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Bilingual Library Technician (Ottawa)

Job Requisition ID: 8921  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): BBB 

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON)

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 43477.61 to $ 54347.01 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We empower our employees to be fully autonomous and accountable in achieving their results. Employees focus on how they achieve results rather than when and where they choose to work.


Here are some of the reasons why we were chosen as one of Canada's top employers:


  • Enjoy up to 3 weeks of accrued vacation;
  • An annual individual performance bonus;
  • Access to a catalogue of courses for individual learning;
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with multiple Employee Resource Groups and much more!


Help make a difference for Canadians. CMHC’s aspiration is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. All of our programs and activities support this singular goal.
Be part of an inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion guides everything we do at CMHC. We’re taking concrete actions to eradicate racism and advance equity within CMHC and the housing system.

Join the Business Services Team in the Corporate Services where you will support the daily operations of CMHC’s Housing Knowledge Centre, Canada’s largest housing research library. Your skills and passion for managing, acquiring, cataloguing, and organizing all types of information resources within the Housing Knowledge Centre as well as assisting and guiding clients in finding or using information in a digital and/or print format will ensure the smooth operations of our library. 


This is a temporary position of a duration of 12 months. 



  • Manages all electronic subscriptions to databases and e-journals, which includes purchasing, ordering, and online access management. Verifies invoices and statements issued to the Housing Knowledge Centre and maintains accurate records of financial transactions. 
  • Manages the circulation operations, including implementing and enforcing circulation policies, responding to client requests for items and overseeing the checking in and out of materials. 
  • Responsible for cataloguing electronic and print resources, ensuring materials are properly catalogued and added to the integrated library system. 
  • Supports business lines with the Housing Knowledge Centre's services and resources. 
  • Acquires online and print resources, selecting the most cost-effective and efficient method and emphasizing online resources when available. Creates and modifies order records, and receives, claims, invoices, and executes all financial procedures related to ordering and paying for items. 
  • Responsible for operations related to the closed-stacks historical collection of print material, including shelving, and pulling items for clients to consult and borrow. 


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Graduation from a recognized post-secondary institution with a diploma or degree in library and information technologies  
  • Minimum of one year of prior relevant experience. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of library methodologies and tools. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the technologies used to manage and catalogue the Housing Knowledge Centre materials. 
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication and organizational skills. 
  • Strong reference, cataloguing and research skills. 
  • Bilingualism (French and English).


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Solid understanding of CMHC and its organization structure. 
  • Experience working in a Library or similar organization.


Posting closing date: Note, the competition may remain active until filled.



On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for federal government employees.  This decision followed a review of the current public health situation, including the evolution of the virus and vaccination rates in Canada. As a result, and consistent with the Government of Canada decision, CMHC has suspended its Vaccination Policy, effective June 20, 2022.  


As a result, at this time, CMHC does not require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  CMHC will continue to monitor the public health situation and may at any time make adjustments and adopt or reintroduce measures, including mandatory vaccination, attestation and verification requirements. Any such vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, shall form a term and condition of your employment at CMHC.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our aspiration.
We are committed to employment equity and actively encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.
We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.