Saskatoon, City of
Staff at the City of Saskatoon sharing a laugh during a meeting   (Photo credit: Electric Umbrella Images Inc.)

Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatoon, City of was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2019):

  • As part of the organizations' focus on employee wellness, the City of Saskatoon maintains a dedicated wellness committee responsible for developing and promoting its Workplace Wellness Strategy -- the program features a variety of initiatives, including an annual health fair, a flu shot clinic, lunchtime yoga classes (offered at a low cost) and monthly events that address a variety of subjects, from nutrition to relaxation techniques
  • 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 -- varying by position, employees may also be able to take advantage of a variety of alternative work options
Reviewing the inventory in the meter shop at the City of Saskatoon   (Photo credit: Maeghan Carstairs)

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,281
Part-time employees in Canada 1,345
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 45 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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
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 (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatoon, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • City of Saskatoon's City Council prioritizes reconciliation, inclusion and diversity and is developing 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 (with educational websites, books, multimedia resources, articles, local events and Elders' teachings)
  • City of Saskatoon helps facilitate employee understanding through a number of training initiatives covering a variety of topics, such as cultural bridging, understanding invisible disabilities and inclusive practices for LGBTQ2S identities
  • 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
Members of the City of Saskatoon's employee wellness committee  
Saskatoon is proud to be the home of new immigrants from across the globe as well as people who trace their roots back to these lands since time immemorial. We are a resilient community, made stronger through our diversity and become bolder as we continue to find and challenge our place in the world. A dynamic community such as ours is empowered by a dynamic civic government with passionate, dedicated, and diverse employees. His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,281
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
Diversity training and awareness training and educational workshops on topics such as mental health, religious accommodation, cultural competence, understanding invisible disabilities and Aboriginal awareness (mandatory), guidelines for inclusive recruitment practices
Diversity highlights pre-employment training for Aboriginal candidates interested in fireman or custodian roles, lifeguard program for Aboriginal youth, a number of civic positions have carved out job responsibilities for persons with intellectual or physical disability, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies to create greater education, career development and training opportunities for Indigenous students and workers, offers sign language interpretation as needed
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Reconciliation Saskatoon (a 58-member initiative to further city-wide conversations about Canadian reconciliation and opportunities for transformative experiences), OUT Saskatoon (educational workshops on LGBT, including how to be an ally), Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Newcomer Information Centre, shares vacancies with over 170 community partners

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