University of Victoria
A water feature on the University of Victoria campus  

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

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

  • University of Victoria established a Chair in Transgender Studies role, the first of its kind, to further research on the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people
  • The university's libraries and archives have also committed to preserving the history of pioneering activists, community leaders and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of transgender people, actively acquiring documents, rare publications and memorabilia of persons and organizations associated with transgender activism
  • University of Victoria's Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities features improved accessibility, family change rooms with space for transgendered individuals, and space for CanAssist, an on-campus organization that helps persons with disabilities improve their quality of life
  • Additionally, CanAssist works with Vikes Athletics and Recreation to create accessible, inclusive athletic and recreational programming -- events include hosting national wheelchair rugby training camps, participating in OneAbility ProMotion Week, and showcasing wheelchair basketball demos during half-time at Vikes' basketball games
An employee at the University of Victoria attending a diversity forum  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,919
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights
Formal commitment Office of Equity and Human Rights, academic advisory committee on equity and diversity, mental health task force and strategy, Indigenous academic advisory council
Employee resource groups Minority and Indigenous Women Instructors' Network, Immigrant Employee Support Network
Diversity training and awareness mental health literacy, gender diversity, best practices for an LGBQTT friendly environment, fair and equitable hiring, Indigenous cultural training (in development)
Diversity highlights "Exploring the Experience of Immigrant Employees Through Theatre" performance by applied theatre students to depict the joys and challenges of immigrant employees, First Peoples' House on campus (support place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous employees to raise awareness and learn about Coast Salish history, protocol, culture and tradition), Elders' Voices program (Elders in Residence to provide guidance on Indigenous ways of knowing and being), mental health awareness week, diversity research forum (2-day conference for employees, students and the broader community), Community Building Fund (financial assistance for faculty, student and staff projects on equity, diversity and inclusion), Provost's Advocacy and Activism Awards (recognizes individuals who work to address systemic or institutionalized barriers), diversity writing contest open to all students from variety of disciplines, Positive Space campaign
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Native Friendship Centre, WorkBC, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre, Intercultural Association, Canadian Mental Health Association

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

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

  • University of Victoria maintains a Fair Trade steering committee that focuses on the availability and number of Fairtrade products on campus -- the committee includes representation from all members of the campus community (students, employees and faculty), and as a results of its efforts, the university recently became a designated Fair Trade Campus
  • University of Victoria's Campus Bike Centre offers secure bike parking for over 230 bikes, a bike kitchen, gear lockers and benches -- and is also home to the unique SPOKES (Student Promotion of Kickstands, Etc., Salvaging) bike repair and loan program, managed by volunteers who refurbish donated bikes and loan them out for a nominal fee of $10 for the year
  • Working towards its goal of becoming a "zero waste" campus, University of Victoria offers hundreds of recycling kiosks, an extensive composting program, water conservation initiatives, a formal move-out program for offices and students in residence (donating unwanted clothing, furniture and electronics to the campus FreeStore) and special pick-up and drop-off services for soft plastics, styrofoam, electronic waste and batteries
An employee at the University of Victoria's Ocean Networks Canada, which monitors the west and east coasts of Canada and the Arctic to provide real-time data for research  


Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,919
Employee green team Staff Sustainability Network (over 40 members representing 20 departments), Sustainability Advisory Committee (comprised of employees, faculty and students)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director, Campus Planning and Sustainability
Formal strategy/policy name UVic Campus Plan, UVic Sustainability Policy, UVic Strategic Plan
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights 21 Days to Green Your Routine (sustainability challenge for employees and faculty), Green Office (GO!) program hosts fun competitions every year to engage employees on sustainability, Green Labs (energy savings initiatives for laboratories), Res Green Team (advocacy group for students living in residence), UVic Sustainability Champions Awards (for employees and undergraduate students), Free Store (program to collect usable goods for reuse by others), Campus Sustainability Fund (support for employee, student and faculty-inspired sustainability projects), Campus Traffic Survey (hosted every two years), Edible Campus project (initiative to introduce food plantings across the campus), Ecology Speakers Series, Revolving Sustainability Fund (funded through savings realized, provides support for energy and water savings initiatives), Fair Trade Steering Committee and Food Services support numerous sustainability initiatives with a focus on sourcing food locally (recently received its Fair Trade Campus designation), Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (participates in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System / STARS program for measuring sustainability practices in post-secondary institutions), offers hundreds of graduate and undergraduate courses emphasizing sustainability across a range of disciplines (from ocean sciences to business to geography)
Noteworthy initiatives campus community garden with 90 plots and includes regular gardening workshops and a new bee apiary (managed in partnership with a local beekeeper), and has an ongoing native plant landscaping and invasive species removal program
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, , new campus building construction must meet LEED Gold (or better) certification standards, furniture sourcing policy (from zero waste manufacturers, sustainably sourced wood to recyclable products), car-sharing program (offers free membership for employees), water bottle filling stations (ongoing program to replace water fountains), green cleaning systems, heat recovery system for pool heating
Extended recycling organics, styrofoam, e-waste, batteries, furniture, soft plastics (dedicated volunteers collect and deliver to an off-campus recycler), new waste reduction video shorts to help ensure proper recycling, set zero waste to landfill as a final goal
Commuter amenities Campus Cycling Plan (new) and Cycling Advisory Committee, SPOKES (refurbishes old bikes for loan to students and employees), recent pilot program to test electric cars as part of its fleet, car sharing system, parking for carpoolers, Bike to Work Week (community sponsor), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Edible Campus, Vancouver Island Public Interest Group, Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Actua/Science Venture

The Career Directory

University of Victoria has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
University of Victoria staff attending the ConnectU conference

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Administrative Assistant, Coordinator, Programmer, Information Technology
Starting salary $35K to $40K
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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