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City of Burnaby named one of B.C.'s top employers

Maternity leave top-up, discounted access to rec centres and tuition subsidies are among the highlights of why the City of Burnaby made B.C.'s Top Employers list for 2024.
Burnaby city hall.

The City of Burnaby is one of the best employers in B.C., according to the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

Mediacorp Canada Inc. put out its picks for the province's top employers Tuesday, and Burnaby was one of four cities to make the list along with Vancouver, Coquitlam and Maple Ridge.

It's Burnaby's first time on the list.

Among the highlights of why the city was picked is its maternity leave top-up for new moms (95 per cent of salary for up to 17 weeks).

Mediacorp also noted the city's discounted access to city fitness and recreation centres and its dedicated health and wellness advisor, who helps organize wellness activities such as walking challenges and lunch time stretching workshops.

Another highlight was the city's support of "lifelong learning," which includes tuition subsidies for job-related courses (100 per cent of course costs with no annual maximum) and up to $8,500 for unrelated courses.

"We are constantly evolving our practices to meet a competitive market, always by asking 'What's the right thing to do for our people?' Because the bottom line is, money isn't everything; people want to be valued and have a sense of belonging," Burnaby's chief human resources officer Anita Bhandari said in a news release.

Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley said the recognition reflects years of hard work by staff.

"We are committed to creating a workplace that celebrates diversity and innovation and where staff feel empowered to improve the lives of Burnaby residents," he said in a news release.

Mediacorp's annual list of B.C.'s Top Employers is chosen based on the same criteria as its national competition: the work environment; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family-friendly benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

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