UBC / University of British Columbia
An aerial view of the Rose Garden, located on the University of British Columbia's main campus in Vancouver, BC  

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

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • UBC employees enjoy working in one of Canada's most beautiful campuses, which features a shoreline hiking trail and great views of the distant mountains and the surrounding Salish Sea -- employees are also encouraged to keep fit with subsidized memberships to the state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility that includes instructor-led classes, swimming, skating, tennis, rock climbing and ropes courses
  • UBC offers a "Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program" fund to support employee-led grassroots activities that promote well-being in the workplace -- the unique program features one-time start-up funds and support for health-related and sustainable initiatives, from yoga classes to bike-share programs to building their own community gardens
  • UBC provides its new moms and dads with maternity leave and parental leave top-up payments (varying by position) and all employees can take advantage of on-campus daycare centres with over 600 spaces for children
University of British Columbia employees taking part in Thrive, a week-long initiative held by the university each year to encourage positive mental health for staff, faculty and students  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Part-time employees in Canada 4,724
Average age of employees in Canada 43.9 years
Longest serving employee 48.7 years
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 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $125 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,890 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • UBC manages a "Hot Lunch" program, an informal lunch-time staff networking initiative that provides employees with an opportunity to get to know a senior leader
  • UBC employees can take advantage of a variety of in-house training programs, including the award-winning "Coaching@UBC" program, career and personal development workshops, and an academic leadership development program for faculty
  • UBC established a Postdoctoral Fellows Office, which acts as a resource to help postdocs expand their professional skills --- the Office offers semi-annual orientation sessions for all incoming postdocs and created a series of professional development workshops on topics such as time management, project management and grant writing
Staff at the University of British Columbia sharing a laugh   (Photo credit: Paul Joseph)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,890 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Community Leadership Program to help aspiring leaders explore leadership concepts through a series of interactive workshops and experiential learning (participants can practice their skills by leading a group of undergraduate students through a 3-day community service learning project during UBC's Reading Week break in February, either at school or at a non-profit organization), apprenticeships for refrigeration mechanics and steamfitters, dedicated power engineer certificate training program, award-winning Managing at UBC program

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

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • UBC created an Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre to provide former students with access to the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as facilitate understanding of the history and impact of residential schools for the UBC community and provide context for contemporary relationships
  • UBC maintains an Equity Enhancement Fund to support collaborative student, faculty and staff projects that advance equity and inclusion -- in the past year, the fund was used for several projects to enhance UBC's curriculum through the inclusion of the Indigenous way of knowing, knowledge and perspectives
  • UBC manages the Beyond the Binary project to address gaps in awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals through staff and faculty training -- topics include trans accommodation needs, respectful language and pronoun usage
Employees at the University of British Columbia enjoy the recently opened UBC Aquatic Centre in Vancouver   (Photo credit: Paul Joseph)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Associate Vice President, Equity and Diversity
Formal commitment Equity and Inclusion Office, strategic implementation committee on equity and diversity, President's Working Committee on Disability Culture, Art and Equity, Aboriginal Strategic Plan to enhance recruitment, support and advancement of Aboriginal staff and faculty
Employee resource groups Indigenous Academic Caucus (informal association of faculty members who identify as Indigenous), Faculty Equity Leads network (associate deans and senior staff from each faculty who examine, identify and share core strategies to support leadership and implementation of equity and inclusion commitments)
Diversity training and awareness equity training for faculty search committees, training on inclusive recruitment practices, mental health training and resources for faculty and staff, Speak Up! workshop on using inclusive language and interrupting discriminatory practices, Beyond the Binary training on awareness and inclusion of trans and gender diverse individuals, Indigenous Peoples Language Guide
Diversity highlights leadership program for female faculty, Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) initiative to support and synchronize activities in various local Asian Canadian communities, Student Diversity Initiative to embed equity, diversity and inclusion throughout operations, systems, culture and organizational structures that directly impact the campus experience for students, annual "Thrive" week to encourage awareness of mental well-being (7,000 participants including 82 campus partners), Positive Space campaign, Rule Out Racism campaign, Outweek celebrations for LGBT students, staff and faculty
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Neil Squire Society (job fair for persons with disabilities), "Untapped" conference for job-seekers from underrepresented groups, CampOUT (summer leadership camp for queer, trans and allied youth)

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

Here are some of the reasons why UBC / University of British Columbia was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • UBC's recently updated Climate Action Plan (first established in 2010) commits the university to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 67 per cent by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2050 (over a 2007 baseline year) -- impressively, the Vancouver campus has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by over one-third, relative to the 2007 baseline year, which is even more impressive when noting the 19 per cent increase in floor space at the campus
  • UBC has an incredible number of highly focused sustainability initiatives across campus to encourage its entire community to adopt more sustainable behaviours, including Sustainability Tours, Sustainability Coordinator e-newsletters, a Sustainable Campus Food Guide, the UBCBuySmart purchasing program and the Walk'n Roll to School transportation program, to name a few
  • UBC adopted the LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction and major renovations of institutional buildings, with 26 registered and certified buildings (the most for any Canadian university) -- and with over 400 buildings, UBC also manages an ongoing Building Tune-Up Program as well as a longstanding building retrofit program, ongoing since 1998
Employees at the University of British Columbia can buy certified organic produce at the UBC Farm, located inside a 90 year-old coastal hemlock forest   (Photo credit: Martin Dee)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
Full-time employees in Canada 11,097
Employee green team Sustainability Coordinator Program (in its second decade with over 70 employees across campus), Sustainability Ambassadors
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Provost and Vice President, Academic (the UBC Sustainability Initiative is led by an Executive Director and reports to a formal Steering Committee that includes senior leaders and student representatives)
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy (est. 1997), Campus Sustainability Office (est. 1998), Sustainability Initiative (est. 2010)
Green highlights Climate Action Plan (commits the university to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 67 per cent by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2050 over the 2007 baseline year, and has already reduced the Vancouver campus' greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent relative to the baseline year), Green Labs Program (ongoing programs to help labs reduce energy consumption), Campus Engagement Strategy (program to build a culture of sustainability across the campus), Social, Ecological, Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Sustainability (program to engage and create collaborative partnerships between students, faculty and employees), over 50 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs oriented towards sustainability, Sustainability Fellowships (available to full-time faculty), and numerous sustainability awareness initiatives across campus for employees and students (including Sustainability Coordinator E-Newsletters, Sustainability Tours, Walk'n Roll to School program, the Sustainable Campus Food Guide, online Sustainability Coordinator Toolkit, and much more)
Extended recycling batteries, laboratory plastics, compostable materials, furniture and equipment reuse programs, styrofoam, organics, hazardous waste (has a Zero Waste Committee comprised of students, employees and faculty as well as Zero Waste Action Plan with the goal of becoming a zero waste campus)
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week, Xerox Workplace Sustainability Fund, signatore to the International Sustainable Campus Charter and part of the International Sustainable Campus Network (first Canadian university to sign in 2012)
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, onsite 24 hectare certified organic farm with over 250 varieties of crops (provides fresh produce to a number of dining operations and a farmers market that is open to students and employees), 26 LEED certified and registered projects across its campuses, unique Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility (uses clean wood chips and sawmill residue to generate electricity on the Vancouver campus), ongoing LED lighting retrofit program, Building Tune-Up Program (partnership with BC Hydro to help optimize existing building performance), ongoing green fleet strategy to reduce emissions (includes right-sizing and fuel efficient vehicles, driver training and adoption of bicycles), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations

The Career Directory

UBC / University of British Columbia has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A University of British Columbia faculty member and students visiting the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, BC

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 10,001 to 25,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Kelowna BC
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,890 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, 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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