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Medavie Inc.
An air ambulance employee at Medavie   (Photo credit: Sandor Fizli)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Medavie Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2022):

  • Medavie has helped employees adapt to the pandemic through flexible work arrangements, increasing employee wellness dollars (including additional mental health care services), virtual leadership coaching and wellness series (and ensuring no large meetings on Fridays) -- and thanked employees for their extra efforts with an additional paid day off for them to use when and how they wished
  • Medavie encourages employees to become recruiters for the firm with generous new employee referral bonuses, from $500 to $2,000 depending on the position
  • Medavie maintains a well-being committee along with a formal well-being strategy that includes a focus on all aspects of wellness, including physical, mental, social and financial well-being
Medavie employees board the organization's mobile health clinic, which serves disadvantaged communities across Saskatoon, SK   (Photo credit: Meghan Tansey Whitton)

Employer Background

Industry Medical insurance and health services
Established in Canada 1943
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, St. John's NL, Charlottetown PE, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Toronto ON, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 2,566
Part-time employees in Canada 54
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 48 years


Pandemic response enhanced its flexible work policies early in the pandemic, expanded its home computer loan purchase program (up to $1,500), set up an employee hotline to answer immediate questions early in the pandemic, increased employee wellness dollars (offering enhanced mental health care services as well as virtual leadership coaching and wellness sessions), worked to ensure there were no large meetings scheduled on Fridays, offered all employees an extra paid day off and sent gift packages as a way to thank employees

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features wellness room with cot, comfortable chair, blood pressure monitor and health information, reading room with comfortable seating and reading materials, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television
Other food options at main location café in the building
Other nearby amenities Avenir Centre, Petitcodiac Riverfront Trail, Capital Theatre, Resurgo Place

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name Staff Association (est. 1970)
Past social events virtual social initiatives hosted over the past year, including an employee cookbook, summer reading list, weekly yoga and meditation sessions, webinars, paint night, Blue Skies event
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications regular webinars hosted by senior leadership, monthly virtual town hall-style meetings with question and answer sessions, enhanced virtual "Open Conversations" initiative letting smaller groups of employees meet with the president

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note Medavie Inc. 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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, home computer loan program (up to $1,500)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note Medavie Inc. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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 there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 8 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
Health spending account up to $400 each year
Wellness spending account up to $300 each year
Additional health plan information paid sick day policies vary by employee group
Wellness initiatives well-being committee and well-being strategy that addresses all aspects of wellness including physical, mental, social and financial well-being
Family-friendly benefits note Medavie Inc. has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $5,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Medavie Inc. 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 6 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 5 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 4 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 750 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 79 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported YMCA, Black Creek Community Farm, White Buffalo Youth Lodge, Laing House, Dans la Rue, Pathstone Mental Health,, Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund, Frayme
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Medavie supports numerous initiatives through its formal Medavie Health Foundation, including initiatives for youth, first responders and active (and retired) members of the military. The company also manages a team matching program to provide matching charitable donations to employees who work in teams to raise money for local initiatives (up to $3,000).
Pandemic-related community initiatives Medavie approved an additional $3-million to provide financial support where the pandemic's impacts were most strongly felt -- the company's foundation joined the "Give5" initiative with a group of other philanthropic foundations that pledged 5 per cent of their assets in 2020, making it the largest amount the foundation had invested in community-based health-focused programs (nearly doubling the typical year-over-year contributions).

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