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

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

  • City of Vancouver offers maternity leave top-up payments for its new moms (varying by employee group) and returning employees are offered priority placement at a daycare centre located across the street from City Hall
  • City of Vancouver manages the unique "FitCity" incentive program, offering employees the chance to earn redeemable points through leading a healthy lifestyle, physical activity and sustainable living behaviours, such as walking or cycling to work
  • Along with being certified as a "Living Wage" employer, City of Vancouver helps employees save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers retirement planning assistance
City of Vancouver employees  


Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1886
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,153
Part-time employees in Canada 3,730
Average age of employees in Canada 42 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
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, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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.)

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

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

  • In 2018, City of Vancouver adopted an extensive, long-term strategy to address systemic issues that impact women's full inclusion -- the strategy includes a number of short-term actions that span five priority areas, such as women's safety and violence against women, affordable quality childcare, and women's leadership and representation in the workforce
  • City of Vancouver continues to implement recommendations from the city's Trans*, Gender Variant & Two-Spirit Inclusion Report, such as updating city facilities, policies and procedures -- recommendations include specific actions in the areas of signage and literature, public spaces (including washrooms and change rooms), training and staff policies, programming, and collaborative public and community partnerships
  • The City embarked on its seventh annual mentorship program for new Canadians, offered in partnership with the Immigration Employment Council of British Columbia and various service providers (nearly 200 mentoring matches have been made since the program's inception)
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Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,153
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office
Formal commitment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office, various committees which provide the city council with guidance on important community issues (examples include persons with disabilities, cultural communities, LGBTQ2+, trans*, gender diverse and two-spirit inclusion and urban Aboriginal peoples)
Diversity training and awareness training on cultural competency, Indigenous awareness, trans, gender variant and two-spirit awareness
Diversity highlights extensive 10-year strategy to address women's equity and full inclusion, Trans*, Gender Variant & Two-Spirit Inclusion Report (recommendations include updating City facilities, policies and procedures to be inclusive of transgender people), City of Reconciliation framework (focuses on cultural competency, strengthening relations and effective decision making), accessibility plan to enhance inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities, 10-year strategy to enhance experience of new Canadians, Indigenous Cadet Program (summer employment for Indigenous youth aged 19 to 29 in a police environment), annual Awards of Excellence (includes categories for diversity and inclusion and accessibility), best practices guidelines to creating accessible events, Aboriginal Storyteller Program (created by Vancouver Public Library to promote intercultural understanding and story sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships ACCES (career fair for Indigenous students and job-seekers, 12-month internships for Indigenous peoples at the city's 3-1-1 Contact Centre), Mosaic (career fair for new Canadians), Camp Ignite (participates in camp to introduce young women to world of firefighting), Immigrant Services Society of BC (Vancouver Police provides introductory training workshops for new Canadians on policing), Minerva Foundation (signatory to the Face of Leadership Diversity Pledge)

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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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