University of Victoria
University of Victoria's permanent rainbow crosswalk, located at one of the busiest pedestrian crossings on campus

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why University of Victoria was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • University of Victoria requires that all new campus building construction meet the LEED Gold (or better) certification standard -- since 2008, the University has constructed 7 certified LEED Gold buildings
  • University of Victoria supports the Green Office (GO!) program which encompasses the Sustainability Advisory Committee (comprised of employees, faculty and students), the Sustainability Action Team program (includes student residences and departments), the Campus Sustainability Fund (to help fund on-campus sustainability projects) and a number of sustainability focused groups across the campus
  • University of Victoria established a goal to become a "zero waste" campus -- working towards this goal, the University offers hundreds of recycling kiosks, an extensive composting program, e-waste collection, water conservation initiatives, a formal move-out program for offices and students in residence (to recycle and donate unwanted clothing, furniture and electronics), and hosts a number of zero waste events every year
University of Victoria employee using one of the campus' water refill stations


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,948
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
Green highlights Green Office (GO!), in addition to numerous graduate and undergraduate courses emphasizing sustainability, the Gustavson Business School had made sustainability a core component of its curriculum with two research centres dedicated to sustainable economies and business practices, SPOKES bicycle program (refurbishes old bikes for loan to students and staff for a nominal fee, over 500 bikes in circulation)
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 Bike to Work Week
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, car sharing program (offers free membership for employees), water bottle filling stations, campus community garden, native plant landscaping, green cleaning systems, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018)

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

  • 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 Vikes basketball half-times
An employee at the University of Victoria's CanAssist, an organization that develops technologies, programs and services that improve the quality of life of those with special needs
"Equity and diversity are illusive and complex concepts. There is never a point of arrival. It is simply a journey of listening, questioning, and challenging. Each human being has a unique symphony of visible and invisible identities and biases. Our interactions with one another are a call to struggle, to take responsibility, to understand, and to be understood. We can't be afraid to speak out and share our stories."   Dr. Adam J., Choral, Music Education


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 3,037
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Advisor to the Provost on Equity and Diversity, Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights
Formal commitment Office of Equity and Human Rights, Provost's diversity and equity steering committee, mental health task force and strategy, Indigenous advisory council
Employee resource groups Academic Women's Caucus, Minority and Indigenous Women Instructors' Network, Immigrant Employee Support Network, Positive Space Network
Diversity training and awareness mental health resources, online training for awareness and prevention of workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination
Diversity highlights 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, First Peoples' House on campus, Elders' Voices program, "Exploring the Experience of Immigrant Employees Through Theatre" performance by applied theatre students to depict the joys and challenges of immigrant employees
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Inter-Cultural Association, Native Friendship Centre

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 employees and students having fun with science

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
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
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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