BC Public Service

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

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and BC's Top Employers (2016):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • BC Public Service provides maternity leave top-up payments for its new moms (to 85% of salary for 15 weeks) followed by parental leave payments (to 75% for 35 weeks) that are also available to new fathers and adoptive parents -- new parents also have the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence and upon their return and can take advantage of onsite daycare centres operating at some locations across the province
  • BC Public Service employees working at the provincial capital not only get to enjoy Victoria's uniquely mild Canadian climate but can keep fit at an onsite fitness facility that comes complete instructor-led classes such as yoga or pilates
  • BC Public Service helps employees plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance and offers peace-of-mind through the stability of a defined benefit pension plan and a health plan that extends through their retirement years

Employer Background

Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 24,989
Part-time employees in Canada 2,676
Average age of employees in Canada 46
Longest serving employee 52 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features employees work in over 280 communities around the province with approximately half of all employees located in Victoria where employees work in a range of unique facilities from the Selkirk Waterfront development to the landmark Provincial Parliament Buildings in Victoria's inner harbour., self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, foosball table, board games, table tennis, (please note that lounge features vary across locations)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (pilates, yoga, boot camp), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, (please note that three major locations have onsite fitness facilities)
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Gorge Rowing and Paddling Centre, fitness club, Beacon Hill Park, Galloping Goose Trail (60km network of reclaimed railway beds and great for commuting), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal British Columbia Museum, Chinatown

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name numerous employee-led social committees across the Service
Recent social events annual week-long celebration in recognition of its employees, Bike to Work Week campaign, an annual "Academy Awards" style gala hosted at the Victoria Conference Centre
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance, online employee store with promotional products, recreational gear, discounts on computer merchandise, cellphones, emergency kits and leisure accommodation

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $250 every 2 years
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, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), smoking cessation program, discounts on home fitness equipment purchases through the government's procurement system, partial coverage for fertility drugs
Family-friendly benefits note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
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
Additional family-friendly information up to 60 annual scholarships for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies (to $2,500 each), onsite daycare at some locations across the province

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation increases by one day each year after their third year on the job, moving to four weeks after five years on the job, management level employees start with four weeks 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
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), non-cash awards valued at $100 for exceptional performance (varies by position), annual long service gala event as well as the Premier's Innovation and Excellence Awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes
Unique training & development programs 12-month paid internship program for Aboriginal youth, tuition subsidies for courses not directly related an employee's current position are determined on a case-by-case basis

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
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 951 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Cancer Society, Alzheimer Society of BC, Boys & Girls Club of Williams Lake, Meals on Wheels Society of Williams Lake, United Way of Greater Victoria, Multiple Sclerosis Society
Community highlight Through the Service's "Provincial Employees Community Services Fund" employees can arrange to have direct payroll deductions donated to the registered charities of their choosing (over 1,000 employees are involved in the fund, raising over $1.77 million last year). In a unique partnership with VSO/CUSO, employees can apply for an unpaid leave of absence to work on international development projects for up to two years (employees still receive benefits and their position is guaranteed upon their return).

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