Health Canada / Santé Canada
Health Canada employees Anjum, Caitlin and Anita work together on a Young Professionals Network event

Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Health Canada / Santé Canada was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):

  • In addition to 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Health Canada offers up to 7 paid personal days off each year, which can be scheduled at the employees' discretion
  • Health Canada supports employees who are new mothers 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) -- additionally, employees can extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence and take advantage of onsite daycare when they return
  • Employees working at Health Canada's head office can make use of a variety of onsite amenities including a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, a cafeteria with healthy menu options, and subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility, featuring instructor-led classes such as yoga and bootcamp
Sonia, an acoustic technologist at Health Canada, tests the safety of headphone sound levels inside a soundproof chamber

Highlights

Industry Federal Government, Administration of Public Health Programs
Established in Canada 1919
Parent company Government of Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Regina SK, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 9,113
Part-time employees in Canada 1,050
Average age of employees in Canada 44
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 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
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Health Canada / Santé Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • 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 young professionals to discuss career development topics with 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 work placement within the organization for up to one year, in order to develop new skills in their specific area of interest
Xiong, a Project Engineer at Health Canada, tests toy safety

Highlights

Industry Federal Government, Administration of Public Health Programs
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Regina SK, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 9,113
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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Health Canada / Santé Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Health Canada launched a multi-year mental health and wellness strategy to promote the psychological wellbeing of its workforce -- as part of the strategy, the department implemented the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety and is developing internal wellness services and resources, as well as mandatory mental health training
  • 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
  • In partnership with the Staffing Policy Centre, Health Canada's Centre for Persons with Disabilities created 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
Lena, Marketing Officer at Health Canada, develops a public health awareness campaign in her workspace

Highlights

Industry Federal Government, Administration of Public Health Programs
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Regina SK, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 9,113
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Formal commitment national and regional diversity advisory committees, diversity and employment equity champions, mental health and wellness strategy, sex and gender-based analysis policy to identify differences between men and women which can impact health risk, health services use and health outcomes
Employee resource groups Agents of Change, Aboriginals, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, young professionals, Q Network (LGBT)
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as bias-free selection, duty to accommodate, Aboriginal cultural awareness, and gender identity and expression
Diversity highlights Aboriginal employee development initiative (recruitment and development opportunities), Aboriginal health 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), Aboriginal awareness week celebrations, 9th annual department-wide diversity week celebrations with over 700 employees participating across the country
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Reach Canada (workshops on persons with disabilities)

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