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

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2018) :

  • BC Public Service provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 75% of salary for up to 50 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks) -- and depending on their location, employees may also have access to onsite daycare
  • BC Public Service employees in Victoria work in unique settings, amongst the historic Provincial Parliament Buildings on the city's inner harbour and the new Selkirk Waterfront development -- offices feature various amenities including onsite fitness facilities, cafeterias, convenient access to bike trails and accessibility for kayak commuters
  • In addition to offering paid time off for employees to volunteer, BC Public Service manages the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, which allows employees to arrange direct payroll deductions for donations to registered charities of their choosing
BC Public Service employees on the Public Service Engagement and Corporate Initiatives teams outside the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria   ( Photo credit: BC Public Service Agency)

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 27,785
Part-time employees in Canada 1,965
Average age of employees in Canada 45.3 years
Longest serving employee 47.7 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, free parking, 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, workplace features telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, board games, quiet rooms (lounge features vary across locations)
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), shower facilities, (3 major work locations have onsite fitness facilities)
Other nearby amenities YM/YWCA, Orange Theory Fitness, fitness club, Beacon Hill Park, Galloping Goose Trail (60 km network of reclaimed railway beds), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal British Columbia Museum, IMAX Theatre

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, business casual dress, 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
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 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
Waiting period for coverage 30 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, physiotherapy, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information smoking cessation program, 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 15 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), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information up to 60 annual scholarships for children of employees, onsite daycare 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 each year 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 event 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, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
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 BC Cancer Foundation, Mustard Seed Street Church, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC SPCA, Victoria Women's Transition House Society
Community highlight Through the organization's Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, employees can arrange to have direct payroll deductions donated to the registered charities of their choosing. The program recently celebrated its 50th year with thousands of organizations supported throughout the province.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • 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
  • BC Public Service manages the Work-Able Graduate Internship program, which offers 9 postsecondary graduates with disabilities opportunities to gain work experience within the public sector
  • For over a decade, BC Public Service has maintained an Aboriginal 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 the public service followed by a 3-month term at a select Aboriginal organization
BC Public Service employees participating in the Oath of Employment ceremony at the British Columbia Legislature


Industry Provincial Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 27,785
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Executive Development and Diversity
Diversity training and awareness Supporting Gender Diversity in the Workplace (resource), Words Matter (guide on inclusive language in the workplace)
Diversity highlights Disability Employment Month in September, to celebrate people with disabilities in the workforce and the employers and communities who support them, recently proclaimed November to be Aboriginal Disability Awareness Month

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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