March 16, 2023

UCalgary recognized as one of Canada’s best employers

University also second-best employer in Calgary on Forbes Canada’s Best Employers 2023 list
Winter on UCalgary campus
UCalgary files

The University of Calgary has been named one of Canada’s Best Employers of 2023 by Forbes, recognizing the university’s commitment to fostering a workplace of excellent employment experiences and opportunities.

In the ranking, also presented by Statista, UCalgary placed 116th out of a field of 300 organizations that includes financial, educational, retail, IT, health care and government services. The ranking was derived from independent surveys of more than 12,000 employees working part- or full-time for companies employing at least 500 people. They were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers and were also asked to give their opinion on a series of work-related topics like working conditions, salary potential for development and company image regarding their current employer.

“Being recognized by Forbes is a reflection of the work culture we promote at the University of Calgary,” says UCalgary President Ed McCauley. “Here, we are committed to empowering our faculty and staff to develop their skills, seek balanced lifestyles, and engage with our community for the betterment of Calgary and the world beyond.”

UCalgary continues to uphold a reputation for being an industry leader in offering an exceptional place to work. And this isn’t the only recent ranking honouring its status as great place to work; for example, it also made the cut as one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers 2022 and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2022.

Recipe for success

Here are a few reasons why UCalgary ranks among Canada’s Best Employers for 2023:

  • Employee health and wellness. The university has WellBeing and WorkLife  programs and services that promote a healthy work environment and respect the employee’s life outside of work.
  • The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is a dedicated resource that works to ensure a welcoming space for students, faculty and staff through education, research and counsel.
  • Green Building Program: UCalgary strives to provide a sustainable environment for working and learning. All new major capital retrofits and new buildings are LEED-certified, and most projects are now pursing certification under the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard.
  • The Employee Tuition Support Program gives employees and their families access to everything from business seminars to language and cuisine courses.
  • The university’s campuses have tons of green space, trees and views of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The open environment helps to motivate employees and increase productivity.
  • Calgary is the third-most livable city in the world, according to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The city is recognized globally for its livability in terms of stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

“Our success is attributed to the dedication of our UCalgary people who actively work toward creating an environment that is safe, inclusive and respectful of all,” says McCauley. “We will continue to develop strategies and offer accessible opportunities that support our faculty and staff — making UCalgary an exceptional place to work.”