Alberta Health Services / AHS
AHS employees swabbing for one of over 2 million COVID-19 tests completed at one of over 50 centres at AHS (data as of Nov 20, 2020)   (Photo credit: Leah Hennel)

Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Alberta Health Services / AHS was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

  • AHS supports a number of local, national, and international charitable organizations each year and offers a number of ways for employees to give back, including formal and informal fundraising activities and payroll deductions -- impressively, over 34,000 AHS employees participated in payroll deductions in the past year, contributing $9.4-million to charitable organizations
  • AHS maintains a comprehensive Health and Wellness Action Plan in support of healthy and resilient employees -- the plan features a variety of online resources and training, a Wellness Champion Network, and the "What's Your Balance" wellness initiative to support healthy eating, mental wellness and physical activity
  • AHS supports ongoing professional development through an online learning portal called MyLearningLink (with over 1,500 distinct courses), a President's Speaker Series, and tuition subsidies for courses taken at external institutions
AHS registered nurse Mia Torres (left) and respiratory therapist Joanna d'Abadie work together in the ICU at the Peter Lougheed Centre  

Highlights

Industry Healthcare services
Established in Canada 2009
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort McMurray AB, Medicine Hat AB, Lethbridge AB, Grande Prairie AB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Red Deer AB, Ponoka AB
Full-time employees in Canada 49,311
Part-time employees in Canada 33,476
Average age of employees in Canada 42.35 years
Longest serving employee 55.5 years
Benefits note AHS has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

COVID-19

Pandemic response surveyed employees, medical staff and volunteers to gauge the organization's pandemic response, enhanced internal communications with employees and created a dedicated COVID-19 intranet site, extensive mental health resources including access to an EFAP Resilience App, free access to an online peer mental health support network, an internal Work Safe blog, and an internal podcast series

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Alberta Health Services / AHS was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • AHS established an anti-racism advisory group in September 2020, a subcommittee of the D&I Council, represented by eleven Indigenous, Black, Jewish and people of colour workers across the organization in both clinical and non-clinical environments -- in the past year, the advisory group launched a consultation with over 800 participants to inform AHS' anti-racism action plan
  • Over the past two years, AHS' diversity and inclusion team provided education to over 9,000 individuals on topics such as unconscious bias, improving the experience for people who identify as a sexual or gender minority, cultural competence, humility, safety and sensitivity, power and privilege, oppression and micro-aggression
  • AHS and the AHS Wisdom Council endorsed an Indigenous Health Strategy in 2019, built upon the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples principles and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action -- the strategy provides a framework to achieve health equity for Indigenous Peoples in Alberta
AHS celebrates Pride during the pandemic with a Pride drive   (Photo credit: Leah Hennel)
On National Indigenous Peoples Day, [...] I made the difficult decision to talk about my mother’s residential school experience and how it impacted our family. [...] I’ve now delivered more presentations than I can count and requests continue to come in. I believe each presentation plants another seed of reconciliation, as we help people see the truth about our colonial past — the essential first step in our journey to reconciliation. [...] I’ve never been louder nor prouder about my Indigenous identity and it’s taken my career in a whole new direction. I recently accepted a position at the Indigenous Wellness Core (IWC) and [have] been asked to represent the IWC on the AHS Diversity and Inclusion Council. I’m invigorated by these opportunities because I know each passing day, AHS moves closer to being an organization that not only embraces diversity but celebrates it. Each morning, this promise of progress instills me with a profound sense of hope and enthusiasm, because I know I’m making a difference. I know we are making a difference. Randal Bell, member of Montreal Lake Cree Nation

Highlights

Industry Healthcare services
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort McMurray AB, Medicine Hat AB, Lethbridge AB, Grande Prairie AB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Red Deer AB, Ponoka AB
Full-time employees in Canada 49,311
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives diversity and inclusion council (leaders from teams that have an impact on creating safe and inclusive spaces, representatives from front-line clinical and operational areas and unions), diversity and inclusion Centre of Expertise
Performance management and accountability is updating its HRIS to track employees and recruitment from diversity groups, diversity census and inclusion survey in 2018 with findings used to identify and prioritize future initiatives
Employee resource groups Proud Together (est. 2019, LQBTQ2S+), Women in Leadership (specific to emergency medical services), Ethnic Minority (est. 2020, over 600 members)
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies psychological health and safety steering committee, AHS Wisdom Council (represents Alberta's Indigenous voice), Indigenous Wellness Core help create system-wide integration and coordination of Indigenous health (merger of the Indigenous Health program and Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network), AHS Indigenous Health Commitments (to achieve health equity for and with Indigenous Peoples in Alberta), guidelines to support transgender employees in their gender transition, discrimination investigation guide, embedded Gender-based Analysis Plus tools into its policy development framework to ensure all new and reviews of existing policies are drafted through an inclusion lens
Recruitment initiatives provides inclusive hiring training and advisory services for hiring managers, hosted employer forums in partnership with agencies that serve new Canadians, developed standard agreements to provide work placements for new Canadians and persons with intellectual disabilities, transition services for persons completing mental health and addictions programs in Edmonton (such as work experience, job preview and job shadowing opportunities)
Training and awareness initiatives employee orientation features segment on Indigenous peoples in Alberta, Change the Conversation resources (provide appropriate language and tools to engage in dialogue on challenging topics in the workplace, new resources include how to be respectful when physically distancing, how to be an ally, how to support someone with anxiety and more), mental health training, educational sessions on topics such as unconscious bias, intergenerational relationships, diversity and worldview, cultural competence, power and privilege, oppression and micro-aggression, and social determinants of health, has trained KAIROS Blanket Exercise facilitators within the organization, Indigenous awareness and sensitivity certificate program (developed by the Indigenous Wellness Core), Safe Places posters for LGBTQ2S+ staff, patients and families
Diversity highlights Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice (network of employees who provide education and resources to help AHS provide culturally safe and sensitive care and services to diverse populations), LGBTQ2S+ Community of Practice (network of employees and stakeholders who share resources, develop tools and provide support in creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ2S+ patients, families and staff)

The Career Directory

Alberta Health Services / AHS has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A licensed practical nurse at AHS changing her gloves

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Healthcare services
Full-time employees in Canada 25,000 to 50,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort McMurray AB, Medicine Hat AB, Lethbridge AB, Grande Prairie AB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Red Deer AB, Ponoka AB
Student opportunities paid internships, 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
Other info for new grads AHS provides a wide range of learning opportunities for students including clinical and non-clinical student placements, research projects, residencies, co-op work terms, job shadowing, high school work experience, health science career camps, and undergraduate nursing employment, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Analyst, Assistant, Cook, Diagnostic Sonographer, Dietitian, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Care Aide, Laboratory Technologist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Maintenance Worker, Occupational Therapist, Power Engineer, Psychologist, Registered Nurse, Researcher, Respiratory Therapist, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Surgical Processor, Therapy Aide, Unit Clerk
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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