Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN
APTN anchors at the station's news desk

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2016):

  • Beyond a steady and passive advancement of Aboriginal programming across Canada, APTN encourages employees to actively volunteer and support Aboriginal initiatives in the community, from arts organizations like the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival to the Soaring Indigenous Youth Career Conference
  • APTN supports its new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, including adoptive parents, and encourages employees to find a new balance between their work and personal lives with a range of alternative work arrangements

Employer Background

Industry Television Broadcasting
Full-time employees in Canada 146
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 16 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features inside the downtown head office, the walls are painted using an Aboriginal colour-scheme of blue, red and yellow, and features custom-made boardroom tables that reflect the traditional medicine wheel, kitchen areas on each floor (which feature self-serve coffee makers), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, periodicals and quiet reading area, single-serve coffee makers
Other nearby amenities Downtown YMCA, Millennium Library, fitness club, Central Park, Air Canada Window Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, University of Winnipeg, MTS Centre, The Forks, Winnipeg Square (underground shopping mall)

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name APTN Social Committee (est. 2001)
Recent social events children's Christmas party, employee Christmas breakfast, holiday lunch hosted (and cooked) by APTN Directors, Halloween pumpkin and decorating contests (and 13 days of Halloween trivia), pancake breakfasts (hosted by different departments), prize draws on Valentine's Day and Easter treats, and fun 50/50 draws hosted on most pay days
Cultural aspects business casual dress, music while working
Employee communications company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits northern living allowance (reviewed annually), a special housing allowance for Iqaluit-based employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), also as part of the health plan, the EAP offers an extended component for family members (defined as an EFAP)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 80% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 80% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information at five years employees move to 21 days of paid vacation and after eight years employees receive the maximum of 24 days of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, recently launched an employee engagement committee to oversee a new rewards and recognition program, long service awards for employees at every five year milestone, up to their 25th anniversary -- one gift is a traditional "Star Blanket" that features colours distinct and chosen by each individual

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,800 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,800 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 7 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Ma Maw Wi Chi Itata Centre, Alzheimer Society's Memory Walk, Christmas Cheer Board (sponsoring a family at Christmas), Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Vision Quest Conference, Soaring Indigenous Youth Career Conference
Community highlight APTN encourages employees to volunteer and support Aboriginal groups and organizations in the community.

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