BC Public Service
BC Public Service employees outside the organization's head office  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021) and BC's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021) and BC's Top Employers (2021):

  • BC Public Service offers up to a full year of maternity and parental leave top-up for new mothers and provides parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents -- additionally, adoptive parents may apply for a pre-placement adoption leave of up to seven weeks (with an allowance of 85 per cent of salary)
  • BC Public Service's longstanding Community Services Fund supports charitable organizations through payroll deductions and fundraising events, raising over $50-million since its inception in 1965 -- over the years, the organizations has raised over $300,000 for Spinal Cord Injury BC, over $300,000 for the BC SPCA, and over $350,000 for BC Cancer Foundation
  • BC Public Service maintains an in-house Learning Centre with a dedicated House of Indigenous Learning, providing resources to support employees in their reconciliation journey -- resources include the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and draft principles that guide the province's relationship with Indigenous peoples
Employees collaborate at BC Public Service's ShareSpace office, a fully mobile workspace that opened in February, 2021  

Employer Background

Industry Provincial government
Established in Canada 1858
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 32,368
Part-time employees in Canada 2,366
Average age of employees in Canada 44.2 years
Longest serving employee 51.7 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response temporary office equipment loan program, resources including regularly updated FAQs, guidelines for supervisors and info about COVID-19

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station, corporate ride-sharing account
Workplace features employees based in Victoria work in a range of unique facilities from the Selkirk Waterfront development to the landmark provincial Parliament Buildings in Victoria's inner harbour, offices feature telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, board games, and quiet rooms (lounge features vary across locations)
Other food options at main location food trucks at various locations, onsite cafeteria operated by a non-profit with all proceeds going to charity
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (boot camp, Zumba, yoga), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, (four work locations have onsite fitness facilities)
Other nearby amenities YMCA-YWCA, Anytime Fitness, GoodLife, Beacon Hill Park, Galloping Goose Trail (60-km network of reclaimed railway beds, includes cycling and walking trail system), Royal BC Museum, Victoria Public Market with seasonal indoor local farmers' markets

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name numerous employee-led social committees across the Service
Past social events annual Public Service Week celebrations in recognition of its employees (held virtually over the past year)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounts on home office equipment, computers, emergency preparedness kits, and more

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Additional health plan information extended health plan includes smoking cessation program, hearing aids, emergency ambulance services, vision examinations, and various medical equipment and supplies, non-union employees have a flexible health plan with 3 levels of coverage (and the opportunity to transfer unused credits to their savings)
Wellness initiatives mental health and well-being resource hub, Healthy Minds workshops on topics such as stress management, resilience, coping with change and mindfulness, @Work health-focused groups, access to LifeSpeak's video library (topics include physical and mental health, family, relationships and professional development)
Family-friendly benefits note BC Public Service has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information onsite daycare available at some locations, pre-placement adoption leave (to 85% of salary for up to 7 weeks)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note BC Public Service 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 6 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation increases by 1 day annually after 3 years on the job, moving to 4 weeks after 6 years of employment, some employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

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 online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, non-cash awards valued at $100 for exceptional performance (varies by position), Premier's Innovation and Excellence Awards and a virtual ceremony to recognize this year's recipients
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs unrelated tuition subsidies range from $5,000 to $7,500, numerous youth work experience programs, such as the 12-month paid internship program for Aboriginal youth, in-house Learning Centre with a dedicated House of Indigenous Learning (resources to support employees in their reconciliation journey), Learn @ Work Week (annual event, past themes include innovation, Truth and Reconciliation, and health and well-being)

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,000 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Spinal Cord Injury BC, BC Cancer Foundation, Mustard Seed Street Church, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC SPCA, Canadian Red Cross for Services in BC, BC Cancer Foundation, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, Humane Society and Victoria Women’s Transition House Society, NEED2 Suicide Prevention Education & Support, and many more
Community highlight BC Public Service maintains the longstanding Community Fund (since 1965), hosting an annual charitable campaign and raising over $50-million dollars since it was established, directing generous donations to many important causes and charities across the province. Employees may participate in regional committees that help choose local charities to receive support, and can also arrange to have direct payroll deductions donated to registered charities of their choosing.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • More than 1,300 permanent employees started their careers in the BC Public Service through the co-op program, which organizes initiatives such as a lunch and learn career series, a co-op swap program (to allow employees to shadow others and develop their career interests), and high-level exposure through the "Conversation with an Executive" and "Conversation with a Member of Legislative Assembly" events
  • Regular full- or part-time employees can apply for the Pacific Leaders BC Loan Forgiveness program -- for those accepted, the BC portion of their Canada-BC student loan becomes interest-free for a period of one year, with a third of their loan forgiven at the end of the year, until their entire BC student loan is forgiven after three years
  • BC Public Service helps students explore a career in public service through its Youth Employment Program, offering paid work placements of up to four months that help students gain practical and valuable work experience in the government
An employee at BC Public Service  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 31,117
Student opportunities co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training and development opportunities BC Parks student ranger program from May to August, Indigenous youth internship program, First Nations forestry training program, BC timber sales forest technologist entry-level program (2-year on-the-job training and 2 years of full-time regular employment), technician entry-level program (full-time permanent role in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure with an assigned supervisor and mentor), engineer-in-training and geoscientist-in-training program, policy analyst internship, Canadian Science Fellowship, articling students are hired by the Ministry of Attorney General a year ahead of the article start date to work with the legal services branch or the BC Prosecution Service
Additional highlights Co-op Connect Hub (online resource for co-ops, supervisors and hiring managers), dedicated Employment Programs and Resource Office with Co-op Employee Advisory Board, Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants (regular full- or part-time employees pursuing a credentialed program), Pacific Leaders Tuitions Grant program for co-op employees (up to $1,000 per term), Co-op to Career event (opportunity to meet with current government employees, learn about their experiences and ask questions about their career paths)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • BC Public Service manages the Work-Able Graduate Internship program to provide post-secondary graduates with disabilities opportunities to gain work experience within the public sector -- the program features learning, coaching and mentorship
  • For over a decade, BC Public Service has maintained an Indigenous Youth Internship Program to provide employment opportunities to Indigenous individuals who are 19 to 29 years of age -- program participants work at an organization for nine months to learn various aspects of public service, followed by a three-month term at a select Aboriginal organization
  • BC Public Service employs an Indigenous applicant advisor who supports Indigenous applicants through the hiring process -- the advisory service was formalized after piloting the service for alumni of its Indigenous Youth Internship Program
Staff members in BC Public Service's Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 31,117
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Diversity & Inclusion
Formal commitment executive committee on diversity and inclusion, diversity and inclusion strategic plan, Building a Better BC for Persons with Disabilities (10-year strategy), joint diversity and inclusion task force
Recruitment initiatives Indigenous youth internship program for individuals between the ages of 19 and 29 (participants work at an organization for 9 months to learn various aspects of public service, followed by a 3-month placement at an Indigenous organization), Work-Able graduate internship program
Training and awareness Words Matter inclusive language guidelines, mandatory diversity and inclusion training, training on Indigenous learning and building capacity in Indigenous relations, online gender-based analysis resources
Diversity highlights established Indigenous assistant deputy minister roles, is developing a new Indigenous leadership and mentorship program, is implementing a new LGBTQ2S+ inclusion index (selected Pride at Work to assess)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Equitek, Women in Leadership, Nation Talk, Indigenous Link, and Pride at Work Canada

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

  • BC Public Service celebrates a number of environmental awareness initiatives every year, including Earth Week, Earth Hour, the Hibernation and Stay Cool Challenges, as well as the Lights Off, Office Technology and Space Heater campaigns -- and hosts ongoing blogs addressing a range of subjects, from energy use, climate action, waste and water management initiatives
  • BC Public Service recognizes and encourages employees to advance sustainability across all areas of the public service through the Sustainability, Action, Innovation and Leadership (SAIL) Awards
A staff member from BC Public Service's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 31,117
Part-time employees in Canada 2,323
Employee green team Green Teams (separate teams across BC Public Service), Climate Action Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Division
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Stewardship Strategy (est. 2000)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights ongoing blogs addressing a range of subjects (energy, climate action, waste and water management), SAIL Awards (to recognize employee leaders in advancing sustainability in government operations), Sustainability Associates program (pilot program to engage employees with energy and waste reduction initiatives), Carbon Neutral Government website (features online tools and resources for all employees)
Noteworthy initiatives hosts an annual Public Sector Climate Leadership Symposium that brings together employees from 126 public-sector organizations in BC to share and learn about each other's efforts to reduce emissions, climate change adaptation strategies and showcase their successes
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, with features varying across its many locations, BC Public Service has mandated all new building construction meet LEED Gold certification standards, real property division considers environmental interests equally alongside social and financial considerations when assessing properties
Extended recycling organics, batteries, enhanced recycling in government buildings (beyond some municipalities' minimums), junk mail prevention initiative (includes collecting and contacting senders to no longer receive)
Commuter amenities Bike to Work Week (encourages employees to participate across the province), updated vehicle fleet standards to include electric and hybrid vehicle purchasing policy where possible, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Earth Week (hosts numerous employee awareness initiatives, from waste reduction, to energy saving, to ending plastic pollution), Earth Hour, the Hibernation and Stay Cool Challenges, the Lights Off, Office Technology and Space Heater campaigns

The Career Directory

BC Public Service has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, supporting the 2019 Moose Hide Campaign

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Provincial government
Full-time employees in Canada 25,001 to 50,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Student opportunities paid internships, 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 BC Public Service offers a number of programs for students and new grads including an Indigenous Youth Internship Program, a Work-Able Internship Program for recent grads with disabilities, Engineer-in-Training and Geoscientist-in-Training programs, and an entry-level Forest Technologist program, to name a few.
Typical new grad positions Engineer-in-Training / Geoscientist-in-Training, Correctional Officer, Employment and Assistance Worker, Administrative Assistant, Website Administrator, Data Entry Clerk
Starting salary $40K to $45K
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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