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TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority)
Employees at TransLink's corporate office   (Photo credit: Adam Schelle & Kev Holloway)

Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2022):

  • TransLink helped foster social connection over the past year through a variety of virtual events, including coffee chats, meditation sessions, stretch breaks, trivia, and other games and team building activities
  • 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 career planning for experienced employees
  • TransLink supports new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments and offers the option to extend their paid leave into an unpaid leave of absence
TransLink mechanics perform maintenance on a bus  

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Established in Canada 1890
Major Canadian hiring locations New Westminster BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,742
Part-time employees in Canada 7,742
Average age of employees in Canada 47 years
Longest serving employee 50 years
Benefits note TransLink 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
Flexible work options flexible work hours
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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • TransLink's Low Carbon Street Strategy includes a focus on the electrification and building of infrastructure in support of adding battery-electric buses as part of its strategy to reduce bus fleet greenhouse gas emissions across the region -- the service has signed a contract to purchase 15 battery-electric buses with the approval to add another 57 battery-electric buses to it fleet
  • TransLink has been recognized by the American Public Transportation Association Sustainability Commitment for its ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- in addition to initiatives such as adding e-buses, the service actively promotes all types of low-impact transportation options, including cycling, walking and car-sharing services through its TravelSmart program in the community
  • TransLink's LEED-certifed head office features solar shading, smart metering and a solar reflecting roof -- and across its building portfolio, the transit service has introduced many energy-savings initiatives at facilities through BC Hydro's conservation and energy management programs
A TransLink employee at Surrey Central station  

Highlights

Industry Public transit
Major Canadian hiring locations New Westminster BC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,742
Part-time employees in Canada 7,742
Employee green team extended environmental committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Financial Officer
Formal strategy/policy name sustainability policy (2013), environmental policy (first policy adopted in 2001), energy policy (2011), corporate climate action plan (est. 2021)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights formal sustainability targets (includes an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and utilizing 100% renewable energy by 2050), recognized by the American Public Transportation Association Sustainability Commitment (achieved Platinum status), environmental training initiative (for all employees, including bus operators, maintenance managers, trades persons as well as environmental committee members)
Noteworthy initiatives TransLink green bonds (has issued 2 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 scrap metal, glass, e-waste, wood, pallets, paper towel composting, soft film plastics, oil, anti-freeze, batteries, fluorescent lamps, organics, 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 Street Strategy (designed as an electrification roadmap for TransLink, includes adding battery-electric buses and charging infrastructure, increasing purchases of renewable natural gas), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, 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), annual #BikeToTransit campaign (partnership with HUB Cycling, BEST and MOBI Bike Sharing service to encourage combined bike and transit travel), Bike to Work Week and Bike Month

The Career Directory

TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority) has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A TransLink driver greets a passenger

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Public transit
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations New Westminster BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Transportation Planner, Systems Planning and Research and Strategic Planning and Policy, Public Consultation Assistant, Infrastructure and Network Management Assistant, Marketing and TDM Assistant, Engineering Assistant, Service Desk Analyst, HR Coordinator/Recruiter, Benefits Administrator, Compensation Analyst
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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