Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada employees engage in a brainstorming session  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2021):

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada offers a mental health benefit of $2,000 per year and houses the Canadian Innovation Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace at its head office -- the centre is an interdepartmental pilot project (to support the development of a federal mental health strategy) and in the past year, has delivered wellness sessions and activities to approximately 18,000 public servants
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada recognizes employee contributions and achievements through a variety of awards, most notably, through the Deputy Ministers’ Award of Merit -- the awards program celebrates exceptional performance in a number of categories including policy, diversity and inclusion, innovation, and service excellence (to name a few)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada supports employees who are new mothers with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93 per cent of salary for 52 weeks) and parental top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93 per cent of salary for 37 weeks)
Employees at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada share best practices during a forum discussion  

Employer Background

Industry Federal government, industry and economic development programs
Established in Canada 1892
Parent company Government of Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,530
Part-time employees in Canada 148
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 25 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response supported a number of economic measures within the Government of Canada's economic response plan, created a virtual recognition wall to to allow employees to share measures of gratitude

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Workplace features head office is located in the C.D. Howe Building, an 11-storey office tower featuring an interior collaboration space with greenery and a large waterfall, 30% of the building's rooftop is landscaped and grows indigenous flowers, grasses and shrubs (another 30% utilizes green roof technology), a dedicated "digital office" helps deliver on the organization's workplace modernization commitments, access to an onsite multidisciplinary therapy centre (which offers physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractor and athletic therapy treatments), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, the head office also features the Canadian Innovation Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (an interdepartmental pilot and model to support the federal public service's mental health strategy)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, video games, foosball table
Onsite cafeteria special diet menus
Other food options at main location food court with a variety of options including Subway, Manhattan's Handmade Burgers, Jimmy the Greek, and Marcello's Market and Deli, to name a few
Other nearby amenities GoodLife Fitness, YMCA, Confederation Park, Sparks Street Mall, Ottawa Public Library

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Past social events National Public Service Week (includes kick-off celebration for the week), charitable fundraising activities
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications internal video series called "This Deputy has 2.2 Minutes"

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed 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 note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Wellness initiatives mental health strategy, extensive resources including a mental health wiki, in-house training, mental health network of over 100 champions and ambassadors, an ombudsman for mental health and employee well-being to provide impartial, voluntary, independent and confidential professional services
Family-friendly benefits note Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 34 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
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 & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
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 12 months
Additional time-off information senior-level personnel start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

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 online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Deputy Ministers' Award of Merit (categories include policy, innovation, mental health and workplace well-being, and leadership in official languages, to name a few), merit awards to recognize employee contributions at various levels of the organization (sector level, branch level), Public Service Award of Excellence (presented across the public service at Rideau Hall)
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: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
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 offers over 10 development programs that focus on the organization's occupational groups (commerce, technical inspection, economics and social science, to name a few), extensive leadership development opportunities, micro assignments to allow employees to develop skills and experience outside of their department

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 533 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Community highlight Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada participates in the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign. The organization and its employees raised over $545,000 in the past year for United Way and HealthPartners.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • In recognition of the importance of the full and equal participation of women in the economy, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is investing in Canada's first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to provide direct investments for women-owned or women-led businesses
  • The organization also has a designated champion for women and a senior executive champion for gender-based analysis (GBT+), an analytical tool used to assess how diverse groups of women, men and gender-diverse people may experience government policies, programs and initiatives
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada partners with LiveWorkPlay to provide employment opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities and participates in the Employment Opportunity for Students with Disabilities initiative to help youth with disabilities find meaningful employment
Staff members at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada led an Indigenous Realities Awareness Workshop in June, 2019  

Highlights

Industry Federal government, industry and economic development programs
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,530
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Champions and Chairs
Formal commitment inclusion committee, gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) champion, champion for official languages, mental health strategy, ombudsman for mental health and employee well-being
Recruitment initiatives recruits persons with intellectual disabilities in partnership with LiveWorkPlay, participates in the Employment Opportunity for Students with Disabilities initiative, the Federal Internship for Canadians with Disabilities program, the Federal Internship for Newcomers program, and the Indigenous Student Employment Opportunity program, participates in #AbleTo recruitment campaign for students with disabilities (part of the David C. Onley initiative)
Retention and development programs participates in the Aboriginal Leadership Development Initiative to help train participants to become executives through an 18-month learning and development program (led by Indigenous Services Canada)
Training and awareness mandatory training on GBA+ and unconscious bias, mental health training and resources, training on anti-racism and racial discrimination
Diversity highlights employment equity, diversity and inclusion statistics are reviewed on a bi-annual basis, diversity and inclusion objectives are included as part of management's performance agreements, mental health network and over 100 mental health champions and ambassadors, Positive Space initiative and ambassadors (to create a safer, respectful and open-minded environment for 2SLGBTQ+ communities), contributed to the development of the federal accessibility strategy, is investing in Canada’s first-ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to provide direct investments for women-owned or women-led businesses
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Canadian Centre for Diversity and Sexual Diversity

The Career Directory

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees check out the Digital Lounge at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, which supports the organization's vision of being an innovative, digital-by-default workplace

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal government, industry and economic development programs
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Parent company Government of Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Economist, Commerce Officer, Communication Advisor, Policy Analyst, Patent Examiner, Computer Specialist, Metrologist, Competition Law Officer, Financial Officer, Human Resources Advisor
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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