Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers
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 Best Diversity Employers
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 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
"It's all about sharing insight. There are so many things each of us can learn from one another here." Zhila P., employee
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 18, 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