Edmonton, City of
City of Edmonton staff at an employee appreciation event  

Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Edmonton, City of was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2021):

  • City of Edmonton established a mental health and healthy living strategy and organizes two annual wellness fairs to showcase a variety of community and city initiatives to help encourage employees to adopt healthy habits -- the city also offers a variety of training on topics such as mental health first aid, mindfulness meditation, and access to The Working Mind training program, which helps reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting
  • City of Edmonton recently launched a new recognition and appreciation framework that includes awards in various categories, including a Cultural Commitment Award for individuals and teams who demonstrate the city's values, long-service awards, occupational health and safety awards, and the Above and Beyond Award for employees that go beyond their regular job duties
  • City of Edmonton helps employees save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers phased-in work options for those nearing retirement
City of Edmonton employees attended a staff appreciation event at the Edmonton Valley Zoo  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1871
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB
Full-time employees in Canada 9,981
Part-time employees in Canada 2,197
Average age of employees in Canada 42.8 years
Longest serving employee 48.7 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 70% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 3 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

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

Here are some of the reasons why Edmonton, City of was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • City of Edmonton hosts an annual student conference, allowing summer, co-op and graduate students to showcase their work to staff, stakeholders and community members -- the conference is planned by students and includes opportunities to network with future employers and colleagues
  • City of Edmonton facilitates the Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) pre-approved training program for new graduates, with rotations in financial services, financial strategies and budget, the Office of the City Auditor, and a permanent position at the end of the 30-month program
  • In partnership with Careers: The Next Generation, the City of Edmonton brings on approximately 10 high school students a year to explore a career in trades -- students complete 160 hours over the summer, with the opportunity to work for five months during the school year for up to 1,000 hours in their chosen field while receiving high school credits
City of Edmonton employees repairing playground equipment  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB
Full-time employees in Canada 9,981
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities Indigenous summer student program, hires at least one articling student each year in the law branch for a one-year contract, pairs University of Alberta graduate students with City employees to work on sustainability-related applied research projects, Tri-Level Pre-professional Finance Officer program participant (partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta), placement employer for The Institute of Public Administration of Canada's public sector graduate internship, Newcomer to Canada Youth Employment program participant
Additional highlights Fire Cadet program for high school students, Nîkânîw Aquatic Leadership program, participates in the University of Alberta's job shadow week in the fall and winter semesters (City of Edmonton supervisors are matched with students or alumni for a workplace visit), partners with the University of Alberta for the Community Service-Learning Program (program links academic coursework of students to a community-based learning experience)
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 Edmonton, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • City of Edmonton created a summer student program to provide Indigenous high school and post-secondary students with paid work experience for up to five months
  • In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's work, the City of Edmonton created an educational program for all employees to learn about the history and impact of Canada's residential school system on Indigenous peoples and open dialogue on reconciliation -- the city's Indigenous education initiative is coordinated in partnership with the Indigenous Employee Resource Network
  • City of Edmonton's updated diversity and inclusion framework was released in December 2019 and includes significant work on Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) tools, as well as a full-day training program "Our Process of Inclusion GBA+" to ensure that employees have the tools to be inclusive
City of Edmonton employees at the 'Art of Inclusion' launch in December 2019  
"Humans are beautifully diverse and ever-changing like a flowing body of water. It is only through intentional and authentic inclusion that human-kind will survive and thrive. To do so, we must always remember - we are all human." Gabrielle Betts, on what inclusion means personally

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB
Full-time employees in Canada 9,981
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Deputy City Manager, Employee Services
Formal commitment departmental diversity and inclusion committees, corporate diversity and inclusion advisory group, Indigenous Relations Office
Recruitment initiatives Nîkânîw Indigenous youth leadership program, Indigenous peoples summer student program, youth employment programs for newcomers, Abilities in Action work experience program for persons with developmental disabilities, Abilities@Work program for individuals with intellectual disabilities
Employee resource groups Women@theCity, Indigenous Employees Resource Network, Abilities Connect (persons with disabilities)
Training and awareness training on GBA+ and Indigenous awareness (history and impact of residential schools), mental health first aid, mindfulness, inclusive language guide, inclusive leader courses, respectful workplace policy includes behaviour zones that show what acceptable workplace behaviours are and how to address concerns
Diversity highlights diversity and inclusion intranet, quarterly Inclusion Weeks, diversity and inclusion framework launched in December 2019 includes artwork by employees illustrating what inclusion means to them, is working on implementing GBA+ as a mandatory process, Working Minds program to promote mental health and reduce stigma, Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton initiative to engage diverse women in leadership and civic participation
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Oteenow Employment & Training Society, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Somali Canadian and Education Rural Development Organization, Africa Centre (paid work experience program), Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (mentoring for new Canadians)

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Co-op student, Kelsey McPherson, discusses her participation in the Wildlife Monitoring Project during the City of Edmonton's 2019 Student Conference at City Hall

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal government
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton 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 Job titles vary widely, with most entry level positions being unionized. Unionized positions at the City of Edmonton are classified into classification specifications.
Starting salary $40K to $50K
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
Health spending account up to $1,100 each year

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