Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada employees collaborate in one of the office's open workspaces, which allow colleagues to meet in a more informal environment  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019):

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada supports employees who are new mothers with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) and parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada encourages ongoing employee development with a number of in-house and online training programs and offers a short-term experience program to provide employees with opportunities to experience new and diverse work
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada helps employees maintain a healthy work-life balance through a variety of alternative work arrangements, including flexible hours, telecommuting, and shortened and compressed work week options
Students and senior officials at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada during a meeting in the organization's executive boardroom  

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, Industry and Economic Development Programs
Established in Canada 1892
Parent company Government of Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,184
Part-time employees in Canada 141
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.8 years
Longest serving employee 23 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Workplace features the organization's head office is located in the CD Howe Building, an 11-storey office tower featuring an interior collaboration space with greenery and a large waterfall, 30% of the building's rooftop is landscaped and grows indigenous flowers, grasses and shrubs, another 30% utilizes green roof technology, other distinctive onsite features include the Canadian Innovation Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (an interdepartmental pilot and model to support the federal public service's mental health strategy), a government innovation lab, a digital office, access to an onsite multidisciplinary therapy centre (which offers physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractor and athletic therapy treatments), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Onsite cafeteria yes
Other nearby amenities GoodLife Fitness, YMCA, Confederation Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa Public Library, Parliament Hill

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Recent social events National Public Service Week (week-long celebrations, networking events, engagement sessions, design thinking workshops and innovation showcases), events to support to the organization's charitable campaign
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits yes

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 93.6% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information elective laser eye surgery (lifetime maximum of $1,000)
Family-friendly benefits note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 34 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada 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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 60 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Deputy Minister/Associate Deputy Minister Merit Award, Sector Head Merit Award, Director General Merit Award, Instant Merit Award
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs Short-term Experience Program (STEP) to provide employees with opportunities to experience new and diverse work

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, HealthPartners
Community highlight Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada participates in the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign. The organization and its employees raised over $750,000 in the past year for United Way and HealthPartners.

The Career Directory

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees check out the Digital Lounge at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, which supports the organization's vision of being an innovative, digital-by-default workplace

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal Government, Industry and Economic Development Programs
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Parent company Government of Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Economist, Commerce Officer, Communication Advisor, Policy Analyst, Patent Examiner, Computer Specialist, Metrologist, Competition Law Officer, Financial Officer, Human Resources Advisor
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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