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

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

  • 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 and its employees also support the annual Bike to Work Week, the National Commuter Challenge, and the annual Car Free Day
  • City of Vancouver supports its new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (varying by employee group) and offers priority access to a nearby daycare centre when they are ready to return to work
  • City of Vancouver helps employees plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance, contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, and phased-in retirement work options to help smooth the transition
City of Vancouver lifeguards at the Britannia Pool

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Established in Canada 1886
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,972
Part-time employees in Canada 3,217
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 46 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 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
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Working with 65 partner organizations, the City of Vancouver launched the Vancouver Immigration Partnership to help increase local capacity to assist newcomers with engagement, integration and access to services in Vancouver -- the City also embarked on its 5th annual mentorship program for new Canadians, offered in partnership with the Immigration Employment Council of British Columbia and various service providers -- additionally, Vancouver Public Library runs Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre, an on-line and in-person resource to help newcomers find employment-related information
  • In partnership with ACCESS, the City of Vancouver's Police Department maintains an Aboriginal Cadet Program, providing summer employment for 2 to 3 Aboriginal youths each year -- additionally, the City's 3-1-1 Call Centre created a 16-month internship to increase the employability of Aboriginal applicants (created in partnership with Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures)
  • Vancouver's City Council recently passed two motions to support equal opportunities for women -- the first motion is to increase the number of women appointed to city advisory committees to 50% or greater and the second is to investigate the creation of a mentorship program for women interested in a career in public service
City of Vancouver librarians working in the city's Britannia Library

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,972
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director of EEO
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, also maintains a Mayor's task force on mental health and addiction
Diversity highlights the City's 3-1-1 Contact Centre offers internships for persons with disabilities and Aboriginal peoples (in partnership with Open Door Group and Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures), Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding leadership to foster inclusion across diverse communities, Awards of Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion (civic program to recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals, organizations and businesses), Accessible City Award (for those who enhance inclusion and eliminate barriers to full participation for persons with disabilities), diversity lunch and learn events

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • As part of its Greenest City Action Plan adopted in 2011, the City of Vancouver's stated (and modest) goal is to make Vancouver "the greenest city in the world" by 2020 -- the plan includes strategies and actions to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels, make walking, cycling and public transit the preferred modes of transport, create zero waste, and have the best drinking water and cleanest air in the world (to name a few)
  • 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 -- the City's ongoing efforts at greening its fleet of vehicles includes vehicle right-sizing, reducing the overall size of its fleet, anti-idling awareness programs and adoption of low emission, hybrid and electric vehicles where possible
  • 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 LEED Gold building standards
City of Vancouver employee taking part in the nationwide Bike to Work Week commuter challenge

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 6,972
Employee green team Green Operations Steering Committee and various departmental green teams
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Sustainability (reports to the Deputy City Manager)
Formal strategy/policy name Greenest City 2020 Action Plan
Green highlights Green Homes Program (promoting green construction), Solar Homes Strategy (supporting adoption of solar technology), electric vehicle charging infrastructure program, rainwater collection and water conservation programs for homeowners, greening the city fleet (includes vehicle right-sizing, reducing its fleet, anti-idling awareness programs and adoption of low emissions, hybrid and electric vehicles), Vancouver Food Strategy (includes 4,000 community gardens plots)
Extended recycling paper-use reduction strategies, organics collection
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, World Wildlife Fund, Modo the Car Co-op
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction of 500 square-metres or more

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.
City of Vancouver call centre employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
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 benefits health benefits for new employees, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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