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Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN
APTN's Michael Hutchinson in the news studio   (Photo credit: SHELLEY JESSEAU)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2017):

  • APTN supports ongoing career development through in-house and online training, including apprenticeship programs, tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and subsidies for professional accreditation
  • APTN is the first national Aboriginal broadcaster in the world, with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples -- the organization endeavours to create a national radio network and is currently reviewing plans to develop a sister station in the United States to convey stories of Native Americans to an American audience
  • APTN provides new mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 2 weeks followed by 80% for 17 weeks) and extends parental leave payments to new fathers and adoptive parents
APTN employees teaming up against bullying on Pink Shirt Day

Employer Background

Industry Television Broadcasting
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 138
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 155
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.14%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 16.41 years

Physical Workplace B+

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, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, periodicals and quiet reading area, single-serve coffee makers
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Central Park, Air Canada Window Park, Millennium Library Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Millennium Library, MTS Centre, RBC Convention Centre, University of Winnipeg, Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name APTN Social Committee (est. 2001)
Recent social events children's Christmas party, holiday brunch, Halloween pumpkin and costume challenge, Valentine and Easter treats
Cultural aspects business casual dress, music while working
Employee communications company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

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
Additional financial benefits northern living allowance (reviewed annually), special housing allowance for Iqaluit-based employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

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)
Other health plan information 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 A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.6 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 after 5 years on-the-job, employees move to 21 days of paid vacation, after 8 years, employees receive the maximum of 24 days of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance B

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, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,800 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,800 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement A

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, Habitat for Humanity, Christmas Cheer Board (sponsoring a family at Christmas), Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
Community highlight APTN encourages employees to volunteer and support Aboriginal groups and organizations in the community.

The Career Directory

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc. / APTN has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
New Grad Jobs at APTN
APTN employee in the control room

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Television Broadcasting
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 138
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions TV Technician, Researcher/Writer Trainee, Camera Operator/Editor, Reporter Correspondent, Finance Assistant, Junior Accountant, Marketing Intern
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.6 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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