BC Hydro
BC Hydro employees working on a power line  

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • BC Hydro helps employees plan securely for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- additionally, the organization offers health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit and 100 per cent premium coverage
  • Employees working at BC Hydro's head office location can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a fitness facility with regular instructor-led classes, massage therapy, physiotherapy, nutritional specialists and personal trainers
  • BC Hydro encourages employees to keep their skills sharp through a number of in-house and online training programs, as well as tuition subsidies for courses both related and indirectly related to their current position
BC Hydro staff collaborating on a design draft   (Photo credit: Alastair Bird)

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Established in Canada 1860
Parent company Victoria Gas Company
Parent company head office Vancouver BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,462
Part-time employees in Canada 91
Average age of employees in Canada 44.3 years
Longest serving employee 53 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • Through BC Hydro's Graduate Technologist-in-Training program, the organization provides structured career development and on-the-job training to employees -- the program ranges from 2 to 4 years in length and includes classroom training, presentations, technical courses and seminars
  • BC Hydro also trains future CPC Technologists through the Communications Protection and Control Technologist-in-Training program, which provides trainees with 48 months of on-the job-technical training and 6 months of in-school technical training, in addition to in-house training courses, self-study assignments and annual written and practical exams
  • BC Hydro's Youth Hire program offers summer employment opportunities for students interested in exploring different trades, technical careers, and gaining hands-on work experience while transitioning from school to work -- BC Hydro also offers a Pre-Apprentice Power Line Technician Program, a 1-year temporary opportunity to explore the trade and develop line skills to apply on an apprenticeship
A BC Hydro employee preparing to board a helicopter in the field   (Photo credit: Shamus Cromarty)

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,462
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives hires up to 150 co-op students each year in a variety of disciplines (electrical, mechanical and civil engineering and engineering physics), 2-year Engineer-in-Training program with rotations, created certified Red Seal training facility which includes classrooms, lab spaces, workshops, training substation, a multi-level confined space simulator, and overhead and underground training yards, participates in Learn @ Work Month (held lunch and learns, TED Talk sessions, site tours, a panel event, and a Coaching Blast event with mini-coaching sessions under the theme of "Building a Smarter Future")

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Along with greening its own fleet with hybrid and electric vehicles, BC Hydro is busy preparing the province and encouraging employees to consider driving electric vehicles by providing clean energy to over 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations as well as installing and owning over 50 stations for employees and customers alike
  • In addition to its provincial sponsorship of Bike to Work Week, BC Hydro operates a unique Bike Buddy Network to help connect employees who regularly bike to work and provide resources for those who are new to bicycle commuting (from gear purchase to route selection) -- employees can also participate in the organization's carpool initiative, which includes preferred parking for carpoolers, and are encouraged to take transit to meetings through a reimbursement program
BC Hydro employees   (Photo credit: Hubert Kang)

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,462
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Vice-President, Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery
Formal strategy/policy name BC Clean Energy Act (includes Environmental Responsibility Policy initiatives to meet goals)
Green highlights long history as an advocate with numerous ongoing conservation and energy management demand programs to encourage commercial and residential customers to conserve energy
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, solar air heating, energy saving upgrades on numerous facilities (from HVAC to lighting to heat recovery systems), ongoing renovations to align with LEED Gold standards at the head office, new facilities built to LEED Gold standards
Extended recycling organics composting program, paper reduction strategies (reduced paper use by 36 per cent since 2010), partnership with Green Standards to redistribute and recycle used furniture
Commuter amenities bicycle parking, showers, drying racks and repair stations at the head office and the Burnaby office, Bike Buddy Network (a unique mentoring program to connect new bike commuters with experienced cyclists), ongoing emissions reduction in fleet vehicles, and has installed and owns over 50 electric vehicle charging stations (with more planned), co-sponsor of Bike to Work Week (174 employees logged over 10,000km last year), Commuter Challenge (also offers preferred parking for carpoolers), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships World Wildlife Federation (Earth Hour and National Sweater Day)

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