Rewards and benefits

Competitive salaries

  • The pay rates of bargaining unit (unionized) staff roles are set out as part of the collective agreements with our different unions. Consult the appropriate collective agreement for information about the bargaining unit pay rates. 
  • Exempt (non-unionized) staff roles are paid at a competitive base salary based on market rates for representative benchmark jobs. The salary structure is designed to maintain competitiveness with the pay levels of comparators in the relevant markets, all while achieving fiscal responsibility to act in the public interest.


  • Vacation
  • Earned days off/wellness days
  • Extended health and dental
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Sustainable commuting options
  • Fit City
  • Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Family leave
  • Sick leave
  • Vancouver Employees Savings Plan (VESP)
  • Defined benefits plan – we are part of the Municipal Pension Plan

Career development

  • We celebrate ongoing career development and support employees on their career paths as they improve their knowledge and skills. It's good for everyone: our employees advance their careers, and Vancouver's businesses, residents, and visitors receive a higher quality of service.
  • We treat learning as a partnership between our organization, managers, and employees. With that support, employees discover the wide range of possibilities within the City.

Professional development

We are committed to employee and leader development as part of our strategic focus on talent development. Through the CityLearn and Organization Development teams, we offer:

  • A range of always-updated learning choices, resources, and opportunities to help you customize your learning journey to align with our City Leadership Competency Framework, performance development plan, and career goals
  • Specialized development opportunities in key areas, such as our justice, equity, diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) learning pathway