Vancouver, City of
The City of Vancouver's Lakewood bike lane  

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

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

  • City of Vancouver created the "Give a Hand Vancouver" initiative to centralize community response to the pandemic and enable the city to receive and deploy resources and services with the help of local business and organizations -- additionally, the city worked with community partners to create scalable programs to improve access to healthy and regular meals on a daily basis for marginalized and vulnerable populations
  • City of Vancouver's "Fit City" initiative encourages employees to lead healthy and active lifestyles through in-house programming including monthly newsletters, health screening fairs, sports and fitness activities, and an incentive program to reward healthy behaviours
  • Along with being certified as a Living Wage employer, City of Vancouver helps employees save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and offers retirement planning assistance
City of Vancouver employees install blue-green roofs at the Helena Gutteridge Plaza  

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1886
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,582
Part-time employees in Canada 354
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 50 years
Benefits note The City of Vancouver 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 100% of the premiums
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
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 48 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes

COVID-19

Pandemic response "Give a Hand Vancouver" initiative to centralize community response to the pandemic and enable the city to receive and deploy resources and services, created scalable programs to improve access to healthy and regular meals on a daily basis for marginalized and vulnerable populations, created personal care kits for 500 individuals living in private, single-room occupancy hotels

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • City of Vancouver's forward-looking Transportation 2040 Plan was first adopted in 1996 and was revolutionary for its focus on prioritizing walking, biking and public transit (since its establishment, bicycle trips have increased steadily while automobile trips into the city have decreased), along with greening the city's vehicle fleet, introducing anti-idling measures, establishing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure program, and much more
  • City of Vancouver has adopted LEED Gold-certification standard for all new construction of 500 square metres, as well as introducing higher energy performance bylaws for new home construction that are double the efficiency required by provincially mandated minimums -- and boasts many energy-saving initiatives to encourage residents and employees to save energy along with reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 23 per cent from buildings and city-owned facilities (despite increasing its building footprint by 20 per cent) since 2007
  • As part of its Greenest City Action Plan (adopted in 2011 and currently being updated), the City of Vancouver's modest goal to make Vancouver "the greenest city in the world" covers a range of strategies and actions, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions making walking, cycling and public transit the preferred modes of transport, having the best drinking water and cleanest air in the world, and becoming a leader in urban food systems -- the city was recently recognized as one of the world's greenest cities by WWF's One Planet City Challenge
The City of Vancouver installs rooftop solar panels as part of the city's renewable energy initiatives   (Photo credit: Jimmy Jeong)

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,610
Part-time employees in Canada 351
Employee green team Green Operations Steering Committee (and various departmental green teams)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives General Manager for Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability; Director of Sustainability (leads over 20 environmental sustainability experts and reports directly to the city's general manager; Departmental General Managers (work to ensure departmental commitments are made in keeping with the city's formal green initiatives)
Formal strategy/policy name Greenest City 2020 Action Plan (adopted in 2011 and currently being updated), The Environmental Framework for Municipal Operations (adopted in 2011)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights nearly all employees have been moved to an electronic pay system (saving a half-million sheets of paper annually), Green Homes Program (promoting green construction) and deconstruction permits for demolition (to promote recycling and proper disposal of construction waste), Solar Homes Strategy (supporting adoption of solar technology), Greenest City Program (grant program to fund community groups and residents taking on projects that align with the Greenest City Action Plan), Grow Natural (home yard care program), Rain Barrel Program (rainwater collection), Water Saver Kits (water conservation initiative), formal healthy ecosystem initiatives (from reducing water use in parks to habitat plantings at landfill sites to sewer and stormwater runoff mitigation), Vancouver Food Strategy (created over 4,000 community garden plots and continues to expand)
Noteworthy initiatives the recently updated Transportation 2040 Plan was first adopted in 1996 and maintains a longstanding focus on prioritizing walking, biking and public transit over automobiles (since its establishment, bicycle trips have increased steadily while automobile trips into the city have decreased)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, adopted LEED Gold certification standard for all new construction of 500 square metres or more, water and wastewater management programs (formal sewer separation program first established in 1978)
Extended recycling established a 90 per cent waste diversion target rate for corporate city buildings and 70 per cent for public facilities (such as libraries and community centres) by 2020, ongoing paper use reduction strategies, residential organics collection, soft plastics, e-waste (donations and recycling), mini blue bins at all employee desks
Commuter amenities employee discounts for car-sharing services, greening the city fleet (includes vehicle right-sizing, reducing its fleet, anti-idling awareness programs and the adoption of low emission, hybrid and electric vehicles), electric vehicle charging infrastructure program, Bike to Work Week (in partnership with HUB Cycling), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships BC Hydro's Workplace Conservation Awareness program (encourages employees to reduce electricity consumption at work), World Wildlife Fund (Earth Hour and was recognized by WWF's One Planet City Challenge as one of the world's greenest cities)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • City of Vancouver adopted an extensive, long-term strategy to address systemic issues that impact women's full inclusion, with goals and actions that focus on increasing female representation within the city's senior management and underrepresented occupations -- and recently published its first annual workforce pay and gender report
  • City of Vancouver continues to implement recommendations from the city's Trans*, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion report, such as updating city facilities, policies and procedures -- recommendations include specific actions in the areas of signage and literature, public spaces (including washrooms and change rooms), training and staff policies, programming, and collaborative public and community partnerships
  • The City embarked on its ninth annual mentorship program for new Canadians, offered in partnership with the Immigration Employment Council of British Columbia and various service providers (over 200 mentoring matches have been made since the program's inception)
City of Vancouver staff install Hummingbird, by Pia Bond, Nlaka'pamux Nation, in one of the city's rain gardens  
"That it’s the norm to introduce ourselves with pronouns has made me feel free. That we celebrate PRIDE by marching in the parade and supporting the community makes me feel free. By acknowledging Trans Awareness Day, supporting Queer Arts and by having policy that’s inclusive - looking for ways that our policy impedes inclusion and then taking action to change it, makes me feel free. Feeling so supported to express myself fully allows me to thrive in a work community that is safe for me and as a result I can focus on my team and the work we do, rather than worrying about how I will be ‘received’ by my team." Donnie Rosa, General Manager of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

Highlights

Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,582
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Chief Equity Officer, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Formal commitment equity, diversity and inclusion office, various advisory committees which provide the city council with guidance on important community issues (examples include persons with disabilities, racial and ethno-cultural equity, 2SLGBTQ+, trans, gender diverse and two-spirit inclusion and urban Indigenous peoples)
Recruitment initiatives participates in career fairs for new Canadians and Indigenous job-seekers (organized by community partners such as MOSAIC), Indigenous Cadet Program (summer employment for Indigenous youth ages 19 to 29, offered in partnership with ACCESS)
Retention and development programs opportunity to participate in Women Leading the Way leadership development program offered by Minerva BC
Training and awareness training on trans, gender variant and two-spirit awareness, cultural competency and Indigenous awareness
Diversity highlights extensive 10-year strategy to address women's equity and full inclusion (will be publishing its first annual pay transparency report), Trans*, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion report (recommendations include updating City facilities, policies and procedures to be inclusive of transgender people), City of Reconciliation framework (focuses on cultural competency, strengthening relations and effective decision making), 10-year strategy to enhance experience of new Canadians, annual Awards of Excellence (includes categories for diversity and inclusion and accessibility), Indigenous Storyteller in Residence (created by Vancouver Public Library to promote intercultural understanding and story sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Immigrant Services Society of BC (Vancouver Police provides introductory training workshops for new Canadians on policing), Camp Ignite (participates in camp to introduce young women to world of firefighting)

The Career Directory

Vancouver, City of has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
City of Vancouver employees participate in a Women in Firefighting workshop

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Municipal government
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Engineer-in-Training, Building Services Worker, Project Coordinator, Trades, Survey Assistant, Planning Assistant, Cook
Starting salary $55K to $60K
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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