Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat employees in the head office's lunchroom

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

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

  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat encourages employees to save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • New parents working at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments, ranging from 35 weeks to a full year of paid leave
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat supports ongoing employee development through a number of in-house training programs including apprenticeship opportunities, and participates in the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's Aboriginal Leadership Development Initiative to help identify and develop leadership skills among Aboriginal employees
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat head office collaboration area

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, Finance Spending and Regulation
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,922
Part-time employees in Canada 83
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 12.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.67
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace B

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, 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, the building is certified LEED Gold and features a living wall, a green roof, a training facility, charging stations for electric vehicles, indoor bicycle storage, showers and lockers, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Other nearby amenities Goodlife Fitness, YMCA, fitness club, Confederation Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Ottawa Public Library, Sparks Street Mall, Parliament Hill, Museum of Nature, Rideau Canal, Byward Market, National Art Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications B

Recent social events National Public Service Week barbecue, Secretary's holiday reception, long service awards ceremony, celebrations for the organization's 50th year anniversary, TBS Olympics
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

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 6 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
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)
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 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 35 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 B

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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes

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)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs Administrative Services Community Initiative to support learning and career development of employees in related roles, Advanced Policy Analyst Program for high potential individuals, micro-missions (short-term, voluntary task-based opportunities for employees interested in i building skills and networks outside of their daily environment)

Community Involvement B+

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), matches employee donations
Community highlight For the past two years, Treasury Board of Canada has focused it's charitable efforts internationally, with a specific focus on Syrian emergency relief. The organization participates in the Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign, allowing employees to donate to any charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.

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