Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Hydro employees taking part in the United Way's annual plane pull fundraiser   (Photo credit: Mario Palumbo)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2017):

  • Employees at Manitoba Hydro are encouraged to keep their skills sharp through a variety of training programs hosted in a 38,000 square foot training centre -- the centre features classrooms, mechanical shops and indoor and outdoor training areas
  • Manitoba Hydro employees enjoy the security of a defined benefit pension plan and can prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance
  • 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 in-house baseball, curling and hockey
Manitoba Hydro employees with the company's Vice President on an executive site safety visit   (Photo credit: Mario Palumbo)

Employer Background

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,001
Part-time employees in Canada 210
Average age of employees in Canada 42.5
Longest serving employee 60.3 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, 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 3 six-storey 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 130 Manitoban artists, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, landscaped public courtyard with bistro style tables, three accessible rooftop terraces (with barbecues)
Onsite fitness facility for 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), YMCA-YWCA Winnipeg, fitness club, The River Walk, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, MTS Centre, Millennium Library, weekly farmer's 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 A+

Employee social committee name Manitoba Hydro Social & Recreation Committee (est. 1950s)
Recent social events 10-team slow pitch league (hosted on the organization's very own baseball diamond), curling and hockey leagues, 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 A

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 B+

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 spending account up to $550 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $250 each year
Other health plan information up to 5 Benefit Credit Days that can be used for vacation or allotted to employee's health spending account (or a combination of the two), smoking cessation coverage, hearing aid coverage, retiree health spending account ($710 approximately and indexed annually)
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
Additional family-friendly information standard hour provide up to 18 Mondays off each year, usually working out to close to every second Monday through the year

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 6 personal days off each year, as needed
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 (personal) taken in increments as required, unlimited earned sick day policy (with health care provider approval) with unused sick days paid-out upon retirement

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition long-service awards, some employees (including supervisory, corporate and engineering personnel) are eligible for merit pay, which is linked to their annual performance reviews
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

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) yes
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 A

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 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 149 employees and their families have received help since the fund's inception in 2002.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

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

  • Manitoba Hydro participates in a transitional employment program called Project Search to provide work placements to high school students with intellectual disabilities -- offered in partnership with SCE Lifeworks, the program places up to 10 students at Manitoba Hydro each year
  • 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 -- working closely with support agencies such as the Manitoba Brain Injury Association, the program features customized vocational assessment, training and job coaching -- additionally, Manitoba Hydro recently expanded the program to include individuals with intellectual disabilities, hiring graduates of Project Search as well as referrals from other disability organizations
  • 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 program funding, bursaries for students and employment opportunities for graduates
Manitoba Hydro Project SEARCH employees including Colin Glass (front), Project SEARCH and Disability Access Program participant
"Project SEARCH supported me in learning a good work ethic, building up my confidence, and trying three different work experiences at Manitoba Hydro. The Disability Access Program (DAP) then helped me to get an Administrative Representative position making appointments with customers and providing relief at the main reception desk. This helped me to get out of my shell and has given me the ability to speak to customers both on the phone and in person." Colin Glass, Project SEARCH & DisAbility Access Program participant


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,001
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Vice President, HR & Corporate Services
Formal commitment established a recruitment and diversity department in the mid-1980's
Employee resource groups Aboriginal Sharing Circle (est. 2012)
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as Aboriginal culture awareness, disability awareness, LGBTT awareness and cultural coaching
Diversity highlights pre-placement programs to help Aboriginal candidates complete the necessary prerequisites to enter trades apprenticeship programs (includes on-the-job training and pay), mentoring for women in trades, Women in Trades networking intranet (for employees working in isolated locations), scholarships, bursaries and program funding to help diverse students access education
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Rainbow Resource Centre (sponsor), Manitoba Start (job coaching for new Canadians), Success Skills Centre, Aboriginal Link

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Manitoba Hydro supports a Green Commuting Options Committee (aka the CO2 committee) which recently established a "Cycle Buddies" program to pair seasoned bicycle commuters to those wishing to make the move to two-wheeled commuting -- the program also encourages employees to participate in the the annual Commuter Challenge every June
  • 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 -- the utility also added geothermal and wind power to its renewable portfolio
  • Manitoba Hydro's head office building is a state-of-the-art "climatically responsive" office tower equipped with two weather stations, which measure 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 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 employee   (Photo credit: Mario Palumbo)


Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,001
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (EMS)
Green highlights Power Smart programs to encourage water and energy conservation and alternative energy solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers, Commuting Options Committee/CO2 (includes a dedicated website to help self-manage the unique Cycle Buddies and car-pooling programs), integrating hybrid and electric vehicles into its fleet where possible, IT Green Book (tips for all employees)
Extended recycling hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste collection facility, PCB decontamination system, e-waste (usable equipment donated to non-profits)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Commuter Challenge, Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program, Manitoba Hydro Environmental Partnership Fund (supports approximately 14 community based projects each year), Lake Winnipeg (multiple partnerships with groups working to enhance healthy lakes and waterways), Nelson River Sturgeon Board (works with community stakeholders to help manage the sturgeon fishery), Aki Energy (an non-profit Aboriginal enterprise, Manitoba Hydro provides training and expertise for solar and geothermal installations), Manitoba Electric Bus Project (developing charging infrastructure in partnership with New Flyer Industries, the Province of Manitoba, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Red River College), 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), LED lighting retrofits, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Manitoba Hydro has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Manitoba Hydro in front of a company exhibit on the evolution of LGBT rights in Canada

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 6,001
Part-time employees in Canada 210
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
Other info for new grads Manitoba Hydro offers Pre-Placement training programs for Aboriginal candidates interested in careers in the trades. The company also partners with the University of Manitoba to help internationally-educated engineers obtain professional accreditation through EGM.
Typical new grad positions Engineer-In-Training, Information Technology Trainee, Commerce Trainee, Power Line Technician Trainee, Power Electrician Trainee, Operator Technician Trainee
Starting salary $45K to $50K
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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