Where we work: Our city, our workplace
Finance Canada is located in Ottawa, in the heart of our nation's capital. With a population of about 1 million, the National Capital Region is often described as a big city with a small town feel: it offers a full range of urban amenities along with plenty of green space; bike trails; running paths; and during the warmer months, free weekly yoga classes on Parliament Hill.
Gatineau Park, with its extensive network of hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country ski trails, can be seen from the Department of Finance and is only a short bike ride away. And the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO world heritage site, is located just minutes from our building, and some employees even skate to work during the winter months.
All within a 10-minute walk from work you'll find the Byward Market, the Rideau Centre shopping centre, beautiful parks, national museums, English and French theatre, art galleries small and large, and restaurants galore.
Each year, the National Capital Region plays host to a number of annual festivals such as Ottawa Bluesfest, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, the Tulip Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, Cityfolk, the Gourmet Festival, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Casino Sound of Light, the Festival franco-ontarien, and Winterlude, to name a few.
The area is also home to nearly all other federal government departments, as well as embassies, consulates, national research institutes, and national associations, providing all the right ingredients for an intellectually stimulating environment.
For more information on the National Capital Region, see:
- National Capital Commission
- City of Ottawa
- City of Gatineau
- Public transit in Ottawa
- Public transit in Gatineau
We've told you about our city, now we'll tell you about our workplace. In 2014, our department moved into the brand new James Michael Flaherty Building, located at 90 Elgin Street just blocks from Parliament Hill. Our new home is served by all major bus routes, with a light rail station on the way in 2018, and features secure bicycle storage as well as locker rooms and showers for employees.
Our modern building has been certified LEED Gold, and features a green roof, a living wall in our lobby, and efficient systems for lighting, water management, and climate control. The interior features open, light-filled, and flexible spaces that encourage team building and interaction, while quiet rooms provide suitable spaces for private phone calls or discussions. Large branch boardrooms are fully equipped with audio-visual capabilities, including teleconferencing, large screens, projectors, boardroom table laptop connections and full access to our corporate networks. We also house a state-of-the-art conference centre for our exclusive use; a prime venue for client conferences, employee meetings, and ministerial and media events.
But our workplace is more than just a building, it's a community. At Finance we have a running club that meets weekly, an ongoing speakers series with internationally-recognized guest lecturers, frequent lunch-and-learn sessions, and a Young Professionals Network that hosts networking events and more.