Benefits of our exceptional workplace
NRCan is listed as one of Canada’s Best Employers 2022. As an employee at Natural Resources Canada, you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis.
We support balancing your work and private life through our many benefits, including the benefits of flexible work arrangements. Our new hybrid work model will continue to support the gains we have made in achieving an inclusive workforce by accessing talent and skills from across Canada and a more inclusive regional representation. Our goal is to provide employees the flexibility of different work arrangements, tools and collaboration models.
Expand the benefits below to learn more about what we can offer you!
Health and wellness
We promote your health and wellness both in the workplace and in your personal life, and we make resources available to you and to your family members help you maintain a healthy balance between work and your personal life.
Bilingualism is a fundamental value in Canada and within the federal public service. NRCan has its own Centre of Expertise on official languages and its own language school, providing support, tools and action plans in order to create a work environment favourable to the use of both English and French.
Working at NRCan, you will have many opportunities to connect with colleagues who share your vision or interests by joining any of our many networks and communities. Our communities include: Black Employees Advisory Council, Circle of Nations, Indigenous Employees Network, Managers' Community, NRCan Pride Network, Persons With DisAbilities, NRCan Veterans Group, Visible Minority Advisory Council, Young Professionals' Network, Administrative Professionals Network, Jewish Public Servants’ Network, Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program.
Employee Assistance Program
Our employees and their immediate families have free access to our Employee Assistance Program.
Employee Recognition Program
We recognize the efforts and achievements of our employees through sector, departmental and government-wide awards as well as activities marking service milestones.
Flexible work arrangements
NRCan has designed a work environment that suits employees needs for modern flexible work arrangements that promotes well-being and employee collaboration. Telework is one flexible arrangement of many, which consists of a voluntary request to work from a non designated worksite and helps attain a balance in employees’ work, personal and family responsibilities.
Informal Conflict Management Service Program
Provides support and guidance to employees and managers facing conflict in the workplace.
We encourage employees to organize onsite health and physical training activities. Some of the department’s divisions have such facilities onsite or close by.
NRCan is also partnered with GoodLife Fitness! As an NRCan employee, you can sign up for a GoodLife Fitness membership at a reduced rate through the corporate membership program.
Compensation rewards, benefits and competitive earning programs
Our staff enjoy the advantages of competitive, generous and full pay.
- Rates of pay for public service employees
- Rates of pay for unrepresented and senior excluded employees
Group insurance plans
Our flexible benefits program allows you to choose the level of protection that responds to your needs and those of your family in terms of health, dental, disability, life insurance and accident insurance*.
* Options vary according to employment status and professional group.
We offer a determinate payment pension plan.
Did you know?
Your retirement contributions from previous employment may be transferable to the Civil Service Superannuation Plan!
The government has entered into several agreements to transfer pension contributions from a number of Canadian employers. If your former employer is among them, you will have the option to transfer the actuarial value of the pension you have accumulated with your previous employer to the Civil Service Plan.
Several types of leave
- Annual leave: depending on your professional group, you will be eligible for 3 or 4 weeks of annual leave upon entering the Public Service and accumulate annual leave credits based on years of service to a maximum of 6 weeks.
- Other paid leaves: sick leave is accumulated monthly and indeterminate and term employees are entitled to leave for family obligations
For more details on the types of paid and unpaid leave, please look up the collective agreement for your professional group or Appendix C of the Directive on Executive Compensation.
Travel and relocation of civil servants
Under certain conditions, we offer logistical and financial support to employees who have to travel or relocate as a requirement of their work.
Diversity and inclusion
We are taking deliberate and clear actions towards building a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible workplace and workforce that is representative of the Canadians we serve. At Natural Resources Canada, we recognize, value and embrace different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive working environment for our employees, as well as deliver programs that engage and reflect the needs of all Canadians.
We are passionate about fostering a workplace where all people feel welcome, can reach their full potential, and can contribute their unique perspectives and experience to the success of the team. We strive to provide an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Employees can connect with like-minded colleagues through a number of communities:
- the Persons With DisAbilities Network, that helps all persons with disabilities realize their full potential as individuals and fully contribute to the objectives of NRCan;
- the Indigenous Employee Network, where all NRCan employees, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, come together to participate in Traditional Ceremonies;
- the Visible Minority Advisory Council, that launched the Employee Development Fund to support the professional development needs of their members;
- BEACON (Back Employees Advisory Council), a network of Black people who work at NRCan and have come together to share their lived experiences, support each other and work to eliminate anti-Back racism;
- the Pride Network, a community of LGBTQ2+ employees and their allies at NRCan who gather to promote a healthy and inclusive work environment through social activities, mutual support, educational events, and advocacy;
- the Young Professionals Network, that provides career and professional development opportunities that foster sharing, promote leadership, and improve members’ ability to develop their skillset and contribute to the department and Government of Canada.
In addition to fostering an inclusive work environment, NRCan is fully committed to advancing reconciliation and partnerships with Indigenous Peoples in the natural resource sector through inclusive recruitment and engagement with individuals and communities.
Training and career development opportunities
Natural Resources Canada places a high priority on advancement, professional development and continuing education. Employees are encouraged to develop their abilities and acquire new skills to achieve their full potential.
- Learning and training: we have a wide array of learning, training and development options, including taking a formal education program with reimbursement of eligible fees.
- Training and career development: we promote the development and implementation of training programs enabling employees to progress professionally and personally.
Flexibility and mobility is something you can expect with a job at NRCan! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be located in Ottawa to work with us. NRCan has many opportunities available outside of the National Capital Region.
NRCan across Canada
NRCan has over 80 Designated Worksites locations across the Country. View NRCan's office building locations across Canada. Any information such as associated Organizations, People and Services relative to a location are available via individual provincial map pages.
NRCan locations across Canada include:
- British Columbia: Sidney, Smithers, Vancouver, Victoria
- Alberta: Calgary, Devon, Edmonton
- Saskatchewan: Prince Albert, Regina
- Manitoba: Winnipeg
- Ontario: Chalk River, Hamilton, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Toronto
- Quebec: Montréal, Québec, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Sherbrooke, Val-d’Or, Varennes
- New Brunswick: Fredricton, Noonan
- Nova Scotia: Amherst, Dartmouth
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Corner Brook, St. John’s
- Yukon: Whitehorse
- Northwest Territories: Yellowknife
- Nunavut: Iqaluit, Resolute
Meaningful work experiences
Work in partnership with other countries and government departments to develop agreements and targets for natural resources sectors to fight climate change and increase economic prosperity.
Develop strategic plans which will protect Canada’s energy security and affordability.
Enhance NRCan’s engagement with Indigenous communities on major resource development projects to provide more opportunities for input, review, and monitoring.
Modernize the National Energy Board to ensure that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise.
Enhance existing tax measures to generate more clean technology investments.
Review Canada’s environmental assessment processes to increase public trust, provide transparency in development projects, and introduce fair processes.
Support innovation, research and the transition to using clean technologies in our natural resource sectors.
Learn more about Natural Resources Canada from an employee’s perspective – the passion they have for their work, their unique experiences and how their diverse skills, interests, and backgrounds led them to a career at NRCan.
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