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Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013

Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013, Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2012 and BC's Top Employers for 2012:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors  ( Oct 9, 2012)

Some of the reasons why Vancity was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013:

  • is the largest employer in Canada to become a "Living Wage Employer", which is more than a simple minimum wage but a program that recognizes the social and economic benefits of paying a real living wage for all its employees and service providers
  • encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (to $2,400 each year) as well as a variety of in-house and on-line training programs
  • helps employees save for retirement with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan as well as a matching RSP contribution plan -- and helps employees keep more of their money along the way through a number of great financial benefits, including low-interest home loans as well as no fee bank accounts and credit cards
  • offers fertility drug treatments through its health benefits plan and provides generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 85% of salary for 50 weeks)
  • also supports employees who are new fathers and adoptive parents with parental leave top-up payments (to 85% of salary for 35 weeks)
  • employees have easy access to a unique head office that literally straddles the city's expanded LRT system, and features solar hot water panels on the roof to pre-warm all of the hot water used in the buildings kitchens, bathrooms and showers
  • with a focus on environmental sustainability, the credit union established a target to reduce office waste by 60 percent in 2010 -- and employees recently beat that goal by reducing office waste by an average of 79 percent through aggressive recycling and composting programs
  • in addition, the head office building features a rooftop garden (called the Sky Garden) that's managed entirely by a group of volunteer employees
  • an important member of the community, the credit union manages the "Vancity Community Foundation", which has distributed financial grants to deserving community organizations for almost two decades