Island Health
Island Health employees

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Island Health was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Island Health helps employees plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • Employees at Island Health's main Victoria location enjoy a variety of unique workplace amenities including subsidized memberships to an onsite fitness facility and a private employee garden with relaxing water features as a place to enjoy a quiet break during the work day
  • Island Health encourages employees to continue their education with tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions, apprenticeships, internships, mentoring, and in-house and online training programs
Island Health nurses


Industry Hospitals
Established in Canada 2001
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,008
Part-time employees in Canada 5,132
Average age of employees in Canada 45.4
Longest serving employee 47.4 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 flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 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
Scope of charitable involvement local, international

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Island Health was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • Island Health established a dedicated Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategy which includes a focus on community engagement, partnerships with Aboriginal communities, education, Aboriginal awareness training, and recruitment and retention initiatives -- the organization also employs a full-time Aboriginal Employment Advisor and recently conducted an online Aboriginal employee engagement survey to gather feedback regarding their experience
  • To support the employment efforts of Aboriginal job-seekers, Island Health created an Aboriginal Job Seekers Handbook and employs Aboriginal career coaches to provide assistance to external job-seekers as well as internal employees who apply for new positions -- Island Health also hosted a health care career fair for Aboriginal students from the Campbell River community
  • Island Health is currently developing "All Nations Healing" rooms at a number of sites to provide space for First Nations and other Aboriginal patients, families and staff to practice cultural ceremonies as part of their healing journeys -- additionally, the organization is creating a cultural safety training course to help improve health outcomes for present and future generations of Aboriginal people living on Vancouver Island
Island Health employee giving a student an Aboriginal employment hospital tour


Industry Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,008
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Executive Vice President, Quality, Safety and Experience
Formal commitment maintains a dedicated strategy for Aboriginal recruitment and retention as well as committees on Aboriginal employment
Employee resource groups Aboriginal Employee Network (in development)
Diversity highlights Aboriginal employee intranet, hospital tour program and health career observation program for Aboriginal youth in Campbell River, scholarships for post-secondary Aboriginal students (offered in partnership with First Nations Health Authority), careers in health care program for Aboriginal high school students in Port Alberni (created in partnership with Nuu chah nulth Tribal Council Nursing Service, Nuu chah nulth Employment & Training, School District 70 Port Alberni and the First Nations Health Authority)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society (workshops and sessions on resume building and creating applicant profiles in Island Health's applicant tracking system)

The Career Directory

Island Health has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Island Health student volunteers with a patient

Highlights for New Grads

Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC
Student opportunities paid internships, 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 Registered Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Dietitian, Resident Care Attendant, Rehabilitation Assistant, Health Care Assistant, Pharmacist, Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Medical Imaging Technician, Unit Clerk, Cook, Ultrasonographer, Speech Language Pathologist, Respiratory Therapist
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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