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The temporary help industry in Canada traces its origins to the 1950s, a period during which women began to enter the workforce in large numbers. The focus, in those days was the supply of clerical, secretarial and manual labour to fill in for permanent employees who were sick, on maternity leave or on vacation. However, over the years, the industry has evolved to meet the diversified and changing needs of Canadian businesses.


Company was founded as Personnel du Portage.


The company is incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act and becomes Portage Personnel. A pioneer in the National Capital Region, a new vision is established which is guided by the belief of mutual respect and professional services.

Portage Personnel becomes a member of the Canadian Association of Temporary Services.


Supply and Services Canada awards Portage Personnel the “Original” National Master Standing Offer and Regional Master Standing Offer for Temporary Office Help.


Portage Personnel quickly becomes one of the first Temporary Staffing Agencies to standardize candidate assessments by using instruments approved by the Personnel Psychology Centre of the Public Service Commission in both official languages.


Portage Personnel continues to demonstrate leadership within the industry as an employer by compensating employees for seven (7) statutory holidays within the province of Quebec.


Portage Personnel is granted certification from “l’Office de la langue française” attesting all services could be offered in the French language.


As the company continues to grow, Supply and Services Canada confirms eligibility and grants Portage Personnel a Secret facility clearance.


A new initiative is launched by Locally Shared Support Services for the tenants of Terrasses de la Chaudiere. Portage Personnel is invited as a member of the steering committee regarding its approach to the delivery of temporary help services.


Good Friday, Portage Personnel is victim to arson. The company suffer a catastrophic, complete loss and begins the long process of rebuilding.


Deputy Minister, Alan Nymark, acknowledges Portage Personnel for its social responsibility and continuing contribution to the Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign.


The Ottawa Business Journal ranks Portage Personnel within Ottawa’s top 20 largest Temporary Help Suppliers.

Public Works and Government Services Canada selects Portage Personnel to participate in the Industrial Security Sector OLISS pilot project. The project results in authorized users submitting security requests directly to the Canadian and Industrial Security Directorate via the internet.


Public Works and Government Services invites Portage Personnel to become a member of the Government of Canada Temporary Help Industry Committee to assist in the development of government departmental policies relating to contract management and procurement policies.


Today, Portage Personnel continues to champion the vision dedicated to developing strong, working relationships and building trust by educating, informing and involving you in each step of the hiring process.

Unlike many of our competitors within our Nation's Capital, who simply collect and add resumes to a databases, Portage Personnel uses leading end-to-end software, proprietary content and services that enables us to more effectively assess potential employees, in order to provide superior resources to our clients.

Our Professional Registered Recruiters ® have established a reputation of expertise by helping organizations and businesses within our community, recruit, indentify and hire great employees.

What You Can Expect From Portage Personnel Inc.

Portage Personnel Inc believes in creating harmonious working relationships. In pursuit of this goal, we have created the following relations objectives:

  1. Provide a challenging, and rewarding workplace and experience.
  2. Select people on the basis of skill, training, ability, attitude, and character without discrimination with regard to age, sexual orientation, color, race, creed, national origin, religious persuasion, marital status, political belief, or a disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions.
  3. Compensate all employees according to their effort and contribution to the success of our business.
  4. Review wages, and working conditions regularly with the objective of being competitive in these areas consistent with sound business practices.
  5. Assure employees, after talking with their direct supervisor, an opportunity to discuss any issue or problem with an executive of Portage Personnel Inc.
  6. Take prompt and fair action of any complaint which may arise in the everyday conduct of our business, to the extent that is practicable.
  7. Respect individual rights, and treat everyone with courtesy and consideration.
  8. Maintain mutual respect in our working relationship.
  9. Promote an atmosphere in keeping with Portage Personnel’s vision, mission, and goals.

Whether you're looking to hire a new employee, or, if you're looking for new career change, call us, and see how “We put the “Human”, back into Human Resources”.