University of New Brunswick / UNB
Barry Blight, an employee at UNB, works in the chemistry lab   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why University of New Brunswick / UNB was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2021):

  • UNB helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance -- 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
  • UNB recognizes exceptional performance in a number of areas including the Excellence in Teaching awards, Distinguished Service awards and President's Medals for service over the span of a career
  • UNB was quick to assemble needed medical supplies from across the campus and donated them to the provincial government early in the pandemic -- at the same time, all members of the university community were encouraged to keep active with online fitness classes hosted by the campus fitness centre
UNB employees work at the Community Health Centre on the Fredricton campus   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Employer Background

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1785
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,746
Part-time employees in Canada 400
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 37%
Average age of employees in Canada 45 years
Longest serving employee 48 years


Pandemic response gathered crucial on-campus supplies (from gloves to face masks) to provide to the provincial government for healthcare personnel early in the pandemic, over 90 nursing students graduated early in order to join the workforce where needed, fitness centre transitioned to online fitness classes to help keep members active, established two sub-committees to oversee the university's plan for a multi-phased approach to re-opening the campus

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities free parking, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features the university's main Fredericton campus features historic buildings such as Sir Howard Douglas Hall (dating back to 1785), perennial and sculpture gardens, Art Centre and music hall, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, numerous gathering areas around campus, from fireplace nooks to rest and relaxation areas
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Other food options at main location smaller market-style cafeterias throughout campus, pubs, convenience store and variety of popular chain restaurants (from Tim Hortons to Java Moose Coffee)
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, yoga, pilates, spin, silver series and aqua exercise for older adults), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, indoor track, TRX facilities, dance studio, climbing wall, swimming pool, performance lab, semi-private programs, fitness assessments, personal trainers
Other nearby amenities Aitken Centre, Richard J. Currie Center, LB Gym, YMCA, Queen's Square, Odell Park, Wilmot Park, within walking distance of historical attractions and the city's downtown core

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Past social events departmental Christmas parties, president's socials, faculty staff sports events, retirement dinner, homecoming events, end of term socials, merit awards and teaching awards ceremonies
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications University of New Brunswick Retired Employees Association

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
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), subsidized home internet, discounted parking passes, gym memberships, cell phone 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
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health plan information no maximum for mental health practitioner benefit
Wellness initiatives campus-wide wellness committee, departmental wellness initiatives and ongoing healthy living challenges
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 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents, child care onsite
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information varying by employee group, employees may receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments for up to 52 weeks for mothers, and up to 36 weeks for fathers and adoptive parents, (faculty may receive top-up for the full duration of extended parental leave, to 61 weeks)

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 3 days off
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information faculty receive 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
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Excellence in Teaching awards, Distinguished Service awards, President's Medal (for service over the span of a career), Excellence in Research awards, University Teaching Scholar Award, University Research Scholar Award

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
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, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Blood Services (Partners for Life)
Community highlight UNB encourages employees to support the United Way through payroll deductions (and employees give generously). Employees are also encouraged to suggest and organize their own initiatives, as well as support student-led initiatives.

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