Vancouver, City of
City of Vancouver employees promoting a Pop-Up City Hall event

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

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

  • City of Vancouver manages a unique "FitCity Incentive Program," offering employees the chance to earn redeemable points through physical activity and lead a healthy lifestyle through sustainable behaviours such as walking or cycling to work -- the City also helps employees balance their work and personal lives with a variety of alternative work arrangements that vary by position
  • City of Vancouver helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options for employees nearing retirement, and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • City of Vancouver supports ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies (to 100%) for courses taken at outside institutions, formal mentoring, and a variety of in-house and online training programs -- and, as a incredibly diverse employer, the City also offers a number of apprenticeship opportunities for automotive service technicians, auto body workers, blacksmiths and carpenters, to name a few
City of Vancouver employees
City of Vancouver police officers on horseback
City of Vancouver's City Hall in springtime


Industry Municipal Government
Established in Canada 1886
Full-time employees in Canada 6,953
Part-time employees in Canada 3,125
Average age of employees in Canada 42.3
Longest serving employee 45 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, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, 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 36 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Scope of charitable involvement local, national

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

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

  • City of Vancouver recently embarked on its fourth mentorship program for new Canadians, in partnership with the Immigration Employment Council of British Columbia and various service providers, and piloted the Connector Program, a mentoring and networking strategy to help skilled newcomers connect with professional contacts in their field
  • Additionally, the City of Vancouver announced the launch of the Vancouver Immigration Partnership initiative to help increase local capacity to assist newcomers with engagement, integration and access to services in Vancouver
  • City of Vancouver's police department maintains an Aboriginal Cadet Program, developed in partnership with ACCESS, to provide summer employment for 2 to 3 Aboriginal youths -- and also offers work practicum placements to students enrolled in the Applied Business Technology program at Native Education College
City of Vancouver's Britannia Community Services Centre employees stand in front of the centre's new Carving Pavilion
Participants in the City of Vancouver's Mentorship Program for New Immigrant Professionals


Industry Municipal Government
Full-time employees in Canada 6,953
Workforce representation female employees (37.3 %), female managers (36.9 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT, religion
Formal commitment manages a number of advisory committees, which provide the city council with guidance on important community issues, committees include women's advisory committee, persons with disabilities advisory committee, cultural communities advisory committee, urban Aboriginal peoples advisory committee, LGBTQ2+ committee and a trans* and gender variant implementation steering committee, responsible for providing recommendations on parks and recreation facilities, programming, training and policy to create safe and inclusive spaces
Unique diversity initiatives currently working on accessibility upgrades to three civic theatres and other city facilities, including city hall, recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate leadership and commitment to accessibility, diversity and inclusion through internal awards

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

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

  • City of Vancouver's Director of Sustainability works with an internal Green Operations Steering Committee comprised of representatives from all city departments -- the stated goal is to make Vancouver "the greenest city in the world" through the aptly named "Greenest City 2020 Action Plan", which includes goals to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels, have the best drinking water in the world and become a leader in urban food systems
  • City of Vancouver's official "Transportation Plan" was first adopted in 1996 and formalized the prioritization of walking, biking and public transit over automobiles in planning all future transportation infrastructure -- since the plan's introduction, bicycle trips have increased by 180 percent, transit by 50 percent and walking by 44 percent while vehicle trips have decreased by 10 percent -- more recently, the City introduced a requirement that 20 percent of parking stalls in all new multifamily residential developments have access to electric vehicle charging stations
  • City of Vancouver established green building requirements for all rezoning applications to ensure that construction of any civic buildings larger than 500 square metres will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building standards -- and has even set codes for new home construction to ensure that houses built in Vancouver will emit half the greenhouse gases compared to those built to Provincial code standards
City of Vancouver's LEED Gold certified National Works Yard building
An electric car from the City of Vancouver's fleet of new ecological vehicles


Full-time employees in Canada 6,953
Employee green team Green Operations Steering Committee, and various departmental Green Teams
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Sustainability and the Deputy City Manager
Formal strategy/policy name Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, The Environmental Framework for Municipal Operations
Unique green initiatives Green Home Program, Vancouver Food Strategy (includes 4,000 community gardens plots), Charge and Go Vancouver (electric vehicle charging station program), Greenest City Grants (support for community based projects)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Rideshare to Work, National Commuter Challenge, Keep Vancouver Spectacular, Vancouver Food Strategy, and Car Free Day
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Vancouver, City of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal Government
Full-time employees in Canada 6,953
Part-time employees in Canada 3,125
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Engineer-in-Training
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

Academic fields recruited

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