Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Hydro engineer-in-training working on the Bipole III Reliability project

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

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2016):

  • Manitoba Hydro employees are encouraged to give to the unique Manitoba Hydro Employee Fund Board, an in-house charitable fund that is used to help employees and retirees in need, with over 137 employees assisted since 2002
  • Manitoba Hydro encourages employees to get involved in activities outside of work through the support of an employee-led social committee that has been active since the 1950s -- every year, employees enjoy various social events and can keep fit by participating in a number of sports leagues, including a 10-team baseball league as well as curling and hockey leagues
  • Along with an extensive original art collection that features the work of over 150 Manitoban artists, Manitoba Hydro's head office was the first office tower in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification and includes a geothermal heating and cooling system, a 24-metre waterfall that moderates humidity, and a green roof with native prairie plantings

Employer Background

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 6,031
Part-time employees in Canada 226
Average age of employees in Canada 42.7
Longest serving employee 59.4 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features LEED Platinum certified head office building (first and only office tower in Canada to achieve this designation), features three six-story glass atriums that function as solar collectors and air exchangers, a 24-metre waterfall that moderates humidity, a green roof (with native prairie plantings), a geothermal heating system, extensive original art collection throughout that features the work of over 150 Manitoban artists, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, three accessible rooftop terraces
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, instructor-led classes (cardio kick-boxing, yoga, bootcamp, weight training, zumba fusion), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Urban Wellness Centre (with employee discounts), fitness club, The River Walk, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, MTS Centre, Millennium Library, weekly farmers' market in the summer hosted in the outside courtyard, all-weather access to shops and restaurants through Winnipeg's enclosed and elevated "Skywalk" system

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Manitoba Hydro Social & Recreation Committee (est. 1950s)
Recent social events curling league, 10-team slow pitch league (hosted on the organization's very own baseball diamond), hockey league, employee choir, discounts to local sporting and entertainment events, Christmas parties for employees as well as for their children (at locations across the province)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications formal policy to encourage employees to contact senior personnel directly (including the CEO), monthly lunches with the CEO (employees selected at random)

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits shift premium pay rates (for additional hours worked during emergencies and when needed), employees working at certain northern locations are eligible to receive a Northern Allowance and housing allowance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 120 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, chiropractor, health care spending account for additional coverage (to $550 annually), up to five "Benefit Credit Days" that can be used for vacation or allotted to the employee's health spending account (or a combination of the two), smoking cessation coverage, hearing aid coverage, retiree health spending account ($690 approximately and indexed annually)
Fitness club subsidy $250 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 17 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

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information educational leave of absence (after 4 years of employment), up to 6 family care days taken in increments as required (normally charged to sick days), unlimited earned sick day policy (with health care provider approval) with unused sick days paid-out upon retirement, previous work experience may be considered when setting vacation entitlement for new employees (depending on the position)

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 25% of non-related tuition per year
Unique training & development programs maintains a 38,000 square foot training centre that offers programs for most power and gas utility related trades, the facility houses classrooms and shops in an industrial setting with indoor and outdoor training areas

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (corporate charity of choice), Heart & Stroke Foundation, Salvation Army, Canadian Diabetes Association, Kidney Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Manitoba Hydro operates regional-based volunteer Charitable Donations Committees across the province, which are responsible for planning and executing charitable initiatives throughout the year. The committees support hundreds of charities each year and meet monthly to plan and organize upcoming charitable events. Through the company's incredibly thoughtful and unique "Employee Fund Board", the utility provides matching charitable donations that are directed to assist employees, immediate family members and retirees in need -- over 137 employees and their families have received help since the fund's inception in 2002.

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

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

  • Manitoba Hydro manages a number of professional development programs for recent grads which range from 6 to 12 months in duration -- each program features rotational assignments to provide exposure to different areas of the organization, networking opportunities and opportunities to apply for internal vacancies
  • Students employed in Manitoba Hydro's summer program can participate in facility tours, network with recent hires and senior managers, and have access to other resources
  • Manitoba Hydro maintains an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) program as well as a number of in-house apprenticeship programs for operating technician, power electrician, powerline technician and service person roles -- EITs have an opportunity to go on station tours and an annual barbecue


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 6,031
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives co-op placements and paid internships in a variety of disciplines including engineering, commerce, computer science, information technology, civil technology and electrical/electronic/instrumentation technology

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

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

  • For over a decade, Manitoba Hydro has managed an Acquired Brain Injury Program to help persons who have sustained severe brain injury reintegrate into the workforce -- the program partners with support agencies such as the Manitoba Brain Injury Association and features customized vocational assessment, training and job coaching
  • Manitoba Hydro participates in a transitional employment program called Project Search to provide work placements for high school students with intellectual disabilities in their final year of school -- the program is offered in partnership with a non-profit organization, SCE Lifeworks
  • Manitoba Hydro manages 7- to 10-month pre-placement programs to help Aboriginal candidates complete the necessary prerequisites to enter trades apprenticeship programs -- participants receive pay and on-the-job training
  • Manitoba Hydro participates in the University of Manitoba's Internationally Educated Engineers Qualifications Program, a 12-month initiative to help internationally educated engineers become accredited in the province -- the organization provides funding for the program, bursaries for students and has also hired participating students
"Prior to Project Search, I only had volunteer experience. Project Search helped me to understand the work environment and what I needed to do to be successful. I love working with the people at Manitoba Hydro since it is a very friendly environment and one of the best employers to work with here in Manitoba." Rhys B., Administrative Representative


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Full-time employees in Canada 6,031
Workforce representation female employees (24.3 %), female managers (25.5 %), visible minority employees (7.8 %), visible minority managers (3.1 %), Aboriginal employees (18 %), Aboriginal managers (7.5 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Formal commitment recruitment and diversity department (established mid 1980s, approximately 25 employees)
Unique diversity initiatives recruitment and diversity department, in-house training (Aboriginal Culture Awareness, Disability Awareness, LGBT Awareness), mentoring for women in trades, Women in Trades networking intranet (for employees working in isolated locations), Aboriginal Sharing Circle (employee group and website), scholarships, bursaries and program funding to help diverse students access education
Diversity community partnerships Ability Axis Expo (recruitment fair for persons with disabilities), Women as Career Mentors

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

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

  • Manitoba Hydro's head office building is a state-of-the-art "climatically responsive" office tower, equipped with two weather stations measuring ongoing climatic conditions and over 10,000 sensor points that audit energy levels on a daily basis and assist in minimizing the building's energy consumption --- the building also makes use of a number of technologies including an automated solar shading and geothermal heating and cooling systems -- impressively the LEED Platinum certified building is the first office tower in Canada to achieve this level of certification
  • Manitoba Hydro supports a "Green Commuting Options Committee" (aka the CO2 committee) that recently established a "Cycle Buddies" program to pair-up seasoned bicycle commuters to those wishing to make the move to two-wheeled commuting as well as encouraging employees to participate in the the annual "Commuter Challenge" every June -- over 800 employees logged approximately 136,000 kilometres last year
  • Manitoba Hydro is an enviable power producer in North America -- virtually all (over 99 percent) of the electricity the utility produces comes from self-renewing water power generated at 14 hydro-electric facilities along the Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Nelson rivers -- and the utility has also added geothermal and wind power to its renewable portfolio
  • Manitoba Hydro manages an aggressive demand-side management program (called Power Smart) to encourage energy conservation and introduce alternative energy solutions to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers -- the program encompasses a range of conservation initiatives from water to lighting to new building design and construction


Full-time employees in Canada 6,031
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (EMS)
Unique green initiatives Power Smart program (to encourage energy conservation and alternative energy solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers), Power Smart Water & Energy Saver program (free water and energy saver kits to customers), Commuting Options Committee (includes dedicated website to help self-manage the unique Cycle Buddies program to help train newbie bicycle commuters), integrating hybrid and electric vehicles into its fleet where possible,
In-house waste reduction and recycling hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste collection facility, PCB decontamination system, e-waste (usable equipment donated to non-profits)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Commuter Challenge, Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program, Manitoba Hydro Environmental Partnership Fund (supports approximately 30 community based projects each year), Manitoba Conservation (wildlife impact studies), Education for Sustainable Development Grants program, sponsored in partnership the provincial education Ministry (grants up to $2,000 to promote sustainability education in schools), partnership with Winnipeg Downtown BIZ to host farmers markets in its courtyard during the summer months (and inside the head office in the fall and winter)
Head office LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, over 10,000 sensor points and two weather stations to monitor exterior conditions to maximize building performance and interior comfort, water bottle filling stations (to reduce disposable water bottles), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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