Employment and Social Development Canada
Employees at Employment and Social Development Canada  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Employment and Social Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2024):

  • Employment and Social Development Canada offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, from maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers and fathers (to 93 per cent of salary ranging from 18 to 52 weeks) to subsidized onsite child care for employees working at the organization's Gatineau head office
  • Employment and Social Development Canada helps employees plan securely for the future with a defined benefit pension plan, pre-retirement workshops available to employees and their spouses (includes information on financial planning, health and nutrition and psychological aspects of retirement) and an option to embark on a pre-retirement transition leave (a special working arrangement whereby eligible employees who are within two years of retirement have their workweek reduced by up to 40 per cent)
  • Employment and Social Development Canada supports lifelong learning through the College@ESDC, which identifies learning opportunities and develops curricula to help employees acquire transferable skills -- and recently launched a new career mobility pilot to formalize discussions around career development paths, employee aspirations, and their readiness to move from their current position
Employment and Social Development Canada employees at an open house for the 'Labour Program', promoting safe, healthy, fair and inclusive work environments across Canada  

Employer Background

Industry Federal government, social development, employment insurance, passport services
Established in Canada 2005
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON, St. John's NL, Toronto ON, Victoria BC, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Bathurst NB, Dartmouth NS, Gatineau QC, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 41,639
Part-time employees in Canada 1,840
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 20.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.8 years
Longest serving employee 52.7 years

Work Environment Rating: B+

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours, earned days off program, (flexible work options vary by position)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features located across the street from Parliament Hill, the head office features a dedicated Learning Centre as part of the College@ESDC program (with in-person and virtual training rooms and classrooms with video conferencing), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, 2 outdoor courtyards with picnic tables, and within walking distance to the Portage Farmers Market (local vendors offering fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, crafts, and gifts)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Past social events National Public Service Week, Mental Health Week
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications podcasts hosted by executives, "Two Cents" senior management blog

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 13 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $275 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 15 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives mental health learning plan for all employees, workplace mental health and well-being sessions for managers, annual wellness survey to gather employee feedback
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, child care onsite

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Employment and Social Development Canada 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 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 8 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 60 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 3 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Deputy Ministers' Awards of Excellence in a variety of categories
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 4 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs College@ESDC initiative across all branches and regions, career mobility pilot project (employees and managers discuss career development paths and aspirations)

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (supporting 100 organizations), HealthPartners (supporting 16 organizations), and employees can direct their contributions to any registered charity of their choosing
Community highlight Employment and Social Development Canada participates in the Government of Canada's Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising over $1.7-million in the past year.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Employment and Social Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

  • Employment and Social Development Canada's learning branch manages an annual student policy design competition, challenging teams of students to collaborate and develop a client-centred, innovative policy proposal with the goal of addressing real policy challenges -- teams present their proposals to senior management in a 'Dragon's Den' environment, where one team is named the winner
  • Employment and Social Development Canada maintains the Youth Network for Greater Involvement network, a joint initiative with Service Canada and the Labour Program that provides continuous learning and development opportunities for students, including sessions on the impacts of burnout, virtual speed networking with executive staff, and coffee chats with assistant deputy ministers to discuss a variety of topics related to career advancement
Team members at Employment and Social Development Canada collaborate at work  

Highlights

Industry Federal government, social development, employment insurance, passport services
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON, St. John's NL, Toronto ON, Victoria BC, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Bathurst NB, Dartmouth NS, Gatineau QC, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 41,639
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities College@ESDC (across all branches and regions), Aspiring Leaders Development Program, mentoring program open to all employees across the department
Additional highlights participates in the Federal Student Work Experience Program, learning branch manages a student design policy competition (teams of students develop a policy proposal to present to senior management), federal internship for newcomers, annual mentoring auction (employees have the opportunity to bid on a mentoring session with an ESDC executive, and executives have the opportunity to bid on meetings with young employees to gain a fresh perspective on the future of work), Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities, learning events on topics including official languages, mental health and well-being, diversity and inclusion
Dedicated employee resource group Youth Mandate for Greater Inclusion Committee (provides continuous learning and development opportunities and events)
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 Employment and Social Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • Employment and Social Development Canada supports a dedicated Indigenous recruitment, retention and advancement team (an Indigenous-led unit that ensures Indigenous perspectives inform the work of the organization) as well as a Black engagement and advancement team, which carried out targeted outreach with over 500 Black communities
  • Employment and Social Development Canada introduced a two-year equity pilot to recruit up to six candidates who self-identify as being from various diverse equity backgrounds for mid to senior level policy positions -- its employment program and policy directorate also launched a sponsorship initiative to prepare BIPOC employees for leadership roles
  • Employment and Social Development Canada publishes its workforce demographic profiles by branch and region, and monitors recruitment, promotion and departure rates -- regular employment equity dashboards are published on a quarterly basis to help inform gaps and strategy development to address them
Employees at Employment and Social Development Canada  

Highlights

Industry Federal government, social development, employment insurance, passport services
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON, St. John's NL, Toronto ON, Victoria BC, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Bathurst NB, Dartmouth NS, Gatineau QC, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 41,639
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives ESDC champions who are responsible for communities of practice and networks, diversity and inclusion action plan (one pillar of the plan is to improve recruitment, retention, and advancement of employment equity groups)
Performance management and accountability employment equity dashboards are published at the portfolio and regional level on a quarterly basis to help inform gaps at the occupational group level and associated strategies to address them (dashboards are also shared with bargaining agents and diversity networks)
Employee resource groups Visible Minority Network, Employees with Disabilities Network, Pride Network (consultative body and safe forum for LGBTQ2+ employees and their allies to connect), Indigenous Employees' Circle, Black Employee Network
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies 3-year accessibility plan and commitment to hiring over 1,100 persons with disabilities, Gender-based Analysis Plus Centre of Expertise (assesses impacts of programs and policies on diverse groups of women and men), Guide to Applying a Black Centric Lens (developed by the Gender-Based Analysis Plus Centre of Expertise to help recognize the unique barriers faced by Black peoples)
Recruitment initiatives dedicated Black engagement and advancement team (focuses on recruitment and retention, mental health, learning and awareness building, career coaching, mentorship and sponsorship), dedicated Indigenous recruitment, retention and advancement team (Indigenous-led unit that supports the organization's Indigenous recruitment strategy and initiatives that complement government-wide commitments to the Truth and Reconciliation report), IT apprenticeship program for Indigenous peoples (offered by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives), participates in the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program, the Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities, and the Public Service Commission’s first ever post-secondary recruitment process targeting persons with disabilities, launched a 2-year equity pilot to recruit up to 6 candidates who self-identify as being from various diverse equity backgrounds for mid to senior level policy positions
Retention and development programs Indigenous peer support and onboarding program, Building Black Leaders program (created by Service Canada Atlantic Region and sponsored by the Atlantic Federal Council), group mentoring program for Indigenous and visible minority aspiring managers, sponsorship initiative for BIPOC employees in preparation for leadership roles
Training and awareness initiatives unconscious bias training for managers, guide to support transgender and gender diverse employees who are transitioning, mental health learning paths

The Career Directory

Employment and Social Development Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Staff at Employment and Social Development Canada

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal government, social development, employment insurance, passport services
Full-time employees in Canada 25,001 to 50,000
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON, St. John's NL, Toronto ON, Victoria BC, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Bathurst NB, Dartmouth NS, Gatineau QC, Montréal QC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Learning Administrator, Information Management Analyst, Executive Assistant, Human Resources Coordinator, Multimedia Developer, Coordinator, Project Services, Strategic Advisor, Passport Clerk, Data, Statistical Analysis Officer, Policy Analyst, Researcher, Database Analyst, Data Officer and Geomatics, Communications & Marketing Officer, Citizen Services Officer, Project Coordinator, Integrity Services Investigator, Plan Determination Officer, Citizen Services Specialist
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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