Ottawa Public Health 

For over 125 years, Ottawa Public Health has provided public health programs and services to individuals and communities in Ottawa. We work to develop public policies that make Ottawa and its residents healthier and safer. Protecting and promoting health and preventing disease is part of everything that we do. Check out the Ottawa Public Health's Annual Report for more information.


  • Prenatal education for expectant parents available online and in small groups
  • Infant health promotion – e.g. breastfeeding education, home visits, Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins
  • Healthy eating and active living promotion
  • Parenting support and education – e.g. Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page
  • Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines awareness
  • Mental health promotion
  • Injury prevention and safety promotion
  • Food skills and access to healthy foods projects
  • Work to create neighbourhoods where people feel safe to walk
  • Prevention of ultraviolet radiation exposure e.g. tanning salons, sun safety


  • Immunization promotion and monitoring
  • School immunization clinics and community flu immunization clinics
  • Healthy sexuality counselling, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and follow-up
  • Dental screening in schools
  • Falls prevention e.g. screening, education and awareness
  • Dental care for residents in need
  • Smoking cessation


  • Tuberculosis and communicable disease management
  • Food premise inspections e.g. restaurants, grocery stores
  • Food Handler Certification training
  • Personal service settings inspections e.g. multi-service spas, tattoo parlours
  • Management of infectious diseases outbreaks in institutions e.g. hospitals, long-term care homes, child care centres and schools
  • Rabies control and surveillance
  • Mosquito control and West Nile virus monitoring
  • Drinking water testing
  • Inspection of public pools and recreational water quality testing at beaches
  • Extreme Weather / Emergency and Pandemic preparedness and response

If you are a motivated and dedicated individual who believes in preventative health and enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams in a fast-paced and evolving environment, we invite you to consider a career with Ottawa Public Health.

Job profiles

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