Canadian Heritage
Canadian Heritage employees kicking off the Canada 150 celebrations   (Photo credit: Dominique Binoist)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Heritage was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):

  • New moms at Canadian Heritage receive generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for the full year of their leave) as well as parental top-up for new dads and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for up to 37 weeks) -- parents also have subsidized access to an onsite daycare centre, with over 50 spaces
  • Canadian Heritage helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • Canadian Heritage encourages ongoing employee development through generous tuition subsidies for courses related and unrelated to an employees' current position (up to $15,000 per year), subsidies for professional accreditation and in-house and online training programs
Makeup prep for the filming of a Canadian Heritage project   (Photo credit: Dominique Binoist)

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, Culture and Heritage
Established in Canada 1993
Parent company Government of Canada
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Halifax NS, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC, Regina SK, Charlottetown PE, Vancouver BC, Yellowknife NT, Montréal QC, St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Sudbury ON, Québec QC, Whitehorse YT, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,701
Part-time employees in Canada 29
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 45.1
Longest serving employee 24 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is Les Terrasses de la Chaudière, a complex of government buildings shared by 5 federal departments and agencies, features a public shopping concourse, hotel and convention centre, and is central to a number of major festivals such as the Ottawa Bluesfest, Winterlude and Canada Day, the building features an Accessibility Centre, which showcases adaptive technology, a departmental library, onsite massage and physiotherapy clinic, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, collaborative work spaces to exchange ideas and experiment (includes treadmill workstation)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (boot camp, Zumba, yoga), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, free fitness consultations and health and wellness workshops
Other nearby amenities Club Terrasses Fitness Centre, fitness club, Gatineau Park, daycare, restaurants, Théâtre de l'Île, Canadian Museum of History, summer markets, biking and walking paths, Ottawa River valley

Work Atmosphere & Communications B

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events annual National Public Service Week celebrations (employee barbecue and picnic, multi-sport tournament, photo competition and recognition awards ceremony), various holiday celebrations throughout the year, the PCH Human Library, Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers insist on operating on a first name basis with all employees to to help demonstrate and ensure open communication

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, salary levels are determined through the collective bargaining process

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan note Canadian Heritage 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
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 12 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 1 day
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, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 34 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Canadian Heritage 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 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 60 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Deputy Minister's Award (various categories including excellence in diversity, achievement in service to their community, work environment and within the department, creativity and innovation, exceptional quality of work, official languages, and positive influence), PCH Innovation Fund
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 4 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidy maximum is reserved for employees on an educational leave of absence without pay, employees can apply for higher tuition amounts (subject to approval by a review committee), informal micro-assignments to allow employees to learn a new skill set or acquire experience in a new field

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 227 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way
Community highlight Canadian Heritage employees donate to a wide range of charitable causes through the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.

The Career Directory

Canadian Heritage has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A volunteer at Winterlude, organized by Canadian Heritage

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal Government, Culture and Heritage
Parent company Government of Canada
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Halifax NS, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC, Regina SK, Charlottetown PE, Vancouver BC, Yellowknife NT, Montréal QC, St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Sudbury ON, Québec QC, Whitehorse YT, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Program Officer, Policy Analyst, Data Analyst, System Analyst, Programmer, Communication Officer, Financial Officer, Research Officer, Administrative Assistant
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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