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

Here are some of the reasons why BDC / Business Development Bank of Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • BDC encourages employees to find a balance between work and their personal lives with a range of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, reduced summer hours and a shortened work week option
  • In addition to helping employees save for the future, BDC offers retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options for those nearing retirement and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • BDC lets everyone share in the organization's success through a profit-sharing plan and offers a number of additional financial incentives including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all and referral bonuses of up to $2,000
BDC employees

Employer Background

Industry Secondary Market Financing
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 2,076
Part-time employees in Canada 73
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in one of Montréal's most recognized office buildings, Place Ville-Marie, which is centrally located and directly linked to the city's extensive underground walking network (providing all-season access to shopping malls, restaurants and the city's Métro), workplace features a number of nearby fitness facilities (with subsidized employee memberships), shower facilities, BIXI bicycle rentals during the summer for all building tenants (one hour free per rental), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, newspapers, magazines, a variety of fair-trade coffee and tea (for 75 cents), quiet room for when employees need a break
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Other nearby amenities YMCA, YWCA, Nautilus Plus, fitness club, Dominion Square, Place du Canada, Dorchester Square, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, McGill University

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events sports day during the summer, departmental lunches and dinner celebrations, a special brunch for employees' children during the Christmas season (complete with fun activities and gifts from Santa)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits employee savings and investment plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Wellness spending account up to $250 each year
Other health plan information employees can purchase of up to five additional vacation days through the flexible health plan
Family-friendly benefits note BDC has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits 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), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information assistance in finding childcare and eldercare placements

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information some employees start at 4 weeks of paid vacation, depending on their position

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, new recognition program that lets employee acknowledge their peers with eCards (non-financial) as well as offer nominations for financial awards, annual President's Awards of Excellence
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition 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, (up to 5 paid days)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 17 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Société Canadienne du Cancer, Alzheimer Group, Fondation de l'Hôpital Général de Montréal, The Royal Ottawa Foundation of Mental Health, Fondation Marie-Vincent, McGill Head and Neck Cancer Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities Hamilton
Community highlight After surveying employees about where they would like to direct their energy and support, BDC partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society, with employees participating in the Society's signature Relay for Life marathon. BDC also recently entered a 3-year partnership with RiSE Asset Development (RISE) to support people who manage entrepreneurial projects to rebound from mental health or addiction challenges. The company provides $40K each year and offers employee volunteer mentors and coaches.

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

Here are some of the reasons why BDC / Business Development Bank of Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • BDC manages an Aboriginal summer student internship program, providing work experience and mentoring to approximately 20 college and university students each year -- the organization also developed "BDC E-Spirit", a 16-week web-based competition for Aboriginal high school students that features interactive business planning resources, online access to mentoring and extensive student networking opportunities (both in person and online)
  • In partnership with ACCES Employment, BDC launched "Entrepreneurship Connections", a 4-week program to help newcomers in the GTA expand their professional network and start their own business
  • BDC maintains a number of affinity groups that work in conjunction with the organization's national committee to plan awareness sessions and events as well as meetings with local organizations and associations
BDC employees busy at work in the head office's new open workspace

Highlights

Industry Secondary Market Financing
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 1,978
Workforce representation female employees (49 %), female managers (34.8 %), visible minority employees (16.8 %), visible minority managers (6.4 %), Aboriginal employees (1.7 %), Aboriginal managers (1.7 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Formal commitment Diversity Action Committee, responsible for developing action plans on an annual basis which serve as the organization's roadmap for initiatives each year
Unique diversity initiatives diversity website on employee portal, includes information on employment equity, related policies, best practices, diversity opportunities and events, a multicultural calendar and various additional resources
Diversity community partnerships ACCES Employment, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies

The Career Directory

BDC / Business Development Bank of Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
BDC's head office features a new employee lounge and rest area

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Secondary Market Financing
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 1,978
Part-time employees in Canada 66
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Customer Service Representative, Account Manager, Client Relationship Officer
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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