Surrey, City of
City of Surrey staff practicing Zumba for the organization's 'Move for Health Day'  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Surrey, City of was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • City of Surrey helps students gain career-level experience through co-op placements and a technical student program, offering opportunities in a variety of fields including engineering, water and sewer planning, media design and information systems (to name a few)
  • City of Surrey manages a 2-year Emerging Leaders program to provide new and emerging leaders with training, education, work experience and self-development opportunities -- the program includes classroom workshops, individual and team assignments, public speaking, mentoring and job shadowing
  • City of Surrey established the Surrey Leadership Youth Council to engage youth in social and community planning -- council members organize forums and workshops to provide their peers with a voice in municipal decision making
City of Surrey staff participating in Pink Shirt Day  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,049
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Sources Connection Café and Catering (seniors mentoring young people on business development), Collective Impact project (mentorship, skills development and financial literacy for young people, offered in partnership with community organizations and institutions), work experience program for students from local high schools, mentorship program to allow employees to take on new roles despite lacking the required experience

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

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

  • City of Surrey created an Inclusive Employer Awards program to recognize local businesses that create welcoming environments for persons with disabilities and partnered with Avia Employment Services and Surrey WorkBC to host an inclusive hiring fair
  • Additionally, City of Surrey adapted its recreational sports programming to support individuals with disabilities, such as wheelchair tennis, sledge hockey, power soccer, wheelchair basketball and an "I AM Game" initiative to introduce adapted sports to a broad audience
  • City of Surrey developed a pilot program to help improve the economic prosperity of Indigenous peoples, refugees and youth aging out of care -- the pilot will offer residents opportunities to gain work experience with the aim of transitioning to long-term employment
An adapted sports instructor at the City of Surrey teaches kids wheelchair basketball  
"The City of Surrey's Adapted Sports Program delivers introductory level programs that offer individuals with disabilities and their families the opportunity to participate in activities without barriers and develop skills in a fun and social environment. The programs have seen very positive results, leading to participants connecting with the community and gaining a sense of belonging while pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I am very proud to be a part of this program. Seeing people realize their own individual potential and progress in a positive direction is such a rewarding experience." Ross M., Community Service Assistant

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,049
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Culture
Formal commitment diversity advisory committee, urban Indigenous leadership committee (to improve lives of Indigenous people in the city), Measuring Up advisory committee (to steer development of an accessibility plan)
Diversity training and awareness accessibility design resource to help conduct accessibility audits and plan developments, training on inclusive communication skills and strategies
Diversity highlights Surrey Fire Services hosts Women in Firefighting workshops, Connector Program (mentoring for new Canadians, launched in partnership with Immigrant Employment Council of BC), Surrey Libraries maintains inventory of ethnic and professional immigrant networks to share vacancies, Surrey Fusion Festival (celebration of diversity through culture, music and entertainment)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Abilities in Mind, Sportability, Community Living BC, BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, Sources BC, Immigrant Council of BC

The Career Directory

Surrey, City of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
City of Surrey employees competing in a paper airplane toss is support of United Way

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal government
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Engineering Assistant, Plan Checker, Community Services Assistant, Labourer, Accounting Clerk, Telecommunication Operator, HR Assistant, General Operations Clerk, Planning Technician, Lifeguard, Administrative Assistant, Program Instructor
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies, 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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