BC Public Service
BC Public Service employees meet in a mobile workspace  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and BC's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and BC's Top Employers (2024):

  • 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 (75 per cent of salary for up to 35 weeks) -- and parents may be able to apply to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence if desired
  • 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 and directing support to numerous charities and causes throughout the province
  • BC Public Service's Victoria-based employees work in one of the country's most liveable cities in offices situated in a number of locations, from the historic Parliament Buildings to the Selkirk Waterfront development -- and across the service, four locations have their own onsite fitness facilities to encourage employees to keep fit and healthy
Emergency management employees in BC Public Service deliver a presentation to youth on emergency preparedness   (Photo credit: C. Deakin)

Employer Background

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian locations Kamloops BC, Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 34,366
Part-time employees in Canada 2,207
Average age of employees in Canada 43.5 years
Longest serving employee 53.8 years

Work Environment Rating: A

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, earned days off program
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite 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, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, quiet rooms (lounge features vary across locations)
Other food options at main location onsite cafeteria operated by a non-profit with all proceeds going to charity, food trucks at various locations
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, (4 other work locations have onsite fitness facilities)

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 (barbecues, virtual socials, trivia competitions)
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
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.)

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
Eyecare $250 every 2 years
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 $750 each year
Additional health plan information non-union employees have a flexible health plan and the option to put some funding into an HSA annually
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
Additional family-friendly information pre-placement adoption leave and an allowance for prospective adoptive parents (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 non-union 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 peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Premier's Awards to recognize outstanding projects, teams or individuals in the public service
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs online Learning Hub (topics include leadership, remote and hybrid work, and equity, diversity, and inclusion), 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 1,200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Spinal Cord Injury BC, BC SPCA, BC Cancer Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Mustard Seed Street Church, Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Victoria Cool Aid Society, Canadian Red Cross, Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society, Alzheimer Society of BC
Community highlight BC Public Service maintains the longstanding Community Fund (since 1965), hosting an annual charitable campaign and raising over $55-million dollars since it was established, directing generous donations to many important causes and charities across the province.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

  • BC Public Service encourages Indigenous students to bring their unique perspectives to the organization and consider a career in public service through the Indigenous Youth Internship program -- the 12-month program begins with a nine-month placement with a government ministry, followed by three months with an Indigenous organization
  • Regular full or part-time BC Public Service employees can apply for the Pacific Leaders BC Loan Forgiveness program -- for those accepted, one-third of the BC portion of their Canada-BC student loan is forgiven one year into the program (participants are not required to make payments throughout the year) until the entire BC portion of their student loan is forgiven after three years
  • BC Public Service supports students looking to explore a career in public service through its co-op program, which includes access to an online Co-op Connect Hub with helpful resources, a co-op 'swap' job-shadowing program, Co-op to Career events where students can learn about permanent job opportunities, and a $1,000 reimbursement on each co-op student's tuition through the Pacific Leaders Tuition Grants program -- these offerings have lead to a strong success rate for transitioning to permanent employment after the program (over 1,500 current permanent employees got their start through the co-op program)
An intern works in the field with the Conservation Data Centre through BC Public Service's Indigenous Youth Internship program  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian locations Kamloops BC, Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 34,366
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, mentoring
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training and development opportunities BC Parks student ranger program from May to August, Indigenous youth internship program, 12-month Work-Able internship program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability, BC timber sales forest technologist entry-level program (2 years of 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 with mentorship and rotations across various locations, articling students are hired by the Ministry of the Attorney General a year ahead of the article start date to work with the legal services branch or the BC Prosecution Service (law society fees paid by the ministry, more than half of articling students are hired back as lawyers)
Additional highlights Co-op Connect Hub (online resource for co-ops, supervisors and hiring managers), Pacific Leaders Tuitions Grant program for co-op employees (up to $5,000 for certificate, diploma or undergraduate programs, and up to $7,500 for Master's, PhD degree programs or CPA Professional Education Program), Co-op to Career Event (opportunity to meet with current government employees, learn about their experiences and ask questions about their career paths), Pacific Leaders Scholarships for Public Servants (regular full- or part-time employees pursuing a credential program), Co-op Employee Advisory Board (provides feedback and guidance on co-op experience to the Employment Programs and Resource Office), co-op swap job shadowing program (matches young employees based on career interests, and allows them to spend time working in another public service role), Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program (provides First Nations and Métis students with tuition and living scholarship, paid summer work-term experience, and support from a local Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program centre)
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 (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • BC Public Service's benefit plan was updated in 2022, including new inclusive benefits such as eight weeks of paid leave to access gender affirming care, two days of paid leave for Indigenous employees to observe or participate in traditional activities, along with an expanded definition of family for Indigenous employees
  • BC Public Service launched an Indigenous leadership and mentorship program after a successful pilot with the aim of increasing representation of Indigenous people in senior roles within the organization -- participants are streamed into three categories, including new to the BC Public Service, growing and aspiring leaders, and experienced leaders
  • BC Public Service offers an Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service to support Indigenous applicants through the hiring process -- the advisory service provides advice and support on navigating the hiring system, resumes, cover letters, completing questionnaires and oral interview preparation
BC Public Service employees meet in a mobile workspace  

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian locations Kamloops BC, Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 34,366
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives assistant deputy ministers' committee on diversity and inclusion, diversity and inclusion branch and ministry leads, Where We All Belong diversity and inclusion strategy
Employee resource groups 2SLGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, Indigenous Employees Network, Accessibility Community of Practice, Employee Accessibility Advisory Council
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies action plan to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, decisions reviewed through a Gender-based Analysis Plus lens
Recruitment initiatives Indigenous applicant advisory service to support internal and external applicants who self-identify as Indigenous and apply for a job with BC Public Service, Indigenous youth internship program for individuals between the ages of 19 and 29 (participants intern at a government ministry for 9 months to learn various aspects of public service, followed by a 3-month placement at an Indigenous organization), Work-Able internship program (12-month internship for post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability), all job postings are open by default to applicants in any BC community where the hiring ministry has an existing office
Retention and development programs Indigenous leadership and mentorship program (3 streams: new to BC Public Service, growing and aspiring leaders, and experienced leaders)
Training and awareness initiatives diversity and inclusion resource centre (features the public services's strategy, learning opportunities and resources on diversity, inclusion and reconciliation)
Diversity highlights benefit plan updates include 8 weeks of paid leave to access gender affirming care, 2 days of paid cultural leave for Indigenous employees, an expanded definition of family for Indigenous employees, and 2 days of paid supplementary leave for all employees, piloting a new performance development platform with specific learning goals around equity, diversity and inclusion and reconciliation, new workforce planning templates for all ministries with equity and belonging a significant focus of workforce plans

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why BC Public Service was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

  • BC Public Service encourages employees to get involved in the service's numerous initiatives through both government-wide green teams and teams at locations across the province
  • BC Public Service focuses on alternative modes of commuting by encouraging employees to participate in annual GoByBike Week initiatives across the province (formerly Bike to Work Week) and updating its vehicle fleet procurement policies to include electric and hybrid vehicles wherever possible -- the goal is to have all new light-duty vehicle purchases be zero emission vehicles along with expansion in vehicle charging infrastructure
  • BC Public Service building portfolio includes LEED Gold- and Platinum-certified structures and has set LEED Gold as the minimum standard for new building construction -- the service also considers environmental interests alongside social and financial considerations when assessing new properties
BC Public Service employees hold a hybrid meeting   (Photo credit: C. Deakin)

Highlights

Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian locations Kamloops BC, Surrey BC, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Prince George BC
Full-time employees in Canada 34,366
Part-time employees in Canada 2,207
Employee green team Green Teams (government-wide and separate teams across BC Public Service), CITZ Green Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives assistant deputy minister, real property division
Formal strategy/policy name environmental stewardship policy (est. 2000); CleanBC (est. 2018)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Carbon Neutral Government website (features online tools and resources for all employees), Climate Leader Reader (provides information on new policies, tips and educational opportunities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation for public sector organizations)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, new building construction designed to 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)
Commuter amenities encouraging employees across the province to participate in GoByBike Week (formerly Bike to Work Week), updated vehicle fleet standards to include an electric and hybrid vehicle purchasing policy where possible, ongoing program to install EV charging stations at all public buildings, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Earth Week (hosts activities across the service, from video presentations and workshops to community clean-ups, and more)

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