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NAV CANADA air traffic controller at the Billy Bishop Tower in Toronto, Ontario

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

Here are some of the reasons why NAV CANADA was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016):

  • NAV CANADA supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for up to 17 weeks) and offers an option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence, depending on position
  • As part of NAV CANADA's health benefits plan, employees receive a health spending account of up to $750 per year which can be used to top-up existing coverage or cover additional wellness-related expenses
  • NAV CANADA encourages ongoing employee development through tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation and in-house apprenticeship programs
NAV CANADA flight service specialist in the Gander International Flight Service Station, Newfoundland

Employer Background

Industry Air Traffic Control
Major Canadian hiring locations Cornwall ON, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Gander NL
Full-time employees in Canada 4,807
Part-time employees in Canada 13
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.89%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.46
Longest serving employee 52.6 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 12-storey head office is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa and features "The Dome" meeting room, reminiscent of the cab of an airport control tower, aeronautically themed decor, quiet rooms for rest, electric car charging stations and NAV Centre in Cornwall
Employee lounge amenities television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, shower facilities, (onsite fitness room)
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Majors Hill Park, Confederation Park, restaurants, shopping mall, National Arts Centre, National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, Rideau Canal

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events annual picnic, annual NAV CAN Jam music fest in Winnipeg (social event and fundraiser for CancerCare), 15th annual hockey tournament with employee teams from across Canada, aviation community charity golf tournament in Winnipeg, Points of Pride gala, children's Christmas party in Ottawa, Christmas parade in Cornwall
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note NAV CANADA has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 24 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note NAV CANADA has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 12 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $750 each year
Other health plan information management employees (approximately 12% of workforce) receive health benefits coverage for retirees (with no age limit), wellness programs to support the physical and psychological health of employees, Light the Way peer support mental health program
Family-friendly benefits note NAV CANADA has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,250 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note NAV CANADA 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
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
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 on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Points of Pride awards for exceptional employees, presented at the organization's annual gala, Vice President's Award of Merit for employees who demonstrate leadership and management skills, courage or compassion in the workplace
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Ottawa Hospital, Toronto ATC Charity Gold Tournament, Hope Air
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Since 2008, NAV CANADA has supported The Ottawa Hospital through the annual Renewed Hope campaign to raise funds for cancer research.

The Career Directory

NAV CANADA has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
NAV CANADA employees working in the Area Control Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Air Traffic Control
Major Canadian hiring locations Cornwall ON, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Gander NL
Full-time employees in Canada 4,807
Part-time employees in Canada 13
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Air Traffic Controller, Flight Service Specialist, Electronics Technologist, Air Traffic Support Specialist, Engineer, Management and Administration positions
Work perks health benefits for new employees
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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