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BC Hydro employees   (Photo credit: Hubert Kang)

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

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • BC Hydro supports employees through the many phases of parenthood, from a subsidy for in-vitro fertilization (to $15,000) if needed, to maternity leave top-up payments for new moms (to 87% of salary for 17 weeks) to an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies (to $2,000 per child)
  • First established in 1966, BC Hydro's longstanding employee social club organizes a number of impressive events every year, from National Aboriginal Day celebrations to a children's Christmas party to an annual hockey tournament, with over 500 participating employees
  • BC Hydro helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance and enrollment in a defined benefit pension plan -- employees nearing retirement age may also take advantage of phased-in retirement work options
BC Hydro employee   (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 5,018
Part-time employees in Canada 82
Average age of employees in Canada 44.9
Longest serving employee 51 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
Health spending account up to $750 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
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
Scope of charitable involvement local

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • BC Hydro has taken a leading role in energy conversation in the province through its longstanding Power Smart program, and works closely with industry, business and residential customers -- the public utility also encourages employees to play a critical role as ambassadors for energy conservation at home, with friends and in the broader community
  • In addition to longstanding support of Bike to Work Week, BC Hydro and its employees operate a unique "Bike Buddy Network" to help connect employees who regularly bike to work and provide resources for employees who are new to bicycle commuting, such as tips on gear purchase, safety and route selection -- employees can also participate in the organization's carpool initiative and are encouraged to take transit to meetings through a reimbursement program
  • BC Hydro supports approximately 75 employee "Green Leaders" who represent 39 locations across the province -- each year, Green Leaders participate in leadership training and meet to discuss green strategies for the upcoming year
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 5,018
Employee green team Green Team (with 75 employees representing 39 locations)
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Green highlights bike 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), Power Smart Program (operating for over 25 years, program encourages commercial and residential customers to conserve energy)
Extended recycling organics composting program
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Some of the green community initiatives World Wildlife Federation (Earth Hour and National Sweater Day), Bike to Work Week (248 employees logged over 14,000km last year), Commuter Challenge
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, ongoing renovations to align with LEED Gold standards at the head office, 2 other facilities currently being built to LEED Gold standards, use of electric fleet vehicles, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why BC Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • 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
  • In addition, BC Hydro manages a 2-year Engineer-in-Training program for recent engineering grads that includes rotations through multiple areas of the organization
  • 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
Apprentices at BC Hydro

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,262
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), Communications Protection and Control Technologist Trainee program which features 48 months of technical training, in-house classroom training and self-study assignments with annual written and practical exams, 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

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