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Export Development Canada
EDC employees in the office   (Photo credit: Richard Dufault)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Export Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018) :

  • EDC's 18-storey head office was constructed to meet LEED Gold standard and designed with employee feedback in mind -- the head office features cafés and lounge areas on every floor, telepresence rooms, a fully-equipped onsite fitness centre (with free membership and instructor-led classes), and a spectacular rooftop terrace and garden
  • EDC offers academic scholarships for children of employees pursuing post-secondary education (up to $2,700 per child) as well as a dedicated scholarship program for undergraduate studies in international business (up to $4,000)
  • EDC supports its new moms with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 24 weeks) as well as extending parental leave top-ups to new dads and adoptive parents (to 95% of salary for 18 weeks)
EDC employee in the rooftop garden at the head office   ( Photo credit: Richard Dufault)

Employer Background

Industry International Trade Financing and Support Services
Established in Canada 1944
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC, Mississauga ON, Halifax NS, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,482
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.8%

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 18-storey head office was built to LEED Gold standards (with lots of employee feedback) and features cafes and lounges on each floor, training rooms, telepresence rooms, small private working rooms, outdoor terraces, in-house catering kitchen for meals and snacks at onsite events, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, board games, rooftop garden on the 18th floor terrace
Snacks available vending machine is fully stocked everyday with healthy and fresh lunch options (in partnership with a local restaurant)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, spin, body pump, sports conditioning, martial arts, outdoor bootcamp, circuit training), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, open 24/7, lunch hour sessions hosted by the Health and Safety and Fitness committees such as Mindfulness and Meditation and a lower back pain clinic
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Jack Purcell Recreation Centre, fitness club, Confederation Park, Major's Hill Park, Ottawa River Parkway, Rideau Canal, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, national galleries and museums, National Archives, Byward Market

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name EDC Social and Recreation Committee (est. 1980)
Recent social events Community Investment Day, employee sports teams such as ski and snowboard clubs, President's holiday reception, annual Toy Mountain campaign, long-service recognition events, annual employee conference
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note EDC has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on tickets to major concerts and sporting events

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note EDC has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $450 each year
Other health plan information unused health spending account dollars can be carried forward for up to 1 year, $450 fitness and wellness subsidy is for regionally-based employees
Family-friendly benefits note EDC has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $20,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 7 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $2,700 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information paid personal leave option for family emergencies (up to 5 days annually, scheduled with manager's approval)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note EDC has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Bravo Awards for employees who exemplify company values, Customer Service Awards, People Leadership Award
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs new Learning Management System (home to in-house programs and features access to over 4,000 online courses through an external provider), leadership development programs (includes annual Leadership Conference, Leadership Onboarding Program and the Emerging Leaders Program), International Business Scholarships (30 annually)

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 750 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 28 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported CARE Canada, Siloam Mission, Ottawa Community Housing, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Junior Diabetes Foundation, Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Grow Calgary, Moisson Montréal, Moisson Québec
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight EDC supports a variety of charitable organization every year through a formal Charitable Donations program, established in 2003. In the past year, the company hosted its first Community Investment Day, with nearly 900 employees volunteering for their favourite community initiative. EDC supported their efforts with a $250 donation to each respective organization.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

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

  • EDC maintains a number of employee resource groups to support its diverse workforce including Women@EDC, Latinos Y Amigos, and LGBT+, which recently advocated for the inclusion of a LGBT+ self-identification question in the organization's employee engagement survey
  • EDC created an Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award to recognize employees who actively promote diversity and champion an inclusive work environment in their everyday work life
  • In partnership with Deloitte and the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management, EDC sponsored the second annual Diversity and Inclusion MBA Case Competition, which provides future leaders with a better understanding of diversity and inclusion and opportunities for businesses to grow due to the diverse nature of the country's workforce
EDC employees at an Indian cultural celebration   ( Photo credit: Richard Dufault)


Industry International Trade Financing and Support Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC, Mississauga ON, Halifax NS, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,482
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion committee
Employee resource groups Women@EDC (over 155 members), LGBT+, Latinos Y Amigos
Diversity training and awareness unconscious bias training
Diversity highlights Diversity 2020 Diversité Blog, hosted a business and employer learning forum to provide networking opportunities for peers, skilled immigrants and local program representatives (in partnership with Hire Immigrants Ottawa)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Women Business Enterprise Canada (sponsorship), Canadian Women's Entrepreneurship Conference (sponsorship), Hire Immigrants Ottawa (new Canadians)

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