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BC Housing employees taking part in the Walk-a-Mile for Mental Health fundraiser

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Housing Management Commission was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • BC Housing employees are encouraged to stay fit with free access to an onsite fitness facility that features rowing machines, weights, stationary bikes and instructor-led classes such as pilates and boot camp
  • BC Housing offers generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 85% of salary for the first 17 weeks followed by 75% of salary for an additional 35 weeks) -- and offers parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks)
  • Depending on their position, BC Housing employees receive up to three weeks of starting vacation as well as additional personal paid days off which can be scheduled throughout the year -- the organization also encourages employees to get involved in their community with paid time off to volunteer with their favourite organizations (up to 3 days each year)


Industry Administration of Housing Programs
Established in Canada 1967
Parent company Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia
Parent company head office Burnaby, BC
Full-time employees in Canada 663
Part-time employees in Canada 15
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 37 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Housing Management Commission was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • BC Housing is committed to ensuring that all new housing projects are constructed to LEED Gold certification standards and, in partnership with its non-profit housing partners, has registered over 40 buildings with the Canadian Green Building Council -- additionally, the agency has reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by over 30 percent as part of its multi-year social housing renovation program
  • BC Housing's employee-led "Livegreen Employee Council" encourages all employees to make sustainable choices at home and at work -- the Council works towards specific objectives developed around the annual Sustainability Survey, from encouraging alternative transit (over 52 percent of employees bike, walk or take transit to work) to recycling weeks hosted twice a year, ongoing office composting and the annual "Meatless Mondays in March" campaign to raise awareness of the environmental impacts of cutting out meat just one day a week
  • Through the "Homeowner Protection Office", BC Housing advocates for greener building design, hosting green building seminars for individuals in the building industry, from tradespeople to architects and engineers -- over 26 building smart seminars were delivered in 23 communities across the province last year


Full-time employees in Canada 663
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Manager, Sustainability Planning and Reporting
Unique green initiatives Livegreen Employee Council (corporately sponsored employee organization with numerous initiatives developed around a strategic plan), Building Smart Program (hosts building industry seminars across the province highlighting energy efficient and sustainable design), Bike Purchase Program (discounted bikes and gear with a number of bike stores), Smart-Car sign-out system (employees can utilize a small fleet of Smart Cars for business use), Horticultural Therapist (dedicated employee who champions resident gardening initiatives, from window boxes to community gardens)
In-house waste reduction and recycling hosts a "Recycling Week" two times each year for collection of batteries, styrofoam, light bulbs, paints and chemicals
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Meatless Mondays in March, Cut the Carbon Challenge, Bike to Work Week
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold

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