Canadian Heritage
Canada Day tourists at Canadian Heritage's 2017 Canada Day celebration   (Photo credit: Guy-Marc Dumais)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Heritage was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Canadian Heritage helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • Along with supporting ongoing employee development, Canadian Heritage helps students and new grads gain career-level experience through summer jobs and internships at museums and heritage and cultural organizations
  • Canadian Heritage's head office features a number of unique perks, including collaborative workspaces, a departmental library, the Bob Fern Accessibility Centre (which showcases adaptive technology), and an onsite fitness facility with instructor-led classes, free fitness consultations, onsite massage therapy, and a physiotherapy clinic
Winterlude staff during Canadian Heritage's annual winter festival event   (Photo credit: Dominique Binoist)

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, Culture and Heritage
Established in Canada 1993
Parent company Government of Canada
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Halifax NS, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC, Regina SK, Charlottetown PE, Vancouver BC, Yellowknife NT, Montréal QC, St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Sudbury ON, Québec QC, Whitehorse YT, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,938
Part-time employees in Canada 246
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.8 years
Longest serving employee 41.6 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is Les Terrasses de la Chaudière, a complex of government buildings shared by 5 federal departments and agencies, the complex is central to a number of major festivals (such as the Ottawa Bluesfest, Winterlude and Canada Day) and features a public shopping concourse, hotel with gym, sauna and saltwater pool, and a convention centre, inside, Canadian Heritage offices feature telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, numerous lounge and restaurants areas, as well as collaborative workspaces to exchange ideas and experiment (including a treadmill workstation), departmental library, unique Bob Fern Accessibility Centre (showcases adaptive technology that removes physical workplace barriers)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (pilates, boot camp, Zumba, yoga, muscle fit, Tabata), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, free fitness consultation, health and wellness workshops, an onsite massage and physiotherapy clinic
Other nearby amenities Anytime Fitness, Gatineau Centre Sportif, Gatineau Park, Ottawa River, daycare, restaurants, numerous bars and restaurants in the historic and trendy Vieux-Hull neighbourhood, summer markets, biking and walking paths, great views of Parliament Hill and downtown Ottawa

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events most celebrations are organized at branch level such as holiday parties and fun fundraiser events, a number of department-wide celebrations, including summer barbecues, sports tournaments, open houses, and annual National Public Service Week celebrations with an employee barbecue and picnic, multi-sport tournament, photo competition and recognition awards ceremony
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Deputy and Assistant Deputy Ministers insist on operating on a first-name basis with all employees to help demonstrate open communication

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 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 subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, subsidized home internet, salary levels are reviewed regularly as determined through the collective bargaining process

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan note Canadian Heritage 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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 12 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 1 day
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 34 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Canadian Heritage 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 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 60 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), comprehensive departmental awards program that includes awards for leadership, people management, creativity and innovation and for promising young employees (to name a few), additional external recognition programs available as part of the Federal Public Service awards program
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 4 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidy maximum is reserved for employees on an educational leave of absence without pay, employees can apply for larger tuition subsidies, (subject to approval by a review committee), informal micro-assignments to allow employees to learn new skills or gain experience in a new field, language training programs to help employees learn both official languages (programs range from formal classroom training to more casual initiatives, such as the PCH Coffee Chat program and the Language Buddy initiative)

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 231 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way
Community highlight Canadian Heritage employees donate to a wide range of charitable causes through the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.

The Career Directory

Canadian Heritage has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A Roving Information Officer at Canadian Heritage

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal Government, Culture and Heritage
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Parent company Government of Canada
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Halifax NS, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC, Regina SK, Charlottetown PE, Vancouver BC, Yellowknife NT, Montréal QC, St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Sudbury ON, Québec QC, Whitehorse YT, Moncton NB
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Program Officer, Policy Analyst, Data Analyst, System Analyst, Programmer, Communication Officer, Financial Officer, Research Officer, Administrative Assistant, HR Advisor
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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