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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Assembly of First Nations was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023):

  • Assembly of First Nations supports employees who want to start a family, providing maternity and parental leave top-up of up to 93 per cent of salary for up to 50 weeks for mothers, and 93 per cent of salary for up to 35 weeks for fathers
  • Assembly of First Nations offers a number of time-off programs that allow employees to rest and recharge, including three weeks of starting vacation allowance, five paid days off during the winter holidays, and up to 15 paid sick days annually
  • Assembly of First Nations encourages employees to maintain a healthy mindset with wellness lunch and learns and a physical fitness allowance of $360 annually
Employees at Assembly of First Nations take part in a round dance   (Photo credit: Ken Dickinson)

Employer Background

Industry Indigenous government
Parent company National Indian Brotherhood
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 147
Part-time employees in Canada 4
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 35 years

Work Environment Rating: B

Hybrid work home office allowance, internet subsidies, employees have the option to work in office, work from home, or split their time between both
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features main office is located on a reserve in Akwesasne, Ontario and features sit-stand workstations
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily
Employee communications company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $350 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 15 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Health spending account up to $300 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives wellness lunch and learns, physical fitness allowance of $360 annually
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note Assembly of First Nations has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Unpaid leave maximum 25 months
Additional time-off information some employees start at 4 weeks vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition Staff Spotlight (winner receives a gift certificate and announcement in Feel Good Friday newsletter)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available

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