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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why NAV CANADA was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):

  • As part of NAV CANADA's health benefits plan, employees receive a health spending account of up to $750 as well as a separate wellness spending account of $275
  • NAV CANADA further supports employee efforts to prioritize their health and wellness with a dedicated mental health strategy and access to a Live Well website, which offers resources on fitness, nutrition and smoking cessation
  • NAV CANADA supports a number of local, national and international charitable organizations each year and sets aside $130,000 for donations based on employee requests -- the organization also sets aside an impressive $500,000 to support local initiatives across the country where employees live and work
Employees conduct a meeting at NAV CANADA's head office, located in downtown Ottawa  

Employer Background

Industry Air traffic control
Established in Canada 1996
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Gander NL
Full-time employees in Canada 5,113
Part-time employees in Canada 12
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.28%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.92 years
Longest serving employee 54 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 12-storey head office is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa and was renovated to feature aeronautically-themed decor and a mix of modular workstations and traditional offices, additional workplace features include "The Dome" meeting room on the top floor (reminiscent of the cab of an airport control tower), a full-service onsite restaurant and numerous coffee shops within walking distance, quiet rooms with dimmed lighting and reclining chairs, telecommuter workstations
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, small space available for booking small fitness classes, new members receive a personal training session to familiarize and help plan an appropriate workout
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Major's Hill Park, Confederation Park, restaurants, shopping mall, National Arts Centre, National Gallery of Canada, ByWard Market, Rideau Canal

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Recent social events annual summer picnic with almost 1,000 attendees (includes activities for kids, face painting and First Nations dancers), large annual children's Christmas party hosted in Ottawa, 17th annual hockey tournament with employee teams from across the country (raising funds for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation), fundraising golf tournaments in Gander, Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal, and local fundraising and social events at office locations across Canada
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note NAV 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 24 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program for a range of products and services, including gym membership, computer software and hardware, travel and car rentals

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note NAV 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 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 12 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $750 each year
Wellness spending account up to $275 each year
Additional health and wellness information laser eye surgery coverage, oral surgery and treatment of dental accidents, dedicated mental health strategy, Live Well website with resources on NAV CANADA's wellness programs and initiatives, as well as resources on topics such as fitness, nutrition, smoking cessation
Family-friendly benefits note NAV CANADA has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,250 per child
Alternative work options 35-hour work week (with full pay)
Additional family-friendly information additional alternative work options available for some positions, maternity leave top-up ranges from 93% to 100% of salary, varying by employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note NAV 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
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information depending on their group, some employees receive up to 5 paid personal days off

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
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 on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Points of Pride awards for exceptional employees (presented at the organization's annual gala), Vice President's Award of Merit
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 330 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Special Olympics Summer Games, Old Brewery Mission (Montréal), Children's Wish Foundation (Winnipeg), Push for Change, Hope Air, Children's Hospital of Eastern Hospital, MS Society (Edmonton), Dreams Take Flight (Calgary)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Every year NAV CANADA and its employees host a number of fundraising initiatives (including hockey and golf tournaments) for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and cancer research, with over $3.15-million donated over the past decade. The company also sets aside $130,000 for donations in response to employee requests and makes $500,000 available across the country to support local initiatives where employees live and work.

The Career Directory

NAV CANADA has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees at NAV Canada's Air Traffic Simulation Centre in Toronto

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Air traffic control
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Gander NL
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 Air Traffic Controller, Flight Service Specialist, Electronics Technologist, Air Traffic Support Specialist, Engineer, Management and Administration positions
Work benefits health benefits for new employees
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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