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

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2022):

  • City of Vancouver's Fit City initiative encourages employees to lead healthy and active lifestyles through in-house programming including monthly newsletters, online resources, discounted access to fitness facilities, 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 offers training and development opportunities for individuals at various stages of their career, from mentoring for current employees, to paid internships and extensive apprenticeship opportunities for students and recent grads just starting out
City of Vancouver employees install blue-green roofs at the Helena Gutteridge Plaza  


Industry Municipal government
Established in Canada 1886
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,648
Part-time employees in Canada 337
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 51 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
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, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • In 2020, City of Vancouver hired a chief equity officer to lead the development of an organizational plan and integrate and strengthen an equity and justice lens in service delivery to the public -- the city manager's office also created an equity office with a core purpose to reverse marginalization and work at a systemic level on behalf of those who have been institutionally excluded
  • Within the city, Vancouver Public Library works to advance the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and employs an Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, ensures that Indigenous collections are available at all branches, and created a research guide on the Canadian Residential School System
  • The city embarked on its tenth annual mentorship program for new Canadians, offered in partnership with the Immigration Employment Council of British Columbia and various service providers
City of Vancouver staff install Hummingbird, by Pia Bond, Nlaka'pamux Nation, in one of the city's rain gardens  


Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,648
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives hired a chief equity officer in 2020 and created a dedicated equity office (aims to reverse marginalization and work at the systemic level on behalf of those who have been institutionally excluded), also maintains an equity, diversity and inclusion office (responsible for fostering diverse, dynamic workplaces and delivery services that are equitable, accessible and inclusive of all people) as well as 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+ and urban Indigenous peoples)
Performance management and accountability performance development plans include new leadership competency framework, integrating action behaviours specific to diversity and inclusion (such as whether they embrace differences, are aware of and seek to understand cultural differences, and are continuously unlearning one's own biases), implemented an employee benchmark survey in 2021 to collect demographic information in order to address underrepresentation in the workforce
Employee resource groups employee resource groups are open for all employees to share identities and lived experiences, and currently include groups for Black staff, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and women planning in colour
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies extensive strategy to address women's equity and full inclusion (priority areas include safety in public spaces, child care, housing, and leadership and representation in the city's workforce), City of Reconciliation framework (includes a council-directed colonial audit of city operations, and investments in equity boosting projects and historically under-funded neighborhoods), Trans*, Gender Diverse and Two-Spirit Inclusion report (presently developing polices and guidelines on trans* and gender variant needs and issues, including the development and implementation of training manuals and materials for the delivery of services), 10-year strategy to enhance the experience of new Canadians
Recruitment initiatives interview panels feature diverse representatives, includes diversity questions in interview guides, invited Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and Advisory representatives to participate in development of postings and interview process, Vancouver Public Library leveraged funding from Computers for Success Canada to recruit 8 Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) youth for paid digital internships
Retention and development programs opportunities to participate in Women Leading the Way leadership development program offered by Minerva BC
Training and awareness initiatives in-person and online training on subjects such as the impacts of residential schools and colonization and gender diversity in the workplace, diversity newsletter organied by the equity, diversity and inclusion office (educational resource on days of significance), the city is currently creating a land acknowledgement framework as well as an online learning module to raise awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights
Diversity highlights Vancouver Public Library created an Indigenous Storyteller in Residence program to promote intercultural understanding and story sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, the city's EFAP provides an option for Indigenous employees to receive support from an Indigenous elder or traditional healer of their choice, the city published a workforce pay and gender dataset as part of its ongoing work to advance women's equity

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Vancouver, City of was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Along with promoting water conservation for residents, the City of Vancouver has a number of formal health ecosystem initiatives, from reducing water use in parks to native habitat plantings, to stormwater runoff mitigation initiatives -- in addition, the Vancouver Food Strategy program has created over 4,000 community garden plots and continues to expand
  • City of Vancouver has adopted a policy to build all new larger civic facilities to a minimum of LEED Gold standard -- and has since built a firehall to achieve LEED Gold and Passive House certifications (a net-zero energy accreditation), a community centre with geothermal HVAC systems that supply 40 per cent of heating and cooling needs, and a LEED Platinum multi-unit residential building
  • 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 employees met the organization's target of planting 150,000 trees  


Industry Municipal government
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,648
Part-time employees in Canada 337
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), The Environmental Framework for Municipal Operations (adopted in 2011), The Climate Emergency Action Plan (adopted in 2020)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights 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), 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), Greenest City Fund (grant program to fund community groups and residents taking on projects that align with the Greenest City Action Plan)
Noteworthy initiatives recently updated Transportation 2040 Plan (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, 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% waste diversion target rate for corporate city buildings and 70% 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)

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