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Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):

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

  • City of Vancouver supports ongoing employee development with full tuition subsidies for courses related and not directly related to their current position -- and works to build its workforce through a variety of apprenticeship opportunities for automotive service technicians, auto body workers, blacksmiths and carpenters, to name a few
  • City of Vancouver manages the unique "FitCity Incentive Program", offering employees the chance to earn redeemable points through physical activity and lead a healthy lifestyle through sustainable behaviours such as walking or cycling to work
  • City of Vancouver helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options to smooth their transition, and a defined benefit pension plan
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Industry Municipal Government
Established in Canada 1886
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,105
Part-time employees in Canada 3,337
Average age of employees in Canada 50 years
Longest serving employee 48 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

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

  • Working with 65 partner organizations, the City of Vancouver launched the Vancouver Immigration Partnership to help increase local capacity to assist newcomers with engagement, integration and access to services in Vancouver
  • The city also embarked on its sixth annual mentorship program for new Canadians, offered in partnership with the Immigration Employment Council of British Columbia and various service providers
  • In 2016, Vancouver's City Council adopted a staff report featuring a number of recommendations to make civic facilities, operations and programs safe and inclusive for trans and gender-variant communities -- and passed two motions to support equal opportunities for women, including increasing the number of women appointed to city advisory committees to 50 per cent or greater, and developing a mentorship program for women interested in a career in public service
Staff at the City of Vancouver celebrate the Women's Equity Strategy's approval in council  
"It's all about sharing insight. There are so many things each of us can learn from one another here." Zhila P., employee


Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,105
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director of Equal Employment Opportunity
Formal commitment various committees which provide the city council with guidance on important community issues, examples include a women's advisory committee, people with lived experience advisory committee, LGBTQ2+ committee and a trans* and gender-variant implementation steering committee, and an urban Aboriginal peoples advisory committee (to name a few)
Diversity training and awareness training on cultural competency and respectful workplaces
Diversity highlights Aboriginal Cadet program, 3-month Aboriginal Production Apprentice Program to employ participants as production assistants for special events, Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding leadership to foster inclusion across diverse communities, Awards of Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion (civic program to recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals, organizations and businesses), Accessible City Award (for those who enhance inclusion and eliminate barriers to full participation for persons with disabilities)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships in partnership with ACCESS, the City's 3-1-1 Contact Centre offers internships for Aboriginal peoples, Open Door Society, Developmental Disability Association

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

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

  • As part of its Greenest City Action Plan adopted in 2011, the City of Vancouver's stated (and modest) goal is to make Vancouver "the greenest city in the world" by 2020 -- the plan includes strategies and actions such as reducing harmful emissions (greenhouse gas emissions from city facilities have decreased by 23% since 2007) to making walking, cycling and public transit the preferred modes of transport to having the best drinking water and cleanest air in the world (to name a few)
  • City of Vancouver set a goal of creating 2,010 community garden plots to be a legacy of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games -- today, the City has over 4,000 community garden plots and, in 2013, adopted the unique Vancouver Food Strategy to integrate food issues, challenges and goals within the City's overall planning processes
City of Vancouver employees  


Industry Municipal Government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,105
Employee green team Green Operations Steering Committee (and various departmental green teams)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Sustainability (and other departmental leaders)
Formal strategy/policy name Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (adopted in 2011), The Environmental Framework for Municipal Operations (adopted in 2011)
Green highlights Green Homes Program (promoting green construction) and deconstruction permits for demolition (to promote recycling and proper disposal of construction waste), Solar Homes Strategy (supporting adoption of solar technology), Grow Natural (home yard care program), rainwater barrel and water conservation programs for homeowners, electric vehicle charging infrastructure program, greening the city fleet (includes vehicle right-sizing, reducing its fleet, anti-idling awareness programs and the adoption of low emissions, hybrid and electric vehicles), Vancouver Food Strategy (includes over 4,000 community gardens plots)
Extended recycling established a 90% waste diversion target rate for 2020, paper-use reduction strategies, residential organics collection
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, World Wildlife Fund, Modo the Car Co-op (employee discounts available on car sharing service)
Other location LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, adopted LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction of 500 square metres or more, official Transportation Plan prioritizes walking, biking and public transit over automobiles (adopted in 1996), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Vancouver, City of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
City of Vancouver employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal Government
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Engineer-in-Training, Building Services Worker, Project Coordinator, Trades, Survey Assistant, Planning Assistant, Cook
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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