BC Hydro
BC Hydro employee at a company information booth on World Turtle Day

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

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

  • BC Hydro encourages older employees to prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options -- and helps employees save for the future with generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • BC Hydro invests in continued skills development with a range of in-house and online training programs, leadership training and mentoring, career planning services and tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions -- and actively reaches out to the next generation of employees through extensive summer employment, apprenticeship and co-op work term programs
  • BC Hydro supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 87% of salary for 17 weeks) and even provides a generous subsidy for in vitro fertilization (IVF) when needed (to $15,000) -- the organization also helps parents with older children through an academic scholarship program for post-secondary studies (to $2,000 per child)


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Established in Canada 1860
Parent company Victoria Gas Company
Parent company head office Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,048
Part-time employees in Canada 80
Average age of employees in Canada 44.6
Longest serving employee 53 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, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), 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
Employee charitable involvement Employee charitable involvement

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • BC Hydro created a Graduate Technologist-in-Training program to provide structured career development and on-the-job training to employees -- the program ranges from 2 to 4 years in length and includes classroom training, presentations, technical courses and seminars
  • In addition, BC Hydro manages a 2-year EIT program for recent engineering grads that includes rotations through multiple areas of the organization as well as technical training and professional development
  • BC Hydro established a Communications Protection and Control Technologist Trainee program, which features four months of technical training, in-house classroom training and self-study assignments with annual written and practical exams


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 5,048
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, tuition subsidies related to job
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Youth Hires Program, provides summer employment to students interested in trades and technical occupations, hires approximately 150 co-op students each year in a variety of disciplines (electrical, mechanical and civil engineering and engineering physics)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • To support the employment efforts of new Canadian job-seekers, BC Hydro encourages managers to hire skilled newcomers at junior-level positions and provides a defined career advancement plan, which includes timelines for performance and development reviews -- and recognizes provisional membership to regulatory bodies such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
  • In addition, BC Hydro employees volunteer as assessors of credentials and applications of internationally trained professionals for APEGBC accreditation, and also explore ways to make registration more accessible to new Canadians
  • BC Hydro created an Aboriginal education and employment strategy and maintains a dedicated team that focuses on the recruitment of Aboriginal candidates -- the organization also manages an Aboriginal Business Directory to profile businesses looking for contracting and subcontracting opportunities (free for businesses to register)


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 5,048
Workforce representation female employees (29.2 %), female managers (25 %), visible minority employees (18.8 %), visible minority managers (13.5 %), Aboriginal employees (2.5 %), Aboriginal managers (1.9 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups Hydro Employee Multicultural Society (established in 1990 to promote cultural awareness), Women's Network (established in 2004, over 350 members, provides networking, learning and development opportunities), RAIN Network (established in 2012 to engage and support Aboriginal employees)

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

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

  • In addition to longstanding support of Bike to Work Week, BC Hydro and its employees operate a unique "Bike Buddy Network" to help employees who regularly bike to work connect as well as provide resources for employees who are new to bicycle commuting, such as tips on gear purchase, safety and route selection -- employees can also participate in the organization's carpool program and are encouraged to take transit to meetings through a reimbursement program
  • BC Hydro supports approximately 75 Green Leaders who represent 39 locations across the province -- each year, Green Leaders participate in leadership training and meet to discuss green strategies for the upcoming year
  • BC Hydro maintains an ongoing program to replace its fleet vehicles with more efficient models as new technology becomes available (its fleet now includes more than 140 hybrid and electric vehicles) -- the organization also implements ongoing office renovations designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards, with plans for future renovations and construction at other locations targeted to meet an ambitious 30 percent reduction in water and energy use


Full-time employees in Canada 5,048
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Executive Director of PowerSmart and Customer Care
Unique green initiatives Bike Buddy Network (to encourage two-wheeled commuting), Power Smart Program (longstanding program has encouraged energy conservation for over 25 years)
In-house waste reduction and recycling organics
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives World Wildlife Federation (Earth Hour and National Sweater Day), Bike to Work Week, Commuter Challenge
Building footprint includes ongoing renovations to align with LEED Gold standards at the head office, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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