Manitoba Hydro
Employees of Manitoba Hydro erecting a tower within a transmission project in Manitoba  

Recognized as one of Manitoba's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Manitoba's Top Employers (2019):

  • Manitoba Hydro invests in ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $8,000) and maintains an impressive training centre that features a variety of training programs, classrooms, mechanical shops, and indoor and outdoor training areas
  • Manitoba Hydro encourages employees to support charitable and community initiatives with paid volunteer time and matching charitable donations (to $200 for every 50 volunteer hours) -- and recognizes its leading volunteers through the "Employee Champions" program with donations up to $500 to charities of their choosing
  • Manitoba Hydro helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and the security of a defined benefit pension plan
Employees of Manitoba Hydro taking part in the annual United Way Plane Pull  

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Established in Canada 1961
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,124
Part-time employees in Canada 97
Average age of employees in Canada 41.8 years
Longest serving employee 62.4 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
Health spending account up to $550 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
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 apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • Manitoba Hydro participates in a transitional employment program called Project Search to provide work placements to high school students with intellectual disabilities -- offered in partnership with SCE LifeWorks, the program places up to 10 students at Manitoba Hydro each year
  • For over a decade, Manitoba Hydro has managed a DisAbility Access Program to help persons who have sustained severe brain injury reintegrate into the workforce -- the program has since expanded to include individuals with intellectual disabilities, hiring graduates of Project Search as well as referrals from other disability organizations
  • Manitoba Hydro manages three pre-placement programs for Indigenous candidates who do not meet the academic qualifications required to participate in its trades programs -- pre-placement programs range from 7 to 10 months and provide opportunities for candidates to complete the academic prerequisites for entry into an apprenticeship, as well as receive on-the-job training and pay
Manitoba Hydro employees selling donuts in support of Rainbow Resource Centre's Camp Aurora, Manitoba's only summer camp for LGBT2SQ+ youth  
"We know that the best ideas, the best solutions, happen when people bring their unique selves to work. Inclusion is about how diversity is put into action." Kim L., Manager of Recruitment & Diversity

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,124
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Vice President, HR & Corporate Services
Formal commitment established a recruitment and diversity department in the mid-1980s, formal strategy for LGBTT employees (in development)
Employee resource groups Indigenous Sharing Circle (est. 2012)
Diversity training and awareness training on topics such as Indigenous culture awareness, disability awareness, LGBTT awareness and multicultural communication, LGBTT ally training
Diversity highlights mentoring for women in trades, Women in Trades networking intranet (for employees working in isolated locations), participates in the University of Manitoba's Internationally Educated Engineers Qualifications Program, a 12-month initiative to help internationally educated engineers become accredited in the province (also provides funding for the program, bursaries and co-op placements for students), partnership with University of Manitoba's Access programs to help Indigenous students complete diploma and degree programs, scholarships, bursaries and program funding to help diverse students access education
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Winnipeg Pride, Manitoba Brain Injury Association, Society of Manitobans with Disabilities, Rainbow Resource Centre (sponsor), Manitoba Start (job coaching for new Canadians), Success Skills Centre (new Canadians), African Black Caribbean Association of Manitoba, Indigenous Link

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • On the green roof of Manitoba Hydro's LEED Platinum-Certified head office is a new urban honey bee apiary that produces over 180kg of honey each year and helps raise awareness of the declining bee populations -- the rooftop also features a new indigenous medicinal herb garden with sweetgrass, sage and other medicinal herbs
  • Manitoba Hydro is an enviable power producer in North America -- virtually all (over 99 per cent) of the electricity the utility produces comes from self-renewing hydroelectric (water) power, and the organization also added geothermal and wind power to its renewable portfolio, voluntarily reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by six per cent below 1990 levels
  • Manitoba Hydro supports a Green Commuting Options Committee (aptly named the CO2 committee) which created a Cycle Buddies program to pair seasoned bicycle commuters to those wishing to learn and shift safely to two-wheeled commuting
Members of Manitoba Hydro's employee-led United Way committee  

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,124
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System managed by an in-house Environmental Management Advisory Committee
Green highlights Power Smart (numerous programs to encourage water and energy conservation and alternative energy solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers), Commuting Options Committee/CO2 (includes a dedicated website to help self-manage the Cycle Buddies, car-pool matching and shared-parking programs), integrates hybrid and electric vehicles into its fleet where possible
Extended recycling hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste collection facility, PCB decontamination system, e-waste (usable equipment donated to non-profits), formal print reduction strategies (estimated reduction of 2.4 million sheets of paper annually)
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Commuter Challenge (over seven per cent of employees participated last year), Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program (over 128,000 trees have been planted in support of over 1,000 community projects since 1995), Manitoba Hydro Environmental Partnership Fund (supports community-based projects through one-time or multi-year contributions), Education for Sustainable Development Grants (grants of up to $2,000 for schools and teachers to develop and implement sustainability-focused curriculum), Lake Winnipeg (multiple group partnerships to enhance healthy lakes and waterways), Sustainable Electricity Program (industry-wide sustainability initiative developed and implemented with members of the Canadian Electricity Association), Manitoba Electric Bus Project (is developing charging infrastructure in partnership with New Flyer Industries, the province of Manitoba, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Red River College), LED street lighting conversion program (partnerships with local governments across the province)
Head office LEED Platinum
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, over 10,000 sensor points and two weather stations to monitor exterior conditions to maximize building performance and interior comfort, filtered water available and no plastic water bottles in vending machines, LED lighting retrofits, automatic window shades and passive sun heating system (with unique "solar chimney"), new urban apiary atop the green roof of the corporate headquarters (produces over 180kg of honey each year and raises awareness of the declining bee populations) and a new indigenous medicinal herb rooftop garden (features sweetgrass, sage and other herbs), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations

The Career Directory

Manitoba Hydro has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Manitoba Hydro employee at work, changing space dampers on an HVDC line

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Hydroelectric power generation
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Manitoba Hydro offers Pre-Placement training programs for Indigenous candidates interested in careers in the trades. The company also partners with the University of Manitoba to help internationally-educated engineers obtain professional accreditation through EGM.
Typical new grad positions Engineer-In-Training, Information Technology Trainee, Commerce Trainee, Power Line Technician Trainee, Power Electrician Trainee
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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