Surrey School District No. 36
Staff at Surrey Schools in costume for the office's Halloween celebration  

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

Here are some of the reasons why Surrey School District No. 36 was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • An industry leader, teachers at Surrey Schools receive maternity leave top-up payments for up to 24 weeks -- the program also extends to its new dads and adoptive parents for up to 10 weeks of their leave
  • Varying by employee group, Surrey Schools employees save for life after work with contributions to defined benefit or defined contribution pension plans
  • Employees working at Surrey Schools' head office location are encouraged to keep fit with free access to an onsite fitness facility that features a range of equipment and employee-led fitness classes
Staff members at Surrey Schools celebrating during the holidays  


Industry Elementary and secondary schools
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,777
Part-time employees in Canada 1,212
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Alternative work options 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 in-house training, online training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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

Here are some of the reasons why Surrey School District No. 36 was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Surrey Schools actively encourages students, staff and teaching personnel to get involved and celebrate sustainability initiatives across the school board, including the Surrey Youth Sustainability Network, the Green Teacher Network, and the annual Energy Conservation Cup (to recognize the secondary school with the best energy and resource conservation efforts)
  • Surrey Schools recently established the EKOLogy program, offering 90 minutes of hands-on, outside the classroom education, focused on environmental stewardship and indigenous history -- the program is hosted at the East Kensington School, located on a large rural property that is close to parkland with streams, forested areas, trails and aquatic environments
  • Surrey Schools champions a number of energy producing features at its locations including solar walls to preheat outdoor air (installed at four locations, leading to natural gas savings and an annual reduction of over 87 tonnes of CO2 emissions) and PV solar panels at one secondary school (which generates approximately four per cent of the school's electricity)
The exterior of Surrey Schools' Resource and Education Centre  


Industry Elementary and secondary schools
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,777
Employee green team Green Teams and Environmental Clubs (at schools)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Manager, Energy Management and Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name 6350 Energy Management and Conservation Policy
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Energy Conservation Cup (annual competition between secondary schools to conserve energy and resources), Surrey Youth Sustainability Network (student network of Green Teams and Environmental Clubs from 20 high schools across Surrey), Green Champions Celebration Event (annual event to recognize teaching and non-teaching employees who are leading environmental initiatives), East Kensington Outdoor Learning/EKOLogy Program (outdoor education program offering 90 minutes of learning outside of the classroom each day), reusable dinnerware and flatware and compostable take-out containers at head office (and programs to encourage all schools to move to compostable food packaging)
Noteworthy initiatives unique "Green Teacher Network" was formed in 2003 and meets several times a year to develop and promote environmental education activities
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, solar walls for heating at a number of schools, energy efficient lighting, solar hot water at district office, detention ponds to manage stormwater runoff for all new construction projects
Extended recycling e-waste, batteries, organics, single-steam recycling of paper cardboard, glass, plastic and metal (formal Rethink Waste at Schools program mirrors City of Surrey's municipal program and also includes waste diversion rate monitoring)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up
Community partnerships BC Hydro and Fortis BC (development of a strategic energy management plan), HUB and City of Surrey (training programs to encourage safe cycling for grade 4 and 5 students)

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