Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University employee gardening at a Boots n' Blooms event

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

Here are some of the reasons why Dalhousie University was selected as one of Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2016) and Nova Scotia's Top Employers (2016):

  • One of Canada's leading academic institutions, Dalhousie University also encourages ongoing employee development with free tuition for employees (up to two credits each year) and generous tuition subsidies for employees' immediate family members
  • Dalhousie University also encourages employees and retirees (along with their spouses) to stay healthy with subsidized memberships to the 100,000 square-foot Dalplex fitness centre, fully-equipped with a gymnasium, swimming pool, racquetball and squash courts as well as instructor-led fitness classes
Dalhousie University campus
Dalhousie University oceanographer conducting research
Dalhousie University employees and students have access to an indoor rock climbing gym at the Dalplex fitness centre


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1818
Full-time employees in Canada 3,590
Part-time employees in Canada 749
Average age of employees in Canada 46.9
Longest serving employee 47.9 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 60% of the premiums
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
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 24 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, international
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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

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

  • Along with its employees and students, Dalhousie University supports a number of annual environmental campaigns including the annual Commuter Challenge, Bike Week and the Boots n' Bloom gardening event -- the university also sponsors a "Brightest Ideas Competition" to address water and energy conservation on campus
  • Dalhousie University maintains an online educational dashboard to provide environmental tips and enable employees and students to share ideas and manages the "Rethink for a Sustainable Campus" program to help students and employees develop a culture of sustainability across the campus -- awards for outstanding ideas and efforts are presented at the annual sustainability awards celebration in April
  • In response to its successful waste diversion and recycling strategy, Dalhousie University recently increased its waste diversion target from 60 percent to 70 percent by 2017
Dalhousie University employees fostering green initiatives on campus as part of the university's Sustainability Team
Dalhousie University employee biking to work
Dalhousie University atrium


Full-time employees in Canada 3,590
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Office of Sustainability
Unique green initiatives offers an undergraduate major in Environment, Sustainability and Society (which integrates 40 subject areas across five faculties) and Sustainability Leadership Certificate program, Sustainability and Environment Internships for students, Brightest Idea Competition (recognizes student energy and water conservation ideas), Employee Sustainability Leadership Program (includes a self-directed initiative combined with 16 hours of classroom time), Dal Bike Centre (teaches two-wheeled commuters how to ride safely around Halifax)
In-house waste reduction and recycling batteries, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, construction materials, hazardous waste material, transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Commuter Challenge, Bike Week, Dump and Run (recycling drive), Boots'n Bloom (community garden)
Head office LEED Pending
Building footprint includes follows LEED guidelines for building material purchases (including furniture and fabrics), has used only certified green cleaning products for the the past decade, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

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

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Full-time employees in Canada 3,590
Part-time employees in Canada 749
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Instructor, Lab Technician, Assistant Professor, Communications Assistant, Recruitment Officer, Student Support Associate, Junior Financial Officer, IT Support Technician, Trades Apprentice
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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