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Niagara Health
Cally Adams (centre) and John Chirico (right) are respiratory therapists at Niagara Health   (Photo credit: Anna Cobian)

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Niagara Health was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2024):

  • Niagara Health supports overall employee wellness through a number of in-house initiatives, including the Be Well strategy (which includes an annual wellness fair), The Working Mind training program, the Art to Heart program, and numerous on-going health initiatives from onsite mini-massages to wellness rooms and more
  • Niagara Health offers training and development opportunities for employees at all stages of their careers, including tuition subsidies for individuals pursuing additional studies, leadership development programs, and co-op placements and paid internships for the next generation
  • Niagara Health maintains a culture of recognition through a variety of initiatives, including the annual Nursing Week Awards, Awards of Excellence, an annual Interprofessional Awards Celebration and the Just Because Cards program to recognize, encourage, acknowledge, thank and congratulate a peer
Niagara Health employees at a staff appreciation event  

Highlights

Industry Healthcare services
Established in Canada 2000
Major Canadian locations St Catharines ON, Welland ON, Niagara Falls ON, Fort Erie ON, Port Colborne ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,598
Part-time employees in Canada 1,290
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 54 years
Benefits note Niagara Health has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options hybrid work option, compressed work week, telecommuting
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $800 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
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 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 24 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership development programs, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Niagara Health was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2023):

  • Niagara Health incorporated accountability measures to ensure the development of diversity groups through DEI deliverables in performance development goals for all leaders, including the president and CEO and the executive vice-president of people
  • Niagara Health ensures that interview panels for leadership positions are diverse to widen perspectives, for both staff and physician roles -- all hiring panels must also complete inclusive recruitment training
  • Niagara Health works closely with Care4Nurses, an organization that facilitates the integration of internationally educated nurses into the Canadian healthcare system -- placements are provided for internationally educated nurses within its nursing teams and a mentorship program for internationally educated nurses is being piloted
Niagara Health’s clinical teams work together to care for patients and families  

Highlights

Industry Healthcare services
Major Canadian locations St Catharines ON, Welland ON, Niagara Falls ON, Fort Erie ON, Port Colborne ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,129
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives diversity, equity and inclusion committee with representatives from hospital and the community
Performance management and accountability surveys staff for demographic information and experiences, committed to the Government of Canada's 50/30 Challenge (50% gender parity and 30% representation from equity groups on the board and senior management) and has already met this goal at the board and executive team levels, specific departments independently track their diversity (such as emergency department physicians and physician leads), measures progress towards action plan with KPIs and reports progress quarterly to the executive team and board, includes DEI metrics and updates in quality improvement plan, leadership core competencies include equity principles (used to recruit, select, develop and promote leaders), all leaders, including the president and CEO, have DEI-related deliverables in performance goals (includes mentorship opportunities for staff and physicians from equity groups)
Employee resource groups diversity, equity and inclusion committee has subcommittees that function as affinity groups
Recruitment initiatives job postings are sent to a range of organizations via Equitek, diverse interview panels for leadership positions (staff and physical roles), all hiring panels must complete inclusive recruitment training
Retention and development programs diverse mentorship program
Training and awareness initiatives unconscious bias training for HR and executives, organization-wide training and education plan with key concepts including bias, microaggression, gender identity and expression, allyship, power and privilege, intentional inclusion and ableism, Indigenous cultural safety training
Diversity highlights works with Care4Nurses to provide placements for internationally educated nurses, piloted a mentorship program for internationally educated nurses

The Career Directory

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

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Healthcare services
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian locations St Catharines ON, Welland ON, Niagara Falls ON, Fort Erie ON, Port Colborne ON
Student opportunities paid internships, 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 Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Personal Support Worker, Ward Clerk, Registration Clerk, Health Records Technician
Starting salary $50K 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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