Manitoba Hydro
A Manitoba Hydro employee at work in the field  

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 (2018):

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

  • For over a decade, Manitoba Hydro has managed 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 apprenticeship, as well as receive on-the-job training and pay
  • 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
Sarah Malik, Professional Engineer at Manitoba Hydro  
"The IEE Co-op Program offered an opportunity to gain Canadian work experience during a 4 month co-op program. This brief assignment introduced me to the Canadian work ethics, culture and behavior and provided me with the skills to qualify for Manitoba Hydro's EIT Program. As an EIT, I obtained diversified experience that helped me develop a balanced set of technical and soft skills. The networking opportunities and valuable mentorship provided during the program eased the cultural transition to adapt to Canadian workplace norms. I am proud to be part of Manitoba Hydro's diversified workforce." Sarah M., Professional Engineer and former IEE Co-op Program participant

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,980
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, accessibility plan and policy, 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
Diversity highlights 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), mentoring for women in trades, Women in Trades networking intranet (for employees working in isolated locations), dedicated staff to advise on the recruitment, retention and career progression of Indigenous employees, 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, African Black Caribbean Association of Manitoba, Indigenous Link

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • Manitoba Hydro is an enviable power producer in North America -- virtually all (over 99%) of the electricity the utility produces comes from self-renewing water power generated at 14 hydro-electric facilities along the Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Nelson rivers -- the provincial utility also added geothermal and wind power to its renewable portfolio, and impressively, has voluntarily reduced its own greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 1990 levels
  • Manitoba Hydro supports a Green Commuting Options Committee (aptly named the CO2 committee) which established a "Cycle Buddies" program to pair seasoned bicycle commuters to those wishing to make the move to two-wheeled commuting -- the program also encourages employees to participate in the Commuter Challenge every June
Manitoba Hydro's headquarters, Hydro Place, is LEED Platinum-certified  

Highlights

Industry Hydroelectric Power Generation
Major Canadian hiring locations Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB
Full-time employees in Canada 5,980
Senior executive to oversee initiatives yes
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (EMS)
Green highlights Power Smart 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" and car-pooling programs), integrating 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)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Commuter Challenge (over 16% of employees participated last year), Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program, Manitoba Hydro Environmental Partnership Fund (supports approximately 14 community-based projects each year), Manitoba Model Forest, Lake Winnipeg (multiple partnerships with groups working to enhance healthy lakes and waterways), Canadian Electricity Association (Sustainable Electricity program), 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 green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, over 10,000 sensor points and two weather stations to monitor exterior conditions to maximize building performance and interior comfort, water bottle filling stations to reduce disposable water bottles, LED lighting retrofits, automatic window shades and passive sun heating system (with unique "solar chimney"), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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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