Saskatoon, City of
An employee on the City of Saskatoon's road crew working on a city street   (Photo credit: Electric Umbrella Images Inc.)

Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatoon, City of was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018):

  • City of Saskatoon supports its new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for up to 15 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • City of Saskatoon employees are encouraged to keep in shape with subsidized access to community fitness facilities that are located across the city -- interested employees can also take advantage of health club and wellness subsidies as part of their health plan
  • Varying by position, City of Saskatoon employees can balance their work and personal lives with a variety of alternative work options -- and employees can also apply for an unpaid leave or a self-funded leave of absence (up to 1 year in duration)
Employees of the City of Saskatoon at one of the city's seven Leisure Centres   ( Photo credit: Electric Umbrella Images Inc.)

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,219
Part-time employees in Canada 1,310
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 43 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 60% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatoon, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • City of Saskatoon's City Council prioritizes reconciliation, including and diversity, and is working to chart new partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities -- the city introduced mandatory Aboriginal Awareness training and offers a Truth and Reconciliation Resource Kit to enable ongoing learning -- the kit includes educational websites, books (Read for Reconciliation List), multimedia resources, articles, local events and Elder's teachings
  • The City of Saskatoon maintains an accessibility advisory committee, responsible for developing an action plan to improve accessibility to the city's services, facilities and infrastructure -- additionally, some civic positions have carved out job responsibilities for persons with intellectual or physical disabilities
  • The City of Saskatoon collaborated with the Saskatoon Skills and Trades Centre to design and deliver pre-employment training to Aboriginal candidates interested in fireman or custodian roles -- the organization also collaborated on the development of a Landscaping Technician course, which includes a 2-week placement with the City
A road crew employee at the City of Saskatoon onsite   ( Photo credit: Electric Umbrella Images Inc.)

Highlights

Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,219
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives General Manager for Corporate Performance
Formal commitment accessibility advisory committee, cultural diversity and race relations committee, social diversity group, Aboriginal employment action plan
Diversity training and awareness training and educational workshops on topics such as mental health, Aboriginal awareness (mandatory training), understanding invisible disabilities and cultural competence
Diversity highlights designated annual budget for diversity and inclusion initiatives ($120,000 for 2016), shares vacancies with over 150 community agencies, offers sign language interpretation as needed, new mental health awareness program and resources, lifeguard program for Aboriginal youth, pre-employment training for Aboriginal candidates interested in fireman or custodian roles
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships OUT Saskatoon (educational workshops on LGBT, including how to be an ally), Global Gathering Place, Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Tribal Council (summer training camps for Aboriginal youth)

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