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Why Choose Us?

Ask BC Housing employees what we love about what we do. We'll tell you what we do is meaningful and challenging work that makes this province an even better place to live.

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The People Strategy

What makes BC Housing such an inspiring place to work? Our leadership doesn’t just say our people matter, they back it up with our People Strategy — a wide-ranging set of initiatives created with direct employee consultation. Championed by our CEO, this strategy ensures we receive services, training, support and ongoing programming in six key areas.

1. Leadership & learning

BC Housing places a high value on learning and ensures our employees have the skills and support to deliver on our corporate goals. Every employee receives training in our core competencies of communication, personal effectiveness, results, teamwork and service. We also have an award-winning leadership program and offer job-specific skills training, coaching and subsidies for courses and professional designations to ensure we can excel in our roles.

2. Recruitment, retention & advancement

Our team works with managers in each area of our business to ensure we're bringing the most qualified people into our organization and meeting the often unique requirements of our work and the people we serve. Our comprehensive employee on-boarding program includes a human resources welcome session, orientation housing tour and core competency training. We believe this sets up our new employees for success in their new roles.

3. Rewards & recognition

Our employee programs recognize great performance and give everyone the opportunity to nominate those who go above and beyond. From annual corporate awards to both formal and informal recognitions of great work on a day-to-day basis, our organization takes notice.

4. Health, safety & wellness

Health and safety is a top priority for us — and it shows. We’ve accepted top honours from the North American Occupational Safety and Health Association for our programming, and we continue to build and enhance programs that ensure the safety and support the health and wellness of our people.

5. Employee communication

We engage with our employees in large and small groups and in many different ways. We know two-way communication is vital to the health of our organization, and we put the time and resources into making sure these conversations take place.

We hold a variety of communication forums, including a 150-person semi-annual meeting, ask-anything Q&A with the CEO, one-on-ones and focus groups. We also publish employee newsletters and conduct employee surveys.

6. Corporate responsibility

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BC Housing lives green. Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. In 2010 we were among the first public sector organizations to achieve carbon neutral status.

We integrate our livegreen Sustainability Plan with our corporate and branch plans. These initiatives include cutting paper consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from commuting and engaging social housing tenants in sustainability. We're educating builders on best practices and implementing sustainable procurement guidelines. Our livegreen Employee Council supports employees through a broad range of employee programs to support sustainability.

Diversity & Inclusion

We recognize that an inclusive and diverse work environment respects the unique characteristics, skills and experiences of all employees. Our Diversity & Inclusion programming includes respectful workplace workshops for everyone.

We offer Understanding LGBTQ Communities training and Working Respectfully with Aboriginal Peoples sessions. Our Employee Diversity & Inclusion Committee hosts great events like National Aboriginal Day, Canadian Multicultural Day, Pink Shirt Day, Lunar New Year, Black History Month and much more.

Community Connections

Created by employees at one of our semi-annual meetings, our Community Connections Program gives each of us the opportunity to “give where your heart is.” Our employees support community organizations through volunteering, donations and fundraising efforts.

We focus on four pillars: children and youth, families and seniors; poverty; mental health, general health and addictions; and sustainability. The program has raised over $1 million since its launch and continues to bring BC Housing employees together in the spirit of generosity.

Throughout the year and during our annual donor drive, employees may:

  • Volunteer via employer-supported volunteerism
  • Participate in a fundraising event at work or in the community
  • Donate food, clothing, toys and household items
  • Donate vacation or flex days
  • Give a lump-sum donation
  • Pledge ongoing payroll deductions

Valuing Diversity & Inclusion

At BC Housing, we're committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference.

Benefits & compensation

We recognize our employees with compensation packages that include competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and one of the best pension plans in the country, as well as programs that support employee wellness and work-life balance.

BC Housing offers a Flexible Benefits Program that lets eligible employees choose coverage options that work best for them and their families. The plan includes routine dental, restorative dental, orthodontics, vision care, traditional medicine coverage, alternative medicine coverage, massage therapy, acupuncture, medical equipment and supplies and travel insurance. Employees may also receive a health spending account that can be used towards additional extended health and dental costs.

We also offer an extensive Employee and Family Assistance Program, a service that provides confidential, professional assistance to employees and their families to resolve problems that affect their personal well-being.

Depending on employee status, BC Housing employees are eligible for a range of benefits under our benefit plan. Your spouse and dependent children are also eligible for coverage under some of the benefit plans as soon as you become an eligible employee.

We are also proud to offer a Flexible Benefits Program. This Program enables every eligible employee to choose the coverage options that work best for you and your family. The Flexible Benefits Program also includes a provision for you to potentially have a Health Spending Account. You can use any amounts in the account towards additional reimbursement for eligible healthcare expenses not otherwise covered under your group benefits plan.

Employee Benefit Eligibility Flexible Benefit Options
BC Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Provides full subsidy for the monthly cost of the government medical plan.
✔ All regular employees and some seasonal employees  
Extended Health and Dental
Provides coverage for dentistry work and to reimburse for services not covered by the BC MSP or Pharmacare plan.
✔ All regular employees and some seasonal employees  ✔
Short Term Illness and Injury 
Pays for a portion of wages to protect your economic security during periods of short-term illness or injury. 
✔ All regular employees  
Long Term Disability 
Provides comprehensive coverage if you become unable to work due to an injury or illness. 
✔ All regular employees
Group Life Insurance 
Provides 24/7 life insurance coverage for yourself that is payable to a beneficiary of your choice.
✔ All regular employees and some seasonal employees
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance 
Provides 24/7 accidental death life insurance for yourself that is payable to a beneficiary of your choice. There are also pay outs provided in the event of major physical injury caused by an accident.
✔ All regular employees and some seasonal employees
Optional Spouse and Dependent Coverage 
Provides 24/7 life insurance coverage in the event of a death of spouse or dependent child payable to the employee.
✔ All regular employees
Public Service Pension Plan 
A generous defined-benefit pension plan with matched contributions that provides income at retirement. 
✔ All regular employees and short-term and seasonal employees who qualify  
Employee and Family Assistance Program 
Offers confidential counseling services to assist employees and their families to resolve personal difficulties. 
✔ All employees  
Canada Savings Bond Program 
Allows you to put a little money aside on a regular basis as part of your savings plan.
✔ All regular employees can apply  

Collective agreements

The BC Government and Service Employees' Union represents many of our employees. BC Housing works with the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union. The Union establishes collective agreements for all bargaining unit employees. While some employees are excluded from the bargaining unit, the majority of employees are covered by one of the collective agreements below: