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Providence Health Care
A team of Providence Health Care employees at the John Ruedy Clinic, located in St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver  

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Providence Health Care was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):

  • Providence Health Care maintains progressive time off policies that allow employees to take time for themselves, offering four weeks of starting vacation allowance, up to five paid personal days for most employees, and up to 18 paid sick days annually
  • Providence Health Care offers a number of resources and internal programming to support positive mental health including self-care strategies, an annual health and wellness fair, activities during Mental Health Week in May, a video library on a range of health and wellness topics, and an internal mental health and wellness toolkit
  • Providence Health Care helps employees ease into their retirement years with phased-in work options -- and helps all employees plan ahead with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
A Providence Health Care employee with a resident of Brock Fahrni in the extended care facility's artworks studio  

Highlights

Industry Hospitals
Established in Canada 1894
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 4,195
Part-time employees in Canada 1,916
Average age of employees in Canada 43.64 years
Longest serving employee 50 years
Benefits note Providence Health Care has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes

COVID-19

Pandemic response offered temporary lodging and "relax rooms" for staff working in COVID-19 response units, created a staff support and wellness working group

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Providence Health Care was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • Providence Health Care offers an employed student nurse program for registered nurse and registered practical nurse students -- the program allows students to consolidate the knowledge and skills learned in school while gaining increased exposure to the clinical setting -- additionally, a dedicated educator provides orientation and mentorship throughout the duration of the program
  • Providence Health Care's Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital provides training opportunities for a range of young people, including undergraduate students in co-op programs, a summer student research program (provides first-time exposure to a science lab with presentations of original work at the end-of-summer Student Research Day), graduate training at UBC, post-doctoral training and a visiting scientists program
Providence Health Care employees take part in a training session  

Highlights

Industry Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships, orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training and development opportunities health information management co-op partnership with Douglas College (second-year students enter acute hospital sites and gain work experience coding hospital cases, receive mentorship from a seasoned coder, participants have the opportunity to be hired full-time after graduation), Centre for Heart Lung Innovation trains students in lab research and a dedicated summer student research program, all new registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and licensed practical nurses are enrolled in the New Graduate Program to help them transition, offers employer-paid post-basic specialty nursing programs (tuition books and salary) for RNs who want to expand into other areas (primarily completed through BCIT's specialty nursing program except perioperative nursing) and are hired into existing vacancies upon successful completion, in-house perioperative nursing program for RNs seeking to specialize, administrative fellow program (12-month experience for leaders to participate in meetings with senior leadership, mentorship from a senior executive and complete a project aligned to organizational priorities), administrative resident program (4-month opportunity for someone in the process of obtaining a master's degree), Leading at Providence leadership development program (for existing and aspiring leaders, builds leadership capacity with four programs)
Additional highlights faculty at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation provide graduate training for students in UBC's faculty of medicine, recently partnered with Athena Pathways to create a paid data scientist internship as part of an initiative to help bring more women into AI, data science and machine learning
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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

Here are some of the reasons why Providence Health Care was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • Providence Health Care established an All Nations Sacred Space at St. Paul's Hospital that can accommodate smudging ceremonies, drumming circles, unification ceremonies, talking circles and feasts -- additionally, the organization employs an Indigenous nurse practice leader, who helps provide a blended model of education, care and facilitation
  • As part of Providence Health Care's commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, the organization created an Indigenous wellness and reconciliation department to ensure that Indigenous initiatives are Indigenous-led and Indigenous informed, and a separate working group comprised of self-identified Indigenous staff
Providence Health Care employee at work at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver  

Highlights

Industry Hospitals
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 4,195
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Vice President, Mission, People and Ethics
Formal commitment appointed a Director of Indigenous Wellness, Reconciliation and Partnerships in 2020, established an Indigenous wellness and reconciliation department (to ensure Indigenous activities at the organization are Indigenous-led and Indigenous-informed)
Recruitment initiatives attends multicultural career fairs organized by community organizations such as MOSAIC and Progressive Intercultural Community Services
Employee resource groups Indigenous wellness and reconciliation working group
Training and awareness Indigenous cultural safety training, Respect at Work program and resources, resource book on raising cultural and religious awareness, mental health and mental wellness toolkit
Diversity highlights employs an Indigenous nurse practice leader who helps provide a blended model of education, care and facilitation, established an All Nations Sacred Space at St. Paul's Hospital that can accommodate smudging ceremonies, drumming circles, unification ceremonies, talking circles and feasts, hosts large Yuwipi (Lakota Sioux) traditional healing ceremonies quarterly, collaborates with Indigenous health leaders from across all other health authorities to develop an Indigenous Health Leaders Council (with the intention of provincial collaboration on Indigenous health, wellness, reconciliation and cultural safety strategies and priorities)

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