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TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority)
An employee at TransLink   (Photo credit: Adam Schelle & Kev Holloway)

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

Here are some of the reasons why TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2024):

  • TransLink offers training and development for individuals at every stage of their career, from co-op placements and apprenticeships for those just starting out to formal mentoring and leadership development programs for more experienced employees
  • TransLink helps employees plan for a secure future through generous contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
  • TransLink's formal Wellness Program includes free memberships to an onsite fitness centre, personal fitness assessments, fitness classes, health related webinars and wellness challenges throughout the year
Employees at TransLink   (Photo credit: Adam Schelle & Kev Holloway)

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Established in Canada 1890
Major Canadian locations Surrey BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,878
Part-time employees in Canada 415
Average age of employees in Canada 47 years
Longest serving employee 52 years
Benefits note TransLink has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Flexible work options hybrid work option, telecommuting
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
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 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 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, mentoring, leadership development programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

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

Here are some of the reasons why TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

  • TransLink's LEED-certified head office features solar shading, smart metering and a solar reflecting roof -- and across its building portfolio, the transit service has introduced many energy-saving initiatives at facilities through BC Hydro's conservation and energy management programs
  • TransLink's Net-Zero Emissions Transition Plan includes a focus on the electrification and building of infrastructure in support of adding battery-electric buses to reduce bus fleet greenhouse gas emissions across the region -- the service has signed a contract to purchase 15 battery-electric buses with approval to add another 57 battery-electric buses to its fleet
  • TransLink recently released a formal Climate Action Strategy, laying the foundation for the organization's goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and increasing resilience to climate change -- the strategy identifies three key areas of focus: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate impacts, and advancing governance and funding
One of TransLink's battery electric buses  

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Major Canadian locations Surrey BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,878
Part-time employees in Canada 415
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Financial Officer
Formal strategy/policy name sustainability policy (2013), corporate climate action plan (est. 2021)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights formal sustainability targets (includes reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 and an interim reduction of 45% by 2030 over 2010 baseline levels), recognized by the American Public Transportation Association Sustainability Commitment (achieved Platinum status), environmental training initiative (for all employees, including bus operators, trades persons as well as environmental committee members)
Noteworthy initiatives TransLink green bonds (has issued 3 bonds worth $600-million, to raise funds for green infrastructure projects, including transit, clean energy and energy efficiency)
Building footprint includes electric vehicle charging stations, ongoing energy savings program at major facilities as part of BC Hydro's conservation and energy management program, LEED-certified head office features solar shading, smart metering and solar reflecting roof
Extended recycling water use reduction strategy (includes reuse of wastewater in bus wash systems)
Commuter amenities beyond its line of business, the transit provider has a formal idling reduction policy (2010) as well as a long-term formal Low Carbon Fleet Strategy (designed as an electrification roadmap for TransLink, includes adding battery-electric buses and charging infrastructure, increasing purchases of renewable natural gas), bike showers and locker facilities, partnership with HUB Cycling (supports Go By Bike Week, workshops and walking events), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships TravelSmart (in-house transportation demand management program advocates in the wider community to encourage people to change travel behaviours, program includes numerous community outreach initiatives)

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