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Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • BC Hydro supports employees through the many phases of parenthood, from a subsidy for in-vitro fertilization (to $15,000) if needed, to maternity leave top-up payments for new moms (to 87% of salary for 17 weeks) to an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies (to $2,000 per child)
  • First established in 1966, BC Hydro's longstanding employee social club organizes a number of impressive events every year, from National Aboriginal Day celebrations to a children's Christmas party to an annual hockey tournament, with over 500 participating employees
  • BC Hydro helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance and enrollment in a defined benefit pension plan -- employees nearing retirement age may also take advantage of phased-in retirement work options
BC Hydro employee   (Photo credit: Alastair Bird)

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Established in Canada 1860
Parent company Victoria Gas Company
Parent company head office Vancouver BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,018
Part-time employees in Canada 82
Average age of employees in Canada 44.9
Longest serving employee 51 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
Health spending account up to $750 each year
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
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local

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
One of the vehicles from BC Hydro's electric fleet   (Photo credit: Brooks, Melanie)

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,048
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Executive Director of PowerSmart and Customer Care
Green highlights 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
Some of the 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.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Through BC Hydro's Graduate Technologist-in-Training program, the organization provides 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 Engineer-in-Training 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 4 months of technical training, in-house classroom training and self-study assignments with annual written and practical exams
BC Hydro employees installing a streetlight

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,018
Student opportunities summer jobs
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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 up to 150 co-op students each year in a variety of disciplines (electrical, mechanical and civil engineering and engineering physics)

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