Hydro Ottawa and IBEW Reach Four-Year Collective Agreement

September 25, 2023

Hydro Ottawa and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have ratified a new four-year collective agreement, ending a labour disruption that began on June 28, 2023. The agreement provides employees with generous wage increases, as well as increases in benefits, premiums and allowances. 

“I recognize that this labour disruption was difficult for everyone, including all of our employees. I cannot stress enough how encouraged I am by this outcome, and how very much I am looking forward to welcoming our employees back today,” said Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer.

As the company works to return to normal business operations, its commitment remains the same: providing safe, reliable, affordable and renewable electricity to its customers and the community it serves. 

“I am extremely grateful to our customers for their continued patience and support over the past couple months,” expressed Bryce Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer. “And I am equally grateful for our management teams and contractors who worked day and night for as long as it took to reach a deal. Their commitment and professionalism shown throughout the summer months ensured power was brought back safely and efficiently to the residents and businesses of Ottawa when outages occurred.”

Collective Agreement Quick facts:

  • Hydro Ottawa and IBEW negotiations began on March 20, 2023. The collective agreement for employees represented by the IBEW expired on March 31, 2023.
  • IBEW commenced legal strike action on June 28, 2023.
  • Over the course of the strike, Hydro Ottawa continuously respected the collective bargaining process, including negotiating in good faith towards a fair and responsible agreement for both its employees and customers.
  • After two weeks of non-binding mediation, both Hydro Ottawa and the IBEW signed a Memorandum of Settlement on September 14, 2023 which was subject to ratification by both parties. 
  • Hydro Ottawa’s IBEW represented employees are expected to return to work on September 20, 2023 commencing at 7 a.m.
  • The IBEW represents approximately 390 Hydro Ottawa employees.


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