Department of Finance Canada
Department of Finance Canada employees in Ottawa during National Public Service Week

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Department of Finance Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016):

  • Department of Finance offers employees within two years of retirement a pre-retirement transition leave option, whereby participants can reduce their work week but maintain regular health benefits and pension contributions -- and ultimately enjoy the stability of a defined benefit pension plan along with a signed letter from Canada's Prime Minister upon retirement
  • Department of Finance actively recruits young people and provides various opportunities to gain on-the-job experience through paid internships, co-op programs and summer student positions -- once hired, employees can take advantage of a range of professional development options from the in-house Finance Employee Development (FED) Talks to international assignments in Beijing, London, Paris and New York
  • Department of Finance takes care of more than just the numbers, providing excellent maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as parental top-up for new fathers or adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 35 weeks) -- employees can also balance their work and personal lives when they return to work with a variety of alternative work options
Department of Finance Canada employees at a Speaker Series event

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, General Economic Programs
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 748
Part-time employees in Canada 15
Full-time employees worldwide 761
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 40.7
Longest serving employee 34.7 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features onsite shower and locker facilities, in-house library, onsite Tim Hortons as well as food and shopping options across the street, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, two quiet rooms on each floor (equipped with telephones and internet access)
Other nearby amenities Confederation Park, daycare, restaurants, Parliament Hill, National Arts Center, Rideau Canal, Ottawa River, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Byward Market

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name various intra-departmental committees with representation across the organization organize events and activities
Recent social events National Public Service Week, "Take Our Kids to Work" day, summer barbeques, golf games, ski trips, Christmas celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications speaker series, The Deputy Ministers Café (employees invited for informal chat over coffee with the Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister), FIN Ideas Hub Exchange (informal weekly exchanges for employees to share their perspective on policy issues)

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 compensation levels are regularly evaluated by a Treasury Board Secretariat committe as well as through the collective bargaining process, pension coverage extends to eligible survivors and beneficiaries

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 31 days
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, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), part-time employees have a 6-month waiting period
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information flexible work arrangements may vary depending on employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Department of Finance 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
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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes

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
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), "Instant Awards", which include gift cards or certificates, long-service award ceremony during National Public Service Week (retiring employees also receive a signed letter from the Prime Minster and Deputy Minister of Finance), formal Awards and Recognition Advisory Committee
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development A

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training & development programs education leaves of absence (up to one year), international assignments, accelerated economist training program for recent graduates, Interdepartmental Micro-Assignment program (new program to help employees connect with other projects of interest withing the Federal Government), Finance Employee Development talks (FED Talks) covering a wide range of topics

Community Involvement A

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)
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of Ottawa and Gatineau, ABC Life Literacy Canada, Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
Community highlight Along with other Federal Government departments, Finance Canada and its employees donate to a wide range of charitable causes through the "Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign". Employees raised over $168,000 last year raising funds through a variety of activities, from running in the Wellness Challenge, entering a team in the annual Government of Canada Ultimate Frisbee Tournament and hosting 50/50 draws, auctions, and bake sales.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Department of Finance Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Department of Finance organizes a "Job Shadowing Sweepstakes" event to provide employees with an opportunity to share a day with a senior official
  • Department of Finance created an Economics and Social Sciences Development Program, a career development program targeted towards new grads -- the program includes work assignments, coaching and combination of formal and informal training to enable participants to work within higher-level positions within the department's policy branches
  • Department of Finance manages an employee development committee, championed by a senior executive to ensure learning remains a priority -- also offers "FED Talks", 20-minute presentations on current policy or workplace issues to encourage inter-branch knowledge sharing
Department of Finance Canada's ultimate frisbee team participating in the Government of Canada's eigth annual ultimate frisbee tournament


Industry Federal Government, General Economic Programs
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 748
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Finance Youth Network, international assignments, including placements in Canadian Missions as Finance Counsellors, the IMF, the World Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Procurement and Contracting Officer Development Program

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