SaskPower
SaskPower employee works on a residential smart meter  

Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why SaskPower was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2024):

  • SaskPower provides maternity leave top-up payments to new mothers (to 100 per cent of salary for up to 17 weeks) and provides older children with academic scholarships (up to $1,500 per child interested in post-secondary studies)
  • SaskPower helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance services along with a defined contribution pension plan -- and helps employees make the transition with phased-in retirement options
  • With a province-wide presence, SaskPower encourages employees to get involved in their local communities through paid volunteer time, along with matching donations made to the charities and community initiatives where employees live and work
SaskPower employees use a helicopter to assist with line work in Regina  

Highlights

Industry Electric power generation
Established in Canada 1929
Major Canadian locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Prince Albert SK, Estevan SK, Coronach SK, Weyburn SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,264
Part-time employees in Canada 146
Average age of employees in Canada 42.68 years
Longest serving employee 50 years
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 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 6 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership development programs, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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

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

  • SaskPower hires engineering interns for eight to 16-month periods through the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina -- work placements are also provided in partnership with a number of educational institutions, including SIIT, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and Parkland College (to name a few)
  • SaskPower partners with various Indigenous institutes across the province, including First Nations University, First Nations Employment Centre, and the University of Regina Aboriginal Student Centre, to provide Aboriginal-specific scholarships in trades, technical and administrative fields
  • Through the power engineering student program, participants can preview a future career at SaskPower while working towards obtaining their power engineering license
SaskPower employees fix power lines following a wildfire  

Highlights

Industry Electric power generation
Major Canadian locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Prince Albert SK, Estevan SK, Coronach SK, Weyburn SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,264
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities apprenticeships for powerline technicians, electricians, industrial mechanics and instrument technicians, a career development resource section on the employee information network (resources include career self-awareness assessments, information about interviews, online resume-building tools, and setting career goals, to name a few), corporate mentorship program to support career development, networking and visibility within the organization, operator training pool (2-year development program to expedite path to receiving a full second class power engineer license)
Additional highlights 4 employees receive full sponsorship to complete graduate studies each year
Dedicated employee resource group PowerGen group plans events catered toward personal and professional development
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 SaskPower was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • SaskPower embedded diversity and inclusion metrics in its annual corporate balanced scorecard, which measures overall workforce diversity representation and sets annual targets -- the organization also ensures diverse representation in the leadership pipeline with succession planning
  • SaskPower created a Women in Trades initiative with the aim of better understanding the experience of female employees in skilled trades roles -- the initiative includes the promotion and championing of apprentices, targeted recruitment, investigating barriers for female power line technicians (PLTs) and implementing strategies to remove them
  • SaskPower recently began implementing its Indigenous recruitment and retention strategy and action plan -- the strategy has three main goals: to increase Indigenous representation, grow strong partnerships with Indigenous organizations and communities and retain Indigenous talent within the workforce
An employee at SaskPower   (Photo credit: Ashley Soeder)
Culture isn’t always the reason someone joins a company, but is often a reason people leave. I can make a difference by pushing for a more inclusive workplace while educating myself and others. By taking small steps and constantly improving, we can make a huge difference in how people feel about working here. Robert Anderson, co-chair of the network for employees with disabilities and manager of innovative solutions and mobility

Highlights

Industry Electric power generation
Major Canadian locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Prince Albert SK, Estevan SK, Coronach SK, Weyburn SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,264
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives employs a diversity specialist who is responsible for the development of the organization's corporate diversity and inclusion strategy, SaskPower's employee resource groups develop an annual action plan aligned with the corporate strategy
Performance management and accountability biennial diversity and inclusion index is included as part of the company's annual employee engagement survey, new hires are invited to self-identify as part of the onboarding process, D&I metrics are included in the annual corporate balanced scorecard, annual targets for workforce diversity representation
Employee resource groups ERGs are led by executive sponsors, ERGs include Indigenous Employees Network (IEN), PRIDE (LGBT), Network for Employees with Disabilities (NED), PowerGen (youth), Cultural Diversity Group (CDG), and Women's Resource Group
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies corporate balanced scorecard with an annual overall diversity representation goal of 42.25%, Indigenous recruitment and retention strategy and action plan to create and develop long-term employment and training opportunities with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, Indigenous procurement policy
Recruitment initiatives jobs are designed around bona fide occupational requirements, values life and work experience as an alternative to formal education where possible, Northern hire policy to increase representation in operations, hires co-op and summer students in partnership with Indigenous organizations (First Nations Employment Center, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies), works with various community partners to recruit candidates from all walks of life (Regina Open Door Society, Regina Immigrant Women Centre, Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Neil Squire Society)
Retention and development programs women mentoring circle program where women directors mentor a group of 5-6 women managers and high-potential individual contributors, ensures diverse representation in the leadership pipeline in succession planning
Training and awareness initiatives Indigenous cultural awareness training, provides employees with access to resources, knowledge repository and webinars from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity highlights partners with organizations across the province to fund scholarships for Indigenous Peoples interested in pursuing education in various trades, technical and administrative fields, reviewed websites (internal and external) and communication tools to ensure inclusive language and accessibility, shares best practices with the 5 Saskatchewan Crowns and other external organizations through the collaborative Diversity and Inclusion Network
Highlights from the past year implemented the Women in Trades initiative (showcases career paths and current female PLT stories and experiences working in the trade, sponsored exploratory camps to introduce young women to the trades, investigated barriers for solutions such as lack of PPE, equipment, changerooms and shower rooms for women PLTs, current PLTs act as ambassadors to promote the career), began implementing the Indigenous recruitment and retention strategy and action plan

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why SaskPower was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

  • SaskPower manages an in-house battery recycling program in partnership with Call2Recycle, donates used wireless phones to SaskTel's Phones for Fresh Start recycling program (provides refurbished phones and accessories to people in need), and donates used computer equipment to Computers for Schools (refurbishes and donates directly to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations across the province)
  • SaskPower recently established the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program to help provide funding in support of the development of fast-charging stations along the province's busiest highways
  • SaskPower supports numerous environmental initiatives in the province through its support for the Meewasin Valley Authority, Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, and the Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre (sponsors a school program for students in grades three to 11 with hands-on conservation activities)
SaskPower's Island Falls hydroelectric power station located on the Churchill River  

Highlights

Industry Electric power generation
Major Canadian locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Prince Albert SK, Estevan SK, Coronach SK, Weyburn SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,264
Part-time employees in Canada 146
Employee green team Environmental Leadership Council & SaskPower Sustainability Network
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Services and General Counsel
Formal strategy/policy name SaskPower Environment Strategy
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights SaskPower Shand Greenhouse (production of tree seedlings for replanting and conservation projects, over 13 million since 1991)
Noteworthy initiatives Northern First Nations Home Retrofit program (home retrofits, insulation upgrades and LED upgrades), renewable power programs (set the goal of generating 50% of non-emitting sources by 2030), internal energy management plan (to manage and demonstrate energy conservation leadership)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting retrofits
Extended recycling batteries, cellphones, e-waste, scrap metal recycling project (steel, wire, coppers), scrap wood, pressure-treated lumber, organics
Commuter amenities Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (formal program to provide funding in support of the development of 20 third-party owned and operated fast-charging stations on the province's busiest highways), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, transit subsidies
Community partnerships Computers for Schools (over 13,000 desktops, laptops and monitors have been donated to the program), Nature Conservancy of Canada, SaskTel's Phones for a Fresh Start (wireless phones donated and given to individuals in need), Meewasin Valley Authority (Beaver Creek Conservation Area)

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