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 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
Innovation is in the DNA at the City of Vancouver
Having a city as your employer means there's almost no end to the types of career opportunities available. Paul Mochrie started as a general manager for Human Resources at the City of Vancouver six years ago and evolved through several roles to become Deputy City Manager. His responsibilities are broad and eclectic -- from emergency management and building and licensing to HR and technology services.
"The City has a long history of doing innovative work and pushing the envelope on the policy level but also on the operational level," says Mochrie. "There are lots of opportunities to get involved in leading-edge work. That's just part of the DNA here."
That's been one of the attractions that has kept Anne Nickerson at the City of Vancouver for two decades. For the past six years, Nickerson has been director of the City's Equal Employment Opportunity office -- an old-fashioned name, she notes, because the forward-thinking City created the office during the 1970s. Her office works, among other things, to ensure that the City is hiring a work force that represents the diverse community it serves. "It's a welcoming, inclusive workplace," says Mochrie. "Employees come from all backgrounds and walks of life and are explicitly and implicitly valued here."
And because employees are working with outside people from all backgrounds, they are given training on several levels, from their relationship with local First Nations to transgender inclusivity and work around cultural competency. Some employees mentor immigrant professionals, many of whom are unable to use their experience and training when they arrive in Canada. "The real icing on the cake is that many of the individuals in that program are now working in their field," says Nickerson. "And some of the mentees have come to work for the City."
The City also offers its own employees a competitive compensation package, an attractive retirement benefits plan, full tuition subsidies for work-related courses, a variety of apprenticeship opportunities and a fair bit of flexibility around time off, among other benefits.
"I'm a resident of Vancouver and I like to see how thoughtful the City is in spending taxpayer dollars," says Nickerson. She can't see herself working anywhere else. "I love the variety. I love the challenge. I think the City is always striving for more. It has always been a leader -- and we'll continue to work on it and get better."
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 20, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):
- 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 to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels, make walking, cycling and public transit the preferred modes of transport, create zero waste, and have the best drinking water and cleanest air in the world (to name a few)
- City of Vancouver's official Transportation Plan was first adopted in 1996 and formalized the prioritization of walking, biking and public transit over automobiles in planning all future transportation infrastructure -- the City's ongoing efforts at greening its fleet of vehicles includes vehicle right-sizing, reducing the overall size of its fleet, anti-idling awareness programs and adoption of low emission, hybrid and electric vehicles where possible
- City of Vancouver established green building requirements for all rezoning applications to ensure that construction of any civic buildings larger than 500 square metres will meet LEED Gold building standards
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 1, 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 6th 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% or greater, and developing a mentorship program for women interested in a career in public service
"It's all about sharing insight. There are so many things each of us can learn from one another here." Zhila P., employee