Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):

  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, from a full year of paid leave for new mothers to 93% of salary for up to 37 weeks for new fathers and adoptive parents -- employees also have the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat fosters the next generation of talent through paid internships, co-op placements and summer employment opportunities -- additionally, the organization maintains Renaissance, an internal group to provide opportunities for new professionals to network and develop both personally as well as professionally
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat employees collaborating

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, Finance Spending and Regulation
Established in Canada 1867
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,895
Part-time employees in Canada 95
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 15.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace B

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Treasury Board of Canada's new headquarters, the James Michael Flaherty Building, opened in 2015 in the heart of downtown Ottawa and was developed with employee feedback (teams of employees tested demonstration workplace designs), the building is steps away from numerous shops, caf├ęs and restaurants, is certified LEED Gold, and features a living wall, a green roof, a training facility, sound masking technology, showers and lockers for cycling commuters, two full-service kitchen and eating areas, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, smaller collaboration areas for socializing and impromptu meetings, formal meeting rooms with state-of-the-art video conferencing technology, original artwork throughout the building (including some by employees)
Other nearby amenities GoodLife Fitness, YMCA, fitness club, Confederation Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Ottawa Public Library, Sparks Street Mall, Parliament Hill, Rideau Canal, Byward Market, National Art Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications B

Recent social events National Public Service Week barbecue, TBC Olympics (friendly competition between employee teams), Secretary's holiday reception, long service awards ceremony, celebrations for the organization's 50th year anniversary, annual interdepartmental innovation fair, kick-off breakfast for the annual Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media
Other in-house communications ongoing blog for senior management and TBS Champions (comprised of 15 senior-level employees)

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Treasury Board of 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 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note Treasury Board of Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information elective eye surgery (lifetime maximum of $1,000)
Family-friendly benefits note Treasury Board of Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 34 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information compassionate leave top-up payments are available

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 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 60 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), managers can recognize employees for excellent work through an "instant awards" program (non-monetary gift valued up to $500)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs a number of unique in-house training programs from the Administrative Services Community Initiative to the Advanced Policy Analyst Program for high potential individuals to second language training programs (French and English), micro-missions (short-term, voluntary task-based opportunities for employees interested in building skills and networks outside of their daily environment)

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Every year, the Treasury Board of Canada participates in the Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign, allowing employees to donate to any charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (over 86,000 charities are registered with the program). Employees raised over $373,000 through a variety of fundraising activities including art auctions, chili cook-offs, bingo nights, concerts and even a unique baklava sale (with home baking by a very popular employee) that raised over $1,000 last year.

The Career Directory

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat employees collaborating

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal Government, Finance Spending and Regulation
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
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
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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