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

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

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

  • University of Victoria encourages employees and students to find ways to increase sustainability on campus through the "Campus Sustainability Fund" which provides financial support for employee, student and faculty-inspired sustainability projects, and the "Revolving Sustainability Fund", which supports energy and water savings initiatives with the pay back realized through the savings from the same projects funded
  • 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, 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 styrofoam, electronic waste and batteries
An employee at the University of Victoria doing research in a greenhouse  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 3,037
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
Formal strategy/policy name UVic Campus Plan, The Sustainability Action Plan, Campus Operations
Green highlights 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), Campus Traffic Survey (hosted every 2 years), Cycling Advisory Committee (in-house cycling advisory group), Revolving Sustainability Fund (funded through savings realized, provides support for energy and water savings initiatives), Campus Sustainability Fund (support for employee, student and faculty-inspired sustainability projects), Edible Campus project (initiative to introduce food plantings across the campus), Free Store (program to collect usable goods for reuse by others), in-house Fair Trade Steering committee and Food Services support sustainability initiatives with a focus on sourcing food locally, offers hundreds of graduate and undergraduate courses, emphasizing sustainability across a range of disciplines (from ocean sciences to business to geography)
Extended recycling organics, styrofoam, e-waste, batteries, furniture
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Bike to Work Week (community sponsor), SPOKES (refurbishes old bikes for loan to students and employees), Campus Community Garden, The Community Cabbage, Vancouver Island Public Interest Group
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, car sharing program (offers free membership for employees), water bottle filling stations, campus community garden with 90 plots (includes regular gardening workshops), native plant landscaping, green cleaning systems, heat recovery system for pool heating, recent pilot program to test electric cars as part of its fleet, new campus building construction must meet the LEED Gold (or better) certification standard, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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

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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