.

City of Ottawa: Employment Resources

The City of Ottawa provides a list of local resources available for those who are searching for employment and financial assistance.

Ottawa Public Library: Jobs and Careers Resources

The Ottawa Public Library has resources, job searching guides and online programs to support you with your career goals during this time of uncertainty.

Champlain Local Health Integration Network

The Champlain Health Network works with people of all ages to ensure they can make informed choices about their health care. They have useful information about local community support service agencies and work to connect people to these services. Here they highlight their list of services available for people with disabilities to provide them employment assistance.

St. Lawrence College: Employment Service

St. Lawrence College Employment Service’s vision is to connect people and enhance the economic strength of Eastern Ontario. The service assists job seekers with their career and employment goals. Services are provided virtually and by phone. Online workshops are available.

Community Employment Resource Centre

The Community Employment Resource Centre (CERC) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides guidance, support and connections to help job seekers succeed. CERC is a service of the John Howard Society of Ottawa and is funded in part by the Government of Canada. They offer a range of free services and resources to help you find the right job or training. 

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

The Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is a community-based, multi-service centre. They strive to meet the needs of their diverse community. They are in the west end of Ottawa and service the Bayshore, Pinecrest, Lincoln Fields, Carlingwood and Nepean Centrepointe neighbourhoods. This page has employment resources and is available in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Persian, and Russian.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Employment Services

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is one of the largest and most comprehensive non‑profit agencies serving youth in this community. More than 350 caring professionals work from 20 locations across the city to deliver a vast range of programs and services that support at‑risk youth and their families. During this time the centres are closed but they are providing support by phone and email.

YMCA-YWCA: Employment Services

The YMCA-YWCA of Ottawa is a leading resource for health, fitness and recreation, childcare and social services They provide employment and newcomer services including links to training and apprenticeship programs, language assessment and job referral centre.

Vanier Community Service Centre: Employment Services

The Vanier Community Service Centre is a francophone organization offering a range of services in French and English to improve the quality of life for citizens of Ottawa-Vanier and surroundings. During the pandemic the centre continues to offer employment services and support both by phone and email. They continue to post job opportunities and offer online workshops.

Employment Accessibility Resource Network

The Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN) is a community initiative, led by the United Way of Eastern Ontario. It brings together employers and service providers to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and promote inclusive and accessible workplaces. They provide targeted recruitment and networking opportunities for employers and job seekers with disabilities, “Job Match” conference calls, learning events for both employers and community partners and regular communication on employment and disability issues.

Government of Ontario: Jobs and Employment

The Government of Ontario has a resource to support and connect job seekers and employers. There are important work opportunities in essential jobs across Ontario. Access information on important sectors like the agriculture, agri-food and food industry, as well frontline health care sectors. On this site you can search for jobs or post a job that is available in Ontario. There is also information about apprenticeship and training opportunities.

Ontario Employment: Employment Resource Centre 

The Employment Resource Centre (ERC) is a not-for-profit community-based organization that provides high quality employment services to the Ottawa and Russell country community. ERC is a service of La Cité and is funded by the Government of Ontario. They work to connect employers with job seekers. They provide specific information for people seeking work during the pandemic.

Government of Canada: Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Have you stopped working because of COVID-19? The Government of Canada introduced the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week. This page explains whether you should apply for Employment Insurance or CERB, and how to apply for benefits. 

Government of Canada: Job Bank

The Job Bank is Canada’s national employment service, helping Canadians find work and plan their careers. The Government of Canada also makes it easier for employers to recruit and hire across the country through the Job Bank. This program is provided in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments. They have brought together job and career options available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online resources

  • Homepage for Worxica
    Worxica, a curated job vacancy archive, is Canada's first free big data job market research tool. It's built specifically for job seekers and recruiters. The tools is a curated, online archive of two million Canadian job vacancies advertised over the...
  • Homepage for Lynda.com
    With over 4,000 video courses from top experts, Lynda.com is the place to go for learning technology, creative and business skills you can use today.
    Lynda.com will be upgraded to LinkedIn Learning on January 13, 2021. For more detailed information, please check the blog post “Lynda.com upgrading to LinkedIn Learning”
  • Homepage for Toutapprendre
    Free and unlimited online courses in French. Learn languages, sewing, singing, coding for kids, and more!

Resource List

E-book Employment Resourcesby SueTLibrary

A collection of e-book resources available to help you find new employment. Help with career choices and development, job interviews and resumes