Health Canada / Santé Canada
Health Canada / Santé Canada YPN Executive Committee members accepting the Government of Canada's Leaders' Cup Award for a charitable campaign

Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Health Canada / Santé Canada was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016):

  • Health Canada encourages ongoing employee development with full tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current positions as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs and subsidies for professional accreditation -- the organization also reaches out to the next generation of employees through paid internships, co-op work terms, apprenticeships and summer employment opportunities
  • Health Canada maintains a flexible health benefits plan that allows employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs throughout their career -- also helps employees plan for their life after their career with health benefits extending to retirees (with no age limit) as well as offering retirement planning assistance services, phased-in retirement work options for employees nearing retirement and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • Health Canada supports its new moms with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as parental top-up for new fathers or adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks) -- also offers new parents the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence along with the extremely helpful bonus of an onsite daycare facility when they return to work
Health Canada's head office is located in Ottawa's Tunney's Pasture, an urban complex of federal government buildings
An office view from Health Canada's headquarters

Highlights

Industry Federal Government, Administration of Public Health Programs
Established in Canada 1919
Parent company Government of Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 9,140
Part-time employees in Canada 987
Average age of employees in Canada 43.4
Longest serving employee 37 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
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, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)

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

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

  • Health Canada maintains a Young Professionals Network, which organizes "Mega-ConnEX", a networking event that brings together senior management and young employees -- the event provides opportunities for groups of young professionals to discuss topics related to career development with a number of different executives
  • Health Canada manages the Health Canada Science Management Development program, a 3-year initiative that includes work assignments, formal training and language training for employees who want to become senior managers -- the organization also manages similar entry-level programs for economist, sociologist, statistician and biologist roles
  • Health Canada employees can participate in a temporary placement within the department for up to one year in order to develop new skills in their specific area of interest
Health Canada employees playing volleyball over lunch

Highlights

Industry Federal Government, Administration of Public Health Programs
Full-time employees in Canada 9,140
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
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

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

Here are some of the reasons why Health Canada / Santé Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Health Canada created an Aboriginal Employee Development Initiative to provide recruitment and developmental opportunities to Aboriginal employees and job-seekers -- the initiative includes an Aboriginal Management Development Program, dedicated career management services and a summer student program to help Aboriginal students gain public service experience
  • Health Canada created a teaching and healing centre to encourage greater understanding of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures, traditions and perspectives -- employees can participate in Aboriginal teachings, meetings with Elders, story-telling and craft circle activities
  • In partnership with the Staffing Policy Centre, Health Canada's Centre for Persons with Disabilities created "Enhanced Internal Placement Services", an inventory program to match applicants with relevant vacancies in the public service -- and is also exploring partnerships with other departments to offer assignment opportunities for persons with disabilities
Health Canada employees taking part in a drumming circle event

Highlights

Industry Federal Government, Administration of Public Health Programs
Full-time employees in Canada 9,140
Workforce representation female employees (66.3 %), visible minority employees (20.5 %), Aboriginal employees (7.9 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT, young people
Employee resource groups Agents of Change, Atlantic region Aboriginal Sharing Circle, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, young professionals, Q network (LGBT)
Formal commitment diversity and employment equity champions, regional diversity advisory committees, employment equity coordinators, sex and gender-based analysis policy
Unique diversity initiatives bias-free selection training, Aboriginal awareness week celebrations, 9th annual department-wide diversity week celebration, Aboriginal Employee Development Initiative (provide recruitment and developmental opportunities to Aboriginal employees)
Diversity community partnerships Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Reach Canada (workshops on persons with disabilities)

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