University of New Brunswick / UNB
UNB nursing students   (Photo credit: Cameron Fitch)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why University of New Brunswick / UNB was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2023):

  • UNB employees are encouraged to continue their professional (and personal) development through a variety of in-house and online training initiatives, subsidies for professional accreditations, and full tuition subsidies for courses related and not directly related to their current position
  • UNB encourages employees to keep fit and healthy with subsidized memberships to a fully equipped onsite fitness centre that also features an indoor track, dance studio, climbing wall, instructor-led classes, swimming pool, skating arena, squash courts, and much more
  • UNB helps employees plan securely for the future with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a shared-risk pension plan -- and retirees can also stay connected through a dedicated Retired Employees Association, which assists members with health benefits and related concerns, and provides a collective voice to the university
The kinesiology research team at UNB  

Employer Background

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1785
Major Canadian locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,841
Part-time employees in Canada 419
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 40%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 51 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), reduced summer hours
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features the university's main Fredericton campus features historic buildings such as Sir Howard Douglas Hall (dating back to 1785), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, gathering areas with scenic views, skylights, indoor tropical gardens, lovely outside areas with extensive views overlooking the Saint John River and historical downtown Fredericton
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Other food options at main location smaller market-style cafeterias, vending machines located throughout campus, convenience store and the campus Cellar Pub for students and employees
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, step, spin, Group Rx RIP, Zumba, HIIT, boot camps, muscle mix, silver series for older adults, cardio sculpt), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, indoor track, TRX facilities, dance studio, climbing wall, swimming pool with diving tank, weight rooms, semi-private programs, performance lab, fitness assessments, personal trainers, ice arena and squash courts

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Past social events campus-wide holiday party, departmental Christmas parties, retirement celebrations, art shows at the UNB Art Centre, annual President’s Award ceremony for faculty and staff, campus homecoming events for alumni
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications departmental newsletters

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note UNB has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits new employee pension plans are "shared risk" plans for all new support employees and faculty members, discounted parking passes, gym memberships, corporate discount programs for a range of other products and services, from groceries to computer purchases and cellphone plans

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note UNB has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 13 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Eyecare $325 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 3 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Additional health plan information no maximum for mental health practitioner benefit, retiree coverage available
Additional health and wellness initiatives campus-wide wellness committee, departmental wellness initiatives
Family-friendly benefits note UNB has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents, child care onsite
Additional family-friendly information maternity and parental leave top-up duration vary by employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note UNB has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information faculty receive 4.4 weeks of starting vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer recognition awards, dedicated awards programs reflecting the diversity of professional roles, including teaching, scholarship, service and research awards

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of Central New Brunswick, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Cancer Society, Promise Partnership (in-house initiative focused on poverty reduction in Saint John)
Community highlight UNB encourages employees to support the United Way through payroll deductions and encourages employees (and students) to suggest and organize their own initiatives.

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