Covenant House Vancouver
Covenant House Vancouver food services team members prepare snacks for a fundraiser  

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

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

  • Covenant House Vancouver helps employees rest and recharge with four weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job and paid personal days that can be taken as needed
  • Covenant House Vancouver organizes an annual Renewal day offsite to engage employees in health and wellness activities and provides subscriptions to meditation apps (Aura, Calm) as well as coverage for mental health care to help employees stay grounded
  • Covenant House Vancouver organizes annual Covey Awards, peer-nominated awards that are reviewed by a committee with representation from each department -- winners are announced at the holiday party and receive a financial bonus as well as a personalized memento to honour their achievement
Riza, an employee at Covenant House prepares food for an event  

Employer Background

Industry Social services and temporary housing
Established in Canada 1997
Parent company Covenant House International
Parent company head office New York, NY, United States
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 178
Part-time employees in Canada 12
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 38 years
Longest serving employee 25 years

Work Environment Rating: B

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), reduced summer hours
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features private rooms for meetings, kitchen to provide meals to youths (front-line workers receive free meals daily, cooked by in-house chefs), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Past social events cooking lessons with the organization's in-house chef, holiday party, Covey Olympics games night, employee appreciation day, barbecue lunch, massage days
Cultural aspects casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications quarterly all-team meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $400) for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Eyecare $125 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 12 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Wellness spending account up to $800 each year
Additional health plan information non-front-line employees receive $2,000 for mental health care coverage, while front-line employees (youth workers, case management) receive $4,000 in coverage
Additional health and wellness initiatives annual Renewal day offsite to engage employees in health and wellness, activities for mental health week (yoga, meditation, massages), subscriptions to meditation apps (Aura, Calm), mental health coaching and training
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 16 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 10 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information employees start with 3 weeks of vacation during the first year

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Covey Awards in 6 category areas (diversity in action, health, wellness and safety, making an impact, inspirational leadership, unsung hero, and the dream team), nominations are reviewed by a Covey committee with winners announced at the holiday party
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B

In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

Community Involvement Rating: B

Community highlight Each year, Covenant House Vancouver hosts and organizes a fundraiser called Sleep Out in order to raise funds to help youth. Volunteers and participants across the community give up their beds for one night and sleep outside in the alley by the organization's head office. In the past year, the organization raised over $239,000 for its mental health and addictions programs.

The Career Directory

Covenant House Vancouver has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Social services and temporary housing
Full-time employees in Canada 101 to 250
Parent company Covenant House International
Parent company head office New York, NY, United States
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Youth workers, Social workers, Youth Support Workers, HR Coordinator
Starting salary $40K to $50K
Work benefits flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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