IWK Health Centre
The Goldbloom Gallery at IWK Health Centre   (Photo credit: Scott Munn)

Recognized as one of Nova Scotia's Top Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why IWK Health Centre was selected as one of Nova Scotia's Top Employers (2018):

  • IWK Health Centre starts new employees with 3 weeks of paid vacation and considers previous work experience when setting individual vacation entitlements -- the organization also lets employees schedule additional time away through a formal earned days off program
  • IWK Health Centre supports its new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 15 weeks) and extends top-up payments to new dads and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 10 weeks)
  • IWK Health Centre helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
IWK Health Centre employees in a cardiac catheterization lab  


Industry Hospitals
Established in Canada 1909
Major Canadian hiring locations New Glasgow NS, Halifax NS, Waterville NS
Full-time employees in Canada 1,633
Part-time employees in Canada 735
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 44 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 65% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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