BC Public Service
BC Public Service employees from the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch in the Ministry of Finance  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • BC Public Service invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses as well as subsidies for professional accreditation, and offers a variety of in-house and online training opportunities
  • Additionally, the organization offers academic scholarships for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies, to $2,500 per child (up to 60 scholarships provided annually)
  • BC Public Service recognizes exceptional employee performance through its longstanding Premier's Innovation and Excellence Awards program -- established in 2004, the program honours significant accomplishments in six categories, including emerging leader, innovation, legacy, organizational excellence, and partnership
  • In addition to providing paid time off for employees to volunteer, BC Public Service manages the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, allowing employees to arrange direct payroll deductions for donations to registered charities of their choosing
BC Public Service employees participating in Pink Shirt Day at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training   (Photo credit: Ani Sugiarto)

Employer Background

Industry Provincial government
Established in Canada 1858
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 28,452
Part-time employees in Canada 2,509
Average age of employees in Canada 44.9 years
Longest serving employee 48.7 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features employees work in over 280 communities around the province with approximately half of all employees located in Victoria, where employees work in a range of unique facilities from the Selkirk Waterfront development to the landmark provincial Parliament Buildings in Victoria's inner harbour, the organization's main workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, board games, (lounge features vary across locations) quiet rooms
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (boot camp, Zumba, yoga), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, (three major work locations have onsite fitness facilities)
Other nearby amenities YMCA-YWCA, Orangetheory Fitness, Beacon Hill Park, Galloping Goose Trail (60-km network of reclaimed railway beds, includes cycling and walking trail system), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal British Columbia Museum

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name numerous employee-led social committees across the Service
Recent social events annual Public Service Week celebrations in recognition of its employees, annual Premier's Awards for Innovation and Excellence, annual Bike to Work Week campaign, a variety of events hosted in offices across the province
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 24 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits online employee store with promotional products, recreational gear, discounts on computer merchandise, cellphones, emergency kits and leisure accommodation

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information three levels of coverage through the flexible health plan, extended plan includes smoking cessation program, psychological support, hearing aids, emergency ambulance services, vision examinations, discounts on home fitness equipment purchases through the government's procurement system
Family-friendly benefits note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information up to 60 annual scholarships for children of employees, onsite daycare available at some locations

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation increases by 1 day annually after 3 years on the job, moving to 4 weeks after 5 years of employment, management level employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
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 peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), non-cash awards valued at $100 for exceptional performance (varies by position), annual long service gala event, as well as the Premier's Innovation and Excellence Awards (gala hosted at the Victoria Conference Centre)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs 12-month paid internship program for Aboriginal youth, tuition subsidies for courses indirectly related an employee's current position are determined on a case-by-case basis

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,000 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Mustard Seed Street Church, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC SPCA, Canadian Red Cross, BC Cancer Foundation, Victoria Women's Transition House Society, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Victoria, Spinal Cord Injury BC
Community highlight Through the organization's Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, employees can arrange to have direct payroll deductions donated to registered charities of their choosing, with over 1,000 charities and initiatives supported across the province.

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

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

  • Regular full- or part-time employees of the BC Public Service can apply for the Pacific Leaders BC Loan Forgiveness program -- for those accepted, the BC portion of their Canada-BC student loan becomes interest-free for a period of one year, with a third of their loan forgiven at the end of the year, until their entire BC student loan is forgiven after three years
  • BC Public Service offers a 12-month Work-Able Internship Program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability, providing learning, coaching and mentorship experience for interns to gain valuable skills and public service experience
  • Launched in May 2017, BC Public Service maintains a Co-op Program and Resource Office for all employees interested or engaged with the co-op program with the provincial government -- current co-op students sit on the Co-op Advisory Board to help share knowledge across the government and provide feedback and guidance to the Office
BC Public Service staff in the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training participating in a beach clean up in Victoria, BC  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 28,452
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
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
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 18-month Policy Analyst Internship Program (Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General's Corporate Policy and Planning Office), 12-month paid fellowship to the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship Program in partnership with Mitacs, Articled Student Program for Legal Professions hires articled students one year ahead of the start date of their articles (Ministry of Attorney General), Technician Entry Level Program for recent graduates (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure), 2-year Forest Technologist Entry Level Program, Youth Employment Program for students, BC Parkers Student Ranger Program during the summer months for students between the ages 18 and 30, Engineer-in-Training/Geoscientist-in-Training program in electrical, traffic and highway safety, hydrotechnical, highway design and structural streams for recent post-secondary graduates (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure), First Nations Forestry Training Program, 12-month Indigenous Youth Internship Program (includes 3 months with an Indigenous organization)

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

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • BC Public Service created Accessibility 2024, a 10-year action plan to help make the province more accessible and inclusive for persons with disabilities, as well as increase employment opportunities, and recently launched a dedicated diversity and inclusion action plan
  • BC Public Service manages the Work-Able Graduate Internship program to provide post-secondary graduates with disabilities opportunities to gain work experience within the public sector -- the program features learning, coaching and mentorship
  • For over a decade, BC Public Service has maintained an Indigenous Youth Internship Program to provide employment opportunities to Aboriginals who are 29 years of age or younger -- program participants work at an organization for 9 months to learn various aspects of public service, followed by a 3-month term at a select Aboriginal organization
BC Public Service staff from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 28,452
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Executive Development and Diversity
Formal commitment Accessibility 2024 action plan
Diversity training and awareness Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Employees in the Workplace (resource), Indigenous relations behaviour competencies
Diversity highlights employee accessibility advisory council, Access Awareness Day in June, Disability Employment Month in September to celebrate people with disabilities in the workforce and the employers and communities who support them

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

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

  • BC Public Service hosts an annual two-day "Public Sector Climate Leadership Symposium" that brings together employees from over 120 public sector organizations from across the province to share stories and learn about each others' efforts to reduce emissions, climate change adaptation strategies and showcase their successes thus far
  • BC Public Service boasts numerous employee-led Green Teams that champion initiatives to reduce emissions and sustainability across the province, from formal bike-to-work programs (including bicycles for sign out) to the SAIL Awards, to recognize individual efforts, to online blogs where employees can share ideas on topics related to energy, climate action, waste and water management
  • BC Public Service has mandated that all new building construction meet LEED Gold certification standards and, when assessing properties, the Real Property Division considers environmental interests equally alongside social and financial considerations
Employees of BC Public Service in the Food Safety and Inspection Branch in the Ministry of Agriculture take part in a beach clean up  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 28,452
Employee green team separate Green Teams established at many Ministries, CITZ Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Division, Senior Executive (one appointment for each Ministry)
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Stewardship Strategy (est. 2000)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights ongoing blogs addressing a range of subjects (energy, climate action, waste and water management), SAIL Awards (to recognize employee leaders in advancing sustainability in government operations), formal managed print service strategy (to reduce the number of printers and paper/toner usage), in-house Hibernation Challenge (voluntary awareness campaign that encourages all Service employees to conserve energy), hosts an annual Public Sector Climate Leadership Symposium (brings together employees from 126 public sector organizations in BC to share and learn about each others' efforts to reduce emissions, climate change adaptation strategies and showcase their successes)
Noteworthy initiatives hosts an annual Public Sector Climate Leadership Symposium that brings together employees from 126 public sector organizations in BC to share and learn about each others' efforts to reduce emissions, climate change adaptation strategies and showcase their successes
Building footprint includes has mandated that all new building construction meet LEED Gold certification standards, the Real Property Division considers environmental interests equally alongside social and financial considerations when assessing properties
Extended recycling organics, batteries, enhanced recycling in government buildings (beyond some municipalities minimums)
Commuter amenities Bike to Work Week (encourages employees to participate across the province), updated vehicle fleet standards to include a hybrid-first purchasing policy where possible, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Earth Week (numerous awareness initiatives)

The Career Directory

BC Public Service has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
BC Public Service employees take the organization's Oath of Employment

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
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, leadership training
Other info for new grads BC Public Service offers a number of programs for students and new grads including an Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, a Work-Able Internship Program for recent grads with disabilities, Engineer-in-Training and Geoscientist-in-Training programs, and an entry-level Forest Technologist program, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Engineer-in-Training / Geoscientist-in-Training, Correctional Officer, Employment and Assistance Worker, Administrative Assistant, Website Administrator, Data Entry Clerk
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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