UBC / University of British Columbia
UBC employees and students near the main campus' reflection pool   (Photo credit: Don Erhardt Photography 778-834-)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • UBC employees enjoy working in one of Canada's most beautiful campuses which features a shoreline hiking trail and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea -- employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized memberships to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility that includes instructor-led classes, swimming, skating, tennis and even rock climbing
  • UBC encourages employees to continue their own development and education through a variety of in-house training programs, as well as full tuition subsidies for university courses that are both related and not directly related to their current position
  • UBC helps its employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options for those nearing retirement, and generous contributions to a defined benefit or contribution pension plan (plans vary by employee group, with the majority of employees enrolled in the defined benefit plan)
UBC employees at the university's Harvest Feast event   (Photo credit: Don Erhardt Photography)

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Part-time employees in Canada 3,992
Average age of employees in Canada 44.6
Longest serving employee 47.67 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $125 each year
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
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • UBC was the first university in Canada to create a sustainable development policy back in 1997, followed by the opening of the first Sustainability Office a year after -- more recently, the University became the first Canadian school to sign the International Sustainable Campus Charter and join the International Sustainable Campus Network
  • UBC manages a longstanding "Sustainability Coordinator Program", involving over 80 employees and faculty who receive resources to promote and implement sustainable initiatives in their respective departments, such as monthly e-newsletters, lunchtime seminars and networking opportunities -- through the "Xerox Workplace Sustainability Fund", Sustainability Coordinators can apply for funding of up to $1,000 for their own initiatives, from energy conservation, sustainable food systems and green transportation to waste management and water conservation initiatives
  • UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings -- the University has eight LEED certified buildings thus far (with 15 registered) is preparing to install 20 electric vehicle charging stations as part of a provincial wide initiative, which will be available for employee use
UBC employees working at the on-campus farmer's market

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,524
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinator Program (a 15 year-old program with over 80 employees across campus)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Associate Provost, Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy (est. 1997) and the formal Sustainability Initiative (est. 2010)
Green highlights first Canadian university to sign the "International Sustainable Campus Charter" (and has since released its 20 Year Sustainability Strategy that is focused on integrating sustainability across teaching, learning and research, operations, infrastructure and community), UBC Sustainable Campus Food Guide (to create awareness about sustainable food systems), annual "Aim to Sustain" energy and water conservation competition (student residence compete to reduce energy and water consumption), on-campus farmers market
In-house waste reduction and recycling batteries, laboratory plastics, compostable materials, furniture and equipment re-use programs, hazardous waste, styrofoam, organics, and has established the "Zero Waste Action Plan" with the goal of becoming a "zero waste" campus (and has already achieved a waste diversion rate of 61percent),
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Xerox Workplace Sustainability Fund
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Pending
Building footprint includes solar water heating, new "Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility" uses clean wood chippings and sawmill residues to generate up to two megawatts of energy for its Vancouver campus (enough electricity to power 1,500 homes as well as reducing the university's natural gas consumption by 12 percent), electric vehicle charging stations (and the adoption of a green fleet strategy), comprehensive green housekeeping initiative, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • UBC employees can take advantage of a variety of in-house training programs including the award winning "Coaching@UBC" program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty
  • UBC established a Postdoctoral Fellows Office which acts as a resource centre to help postdocs expand their professional skills --- the Office offers semi-annual orientation sessions for all incoming postdocs and created a series of professional development workshops on topics including time management, grant writing, interview-to-job negotiation strategies and career building
UBC employees at the university's annual Welcome Back Barbecue

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,615 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives monthly cross-campus staff networking lunches (with up to 100 participants)

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

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • UBC offers an Equity Enhancement Fund to support community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural understanding at the university
  • UBC hosts an annual "Thrive" week to encourage dialogue and awareness on mental wellbeing and participates in the "Not Myself Today" campaign -- additionally, the university offers meditative and mindfulness programs and provides mental health training to faculty representatives
  • In addition to maintaining an on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, UBC's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice supports CampOUT, a community-based summer leadership camp to help queer, trans and allied youth develop leadership skills and build self-esteem
UBC employees taking part in the university's Thrive Week events promoting positive mental health

Highlights

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,459
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion
Formal commitment maintains an Equity and Inclusion Office and an Aboriginal Strategic Plan to enhance recruitment, support and advancement of Aboriginal staff and faculty
Employee resource groups Indigenous Academic Caucus (informal association of faculty members who identify as Indigenous), Faculty Equity Leads network (associate deans and senior staff from each faculty who examine, identify and share core strategies to support leadership and implementation of equity and inclusion commitments)
Diversity training and awareness barrier-free recruitment and selection workshops, equity training for faculty search committees, Speak Up! workshop which includes information on using inclusive language and interrupting discriminatory practices, mental health training to faculty representatives, Beyond the Binary training on awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals
Diversity highlights Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) initiative to support and synchronize activities in various local Asian Canadian communities, annual "Thrive" week to encourage awareness of mental wellbeing, on-campus Positive Space campaign for LGBT communities, community-based CampOUT leadership summer camp to help queer, trans and allied youth build self-esteem and leadership skills (offered in association with UBC's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice), celebrations and events to recognize international dates such as Pink Shirt Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Lunar New Year, to name a few
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Neil Squire Society (job fair for persons with disabilities), "Untapped" conference for job-seekers from underrepresented groups

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