Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 22, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Capital Regional District / CRD was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):
- Capital Regional District offers its new moms maternity leave top-up payments for the majority of its employees (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks) -- and manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees interested in post-secondary education
- Varying by employee group, Capital Regional District helps employees plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- also offers phased-in retirement work options for employees nearing retirement
- Capital Regional District encourages employees to keep their skills sharp through in-house training programs as well as tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions
Making a difference together is the difference at the CRD
When Bethany Jones moved to Victoria in 2015, she walked past the offices of the Capital Regional District (CRD) almost every day. Finally, she decided to find out more about it.
"When I did," she says, "I applied for a job."
A designated accountant, Jones wanted to work in the public sector. Since she and her husband have plans to start a family, she also wanted employment with predictable hours.
At the CRD, she found a regional government that provides a range of services from water conservation to bylaw enforcement to sewage treatment for 13 municipalities and three electoral districts on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, with a total population of about 383,000.
The CRD is responsible for 33 regional parks, for example, with 100 km of trails. The organization also operates a Housing Corporation with 1,300 units of subsidized housing and administers the Capital Region Hospital District that funds and develops hospital projects.
"It's a way to make a difference in the community where I live," says Jones, the CRD's Payroll Supervisor.
Without realizing it at the time, Jones's ambition to make a difference to her community corresponds precisely to the CRD's. The organization's tag line, displayed prominently on its website, stationery and public documents, is "Making a difference... together"
"It defines how we'll achieve our vision," says Chief Administrative Officer Bob Lapham. "People come to work here to make a difference, to expand their knowledge and put their skills into practice across the wide variety of services that we deliver to the region."
To ensure that its employees have the expertise to perform to their full potential and fulfill the organization's mandate, the CRD provides in-house training programs as well as tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions. For Jones, that means studying to become a Certified Payroll Manager. With the CRD's support, she has two courses remaining to finish of the nine required for the designation.
"People here are passionate about the work they do," says Lapham. "They're frontline with the community, and the work they do keeps the region vibrant and sustainable."
That passion for public service extends throughout the CRD. "We're encouraged to know what's going on," says Jones. "My boss tells me about what she does in her job, like budgeting, why it's important and why certain issues are advanced to our Regional Board. She also reminds me of how many people are affected by what we do."